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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 13 December 2018

Masculinities in Martial Sports: West, East and Global South - UKRC grant application meeting

10:00am to 1:00pm, Room 111, Department of History, North Bailey

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Professor Mike Joy: New Perspectives on Source-Code Plagiarism

1:00pm, E245

This talk will look at the history of source-code plagiarism detection, and focus on research taking place at Warwick. These will include style analysis approaches, the role of preprocessing on the effectiveness of detection tools, and student perceptions of plagiarism and collusion.

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Cristina Anghel: Coloured Jones polynomials and topological intersection pairings

1:00pm, CM301

The world of quantum invariants started with the discovery of the Jones polynomial. Then, Reshitikhin-Turaev introduced a purely algebraic construction that having as input a quantum group produces link invariants. The coloured Jones polynomials {J_N(L,q)}_N are sequences of link invariants constructed in this way using the quantum group U_q(sl(2)), whose first term is the original Jones polynomial. R. Lawrence introduced a sequence of topological braid group representations based on the homology of coverings of configuration spaces. Using that, Bigelow and Lawrence gave a homological model for the Jones polynomial, using its Skein relation nature. We will present a topological model for all coloured Jones polynomials. We will show that J_N(L,q) can be described as graded intersection pairings between two homology classes in a covering of the configuration space in the punctured disc. This shows that the Lawrence representations are rich objects that contain enough information to encode all coloured Jones polynomials and possibly more. In the last part of the talk we will present some directions towards a geometrical categorification for J_N(L,q) that can be defined out of this topological model.

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Joanna Ochremiak: To be advised

1:00pm, E360

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Andrew Orton: Fresh expressions, renewal and the Methodist Church in Britain

3:00pm, Seminar Room Β (D/TH004), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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