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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 19 February 2018

'Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', Exhibition curated by Dr Annalisa Cipollone

9:00am to 11:55pm, Palace Green Library, Durham University

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Peter Nejjar: Symmetric last passage percolation and Schur Processes

12:00am, CM221

We consider the last passage percolation (LPP) model on the square lattice with symmetric weights. Tuning the weights on the diagonal, and letting the endpoint move away from the diagonal, we obtain a crossover between the Tracy-Widom GUE, GOE and GSE distributions from random matrix theory. The LPP time can be seen as a marginal of a certain point process - the Schur process with a free boundary - and we shall explain this connection and how it can be used to obtain our results. Joint work with Jérémie Bouttier, Dan Betea and Mirjana Vuletic.

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Dr Elizabeth Koepping: Spousal Violence among Christians: Taiwan, South Australia and Ghana

11:30am, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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IAS Fellow's Seminar - The Obligation of Self-Management: the social structuring of freedom and its critical appraisal

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Professor Sverre Raffnsøe (Copenhagen Business School)

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Andrea Mondino: Smooth and non-smooth aspects of Ricci curvature lower bounds

4:00pm, CM219

After recalling the basic notions coming from differential geometry, the colloquium will be focused on spaces satisfying Ricci curvature lower bounds.
The idea of compactifying the space of Riemannian manifolds satisfying Ricci curvature lower bounds goes back to Gromov in the ‘80s and was pushed by Cheeger and Colding in the ‘90s who investigated the fine structure of possibly non-smooth limit spaces. A completely new approach via optimal transportation was proposed by Lott-Villani and Sturm almost ten years ago. Via such an approach one can give a precise definition of what means for a non-smooth space to have Ricci curvature bounded below. Such an approach has been refined in the last years giving new insights to the theory and yielding applications which seems to be new even for smooth Riemannian manifolds.

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Dr Kathy Ehrensperger: Become fellowimitators together with me (Phil 3.17): Embodying Christ in the Face of the “Enemies of the Cross

4:15pm, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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Daniel Martin: Advanced Mathematica for Physics Computations

5:00pm, OC218

The first half of this talk is on principles of functional programming in Mathematica, in which we will discuss the use of options and attributes, the development of custom notations, and how functional programming fits into the practice of physics. The second half will discuss techniques for organising computations, including namespaces and scoping, debugging techniques, package-generation by notebooks, and the implementation of multiple systems of backups.

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