Category Archives: events

conferences, seminars, lectures, etc

Perth, week 3

The black swan is the emblem of Western Australia – but it seems a little odd that, on the State coat of arms, there is a picture of one being cooked in a large pot of water by two kangaroos … Continue reading

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Photography in St Andrews, art in Pittenweem

St Andrews is currently hosting a big photography festival. Because Fox Talbot’s patent on his photographic process was not valid in Scotland, local St Andrews photographers were able to have a go themselves, and develop the process. The festival covers … Continue reading

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YRM16 report

The Young Researchers in Mathematics conference took place this week in St Andrews. Since I was a plenary speaker, I was signed up as a proper participant, so I felt entitled to go to as many talks as I wanted … Continue reading

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Private information retrieval

Yesterday I was at a meeting on this subject at Royal Holloway, organised by Simon Blackburn. The subject is relatively young; it began in 1995 with a paper by Chor, Goldreich, Kushilevitz and Sudan. At the meeting, Alex Vardy gave … Continue reading

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Young Researchers in Mathematics conference

You still have a chance to register for this exciting conference: the deadline has been extended until 8 July. (You can read my report of the 2011 YRM here.) Below is the invitation from the organisers. Registration for the Young … Continue reading

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Designs, graphs and combinatorics in Istanbul

The 3rd Istanbul conference on Design Theory, Graph Theory and Combinatorics took place this week, at Koç University, just north of the city. This is a modern, privately funded university, about ten years old, and already claims to be punching … Continue reading

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How the light got in, 2016

After two days in Hay-on-Wye at How the Light Gets In, I am back (temporarily) in London, my next gigs (in fairly quick succession) Oxford, Istanbul, and Lisbon. Unlike the deep Glastonbury-style mud of two years ago, we had lovely … Continue reading

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