PhD Positions, UC|UP Joint PhD Program in Mathematics

The UC|UP Joint PhD Program in Mathematics, run by the Universities of Coimbra and Porto, in Portugal, welcomes applications for the academic year 2017/2018. The Program will offer a number of doctoral scholarships (covering tuition fees and living expenses) to selected candidates. Funding will be made available from the support of the national agency FCT. All areas of Mathematics are covered by the Program.

The first call for applications is open until March 31, 2017.

More information here.

University of Coimbra signed a strategic partnership with Retmarker
in technology for ocular screening of diabetics

The University of Coimbra (UC) signed a license agreement with Retmarker, a spin-off of the Critical Group, in the field of ophthalmology, on February 22nd 2017.
The agreement consolidates a partnership initiated in 2013 to create a technology with the objective of automatically identify retinal lesions in diabetic patients through the processing of ophthalmic images.
The UC was challenged by Retmarker to find solutions to a critical problem: to create an automatic technology capable of analyzing more efficiently retinal images in highly variable (and sometimes low quality) photographs, such as those obtained in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening.
Briefly, the collaboration aimed to integrate, in the Retmarker Screening solution, a new automatic method of detection of lesions in the retina. This method was developed by the team of Isabel Narra Figueiredo, from the Department of Mathematics of the University of Coimbra, within the framework of a research project funded by FCT (the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology) and with the purpose of being used in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programs.

In Press:  (1)   (2).

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Researchers from CMUC develop a mathematical model to simulate
controlled drug release in last generation stents

A team of researchers of the Centre for Mathematics of the UC, in collaboration with the Cardiology Department of the Hospital Centre of Coimbra (CHUC, Covões), developed a mathematical model that simulates controlled drug release from last generation stents, also called Drug-Eluting Stents (DES), which is a tool that can have an impact in interventional cardiology.
Drug-Eluting Stents, also known as pharmacological stents, are medical devices used in unclogging arteries. The difference between DES and traditional stents is the fact that DES' metallic structure is coated by a polymer embedded with a proliferation inhibiter drug. Once the stent is inserted in the target artery, the drug is released, preventing, or at least hindering, the restenosis of the blood vessel. The behaviour of DES, that is, the release throughout time of the drug onto the arterial vessel wall is determined by a complex combination of phenomena that depends on the properties of the polymer, the properties of the drug and the clinical framework of the patient, namely, the clinical status of the target vessel wall.
It is for this reason that the model developed by the team of CMUC, composed by researchers José Augusto Ferreira, Maria Paula Oliveira and Jahed Naghipoor, in collaboration with Lino Gonçalves from the Cardiology Department of CHUC, can have an important role.

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DMUC Mathematical Texts

The two most recent volumes of the DMUC "Mathematical Texts" series (vols. 46 and 47) are already freely available online.

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Atractor's webpages in English

The webpage of Atractor (Interactive Mathematics) has now English versions of the following pages:

Conic billiards
Geometric Puzzle
How to rank pages on the web
Identification numbers with check digit algorithms
Minimal Networks - Steiner's Problem
The mathematical description of seashells growth

These translations of the original Portuguese version are part of a project involving a team of CMUC and DMUC, whose goal is the full translation of the mathematical contents of Atractor's website.

New postdoc at CMUC

   Idir Arab
   PhD in Mathematics (Probability Theory and Stochastic
   Processes, 2016, Univ. of Béjaïa, Algeria), under the supervision of
   Abdelnasser Dahmani.

Antonio de Nicola got a position in Salerno

   A postdoc and Investigador Auxiliar at CMUC for the last 10 years,
   Antonio de Nicola has just started his new job as Ricercatore a
  Tempo Determinato
at the Department of Mathematics of the
   University of Salerno, Italy.

Forthcoming Events

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Mathematics Colloquium

John Whiteman (Brunel Univ. London, UK)
Title: TBA

Thursday, 6 April, 2017

Prof. John Whiteman is the director of BICOM, the Brunel Institute of Computational Mathematics. He sits on the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee to examine how mathematics can be applied to solve global issues.

Research areas: Numerical methods for partial differential equations, particularly in the context of solid mechanics. Finite element methods for problems of linear elasticity, elastoplasticity and viscoelasticity; gradient recovery and superconvergence. Treatment of fracture problems, particularly viscoelastic fracture. Industrial applications of continuum mechanics problems.

More information here.

ENEMath 17:
II National Meeting of Mathematics Students

Coimbra, 8 - 11 April, 2017

The NEMAT/AAC (group of mathematics students of the students' union of the University of Coimbra) is organizing the ENEMath'17, the second edition of the national meeting of mathematics students, with the support of CMUC.

Invited speakers:
João Gouveia (CMUC/Univ. Coimbra)
Pedro Júdice (Caixa Económica Montepio Geral, Lisboa)
Tom Leinster (Univ. of Edinburgh, UK)
Paula de Oliveira (CMUC/Univ. Coimbra)
Jorge Picado (CMUC/Univ. Coimbra)
Filipa Silva (CMUC)
Jorge Nuno Silva (Univ. Lisboa and Associação Ludus)
Marcelo Viana (IMPA, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
John Whiteman (Brunel Univ. London, UK)

Automatic theorem proving (João Araújo, Univ. Aberta, Lisboa)
How can mathematicians help rugby players? (Florian Gensheimer, Univ. Koblenz-Landau, Germany)
Problem solving (António Salgueiro, CMUC/Univ. Coimbra)
R: a powerful tool for data analysis (Luís Silva, Univ. Aveiro)
Symmetry: using GeCla software (Ana Cristina Oliveira, Associação Atractor)

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The 7th Combinatorics Day

Évora, 26 May, 2017

09:30-10:30 Jorge Ramírez Alfonsín (Université de Montpellier)
10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-11:30 Maria Vaz Pinto (IST, UL)
11:30-12:00 Denise Torrão (UE)
12:00-12:30 António Girão (University of Cambridge)
12:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:00 Martin Rubey (Technische Universität Wien)
16:00-16:30 Alan J. Cain (CMA, FCT-UNL)
16:30-17:00 Coffee
17:00-17:30 Carlos Florentino (FC, UL)
17:30-18:00 Rui Duarte (CIDMA,UA)
18:00-18:30 Manuel Silva (CMA, FCT-UNL)

More information here.

5th Workshop on Categorical Methods in Non-Abelian Algebra

Louvain-la-Neuve, 1 - 3 June, 2017

This is a workshop in category theory, algebra and topology to be held at Louvain-la-Neuve on the occasion of George Janelidze being appointed recipient of the 2017 Chaire de La Vallée Poussin.

More information here.

Mathematics Colloquium

Christian Krattenthaler (Univ. Vienna, Austria)
Title: TBA

Wednesday, 7 June, 2017

Prof. Christian Krattenthaler is the head of the Combinatorics & Discrete Mathematics of the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Vienna.

Research areas: All sort of enumerative combinatorics and algebraic combinatorics, with strong side interests in (basic) hypergeometric series and number theory.

More information here.

Category Theory 2017

Vancouver, 16 - 22 July, 2017

The 2017 International Category Theory Conference will take place at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada). The Organizing and Scientific committees of the conference include members of CMUC.

Invited Speakers:
Dirk Hofmann, Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal)
Rory Lucyshyn-Wright, Mount Allison University (Canada)
Matias Menni, Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina)
Robert Paré, Dalhousie University (Canada)
Tim Van der Linden, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Special Guest Speaker:
F. William Lawvere, University at Buffalo (USA)

More information here.

All Kinds of Mathematics Remind me of You:
Conference to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Peter J. Cameron

Lisbon, 24 - 27 July, 2017

Gathering excellence where Cameron excels: Combinatorics, Groups, Model Theory, Number Theory, Semigroups, Statistics, and more...

A joint organization of Univ. Aberta and the Universities of Aveiro, Coimbra and Porto. There will be a satellite workshop on Symmetry in Finite and Infinite Structures (28th July).

More information here.

Summer School of the UC|UP Joint PhD Program in Mathematics

Porto, 4 - 15 September, 2017

A course on PDEs:
Symbolic computation in partial differential equations
by Diogo Gomes (King Abdullah Univ. of Science & Technology, Saudi Arabia)

A course on Nonparametric Statistics:
title TBA
by Wenceslao González Manteiga (Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

A course on Stochastic Processes:
title and speaker TBA

A course on Geometry / Dynamical Systems:
title and speaker TBA

(each course 10 hours long)

Programme Committee:
Jorge Freitas, Helena Reis, Carlos Tenreiro and José Miguel Urbano.

More information here.

Past Events

3rd CMUC Workskop

27 - 28 January, 2017

Last January, CMUC has organized a two days workshop, on the occasion of the visit of the members of the CMUC Advisory Committee. It was an opportunity to show to the international Committee and to the local mathematical community, some of the most important topics of research developed by the center over the last few years, and to discuss some of the future projects and activities and how to improve the ones that are now under way. The full programme is available here.

DELFOS Project

On January 29, 2017, a session was held at the UC to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Delphos Project. In this session, João Filipe Queiró, the coordinator of the project, addressed some words about the 15 years of activities of Delfos, and Jorge Buescu, the president of the Portuguese Mathematical Society, presented a lecture entitled "Harder than ABC".

See some pictures here.

FCTUC Science Fair 2017

During two days, the main plaza of Alma Shopping in Coimbra was the stage for scientific experiments and interactive exhibitions. The Science Fair 2017 was an initiative of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) to show the science that is done within the departments and research centers of the largest faculty of the UC and took place on the 24th and 25th of February.

CMUC took part in some activities of popularization of mathematics, and has provided information about its research groups, the Lab of Computational Mathematics and its thematic lines (presented by Alfredo Costa, Fernando Lucatelli, Gonçalo Pena, Joana Teles, Jorge Picado, Maria João Ferreira, Pier Giorgio Basile, Raquel Caseiro and Sandra Marques Pinto).

See some pictures here.

Recent Preprints

17-14: The linear nature of pseudowords

Jorge Almeida, Alfredo Costa, José Carlos Costa and Marc Zeitoun

PDF file here.

17-13: Some remarks on protolocalizations and protoadditive reflections

Maria Manuel Clementino, Marino Gran and George Janelidze

PDF file here.

17-12: Weighted norm inequalities for positive operators restricted on the cone of
           λ-quasiconcave functions

Amiran Gogatishvili and Júlio S. Neves

17-11: Existence and boundary regularity for degenerate phase transitions

Paolo Baroni, Tuomo Kuusi, Casimir Lindfors and José Miguel Urbano

PDF file here.

17-10: Direct search based on probabilistic feasible descent for bound and linearly
           constrained problems

Serge Gratton, Clément W. Royer, Luis Nunes Vicente and Zaikun Zhang

PDF file here.

See the complete list here.

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