Tropical Mathematics and its Applications

Meeting of the LMS Joint Research Group

Tuesday 26 April 2011
 School of Mathematics, University of Manchester

Local Organisers: Mark Muldoon, Mark Kambites, Marianne Johnson

A joint research group in tropical mathematics has been formed by researchers in the mathematics departments at three universities (Birmingham, Manchester and Warwick) with support of the London Mathematical Society. Three research meetings will be organised in 2011. The group has funds to support attendance of postgraduate students. This page gives details of the meeting in Manchester. Information on the other meetings in this series can be accessed from the group home page.

The meeting will be followed by the fourth MOPNET (Matrix and Operator Pencil Network) workshop from 27th-28th April.


All talks will talk place in the Frank Adams room of the Alan Turing building in the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester.
Abstracts can be found here. (See below for advice on how to get here.)

13:00-14:00 The tropical inverse problem, Diane Maclagan (Warwick)
14:15-15:15 The ultradiscrete KdV equation, Jonathan Nimmo (Glasgow). Slides
15:15-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 A Tropical Model of mRNA Translation, Christopher Brackley (Aberdeen). Slides

Note: The main research talks will be preceded by a very basic introductory talk (given by Marianne Johnson) aimed at those completely new to tropical/max-plus mathematics. This will take place at 11:00.

We plan to go for an early dinner shortly after the last talk, somewhere near to the train station.
(It would be helpful if you could let Marianne know if you intend to join us for dinner.)


Registration for the Manchester meeting is not necessary but for catering purposes it would be helpful if information about any intended participation was sent to Marianne Johnson. This applies in particular to any postgraduate student who wishes to apply for financial support related to this meeting.


Please not that lunch will not be provided. However, we plan to go to one of the university cafeterias in University Place (see map below) and you will be most welcome to join us. If you would like to join us for lunch we will meet soon after the introductory talk (say 12ish) on the atrium bridge area on the first floor of the Alan Turing building.

Directions from Manchester Piccadilly station

Walking from Manchester Piccadilly to the Alan Turing Building should take around 20 mins. Leave the station by the Fairfield Street exit (head down the escalators or lift from the main concourse) which brings you out at a big road junction. Cross both main roads, and go along a smaller road (Granby Row) to the left of the Bull's Head pub. Keep straight on, as the road becomes a pedestrian walk and then a road again, and at the phoneboxes turn left onto Sackville Street. Go under the railway bridge and continue under a bridge between buildings, and where the road bends off to the right, follow the left-hand pavement which becomes a footpath and goes through an underpass. Afterwards, keep left under the motorway flyover (avoiding a deeper underpass ahead) before bearing right (avoiding yet another underpass to the left). After very carefully crossing the motorway sliproad, you find yourself on Brook Street. Walk down this (away from the flyover). At the intersection with Grosvenor Street, cross both roads and then continue along (now Upper) Brook Street on the opposite side. Cross the next side-road (Booth Street East, carefully again!), continue past the Aquatics Centre car park and then the Alan Turing Building is on your right. To get into the building, go into the walkway after the second "finger" and then the doors are on your right.
Note that these directions (along with a map) can be found here.