Week 1:

  • Numerical methods on GPUs: Vivien Challis, UQ
  • Large-Scale Inversion for Geophysical Exploration: Lutz Gross, UQ and Louise Olsen-Kettle, UQ
  • Dynamical Systems & Singular Perturbations: Peter van Heijster, QUT


Week 2:

  • Mathematical modelling of infectious diseases: Geoff Mercer, ANU
  • Regularization of inverse problems in geomathematics: Volker Michel, Universität Siegen
  • Optimisation for nature conservation: Hugh Possingham, UQ.


Vivien Challis 


Vivien is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Mathematics and Physics at The University of Queensland. She received her PhD in 2009, for a thesis in the new area of the topic of Topology Optimisation. She has continued to work in this area, including developing applications in microstructural design problems and problems involving fluid flow, as well as more recently working on GPU implementations. Vivien currently holds an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship associated with the Discovery Project Porous beta-titanium bone implants optimised for strength and bio-compatibility: design and fabrication (2011-2013).

Lutz Gross 

Lutz joined the Earth Systems Science Computational Centre at The University of Queensland in 2003.  He previously worked at the Computing Centre of the University of Karlsruhe, with the scientific software project in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Australian National University, and at Massey University in Auckland where he established the Centre for Parallel Computing. From 2001 to 2003 he was senior research scientist at CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences in Melbourne. His scientific interests are in the area of the numerical solutions for partial differential equations and parallel computing.

Peter van Heijster 

Peter is a lecturer in mathematics at Queensland University of Technology, a position he commenced in 2012. Prior to this appointment he held postdoctoral positions at Brown University and Boston University in the USA. He was awarded his PhD on Front Interactions in a Three-Component System from The University of Amsterdam in 2009. This work studied the ubiquitous feature of pattern formation, which occurs in many branches of science, modelled by reaction-diffusion equations. He is currently the Portal-Editor-in Chief for The Dynamical Systems Web, a networking project of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.   

Geoff Mercer 

Geoff is the group leader in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling at the Australian National University College of Medicine, Biology and Environment. His research interests include topics on combustion and heat transfer, bushfire modelling, flow through porous media, dispersion and hydrodynamics, and epidemiology and population health. He is the current Chair of the Mathematical Biology Group within the division of Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics. His contributions were recently recognised through the prestigious EO Tuck Medal in 2013, a mid-career award for outstanding research and distinguished service to the field of Applied Mathematics. 

Volker Michel 

Volker has been Professor for Mathematics in Engineering at the University of Siegen, Germany, since 2008. Prior to his current position he spent several years at Kaiserslautern, including completion of his Habilitation thesis in 2002 on A multiscale approximation for operator equations in separable Hilbert spaces - case study: reconstruction and description of the earth's interior. During 2006 he spent time at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences at The University of Cambridge, and in 2008 at The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics also at Cambridge. He founded the Geomathematics group in Siegen and is an editor of the International Journal on Geomathematics which first appeared in 2010.

Louise Olsen-Kettle 

Louise is a researcher in the Earth Systems Science Computational Centre at The University of Queensland. After receiving first class honours in applied mathematics in 2000, she completed her PhD in 2004 on the topic of Large-scale numerical simulations of a nanoscale device with applications in solid-state silicon-based quantum computing. Her workmodels earthquake rupture and seismic wave propagation via a solution of non-linear time-dependent wave equations using the finite element method. Her current research investigations include the role of friction in the generation of slip complexity in earthquake cycles, and static Coulomb and dynamic stress triggering in interacting fault systems.

Hugh Possingham 

Hugh was appointed joint Professor in Ecology and Mathematics at The University of Queensland in 2000. Since that time he has been awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 2001, elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2005, was awarded an Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship in 2007, and won the Eureka Prize for Environmental Research in 2009. His vast research interests encompass marine reserve design, landscape reconstruction for birds, kangaroo and koala management, and optimal weed control to name a few. He is currently the Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and Director of the National Environmental Research Program’s Environmental Decisions Hub.






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