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Research Seminars and Meetings

The Mathematics Department organises regular research seminars in the following areas:

Forthcoming events:

Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation
***Please note - unusual day, venue and time***
TUESDAY 31 May - 10.00 - (OLD 1.27, Old Building (also known as Main Building), LSE)
Jon Lee (University of Michigan)
Relaxing efficiently and kindly

Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation
THURSDAY 2 June - 16.00 - CLM.1.03 (Clement House, LSE)
János Pach (EPFL)
Chromatic number vs. clique number

Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation
WEDNESDAY 8 June - 16.00 - Old Building (also known as Main Building), LSE
Speaker, title and abstract TBC

Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation
THURSDAY 9 June - 14.00 - CLM.1.03 (Clement House, LSE)
Gergely Ambrus (University of British Columbia/Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics)
Title and abstract TBC

PhD Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation
FRIDAY 10 June - 12.00 - 32L.B.09 (32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE)
Details TBC

Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation
***Change to usual venue: CLM.3.06, Clement House, LSE***
WEDNESDAY 15 June - 16.00

Marc Renault (Paris)
The bijective ratio of online algorithms

Recent major events:

Two One-Day Colloquia in Combinatorics - 11 & 12 May 2016
The 2016 Colloquia in Combinatorics will take place on 11-12 May, jointly hosted by the LSE Mathematics Department and Queen Mary, University of London. This event offers the opportunity to hear talks by both prominent and promising mathematicians from the UK and abroad, on a variety of topics within the broad field of combinatorics and related areas.

Organisers: Juila Böttcher and Jozef Skokan (LSE); Robert Johnson and David Ellis (QMUL)

Public lecture: The Diffusion of Social and Technological Innovations - 7 March 2016
In this lecture, Peyon considered how new ideas, technologies, and ways of doing things are the key to economic growth and development. Yet it often takes many years after the introduction of an innovation before it comes into widespread use. Delays result from many issues; we examined these in the context of several well-documented cases.  The event was chaired by Professor Martin Anthony (@MartinHGAnthony), Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department of Mathematics at LSE.

A video of the lecture can be viewed on our YouTube channel here, with accompanying slides available here.

Public lecture: Non-Western Mathematics - 18 January 2016
Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University and Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics at LSE, Professor Robin Wilson (LSE / Open University) explored the mathematics of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and the Mayans.

This event was chaired by Professor Jan van den Heuvel. The podcast and video of Robin's lecture can be found here and his accompanying lecture slides can be viewed here.

Public lecture:  A Beautiful Question: finding nature's deep design - 8 July 2015
World-class physicist and Nobel laureate Professor Frank Wilczek (MIT) discussed his new book, "A Beautiful Question", which argues that beauty is at the heart of the logic of the universe, a principle that had guided his pioneering work in quantum physics. A Beautiful Question is the culmination of Wilczek's life work, a work that looks to combine the age-old quest for beauty with the age-old quest for truth.The press release can be read here.

This event was chaired by Professor Bernhard von Stengel.  The podcast of the lecture can be viewed here, the video of the lecture can be viewed here  and photographs taken by Dr Tugkan Batu can be seen here.

Past major events:

Public Lectures: Prof Frank Wilczek - July 2015, Prof Robin Wilson - January 2016, Prof H. Peyton Young - March 2016
Two One-Day Colloquia in Combinatorics:
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 20092008 & 2007 
ESRC Game Theory Workshop: October 2013, February 2013, 2011
Conference on Search Games and Rendezvous: 2012, 2010
Mini-conference on Infinite Combinatorics: 2012