Research Seminars in the School of Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences host regular research seminars delivered by internal and external researchers on topics across mathematical sciences.  Seminars take place on the Kevin Street campus and are open to all.

Seminar 20/11/14: Three Problems in Matrix Theory

Three Problems in Matrix Theory
Anthony Cronin
UCD
Thursday 20 November 2014
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

In this talk I will outline three problems still outstanding in Matrix Theory.

(1) The Nonnegative Inverse Eigenvalue Problem (NIEP).
Given a list of n complex numbers the NIEP is the quest for necessary and sufficient conditions so that this list is the list of eigenvalues (spectrum) of an nxn nonnegative (entry wise) matrix.

(2) Integral Similarity of Matrices
Given two matrices A and B with integer entries can we decide if these are integrally similar i.e. can we find an invertible matrix P with integer entries such that P-1AP=B?

(3) The Pascal Matrix
I will consider the problem of finding the multiplicative order of the matrix Sn which is derived from the Pascal matrix and give some new results on this order.

Seminar 06/11/14: A point-wise convergent method for the singularly perturbed Burgers equation

A point-wise convergent method for the singularly perturbed Burgers equation
Jason Quinn
Dublin Institute of Technology
Thursday 6 November 2014
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

The speaker will describe numerical methods for singularly perturbed differential equations. These are differential equations in which the highest derivative is multiplied by an arbitrary small quantity. Solutions exhibit steep gradients over parts of the problem domain (called layers) which may occur at the boundary or in the interior. The speaker will also present some of his latest results on a point-wise convergent method for Burger’s equation. The solution has an interior layer at some initially unknown point. Knowledge of this point is crucial to the successful design of a numerical method. Asymptotic expansions of this point exist. By using close approximations to the first two terms, we can establish a point-wise convergent numerical method for Burger’s equation. However, the use of the word close is open to scrutiny (and computer power!) and will, in practice, restrict the problem data under study. In the spirit of keeping the presentation light, numerical analysis details will be omitted and we will keep the discussion focused on those first two terms of the asymptotic expansion. Lots of pictures and case examples will ensue.

Seminar 03/04/14: The von Neumann Triple Point Paradox

The von Neumann Triple Point Paradox
Ted Cox
UCD
Thursday 3 April 2014
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Seminar 23/10/14: Mathematical Modelling of Drip Filter Coffee Brewing

Mathematical Modelling of Drip Filter Coffee Brewing
William Lee
University of Limerick
Thursday 23 October 2014
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

Coffee is a key component of many people's day, and yet the recipe for a perfect cup of coffee remains elusive. Part of the reason for this is that although the chemistry of coffee has been thoroughly studied the physics of brewing coffee has received much less attention. I will discuss recent advances in the mathematical modelling of coffee brewing that have resulted from a collaboration between experimentalists at Philips and mathematical modellers based in MACSI. By exploiting an analogy between brewing filter coffee and groundwater chemistry and flow I will show how a set of partial differential equations describing coffee extraction and transport can be derived. I will then discuss strategies for the asymptotic reduction of these equations and compare asymptotic results with simulations based of the full equations and with experiment.

Seminar 13/03/14: Are the days of the maths lecture numbered?

Are the days of the maths lecture numbered? – Using online videos as a teaching and learning resource in a large first year module
Maria Meehan
UCD
Thursday 13 March 2014
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street