The 10th Oxford University
SIAM-IMA Student Chapter

Date: 2 May 2018
Location: Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

The 10th annual Oxford SIAM-IMA Student Conference will be hosted on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford.

The aim of the conference is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers, and faculty from a wide range of disciplines sharing a common interest in industrial and applied mathematics. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with one another, share their research/study interests, and make useful contacts from the academic community and industry.

Registration and Abstract Submission

Participation is completely free and includes free lunch as well as free pizza and refreshments following the conference. Please register through the form below.

We encourage any students attending the conference to submit an abstract for a talk or poster using the form below. Any abstracts submitted before 10th of April will be entered into a random ballot for a chance to win a £50 Amazon voucher! The final registration/submission deadline is 18th of April.

Registration and Abstract Submission form

Keynote Speakers

Dr Petra Vertes received a Masters in Theoretical Physics and a PhD in artificial neuronal networks and is currently an MRC fellow in Bioinformatics at the Brain Mapping Unit (BMU) at the University of Cambridge. Her research builds on methods and ideas from physics and applies them to fundamental problems in neuroscience. In particular, she is interested in the structure of brain networks, from the microscopic scale of neurons to the large-scale connectivity of brain regions, in both health and disease. Her research has been published in venues as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuroimage, and Nature. She is also organiser of the Cambridge Networks Network and has been named as one of the 2016 “Global Thinkers” by the Foreign Policy Magazine.

Dr James Sprittles is an Associate Professor at the University of Warwick. His research into fundamental fluid dynamics has impacted both technological and biological applications of fluids. James uses mathematical modelling and computational simulation of microscopic flows. Last year (2017) his novel use of kinetic theory to understand the effect of a liquid spreading over a solid on the air film between received a lot of attention due to its application to the splashing of droplets.


The conference will take place in Lecture Room 3 in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

9:30-10:00   Registration.

10:00-10:05 Prof Dominic Vella, University of Oxford, Opening Remarks.

10:05-10:50 Dr Petra Vertes, University of Cambridge, Networks in Neuroscience.

10:50-11:10  Fabian Ying, University of Oxford, Minimising congestion in supermarkets.

11:10-11:30  Roxana Pamfil, University of Oxford, Communities in multilayer product-purchase networks.

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-12:20 Matthew Butler, University of Oxford, TBC: Adhesive forces with membrane–fluid interactions.

12:20-12:40 Danny Groves, Cardiff University, TBC: Matched asymptotic expansions for droplet-motion-simulation.

12:40-13:00 Joe Bishop, Cardiff University, TBC: Numerical modelling of microstructures.

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-14:30 Poster Session

14:30-14:50 Joseph Field, University of Oxford, TBC: Image processing for digital tomosynthesis.

14:50-15:10 Alexander Safar, Cardiff University, Debonding and stretching in biogenic cellular structures.

15:10-15:30 Adam Barker, University of Reading, Markov processes with constrained local time.

15:30-15:50 Seungchan Ko, University of Oxford, TBC: Mathematical modelling of synovial fluids.

15:50-16:20 Coffee break

16:20-16:40 Rachel Philip, University of Oxford, TBC: Droplet breakup in deep-sea oil mixing.

16:40-17:00 Clint Wong, University of Oxford, TBC: Fluid–vegetation interactions.

17:00-17:45 Dr James Sprittles, University of Warwick, Nanoscale free surface flows: modelling beyond Navier-Stokes-Fourier.

17:45-18:00 Closing Remarks/Awards

18:00-19:30 Pizza and Drinks in the Common Room

Extended conference programme with abstracts

Download (PDF, 355KB)


The conference will be hosted at the Mathematical Institute, located on Woodstock road. The address and a map of the location can be found below.

Address details:

Mathematical Institute
University of Oxford
Andrew Wiles Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road


For accommodation, you can try booking with one of the local hotels, B&Bs or hostels near the Mathematical Institute. We give a list of a few locations, but this is not exhaustive:

Oxford Backpackers, Central Backpackers Oxford, YHA Oxford, Star B&B, Parklands B&B, Eurobar Cafe & Hotel

You may also try booking with University accommodation.

 Financial Support

We are very grateful to G-Research for their support in organising the conference.