18th April, 2016 National Colloquium - STEMS: Putting Statistics into STEM
The Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), via its Statistics Education Section, is hosting a 2-day colloquium and workshop (2-3 June 2016, UTS) to develop a platform for the transformation of Statistics Education in Australia, in response to an increasingly massive demand for statisticians and an equally massive shortfall in supply. Please consider the program at STEMS2016.com; it includes speakers & representatives from: Harvard University; Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Qantas; ACARA, ACEMS, ABS, AMSI, NSW BOSTES, SSA; and will include a Panel Discussion session including Q&A floor discussion, followed by exploration of ideas and a workshop to develop and initiate a plan of action for progressing Statistics education in Australia.
1st March, 2016 Building Statistical Literacy for Success in Higher Education
A project which aims to improve statistical literacy has been awarded Higher Education Participation Programme National Priority Pool funding, It will "create, evaluate and disseminate a set of digital media resources designed both for low SES, culturally diverse and remotely located students".
The team is led by CARMA's Peter Howley, Elena Prieto, Ali Eshragh and Kath Holmes.
27th January, 2016 AustMS Lift Off
CARMA PhD student Matthew Tam has been awarded an Australian Mathematical Society Lift-off Fellowship. Tam will use the fellowship to visit Dr Francisco Aragón Artacho at the University of Alicante in Spain. A list of Lift-Off Fellows, to date, can be found at the Lift-Off Fellowship website.
4th January, 2016 In Memoriam: Mirka Miller
Dear Colleagues: I am sorry to have to tell you that our friend and colleague Mirka Miller passed away at 10am on Saturday 02/01/2016 after a short illness.
The funeral service is on Wednesday (06/01) at 3pm.
The Funeral Chapel is located at 209 Maitland Road Mayfield (off-road parking is available across the road).
Following the service there will be a get-together at Customs House.
In lieu of flowers it is suggested that people consider making a donation to the GI Cancer Institute (gicancer.org.au).
More details will be available in Tuesday's Newcastle or Sydney Morning Herald.
11th December, 2015 CARMA PRC renewed
CARMA has been renewed as a University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre through 2020. Read our presentation here.
Well done by all of you.
10th December, 2015 CARMA PhD student award at EMAC
CARMA PhD student Muhammad Ilyas was selected as one of the best student presenters at EMAC in Adelaide, receiving a Highly Commended award in the William Finlay Blyth Prize.
9th December, 2015 Postdoc position @Newcastle
You will be working as part of an international team led by Associate Professor Murray Elder as part of the ARC 2016 Discovery Project "The language complexity of problems in algebra and logic". More information see http://www.austms.org.au/Jobs/Academic988.html
1st December, 2015 Another honourable mention for Cameron Rogers
Congratulations to Cameron who tonight was awarded the Victorian Algebra Conference Honourable Mention for his talk "Using random walk distributions for determining Følner sequences".
25th November, 2015 PhD opportunity @Newcastle
You will be working as part of an international team led by Associate Professor Murray Elder as part of the ARC 2016 Discovery Project "The language complexity of problems in algebra and logic". More information at http://www.austms.org.au/Jobs/Scholarship193.html
18th November, 2015 CARMA Member David Bailey wins prestigious super computing award.
David Bailey has been recognised for his work on The NAS Parallel Benchmarks.
The Supercomputing Conference (SC15) Test of Time Award Committee has recognized “The NAS Parallel Benchmarks - Summary and Preliminary Results” written by D. Bailey, E. Barszcz, J. Barton, D. Browning, R. Carter, L. Dagum, R. Fatoohi, P. Frederickson, T. Lasinski, R. Schreiber, H. Simon, V. Venkatakrishnan, and S. Weeratunga from the SC91 conference as the SC15 Test of Time Award (ToTA) paper for this year.
The ToTA recognizes an outstanding paper that has appeared at the SC conference and has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. It is a mark of historical impact and recognition that the paper has changed HPC trends.
17th November, 2015 AustMS Lift-Off Fellowship awarded to Meks Ndii
CARMA RHD student Meks Ndii has been awarded an AustMS Lift-Off Fellowship which will enable him to travel to Florida to attend the Epidemics conference in December. Congratulations Meks!
6th November, 2015 Congratulations to Juliane Turner
Juliane Turner is a most deserved winner of the 2015 FSCIT Administrative Employee of the Year.
Well done, Juliane!
6th November, 2015 New AMSI funding scheme for women
AMSI have announced a new travel grant scheme for women (students and early career researchers) in mathematics, the "AMSI-BHP Billiton Foundation Choose Maths Travel Grants for Women". Details can be found on AMSI's website.
30th October, 2015 Five CARMA Members receive 2016 ARC Discovery Project funding
Congratulations to CARMA Members Murray Elder, Jeff Hogan, Chris Kellett and Mirka Miller, who along with CARMA director Borwein were successful in the just announced competition.
1st October, 2015 Matt Tam wins 2015 Bernard Neumman prize
CARMA Ph.D. student Matt Tam was a winner of the 2015 Bernhard Neumann Prize. This prestigious prize is given for the best student talk at the annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, and was awarded on Wednesday 30 September. There were 48 talks in the competition. In 2011 the award was won by then CARMA student Dr James Wan and in 2013 Tam himself received an honourable mention as did Cameron Rogers in 2014.
17th September, 2015 AMSI "Choose Maths News"
AMSI has a new quarterly maths newsletter which you can view at schools.amsi.org.au/news/, and you can also subscribe to an e-mail version.
The September edition includes stories on the Choose Maths programme, "National Mathematics Career Awareness", the "Inspiring Women in Mathematics Network" and more.
25th August, 2015 A/Prof Mike Meylan talks about wave power
Recently Mike Meylan spoke to 2NURFM about his research in wave power.
20th August, 2015 Borwein made The Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Western
CARMA director Borwein has been made Western University's Distinguished Scholar in Residence and will spend March through June 2016 in that role at Western University in London Ontario.
7th August, 2015 Australia WINS !! International Statistical Literacy Project
The National Secondary Schools Poster Competition (www.ssaipostercomp.info) involves teams of secondary school students creating, designing, implementing and creatively reporting upon a data-based investigation in any field (producing a "conference-poster"). National Winners are forwarded to the the International Statistical Literacy Project (ISLP)competition.
The National Junior Division Winners from the 2014 Australian competition (Lisarow High School, Central Coast) were last week announced at the International Statistical Institute’s 60th World Statistics Congress as the Winners of the International Statistical Literacy Project – Junior Division. They receive 450 Euros and a Certificate. There were more than 20 countries competing; click here for winners and their posters.
5th August, 2015 AMSI Summer School RMIT
The AMSI Summer School is an exciting opportunity for mathematical sciences students from around Australia to come together over the summer break to develop their skills and networks.
RMIT Melbourne January 2016
Travel Grant applications open: 13 August 2015
Travel Grant applications & 1st registration closes: 1 November 2015
5th August, 2015 AMSI Vacation Scholarships
* the chance to work on a real research project for six weeks
* travel and accommodation to attend the Big Day In student conference in Melbourne
* a six-week award of \$450/week (total $2,700)
APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 16 SEPTEMBER 2015
26th June, 2015 CARMA Director elected to a FRSNSW
CARMA Director, Jonathan Borwein, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales. "The Society is the oldest learned society in the Southern Hemisphere, tracing its origin to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, founded in Sydney in 1821." It initiated a Fellows Program in 2013.
4th June, 2015 CARMA financial research hits SSRN Top 10 three times.
Work by CARMA's financial mathematics group (MAFFIA) led by Dave Bailey and Jon Borwein, occupies three of the top ten places in the Econometrics: Mathematical Methods and Programming list of most down loaded papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) website.
29th May, 2015 Mathematical Logic and Philosophy lectures now online
Videos of the four Mathematical Logic and Philosophy lectures, given here recently by Prof Jeremy Avigad, are now available on the CARMA website. For future reference, they are linked by our Online Resources page.
27th May, 2015 David H. Bailey wins Test of Time award.
CARMA associate, and long-time collaborator of Laureate Professor Jonathan Borwein, Bailey has been given the prestigious “Test of Time” award by the 2015 ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference.
The award is for the paper “The NAS Parallel Benchmarks - Summary and Preliminary Results”, co-authored by Bailey and 12 colleagues at the NASA Ames Research Center, which appeared in the Proceedings of the SC91 conference in 1991.
The annual Supercomputing Test of Time Award recognizes an outstanding paper that has previously appeared in the SC conference proceedings and has deeply influenced the discipline of high-performance computing. The award will be presented at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas, USA, in November 2015.
24th April, 2015 Matthew Tam invited to Heidelberg Forum
The Scientific Committee of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) has selected Matt to participate in the 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum, taking place from August 23 to 28 in Heidelberg, Germany. Only the 200 most qualified young Researchers in mathematics and computer science are granted the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
2nd April, 2015 2015 AMSI Winter School registrations are now open Registrations are now open for the Winter School on Algebra, Geometry and Physics! Introductory lectures in the first week lead into in-depth specialist lectures in the second week. More information is available on the 2015 Winter School website.
2nd March, 2015 UoN Report: "AMSI Summer School success"
A story about the recent AMSI Summer School appears in the latest Microbytes, the newsletter of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology. Well done Jeff and Juliane!
13th February, 2015 AMSI Summer School concludes for 2015
Students from all over Australia (and one participant from Kolkata) converged on the sunny University of Newcastle for AMSI’s Summer School in the Mathematical Sciences.
Students stayed on campus for the four-week program, taking two of the eight subjects on offer, meeting employers at the careers afternoon and finding out about new research at specialist lectures.
The social side was also a big hit with students competing in a trivia night, "Murray Elder's Famous Bushwalk" and a beach party (despite the minor hiccup of a shark sighting).
15th December, 2014 Congratulations to Cameron Rogers
Cameron received an Honourable Mention for his talk "Using Random walks to estimate the shape of Følner Sets" at the 8th Australia and New Zealand Mathematics Convention in Melbourne last week.
12th December, 2014 More promotion: PROF Ljiljana Brankovic
CARMA member Ljiljana Brankovic has been promoted to full professor. Congratulations!
4th December, 2014 Matt Tam awarded CTAC prize for talk
CARMA PhD student Matthew Tam has been awarded one of four student prizes for his talk "Reflection Methods for Inverse Problems" at the biennial Computation Techniques and Applications Conference (CTAC) held at the ANU from December 1-3. The prizes were sponsored by the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.
28th November, 2014 Promotion time: Michael and Michael move up
Congratulations are due to CARMA members Michael Coons, promoted to Senior Lecturer, and Mike Meylan, promoted to Associate Professor. It's fine recognition for their hard work and great publication records.
6th November, 2014 CARMA Member Colin Reid rcceives ARC DECRA
Congratulations to Colin Reid who is among the newly announced Early Career Awards and to Deputy Dirctor George Willis who has received ARC Discovery Project funding.
3rd November, 2014 CARMA's Peter Howley wins VC's Award for Teaching Excellence
New CARMA member Peter Howley is this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Science and IT 2014 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and Contribution to Student Learning.
This will be presented at an Awards ceremony at the Conservatorium on 8th December to which all staff are invited. Well done Peter!
2nd November, 2014 Borwein made 2015 Fellow of the AMS
Jonathan Borwein CARMA director, was among roughly 60 new Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS): he was cited
"For contributions to nonsmooth analysis and classical analysis as well as experimental mathematics and visualization of mathematics."
24th October, 2014 Zudilin, Wan, Straub and Borwein win CMS best paper prize
The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the co-recipients of the 2014 G. de B. Robinson Award. Jonathan M. Borwein (Newcastle, NSW), Armin Straub (Illinois), James Wan (Newcastle, NSW), and Wadim Zudilin (Newcastle, NSW) are being honoured for their paper “Densities of Short Uniform Random Walks” (with an appendix by Don Zagier), Canadian Journal of Mathematics (CJM), 64:5 2012, pp. 961-990. At the same time, J. Nekovář (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) for his paper “Level Raising and Anticyclotomic Selmer Groups for Hilbert Modular Forms of Weight Two" CJM, 64:3 2012, pp. 588-649.
"These are wonderful and engaging research papers” said Karl Dilcher, Chair, CMS Publications Committee “They reflect a quality and discipline well-deserving of honour for the contribution they make to mathematical sciences research.” “This is a wonderful article that is written in an engaging style and brings a heroic project to a triumphant conclusion,” noted Robert McCann, Editor-in-Chief.
20th October, 2014 Prof Richard Brent awarded 2014 Moyal Medal
Macquarie University has awarded the Moyal Medal for 2014 to Professor Richard Brent. See the medallists page for a list of previous winners and the 2014 Moyal Lecture page for details about the lecture. The slides from the talk can be obtained from Richard's talks page.
2nd October, 2014 CARMA welcomes two new Research Associates
CARMA welcomes Dr Ohad Giladi (Functional Analysis) and Dr Paul Vrbik (Computer Algebra) who have recently taken two year Research Associate posts.
30th September, 2014 Maths on Spanish tv
Here is a new ad for the spanish lottery
Look carefully at the guy with the beard.
30th September, 2014 Group Theory Webinar is back
The international group theory webinar series starts this week:
Jan Cannizzo (Stevens Institute of Technology)
"An introduction to sofic structures"
22nd August, 2014 Mumtaz Hussain awarded fellowship to visit the UK
CARMA's Mumtaz Hussain has been awarded highly competitive faculty visiting fellowship for collaborative research at the University of York and Durham University (United Kingdom).
12th August, 2014 AMSI Summer Research Scholarships -- Apply Now! http://vrs.amsi.org.au/about/
Get funding to complete a six-week summer research project under the guidance of a (CARMA) supervisor!
$450/week for six-weeks
Present at the "Big Day In"
Fully funded travel & accommodation
Open to (3rd year students) intending honours and masters students
Applications close 8 September
6th August, 2014 UWS senior applied maths position
From the University of Western Sydney:
"The Centre for Research in Mathematics at UWS (http://uws.edu.au/crm) is seeking to build its strength in Applied Mathematics. We are looking for someone who works in areas that will interact with some or all of our existing strengths in Control Theory, Mathematical Biology, and Computational Statistics, as well have the potential to collaborate with industry. We are a new Centre and hence the appointment will have the opportunity to help build the Centre’s research culture and integrate our research strengths with our undergraduate programme."
17th July, 2014 Fran Aragon awarded prestigious fellowship
Fran Aragon, former CARMA postdoc and current member, has won a "Ramón y Cajal" fellowship. This is a highly-competitive Spanish tenure-track postdoctoral grant scheme, for individuals who got a PhD within the last 10 years (similar to the Future Fellowship scheme in Oz). It entails a 5-year contract with a tenure-track commitment, with freedom of area of research. He will return to Alicante in October to take up his fellowship. There were 175 awarded in all subjects and only 5 were awarded in mathematics.
30th May, 2014 CARMA's Mike Meylan goes Nature
The article "Storm-induced sea-ice breakup and the implications for ice extent" by AL Kohout,MJM Williams, SM Dean and MH Meylan was published online today. The authors show that the propagation of large waves through sea-ice around Antarctica extends much further than previously thought, and demonstrate the relationship between the location of the sea-ice edge and wave height over more than a decade.
Congratulations on a fine paper!
8th May, 2014 AMSI 2014/15 Vacation Research Scholarship timeline released
The full timeline for the Vacation Research Scholarship program is below.
For more information, including the ability to register for updates visit www.amsi.org.au/vrs.
June-Sept: 2014/15 VRS online applications open; advertising begins
8 Sept: Applications close
22 Sept: Overflow round 2 closes
8 Sept-29 Sept: Applications are considered & departments supply ranking
29 Sept–3 Oct: Students notified – further info about the program distributed
6–8 Oct: Letter Agreements distributed to participating departments, with 1 month turnaround for return of signed Letter Agreement and first invoice
10 Nov–28 Nov: All signed Letter Agreements, 1st instalment invoices received & further details received from students
Approx 1 Dec: Start date for student VRS projects
Approx 2nd week in Feb 2015: Big Day In (Sydney)
26th March, 2014 George Willis elected Fellow of Australian Academy
CARMA Deputy Director George Willis is one of 20 new Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science -- announced a few minutes ago, see the FAA website.
The FAA is the highest Australian scientific honour one can attain. There are now roughly 475 members over all scientific fields and less than 25 mathematicians of whom three are now CARMA members. See list.
This election is a fitting acknowledgement of the sustained depth of George's contributions to mathematics. George's citation reads:
Professor George Willis FAA
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle
Elected for his innovation in diverse fields of mathematics, including insights into locally compact groups and fundamental concepts such as the scale function and flatness.
Jonathan Borwein, CARMA Director
1st April, 2014 Registration now open for AMSI Winter School 2014!
Registrations for the 2014 AMSI Winter School are now open. The registration deadline for students intending to apply for travel and accommodation scholarships is 2 May 2014.
More information can be found via www.amsi.org.au/ws.
Dates to remember
2 May 2014 - 1st Round registration closes, for those intending to apply for travel & accommodation scholarship
15 June 2014 - Registration closes
8th January, 2014 Dr Judy-anne Osborn: Science star of tomorrow
Our very own Dr Judy-anne Osborn is giving a talk in the Australian Academy of Science "Science stars of tomorrow" series on "Tipping the balance towards scientific thinking, via Zombies and Maths".
More information is available at http://www.science.org.au/events/speakerseries/rs/osborn.html
8th January, 2014 CVX 101, a new MOOC (massive open on-line course) starts Jan 21
CVX 101, a new MOOC (massive open on-line course) will run from January 21 to March 14, 2014. You can register (and find out a little bit about the class) at
The MOOC will be based on the Stanford course EE364A, which can be browsed at
12th December, 2013 CARMA welcomes new member Dr Ali Eshragh Jaromi
We are very pleased that Ali has accepted a Lectureship in Statistics. He brings a wide variety of skills in statistics, optimisation and discrete mathematics.
12th December, 2013 CARMA congratulates Dr Bishnu Lamichhane on his promotion
Well done to CARMA applied mathematician Bishnu Lamichhane who has been promotes to Senior Lecturer in mathematics.
9th November, 2013 CARMA grant successes
Congratulations to CARMA members who were awarded ARC Discovery Project Grants commencing in 2014 and managed at Newcastle or elsewhere. They include: Wadim Zudilin, Richard Brent, Andrew Eberhard, and Jonathan Borwein. Special congratulations to Michael Coons who received a DECRA (Distinguished Early Research Career Award). This year the national success rate for Discovery Projects was under 20%.
8th November, 2013 ARC grant successes
Congratulations to Michael Coons on his successful ARC DECRA application, and to Jon Borwein, Richard Brent and David Bailey on their ARC Discovery Project grant.
30th October, 2013 MISG 2014 -- Register now!
Mathematics in Industry Study Group 2014 (MISG 2014) registrations are now open!
See the website for more information:
29th October, 2013 Congratulations to Masoud Talebian
Congratulations to Masoud Talebian, who with his co-author Garrett Van Ryzin was runner-up in the 2013 INFORMS Case and Teaching Materials Competition for their submission Markdown Management at Sports Unlimited.
This is a wonderful achievement: congratulations!
Details on the INFORMS Case and Teaching Materials Competition can be found at
Click on "Show all finalists" to see more details of Masoud and Garrett's contribution.
16th October, 2013 "CARMA Present and Future"
CARMA has produced a document outlining our standing in the world of mathematics, current areas of research and a view to the future, "CARMA Present and Future".
3rd October, 2013 Matt Tam receives honourable mention for Bernhard Neumann Prize
CARMA Ph.D. student Matt Tam was one of five honourable mentions for
the 2013 Bernhard Neumann Prize. This prestigious prize is given for the
best student talk at the annual meeting of the Australian Mathematical
Society, and was awarded on Wednesday 2nd October. There were a record
76 talks in the competition. In 2011 the award was won by former CARMA
student Dr James Wan.
27th September, 2013 International Group Theory Online Seminar resumes!
The International Group Theory Online Seminar resumes its sessions next Thursday at noon (New York time).
Oct 3, 2013 - Dmytro Savchuk (University of South Florida);
Oct 17, 2013 - Anton Klyachko (Moscow State University, Russia);
Oct 31, 2013 - Inna Bumagin (Carleton University, Canada);
Nov 14, 2013 - Pascal Weil (Université Bordeaux I, France).
Please note that as of this Fall semester we are going to use Blackboard Collaborate software instead of Wimba Classroom for seminar broadcasting. This is going to resolve some technical issues we faced in the past. The instructions will be sent to everyone subscribed to the seminar mailing list (https://lists.stevens.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/accwebinar) and also posted on the seminar webpage at http://www.stevens.edu/algebraic/GTI/
25th September, 2013 "Enhancing the Training of Maths and Science Teachers"
A large team from the schools of Mathematics and Education have been part of a successful maths-focused bid for "Enhancing the Training of Maths and Science Teachers".
This is a joint grant with UoW, UTas, JCU, USyd and UQ (as lead). They have been awarded $2.2 million over 3 years to improve maths teaching at the school level.
25th September, 2013 Masoud Talebian finalist for INFORMS Teaching and Case Materials
Congratulations to Dr Masoud Talebian for his selection as a finalist for the INFORMS Teaching and Case Study competition, for his "Markdown Management at Sports Unlimited" case which has been used in teaching MATH3840 in the past. It was co-authored with Prof. Garrett van Ryzin of Columbia University.
The purpose of this annual competition is to encourage the creation, dissemination, and classroom use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences. The finalists will be presented at a special open session of the annual INFORMS meeting and a panel of judges will select the winning entry based on these presentations. General information on the prize and last year's winners can be found at here.
16th September, 2013 2013 Golden Goose Awards announced
The Golden Goose Awards go to two sets of award winners "whose federally funded research may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted but has resulted in tremendous societal and economic benefit.
Mathematicians Lloyd Shapley and David Gale (deceased) and economist Alvin Roth are being recognized for their work which led to the national kidney exchange and other programs such as the national matching program for new medical residents and hospitals. Thousands of people in the United States are living with transplanted kidneys today thanks, in large part, to a kidney donor matching program that grew out of federally funded research on matching pairs by mathematicians David Gale and Lloyd Shapley. Their work, which used marriage as a model, provided the foundation for economist Alvin Roth to develop numerous practical market applications, and their subsequent research on matching was the basis for today
From the AMS website: http://www.ams.org/home/page
6th September, 2013 2013-2014 Summer Scholarships
Each summer universities and other places put on summer schools, vacation
research projects, etc.. The list for 2013/14 is available here. UPDATE: AMSI Summer School registration is now open.
6th September, 2013 2013/2014 Summer research projects
Research projects for Summer students at the University of Newcastle can be found by following the link at the top of our research page.
20th August, 2013 AMSI Lecture Tour: Prof Stephen Boyd
Stanford professor Stephen Boyd will be visiting Australia in September, giving specialist talks and public lectures. Full details are on the AMSI web site.
18th August, 2013 High Rank for Newcastle Maths
Newcastle was one of only four Mathematics units in Australasia to be ranked in the top 200 by the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) released on August 16 by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Details are available:
14th August, 2013 UoN RHD Scholarships
The University of Newcastle is currently seeking applications
from high calibre, motivated, international PhD candidates. Applications close on 31st August.Click here for details.
30th July, 2013 Article in "International Innovation"
An interview with CARMA director Jon Borwein about experimental mathematics has appeared in "International Innovation".
28th June, 2013 CARMA researcher Wadim Zudilin promoted
We are delighted to announce that as of July 1, 2013, CARMA member Wadim Zudilin will be promoted to the rank of Professor. This a highly deserved tribute to Wadim Zudilin and especially to his remarkable talents as a researcher.
28th June, 2013 Matt Tam awarded VC's Scholarship Top-Up
CARMA PhD student Matt Tam from has been awarded a 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Research Candidates and will receive an annual top-up in addition to his existing scholarships.
26th June, 2013 World War Z review
CARMA's Judy-anne has written a review for the movie "World War Z" for The Conversation (available here). She focuses on the seeds of science in the film, and their basis in reality.
25th June, 2013 Douglas-Rachford Methods website
The Alternating Reflections website is now up.
A full version of our "Douglas-Rachford Methods" website is available here.
25th June, 2013 Math Programming publishes issues in honour of Borwein
The flagship optimization journal Mathematical Programming has published two special issues in honour of the 60th birthday in May 2011 of Laureate Professor and CARMA Director Jonathan Borwein.
Volume 139, Issue 1-2, June 2013.
Special Issue: Computational and Analytical Mathematics.
ISSN: 0025-5610 (Print) 1436-4646 (Online).
17th June, 2013 New WALKS website now up
The new version of our "Walks" website is here.
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.