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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 16 October 2017

Dr Matthew Crawford: Seeing the Salvation of God: Images as Paratext in Two Armenian Commentaries on the Eusebian Canon Tables

11:30am, Seminar Room B (D/TH004), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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IAS Fellow's Seminar - The Persistence of Myth and Ritual in the Modern Age

1:00pm to 2:00pm, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Tiziana de Rogatis (Università per Stranieri di Siena)

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Emilie Dufresne: The Geometry of Sloppiness

2:00pm, CM221

The use of mathematical models in the sciences often require the estimation of unknown parameter values from data. Sloppiness provides information about the uncertainty of this task. We develop a precise mathematical foundation for sloppiness and define rigorously its key concepts, such as `model manifold' in relation to concepts of structural identifiability. We redefine sloppiness conceptually as a comparison between the premetric on parameter space induced by measurement noise and a reference metric on parameter space. This opens up the possibility of alternative quantification of sloppiness beyond the traditional use of the Fisher Information Matrix, which implicitly assumes infinitesimal measurement error and an Euclidean parameter space. We illustrate the various concepts involved in the proper definition of sloppiness with examples of ordinary differential equation models with time series data arising in mathematical biology.

(joint with Heather Harrington and Dhruva Raman)

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Mark Powell: 4-manifolds

4:00pm, CM221

I will talk about some things we know about how to classify 4-dimensional manifolds, and I will also talk about some of the many things we don't know.

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Dr David Hugh-Jones (University of East Anglia): title to be confirmed

4:30pm to 5:45pm, 453, Durham University Business School