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Today's date is Monday, December 11, 2017
School of Mathematics and Statistics
 October 2017
Thursday 12
15:00 - SEMINAR - “Multiscale model reduction for flows in heterogeneous porous media” More Information
Abstract We combine discrete empirical interpolation techniques, global mode decomposition methods, and local multiscale methods, to reduce the computational complexity associated with nonlinear flows in highly heterogeneous porous media. The resulting reduced-order approach enables a significant reduction in the flow problem size while accurately capturing the behaviour of fully-resolved solutions. Below we use of random boundary conditions in constructing snapshot vectors to build local basis functions. We show that by using only a few of these randomly generated snapshots, we can adequately approximate dominant modes of the solution space. Collaborators: Y. Efendiev, J.C. Galvis, M. Ghommem, E. Guildin, G. Li
Monday 16
14:00 - SYMPOSIUM - The Clever Country: The importance of investing in regional and remote students Website | More Information
This symposium brings together a panel of experts from across Australia to discuss ways to support regional and remote students to succeed in higher education. The purpose is to explore the value of investing in higher education from the perspective of the individual, community and the university sector and to question what we need to do to become a truly ‘clever country'.

The symposium will feature the following panel of experts:

Professor Grady Venville Chair (Dean of Coursework Studies, The University of Western Australia)

Tim Shanahan (Chair, WA Regional Development Trust)

Professor Sally Kift PFHEA (President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows, Former DVC – Academic, James Cook University)

Professor Steven Larkin (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Research, University of Newcastle)

Vicki Ratliff (Director, Equity Policy and Programmes, Australian Government Department of Education and Training)

Professor Sue Trinidad (Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education)

The symposium will be held in The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium, and refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free, but tickets are limited so RSVP is essential. Reserve your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2xunNxe
Thursday 19
13:00 - FREE LECTURE - Discussions on New Discoveries in Gravitational Wave Search : This lecture will discuss the progress of gravitational wave discoveries. More Information
The first detection of gravitational waves from binary black holes was made in September 2015. This not only confirmed Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity, but also marked the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy. In recognition of the promising revolutionary effect of this discovery in astrophysics, in October 3, 2017, the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to the three pioneers in the field, Rainer Weiss (MIT), Kip Thorne and Barry Barish (Caltech). Since the first discovery, three more confirmed detections of gravitational waves from binary black holes have been announced. In September 2017, for the first time, the Virgo detector in Italy and the two LIGO observatories in US made a joint three-detector detection. On October 16th, a new breakthrough is to be announcement that is considered by many as revolutionary as the first detection.

The three groups in the UWA node of Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) contributed to these discoveries ranging from instrumentation, signal processing, theory, to electromagnetic follow up observations. This lecture will discuss the progress of gravitational wave discoveries with focus on the new event as well as the UWA contributions.

The speakers will be joined by Dr. Clancy James, Prof. David Coward and Prof. Chris Power, for a panel discussion.
Friday 20
13:00 - TALK - Mathematics Meets Art: Early Renaissance Art and the Need for Perspective Website | More Information
Not only did the early Renaissance painters seek to improve their methods of spatial illusionism, they believed that sophisticated knowledge of geometry was integral. Leon Battista Alberti (1435) believed the first requirement of a painter was to know geometry, whereas Piero Della Francesca went to great lengths to reduce painting to principles of perspective and solid geometry.

Join Dr John Bamberg of the UWA School of Mathematics and Statistics to see how perspective art leads to interesting mathematics. We will see that there is more than meets the eye when we explore the geometric properties of perspective.

John Bamberg grew up north of Melbourne, and completed a BSc (Hons) in pure mathematics at La Trobe University in 1999. He came to UWA in 2000 to study for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Cheryl Praeger and Prof Tim Penttila, in the subject of finite group theory (the mathematics of symmetry). His first postdoc began in 2004 (an ARC Postdoctoral Discovery grant) with Tim Penttila, which lead him into another branch of mathematics; finite geometry. In 2006, John was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship at Ghent University (Belgium), where he lived for nearly three years, before returning to Perth to begin another postdoc in collaboration with Gordon Royle and Michael Giudici. In 2012, he was granted an ARC Future Fellowship (at UWA), and as of the beginning of 2017, he has evolved into a regular teaching and research member of the university.

Campus Partner: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Wednesday 25
11:00 - WORKSHOP - NHMRC Project Grant Workshop More Information
This workshop will help those new to applying for Project Grants to plan their application. We'll also cover how applications are assessed, with input from a recent Grant Review Panel member. RSVP: Via Eventbrite

Monday 30
11:00 - WORKSHOP - NHMRC New Grant Program: Workshop & Further Information More Information
Presentation and question/answer session with DVCR Prof Robyn Owens, and Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences Associate Dean-Research, Prof Hugh Barrett

 November 2017
Friday 03
16:00 - EVENT - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar 16:00 Fri 03/11/2017 Weatherburn LT: Yian Xu More Information
Speaker: Yian Xu (University of Western Australia) Title: Constructing a 2-arc-transitive cover for a certain hypercube Time and place: 16:00 Friday 03/11/2017 in Weatherburn LT

Abstract: The canonical basis, which is a particular type of basis of a vector space will be introduced in this talk, and a sufficient and necessary condition is given to determine the existence of such a basis for a vector space. The structures of canonical bases are then used to study Cayley graphs of extraspecial $2$-groups of order $2^{2r+1}$ ($r eq 1$), which are further shown to be normal Cayley graphs and $2$-arc-transitive covers of $2r$-dimensional hypercubes. ​
Tuesday 14
8:30 - WORKSHOP - Cancer Council WA - Consumer and Community Involvement in Research Workshop Website | More Information
With grant writing season almost upon us, this workshop can help researchers learn how to implement involvement activities into their grant applications. With research funders increasingly requiring consumer and community involvement to be included in grant applications this workshop is a must. This is the last training workshop for 2017!

This workshop will help researchers: · Increase awareness of the value of involvement · Develop understanding and skills on the ‘how and why’ of implementing involvement · Identify and address the barriers to consumer and community involvement

14:00 - WORKSHOP - Research Impact Workshop: Creating Opportunities for Impact Website | More Information
The Office of Research Enterprise has engaged Dr Tamika Heiden, Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia to present a series of research impact sessions at UWA. This workshop is aimed at UWA researchers looking to gain a clear understanding of impact and engagement and the mechanisms they can implement now in order to meet future requirements of the Engagement and Impact Assessment (EIA) submission. For researchers at UWA, this workshop will be valuable in helping you build your capacity and knowledge in impact and engagement. It will include a practical component to enhance the relatability of the workshop to your own research projects.
Thursday 16
8:45 - CONFERENCE - 2017 Australian Institute of Physics WA Postgraduate Conference Website | More Information
This year's Australian Institute of Physics WA postgraduate student conference will be held at the University of Western Australia on Thursday November 16. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. For detailed information, go to bit.ly/2xtfA0G. Register at bit.ly/2ytIPQk.

- All PhD, Masters and Honours students at WA institutions are invited to present their research on the day by giving a 10-12 minute talk. We are currently receiving abstracts, which can be sent to Philipp at p.schoenhoefer@murdoch.edu.au until the 31st of October. See more information about abstracts below. Register through the 2017 Conference eventbrite page.

- 3rd year physics students conducting research are invited to present their work via poster presentation. The specifics will depend on the number of abstract submissions. Third years need only register their interest by emailing p.schoenhoefer@murdoch.edu.au before the 31st of October.

In the event of a large number of abstracts being submitted, some talks may be assigned to a session of 3-minute-thesis style presentations. In this way, we hope to be able to give the majority of students the opportunity to present.

This year the 2017 WA Postgraduate Conference will be held on the same day as the AIP AGM and annual dinner at the University Club of UWA. All conference participants and guests are welcome to register for both the AGM and dinner as well (register at bit.ly/2gmDgMU).
Tuesday 21
12:30 - SYMPOSIUM - Computational Modelling in Health & Disease Symposium Website | More Information
On November 21st, Dr Barry Doyle is holding a Computational Modelling in Health and Disease Symposium to showcase some of the exciting ways computers and computational models are being used for medical research, with applications ranging from haemodynamics to artificial intelligence. This event brings together researchers from UWA, Murdoch University, and Curtin University, as well as guests from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne and Griffith University in Queensland. For those working in this area, this should be a great opportunity to meet with existing colleagues as well as make new connections. For others, come learn about the amazing ways that computers and computational methods can help better understand physiology and help improve the way we treat patients. The venue for the symposium is the G24 Seminar Room at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research. Please remember to RSVP, via the link below. The event will begin at 12.30pm after the NHMRC info session that is on in the McCusker Auditorium.
Thursday 30
17:00 - SEMINAR - Cancer Council WA - THE FUTURE OF CANCER RESEARCH EVENT Website | More Information
The purpose of the event is to update Western Australian researchers on cancer research funding opportunities in light of changes to the funding landscape both locally and nationally.

The event is to be attended by the Honourable Roger Cook, Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health with presentations from guest speakers from the following organisations: Future Health Research and Innovation Fund Cancer Research Trust Medical Research Future Fund National Minderoo Eliminate Cancer Initiative Health and Medical Research Council Cancer Australia Cancer Council WA Cancer Council Australia

 December 2017
Wednesday 06
3:30 - SEMINAR - The Origin of Matter in the Universe More Information

Paul Dirac proposed the baryon symmetric universe in 1933. This proposal has become very attractive now since it seems that all pre-existing asymmetry would have been diluted if we had an inflationary stage in the early universe. However, if our universe began baryon symmetric, the tiny imbalance in numbers of baryons and anti-baryons which leads to our existence, must have been generated by some physical processes in the early universe. In my talk I will show why the small neutrino mass is a key for solving this long standing problem in understanding the universe we observe.


Professor Tsutomu Yanagida is a world-renowned expert on theoretical high energy physics and cosmology. He is famous, in particular, for the Seesaw mechanism (proposed in 1979) and for the Leptogenesis (proposed in 1986). The Seesaw mechanism predicts very small neutrino masses; the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which show that neutrinos have small masses. The Leptogenesis explains the baryon asymmetry observed in the Universe. Professor Tsutomu Yanagida has published more that 500 papers, which have generated 29,666 citations (as of 28 November 2017). His h-index is 80. He co-authored the book ``Physics of Neutrinos and Applications to Astrophysics’’ written jointly with M. Fukugita and published in 2003.

Professor Tsutomu Yanagida obtained his PhD in 1977 from Hiroshima University. In 1979, he joined Tohoku University in Japan, first as Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor (1987) and finally Professor (1990). In the period 1996—2010, he was Professor at Tokyo University. He is currently Professor at Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo where he has been since 2010.
Thursday 07
9:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology Symposium Website | More Information
The Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology Symposium is a 1 day event at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research that will bring together researchers from across Australia and present some of the exciting recent developments in the field. Prof Melissa Knothe Tate from UNSW will deliver the Perkins Seminar at 12pm and there will be 17 excellent researchers from Perth, Sydney and Canberra delivering talks. For those working in the area, this will be a great opportunity to meet with existing colleagues as well as make new connections. For others, come learn about the amazing advances in biomaterial research and applications in tissue engineering. This symposium will be a build-up event for the annual Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE 2018) conference that is being hosted by UWA and held in Fremantle next April. This will be the first time the conference has come to Western Australia. http://asbte2018.com.au/

15:00 - SEMINAR - Cold gas outflows and life-cycle of radio galaxies : A seminar by Prof. Raffaella Morganti (ASTRON/Kapteyn) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
AGN are episodic in nature, cycling through periods of activity and quiescence. Their life-cycle is key for understanding the impact they have on their host galaxy. On the other hand, this cycle is also the result of the intricate interplay between various, and sometimes, competing processes. The role of the gas (accretion and outflowing) is thought to be particularly important behind onset and termination of the nuclear activity.

In this talk, I will present our studies aimed at understanding the life-cycle and the role of the gas in a particular class of active nuclei: the radio-loud AGN. These studies make use of the exciting possibilities offered by the new generation of radio telescopes.

For radio AGN, their evolutionary stage (young, adult, dying, restarted) can be derived from the radio spectra and morphology, in particular by using the capabilities of new low-frequencies radio telescopes. Our search of dying and restarted sources aims at understanding the time-scale of their evolution. The study of their duty-cycle has been done in the MHz-domain using the LOFAR radio telescope and the continuum surveys that are now in progress. I will summarise the results and compare them with evolutionary models of radio sources developed by our group.

In the second part of the talk, I will present the results of our study on the effect of the radio plasma on the surrounding medium. Surprisingly, and despite the extremely energetic phenomena, these effects can be traced by the cold component of the gas using the atomic HI-21cm and the molecular (CO) components. I will describe the presence and characteristics of these fast and massive outflows and how the effect of the radio jet can be described by numerical models. I will discuss the important connection between the evolutionary stage of the radio source and the effect of the radio plasma on the surrounding ISM, particularly relevant in their first phase of life of the radio source. The results presented represent and important starting point for the large surveys (in particular of HI absorption) that are about to start with SKA pathfinders and, in the near future, with SKA.

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