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Complexity Cluster leaders participating at International Conference on Free Boundary Problems
Complexity Cluster leaders participating at International Conference on Free Boundary Problems
Wednesday 06 August, 2014
Professor Gui-Qiang Chen chaired the conference while Dr. Apala Majumdar lectured on Free Boundary Problems for Liquid Crystals.
Professor Gui-Qiang G. Chen, Professorial Fellow and Leader of the ASC Complexity Cluster, chaired the “International Conference on Free Boundary Problems: Theory and Applications”, held on 23-27 June 2014 at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge (http://www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/FRB/frbw04p.html). The Co-leader of the Cluster, Dr. Apala Majumdar, delivered an invited lecture on “Free Boundary Problems for Liquid Crystals” at the International Conference.
This is the 13th International Conference on Free Boundary Problems: Theory and Applications, in the series initiated in Oxford and Durham in 1970s, inaugural in Montecatini (Italy, 1981) and succeeding in Maubuisson (France, 1984), Irsee (Germany, 1987), Montreal (Canada, 1990), Toledo (Spain, 1993), Zakopane (Poland, 1995), Crete (Greece, 1997), Chiba (Japan, 1999), Trento (Italy, 2002), Coimbra (Portugal, 2005), Stockholm (Sweden, 2008), and Chiemsee (Germany, 2012).
The aim of the conference was to bring together mathematical scientists with interests in the theory, numerics and applications of free boundary problems and discuss recent significant advances and current trends/directions in Free Boundary problems and related topics. Beside 14 plenary lectures, there were seven focus sessions on Free Boundary Problems (FBPs): Analysis of FBPs; FBPs in Fluid Mechanics; FBPs in PDEs of mixed type; Numerics for FBPs; FBPs in Materials Science; FBPs in Biology; and Recent developments in FBPs. In addition, a half-day Turing Gateway Event brought together leading expertise in multiple disciplines across biology and medicine which require mathematical modelling and computation involving FBs, interfaces and related concepts.
Dr. Apala Majumdar, Fellow by Special Election at Keble College, is editing a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A on "New Trends in Active Liquid Crystals: Mechanics, Dynamics and Applications" ​​with Professor Cristina Marchetti (William R. Kenan Professor of Physics, Syracuse University, USA) and Professor Epifanio Virga (University of Pavia, Italy). She has been invited to speak at the Institute of Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Brown University semester program on "Phase Transitions and Emergent Properties" in early 2015.

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