Wolfram Research in conjunction with Research IT (University of Manchester), is hosting a 3-day, free summer workshop for researchers. The workshop will cover a wide range of topics from an introduction to Mathematica, to more specific and in-depth topics such as Machine Learning and Image Processing. Experienced Mathematica users from universities and Wolfram Mathematica will deliver talks on their chosen topics.

To participate in the learning, experience-sharing of using Mathematica, and engaging in a growing Mathematica user community-based in N8, register your interest in attending here. Registration closes Sunday 25th June at 5pm!


Tuesday 27th June 2017 Agenda:

10:00 – 15:30 Mathematica: An Introduction (for Beginners). Led by Mark Braithwaite (Technical Consultant at Wolfram Research).

This session will introduce the core technologies needed to become an adept user of Mathematica, including the Wolfram Language, the notebook interface, programming fundamentals, visualisation and interactivity features, and mathematics and statistics functionality. The course is for anyone who would like to become a proficient Mathematica user. This course is helpful for people with little experience with Mathematica and the Wolfram Language as well as for experienced users who would like to broaden their basic understanding of the system.

Wednesday 28th June 2017 Agenda:

10.30 – 11.30 Machine Learning Talk by Anthony Zupnik (Kernel Developer at Wolfram Research)
12.00 – 13.00 Cloud Talk by Anthony Zupnik (Kernel Developer at Wolfram Research)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 15.00 Using Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to Enhance, Teaching, Learning, Assessment, Research and Employability by Dr Stephen Lynch, Senior Lecturer from MMU

In the UK, Mathematics is the most popular subject at A-Level. However, it is not a popular subject to study at university level. Can the use of Mathematics packages make it a more popular subject to study at A-Level and at university? At MMU we wanted to attract and retain mathematics students and prepare them for careers upon graduation. By integrating Maths/Stats packages across the curriculum and by solving real world problems we have managed to make the course highly desirable and loved by our students. Stephen is a STEM Ambassador and Speaker for Schools and he is the author of Maple, MATLAB, Python and Mathematica books.

15.30 – 16.30 Image Processing (Remote session from the US) by Shadi Ashnai (Team Leader of the Image Processing Team at Wolfram Research)

Thursday 29th June 2017 Agenda:

10.30 – 11.30 Using Mathematica in Research and Teaching by Professor Niels R. Walet (School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester)
12.00 – 13.00 The Use of Mathematical Software for Lecture Demonstrations by Dr Colin Steele (Director of Service Teaching, School of Mathematics, University of Manchester)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:00 Mathematica Users Networking and Research IT Q&A sessions

Research IT would like to use this chance to build a Mathematica network for users to know each other and share their experiences of using Mathematica to enhance research and teaching. Team members of Research IT at the University of Manchester will be on site to answer questions about joining the network and how Research IT can help you with your research.

Location: Lecture Theater C, Simon Building, University of Manchester.


Please Note:
1. Please bring your laptop with you to the workshop. The number of power sockets is limited in the lecture theatre, therefore please ensure your laptop battery is fully charged.

2. PhD students and researchers based at the University of Manchester are entitled to run a stand-alone copy of Mathematica on personal devices. Please install a copy (Mathematica 11.0.1) following the instructions here. For PhD students and researchers based in other research institutions please consult with your home institutions about getting a copy of Mathematica. Alternatively, you can get a trial version here.

3. Lunch is not provided at this event. There are several venues nearby where you can purchase drinks and lunch. Please see the campus map.

4. Please register for the workshop using the email account of your research institutions. If you are using a personal account such as Gmail, we will get in touch with you to confirm your status.