August 2022 newsletter

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Dodecahedron on the SMRI terrace

Three postdoctoral research positions at SMRI: apply by January 2023

Postdoctoral positions at SMRI and USyd School of Maths and Stats: applications have now closed.

Dr Zsuzsanna Dancso, Professor Dror Bar-Natan (University of Toronto), Dr Nancy Scherich (Elon University) and PhD candidate Jessica Liu (University of Toronto)

2022 Toronto visitors: topological interpretations of knots, curves & more

In July 2022, international visitors from Toronto (Nancy Scherich, Dror Bar-Natan and Jessica Liu), visited SMRI to work on a topological algebra project with University of Sydney mathematician Zsuzsanna Dancso.
Watch our group interview, followed by individual interviews with Dr Scherich and Professor Bar-Natan.

Professor Matthias Lesch

Research in the Spotlight: Matthias Lesch

SMRI’s first visitor Professor Matthias Lesch and his Australian collaborators have recently published a paper on spectral flow in the Journal of Topology and Analysis.
Based at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Bonn, Professor Lesch spent three months at SMRI and the Uni of Wollongong in mid-2019.

Professor Frank Calegari

Frank Calegari ‘Secrets of Pi’ Public Lecture: Photo Gallery

Esteemed algebraic number theorist Professor Frank Calegari gave a public talk titled 'The secrets of Pi (and other transcendental numbers)' on 23 November, the first event on his 2022 Mahler Lecture Tour.

Geordie Williamson wins 2022 NSW Premier’s Prizes for Excellence in Science & Engineering: Photo Gallery

SMRI is delighted to announce that Director Professor Geordie Williamson has won the prize for Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry or Physics in the 2022 NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering.

Successful applicants: International Visitor Program 2022 Round 2

SMRI congratulates 23 researchers in the mathematical sciences who were successful in the International Visitor Program 2022 Round 2.

Geordie Williamson speaks at 2022 Fields Medal Symposium: Akshay Venkatesh

Geordie Williamson is an invited speaker at the 2022 Fields Medal Symposium: Akshay Venkatesh, held over 17-19 October 2022 at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Canada. The recording of his talk, "What can the working mathematician expect from deep learning?" is now available.

Illustrative cyber security image

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 software system that has been developed with University of Sydney mathematicians.

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.

Ivan Guo

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.