The Mathematics Colloquium is directed at students and academics working in the fields of pure and applied mathematics, and statistics. 

We aim to present expository lectures that appeal to our wide audience.

Information for speakers

Information for speakers

Maths colloquia are usually held on Mondays, from 2pm to 3pm, in various locations at St Lucia.

Presentations are 50 minutes, plus five minutes for questions and discussion.

Available facilities include:

  • computer 
  • data projector
  • chalkboard or whiteboard

To avoid technical difficulties on the day, please contact us in advance of your presentation to discuss your requirements.


Dr Sharon Lee
+61 7 336 51630
Dr Ramiro Lafuente
+61 7 336 57506

A universal property for manifolds

24 June 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Peter Petersen
University of California, Los Angeles (USA)

Network comparison via optimal transport of Markov chains

13 June 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Andrew Nobel
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (USA)

Time scales

16 May 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Martin Bohner
Missouri University of Science and Technology (USA)

Thoughts on Indigenising maths and physics at university, with a view to the needs of preservice teachers and apprentice academics in our disciplines

13 May 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Judy-Anne Osborn: CARMA (and previously Monash)
Amelia Dickenson-Jones: St John's College Woodlawn

A topological perspective on (bio)polymers

15 April 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Agnese Barbensi
Affiliation: University of Queensland

Random dynamical systems

18 March 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Jeroen S.W. Lamb
Affiliation: Imperial College London

Award-winning talks by SMP students

11 March 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Speakers: Tara Kemp & Rhuaidi Burke
Affiliation: University of Queensland

Overlap of hyperbolicity of different types

19 February 2024 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Katrin Gelfert
Affiliation: UF Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ricci Flow and Geometrization

30 November 2023 11:00am12:00pm
Speaker: Professor Gang Tian
Affiliation: Peking University

Liouville theorems for nonlinear parabolic equations in geometry

4 September 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Mat Langford
Australian National University

Bargmann and Fock meet Hardy: an uncertainty principle for operators

14 August 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Sundaram Thangavelu
Indian Institute of Science

Extreme value theory for observables on chaotic dynamical systems, in particular exceedances of length k time steps

31 July 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Professor Matthew Nicol
Affiliation: University of Houston

Reflections on mirror symmetry

26 July 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Xenia de la Ossa
Oxford University (UK)

How far from flat can you be without being flat

5 June 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Wolfgang Ziller
University of Pennsylvania (USA)

Skew Brownian Motion with Two-Valued Drift and Applications in Optimal Control

15 May 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Xiaowen Zhou
Affiliation: Concordia University, Canada

Polymath 14: Groups with norms

11 May 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Apoorva Khare
Affiliation: Indian Institute of Science

Sequential medical treatment optimization using hidden Semi-Markov Processes

24 April 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Dr Alice Cleynen
Affiliation: CNRS, France

Pro-cyclicality beyond business cycles: the case of traditional risk measurements

20 March 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Marie Kratz
ESSEC Business School Paris, CREAR Risk Research Center

On pointed Hopf algebras of finite growth

6 March 2023 2:00pm3:00pm
Speaker: Ivan Angiono
Affiliation: UN Córdoba, Argentina

Optimal stopping for Levy processes

10 October 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Kazutoshi Yamazaki
University of Queensland

Models of chaos in dimensions 2 and 3

12 September 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Andy Hammerlindl
Monash University

Multifidelity multilevel approximate Bayesian computation for stochastic biochemical reaction networks

22 August 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr David Warne
Queensland University of Technology

Weyl groups and Hecke algebras: finite, affine, and double affine

8 August 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Dinakar Muthiah
University of Glasgow (Scotland)

Dynamics of Phase Transitions and Mean Curvature Flow

23 May 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Huy The Nguyen
Queen Mary University of London (UK)

Exploiting the exciting interface between mechanistic and statistical models

9 May 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Matthew Adams
Queensland University of Technology

Benign overfitting

4 April 2022 11:00am12:00pm
Professor Peter Bartlett
University of California, Berkeley (USA)

Nonstationary extremal modelling in weather systems

28 March 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Meagan Carney
University of Queensland

Convergence of randomized Kaczmarz algorithms in Hilbert spaces

21 March 2022 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Xin Guo
University of Queensland

A Distance-based Approximate Bayesian Computation Procedure for Time-Series Data

18 October 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Hien Duy Nguyen
University of Queensland

An overview of skew distributions in cluster analysis

11 October 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Sharon Lee
University of Queensland

Variable selection and dimension reduction methods for high dimensional and big-data set

21 June 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Benoit Liquet-Weiland
Macquarie University

Computer-assisted proofs, dynamical systems, and all that

10 May 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Warwick Tucker
Monash University

Pos-quantum zero-knowledge proofs

1 March 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Veronika Kuchta
University of Queensland

Combinatorial constructions in Representation Theory and Number Theory

15 February 2021 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Anna Puskas
University of Queensland

Introduction to Optimal Transportation

9 March 2020 2:00pm3:00pm
Associate Professor Jiakun Liu
University of Wollongong

Sharp polynomial bounds on mixing rates for dispersing billiards and Lorentz gases

2 March 2020 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Ian Melbourne, University of Warwick

Atmospheric carbon and the statistical science of measuring, mapping, and uncertainty quantification

18 November 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Noel Cressie, Distinguished Professor, National Institute for Applied Statistics Research Australia (NIASRA), University of Wollongong

The wisdom of the crowd: ensemble learning and multi-modal imitation learning

14 October 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
Dr Nan Ye, School of Mathematics and Physics, TheUniversity of Queensland

Prediction of inertial particle focusing in curved microfluidic channels.

23 September 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Professor Yvonne Stokes, Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Reflections and Retractions

9 September 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Anne Thomas, The University of Sydney

Ricci Flow, Einstein Manifolds and Ricci Solitons: A Survey

22 August 2019 12:00pm1:00pm
Xiaodong Cao (Cornell University)

The competitive exclusion principle in stochastic environments

12 August 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Alex Hening (Tufts University)

The extension problem and the Helgason conjecture

15 July 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Sundaram Thangavelu (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalor)

Curvature and Symmetry

10 June 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Wolfgang Ziller (University of Pennsylvania)

Special Colloquium celebrating Women in Mathematics

13 May 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Romina Arroyo, Sara Herke, Sabrina Streipert and Sheila Williams

Homogeneous Ricci flows

8 April 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Ramiro Lafuente (The University of Queensland)

Three Angles on Tropical Geometry

13 March 2019 10:00am11:00am
Dr Stephan Tillmann

Hamilton Cycles, Polytopes and Random Walks

18 February 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Ali Eshragh (University of Newcastle, Australia)

Homogeneous Einstein Metrics on Euclidean Spaces are Einstein Solvmanifolds

11 February 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
Christoph Boehm (University of Muenster, Germany)

Computational methods for global dynamics

27 August 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Oliver Junge (Technical University Munich)

Mathematics of Swimming: Why do the Limbs of Krill Move like a Wave?

30 July 2018 2:00pm
Calvin Zhang (University of Arizona)

Using Stein’s Equation in Simulation

23 July 2018 2:00pm
Sheldon Ross (University of Southern California)

The dynamics of malaria infection: A modelling perspective

18 June 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Lauren Childs (Virginia Tech)

Optimization formulations of data analysis problems

13 June 2018 10:00am11:00am
Stephen Wright (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Hitchin Systems in Mathematics and Beyond

11 June 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Steven Rayan (University of Saskatchewan)

From homotopy theory to representation theory

30 April 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Dr Yaping Yang (University of Canterbury)

Symmetry through Geometry

23 March 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Nalini Josh (University of Sydney)

Homotopy type theory

19 March 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Richard Garner (Macquarie University)

Representation, optimisation and generalisation in deep learning

25 January 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Professor Peter Bartlett, UC Berkeley 

The fractional laplacian, extension problems and conformal geometry

20 November 2017 2:00am3:00pm
Mariel Sáez (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

From symmetries of crystals to lattices in Lie groups

13 November 2017 2:00pm
Wolfgang Globke (University of Adelaide)

Honours talks

23 October 2017 2:00pm

Risk and Sustainability: a Stochastic Stewardship Criterion

29 September 2017 2:00pm
Michel de Lara (École des Ponts ParisTech and Université Paris-Est)

A rate balance principle and its application to queueing models

24 July 2017 2:00pm
Presented by: Moshe Haviv, Hebrew University of Jerusalem