About this day
Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?
At our interactive and inspirational day they will discover how classroom maths is used by people every day in fields from statistics and engineering to research mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way!
Programme & speakers
Tor, statistics and the Dark Net Cerys Bradley, UCL
The dark net is a part of the internet designed to let users hide their identity. Cerys will shine a light on this private world of political activism, cybercrime and more using the immense power of statistics.
About Cerys Bradley
Cerys uses maths to investigate the impact of law enforcement interventions on Dark Net Market users. She is interested in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Cybercrime.
Maths versus AI : minimising the probability of an Artificial Intelligence takeover Nira Chamberlain, Babcock International Group
What is your vision of how Artificial Intelligence will evolve in the future: Data from Star Trek or an army of AI robots marching down our streets? An AI takeover could be more subtle than that. Nira will look at how maths can be used to investigate and minimise the probability of an AI takeover.
About Nira Chamberlain
Nira has over 20 years’ experience writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
Swarm modelling across scales: from flocking robots to nanomedicine Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol
Sabine uses mathematical modelling to predict the behaviour of huge swarms of robots! She will also look at amazing applications such as the deployment of swarms of flying robots to create outdoor communication networks, the use of coin-sized robots to form structures and the design of nanoparticles for cancer treatment.
About Sabine Hauert
Sabine is Assistant Professor in Robotics at the University of Bristol. Her research focuses in designing swarms. Profoundly cross-disciplinary, Sabine works between Engineering Mathematics, the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, and Life Sciences.
Patterns and predictions Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
When most people think about mathematics what comes to mind are sums, calculations, formulae, and equations. But maths is about more than that. Maths is about patterns – finding them, proving that they’re real, and then using them to make predictions. Colin will investigate some patterns – some real, some not real(!) – and see an application in an unexpected place.
About Colin Wright
Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.
When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11 (…or The Mathematics of Heavy Metal) Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham
There are deep and fundamental links between (quantum) physics, mathematics, and heavy metal. No. Really. There are.
Far from being music for Neanderthals, as it’s too often construed, metal can be harmonically and rhythmically complex. That complexity is the source of many mathematical connections. You’ll discover how sine waves underpin every chugging guitar riff, what trigonometry has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in mosh pits are such a great example of statistics in action.
About Philip Moriarty
Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics, a heavy metal fan, and a keen air-drummer. His research focuses on prodding, pushing, and poking single atoms and molecules; in this nanoscopic world, quantum physics is all. Moriarty has taught physics for almost twenty years and has always been struck by the number of students in his classes who profess a love of metal music, and by the deep connections between heavy metal, mathematics, and quantum mechanics. He’s a father of three — Niamh, Saoirse, and Fiachra – who have patiently endured his off-key attempts to sing along with metal classics for many years. Unlike his infamous namesake, Moriarty has never been particularly enamoured of the binomial theorem.