Attendees at the workshop on neural networks: from dynamical systems to psychology on 24 November 2017

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Participants in conversation at the Hormone Dynamics Workshop on 8 August 2017

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Attendees of the seed corn incubator event in Torquay on 25-26 July 2017

Beyond My Control theatre production at the Exeter Northcott Theatre

Professor Peter Challenor presenting at the Uncertainty Quantification Workshop in London on 19 January 2017

Actors developing a piece of theatre based around seizures, which was explored at the public involvement event on 2nd November 2016.

The BioDynamics Workshop was held at the University of Exeter in September 2016

Professor Mark Cook presenting at the Workshop on Transient Dynamics and Epilepsy

Professor Hinke Osinga presenting at the workshop on fast-slow systems

Launch event presenters:

Professor John Terry, Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova and Professor Stafford Lightman (L-R)

The ferry boat journey to Café on the Exe for the invited speakers of the workshop on synchronization and oscillators with generalized coupling

Previous events

Here is a summary of some of the previous events that have taken place in association with the Centre:

24 November 2017: Workshop on neural networks: from dynamical systems to psychology

Networks are a highly topical subject for mathematical research in dynamical systems, where new challenges are being addressed, new methodologies developed and surprising connections uncovered. This workshop discussed recent research on the mathematical and computational modelling of neural-inspired dynamic networks, and explored connections to clinical-facing research.

Speakers included: Claire Postlethwaite (University of Auckland), Lorenzo Livi (University of Exeter), Juliane Britz (University of Fribourg), and Anke Karl (University of Exeter).

8 August 2017: Hormone Dynamics Workshop

In August 2017 Dr Eder Zavala hosted a workshop on Hormone Dynamics in Pituitary and Adrenal Systems at the recently opened Living Systems Institute. The workshop's main purpose was to communicate how hormone levels change in time and to establish a dialogue to hear directly from people living with endocrine conditions. The workshop provided an insight into future research projects and invited the participants to provide feedback and consultation on the development of such projects. The talks were followed by a roundtable session and individual interviews.

Speakers included: Dr Paul Le Tissier (University of Edinburgh), Dr Jamie Walker (University of Exeter), Prof Stafford Lightman (University of Bristol) and Dr Eder Zavala (University of Exeter).

25-26 July 2017: Seed corn incubator event (round 2)

The EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare commenced its second round of seed corn projects in July 2017.

The Centre’s seed corn projects are multidisciplinary research projects that bring together researchers with complimentary expertise, to work on a research problem associated with the expertise of researchers within Centre. A budget of up to £10k is provided for essential consumables for each project.

The projects began with a seed corn incubator event held on 25-26 July in Torquay, which brought together the research teams and other experts from the Univesity's commercial team, impact team, public engagement team, and Research Development Managers. Three seed corn projects were funded and a summary of each is provided in this news story.

9 March 2017: Beyond My Control

Science met the theatre in this hugely successful interactive modelling performance about epilepsy, excitability and all things neurological. Over 300 people descend upon the Exeter Northcott Theatre to enjoy the production, which saw mathematicians at the University of Exeter abandon their computers and recreate complex brain networks using theatre improvisation techniques.

Initially we pondered whether the logical world of mathematics and the unpredictable world of theatre could really come together to help us see what’s really going on inside our heads, and the answer is a resounding yes!

The production explored just how much control we have over our brains and combined improvised scenes, verbatim testimony and top mathematical research in a unique theatrical experience engaging with epilepsy. Audience members got the chance to interact with the performance and were invited to ask questions and offer feedback at the end. Many visitors stayed on well after the show to find out more about the epilepsy research conducted at Exeter and quiz the mathematicians further.

The production will be taken into local schools during the week commencing 13 March and there are hopes for it to tour the country in the future. Watch this space!

Read a review of the performance by Emily Holyoake.

19 January 2017: Uncertainty Quantification Workshop

This one-day workshop was hosted jointly by the EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare (University of Exeter) and EPSRC Centre for Mathematical Imaging in Healthcare (University of Cambridge). Over 40 delegates attended, a mixture of those working within the five EPSRC Centres for Mathematical Sciences in Healthcare, and those working in related areas.

The workshop acknowledged that the use of numerical modelling and mathematical analysis in healthcare and medicine is increasing and is starting to be used to guide treatment, and that as a consequence the importance of uncertainty quantification in this area is rising too. The workshop explored the use of uncertainty quantification in the context of the EPSRC Centres and examined the different approaches being used. Discussions took place about the implications for patients and new interventions, as well as how progress might be made.

Speakers included: Dr Gary Mirams (University of Nottingham), Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter (Winton Centre, University of Cambridge), Professor Peter Challenor (University of Exeter), Professor John Aston and Dr Carola Schönlieb (University of Cambridge), Dr Marta Garcia-Finana (University of Liverpool), Professor Mark Girolami (Imperial College London) and Dr Mark Tarplee (EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Manager).

2 November 2016: Public involvement event - Using dramatic arts to communicate how mathematics can help us explain seizures and epilepsy

This half day workshop brought together mathematicians, actors and members of the public to explore ideas around the development a piece of theatre which depicts what is happening in the brain during seizures. Eight people with lived experience of epilepsy took part in the workshop, and were invited to share their ideas and personal experiences to explore how this could be presented in a way that is anchored in real world experiences.

It is hoped that the theatre production will increase public understanding of epilepsy and reduce the stigma for people living with epilepsy, and also communicate how the Centre is using mathematics to understand brain activity during seizures with the aim of developing methods for early diagnosis of epilepsy and prediction of seizures. It is planned that the theatre production will be showcased live in schools and at public science festivals and via a web-based film in 2017.

7-9 September 2016: BioDynamics Workshop 2016

The third international BioDynamics Workshop was designed to bring together biologists, mathematicians, clinicians, physicists, and computer scientists who are interested in dynamics and networks in the biological and medical sciences. It provided an opportunity for scientists to present both methods and data in a multidisciplinary forum and hear how interdisciplinary collaborations can provide major conceptual advances in our understanding of complex biomedical systems. The workshop boasted an exciting list of keynote speakers, including Professor Nick Talbot FRS (University of Exeter), Professor Peter Hunter FRS (University of Auckland), Professor Gareth Leng FRSE (University of Edinburgh), Dr Greg Worrell (Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, United States), Professor Angela McLean FRS (University of Oxford), and Professor Philip Ingham FRS, (Nanyang Technological University).

Read a full report about the workshop by Dr Wessel Woldman.

6 September 2016: Workshop on Transient Dynamics and Epilepsy

The Workshop on Transient Dynamics and Epilepsy was organised by one of the Centre's Research Fellows, Jennifer Creaser. It was a popular event and a range of mathematicians, computational neuroscientists and clinicians attended. Speakers were Mark Cook and Philippa Karoly from University of Melbourne, David Liley from Swinburn University of Technology, Adam Zeman and Jennifer Creaser from the University of Exeter. The talks were followed by a discussion on identifying mathematical challenges to studying epilepsy chaired by John Terry.

26 May 2016: Workshop on fast-slow systems

This workshop coincided with the visit of Professor Bernd Krausopf and Professor Hinke Osinga to the Centre: both visitors presented research talks on aspects of nonlinear dynamics of fast-slow systems. In addition, Professor Vadim Biktashev gave a presentation about his work on the numerical and asymptotic calculations of the motion of scroll waves in cardiac tissue. The workshop enabled Centre members and associated researchers to explore the state of the art in fast-slow nonlinear dynamical systems, as well seeing their importance in dynamical models of cardiac disease.

26 April 2016: Centre launch event

The EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare celebrated it's official launch on Tuesday 26 April at the RILD building.

The event began with an introduction and overview from Professor John Terry about the work the Centre will be doing. Professor Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova gave a presentation on the links between maths and personalised healthcare and Professor Stafford Lightman spoke about timing and stress response. After the talks, attendees spent some time networking with one another over a drinks reception and some nibbles. The successful event was well attended by a diverse audience with interests in the Centre.

For those that were unable to attend, you can watch an Echo 360 recording of the presentations (including slides) and view an album of photos from the event.

20-22 April 2016: Workshop on synchronization and oscillators with generalized coupling

The aim of this research workshop was to discuss the state of the art with regard to the effect of generalised coupling (or phase interaction) functions and the emergent patterns of synchrony in coupled oscillator networks, with a particular emphasis to connections in mathematical neuroscience. The workshop was partly sponsored by the EU Marie Curie project GECO (the fellowship of Dr Christian Bick), partly by the EPSRC EPSRC Centre for Predictive Modelling in Healthcare.

The invited speakers were: R Borisyuk (Plymouth), O Burylko (Kiev), A Daffertshofer (VU Amsterdam), M Field (IC London), G Huguet (Barcelona), Y Maistrenko (Kiev/TU Berlin), E Martens (Copenhagen), G Medvedev (Drexel), O Omelchenko (WIAS Berlin), M Porter (Oxford), T Stankovski (Lancaster) M Wolfrum (WIAS Berlin). Approximately 30 participants attended. The topics covered ranged from general theoretical results on network structures and dynamics, through emergent behaviour of coupled oscillators to applications in neuroscience and biological rhythms. There was a meal for the invited speakers on the Wednesday evening at the Café on the Exe. Plenty of opportunities were provided for informal interactions between speakers and participants.

The schedule of speakers and abstracts are available here.