Speaker: Professor David Stewart (University of Iowa)

Differential equations cam be combined with complementarity problems and variational inequalities to give dynamic systems whose behavior changes according to whether whether certain constraints are "active". These models can be used for mechanical impact and contact problems, electrical circuits with ideal diodes, and economic models such as traffic flow models where each driver chooses the shortest path based on the current congestion. Fundamental questions of existence of solutions, their uniqueness, and computations have been opened and partly answered. Examples of such simulations will be demonstrated.

After completing all degrees (BSc(Maths), BE (ElecEng), PhD(Maths)) at the University of Queensland, David Stewart spent 3 years at the Australian National University and 2 years at Texas A&M University before obtaining a tenurable position at Virginia Tech. Shortly afterwards he moved to the University of Iowa, where he has been since. His research interests center on optimization, differential equations, and computational mathematics. He is the author or co-author of over 45 papers and 4 books.

About Statistics, modelling and operations research seminars

Students, staff and visitors to UQ are welcome to attend our regular seminars.

The events are jointly run by our Operations research and Statistics and probability research groups.

Seminars are usually held on Tuesdays from 11am to 12pm.

Information for speakers

Plan to speak for up to 40 minutes, and allow up to 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Pitch your presentation to an interdisciplinary mathematical audience.

To avoid technical delays on the day, contact us a few days in advance of your presentation to discuss requirements.

You can either email us your presentation in advance, or save it to a memory stick. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and PDFs are the most convenient file formats, but you can also run the talk from your own laptop.


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