University of Bath

Bath Numerical Analysis Seminar, 1st Semester 2011/2012

The Numerical Analysis seminar at Bath has been running continuously since 1986 and features a range of invited talks from distinguished visitors as well as internal talks by staff and students of Mathematical Sciences and other Departments at the University of Bath.

The Bath Numerical Analysis Seminar takes place Fridays at 12.15 in 4W1.7 (also known as the Wolfson Lecture Theatre). Campus maps can be found here.

Everyone is welcome at these talks and don't forget to join us for lunch after the seminar.


Date Speaker Title
October 7th Eike Mueller Parallelisation of the NAME Atmospheric Dispersion Model
October 14th Paul Milewski Computation of water waves and related nonlinear dispersive equations
October 21st Elisabeth Ullmann Numerical methods for PDEs with Uncertainties
October 28th Jack Blake Preconditioning of iterative methods for the transport equation
November 4th Martin Gander (Geneva) On the Road to the Finite Element Method
November 11th Simon Tavener (Colorado State) A posteriori error analysis for a cut-cell finite-volume method
November 18th Douglas Shanks Preconditioning High Frequency Problems
November 25th Phil Browne Convergence of the ESO method for topology optimization
December 2nd Si´┐Żn Jenkins Numerical Model Error in Variational Data Assimilation
December 9th Chris Budd Discrete Variational Derivative Methods for PDEs
December 13th-15th Midterm meeting of the EU FIRST Network

How to get to Bath

See here for instructions how to get to Bath. Please email Euan (address below) if you intend to come by car and require a parking permit for Bath University Campus for the day.

Tips for new students on giving talks

Since the audience of the NA seminar contains both PhD students and staff with quite wide interests and backgrounds, the following are some guidelines/hints to make sure people don't give you evil looks at lunch afterwards.

Before too much time passes in your talk, ideally the audience should know the answers to the following 4 questions:
  • What is the problem you're considering?
  • Why do you find this interesting?
  • What has been done before on this problem/what's the background?
  • What is your approach/what are you going to talk about?
There are lots of different ways to communicate this information. One way, if you're doing a slide show, could be for the first 4 slides to cover these 4 questions; although in this case you may want to revisit these points later on in the talk (e.g. to give more detail).

  • "vertebrate style" (structure hidden inside - like the skeleton of a vertebrate) = good for detective stories, bad for maths talks.
  • "crustacean style" (structure visible from outside - like the skeleton of a crustacean) = bad for detective stories, good for maths talks.

If you have any queries, please email Euan on e DOT a DOT spence AT bath DOT ac DOT uk.

(Blank template for seminar timetable here)