Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Edinburgh Mathematical Society Postgraduate Students' Meeting 2010

Jun 01, 2010 - Jun 03, 2010

The Burn, Edzell

Organisers

Name Institution
Kessar, Radha City University London
Neunhöffer, Max University of St Andrews

The Society will host its thirteenth residential meeting for postgraduate students from all Scottish universities at The Burn, a mansion house situated in extensive grounds near Edzell, in June 2010. The aim is to provide an informal setting for students to meet others working in similar areas. Participants are encouraged to give short talks on their research and the programme will also consist of other intellectual activities, with ample time left for socialising and exploration of the grounds.

Arrangements

The cost of the meeting will be subsidised by the Society, but it is necessary to make a charge to each student of £45.00, payable in advance. Usually each department reimburses their students for this event, but we are currently reviewing this. This fee covers the cost of accommodation and all meals at The Burn, from Tuesday evening to Thursday afternoon. Places are strictly limited to 28 and will be allocated (by ballot if necessary) to those who registered before the preliminary closing date of 31 March 2010. There are still places available and Registration will continue until 11 May 2010.

We are not able to reimburse the cost of travel to The Burn, but you may be able to recover this from your department. We will provide transport to The Burn from Montrose station for the outgoing journey on Tuesday 1 June and also for the return journey on Thursday 3 June. See further details below. 

Participation
Registration for this meeting is now closed.

Timetable
The meeting will begin in the afternoon on Tuesday 1 June at 15.15, and will end after lunch on Thursday 3 June at 13.30.

How to get there
The Burn is 1½ miles east of Edzell on the B966 road. If you intend to travel by CAR, you should aim to arrive at the Burn before 15.15 on Tuesday 1 June. Please visit this link for driving instructions. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are properly insured. Some insurers may regard the trip as business travel, particularly if expenses are being refunded.

If you are travelling by TRAIN, you should go to MONTROSE. We will provide transport to The Burn from Montrose station for the outgoing journey on Tuesday 1 June and also for the return journey on Thursday 3 June.

  • For the outgoing journey on Tuesday 1 June the minibus will depart at 14.45.
  • For the return journey on Thursday 3 June the minibus will depart at 13.30.

Please note places are strictly limited to those who have requested minibus transportation. The journey between the Montrose station and The Burn will take approximately 30 minutes.

On Tuesday 1 June, 2010.

Suitable trains to Montrose are:

Aberdeen Departs 13.42 Arrives 14.17

Dundee Departs 14.00 Arrives 14.32

Edinburgh Departs 12.30 Arrives 14.07

Glasgow Queen Street Departs 12.41 Arrives 14.32

Leuchars Departs 13.23 Arrives 14.07

Stirling Departs 13.07 Arrives 14.32 

Further information about rail travel can be found at the National Rail or Scot Rail website.

Facilities
Bedding and a towel are provided at the Burn House. If you have indicated a special diet, this will be catered for. Tennis, croquet and bowls can be played in the grounds, and the area is good for hill-walking. (Note that you are responsible for your own safety during any activity).

The Burn contact details
The Burn
Glenesk
Brechin
Angus DD9 7YP

Contact numbers are:
(01356) 648281 (business)
(01356) 648395 (residents)

Rules
Please read the enclosed Customs of the House (pdf file available here). The Customs of the House are currently being revised, so you will find that things are more relaxed at The Burn House. For instance, towels are now provided.

Note the strict rules:
DON'T BRING DRINK INTO THE HOUSE FROM OUTSIDE.
DON'T TAKE DRINK TO YOUR BEDROOM.

Giving a Talk
• Talks should be 20 minutes long. Session chairs will be keeping a close eye on the time, so don't overrun!

• There are no blackboards at the Burn. You must prepare over-head projector transparencies, a data projector is available for those wishing to give a Acroread presentation. A computer will be available for this purpose which will run Adobe Acroread. Bring your talk on a USB key, or as a last resort you can e-mail the talk directly to
Dr Max Neunhoeffer.

• Please remember that you may be the only expert in your subject area at the Burn - so don't make things too difficult for the rest of us.

Not Giving a Talk
Those of you who are not giving a talk will be allocated the job of session chair or helper.

Further Information
Contacts:

Dr Radha Kessar
Institute of Mathematics, King's College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3UE.
Tel: 01224 272609
Email: r.kessar@abdn.ac.uk

Dr Max Neunhöffer
Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of St Andrews, Mathematical Institute, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9SS.
Tel: 01334 463807
Fax: 01334 463748
Email: neunhoef@mcs.st-and.ac.uk

Johanna Kytöharju
ICMS,
15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA.
Tel: 0131 650 9816
Fax: 0131 651 4381
Email: johanna.kytoharju@icms.org.uk


 

Programme

Tuesday 1 June

15.15

Coffee

Chair/Helping

Simon Craik

16.00

Muhammad Qureshi (University of Glasgow)
Blood flow in systemic and pulmonary arteri

17.00

Coffee

Chair/Helping

Alistair Wallis

17.30

Nina Menezes (University of St Andrews)
The probability of generating a finite simple group

19.00

Dinner

20.15

“Icebreaker” (bring pen, paper, brain)

 

Wednesday 2 June

09.00

Breakfast

Chair/Helping

TBA

10.00

Jonathan Fraser (University of St Andrews)
The visible part of fractal sets

10.30

Michael Livesey (University of Aberdeen)
An introduction to Brauer characters

11.00

Zoe O’Connor (Heriot-Watt University)
A group theoretic approach to public key cryptography

11.30

Coffee

Chair/Helping

TBA

12.00

Nick Loughlin (University of Glasgow)
Games

12.30

Markus Pfeiffer (University of St Andrews)
Word problems of groups, monoids and semigroups

13.00

Packed lunch

14.00

Excursion/leisure time

19.00

Dinner

 

Thursday 3 June

09.00

Breakfast

10.00

Max Neunhöffer (University of St Andrews)
Discussion: How to give good presentations

11.00

All
Further activities to be announced

12.45

Lunch

 

Presentations:

Presentation Details
Fraser, Jonathan
The visible part of fractal sets
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Livesey, Michael
An introduction to Brauer characters
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Loughlin, Nick
Games
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Menezes, Nina
The probability of generating a finite simple group
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O'Connor, Zoe
A group theoretic approach to public key cryptography
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Pfeiffer, Markus
Word problems of groups, monoids and semigroups
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Qureshi, Muhammad
Blood flow in systemic and pulmonary arteries
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Participants

Name Institution
Craik, Simon University of St Andrews
Fraser, Jonathan University of St Andrews
Livesey, Michael University of Aberdeen
Loughlin, Nick University of Glasgow
Ma, Xingshuang University of Glasgow
Menezes, Nina University of St Andrews
Norman, Sophie University of Glasgow
O'Connor, Zoe Heriot-Watt University
Pfeiffer, Markus University of St Andrews
Policzew, Daria University of Aberdeen
Qureshi, Muhammad University of Glasgow
Reid, Fergus University of Aberdeen
Saxena, Prashant University of Glasgow
Wallis, Alistair Heriot-Watt University