Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Upcoming IMI events                  


IMI Visiting Researcher: Professor János D. Pintér

Wed 8 Jul - Mon 5 Aug: Professor Pintér is a prominent researcher and practitioner in the areas of  Nonlinear Programming and Global Optimisation. During his visit to the University of Bath, he will present a seminar series to MSc Business Analytics students, and forge new academic collaborations.                 

How maths can save the whales

Sun 13 Oct: In this highly interactive talk, IMI Deputy Director, Professor Chris Budd, describes how maths can be used to save whales from collision with ships or damage in oil exploration which is some of the biggest threats they face.              


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British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC)

Wed 24 - Fri 26 Apr: The BAMC is the UK's annual multidisciplinary applied mathematics meeting and covers all aspects of mathematics used in our modern society, including healthcare, engineering, finance and life sciences.               

Mathematics in Industry: Success stories and opportunities

Thu 25 Apr: Mathematical techniques are used in all sectors and industries to tackle wide-ranging business challenges. Please join us for a networking lunch and inspirational talks for industry and academic stakeholders, followed by an afternoon showcase event on Mathematics in Industry: Success stories and opportunities. The Edge and Chancellors' Building, 12.00 - 6.00pm.                

Applying mathematics to understand our changing climate

Wed 24 Apr: Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey, will discuss how we are using mathematics – from classical dynamics to the latest developments in machine learning – to understand our changing climate and the risks posed to human society. BAMC 2019 and IMI Public Lecture, Chancellors' Building, Room 1.10, 5.00 - 6.00pm.            

@Home with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Tue 16 Apr: The next RIS @Home session welcomes Dr Matt Butchers from the Knowledge Transfer Network who will tell us about the Innovate UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This is a joint event with the IMI. 1 West, Room 2.01, 2.15 - 3.05pm.                     

University of Bath Women in Maths Conference

Thu 28 Mar: Free conference for all students and staff at the University showcasing career opportunities for women working in mathematics and encouraging networking between women at all levels of their careers. Wolfson Lecture Theatre, 4 West, Room 1.7, 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Thinking without a brain - how plants decide what to do

Fri 22 Mar: Professor Ottoline Leyser, University of Cambridge, explores how plants make these developmental decisions without a brain. This kind of self-organising system can be difficult to understand without maths. IMI Public Lecture, Chancellor's Building, Room 1.12, 3.15 - 4.05pm.                 

The Dynamics of Energy, Sleep and Climate

Tue 19 Feb: Workshop exploring the links between the dynamical systems describing energy harvesters, models of sleep, models of climate and other phenomena. 4 West, Room 1.2, 10.00am - 3.3pm.            

Goods Distribution with Electric Vehicles

Wed 13 Feb: Professor Gilbert Laporte, HEC Montréal, explores the potential for using electric vehicles in the goods transport sector. IMI Public Lecture, Chancellors' Building, Room 1.10, 3.15 - 4.15pm.            

@Home with IMI

Thu 7 Feb: We're guest hosting the next Research & Innovation Services (RIS) @ Home session. Come find out what we do, who we are, and how we can work together.             

The Mathematics of Resonance

Fri 18 Jan: Exploring the universal principle of resonance in various physical contexts and mathematical models, Professor Stephen P. Shipman will show how this important phenomenon can be broken down into intriguing questions of pure mathematics, including complex numbers, abstract polynomial algebra, and topology.          

Operators, Operator Families and Asymptotics II

Mon 14 Jan - Thu 17 Jan: Conference focused on the application of operator theory techniques to the asymptotic study of parameter-dependent differential equations and boundary-value problems.    

Statistical Methods for Natural Disaster Risk Assessment

Fri 30 Nov: Professor Ramsés H. Mena from the National Autonomous University of Mexico will introduce and discuss statistical methods for assessing the risk and financial management of natural disasters. IMI and Department of Mathematical Sciences Public Lecture, Wolfson Lecture Theatre (4W, 1.7), 3.15 - 4.15pm.        

Undergraduate Research Internships: Information and networking meeting

Wed 14 Nov: Come along to find out more about IMI's 2019 research internship programme. We will present some of next years' internship projects and seek to pair students with supervisors. All undergraduate students and academic staff welcome. Chancellors’ Building, Room 2.6, 1.15 - 2.45pm.        

A Tour Through Digital Innovation and Research at the University

Fri 26 Oct: Leading researchers from the University of Bath describe research and innovation at the digital frontier. Come and meet representatives from CAMERA, Institute of Coding, and Institute for Mathematical Innovation. Innovation Centre, Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD, 10.00 - 11.30am.        

Poster Display and Prize Giving: IMI Undergraduate Research Internships

Wed 24 Oct: Explore the research projects and results of IMI's 29 Undergraduate Research Internships. Meet many of our interns and their supervisors, with prizes announced for the best posters. Lunch and refreshments provided. 4 West Atrium, 12.00 - 1.30pm.                


The Future of Work: How Artificial Intelligence & Big Data are Changing the Workplace, London

Mon 1 Oct: Automation and robotics are increasingly changing the way we work. Speaking at a joint Institute of Directors and University of Bath event, IMI's Director, Professor Jonathan Dawes will debate how it will change the way business will operate in the future, and what we need to do now to gear up for the changes it represents.

IMI Stand at New Scientist Live, London

Thu 20 - Sun 23 Sep: Visit IMI's stand at the world's most exciting science festival of ideas for anyone and everyone with a curious mind.                 

European Study Group with Industry 138

16-20 Jul 2018: Five-day workshop at the University of Bath bringing together mathematicians and businesses to collaboratively solve challenging problems that companies are facing. Read more >>     

SIAM UKIE National Student Chapter Conference

18-19 Jun 2018: Conference bringing together research students from universities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland for a series of talks and roundtable discussions - supported by the IMI. Read more >>  

Debugging Numerical Software

4 - 5 June: A two day workshop bringing together developers and users of numerical software with the aim of exploring concepts and issues in debugging, including debugging tools and how to avoid common bugs - supported by the IMI. Read more >>        

Toy Models and Playful Science

23 May: IMI Public Lecture by Professor Tadashi Tokieda from Stanford University on toy models and playful science. In this fun, yet thought-provoking talk, Tadashi will explore toys which if played with imaginatively, exhibit behaviours so surprising that they intrigue scientists for weeks. Read more>>        

Machine Learning: Algorithms and Ethics

Spring 2018: IMI Thematic Semester at the University of Bath bringing together academics from a wide range of disciplines to discuss how machine learning impacts on individuals and the ethical implications of this. Read more >>   

Grand Public Debate on Machine Learning

9 May: A panel of experts in the field will debate the wide-ranging implications for individuals of the rise in Machine Learning and AI with a chance for audience members to participate with questions and voting in real time. Read more>>       

Media and artificial intelligence 

25 April: Professor Nello Cristianini from the University of Bristol explores the interplay of artificial intelligence and the media. Read more>> 

Of, For, and By the People: The Legal Lacuna of Synthetic Persons 

18 April: Dr Joanna Bryson from the University of Bath explores the impact of AI on our society, governance and legal processes. Read more>> 

Is artificial intelligence prone to prejudice?

13 April: Dr Joanna Bryson, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, will explore how artificial intelligence may be prone to human prejudice, and discuss when and how we may be able to use AI to address this bias. Read more >>

Data Governance: Arguing for greater transparency, accountability and means for citizen interventions 

11 April: Dr Joanna Redden from Cardiff Data Justice Lab discusses the implications of the increased use of big data systems and machine learning by governments. Read more>>   

Machine Learning in Research at the University of Bath 

21 March: A series of mini talks by University of Bath researchers who are using machine learning for practical applications. Read more >>                  

From computational metaphysics towards computational pseudo-ethics 

14 March: Dr Christoph Benzmueller from the Free University of Berlin explores the need for intelligent machines to explain their actions and decisions. Read more>>      

Accountable and explainable AI 

7 March: Dr Sandra Wachter from Oxford Internet Institute explores why accountability in AI-based systems is an ethical responsibility. Read more>>      


Goods Distribution with Electric Vehicles

2 March: Professor Gilbert Laporte explores the potential for using electric vehicles in the goods transport sector. IMI Public Lecture, 3.15 - 4.15pm. Read more >>


Good analytics needs good data and that needs good metadata

28 February: Professor Mandy Chessell from IBM discusses metadata management and groundbreaking advances in the data industry. Read more>>

Machine Learning and its Ethical Dilemmas: An Introduction

14 Feb: Acquire a rapid overview of machine learning and the ethical questions that surround it, in preparation for the series of seminars planned during the semester. Bring your laptop for our practical session on algorithms in action! Professor Mike Tipping will lead this seminar aimed at a broad scientific audience of students and staff. Read more >>  

AI, Machine Learning and Ethics: a University of Bath showcase

7 February (London event): Professor James Davenport, Dr Joanna Bryson and Dr Rachid Hourizi discuss the increasing use of algorithms in public and business decision making, how this impacts individuals and how we ensure that they generate meaningful answers which can be challenged. Read more >>  

IMI Open House

7 December: IMI Open House for all staff and PhD students at the University of Bath. Read more >>  

Undergraduate Research Internships: Info Meeting

22 November: Meeting for staff and students at the University of Bath interested in taking part in IMI's Undergraduate Research Internship programme in 2018. Wolfson Lecture Theatre (Building 4W, Room 1.7), 1.15 pm - 2.15pm. Read more >>  

Using maths to develop elite sports stars

10 November: IMI Public Lecture by Dr Sean Cumming, Senior Lecturer in the Department for Health, University of Bath. Read more >> 

Imaging Thematic Semester

March - December 2017: A wide range of events aimed at bringing together expertise in this rapidly growing area of research at the University of Bath. Read more >>

Tomography and its applications in medical, atmospheric, and forensic imaging

25 October: Tomography imaging workshop organised by the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the IMI. Read more >> 

Machines that learn to see and move - the future of artificial intelligence

18 October: IMI Public Lecture by Professor Andrew Blake, Research Director at The Alan Turing Institute. Read more >> 

Reliable Time Window Assignment in Vehicle Routing with Stochastic Travel Times

27 September: Seminar by IMI Academic Visitor, Dr Panos Repoussis, Chancellors' Building, Room 3.7, 1.15pm - 2.05pm. All welcome. No registration required.         

Robust Optimisation for Rich Vehicle Routing Problems under Uncertainty

25 September: Seminar by IMI Academic Visitor, Dr Panos Repoussis, Chancellors' Building, Room 5.5, 1.15pm - 2.05pm. All welcome. No registration required.                  

Big Data and Research in Social and Policy Sciences

19 September: University of Bath workshop aimed at understanding the implications for our research and giving you the insight to develop a clearer strategy for cross-departmental research initiatives. This is an IMI supported event. Read more >                           

SciCADE 2017

11-15 September: Leading international conference in the field of Scientific Computing and Differential Equations presenting research at the cutting edge of scientific computing in both academia and industry. This is an IMI supported event. Read more >>                           

IMI Open House

6 July, IMI Open House for staff and PhD students at the University of Bath. Read more >>                     

GAel XXV, Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté

26-30 June, International conference gathering early career researchers in algebraic geometry - supported by the IMI. Read more >>                           

The Power and Challenge of Big Data (London event)

26 June, London Business Network talk by IMI's Deputy Director, Professor Chris Budd - supported by the IMI. Read more >>        

Recent Advances in the Numerical Analysis of PDEs

21-23 June, International conference gathering leading academics in the fields of multiscale problems, high-frequency scattering, PDEs with random coefficients, and uncertainty quantification - supported by the IMI. Read more >>         

Beyond the Fourth Dimension: Imagining and working in hundreds of dimensions

19 June, IMI Public Lecture by Professor Ian Sloan, University of New South Wales, Australia. Read more >>        

Uncertainty Quantification afternoon

19 June, A series of talks accessible to a general audience themed around the use of mathematics and numerical analysis to estimate uncertainty. Speakers include IMI visitors Professor Ian Sloan and Professor Mahadevan Ganesh. Read more >>

GW4 Data Intensive Research: Medical/Bioinformatics

15 June, GW4 Alliance meeting showcasing data science research at the University of Bristol, including a themed session on data science and Medical/Bioinformatics - supported by the IMI. Read more >>               

GW4 Data Intensive Research: Government/Social Science

5 June, GW4 Alliance meeting showcasing data science research at Cardiff University, including a themed session on data science in Government and Social Science - supported by the IMI. Read more >>               

One Day on Compressive Sensing: Advances in theory, algorithms, and applications

1 June, Interdisciplinary workshop bringing together world-renowned experts and early career researchers in the field of compressive sensing - supported by IMI. Read more >>                    

Marine Acoustic Imaging Workshop

25 May, Marine Acoustic Imaging Workshop presenting new challenges in marine acoustic imaging to stimulate group discussion and find answers to some of the questions posed - supported by the IMI. Read more >>                           

Maths Can Make You Fly? Special effects and image manipulation

24 May, IMI Public Lecture by Dr Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Read more >> 

GW4 Data Intensive Research: Environment

22 May, GW4 Alliance meeting showcasing data science research at the University of Exeter, including a themed session on data science and the environment - supported by the IMI. Read more >>               

GW4 Data Intensive Research: Challenges and Opportunities

16 May, GW4 Alliance meeting showcasing data science research at the University of Bath, including a themed session on data science in the creative industries - supported by the IMI. Read more >>            

Bio-Imaging Workshop

27 April, Interdisciplinary workshop presenting new challenges in bio-imaging with the aim of stimulating discussion; seeking questions; solutions and generating new collaborations - supported by the IMI. Read more >>   


Molecular Simulation with the DL_MONTE software package

19-21 April, Workshop organised by IMI Secondee, Professor Nigel Wilding's research team. Read more >>         

Developing efficient modelling methodologies for stochastic dynamical systems in biology

10 April, Interdisciplinary workshop bringing together leading mathematicians, biologists and other scientists in the field of stochastic methodological development - supported by the IMI. Read more >>     


Common ReseaWetskills Water Challenge

30 March - 12 April, A two-week programme for students and early career professionals given them the opportunity to tackle real-world water challenges - supported by the IMI.  Read more >>    


Optimising engine performance: Deterministic chaos in combustion engines

10 March, IMI Public Lecture by Professor Chris Brace, Department of Mechanical Engineering and IMI Secondee 2016-17. Read more >>    


Common Research Themes in Mathematics and Physics

2-3 March, Workshop organised in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore at the University of Bath - supported by the IMI. Read more >>   


Unpublished patterns of thought: Alan Turing’s work on morphogenesis

8 February, Minerva lecture by IMI Director, Professor Jonathan Dawes. Read more >>

Statistical Parametric Mapping course

25-27 January, Institute for Mathematical Innovation and Department for Health are jointly supporting this free course about Statistical Parametric Mapping (SPM) organised by Dr Ezio Preatoni. Read more >>


IMI/SAMBa Thematic Semester on Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

First semester 2016/17, University-wide thematic semester on MCMC methods. Read more >>

Agri-Food Mathematical Science Study Group with Industry

16-18 January, Institute for Mathematical Innovation in collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network. Read more >>

Undergraduate Research Internship Programme, Summer 2017

14 December, Info meeting for students and academics at the University of Bath. Read more >>        


2017 Undergraduate Research Internship Programme

23 November, Info meeting for students and academics at the University of Bath. Read more >>


The Rise and Rise of Machine Learning

11 November, IMI Public Lecture by Professor Mike Tipping, Institute for Mathematical Innovation. Read more >>


LMS Inverse Day on Statistical Inverse Problems

4 November, Meeting on inverse problems supported by LMS and IMI. Read more >


Chaos and the Art of Visualising Complexity

14 October, IMI Public Lecture by Professor Michael Field, Rice University, USA. Read more >>

Mathematical Sciences Student Showcase Event

12 October, Department of Mathematical Sciences.

A Subjective History of Subjective Probability

30 September, IMI Public Lecture by Professor Colin Fox, IMI Global Chair (2016-2017). Read more >>

Uncertainty Quantification: When PDEs Meet Data Science (BUC5)

20-23 September, Department of Mathematical Sciences, supported by the IMI. Read more >> 


Dynamic Processes on Networks

23 September, Centre for Networks and Collective Behaviour. Read more >>


From Science to Policy: The long road to the US Ozone standard of 0.075 ppm and beyond

21 September, IMI Public Lecture by Professor Jim Zidek, IMI Global Chair (2015-2016). Read more >>


The Fifth Workshop on Bayesian Inference for Latent Gaussian Models with Applications

14-16 September, Department of Mathematical Sciences.


Applied and Numerical Analysis, with Applications to Differential Equations, Optimization and Eigenvalue Problems

4 - 6 July 2016, Department of Mathematical Sciences, supported by the IMI and the International Relations Office.

This is a joint workshop between Koc University and the University of Bath aimed at fostering research collaboration between the two Universities. Numerical and application oriented directions involving differential equations, optimisation problems, and eigenvalue problems, as well as analytical approaches on such subjects, are within the scope of the workshop. Read more >>


New frontiers: advanced modelling in space and time (BUC4 course)

3 - 4 June 2016, Department of Mathematical Sciences, supported by the IMI

Part of the BUC series of workshops with the theme of Big Data and Statistics in Environmental Research, this course will focus on advanced techniques in spatio-temporal modelling. Topics will include strategies for space-time modelling, spatial design, point processes and applications. Instructors on the course include IMI secondee, Dr Gavin Shaddick and IMI Global Chair, Professor Jim Zidek. Read more >>


Professor Will Hopkins Workshop

1 - 3 June 2016, Department of Health, supported by the IMI

Senior Academic Visitor: At a time when the reliance on p-values in science is being questioned, world-renowned expert Professor Hopkins’ alternative magnitude-based inferences approach is becoming increasingly popular. His method, which can be used in a wide range of topic areas, will be of benefit to researchers engaging in advanced statistical analyses across the Faculties of Humanities & Social Sciences, Management, and Science. During the three-day workshop, SPSS will be used to analyse datasets with various mixed models and Professor Hopkins will provide training in his novel approach to making inferences. 

For further information, please contact Sean Williams at


Young Applied Analysts in the UK

26 - 27 May 2016, Department of Mathematical Sciences, supported by the IMI

Bringing together early career researchers and PhD students in the UK working in applied analysis, particularly within the area of mathematical materials science, this conference will encourage collaboration and networking, as well as increase the visibility of the growing applied analysis community. Read more >>


Operators, Operator Families and Asymptotics Conference

16 - 19 May 2016, Department of Mathematical Sciences, supported by the IMI

The conference will give an overview of the state of the art in a rapidly developing area of analysis concerned with the application of the techniques of operator theory to the asymptotic analysis of parameter-dependent differential equations and boundary-value problems. Read more >>


Phantom traffic jams, jamitons, detonation waves, and subcharacteristics

Friday 22 April 2016, 3.15 pm - 5.15 pm (Building 4W, Room 1.7)

Speaker: Professor Rodolfo Ruben Rosales, MIT, USA

Phantom traffic jams are both annoying to the drivers, and very interesting mathematically. These are traffic jams that occur spontaneously, without apparent cause. Professor Rodolfo Rosales will begin with a review of traffic flow theory, and introduce examples of continuum models. The simplest is a kinematic equation, the Lighthill-Whitham-Richards [LWR] model, which expresses the conservation of vehicles - under the assumption that the vehicle flow is a function of the density. Read more >>

Members of all departments at the University of Bath are welcome to attend.


What Alan Turing Instituted

Wednesday 13 April 2016, 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm (Building 3 West North, Room 2.1)

Inaugural Lecture: Professor Jonathan Dawes, Director, Bath IMI.

Professor Dawes will present his Inaugural Lecture on Alan Turing's work in mathematical modelling of biological problems. He will show how unpublished archive material contains the genesis of original ideas, lost and subsequently re-discovered, have driven the last sixty years of work in this area.

Jonathan will bring the story up to date with examples of the unexpected complexity of these simple mathematical models, and their possible applications across the sciences. Read more >> 

All welcome - no booking needed.


A spectrum of regularity: the impact of periodicity on the zero-crossings of random functions

Monday 14 March 2016, 12.15 pm (Building 4W, Room 1.7)

Bath IMI Seminar: Dr Lorna Wilson, Commercial Research Associate, Bath IMI.

In her talk Dr Wilson will cover her research on the effect of an oscillatory auto-correlation function on the zero-crossings of a Gaussian process. She will also talk briefly about her role as a Commercial Research Assistant at the University of Bath.

Continuous random processes are used to model a huge variety of real world phenomena. In particular, the zero-crossings of such processes find application in modelling processes of diffusion, meteorology, genetics, finance and applied probability.

To identify the Probability Density Function (PDF) for the times between successive zero-crossings of a stochastic process is a challenging problem with a rich history. Dr Wilson will talk about the methods used to investigate the inter-event PDF for a Gaussian process with a specific, oscillatory auto-correlation function. Increasing the rate of oscillations in the auto-correlation function results in more `deterministic' realisations of the process. In an ever-more complex world, the potential applications for this scale of `regularity' in a random process are far reaching and powerful.


Risky Business of Measuring Risk

Friday 19 February 2016 (Building 4W, Room 1.7)

IMI Public Lecture: Ania Zalewska, Professor of Finance and the Founding Director of the Centre for Governance at the University of Bath.

In her talk Professor Zalewska will discuss the difficulties of measuring risk in practice and the challenges faced in interpreting the evidence, using the dot-com bubble of 1997-2001, the current financial crisis, and the developments of the pension industry in the last-decade as examples of the risky business of trying to measure risk. Read more >>


Industry Innovation Partnerships Workshop

Friday 12 February 2016 (University of Bath Innovation Centre)

Aimed at SMEs looking to develop and innovate their business, this workshop will cover some of the many opportunities for collaborative working between industry and universities. The event will also give details on the national funding schemes available to support university-industry collaboration and the eligibility criteria for R&D tax credits. Read more>> 


Statistical methods for intensively measured health data

Monday 18 January 2016, University of Bath

Nicole Augustin from the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is hosting a GW4 consortium meeting on Statistical methods for intensively measured health data. Read more >>


Undergraduate Research Internships: Information Event

Wednesday 2 December 2015, 1.15 pm (Building 4W, Room 1.7)

Staff and students are invited to come along to this event to hear about the experiences of the 2015 summer interns. Professor Jonathan Dawes will explain the aims of the Undergraduate Research Internships and how staff and students can participate in the 2016 scheme. Dr Susie Douglas, SAMBa Manager, will provide an insight into Centres for Doctoral Training. Read more >>


IMI Public Lecture: Big Bangs and Black Holes

Friday 27 November 2015, University Hall 3.15 pm (tea and coffee from 2.45pm)

Carole Mundell, Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics at the University of Bath, will give an IMI Public Lecture on Big Bangs and Black Holes.Read more >>


IMI Launch

Wednesday 28 October 2015, 2 pm onwards

The official IMI launch is taking place this autumn at the Assembly Rooms, Bath. This exciting event will:

  • set out our vision

  • involve talks on the role of modern mathematics at the science/industry interface

  • present some of Institute's research with industrial collaborators

  • inform potential partners how they can work with us Read more >>


MI-NET Workshop

Tuesday 27 October 2015

IMI and MI-NET are hosting a workshop at the University of Bath on: Current Practice in Industrial Mathematics Read more >>