Joint Meeting of the NZMS, AustMS and AMS

9-13 December 2024

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Plenary Speakers

Butcher-Kalman Lecture

James Saunderson

James Saunderson

Monash University

James Saunderson is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering at Monash University. He received a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT (2015), and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne (2008). With Hamza Fawzi and Pablo Parrilo, he was awarded the 2020 SIAM Activity Group on Optimization Best Paper Prize, and was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early-Career Researcher Award (DECRA). His research interests lie in mathematical optimisation and its applications.

Dr Yunupingu Lecture

Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta

Rachael Ka'ai-Mahuta

Auckland University of Technology

Dr Rachael Ka’ai-Mahuta is Māori (Ngāti Porou, Ngāi Tahu), Hawaiian, Cook Island Māori, and Sāmoan. She is an Associate Professor in Te Ipukarea Research Institute. Rachael has a background in te reo Māori, Māori culture and traditions, and Indigenous politics. Rachael holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) and a Master of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Otago, and a Doctorate from AUT. She is a graduate of Te Panekiretanga o te Reo (Institute of Excellence in the Māori Language) and holds the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori Certificate of Competency in Interpreting and Translating the Māori Language.

Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Victoria University of Wellington

Michael is currently pursuing his PhD at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. He gained his Master of Science in Physics at Victoria University of Wellington, with a thesis that focussed on mathematically modelling gravitational microlensing events. After completing his Master of Science, he worked for several years as an educator, teaching mathematics and physics at secondary school and polytechnic levels. Michael has genealogical affiliations to Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Hanna Neumann Lecture

Svitlana Mayboroda

University of Minnesota and ETH Zurich

Public Lecture

Persi Diaconis

Stanford University

General Plenary Speakers

Lara Alcock

Loughborough University

Richard Kenyon

Richard Kenyon

Yale University

Richard Kenyon received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1990 under the direction of William Thurston. After a postdoc at IHES, he held positions at CNRS in Grenoble, Lyon, and Orsay and then became professor at UBC, Brown University and then Yale where he is currently Erastus L. Deforest Professor of Mathematics.

He was awarded the CNRS bronze medal, the Rollo Davidson prize, the Loève prize. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Simons Investigator. 

Eamonn O'Brien

Eamonn O'Brien

University of Auckland

Eamonn O’Brien is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland.

His research is in group theory, with a particular focus on the
development, implementation and application of effective algorithms for
its study. Many of his research outputs are incorporated into the
leading computational algebra systems GAP and Magma.

Eamonn obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in 1988.
He was a Research Fellow at the ANU and a Humboldt Research Fellow at
RWTH University of Aachen before joining Auckland in 1997.

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2009 and awarded
its 2020 Hector Medal, he is a recipient of a 2024 Humboldt Foundation
Research Award.

Priya Subramanian

Priya Subramanian

University of Auckland

Inspired by watching Star Trek, Priya Subramanian completed her PhD in Aerospace Engineering in 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. She later moved to research fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation (2012-2015), University of Leeds (2015-2019) and University of Oxford (2019-2021) before moving to Auckland as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics in 2021.

Her research interest is to identify minimal mechanisms that enable the emergence of multi-dimensional patterns with desired properties. In the past she has looked at temporal patterns arising in thermoacoustics, spatio-temporal patterns arising in transitional flows, spatio-temporal patterns arising when organelle filaments move on motility assays and complex spatial patterns that arise during crystallisation of soft matter.

Katharine Turner

Australian National University

Geordie Williamson

Geordie Williamson

University of Sydney

Geordie Williamson is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Sydney and inaugural Director of the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI). His major research interests are in algebra, geometry, representation theory and machine learning, and he has collaborated with artificial intelligence lab DeepMind on the growing potential of AI to enhance mathematical creativity.

Geordie studied mathematics at the University of Sydney and completed his PhD at the University of Freiburg, Germany. After several years spent working as a mathematician overseas, Geordie returned to the University of Sydney in 2017. In 2018 he co-founded SMRI, the first mathematical research centre in NSW.

In 2018, Geordie was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society of the United Kingdom. He has been awarded with four major international mathematics prizes and the 2022 NSW Premier’s Prize for Excellence in Mathematics.