Margaret Duff, 24, a PhD student at the University of Bath, hailing from Sheffield, is attending Parliament to present her mathematical research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of STEM for BRITAIN on Monday 9th March.
Margaret’s poster looks at how artificial intelligence can be used for image reconstruction, for instance in the case of low radiation dose CT scans, in a way that is transparent and can aid rather than replace experts. The poster will be judged against dozens of other scientists’ research in the only national competition of its kind.
Speaking about her poster presentation, Margaret – a student at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) – said: "I believe that mathematics is exciting and hugely relevant and I am keen to tell people at every opportunity and STEM for BRITAIN is a great opportunity to interact with Members of both Houses of Parliament in Westminster. I am also looking forward to meeting other early career researchers and gaining awareness of the exciting results and challenges in other areas of mathematics."
Stephen Metcalfe MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, said: "This annual competition is an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers. These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and STEM for BRITAIN is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work."
Margaret’s research has been entered into the Mathematical Sciences session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.
Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £2,000, while silver and bronze receive £1,250 and £750 respectively.
The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee runs the event in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Biology, The Physiological Society, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, and the Nutrition Society with financial support from the Clay Mathematics Institute, United Kingdom Research and Innovation, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Society of Chemical Industry, Institute of Biomedical Science, the Heilbronn Institute for Mathematical Research, the Biochemical Society, Biotherapy Services Ltd, IEEE Communications Society and the Comino Foundation.