Entrance hall of the ICMS

Mathematical aspects of big data: a joint meeting of the LMS and the EMS

Dec 10, 2015 - Dec 11, 2015

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Kraehmer, Ulrich University of Dresden
Richtarik, Peter University of Edinburgh
Roney-Dougal, Colva University of St Andrews
Wright, Jim University of Edinburgh


This joint meeting of the London and the Edinburgh Mathematical Societies marks the end of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the former.

The mathematical aspects of the analysis of big data cut across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. The invited speakers at this workshop will include a broad range of international experts in mathematics, statistics, and computer science, whose research covers fields that are inspired by, or have applications to, big data analysis.

The workshop is aimed at an audience of general mathematicians but is open to all and attendance is free of charge. It will cover current trends and developments, and will hopefully enable participants to discover or imagine new connections between their own research and this rapidly growing subject.


Confirmed speakers:
Jacek Brodzki, University of Southampton
Coralia Cartis, University of Oxford
Ronald Coifman, Yale University
Ilias Diakonikolas, University of Edinburgh
Colin McDiarmid, University of Oxford
Sofia Olhede, University College London
Igor Rivin, University of St. Andrews
Marian Scott, University of Glasgow
Eva Tardos, Cornell University


This meeting is supported by the London Mathematical Society, The Edinburgh Mathematical Society and the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust.



The meeting will start on Thursday morning with coffee at 09.45 and end on Friday by 16.45.  The workshop will start at 10.00 on Friday. 


Attendance at this workshop is free of charge and the workshop is open to all.

Invited speakers will receive an email from ICMS detailing the arrangements made on their behalf.

All other participants should register using this form.  The form will close once capacity of the Lecture Theatre is reached.


Speakers' accommodation has been booked and paid for.  Details of the hotel accommodation have now been emailed - if you have not received this, please contact audrey.mccrorie(at)icms.org.uk  

Any other participants requiring accommodation should make their own arrangements. Suggestions of accommodation close to ICMS can be found here


Financial support
The small amount of money which was available to support the participation of Early Career Researchers has now been allocated.  No further requests can be accepted. 


Refreshments and lunch will be provided on both days.  


Venue and Talks
The workshop will be held at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.  You may also find this map useful for the workshop.  All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.    The Lecture Theatre is equipped with a data projector, computer, visualiser (the new generation of overhead projectors) and two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  It is best to bring your presentation on a memory stick to use in our ICMS computer.   Alternatively, it is possible for you to use your own laptop with our dataprojector, but please be aware that you may have to alter your laptop resolutions/settings. 


Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.  Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station and the workshop venue. 

Lothian buses charge £1.50 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations; Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the meeting venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge.  The other railway stations are Haymarket and Edinburgh Park but please note that these stations are at the West End of the city centre.


UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.



Please continue to check this Programme prior to the start of the meeting as any alterations will be notified here.

Thursday 10 December


Coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


Welcome and LMS/EMS business


Eva Tardos (Cornell University)
Learning, inference, and efficiency in games               


Jacek Brodzki (University of Southampton)
Joining the dots: mathematics of data


Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse


Ilias Diakonikolas (University of Edinburgh)
Algorithmic aspects of inference


Marian Scott (University of Glasgow)
"Size is not all that matters" - scale, variety and complexity of BIG data


Coffee in the Chapterhouse


Igor Rivin (University of St Andrews)
Zeolites, experimental mathematics, and other potential applications of data science


Wine reception hosted by the EMS in the Chapterhouse  


Friday 11 December


Coffee in the Chapterhouse


Ronald Coifman (Yale University)
Harmonic analysis and geometry of data bases, concept and context dualities               


Colin McDiarmid (University of Oxford)
Random graphs from structured classes


Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse


Coralia Cartis (University of Oxford)
The power of optimization algorithms - tractability and scalability for large problems


Sofia Olhede (University College London)
Stochastic models for large volumes of time series data


Coffee in the Chapterhouse



Presentation Details
Brodzki, Jacek
Joining the dots: mathematics of data
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Cartis, Coralia
The power of optimization algorithms - tractability and scalability for large problems
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Coifman, Ronald
Harmonic analysis and geometry of data bases, concept and context dualities
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Diakonikolas, Ilias
Algorithmic aspects of inference
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McDiarmid, Colin
Random graphs from structured classes
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Olhede, Sofia
Stochastic models for large volumes of time series data
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Rivin, Igor
Zeolites, experimental mathematics, and other potential applications of data science
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Scott, Marian
"Size is not all that matters" - scale, variety and complexity of BIG data
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Tardos, Eva
Learning, inference, and efficiency in games
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Name Institution
Abbas, Muhammad Haider King's College London
Abrahams, I David Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Aiston, Jack Newcastle University
Bakas, Odysseas University of Edinburgh
Brendle, Tara University of Glasgow
Brodzki, Jacek University of Southampton
Brown, Ken A University of Glasgow
Campbell, Colin University of St Andrews
Carbery, Tony Edinburgh Mathematical Society
Cartis, Coralia University of Oxford
Chang, Ya-Ting University of Edinburgh
Cheek, David MIGSAA
Chen, Mel University of Glasgow
Cheung, Kelvin Ka Wing MIGSAA
Childs, Adeline University of Glasgow
Coifman, Ronald Yale University
Darot, Jeremy Scottish Government
de Kergorlay, Henry-Louis MIGSAA
Deshpande, Amogh University of Liverpool
Diakonikolas, Ilias University of Edinburgh
Duncan, Robert University of Edinburgh (retired)
Dyer, Luke University of Edinburgh
Ekwunife, Chinedu University of Southampton/Accenture UK
Fisher, Elizabeth London Mathematical Society
Gower, Robert University of Edinburgh
Grady, Allan University of Abertay (retired)
Grant, Mark University of Aberdeen
Hall, Malcolm Marine Scotland Science
Hunsicker, Eugenie Loughborough University
Jaeh, Christian Loughborough University
Kalogirou, Iakovos RBS
Kattan, Doha University of Southampton
Khalid, Nayab University of St Andrews
Kosta, Dimitra University of Edinburgh
Kraehmer, Ulrich University of Dresden
Kropholler, Peter University of Southampton
Lido, Catherine University of Glasgow
Lodh, Remi Springer
Lohan, Katrin Heriot-Watt University
Loizou, Nicolas University of Edinburgh
Luo, Xiaoyu University of Glasgow
McDevitt, Matt University of St Andrews
McDiarmid, Colin University of Oxford
Melkonian, Houry Heriot-Watt University
Mijovic, Vuksan University of St Andrews
Monk, Andrew University of Glasgow
Moraki, Eleni Heriot-Watt University (MIGSAA)
Ni, Tianyuan University of Liverpool
Nixon, Fiona London Mathematical Society
Oh, SeWook University of Oxford
Owens, Brendan University of Glasgow
Palczewski, Jan University of Leeds
Pan, Yusheng University of Liverpool
Papathomas, Michail University of St Andrews
Pasini, Federico William University of Milano-Bicocca
Pavlou, Chrystalla University of Edinburgh
Pelloni, Beatrice Heriot-Watt University
Povall, Sam University of Liverpool
Ptashnyk, Mariya University of Dundee
Ranicki, Andrew University of Edinburgh
Recio Mitter, David University of Aberdeen
Richtarik, Peter University of Edinburgh
Rivin, Igor University of St Andrews
Roney-Dougal, Colva University of St Andrews
Sabanis, Sotirios University of Edinburgh
Schaefer, Artur University of St Andrews
Schmuck, Markus Heriot-Watt University
Scott, Marian University of Glasgow
Simmons, Timothy Heriot-Watt University
Snape, Michael University of Glasgow
Steward, Ashley University of Southampton
Stewart, Iain London Mathematical Society
Strachan, Ian University of Glasgow
Strazzeri, Fabio University of Southampton
Strudwick, James University of Southampton
Tabiri, Angela University of Glasgow
Tan, Shuren University of Edinburgh
Tardos, Eva Cornell University
Tavaré, Simon London Mathematical Society
Tsardakas, Michael Heriot-Watt University
Vitturi, Marco University of Edinburgh
Waite, Daniel University of Glasgow
Wang, Meng University of Liverpool
Watson, Liam University of Glasgow
Watson, Stephen University of Glasgow
Wenzel, Ansgar University of Sussex
Wilson, Wilf University of St Andrews
Woodward, John University of Stirling
Wright, Jim University of Edinburgh
Yupeng, Liu University of Birmingham