# Events

### Mathematical and Experimental Models of Cell Invasion with Fluorescent Cell Cycle Indicators

4 April 2019 2:00pm–3:00pm

Matthew Simpson, (Queensland University of Technology)

### Prof. Achim Kempf, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics "Stone age tools for Quantum Gravity?" 15/03/2019 11:00am

15 March 2019 11:00am–12:00pm

On Friday 15th March 2019, Physics Colloquium will be hosting Prof. Achim Kempf (Professor at University of Waterloo Canada & co-Chair at International Society for Relativisitc Quantum Information) discussing on prospective new methods to study the domain of cosmology, relativity and quantum theory. Following is the abstract of his talk.

Abstract. Relativity and quantum theory each required the abandoning of basic but ultimately incorrect concepts that had previously been considered self evident. Today, the fact that it is so tremendously difficult to develop quantum gravity may indicate that it will again be necessary to abandon some basic concepts, presumably concepts that seem self-evident, that sit deep and go a long way back. The difficulty is, of course, to know which concepts to abandon. How deep will we have to dig or how far back in time will we have to search for the origins of the misconceptions that may need to be overcome? I suggest we go all the way back to the stone age and question, for example, the notion of distance, as measured by measuring sticks and the like. I will argue that it is possible and may be useful for quantum gravity to replace the very notion of spacetime distance by the notion of the correlation strength of vacuum fluctuations.

Bio. Prof. Kempf was an undergraduate at the University of Heidelberg (Germany’s oldest), and he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Munich. He was a postdoc and a College Research Fellow (Corpus) at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge and a postdoc at the Institute for Fundamental Theory at University of Florida. He has been Canada Research Chair, for the Physics of Information for 10 years, he holds a University Research Chair and he is currently co-chair of the International Societry for Relativistic Quantum Information. He’s also an associate member of the IQC.

Abstract. Relativity and quantum theory each required the abandoning of basic but ultimately incorrect concepts that had previously been considered self evident. Today, the fact that it is so tremendously difficult to develop quantum gravity may indicate that it will again be necessary to abandon some basic concepts, presumably concepts that seem self-evident, that sit deep and go a long way back. The difficulty is, of course, to know which concepts to abandon. How deep will we have to dig or how far back in time will we have to search for the origins of the misconceptions that may need to be overcome? I suggest we go all the way back to the stone age and question, for example, the notion of distance, as measured by measuring sticks and the like. I will argue that it is possible and may be useful for quantum gravity to replace the very notion of spacetime distance by the notion of the correlation strength of vacuum fluctuations.

Bio. Prof. Kempf was an undergraduate at the University of Heidelberg (Germany’s oldest), and he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Munich. He was a postdoc and a College Research Fellow (Corpus) at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) at Cambridge and a postdoc at the Institute for Fundamental Theory at University of Florida. He has been Canada Research Chair, for the Physics of Information for 10 years, he holds a University Research Chair and he is currently co-chair of the International Societry for Relativistic Quantum Information. He’s also an associate member of the IQC.

### Non-negative curvature on exotic spheres

26 February 2019 3:00pm–4:00pm

Martin Kerin, University of Münster in Germany

### Group quizzes in Physics

18 February 2019 12:00pm–1:00pm

Professor Åke Fäldt (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

### Finite-time blowup of n-harmonic map flow

14 February 2019 11:00am–12:00pm

Leslie Cheung, School of Mathematics and Physics

### Preparing for Semester 1 – Discussion about supplementary assessment, hurdles and grade boundaries, and dual-badged courses

13 February 2019 1:00pm–2:00pm

Dr Barbara Maenhaut, School of Mathematics and Physics

### Homogeneous Einstein Metrics on Euclidean Spaces are Einstein Solvmanifolds

11 February 2019 2:00pm–3:00pm

Christoph Boehm (University of Muenster, Germany)

### ggplot/spatial analysis with R Workshop

8 February 2019 9:00am–4:30pm

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For those who want to use R for spatial analysis and map-making

Cost:$200/$150 students

Cost:$200/$150 students

### Intermediate R Workshop

6 February 2019 9:00am–7 February 2019 4:30pm

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For those with some R experience

Cost:$400/$300 students

Cost:$400/$300 students

### Advanced R Workshop

5 February 2019 9:00am–7 February 2019 4:30pm

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For those who know R well!

Cost:$600/$450 students

Cost:$600/$450 students

### “Systemized” Program Analysis – A Big Data Perspective

15 January 2019 11:00am–12:00pm

Zhiqiang Zuo

### Exact Algorithms for the Vehicle Routing Problems with Pickups and Deliveries

11 December 2018 11:00am–12:00pm

Mr Ali Alyasiry (School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland)

### Mean-Quadratic Variation (MQV) portfolio optimisation as an alternative to Time-consistent Mean-Variance (TCMV) optimisation

4 December 2018 11:00am–12:00pm

Peter Van Staden (School of Mathematics and Physics, The University of Queensland)