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RA6a: Additional observations, Evidence of esteem

1. Our success in achieving research excellence in applied mathematics is reflected in part by the many invitations staff receive to present lectures at UK and overseas universities and at national and international conferences. Invited talks at international meetings number at least 185 over the review period (of which around 42 were keynote/plenary); these include those at Critical Stability of Few-Body Quantum Systems, Trento (Armour), Low-dimensional Topology and Quantum Gravity, Warsaw (Barrett), Stochastics and Quantum Physics, Aarhus (Belavkin), Workshop on Nonlinear Parabolic Equations, Leiden (van den Berg), IMA Workshop on Tumour Growth, Minneapolis (Byrne, two talks), Tunnelling in Complex Systems, Seattle (Creagh), IUTAM Symposium on Free Surface Flows, Birmingham (Cummings), Workshop on Nonlinear Elasticity, Hong Kong (England), session at PIERS 2000, Boston (Hopcraft), Dynamics of Thin Fluid Films, Edinburgh (Howell), NATO Advanced Workshop on Light Scattering and Photon Correlation Spectroscopy, Krakow (Jakeman), International Workshop on Classical and Quantum Integrable Systems, Yerevan (Jaroszkiewicz), 1st International Colloquium on Microhydrodynamics, Paris (Jensen), Algebraic Analysis of Singular Perturbations, Kyoto (King), Quantum Probability and Infinite Dimensional Analysis, Bangalore (Lindsay), Canonical and Quantum Gravity, Warsaw (Louko), Geometry and Physics, Twente (Mackaay), Dynamo Theory, Valladolid (Matthews), Diffraction Days, St. Petersburg (McCabe), Current Ideas in Mechanics and Related Fields, Krakow (Parry), ESF Workshops, Bonn and Spa (Richardson), Phase Change with Convection, Warsaw (Riley), Canadian Society for Applied Mathematics Annual Meeting, Vancouver (Spencer), DPG Frühjahrstagung, Regensburg (Tanner), Asymptotic and Numerical Methods in Wave Propagation, Paris (Tew), minisymposia at ICIAM, Edinburgh (Ward, Wattis), symposium at 3rd World Congress of Biomechanics, Sapporo (Waters) and Quantum Probability Conference, Siegmundsburg (Wills). King gave a BAMC Plenary lecture in 1998; Jensen will give one in 2003.

2. Staff have been on the organising committees of numerous (at least 28) international conferences. Meetings hosted at the University include Low Energy Positron and Positronium Physics (Armour, 1997), East Midlands Mathematical Physics Days (Belavkin, 1997 and 1998), Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations of Modern Physics (Belavkin, Jaroszkiewicz, 1998), Asymptotic Day (Tanner, 1999), Mathematical Modelling in Biology and Medicine (Gammack (PDRA), 1999), Tumour Biology and Mathematical Modelling (Byrne, 2000), UK Magnetohydrodynamics Meeting (Matthews, 2000), Tissue Engineering Workshop (Byrne, 2000), Quantum Probabilities and Paradoxes (Belavkin, Wills, 2000), LMS/EPSRC Summer School on Mathematical Biology (Byrne, 2000), 1st Mathematics in Medicine Study Group (Byrne, King, 2000), UK group meetings of two TMR Networks (Parry, Tanner, 2000) and DNA Workshop (Wattis, 2000). Armour is a member (1997-2001) of the General Committee of ICPEAC and Riley was Chair of Euromech Colloquium 408 (2000).

3. Staff have served on the editorial boards of at least 10 journals, including the European Journal of Applied Mathematics (King), Infinite Dimensional Analysis and Quantum Probability (Belavkin), Journal of Applied Analysis (Lindsay), Journal of Engineering Mathematics (Spencer), Quantum Probability Communications (Lindsay (Managing Editor)), Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics (England (formerly an Executive Editor), Spencer) and Waves in Random Media (Hopcraft, Jakeman). Hopcraft is an Editorial Board member of the Cambridge Monographs on Plasma Physics series. Rees was joint guest editor of a special edition of the International Journal of Quantum Chemistry.

4. Armour, Byrne, Hopcraft, Howell, King, Riley and Tew serve or have served on EPSRC Colleges; almost all have been members of EPSRC Panels, as has Barrett, while Jakeman served on an EPSRC Internal Review Panel. England and Spencer are members of ISIMM, Hopcraft has been Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the IoP Plasma Physics Group, Jakeman is Honorary Secretary of the IoP (and a Director on the Board of its Publishing Company), is a member of the Royal Society International Unions Committee, is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and is the British Representative on the IUPAP, King is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Smith Institute, Riley is Chairman of CPAM, Soldatos is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK and Ireland Section of the ASME and Spencer is an Honorary Member of the British Society of Rheology.

5. Other external recognition is provided by the number of invitations received to visit researchers abroad and by the numbers of overseas academics who visit Nottingham, many of which are mentioned in RA5. Among the invited research visits made by staff are those of Armour to Grenoble, Tsukuba, Uppsala and Moscow, Barrett to Pittsburgh, Penn State, UC Riverside, Yale, Fairfield, Kansas, Lisbon and U.  Algarve, Belavkin to Madeira, Tsukuba, Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Turin, Milan, Udine, Genoa, Gdansk, Vienna, Brussels and Moscow, van den Berg to Pittsburg, Georgia Tech., Paris VI and Orsay, Byrne to Turin, QUT, Duke and Rome, Cox to Cornell, Creagh to Geneva, Northwestern, Nice and the Niels Bohr Institute, England to Wollongong, Hibberd to Pau, Hopcraft to Dublin, Howell to Ohio State, Chicago, Eindhoven, Stockholm and Technion, Jakeman to Spain and the USA under NATO schemes, Jensen to Tulane, Alabama, Michigan, Northwestern and MIT, King to Galway, Leiden, Karlsruhe (FzK), Bonn, Paderborn, Madrid, Queensland, QUT, UNSW, Wollongong, Melbourne, UniSA and Amsterdam, Laughlin to Harvard, Lindsay to Cornell, Bielefeld, Bochum, New Delhi, Lodz and Santiago, Louko to UC Santa Barbara, North Dakota, Bern, Stockholm, Aachen, Freiburg, Utrecht, Zurich, Uppsala, Wisconsin, Chicago, Berlin, Prague and Helsinki, Mackaay to Illinois and UC Riverside, Parry to Turin, Richardson to Bonn, Riley to Grenoble, Karlsruhe (FzK and University) and Northwestern, Soldatos to Yamagata, Cyprus, Lecce and Magdeburg, Spencer to Hiroshima, Kyoto, Shanghai, Wollongong, McGill, Curtin, Perth and Auckland, Tanner to the Niels Bohr Institute, Ulm, Marburg, Dresden and the Weizmann Institute, Ward to Duke, Waters to Turin and Wills to Bangalore and Greifswald. Howell has been an invited participant in Mathematical Study Groups with Industry at Delaware, Lyngby and RPI and King at UniSA, Alberta, QUT, Delaware and RPI.

6. Joint projects are underway with numerous experimental groups at Nottingham and elsewhere, as well as with other theoreticians. We are participants in EU TMR networks on cancer modelling (Byrne), mechanics and symmetry (Creagh, Tanner), nonlinear parabolic systems (King) and phase transitions in crystals (Parry), four INTAS networks (Armour, Belavkin and Tew), British-Council-funded collaborations with Baku, Galway, FzK and Leiden and three LMS networks (Belavkin, Byrne, Matthews). Belavkin is UK leader of the RS UK-Japan collaboration on Stochastic Analysis of Quantum Noise and Information. Industrial collaborations include those with AEA Technology, DERA, London-Scandinavian Metals, Magnox Electric, Malvern Instruments, Nuclear Electric, Rolls-Royce, Smith and Nephew and UKAEA. P Stow (Rolls-Royce) and K Winters (AEAT) are Special Professors in TM.

7. Belavkin was awarded the Russian State Prize (formerly the Lenin Prize) in 1996, jointly with R L Stratonovich. During the review period, in addition to Fellowships already mentioned, Belavkin held a JSPS Senior Fellowship, Cummings and Richardson Research Fellowships at Technion and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Hopcraft a Leverhulme Research Fellowship, Howell a Research Fellowship at Christchurch, Oxford and a Visiting Fellowship at Technion, King a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and a QUT Visiting Fellowship, Richardson an ESF Research Fellowship, Riley a University Senior Fellowship, Spencer a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship, Tanner a BRIMS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Waters a Sir Michael Sobell Research Fellowship, Cambridge and Wills an EU Research Fellowship, a CNR Visiting Junior Fellowship and a RS-Indian National Science Academy Exchange Fellowship. van den Berg obtained his PhD cum laude from the University of Leiden and Lindsay received a Vice-Chancellor's Award from the University of Lódź. Journal of Engineering Mathematics 37, Nos. 1-3, was a Special Issue in honour of Spencer.

8. As is to be expected, members of staff carry out extensive duties as referees for journals and grant awarding bodies, external examiners of PhDs etc. Armour, Barrett, Howell, Jakeman, Jensen, King, Matthews and Riley have examined overseas PhDs during the review period.

9. The University has provided significant support to the Unit through, inter alia, pump-priming funding for the mathematical medicine initiative (£50K), Riley's Senior Fellowship, a New Lecturers' Fund award to Tanner and Research Scholarships to fund PhD programmes. Our great strengths in interdisciplinary research are reinforced by King's membership of the University's Engineering and Physical Sciences Strategy Group. The funding for PDRAs mentioned in RA5 as based elsewhere is also not reflected in RA4.


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