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Mathematical Research Institute

University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute

Transforming maths in Australia with research and public outreach
Our Sydney Mathematical Research Institute is the first of its kind in Australia, drawing leading mathematical scientists from all over the world to do research with Australian collaborators, and engaging with the public.

Based on prestigious overseas models, our Sydney Mathematical Research Institute is transforming mathematics as a discipline in Australia and enabling our country to reap the long-term benefits of that transformation.

The Institute invites applications from mathematical researchers from all over the world to visit, placing Australia in general, and the University of Sydney in particular, at the heart of international mathematics. The visiting mathematicians will enrich the local research environment and enable conference organisers to host more international speakers.

Successful applicants selected by the Scientific Advisory Committee will travel to Sydney for a residency in the Institute, which will offer international mathematicians the chance to focus on research without the usual demands of teaching and administration.

The University of Sydney is already a leader in mathematics research, being the only Australian university to have received a rating of 5 out of 5 for research in Mathematical Sciences in all three of the federal government’s Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rounds. The Institute’s visitor program will greatly expand the existing visitor program of the School of Mathematics and Statistics, bringing more long-term visitors and attracting more of the most important international researchers.

It is through undertaking collaborative mathematical sciences research that real creativity occurs – this is at the heart of the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute.

Generous donor support

The establishment of the Institute was made possible by the generous support of our donors:

  • Simon Marais Foundation
  • Hooper Shaw Foundation
  • Dr Philipp Hofflin and Associate Professor Rebekah Jenkin.

Pairing research with public outreach

Maths is becoming more and more important in all aspects of society, so it is exciting for the public to get an insight into the incredible beauty of mathematics.

In addition to supporting a broad range of mathematical research, the Institute will host conferences, workshops and talks for both academic and general audiences. The Institute's public outreach programs are crucial to our work.

International visitor program

Applications for the next round of the International Visitor Program will open soon, with a deadline in July 2019, for visits in the period April to December 2020.

Sydney Mathematical Research Institute acknowledges the valuable contributions (financial and otherwise) to the International Visitor Program made by the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney and by the hosts and universities listed below.

Matthias Lesch (University of Bonn)
Research interests: Elliptic operators, heat equation methods, spectral zeta functions, spectral flow, unbounded Kasparov modules
1 – 14 May 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Jacqui Ramagge)
15 May – 31 July 2019 (University of Wollongong, Hosts: Adam Rennie and Alan Carey)

Frank Nijhoff (University of Leeds)
Research interests: Discrete systems, variational calculus, quantum mechanics, partial differential equations, difference equations
23 May – 16 June 2019 (La Trobe University, Host: Reinout Quispel)
17 June –15 July 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)

Vladimir Dragović (University of Texas, Dallas)
Research interests: Integrable dynamical systems, algebraic curves, quantum Yang-Baxter equation, Painlevé equations, billiards
26 May – 9 June 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Milena Radnović)
10 – 19 June 2019 (University of New South Wales, Host: Vera Roshchina)
20 – 26 June 2019 (University of Sydney, continued)

Franz Pedit (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
Research interests: Differential geometry, integrable systems, harmonic maps
Dates: 3 June – 2 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Emma Carberry)

Alexandru Hening (Tufts University)
Research interests: Stochastic processes, mathematical ecology, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, Markov processes, asymptotic properties of stochastic processes
15 June – 01 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Ben Goldys)
02 – 15 August 2019 (University of Queensland, Host: Ross McVinish)
16 August – 01 October 2019 (Monash University, Host: Fima Klebaner)

Sergey Dolgov (University of Bath)
Research interests: Numerical linear algebra, high-dimensional approximations, uncertainty quantification
17 – 30 June 2019 (University of Sydney)
1 – 28 July 2019 (Monash University, Host: Tiangang Cui)

Henning Krause (Bielefeld University)
Research interests: Representation theory, homological algebra, derived categories
26 June – 14 July 2019 (University of Sydney, Hosts: Kevin Coulembier and Oded Yacobi)
15 – 18 July 2019 (Australian National University, Host: Amnon Neeman)
19 – 25 July 2019 (University of Sydney, continued)

Syarifah Nordin (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia)
Research interests: Task scheduling, parallel processor system, mixed integer linear programming, optimisation
1 – 13 July 2019 (University of Sydney)
14 July – 20 December (Curtin University, Host: Louis Caccetta)

Adam Parusiński (University of Nice)
Research interests: Singularities, stratifications, real algebraic geometry
Dates: 1 July – 31 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Laurentiu Paunescu)

Alexey Slunyaev (Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Research interests: Nonlinear waves, evolution equations, water waves, solitons, rogue waves
1 – 14 July 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Amin Chabchoub)
15 July – 31 August 2019 (University of Southern Queensland, Host: Yury Stepanyants)

Joseph Maher (CUNY College, Staten Island)
Research interests: Geometric topology, random walks
8 – 14 July 2019 (University of Melbourne, Host: Hyam Rubinstein)
22 – 28 July 2019 (Monash University, Host: Jessica Purcell)
29 July – 25 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Stephan Tillmann)

Diego Pazó (University of Cantabria)
Research interests: Synchronization phenomena, coupled oscillators, space-time chaos
Dates: 13 July – 31 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Georg Gottwald)

Barbara Brandolini (University of Naples)
Research interests: Weak solutions, anisotropic equations, Poincaré-Wirtinger inequality, Wiener spaces
Dates: 15 July – 20 September 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Florica Cîrstea)

Antoine Ayache (University of Lille)
Research interests: Stochastic fields of a fractal nature, sample path behaviour, statistical inference, wavelets, random series, local times
17 – 31 July 2019 (University of Sydney)
1 – 30 August 2019 (La Trobe University, Host: Andriy Olenko)

Claude Viallet (Sorbonne University)
Research interests: Discrete integrable systems, algebraic structures in mathematical physics
21 July – 11 August 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Nalini Joshi)
12 – 17 August 2019 (Flinders University, Host: Yang Shi)
18 – 24 August 2019 (University of Sydney, continued)

Eric Ragoucy (Laboratoire d’Annecy-le-Vieux)
Research interests: Bethe ansatz, W-algebras, out-of-equilibrium statistical physics
26 August – 6 September 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Alexander Molev)
9 – 27 September 2019 (University of Queensland, Host: Jorgen Rasmussen)
30 September – 18 October 2019 (University of Melbourne, Host: Michael Wheeler)
21 October – 1 November 2019 (University of Tasmania, Host: Peter Jarvis)
4 – 8 November 2019 (University of Sydney, continued)

Dror Bar-Natan (University of Toronto)
Research interests: Quantum algebra, knot theory
Dates: 1 September – 31 October 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Zsuzsanna Dancso)

Jitesh Gajjar (University of Manchester)
Research interests: Fluid dynamics, asymptotics
22 September – 13 October 2019 (University of Sydney, Host: Sharon Stephen)
14 – 27 October 2019 (Monash University, Host: Philip Hall)
28 October – 3 November 2019 (University of Sydney, continued)

Ian Melbourne (University of Warwick)
Research interests: Lévy processes, deterministic dynamical systems, anomalous diffusion
Dates: 18 February – 18 April 2020 (University of Sydney, Host: Georg Gottwald)

Professor Geordie Williamson, Director of the Mathematical Research Institute


Our team


Professor Geordie Williamson

Executive Director

Professor Anthony Henderson

Executive Officer

Kate Ippaviz

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for 2019 consists of:

Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee for 2019 consists of: