Bridging the Gap

Bridging The Gap: Opening Event

Photo of the opening event

Presentation Slides

  • Xin Yao: Introduction PDF
  • Roy L Johnston: Global Optimisation Strategies Applied to the Structure Determination of Nanoalloy Clusters PDF
  • Anders Forsgren: Nonlinear optimization: Methods and applications PDF


Opening Event - 6th June 2008, 9 AM to 2 PM, European Research Institute

Join us in a half-day event introducing the Bridging The Gap project at the University of Birmingham.

The event will be opened by Professor Nigel Weatherill, Head of College of Engineering & Physical Sciences. The first half of the talks will introduce the project, events and funding opportunities, as well as perspectives of the funding body, and the new EPS college. The second part will feature presentations from two academics who are successfully engaged in the kind of interdisciplinary collaborations the BTG project is intending to create.

This event will be useful to anyone with an interest in multi-disciplinary research, in particular applications of optimization and data mining to any of a wide range of disciplines.


9:00 AM Tea and Coffee (Atrium)
9:30 AM Introduction Prof. Xin Yao
9:35 AM Opening Address Prof. Nigel Weatherill
10:00 AM Introduction to Briding the Gap Prof. Xin Yao
10:30 AM Industrial Perspective Shail Patel (Unilever), Chair of the Industrial Advisory Board
11:00 AM Coffee Break (Atrium)
11:30 AM Global Optimisation Strategies Applied to the Structure Determination of Nanoalloy Clusters
The desire to fabricate materials with well defined, controllable properties and structures, on the nanometre scale, coupled with the flexibility afforded by intermetallic materials, has generated interest in bimetallic alloy clusters or "nanoalloys". One of the main reasons for interest in nanoalloy particles is the fact that their chemical and physical properties may be tuned by varying the composition and chemical ordering, as well as the size of the clusters.
In this presentation, after a brief introduction to the field of nanoalloys and problems associated with global optimisation in this field, I will describe the models (Gupta many-body potential and Density Functional Theory) adopted and the methodologies (Genetic Algorithm, local minimisation, Basin Hopping Monte Carlo and systematic studies of high-symmetry geometric shell clusters) that we have used to study the structures and chemical ordering in nanoalloys - with emphasis on Pd-Pt nanoalloys.
Prof. Roy L Johnston
School of Chemistry
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
12:15 PM Nonlinear optimization: Methods and applications
Optimization has been a useful tool in many applications. The talk will discuss methods and applications of nonlinear optimization. Particular focus will be put on methods and applications where the speaker has been involved. This will range from interior methods to applications in radiation therapy and telecommunications. The coupling between methods and applications will also be discussed, as well as the importance of interdisciplinary cooperation in applied projects.
Prof. Anders Forsgren
Department of Mathematics
Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
1:00 PM Lunch (Atrium)


The opening will be held in the atrium and conference room of the European Research Institute building, Pritchatts Road (Building G3 in the green zone).