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Quantum encryption algorithm cracked in minutes by computer running Magma

A cryptosystem that was meant to withstand decryption by powerful quantum computers that may be developed in the future has been cracked by a single computer running a Magma program. Magma is a large software system for computing with abstract mathematical objects that has been developed with University of Sydney mathematicians.

August 2022 newsletter

Latest SMRI Quarterly Newsletter published

Read the latest issue of the SMRI Quarterly newsletter, and view past newsletters from 2020-2022.

Professor Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson is a finalist for the 2022 Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation

Inaugural Director of the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute Professor Geordie Williamson has been selected as a finalist for the 2022 Department of Defence Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation.

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Interview with SMRI visitor Ivan Guo

In this interview, Ivan Guo (Monash University) reflects on his recent SMRI visit and explains the models behind financial mathematics. He describes how transport theory applies to quantitative finance (as well as logistics and astronomy), how financial models are tested and debunks some misunderstandings about his field.

Research in the Spotlight: Bob Rink

Introducing the first of our new regular feature "Research in the Spotlight". Past SMRI visitor Bob Rink and his collaborators have recently published two papers in the journal Nonlinearity.

Professor John Cannon

Professor John Cannon elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

Congratulations to pure mathematician Professor John Cannon of the University of Sydney's school of Mathematics and Statistics, who has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Successful applicants: International Visitor Program 2022 Round 1 and Ukrainian Visitor Program

SMRI congratulates the following researchers in the mathematical sciences on their successful applications. There are 14 successful applicants for the 2022IVP Round 1 and 3 successful applicants for the rolling UVP (Ukrainian Visitor Program).

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ICM2022 Down Under: Photo Gallery

The official International Congress of Mathematics 2022 was held virtually. In Sydney, SMRI recreated some of the usual spirit of the ICM. Our local event featured talks by the Australia-based invited speakers, presentations on the work of the Fields medallists, and interactive streaming of plenary and special session talks selected by the participants.

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“Hendoff” for former SMRI Exec Director Anthony Henderson: 19–22 April 2022

The Hendoff is a celebration of Anthony Henderson's manifold contributions to mathematics in Australia, through both his research and service to the community.
After over two years at the helm of SMRI and more than 20 at Sydney, let's send Anthony off in style!

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Maths, AI and intuition with Geordie Williamson: Photo Gallery

Just one day after Pi Day (the International Day of Mathematics, 14 March) Sydney Ideas and SMRI joined forces to present Maths, AI and intuition, a public talk featuring SMRI Director Professor Geordie Williamson, with event MC Adam Spencer.

MATRIX-SMRI Symposium: Nijenhuis Geometry and Integrable Systems, February 2022

This hybrid research symposium on Nijenhuis Geometry and integrable systems took place over 3–18 Feb 2022 online and at Creswick, MATRIX.
It explored Nijenhuis geometry and uses it as a link connecting finite & infinite dimensional integrable systems.

Mathematicians recognised at the 2021 Australian Mathematical Society Meeting

SMRI congratulates mathematicians recognised with awards at AustMS 2021, the 65th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society, which took place over 7-10 December 2021 at the University of Newcastle.
Awardees include SMRI Advisory Board member Professor Serena Dipierro.