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The theory of random matrices lies at the crossroads of many sub-disciplines of mathematics - probability theory, mathematical statistics, representation theory, approximation theory, integrable systems theory - and has profound implications for an ever-widening horizon of diverse applications:
This is a very dynamic area and is currently undergoing rapid and exciting developments.
The New Zealand Mathematics Research Institute (NZMRI) has ran an annual summer school since 1994. The summer schools bring around five or six international speakers together to address a particular theme in contemporary mathematics and a list of past themes can be found at NZMRI. Speakers each give four hours of lectures, usually in the mornings, to an audience (around 60 plus) of upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and other research workers. The intention and clear focus is to start at the level of a final year honours/4th year undergraduate and progress in an explicit and detailed way to some current research problem in the allotted time.
The schools are held during the second week of January at a beach-side resort with a quintessential New Zealand character.
In 2019 the venue will be the 'El Rancho' camp in Waikanae, on the Kapiti Coast which is located on the western side of the lower North Island. A variety of accommodation options are available at the Camp.
The afternoons are free for recreational and outdoor activities, some of which are organised for visitors and some adventurous options are also possible. Informal sessions/tutorials are held in the evenings which follow-up up on or explore away from the contents of the previous mornings talks. This might be lead or initiated by the organisers/speakers but is really up to the participants.
Students enrolled in New Zealand higher education institutions will be fully supported for accommodation and meals at the Camp. Provision for internal transportation costs to the Camp are usually made by the home institution.
After the needs of local students are met then we may be able to cover the Camp expenses for participating academics and research workers etc.
International visitors are most welcome. Please contact the organisers for further information.
(Image by Sunil Chhita 2015: Uniformly random domino tiling of a Double Aztec Diamond with the overlap parameter set of 2.)
An incomplete set of handwritten notes by Ana Rahman, University of Melbourne
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Last updated on Thursday 24 January 2019