CARMA Executive Meeting

Location: V205 Mathematics Building
Date: 10:30 am, Thu, 21st Aug 2014



"The scheduling with obstacles problem"
Laureate Prof Jon Borwein

Location: V205 Mathematics Building
Date: 1:00 pm, Thu, 21st Aug 2014


CARMA Discrete Mathematics Seminar

"Searching graphs embedded on the torus"
Prof Brian Alspach

Location: V129 Mathematics Building
Date: 3:00 pm, Thu, 21st Aug 2014


CARMA Seminar

"Operators on the p-adic analogue of Hilbert space"
Prof George Willis

Location: V205 Mathematics Building
Date: 4:00 pm, Thu, 21st Aug 2014

CARMA Retreat

Location: Harbourview Function Centre (Newcastle, NSW)
Date: 9:00 am, Sat, 30th Aug 2014

Draft programme:

8:30 am Registration and coffee
9:00 am Director's Welcome
9:30 am "Research at CARMA"
10:30 am Morning tea
11:00 am "Academic Liasing"
11:30 am "Education/Outreach Activities"
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm "Future of the Discipline and Structure"
3:00 pm Afternoon tea
3:30 pm "Future of Research at the University"
4:00 pm "Talks by Members" (to 5:20 pm)

6:00 pm Dinner

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Selected quotation

Borwein's Five Laws of Travel

  1. 1. Distance Independence. "It is an easy 15 minute walk" covers anything from 500 to 5000 metres.
  2. 2. Time Invariance. You will learn all the relevant details of how to negotiate your host city and the like adequately, exactly twenty-four hours before your departure. This is independent of the length of your stay.
  3. 3. Universal Expressions. Beware of such expressions as they have no fixed meaning. They include: "Free Internet," "Easy Access to Beach," and "Full Continental Breakfast."
  4. 4. Travel Agents. Never travel with a travel agent who has never travelled. They will rarely make reasonable bookings and will often make infeasible ones.
  5. 5a. First Law of Directions. Never rely on oral directions given in a foreign language. All consonants sound the same after one or two city blocks, while left and right are nearly always wrong and wronger.
  6. 5b. Second law of Directions. All directions written or oral given by a host will be missing one salient detail that is so obvious to any local as to be unrememberable. This applies to geography, computer access and much else.

(Jonathan Borwein)

Based on decades of personal experience.


Membership to CARMA offers many benefits and is available by invitation to all University of Newcastle academic staff. Associate membership, also by invitation, is available to external researchers and practitioners for three-year renewable terms. Associate members are expected to visit CARMA with some frequency, typically for a total of three to four weeks in a year, and to be involved in one or more ongoing research projects with CARMA members. CARMA is able to assist with the travel and living costs of such visits.