Date: 28th May 2014

Venue: Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

The 3rd SIAM National Student Chapter Conference will take place on Wednesday28th May 2014 at 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.

The day consists of two plenary sessions, student talks, and poster presentations. All students who are working in an area related to applied and computational mathematics are encouraged to attend, and travel grants are available. The conference, including coffee and lunch, is free. The day will culminate with a complimentary dinner at a local restaurant. Please note that dinner spaces are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis, and that priority will be given to speakers and poster presenters.

Postgraduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to consider presenting their work in the form of a 20 minute talk (15′ talk and 5′ Q&As) or poster. Prizes will be awarded for the best student talk and poster.

We are pleased to announce that the plenary speakers for 2014 are Prof Demetrios Papageorgiou (Imperial College London) and Prof Christoph Reisinger (University of Oxford). The welcoming speech will be given by the President of the UKIE SIAM, Prof Endre Süli (University of Oxford).

Details of the previous conferences hosted by Oxford’s SIAM chapter can be found here – 201320122011, 2010, 20092008.

Details of the previous National SIAM Student Chapter Conferences can be found here – 2013, 2012.

Registration details and important dates

Applications for talks and poster presentations, travel grants, and general registration for the conference can be made using our online form found HERE.

Please note the following dates:

18th April  : Deadline for abstract submission* **

1st May     : Deadline to register attendance

8th May     : Accepted abstracts for talks/posters announced**

15th May   : Travel grants will be announced

16th May   : Late registration deadline for Oxford students/faculty***

28th May   : Conference

* Note for those submitting an abstract for a talk or poster: Abstracts (no longer than 200 words), talks, and posters should be clearly written, explaining the importance of the research topic (Which gap of today‘s research does it contribute to? Why is it innovative?). A collective document of all accepted abstracts will be prepared in advance of the conference and will be made available to the participants.

** Extended deadline. Please note that due to time restrictions of the Conference we may require that you present your work in the form of a poster instead of a talk as a result of high demand.

*** Registration for attendance only.

You may also join our event’s Facebook page for updates.

For any further enquiries please contact Savina Joseph (josephs@maths.ox.ac.uk).


The Conference will be hosted in the newly established building of the Mathematical Institute of the University of Oxford. It was formally opened on 3rd October 2013. Detailed instructions and maps can be found here.


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 OxfordYHA OxfordStar B&BParklands B&BEurobar Cafe & Hotel

Click HERE to see a map of the above locations.

You may also try booking with University accommodation.

Financial Support

There is limited funding available for travel grants, and applications for travel grants can be made using the registration form. We do ask that you provide an itemized list of your expenses and estimated costs. There might also be limited funding available for accommodation. Priority will be given to speakers and poster presenters.

Delegates who need financial support to attend the conference, but are not offered a grant from us, are advised to look for funding from their own institutions or other sources. We do, however, hope to be able to provide at least partial financial support to all attendees.

For claiming your travel/accommodation fund, please visit the registration desk during the mid-morning and afternoon coffee breaks and bring a copy of your receipts and your bank details with you. You can contact our treasurer, Philippe, at charmoy@maths.ox.ac.uk who will be happy to answer any inquiries and sort out the payments via online transaction.


The conference will take place in Lecture Room 2 in the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford.

9:30-10:00    Registration

10:00-10:10  Prof Endre Suli, University of Oxford and President of the UKIE SIAM, Opening Remarks

10:10-10:50  Prof Demetrios Papageorgiou, Imperial College London, Interfacial waves in viscous multi-fluid flows: From order to chaos on the microscale

10:50-11:10  Mark Gilbert, Univeristy of Oxford, Spreading Speeds for Stage Structured Plant Populations in Fragmented Landscapes

11:10-11:30  Shane Burns, University of Ireland, Galway, Model considerations for impacts with friction 

11:30-12:00  Coffee Break

12:00-12:20  Ben Maling, Imperial College London, High-frequency homogenisation

12:20-12:40  Thomas Crowford, University of Cambridge, The discharge of rivers into the North Sea 

12:40-13:00  Mehul Makwana, Imperial College London, Asymptotic Models of Discrete Lattices

13:00-14:20  Lunch Break/Poster Session

14:20-14:40  Michael Tsardakas, Herriot-Watt University, Mathematics of Crime

14:40-15:00  Xinhe Liu, Loughborough University, Neural approximations to self-shaping vector fields

15:00-15:20  Natasa Strabic, University of Manchester, Shrinking an Invalid Correlation Matrix with a Fixed Block

15:20-15:40  Tom Foster, BNP Paribas, Quantitive problems in credit markets – a whistle-stop tour

15:40-16:20  Coffee break with BNP Paribas

16:20-16:40  Shuohao Liao, University of Oxford, Tensor-structured parametric analysis of stochastic genetic regulatory network

16:40-17:00  Iain Smears, University of Oxford, Numerical solution of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman Equations

17:00-17:40   Prof Christoph Reisinger, University of Oxford, Computation with high-dimensional models of financial markets

17:40-18:00   Closing Remarks/Awards

18:30               Dinner (Pierre Victoire)

Poster Presentations

Marta Sarzynska, University of Oxford, Spatial community structure and epidemics of dengue fever

Chaman Kumar, University of Edinburgh, On tamed Euler approximations of SDEs driven by Levy noise with application to delay equations

Andrew Kei Fong Lam, University of Warwick, Soluble surfactants in two phase flow

Phuoc Le, University of Southampton, Generalized Minimum Spanning Tree Games

Lina Joseph, Imperial College London, Reflection from a semi-infinite stack of layers using homogenisation

Mingjie Hao, University of Kent, Multiple equilibria, loss coverage and adverse selection

Radu Cimpeanu, Imperial College London, Electrohydrodynamically Induced Mixing in Small Scale Confined Geometries

Anne Reinarz, University of Reading, Sparse Galerkin BEM for the Heat Equation

Claudio Bierig, University of Reading, The Multilevel Monte Carlo Method for stochastic obstacle problems

Shane Burns, National University of Ireland, Galway, Model considerations for impacts with friction

John Donohue, National University of Ireland, Galway, Mathematical modelling of seasonal migration

Bahar Arslan, University of Manchester, The Logarithm of Structured Matrices

Ross Mckenzie, Cardiff University, Solving DAEs by structural analysis based dummy derivatives

Armin Krupp, University of Oxford, Maximizing the throughput of dead-end filters by adapting the applied pressure

James Tull, Imperial College London, Stochastic Modelling of Unresolved Ocean Dynamics

Xiaogeng Wan, Imperial College London, The causal inference of cortical neural networks during music improvisations

Dr Yongzheng Sun, University of Oxford, Realization of consensus of multi-agent systems with noise coupling

Lucy Hutchinson, University of Oxford, Mathematical Modelling of Angiogenesis

Alexander Lewis, University of Oxford, Nematic Liquid Crystals confined to Annular Domains

Jake Taylor-King, University of Oxford, Mathematical Modelling of Turning Delays in Swarm Robotics

Dr Martine Barons, University of Warwick, Rigorous combination of expert judgment for food security decision support using Bayesian networks

Mary Aprahamian, University of Manchester, Matching Exponential and Resolvent Based Centrality Measures in Complex Networks

Stephen Russell, National University of Ireland, Galway, A multiscale sparse grid finite element method for a two-dimensional singularly perturbed reaction-diffusion problem

Nor Alisa Mohd Damanhuri, University of Manchester, The numerical approximation to solutions for the double-slip model for the indentation of soil in a container under plane strain conditions by a flat smooth rigid punch

Mario Berljafa, University of Manchester, Towards a Parallel Rational Arnoldi Algorithm: Numerical Comparison of Various Parallelization Strategies

Ana Victoria Ponce Bobadilla, University of Warwick, Modelling calcium waves in different dendritic structures

Rodrigo Mendoza Smith, University of Oxford, Norm selectors in the Expander Recovery algorithm

Ben Snow, University of Strathclyde, Behaviour of a Shear Wave at a Solid-Smectic Interface

Jeremy Minton, Cambridge University, Modelling of metal forming processes for on-line control systems with rolling as a case study


Congratulations to our prize winners!

Best Talk :

Iain Smears, University of Oxford

Best Poster Presentation (split) :

Radu Cimpeanu, Imperial College London

Jeremy Minton, University of Cambridge

Main sponsor

The 3rd SIAM National Student Chapter Conference is sponsored by BNP Paribas.

BNP Paribas Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB) is a leading European investment bank with global leadership in many of our businesses. We are part of the BNP Paribas Group, a financial institution with solid foundations and a proven ability to adapt to change. BNP Paribas CIB, with nearly 20,000 employees in over 50 countries, can offer you an exciting and truly global start to your career, a career where you, your ideas and your development matter.

We work continuously on behalf of our clients, helping them to realise their projects around the world. Our success is built on doing things differently, encouraging new ideas and giving our people the room to grow and innovate. If you are analytical, numerate and entrepreneurial, if you can quickly understand complex financial concepts, if you speak good business English and are ready to learn, we want to hear from you. For information on available roles and application details go to www.graduates.bnpparibas.com.

Fixed Income Research & Strategies Team (FIRST) are seeking to recruit top calibre, highly motivated graduate candidates who are prepared to hit the ground running in our dynamic, cross-asset activity. We have a number of opportunities to provide exposure to a wide range of absorbing quantitative research initiatives within BNP Paribas Fixed Income, focusing on Interest Rate Derivatives, Flow Rates, Mortgages, Structured and Flow Credit, FX, CVA & LVA and e-Trading. FIRST is an intellectually stimulating training ground for anyone seeking direct involvement in the innovative development, maintenance and optimisation of the models used for pricing, risk management and accounting purposes of Fixed Income activity across Europe, Americas and Asia. We have daily front-line exposure to traders, marketers and risk managers providing cutting-edge research and risk management solutions based on innovative mathematical, statistical and technological concepts.

Other sponsors

The Chapter also receives generous support from Winton Capital Management and BP.