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New Mathematics for Safer World

New mathematics for a safer world: wave propagation in heterogeneous materials

Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017 

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Croxford, Anthony University of Bristol
Lombard, Bruno Laboratoire de Mécanique et Acoustique
Mulholland, Anthony University of Strathclyde
Tant, Katy University of Strathclyde
Treyssede, Fabien IFSTTAR


There are safety critical structures all around us such as nuclear plants, aircraft, gas pipelines, bridges and railway tracks. They are safety critical since any failure is potentially catastrophic. To avoid such disasters these structures are checked periodically for the presence of flaws and other precursors to the component failing (this is called non-destructive testing). This is performed at various stages in the lifetime of the component: at the manufacturing stage, periodically while the component is in service, and to assess the component for remanufacturing at the end of its lifetime. Safety has become more pressing of late as many of these structures are operating well beyond their intended lifespan. To address this problem there have been rapid developments in the types of ultrasonic sensors that are used to find these flaws and cracks. These sensors produce massive data sets and therefore require a matched development in the mathematical algorithms used to extract the knowledge from this data. To enable this development this workshop will bring together leading mathematicians, engineers (and other disciplines) in the field who can present the current state of the art techniques, the open problems, and the opportunities. This workshop will serve as the catalyst for new collaborations and new research directions in mathematics.



This workshop is anticipated to begin around 09.00 on Monday 12 June and close at lunchtime on Friday 16 June 2017. 


Participation is primarily by invitation.   Invitations will be issued by ICMS in February 2017.


The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh.  


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Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip. 

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above).  

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given. 

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.



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