Mathematics of Waves: from Earthquakes to Metamaterials

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Posted on 24 May 2013

Mathematics of Waves: from Earthquakes to Metamaterials

Monday 10th June 2013; 6pm Westminster Theatre, Chancellor's Building, Keele University

Professor Julius Kaplunov, Mathematics at Keele, will give the last lecture in Keele University's programme of Inaugural Professorial Lectures 2012-13, on Monday 10th June, 2013, in the Westminster Theatre, on the University campus. The title of the lecture is "Mathematics of Waves: from Earthquakes to Metamaterials".

A leading international authority in Continuum Mechanics and Wave Propagation, Professor Kaplunov's Inaugural Lecture will address mathematical modelling of wave phenomena arising from various real world problems, including non-destructive testing of naval airspace and civil structures, the fabrication of advanced metamaterials, and the prediction of earthquakes and tsunami. It will also examine the importance of a multiparameter, asymptotic approach which demonstrates the elegance and efficiency of the underlying mathematics.

Professor Kaplunov received his MSc(including BSc) in Applied Mathematics from Moscow State University of Railway Engineering in 1984. His PhD (completed in 1984) and DSc (awarded in 1993) are both from the Institute for Problems in Mechanics at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Professor Kaplunov is a Full Certified Professor of Russian Federation since 1997. He was affiliated with the Russian Academy till 2000 when he moved to the University of Manchester as a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics. He left Manchester in 2005 as a Reader to join Brunel University as a Professor in Applied Mathematics. In Brunel Professor Kaplunov was appointed as the Head of the Mathematics Department for the period from 2006 to 2009.

Professor Kaplunov is a leading international authority in Continuum Mechanics and Wave Propagation. He has about 120 publications, including three books and has received numerous awards and prizes including the most prestigious Russian State Annual Prize in Science and Technology and a Humboldt Fellowship. Professor Kaplunov is a member of the organising committees of a number of major international meetings and edits five journals including Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids and Mechanics of Time-Dependant Materials. He has held visiting positions all over the world including Tel-Aviv University, the Technical University of Munich, Bordeaux University, the University of Alberta and the City University of Hong Kong.

Keele's programme of Inaugural Lectures are given by newly established professors within the University and aim to give an illuminating account of the speaker's own subject specialism. The lectures, which start at 6 pm in the Westminster Theatre, are chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett.

This lecture is free and open to all.