NEWS (past and present)

In Sep 2013 I started a 5-year EPSRC "Established Career Fellowship" on applications of conformal geometry

My Royal Society Fellowship (Wolfson Research Merit) commenced in January 2013 (to 2018)
In June 2013 I organized an LMS-sponsored Workshop on "Conformal geometry in mapping, imaging and sensing" (website here)
Leverhulme Trust Research Grant (from Oct 1 2012): a new research initiative on the fabrication of MOFs (microstructured optical fibres) - a collaborative project with University of Adelaide, Australia (where we also hold an Australian Research Council grant w/ Y. Stokes)

2011 AMSI Lecturer: I have been invited to be the 2011 AMSI Lecturer - a 2 week lecture tour of Australia sponsored by the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute based in Melbourne. This will take place in the first two weeks of February 2011.

Visiting Professor at UCSD: Between July-Dec 2010 I will be a Visiting Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California San Diego.

Invited lecture at ANZIAM 2011: I will deliver an Invited Lecture at the annual ANZIAM 2011 conference (Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics) in Glenelg, South Australia, Jan 30-Feb 3 2011.

Invited lecture at meeting of Edinburgh Mathematical Society: I have been invited to address the Edinburgh Mathematical Society at their meeting at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow on November 12 2010.

New Editorial Board appointments: I am now on the Editorial Boards of the Quarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics and IMA J. Appl. Math
2009 CMFT Young Researcher Award: On June 8th 2009, I was awarded the "2009 CMFT Young Researcher Award" at the Opening Ceremony of the 4-yearly international conference "Computational Methods and Function Theory 2009" held in Ankara, Turkey. [Reported by LMS, AMS and EMS]

Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A: I am now on the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A (Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences).

Visiting Professor at Caltech: I will be a Visiting Professor at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA between March 1st and September 1st 2009. I will be visiting ACM (Applied and Computational Mathematics) and Aeronautics. I will teach a graduate course in ``Vortex Dynamics'' (Caltech courses Ae 240/ACM 256) during April and May.

Plenary lecture: Computational Methods and Function Theory 2008, Ankara, Turkey: I have been invited to give a plenary lecture at the upcoming international conference on Computational Methods and Function theory, held every 4 years, this time in Turkey. A flyer/poster for the conference is here.

I will give a lecture entitled:
''Function theory in multiply connected domains''

Special issue of Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society: I was a guest editor for a special issue of this journal entitled ''Theoretical fluid dynamics in the 21st century'' compiled in honour of Prof. J.T. Stuart FRS. It has now appeared online.
Feature in "SIAM News": The news magazine of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has featured an article ["Breakthrough in conformal mapping", Jan/Feb 2008] on my work on multiply connected Schwarz-Christoffel maps. An online version of the article is also available.
Keynote lecture: "150 Years of Vortex Dynamics", Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2008: I have the honour of being invited to present a keynote lecture at an international conference (sponsored by IUTAM) to celebrate the 150-year anniversary of the classic 1858 paper of Helmholtz which gave birth to the theoretical study of vortex dynamics.

I will give a lecture entitled:
''A new calculus for two dimensional vortex dynamics''

here for more information.

Workshop in Banff: I organized an international 5-day workshop entitled "Quadrature domains and Laplacian growth in modern physics" at the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences at the Banff International Research Station, Canada. It was held July 15-20th 2007. There is a website with more information.

The co-organizers were Prof. B Gustafsson (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Prof. M. Mineev (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA) and Prof. M. Putinar (Santa Barbara, USA)).

Visiting Professor at MIT: I was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA between January 2006 and December 2007.
SIAM minisymposia: I organized a special minisymposium called "Advances in Conformal Mapping" at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Boston in July 2006. See the conference website for a list of the speakers (T. DeLillo, A. Elcrat and T. Driscoll). I also organized a similar minisymposium (with Tom DeLillo) at the SIAM Annual Meeting in San Diego in July 2008 entitled "Computational Complex Analysis".

EPSRC Advanced Fellowship: I am an Advanced Research Fellow of the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) in the UK. The duration of the Fellowship is January 2006--January 2011.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2004: I'm a lucky recipient of a 2004 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Mathematics. Read more about this here.

Research Networks: I am a participant in the European Network in Geometry, Mathematical Physics and Applications (ENIGMA); I am also involved in the European Science Foundation project entitled (Methods of Integrable Systems, Geometry, Applied Mathematics -- MISGAM).

Other items: I was on the Scientific Committee of a satellite meeting to the International Congress of Mathematicians 2006 in Madrid: the satellite conference website (organized as part of the MISGAM project) is at

Click here to see how attentive the students at MIT are...

This is a special issue of the Journal of Engineering Mathematics (Vol 50, Issues 2/3, 2004) on ``Thin Film Flows'' of which I was an invited Editor.
On Dec 15/16 2006, I organized (with X. Wu) a special 2-day meeting entitled "Theoretical Fluid Dynamics in the 21st Century" at the Mathematical Institute, Imperial College London. The meeting was held in honour of Prof. J.T. Stuart FRS. It was sponsored, in part, by the London Mathematical Society. Click here to see the meeting poster.