Institute for Mathematical Innovation

Upcoming Events 2017


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 >>            

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 >> 

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 IMI. Read more >>              

IMI Open House

1 June, IMI Open House for staff and PhD students at the University of Bath. 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 >>                

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 IMI. 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 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 >>

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 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 IMI. Read more >>

GAel XXV, Géométrie Algébrique en Liberté

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 >>