University of Bath

Bath Numerical Analysis Seminar, 2nd Semester 2011/2012

The Numerical Analysis seminar at Bath has been running continuously since 1986 and features a range of invited talks from distinguished visitors as well as internal talks by staff and students of Mathematical Sciences and other Departments at the University of Bath.

The Bath Numerical Analysis Seminar takes place Fridays at 12.15 in 4W1.7 (also known as the Wolfson Lecture Theatre). Campus maps can be found here.

Everyone is welcome at these talks and don't forget to join us for lunch after the seminar.


Date Speaker Title
February 17th Dave Hewett (University of Reading) Hybrid Boundary Element Methods for High Frequency Scattering Problems
February 24th Yuji Nakatsukasa (University of Manchester) Efficient, communication-minimizing algorithms for the symmetric eigenvalue decomposition and the singular value decomposition
March 2nd Arieh Iserles (University of Cambridge) Splittings, commutators and the linear Schrödinger equation
March 9th Tony Shardlow (University of Manchester) Approximation of Gaussian random fields
March 16th Andreas Dedner (University of Warwick) Adaptive Methods for Evolution Equations
March 23rd Andrea Moiola (University of Reading) Trefftz-Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Time-Harmonic Wave Problems
March 30th 7th Postgraduate Numerical Analysis Day, University of Reading
April 2nd-3rd 6th MOPNet Meeting (EPSRC Matrix and Operator Pencil Network), University of Bath
April 6th, April 13th Easter
April 20th Stefan Güttel (University of Oxford) On the convergence of barycentric rational interpolation for analytic functions
April 27th Sarah Cook (University of Bath) Multilevel Monte Carlo Methods for Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling
May 2nd, 4.00pm Jack Blake (University of Bath) The idea behind Krylov Methods (on a paper by I.C.F. Ipsen and C.D. Meyer (1998). Am. Math. Monthly 105:889-899.)
May 11th Minghao Wu (University of Maryland) Lyapunov inverse iteration for computing a few rightmost eigenvalues of large generalized eigenvalue problems
May 18th Stefano Giani (University of Nottingham) High-Order/hp-Adaptive Multilevel Discontinuous Galerkin Methods
May 25th Raytcho Lazarov (Texas A&M University) Numerical Upscaling and Preconditioning of Flows in Highly Heterogeneous Porous Media
September 4th Patrick Kürschner (Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems) Inexact dominant pole based model truncation

How to get to Bath

See here for instructions how to get to Bath. Please email Melina (address below) if you intend to come by car and require a parking permit for Bath University Campus for the day.

Tips for new students on giving talks

Since the audience of the NA seminar contains both PhD students and staff with quite wide interests and backgrounds, the following are some guidelines/hints to make sure people don't give you evil looks at lunch afterwards.

Before too much time passes in your talk, ideally the audience should know the answers to the following 4 questions:
  • What is the problem you're considering?
  • Why do you find this interesting?
  • What has been done before on this problem/what's the background?
  • What is your approach/what are you going to talk about?
There are lots of different ways to communicate this information. One way, if you're doing a slide show, could be for the first 4 slides to cover these 4 questions; although in this case you may want to revisit these points later on in the talk (e.g. to give more detail).

  • "vertebrate style" (structure hidden inside - like the skeleton of a vertebrate) = good for detective stories, bad for maths talks.
  • "crustacean style" (structure visible from outside - like the skeleton of a crustacean) = bad for detective stories, good for maths talks.

Previous Numerical Analysis Seminars

If you have any queries, please email Melina on m DOT a DOT freitag AT bath DOT ac DOT uk.

(Blank template for seminar timetable here)