Modelling evolutionary change
City University London's Mathematical Biology Group will be hosting a one-day conference on Evolutionary Dynamics and Complexity. The event, which is supported by a London Mathematical Society grant, takes place in the Drysdale Building on Friday 13th June and is aimed at closely coordinating the activities of a wider grouping of academics across London universities and beyond who are exploring similar research questions in this field of study.
The Mathematical Biology Group, part of the Department of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, applies mathematical methods to increase understanding of the biological world. The Group's central focus is the mathematical modelling of evolution and comprises three main areas of research: evolutionary game theory, cultural evolution and the modelling of evolution in networks.
Professor of Mathematics, Professor Mark Broom said:
"This one-day conference is aimed at increasing and expanding the dialogue between the various London groups and to explore ways of facilitating the frequent exchange of ideas between different research groups on a long-term basis. We envision a very interdisciplinary approach and encourage participants from different scientific disciplines."
City Lecturer in Mathematics, Dr Anne Kandler, will be making a presentation entitled "An analysis of cultural change", which will discuss a mathematical framework she has developed that evaluates the amount of information about underlying evolutionary processes which can be inferred from temporal frequency data of different cultural traits.
Other speakers include Professor Henrik Jensen (Imperial College London); Dr Fabio Caccioli (University of Cambridge); Dr Tiziana Di Matteo (King's College London); Dr Rainer Klages (Queen Mary University of London); and Dr Chris Watkins (Royal Holloway University London).
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