2nd May, 2013 CARMA and the 10 best mathematicians in Indonesia
An Indonesian blog proclaims the "10 Best Mathematicians in Indonesia". Four of them are former PhD students of our own Mirka Miller! Read the article here. Mirka's students are numbers 1, 4, 5 and 6 on the list.
23rd April, 2013 Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference 15-17 July
The Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference will be held this year at the Mathematical Sciences Institute of the Australian National University, Canberra during July 15-17. The primary aim of the conference is to bring together Australian postgraduate and honours students of the mathematical sciences and enable them to communicate their work in afriendly and informal atmosphere that will facilitate dialogue and encourage collaboration.
See the conference website for more information.
17th April, 2013 AustMS annual conference registration open
Registration for the Society's annual conference, to be held at the University of Sydney from 30 September to 3 October 2013, is now open at http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/austms2013/.
5th April, 2013 Maths of Planet Earth Australia conference: call for abstracts
The MPE Australia conference will be held in Melbourne from 8-12 July, and abstract submissions are now open. Please visit www.MoPE.org.au/events/2013 for more information.
5th April, 2013 2013 AMSI Winter School (24 June-5 July)
This year’s Winter School, hosted by the University of Queensland, runs from 24th June until 5th July. It offers a number of mini-courses relating to the
theme Mathematics of Planet Earth. Mini-courses in the first week
are numerical methods on GPUs, large-scale inversion for geophysical exploration, and dynamical systems & singular perturbation. Building on these, the second
week offers mini-courses on mathematical modelling of infectious diseases,
regularization of inverse problems in geomathematics, and optimisation
for nature conservation. For more information, visit www.amsi.org.au/WS13.php.
11th March, 2013 Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference
15-17 July 2013 (ANU)
The goal of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Student Conference is
to bring together postgraduate and honours students in the mathematical
sciences from around Australia, enabling them to communicate their work,
facilitating dialogue, and encouraging collaboration, all in a friendly and
More info at the ANU website.
21st February, 2013 Call for abstracts MPE Australia July 2013
2013 is the International Year of Maths of Planet Earth, and Australia is
partnering with 140 countries to celebrate our discipline’s contribution to
the world (www.MoPE.org.au). Prof. Ian Chubb is patron of the year in
Australia and many eminent scientists and public figures are MPE
This conference, sponsored by the Academy of Science, is the central
scientific event of MPE Australia 2013. See the programme at
Abstract submissions are now open, and close at 5 pm on Friday, 31st May, 2013. Full details are available at www.MoPE.org.au/events/2013.
18th February, 2013 Another reason to visit NYC
Museum of Mathematics http://momath.org/
8th February, 2013 International group theory webinar
The International Group Theory Online Seminar resumes its sessions in the Spring 2013 with the talk
"On the elementary theory of finitely generated nilpotent and polycyclic groups" by Mahmood Sohrabi
(Stevens Institute of Technology) on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at noon (New York time).
All information about the seminar can be found at
17th December, 2012 Natashia Boland selected for ARC College Panel of Experts
Natashia Boland has been selected for the ARC College Panel of Experts from 2013. This is great recognition for one of our top professors.
6th December, 2012 Newcastle gets top ERA marks in Applied Mathematics again
The Australian Research Council has released the 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) outcomes. Applied Mathematics at the University of Newcastle has again received a 5 rating (this time, along with CQU). Read more on the ARC website.
26th November, 2012 More science and art: "Model and Metaphor"
Another exhibition at the intersection of art and science, this time in physics.
21st November, 2012 Newcastle to become a full member of AMSI
The University of Newcastle is to be a full member of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute from next year:
"on behalf of the AMSI Joint Venture Partners (Full Members), the AMSI Board and management I am very pleased to announce that the University of Newcastle will become a Full Member of AMSI in 2013. As you all know Newcastle has a particularly vibrant mathematical sciences discipline which has been a significant contributor to AMSI. Their membership upgrade is enthusiastically welcomed by the full members and it broadens the base of AMSI’s representation in New South Wales.
"Professor Geoff Prince, Director of AMSI."
5th November, 2012 Pi picture finalist in NSF visualisation contest: VOTE FOR US!!
Jon Borwein and Fran Aragón are one of the ten finalists in a visualisation contest organised by the National Science Fundation, with the 100 billion-step walk picture of \(\pi\). The winners will appear on Science! There is a people choice award. You may support us and vote for our picture in http://goo.gl/UEwFE.
7th November, 2012 Mid Summer Maths
The course, MATH1120, will be offered over a condensed five week period during January and February, 2013. This specially created mid-summer semester allows students who have completed MATH1110 to continue on to complete MATH1120 over the summer break so that they can start the new University year in line with their peers.
Enrolments close Monday 17 December, 2012.
Visit www.newcastle.edu.au/midsummermaths for more info.
18th October, 2012 "Music and Mathematics" Concert
A concert to be held at the University of Newcastle's Conservatorium, Thursday 25th October:
"A performance event inspired by the rich intersections between mathematics, music and sound including Rameau's 1722 Treatise on Harmony, the melodic fugal number games of Bach, Froberger and Frescobaldi, the crystalline serial structures of Webern, spectral transformations of acoustic cello, and Fran Aragon and Jon Borwein's 100 billion-step walk through the digits of $\pi$."
Full details are on the flyer. See also Culture Hunter.
4th October, 2012 CARMA meetings page
Web sites for CARMA-run or related meetings are now gathered together on our CARMA Meetings page.
28th September, 2012 AU Mathematics of Planet Earth: website now live
The Australian website for Mathematics of Planet Earth is now up. Check it for events of interest for next year's programme.
21st September, 2012 Lecturer in Mathematics vacancy
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences has a vacancy for a lecturer in mathematics. Details here. Applications close on 28th November.
14th September, 2012 CARMA congratulates Judy-anne Osborn
CARMA is delighted to announce that Dr Judy-anne Osborn, currently a CARMA research associate, has accepted a continuing appointment as a Lecturer in mathematics at the University of Newcastle. In addition to continuing her research in combinatorics and related fields, Judy-anne's new position has special responsibilities for developing innovative teaching techniques.
12th September, 2012 AMSI et al Access Grid Seminar Series
AMSI, in partnership with the AustMS, ANZIAM, SSAI, ANZAMP and ASOR, has announced a new seminar series featuring eminent experts. It will be held over the Access Grid. More information (and, later, seminar announcements) is available on the series home page. We will also add these to the CARMA events schedule as they arise.
12th September, 2012 Group theory webinar starts back again
The first talk for the 2012/13 series is
Doron Puder (Hebrew University, Israel)
"Measure preserving words are primitive"
Thursday, Sep 13, Noon New York Time.
Sure in Australia its when you are stumbling home from the pub after the CARMA colloquium and dinner Thursday night, but you can always watch the recordings the next day or any time after.
This is a seriously active example of online communication and collaboration in mathematics -- the technology required is a computer with an internet connection and java (any old version, err, iPads not allowed).
If anyone wants to watch the recordings together a day or week after in a group, let me know and we could set something up.
3rd September, 2012 Symposium on Regularization at ANU in November
As part of the CMA's Special Year on Inverse Problems, there will be an international Symposium on Regularization from November 19 to 24 at the ANU. It is being co-sponsored by the CMA, ANU, and AMSI. More information is available on the symposium website.
28th August, 2012 Two articles from CARMA researchers in the Gazette
Check out the latest edition of the Australian Maths Society Gazette for articles by Murray Elder on self-similar groups and James Wan on Legendre polynomials and series for 1/pi http://www.austms.org.au/Gazette+Volume+39+Number+3+July+2012
27th August, 2012 OANTS (Optim., Anal. & Number Theory Seminar): Mon 3pm
We will be running a weekly seminar on Optimisation, Analysis and Number Theory. Time and venue: 3pm on Mondays at V205. The speakers will be announced through the CARMA website, as usual. The list of upcoming speakers is also available at http://goo.gl/1GFfr. If you're interested in contributing with a talk, please contact Fran Aragon.
27th August, 2012 AMSI Summer School registration open From AMSI:
The 11th AMSI Summer School will be held from 7th January to 1st February 2013 at The University of Melbourne. The School is an exciting opportunity for students to improve their mathematical skills and meet other students. The program is packed with additional events - BBQs, guest lectures, a careers session, the annual dinner and more.
Registration for the school is now open at http://www.ms.unimelb.edu.au/~amsi2013/. Participants are advised to register and make travel arrangements early as Melbourne is a popular destination in January.
A large number of travel and accommodation scholarships are available, please indicate whether you are applying for these when you register.
All postgraduate students (as well as staff) are welcome, even if you have attended an AMSI summer school in the past.
19th July, 2012 Lecturer in Mathematics vacancy
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences has a vacancy for a lecturer in mathematics. Details here.
17th July, 2012 CARMA Outreach Workshop
CARMA and MAPS are holding an event "Celebrating Our Outreach in the Mathematical Sciences" on Friday, 17th August. For details please see the event page.
4th July, 2012 Mathematics Enrichment at Newcastle
A Mathematics Enrichment program for Year 9 and 10 students will begin on Wednesday July 25th, 4-6PM. The first topic will be `The next dimension (fractals and higher dimensions)'. The sessions will then be held every second Wednesday throughout the school term. Teachers who have students who might be interested should email Sally Strang, Sally.Strang@newcastle.edu.au.
14th June, 2012 Pi walk featured on 'Wired' and 'The Aperiodical' blogs
The recent CARMA research paper (by Aragon, Bailey, Borwein and Borwein) using "random" walks to study the digits of numbers like $\pi$ is featured in a Wired blog post by Samuel Arbesman. A similar post has also appeared in the Japanese edition of Wired, where it has reached the first position both in the ranking of news and in the hottest topic list. It is also discussed at The Aperiodical in an article by Christian Perfect (and also Lawrence Berkeley Lab posting). It is in press with the Mathematical Intelligencer.
12th June, 2012 100 billion-step walk on the digits of $\pi$
Fran Aragon has created a new, 108-gigapixel, walk using the digits of $\pi$, this time with 100,000,000,000 steps. See it in its full glory on the GigaPan website or browse smaller versions of all the walks here. This is probably the largest mathematical image ever produced.
7th June, 2012 Michel Rose wins Faculty Three-Minute Thesis competition
CARMA student Michael Rose described his work on fractal box-integral
models of rat brains based on work with Richard Crandall (Apple and Reed),
David Bailey (Lawrence Berkeley Labs) and Jon Borwein (CARMA) to win the
Faculty of Science and Information Technology's final of the Three-Minute Thesis competition.
On September 14 he will compete in the University of Newcastle finals, hoping to go on to the Australian championship.
Entrants are allowed a single slide to represent their work. You can see Michael's poster here.
17th May, 2012 Welcome Michael Coons
CARMA is pleased to welcome our new member of staff, Dr Michael Coons.
Michael completed his BA in Mathematics at The University of Montana, Missoula, and his BS in Mathematics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2005, Michael won a Fulbright Fellowship to study number theory at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Michael obtained his PhD from Simon Fraser University in 2009, writing a thesis titled "Parity, transcendence, and multiplicative functions." Prior to becoming a Lecturer at Newcastle, he held a Fields-Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Fields Institute and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Michael's research interests lie in number theory as broadly defined though he can usually be found working in arithmetic functions, transcendental number theory, or Diophantine approximation (specifically in the context of Mahler's method).
23rd April, 2012 Kurt Mahler references available A set of articles by Kurt Mahler has been relocated to the CARMA website from SFU, containing many full-text articles.
15th March, 2012 Successful launch of Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations
On Monday the 12th of March, 2012, the Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) was officially launched in the Great Hall (Purdue Room) at the University's Callaghan Campus. The Centre is affiliated with the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) and focuses on expanding industry-motivated and industry-linked research, primarily in the infrastructure, transport, and logistics sectors.
The event included seminars by leading academic and industry experts in the area of optimisation and business analytics and was attended by representatives of many local and national companies and academics from several of the top universities in Australia.
12th March, 2012 AustMS conference registration open
Registrations for the Australian Mathematical Society's annual conference, to be held at the University of Ballarat from 24th to 27th September 2012, are now open at www.ballarat.edu.au/austms2012.
16th February, 2012 Jon Borwein in Microsoft's Top 100 Authors in Mathematics
Congratulations to Jon Borwein (very much alive), who appears in the top 100 cited mathematicians (dead or alive). Full list here.
14th February, 2012 Interview with Prof Celia Hoyles tomorrow (15 Feb 2012)
Margaret Throsby from ABC Classic FM will be interviewing Professor Celia Hoyles live on air on Wednesday 15th February, 12:00-1:00pm AEDT. Margaret is one of Australia's most popular and admired broadcasters, with a career encompassing both radio and television.
Professor Hoyles is the former mathematics advisor to the UK Government. She recently spoke at the AMSI national forum, Maths for the future: Keep Australia competitive, about measures employed in the UK that have improved standards, reversed teacher shortages and increased enrolments in the mathematical sciences.
13th February, 2012 AMSI's Maths for the future: Keep Australia competitive
"The impact of the event was successful beyond expectation and we are looking to building upon this momentum, addressing issues that affect the education pipeline of Australia's mathematically-skilled workforce.
Professor Geoff Prince
10th February, 2012 AMSI Honours Courses for 2012
This year, AMSI is again co-ordinating a set of honours courses in mathematics. These are offered via the Access Grid by a variety of universities around Australia. For details, see their 2012 subject offerings page.
1st February, 2012 Lecturer in Mathematics vacancy
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences has a vacancy for a lecturer in mathematics. Details here.
30th January, 2012 ANZIAM 2013 website
With ANZIAM 2012 underway, the website for ANZIAM 2013, hosted by CARMA, is now live.
27th January, 2012 Convex Functions Honours Reading Course
Starting in early March, Jon Borwein will give a reading course out of his 2010 Cambridge University Press book Convex Functions, co-authored with Jon Vanderwerff. Please let him know if you are interested in participating. Details of the book are at Contents.
25th January, 2012 A song about Alan Turing
This year (2012) is the centenary of the birth of Alan Turing.
Here is a song about him, written by Steve Pride, a mathematician in Glasgow.
18th January, 2012 SOPA Blackout Day
For visitors from the US, CARMA will be (gently) participating in the SOPA Blackout Day (Jan 18th). See the effect here. Read more here, here and here (for example).
11th January, 2012 Borwein's book picked by Choice:
"In case you weren't aware, your book "Convex Functions" was selected as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011 by "Choice", the American Library Association academic library book review journal. http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice/currentissue#oat.
5th January, 2012 Server Issues Resolved
Normality appears to have been restored. Any lingering issues will be dealt with over the next few days. Nice quick work, IT Services: thanks!
5th January, 2012 SERVER ISSUES
3 Jan 2012: CARMA is currently experiencing some technical problems with its servers. Most of our web sites (eg. the ISC, DocServer and events pages) are off-line. Due to the Univerity's Christmas close-down, most of these issues will remain with us until some time next week.
19th December, 2011 CARMA Advancement and Outreach Committee
The CARMA Advancement and Outreach Committee has been formed. Read more here. Also visit our Outreach page.
17th December, 2011 Congratulations to CARMA member Dr. Jeff Hogan
Jeff was a winner of a 2011 Faculty of Science and IT Teaching and Learning Award.
30th November, 2011 Murray Elder Promoted to Lecturer
Congratulations are due to Murray Elder (again!), on his promotion to lecturer. An outstanding achievement in the short time he has been with us.
23rd November, 2011 Two Billion-Step Walk on the Digits of Pi
Fran Aragon has created a 1.55 gigapixel image (45469 by 34128 pixels) of a walk on the base-4 digits of $\pi$. You can browse it at the Gigapan website.
18th November, 2011 More ARC Outcomes
Congratulations to Dr Murray Elder and Dr Faram Engineer. Dr Elder has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship, and Dr Engineer has been awarded an ARC Early Career Reseacher Award (DECRA). These are highly competitive schemes, with only 4 Future Fellowships and 3 DECRAs awarded University-wide. Well done to both Murray and Faram.
18th November, 2011 Millenium Prize articles in the Conversation
AMSI is pleased to announce that the first of a series of articles on the
Clay Millenium Problems has been published today in The Conversation:
The remainder will be published on Tuesdays and Thursdays (seven articles
in all). AMSI was commissioned by The Conversation to produce these articles
and I would like to thank Jim Denier (Navier Stokes) Hyam Rubinstein
(Poincare conjecture), Arun Ram (Hodge conjecture), Daniel Delbourgo (Birch
& Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture), Marcel Jackson (P vs NP), Wadim Zudilin and
Ole Warnaar (Riemann hypothesis) and Michael Murray, Alan Carey and Peter
Bouwknegt (Yang-Mills) and AMSI's Emma Bland for delivering these wonderful
and accessible pieces.
2nd November, 2011 Outstanding Postgraduate (Research) Student Awards
Congratulations to Pejman Rowshan Farzad and James Wan on being awarded a Faculty
Award for Outstanding Postgraduate (Research) Student Achievement for 2011.
2nd November, 2011 Applications for Summer Scholarships in Maths Open Now
Applications for Research in Mathematics Summer Vacation Scholarships are open until Tuesday, 15 November 2011. Details here.
There are also University scholarships, which close on 17th November. Details here.
2nd November, 2011 AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships
Congratulations to Mitchell Metcalfe and Matt Tam on being awarded
AMSI Vacation Research Scholarships.
2nd November, 2011 Masters Student Book Published
Matt Skerritt and Jon Borwein's book "An Introduction to Modern Mathematical Computing: With Maple" has been published. Read the university's press release
2nd November, 2011 Sebastian Ruther Wins Best Talk Award at AGIFORS
Congratulations to Sebastian Ruther, who has just returned from the
recent 51st AGIFORS symposium http://www.agifors.aero/symposium/2011/
where he won the premier award of the symposium, for "Best
Contribution". This award is for the best talk overall, and the one
which reflects work most likely to make a contribution to the airline
industry. This is a really fantastic achievement, as he was up against
some very experienced and senior speakers. His talk was entitled "Integrating aircraft routing with crew pairing and tail number assignment".
1st November, 2011 UoN Alumni Magazine Article on Laurate Prof Jon Borwein
From the UofN's Alumni Magazine: download PDF.
1st November, 2011 2011 BH Neumann Prize: James Wan
James Wan has been awarded the 2011 BH Neumann Prize for his talk Legendre Polynomials and Ramanujan-like series for $1/\pi$, joint research
with H H Chan and Wadim Zudilin. See http://www.austms.org.au/The+Bernhard+Neumann+Prize.
1st November, 2011 Distinguished Student Author Award: Armin Straub
The 2011 ISSAC ACM-SIGSAM Distinguished Student Author Award has been given to Armin Straub for his paper Special Values of Generalized Log-sine Integrals (with Jonathan Borwein). See http://www.sigsam.org/awards/index.phtml.
1st November, 2011 ANZIAM 2012: Registration and Abstract Submission Open
The ANZIAM 2012 Conference will be held in Warrnambool,
Victoria, from 29th Jan--2nd Feb, 2012. Details at ANZIAM 2012.
CARMA Retreat for 2011
The first CARMA retreat was held on 19th July, 2011. Links to presentations and posters have been added to the final agenda; you can access the PDF with embedded links here: [PDF]
Approbation for Applied Maths
Numbers add up for Newcastle research: Newcastle applied maths best in Australia. [Article]
"More than 70 per cent of the University of Newcastle's research has been rated at or above the world standard according to an independent Australian Government assessment... 'The strongest research area for the University of Newcastle relative to the Australian average is applied mathematics. This reflects our considerable recent efforts in this area with the appointment of world leading researchers and the establishment of a priority research centre,' Professor Calford said."
1 January, 2011
Summer Vacation Scholarships 2010/2011
Placements in the Faculty of Science and IT Undergraduate Summer Scholarships Program in Maths for 2010/11 are as follows:
Theo Bendit - Prof George Willis
Alex Desmond - Assoc Prof Wadim Zudilin
Mitchell Metcalfe - Dr David Allingham
Alexander Muir - Prof Brian Alspach
Matthew Tam - Prof Jon Borwein
Ned Haughton - Dr Jeff Hogan
Henry Shearman - Assoc Prof Brailey Sims
Martin Jackson - Dr Hamish Waterer
1 November, 2010
Newcastle ranks on international top cities list
Newcastle ranks on Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list in its Best in Travel 2011 guide [Link]
21 October, 2010
Celebration of Minds!
On Thursday 21st Oct, "Martin Gardner's Celebration of Mind" gatherings will be taking place in over 50 cities worldwide. These independent Celebrations of Mind are in honour of what would have been the 96th birthday of Martin Gardner.
Congratulations to Masoud Talebian, Columbia University, for winning the Anna Valicek Bronze Medal 2010 with his submission Requiring Minimum Sale Volumes to Trigger a Commission Increase under Competition. AGIFORS "recognizes original and innovative research in the application of operations research to airline and/or airline related business problems."
23 Sept, 2010
Faculty of Science and IT Undergraduate Summer Scholarships Program for 2010/11
The Faculty of Science and IT Undergraduate Summer Scholarships Program for 2010/11 is now open. '2010/11 Summer Research Topics' and
brochures are downloadable from the Faculty Scholarships website.
Students can apply for up-to three (3) research topics of interest in preference order online via the University scholarships website.
The closing date for online applications is by midnight on Friday 29th October 2010.
22 Sept, 2010
AMSI Summer School 2011
The 2011 AMSI Summer School will be held from Monday 10 January to Friday 4 February 2011 in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Registration closes on 3 December.
For further information please check the AMSI 2011 webpages.
22 Sept, 2010
ANZIAM 2011 Conference
The 2011 annual Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics conference will be held Sunday 30 January to Thursday 3 February 2011 at the Stamford Grand, Glenelg, South Australia.
For further information please check the ANZIAM 2011 webpages.
23 Sept, 2010
The 2011 Mathematics & Statistics in Industry Study Group (MISG2011) is to be held at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, in early February 2011.
For further information please check the MISG 2011 webpages.
16 August, 2010
New journal: International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
The Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Sydney has announced a new
journal, aimed at "encourag[ing] and support[ing] early career researchers and academics who are new to the education research
field." Further details can be found on the journals's website.
CARMA is pleased to announce two research appointments, Judy-anne Osborne (from ANU) and Francisco Aragon Artacho (from the University of Alicante). They will be starting in 2011.
28 April, 2010
Tulane University Research Day Poster ties for first
A poster advertising Random Walk Integrals by Armin Straub,
Jon Borwein, Dirk Nuyens and James Wan has been awarded equal-first
place at Tulane University's School of Science and Engineering Research
Day. Congratulations to all.
CARMA's Director, Laureate Professor Jonathan Borwein, of the School of Mathematical and Physical
Sciences at the University of Newcastle, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.