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Paul Harper

Paul Harper 

Professor of OR & Deputy Head of the School of Mathematics, Cardiff University, Wales

Occupation: Professor and Deputy Head of School of Mathematics, Cardiff University (Cardiff University)

Birthday: 09/04

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2015-03-20 10:27:01 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Perfect conditions for the solar eclipse in sunny 90% dark South Wales ! 

Most reshares: 3

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2016-01-23 15:07:26 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Delighted to be advertising for a Chair in Operational Research to join our thriving and growing group!  

Most plusones: 30

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2015-08-20 15:24:56 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Congrats to Dr Lizzie Rowse on the successful defence of her thesis "Robust Optimisation of Operating Theatre Schedules".  Great job Lizzie! And thanks to +Vincent Knight for acting as internal examiner :)
And more good news on the very same day as the viva that together with Lizzie's co-supervisors Rhyd Lewis and Jonathan Thompson, we have been successful with the awarded of a £230k grant to progress this research.  Yay!

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2016-02-05 07:22:25 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

22 hours and 11,000 miles sat on planes, but well worth the journey to be in wonderful Sydney. Here just for 2 days before heading to give a plenary in Adelaide next week :)

22 hours and 11,000 miles sat on planes, but well worth the journey to be in wonderful Sydney. Here just for 2 days before heading to give a plenary in Adelaide next week :)___

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2016-01-24 09:05:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Some reflections on the Summer School: http://vknight.org/unpeudemath/mathematics/2016/01/27/UNAM-Mathematics-Summer-School/

It's been an awesome experience.

My post is just a quick lay down of photos and feelings. 

Some reflections on the Summer School: http://vknight.org/unpeudemath/mathematics/2016/01/27/UNAM-Mathematics-Summer-School/

It's been an awesome experience.

My post is just a quick lay down of photos and feelings. ___

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2016-01-23 15:07:26 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Delighted to be advertising for a Chair in Operational Research to join our thriving and growing group!  

Delighted to be advertising for a Chair in Operational Research to join our thriving and growing group!  ___

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2016-01-20 15:07:13 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

An honour to have been invited to present to Welsh Government Assembly Members about our healthcare mathematical modelling research and impact. More great visibility :)

An honour to have been invited to present to Welsh Government Assembly Members about our healthcare mathematical modelling research and impact. More great visibility :)___

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2016-01-01 12:59:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

To celebrate the New Year, here's the complete graph on 64 vertices, with its 2016 edges!


To celebrate the New Year, here's the complete graph on 64 vertices, with its 2016 edges!
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2015-12-28 19:26:20 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

A few pics from an enjoyable day spent in Oxford with the family. The streets were welcomely tranquil (we mostly avoided the shops!) and the weather unusually mild for the time of year.

Behind the photo of the kids is the the circular Radcliffe Camera (camera is the Latin word for 'room') which was completed in 1749 to house a library devoted to the sciences. Today it acts as a private reading room for the nearby Bodleian Library. 

A few pics from an enjoyable day spent in Oxford with the family. The streets were welcomely tranquil (we mostly avoided the shops!) and the weather unusually mild for the time of year.

Behind the photo of the kids is the the circular Radcliffe Camera (camera is the Latin word for 'room') which was completed in 1749 to house a library devoted to the sciences. Today it acts as a private reading room for the nearby Bodleian Library. ___

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2015-12-24 18:25:00 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Three very excited kids in our house just watched the ISS pass by (courtesy of the ISS spotter app for timings and directions) - despite some cloud cover we managed a good view - our youngest thought it might be Santa already :)

A very happy Christmas to all my G+ friends 🚀


Three very excited kids in our house just watched the ISS pass by (courtesy of the ISS spotter app for timings and directions) - despite some cloud cover we managed a good view - our youngest thought it might be Santa already :)

A very happy Christmas to all my G+ friends 🚀
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2015-12-17 20:21:31 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

*The dilemma of exchanging gifts at christmas*

Here's a blog post that uses game theory to offer an explanation of why when we agree to not exchange gifts... we do so anyway. (Turns out it's a Prisoner's dilemma :))

http://vknight.org/unpeudemath/code/2015/12/15/The-Prisoners-Dilemma-of-Christmas-Gifts/

*The dilemma of exchanging gifts at christmas*

Here's a blog post that uses game theory to offer an explanation of why when we agree to not exchange gifts... we do so anyway. (Turns out it's a Prisoner's dilemma :))

http://vknight.org/unpeudemath/code/2015/12/15/The-Prisoners-Dilemma-of-Christmas-Gifts/___

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2015-12-09 15:12:36 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

"My innovative life", apparently!   #famousontheinternet

"My innovative life", apparently!   #famousontheinternet___

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2015-11-27 10:33:16 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Still pinching ourselves after winning an award last night for the Times Higher Education Innovation and Technology prize at a very enjoyable and glitzy ceremony in London. Would not have been possible without a wonderful team of researchers (post-docs who do all the hard work) and working with some amazingly talented people in NHS Wales who make it all happen by translating the research into practice.

Still pinching ourselves after winning an award last night for the Times Higher Education Innovation and Technology prize at a very enjoyable and glitzy ceremony in London. Would not have been possible without a wonderful team of researchers (post-docs who do all the hard work) and working with some amazingly talented people in NHS Wales who make it all happen by translating the research into practice.___

2015-11-16 08:35:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

PSA for math folks: My department at +Grand Valley State University is hiring for a tenure-track position. The application deadline is just 10 days away! If you're on the market, please consider applying -- it's a truly amazing working environment for people who care about undergraduate education. If you're not on the market, please retweet/reshare/get the word out. 

PSA for math folks: My department at +Grand Valley State University is hiring for a tenure-track position. The application deadline is just 10 days away! If you're on the market, please consider applying -- it's a truly amazing working environment for people who care about undergraduate education. If you're not on the market, please retweet/reshare/get the word out. ___

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2015-11-12 14:10:59 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Our annual senior maths team challenge is underway! 18 local schools in teams of 4 working on some seriously challenging mathematical problems for the next 3 hours :) This year I bought some nice books by Ian Stewart to award as prizes for the top teams.

Our annual senior maths team challenge is underway! 18 local schools in teams of 4 working on some seriously challenging mathematical problems for the next 3 hours :) This year I bought some nice books by Ian Stewart to award as prizes for the top teams.___

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2015-11-11 13:00:38 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Delighted to have just received University approval for our newest addition to the family of Masters programmes :)  MSc in Data Science and Analytics in collaboration with the School of Computer Science and Informatics.   All details should be online soon.  First cohort in 2016/17.

Delighted to have just received University approval for our newest addition to the family of Masters programmes :)  MSc in Data Science and Analytics in collaboration with the School of Computer Science and Informatics.   All details should be online soon.  First cohort in 2016/17.___

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2015-10-12 15:28:52 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Just learnt about Chalkdust, a maths magazine produced by students, to promote the beauty and impact of maths. 

"Chalkdust is a place for five-minute articles over coffee, and fiendishly hard puzzles that will entertain you for a week. It’s a place for interviews with interesting people around our field, and getting relationship advice from dead mathematicians."

Just learnt about Chalkdust, a maths magazine produced by students, to promote the beauty and impact of maths. 

"Chalkdust is a place for five-minute articles over coffee, and fiendishly hard puzzles that will entertain you for a week. It’s a place for interviews with interesting people around our field, and getting relationship advice from dead mathematicians."___

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2015-10-10 20:10:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Some good advice :)

Getting your first lectureship

On Wednesday I was invited by the +CardiffUGC to participate in a hangout on air about getting a first position after a PhD/postdoc.

I've written a short blog post about it here: http://vknight.org/unpeudemath/academia/2015/10/10/Getting-your-first-lectureship/

You can see the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVjprp022_k___Some good advice :)

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2015-09-18 11:47:22 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Looking for a post-doc opportunity?  Skills in combinatorial optimisation and programming, with interests in applying these to healthcare (robust scheduling of operating rooms)?  Then come and join us :)

Looking for a post-doc opportunity?  Skills in combinatorial optimisation and programming, with interests in applying these to healthcare (robust scheduling of operating rooms)?  Then come and join us :)___

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2015-09-11 09:52:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Very much looking forward to my first HoDoMS (Heads of Department of Mathematical Sciences) committee meeting since being elected as the UK OR Society representative earlier this year.

http://www.hodoms.org.uk/

Very much looking forward to my first HoDoMS (Heads of Department of Mathematical Sciences) committee meeting since being elected as the UK OR Society representative earlier this year.

http://www.hodoms.org.uk/___

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2015-09-09 12:15:40 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Keep the paper title brief!  

Keep the paper title brief!  ___

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2015-08-20 15:24:56 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

Congrats to Dr Lizzie Rowse on the successful defence of her thesis "Robust Optimisation of Operating Theatre Schedules".  Great job Lizzie! And thanks to +Vincent Knight for acting as internal examiner :)
And more good news on the very same day as the viva that together with Lizzie's co-supervisors Rhyd Lewis and Jonathan Thompson, we have been successful with the awarded of a £230k grant to progress this research.  Yay!

Congrats to Dr Lizzie Rowse on the successful defence of her thesis "Robust Optimisation of Operating Theatre Schedules".  Great job Lizzie! And thanks to +Vincent Knight for acting as internal examiner :)
And more good news on the very same day as the viva that together with Lizzie's co-supervisors Rhyd Lewis and Jonathan Thompson, we have been successful with the awarded of a £230k grant to progress this research.  Yay!___

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2015-08-16 15:27:12 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s)Open 

A genuine Monte-Carlo Markov Chain!
(or a Markov Chain in Monte-Carlo at least...)

My poor attempt at a maths geek vacation pic :) Seriously, Monaco was an awesome place to visit.

A genuine Monte-Carlo Markov Chain!
(or a Markov Chain in Monte-Carlo at least...)

My poor attempt at a maths geek vacation pic :) Seriously, Monaco was an awesome place to visit.___

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2015-07-12 17:11:33 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Team Cardiff good to go! Heck, our PhD students are even wearing ties! EURO
Conference (Operational Research) in Glasgow, Scotland. 2,100+ delegates from 73 counties :)


Team Cardiff good to go! Heck, our PhD students are even wearing ties! EURO
Conference (Operational Research) in Glasgow, Scotland. 2,100+ delegates from 73 counties :)
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2015-07-09 17:58:39 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

A nice 5 minute piece about our research and impact broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this evening. Starts around 23.30mins.

+Kevin Clift we finally made it!

A nice 5 minute piece about our research and impact broadcast on BBC Radio 4 this evening. Starts around 23.30mins.

+Kevin Clift we finally made it!___

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2015-07-07 14:23:43 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Very good day for media publicity of our research with several short articles in the press including on the BBC news and some of the team are on BBC Radio 4 PM show tonight (primetime at 5pm)! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qskw

Very good day for media publicity of our research with several short articles in the press including on the BBC news and some of the team are on BBC Radio 4 PM show tonight (primetime at 5pm)! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qskw___

2015-06-23 20:57:46 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Two Lectureships in Operational Research, Cardiff University, UK

Both posts are full-time and open-ended (permanent).  Closing date: 21st July.  

Aneurin Bevan Lecturer in OR  
http://goo.gl/dlwmtA

In the area of OR healthcare modelling, building on our close collaboration with NHS Wales and several local health boards (currently employing a team of 4 research associates).  This joint lectureship is an exciting initiative and a great opportunity to build an academic career in healthcare OR research and make a real impact by informing NHS Wales policy.

Lecturer in OR
http://goo.gl/QVilyS

Open to any field of OR but with a focus on the mathematical underpinnings of the subject.

Two Lectureships in Operational Research, Cardiff University, UK

Both posts are full-time and open-ended (permanent).  Closing date: 21st July.  

Aneurin Bevan Lecturer in OR  
http://goo.gl/dlwmtA

In the area of OR healthcare modelling, building on our close collaboration with NHS Wales and several local health boards (currently employing a team of 4 research associates).  This joint lectureship is an exciting initiative and a great opportunity to build an academic career in healthcare OR research and make a real impact by informing NHS Wales policy.

Lecturer in OR
http://goo.gl/QVilyS

Open to any field of OR but with a focus on the mathematical underpinnings of the subject.___

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2015-06-22 09:40:18 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

+Cardiff University and sponsors very kindly provided a £500 departmental cash prize for our Innovation in Healthcare award last week.  I have asked that instead this goes to Ty Hafan who provide palliative care to children and young people across Wales.  Given the healthcare nature of our research and award, seeing the truly wonderful work of Ty Hafan helps remind us all to put everything into perspective. 

+Cardiff University and sponsors very kindly provided a £500 departmental cash prize for our Innovation in Healthcare award last week.  I have asked that instead this goes to Ty Hafan who provide palliative care to children and young people across Wales.  Given the healthcare nature of our research and award, seeing the truly wonderful work of Ty Hafan helps remind us all to put everything into perspective. ___

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2015-06-18 18:08:51 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

One of the perks (and privileges) of the job - inviting my 11yo son and his classmates to come to the University for a day of STEM activities - engineering (building a motor). mathematics (cryptography, and linear programming using Lego) and
biosciences (the science of snot!).

Huge thanks to those who helped make it a fab day for all - +Zoë Prytherch, +Vincent Knight, +Jason Young, +Geraint Palmer, and Steve Watts.

#schooloutreach
#STEM



One of the perks (and privileges) of the job - inviting my 11yo son and his classmates to come to the University for a day of STEM activities - engineering (building a motor). mathematics (cryptography, and linear programming using Lego) and
biosciences (the science of snot!).

Huge thanks to those who helped make it a fab day for all - +Zoë Prytherch, +Vincent Knight, +Jason Young, +Geraint Palmer, and Steve Watts.

#schooloutreach
#STEM

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2015-06-17 22:19:38 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Win! For the team :)

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/105269-maths-saves-lives!-healthcare-modellers-win-innovation-award



Win! For the team :)

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/105269-maths-saves-lives!-healthcare-modellers-win-innovation-award

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2015-06-15 20:33:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

What a neat event from our friends at Twente University, Netherlands. A summer school with a festival: academic courses, music, sports, theatre, inspirational speakers all on campus over one week (tents are included!) 

CuriousU is focused on Bachelor’s students in their second to last or last year, and entry level Master’s students.

What a neat event from our friends at Twente University, Netherlands. A summer school with a festival: academic courses, music, sports, theatre, inspirational speakers all on campus over one week (tents are included!) 

CuriousU is focused on Bachelor’s students in their second to last or last year, and entry level Master’s students.___

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2015-06-01 14:46:25 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Proud winners of the +Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Award 2015 in Healthcare for our research in collaboration with NHS Wales on using mathematics to save lives!  Please vote for us to become the overall "People's Choice" award winner (from amongst the 5 category winners) if you think us worthy!  (to vote you can simply like the YouTube video or other ways to vote and see all other videos at: http://goo.gl/cv3KxB: ).  

Awesome that the team here have been recognised in this way; very proud of them all and the way we are making an impact in helping to deliver better health services.  

+Vincent Knight +Julie Vile +Jason Young +Geraint Palmer  

Proud winners of the +Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Award 2015 in Healthcare for our research in collaboration with NHS Wales on using mathematics to save lives!  Please vote for us to become the overall "People's Choice" award winner (from amongst the 5 category winners) if you think us worthy!  (to vote you can simply like the YouTube video or other ways to vote and see all other videos at: http://goo.gl/cv3KxB: ).  

Awesome that the team here have been recognised in this way; very proud of them all and the way we are making an impact in helping to deliver better health services.  

+Vincent Knight +Julie Vile +Jason Young +Geraint Palmer  ___

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2015-05-22 11:18:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Spending the morning filming at HP Labs, Bristol, on how research by colleagues here in +Cardiff University School of Mathematics has led to algorithms for data security now used globally in HP products. This will form part of our forthcoming school engagement video :)

Spending the morning filming at HP Labs, Bristol, on how research by colleagues here in +Cardiff University School of Mathematics has led to algorithms for data security now used globally in HP products. This will form part of our forthcoming school engagement video :)___

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2015-05-18 13:05:08 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Introducing my new office... for 2 days! Wonderful to be back at Gregynog for the Welsh Mathematics Colloquium. Arrived early to benefit from the absolute peace in this beautiful library and get some work done. No one else in sight still. Just the ticking of the clock and the tweeting of the birds outside :) Bliss.

Introducing my new office... for 2 days! Wonderful to be back at Gregynog for the Welsh Mathematics Colloquium. Arrived early to benefit from the absolute peace in this beautiful library and get some work done. No one else in sight still. Just the ticking of the clock and the tweeting of the birds outside :) Bliss.___

2015-05-12 14:35:01 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

We'll be broadcasting talks from this seminar live on Thursday 14th May. We are delighted that Mr Daniel Thayer, a senior research analyst at the SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage) Databank, will be speaking at this event about the potential of the wide array of data held by SAIL to revolutionise medical research and increase the pace of healthcare innovation. This talk will be followed by a series of short ‘lightning talks’ by members of the Operational Research Group at Cardiff University, overviewing key mathematical techniques. Each presentation will include both a brief explanation of what each technique is and a short case study exemplifying how it has been used to improve the design and delivery of NHS care in practice. 

A full agenda for the event is available at https://goo.gl/Cdqgfy

If you're interested in attending the breakout sessions in person, buthave... more »

We'll be broadcasting talks from this seminar live on Thursday 14th May. We are delighted that Mr Daniel Thayer, a senior research analyst at the SAIL (Secure Anonymised Information Linkage) Databank, will be speaking at this event about the potential of the wide array of data held by SAIL to revolutionise medical research and increase the pace of healthcare innovation. This talk will be followed by a series of short ‘lightning talks’ by members of the Operational Research Group at Cardiff University, overviewing key mathematical techniques. Each presentation will include both a brief explanation of what each technique is and a short case study exemplifying how it has been used to improve the design and delivery of NHS care in practice. 

A full agenda for the event is available at https://goo.gl/Cdqgfy

If you're interested in attending the breakout sessions in person, but haven't registered yet, please drop me a line to let me know!___

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2015-05-05 13:15:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

If you teach maths at university (or even FE) and you're at all interested in online assessment, please consider attending this free workshop I'm running in Loughborough.
It's two days (of which you can attend one, the other, or both) all about Numbas, the open-source e-assessment system I'm in charge of at Newcastle University.

If you teach maths at university (or even FE) and you're at all interested in online assessment, please consider attending this free workshop I'm running in Loughborough.
It's two days (of which you can attend one, the other, or both) all about Numbas, the open-source e-assessment system I'm in charge of at Newcastle University.___

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2015-04-23 10:05:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Not one but two crews in the lab filming our healthcare modelling team today! Exciting videos and news on the way... :)

Not one but two crews in the lab filming our healthcare modelling team today! Exciting videos and news on the way... :)___

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2015-04-21 08:14:52 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Great to see such a high turnout and interest for the first of several sessions to detail +Cardiff University's portfolio of initiatives to enhance the student experience (eg £38m investment coming to upgrade physical teaching spaces - hurrah!). So much of the effort recently seems to have gone into the research exercise (REF) so awesome that teaching and learning is rightfully getting attention and investment. 

Great to see such a high turnout and interest for the first of several sessions to detail +Cardiff University's portfolio of initiatives to enhance the student experience (eg £38m investment coming to upgrade physical teaching spaces - hurrah!). So much of the effort recently seems to have gone into the research exercise (REF) so awesome that teaching and learning is rightfully getting attention and investment. ___

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2015-04-17 10:59:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Just nearing the end of the 3-day workshop on Data Mining with Applications to Healthcare.  Been a blast with a great tutor, Dr Kemal Kılıç (Sabancı University, Istanbul) and attended by 27 delegates (mostly PhD students / post-docs) from remarkably 12 different nations :)  My gratitude to Kemal for giving his time so freely.

Just nearing the end of the 3-day workshop on Data Mining with Applications to Healthcare.  Been a blast with a great tutor, Dr Kemal Kılıç (Sabancı University, Istanbul) and attended by 27 delegates (mostly PhD students / post-docs) from remarkably 12 different nations :)  My gratitude to Kemal for giving his time so freely.___

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2015-04-13 08:26:55 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Possibly my proudest citation... I had to check the notification wasn't dated April 1st. Apparently my past research on maternity risk is related to balsamic vinegar of Modena analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy :)


Possibly my proudest citation... I had to check the notification wasn't dated April 1st. Apparently my past research on maternity risk is related to balsamic vinegar of Modena analyzed by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy :)
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2015-03-20 10:27:01 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Perfect conditions for the solar eclipse in sunny 90% dark South Wales ! 

Perfect conditions for the solar eclipse in sunny 90% dark South Wales ! ___

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2015-03-19 12:47:45 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to be on the judging panel and present a prize on behalf of the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences at a really awesome "Big Bang" science festival with around 100 Welsh Schools taking part. Teams of students (from as young as 8 year olds right up to 18) have been working on STEM projects with an industrial partner, and they showcased their excellent work. Our prize was for the "Best Application of Maths" and went to Cynffig Comprehensive School who have been working with Sony on a quicker solution (which has actually been implemented) to packaging Raspberry Pi's on their production line; this involved the use of lots of interesting maths in designing the system and was very impressive indeed!

http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/wales/South_Wales/

Earlier this week I had the pleasure to be on the judging panel and present a prize on behalf of the Wales Institute for Mathematical and Computational Sciences at a really awesome "Big Bang" science festival with around 100 Welsh Schools taking part. Teams of students (from as young as 8 year olds right up to 18) have been working on STEM projects with an industrial partner, and they showcased their excellent work. Our prize was for the "Best Application of Maths" and went to Cynffig Comprehensive School who have been working with Sony on a quicker solution (which has actually been implemented) to packaging Raspberry Pi's on their production line; this involved the use of lots of interesting maths in designing the system and was very impressive indeed!

http://www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/wales/South_Wales/___

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2015-03-12 11:33:15 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

The Minister for Education just sat in my school outreach session at a Maths event being held in Swansea University. You can see him in the photo watching on, along with the Vice Chancellor of the University, as the students were having fun playing my epidemic role-play activity. Thankfully the session seemed to go really well with lots of engagement from the students. They were great! The Minister left smiling at least and it was a great honour to be invited and have him come and participate.

The Minister for Education just sat in my school outreach session at a Maths event being held in Swansea University. You can see him in the photo watching on, along with the Vice Chancellor of the University, as the students were having fun playing my epidemic role-play activity. Thankfully the session seemed to go really well with lots of engagement from the students. They were great! The Minister left smiling at least and it was a great honour to be invited and have him come and participate.___

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2015-03-10 18:01:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Delighted to be able to make the launch event of the Greenwich Maths Centre (www.gre.ac.uk/mathscentre). Congratulations to Tony Mann (Director), +Noel-Ann Bradshaw and colleagues, and good luck to them in their new venture. Honoured to be invited to sit on their advisory panel. Just settling down to listen to a seminar by Dame Celia Hoyles, President of the IMA (www.ima.org.uk)

Delighted to be able to make the launch event of the Greenwich Maths Centre (www.gre.ac.uk/mathscentre). Congratulations to Tony Mann (Director), +Noel-Ann Bradshaw and colleagues, and good luck to them in their new venture. Honoured to be invited to sit on their advisory panel. Just settling down to listen to a seminar by Dame Celia Hoyles, President of the IMA (www.ima.org.uk)___

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2015-03-10 14:45:58 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Visiting The University of Greenwich for the launch of an exciting new mathematics centre (more about that later) but took the opportunity to come and stand on the Greenwich Meridian line :)

The Royal Observatory is famous for supplying Greenwich mean time since an agreed international convention in 1884.

Visiting The University of Greenwich for the launch of an exciting new mathematics centre (more about that later) but took the opportunity to come and stand on the Greenwich Meridian line :)

The Royal Observatory is famous for supplying Greenwich mean time since an agreed international convention in 1884.___

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2015-02-20 19:02:07 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

Axelrod's tournament on github

Please share and contribute to this repository: https://github.com/drvinceknight/Axelrod

In the 1908s Axelrod ran a computer tournament that has often been used as a discussion point for how cooperation can evolve in complex systems.

I've modified a workshop I gave in Namibia to allow for simple contributions of strategies to a Prisoner's Dilemma tournament.

I've written a blog post about contributing here: http://goo.gl/zkgSkc and +Jason Young helped me put together a video showing how to submit a strategy with nothing more than the github web interface: http://youtu.be/5kOUVdktxAo

If anyone would like to contribute but does not know Python or does not feel confident in their knowledge of git/github please do get in touch. 

All strategies would be welcome: not just winning ones :D

Axelrod's tournament on github

Please share and contribute to this repository: https://github.com/drvinceknight/Axelrod

In the 1908s Axelrod ran a computer tournament that has often been used as a discussion point for how cooperation can evolve in complex systems.

I've modified a workshop I gave in Namibia to allow for simple contributions of strategies to a Prisoner's Dilemma tournament.

I've written a blog post about contributing here: http://goo.gl/zkgSkc and +Jason Young helped me put together a video showing how to submit a strategy with nothing more than the github web interface: http://youtu.be/5kOUVdktxAo

If anyone would like to contribute but does not know Python or does not feel confident in their knowledge of git/github please do get in touch. 

All strategies would be welcome: not just winning ones :D___

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2015-02-17 08:30:41 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Approaching the toll booths, I had a quick decision to make...  join the long line and pay the advertised toll cost, or head for the shorter queue served by the guy with the long nose and thus most probably pay a higher, unknown, cost....

Markov decision processes in every day life...  Who says mathematics isn't applicable?! 

Approaching the toll booths, I had a quick decision to make...  join the long line and pay the advertised toll cost, or head for the shorter queue served by the guy with the long nose and thus most probably pay a higher, unknown, cost....

Markov decision processes in every day life...  Who says mathematics isn't applicable?! ___

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2015-02-05 19:50:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Just finished our 6th event in this seminar series: "Developing mathematical models in healthcare". 60 or so researchers and healthcare staff came to listen to great talks by Dr Christos Vasilakis (Bath University) and Soheil Davari (from our own group).

Just finished our 6th event in this seminar series: "Developing mathematical models in healthcare". 60 or so researchers and healthcare staff came to listen to great talks by Dr Christos Vasilakis (Bath University) and Soheil Davari (from our own group).___

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2015-02-02 13:38:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

In London for a few meetings over the next 2 days and our visitor, +Edilson Fernandes De Arruda, took the opportunity to come with me. Nice to pop by the Royal Society who is kindly funding his research trip :)

In London for a few meetings over the next 2 days and our visitor, +Edilson Fernandes De Arruda, took the opportunity to come with me. Nice to pop by the Royal Society who is kindly funding his research trip :)___

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2015-01-30 19:34:30 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

We're recruiting! +Cardiff University School of Mathematics wishes to appoint a full-time, open-ended Senior Lecturer (Associate Prof equivalent) in Financial Mathematics.

We're recruiting! +Cardiff University School of Mathematics wishes to appoint a full-time, open-ended Senior Lecturer (Associate Prof equivalent) in Financial Mathematics.___

2015-01-29 17:02:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

After a pretty intensive week or so, nice to see it culminate in the successful submission of a large £2m+ EPSRC maths + health proposal (with 3 other partners led by Brunel) just in time! And today another bid and deadline met with a couple of Portuguese universities who kindly invited us to join in a research proposal :)

Right, now back to everything I've ignored for the past few days...

After a pretty intensive week or so, nice to see it culminate in the successful submission of a large £2m+ EPSRC maths + health proposal (with 3 other partners led by Brunel) just in time! And today another bid and deadline met with a couple of Portuguese universities who kindly invited us to join in a research proposal :)

Right, now back to everything I've ignored for the past few days...___

2015-01-29 16:07:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

We'll be broadcasting talks from this seminar live on Thursday 5th Feb.

In this event, Dr Christos Vasilakis (Director of the newly established Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2), www.bath.ac.uk/chi2) and Dr Soheil Davari (Research Associate at the Cardiff School of Mathematics and Mathematical Modeller in Aneurin Bevan Health Board), will be drawing on case studies to discuss the role of Operational Research in redesigning healthcare services.
 
​A full agenda for the event is available at http://goo.gl/vFq3P5

If you're interested in attending the breakout sessions in person, but haven't registered yet, please drop me a line to let me know!

We'll be broadcasting talks from this seminar live on Thursday 5th Feb.

In this event, Dr Christos Vasilakis (Director of the newly established Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2), www.bath.ac.uk/chi2) and Dr Soheil Davari (Research Associate at the Cardiff School of Mathematics and Mathematical Modeller in Aneurin Bevan Health Board), will be drawing on case studies to discuss the role of Operational Research in redesigning healthcare services.
 
​A full agenda for the event is available at http://goo.gl/vFq3P5

If you're interested in attending the breakout sessions in person, but haven't registered yet, please drop me a line to let me know!___

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2015-01-21 11:08:22 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

The young and gifted mathematical minds of +Edilson Fernandes De Arruda and +Vincent Knight in action :)  Exploring some nice game theoretical and MDP (Markov Decision Processes) connections/research ideas. 

The young and gifted mathematical minds of +Edilson Fernandes De Arruda and +Vincent Knight in action :)  Exploring some nice game theoretical and MDP (Markov Decision Processes) connections/research ideas. ___

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