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.
Swarm modelling across scales: from flocking robots to nanomedicine Sabine Hauert, University of Bristol
Sabine will use mathematical modelling to look at the amazing behaviour of huge swarms of robots! The deployment of such swarms can create outdoor communication networks, form structures and even be used to treat cancer.
About Sabine Hauert
Sabine’s 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
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
Join Phillip to 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.
Randomness Stephen Connor
How many times should you shuffle a deck of playing cards in order to randomise their order? I’ll explain why mathematicians care about this sort of question, and we’ll try to find an answer by first of all considering a very different looking problem involving birthdays.
About Stephen Connor
Stephen is a mathematician with a particular interest in probability, especially in modelling and understanding the behaviour of things which “move around at random”. For the last ten years he has been working at the University of York. In Stephen’s spare time he can usually be found either playing with his children or attempting to knit.