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Plenary speakers


Dr Nira Chamberlain PhD HonDSc has two mathematical doctorates and is listed by the PowerList 2019 Top 100 Most Influential Black Person in the UK. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Greenwich for his unique and inspirational contribution to the field of mathematics. In 2018, Dr Chamberlain was the Winner of the Big Internet Math Off title - World's Most Interesting Mathematician which was an international maths communication competition.

Dr Chamberlain is also in listed by the Science Council as ‘one of the UK’s Top 100 Scientists and in 2015 joined the elite list of distinguish mathematicians who featured in the biographical reference book the UK’s Who’s Who. As well as this starting in 2020, Dr Chamberlain will be the President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA) and is a Visiting Fellow of Loughborough University Mathematical Sciences Department.

With over 25 years of experience at developing mathematical models that solve complex real-world problems, Dr Chamberlain has worked within the defence, aerospace, automotive, retail and energy sectors. This has included extended periods in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Israel


Andrea Bertozzi is an applied mathematician with expertise in nonlinear partial differential equations and fluid dynamics. She also works in the areas of geometric methods for image processing, crime modeling and analysis, and swarming/cooperative dynamics. Bertozzi completed all her degrees in Mathematics at Princeton. She was an L. E. Dickson Instructor and NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 1991-1995. She was the Maria Geoppert-Mayer Distinguished Scholar at Argonne National Laboratory from 1995-6. She was on the faculty at Duke University from 1995-2004 first as Associate Professor of Mathematics and then as Professor of Mathematics and Physics. She has served as the Director of the Center for Nonlinear and Complex Systems while at Duke. Bertozzi moved to UCLA in 2003 as a Professor of Mathematics. Since 2005 she has served as Director of Applied Mathematics, overseeing the graduate and undergraduate research training programs at UCLA. In 2012 she was appointed the Betsy Wood Knapp Chair for Innovation and Creativity. Bertozzi's honors include the Sloan Research Fellowship in 1995, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1996, and SIAM's Kovalevsky Prize in 2009. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010 and to the Fellows of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in 2010. She became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013 and a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2016. She won a SIAM outstanding paper prize in 2014 with Arjuna Flenner, for her work on geometric graph-based algorithms for machine learning.

Bertozzi is a Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics `highly cited' Researcher in mathematics for both 2015 and 2016, one of about 100 worldwide in her field. She was awarded a Simons Math + X Investigator Award in 2017, joint with UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Bertozzi was appointed Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at UCLA in 2018, in addition to her primary position in the Mathematics Department. In May 2018 Bertozzi was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. In July 2019 she was awarded SIAM's Kleinman Prize, which recognizes contributions that bridge the gap between high-level mathematics and engineering problems. The award is based on the quality and impact of the mathematics.

She served as Chair of the Science Board of the NSF Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University from 2010-2014 and previously on the board of the Banff International Research Station. She served on the Science Advisory Committee of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at Berkeley from 2012-2016.

To date she has graduated 37 PhD students and has mentored over 40 postdoctoral scholars


Elisabetta Rocca is full professor in Mathematical Analysis at the University of Pavia since November 2018.
After her PhD she spent ten years at the University of Milan and two years at WIAS in Berlin where she coordinated a research group within the ERC Stg-Grant she was awarded in 2011. She is author of more than 90 papers on the analysis of PDEs related to applications in engineering, industry and bio-medicine.


Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. There, she is head of the Cambridge Image Analysis group, Director of the Cantab Capital Institute for Mathematics of Information, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Mathematical and Statistical Analysis of Multimodal Clinical Imaging, and a fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. Her current research interests focus on variational methods, partial differential equations and machine learning for inverse imaging problems. Her research has been acknowledged by scientific prizes, among them the LMS Whitehead Prize 2016, and by invitations to give plenary lectures at several renowned applied mathematics conference, among them the SIAM conference on Imaging Science in 2014, the SIAM annual meeting in 2017, the Applied Inverse Problems Conference in 2019 and the GAMM in 2020.
In her research she is interested in both the rigorous theoretical and computational analysis of the problems considered as well as their practical implementation and their use for real-world applications. She has active interdisciplinary collaborations with clinicians, biologists and physicists on biomedical imaging topics, chemical engineers and plant scientists on image sensing, as well as collaborations with artists and art conservators on digital art restoration.


Eddie Wilson is Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems at the University of Bristol. Prior to this (2010-2012) he was Professor of Modelling and Simulation at the University of Southampton. He is an applied mathematician by background, and a member and former head of Bristol's Engineering Mathematics department. Eddie works in applications across a wide range of engineering sectors, but with a particular emphasis in the transport sector, including policy - he served on the UK government's Department for Transport's science advisory council. His work on stop-and-go waves, aka "phantom traffic jams" is particularly well known in the popular media, and was the focus of an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship 2007-2012. Most recently, he has modelled driverless vehicles and autonomous systems more generally, which are the focus of a 5M pounds partnership project with Thales Group. He has been an active member of the study groups with industry community for over 20 years and has worked on a large number of industry-funded projects. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.


Mark McGuinness is Professor of Applied Mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington.  He majored in physics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, with a first class Honours in 1976 and a PhD in 1978. Then three years at University College Dublin in Ireland as a Post-Doctoral Fellow studying chaos theory, and two years at CalTech teaching applied mathematics before landing a position as a Research Scientist with the Applied Mathematics Division of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), in Wellington in 1983. Work in New Zealand was focussed at first on modelling geothermal reservoirs and supporting NZ geothermal power generation efforts. Then in 1991 Mark was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at Victoria University of Wellington, just two years before the DSIR was disbanded. He has enjoyed working in and teaching various applications of mathematics in geophysics, medicine, and industry, since then.


Luis Nunes Vicente is the Timothy J. Wilmott ’80 Endowed Faculty Professor and Chair of Lehigh University’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), effective August 1, 2018, after a career as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Coimbra. His research interests include Continuous Optimization, Computational Science and Engineering, and Machine Learning and Data Science.

He obtained his PhD from Rice University in 1996, under a Fulbright scholarship, receiving from Rice the Ralph Budd Thesis Award. He was one of the three finalists of the 94-96 A. W. Tucker Prize of the Mathematical Optimization Society (MOS).

In 2015, he was awarded the Lagrange Prize of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and MOS for the co-authorship of the book “Introduction to Derivative-Free Optimization, MPS-SIAM Series on Optimization, SIAM, Philadelphia, 2009”.

He held visiting positions at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center and the IMA/University of Minnesota in 2002/2003, at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences/NYU and the Université Paul Verlaine of Metz in 2009/2010, and at Roma/Sapienza and Rice University in 2016/2017. He was visiting Chercheur Sénior of the Fondation de Coopération Sciences et Technologies pour l’Aéronautique et l’Espace (Réseau Thématique de Recherche Avancée) at CERFACS and Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, during 2010-2015.

He has served on numerous editorial boards, including SIAM Journal on Optimization (2009-2017), EURO Journal on Computational Optimization, and Optimization Methods and Software (2010-2018). He was Editor-in-Chief of Portugaliae Mathematica (published by the European Mathematical Society) during 2013-2018. He has given a number of plenary lectures in reputed society/serial conferences (13th French-German Conf. Optim., VII Brazilian Workshop on Continuous Optim., 8th EUROPT, ICCOPT III, Journées de l’Optimisation – Montréal, 5th Sino-Japanese Optim. Meeting, 43rd Annual Conf. of Italian OR Society, 3rd EUCCO, 26th IFIP TC 7 / 2013, Journées Annuelles 2014 CNRS Optimisation, 15th MOPTA, Journées SMAI-MODE 2018, 6th IMA Conference on NLA and Optimization, ISMP 2018 – keynote, 32nd Brazilian Mathematics Colloquium).


Ginestra Bianconi is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the School of Mathematical Sciences of Queen Mary University of London and Alan Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, London. She is Chief Editor of JPhys Complexity and editor of Scientific Reports, PlosOne, and Entropy among other journals.  Her research activity on Network Science includes Network Theory and its interdisciplinary applications. She has formulated the Bianconi-Barabasi model that displays the Bose-Einstein condensation in complex networks. She has worked in information theory of networks formulating the entropy of network ensembles and she has made important contribution on dynamical processes on networks. In the last years she has been focusing on multilayer networks, network geometry and topology, percolation and network control.
Ginestra Bianconi has published more than 140 papers and her work has appeared in major scientific journals such as Science, Nature, PNAS, PRX and Physical Review Letters. She is the author of the book Multilayer Networks: Structure and Function by Oxford University Press.


Anna-Karin Tornberg is a professor in Numerical Analysis at KTH in Stockholm since 2012. Her research concerns the development of numerical methods for the solution of PDEs. One specific focus is on boundary integral methods for fluid flows involving particles and drops, and with that both development and analysis of important components such as fast methods to accelerate the computations and numerical quadrature techniques for evaluation of singular and nearly singular integrals. 
Prof. Tornberg is an elected member both of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences (KVA) and the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). In 2014 she was awarded the Göran Gustafsson prize in Mathematics in Sweden. Earlier awards include the selection as an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow (2006) while Prof. Tornberg was part of the faculty at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (New York University) as well as the Leslie Fox First Prize in Numerical Analysis (2000).


William Lee has a first degree and PhD from the University of Cambridge and carried out postdoctoral research at Cambridge, Edinburgh and Limerick where he was part of the MACSI team that introduced Study Groups with Industry to Ireland with ESGI62. At Limerick he transitioned to a lecturing role and continued to work with industry through a variety of mechanisms, co-founding the Industrial Mathematics Unit to provide a mechanism for mathematical consultancy work for industry. After a short stay at the University of Portsmouth where he led efforts to introduce an MMath, he moved to take up a post as Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Huddersfield where he has run two Mathematical Hackathons. His research has been awarded the 2017 Knowledge Transfer Ireland Consultancy Impact Award and the Economist's Babbage Blog 2011 Award for Bizarre Boffinry. His research has been discussed on Food Unwrapped and in online articles  by the Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine. William is a regular participant in Study Groups and Modelling Weeks.


Paul Dellar has been a University Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford since 2007, having previously been a Violette and Samuel Glasstone Research Fellow there between 2001 and 2004. He was an undergraduate and research student at the University of Cambridge, a research fellow at St John's College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2001, and a lecturer in applied mathematics at Imperial College London from 2004 to 2007. His research was supported by an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship between 2007 and 2012. He has worked extensively to develop the lattice Boltzmann method for fluid dynamics and related systems, and is a member of the scientific committee of the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics conference series. The lattice Boltzmann approach uses ideas from the kinetic theory of gases to create simulation algorithms suited to modern computer architectures that have been widely adopted in the automotive and other industries. His formulation of magnetohydrodynamics was adopted by DARPA as a large-scale benchmark for their High Productivity Computing Systems project, and underpins his recent work on simulating complex fluids inspired by Jeffery's equation for suspensions of non-spherical particles. He has also worked extensively in atmosphere-ocean fluid dynamics, mostly recently to devise an analytical theory to explain the directions of the equatorial jets arising in simulations of the atmospheres of gas giant planets. He has wide interests in mathematics applied to problems in physics, and has participated in every one of the European Study Groups in Industry held at the University of Limerick.