School of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science

Recent advances in orthogonal polynomials

Supported by a Scheme 1 grant from the London Mathematical Society, which is gratefully acknowledged, Recent advances in Orthogonal Polynomials and its Interactions with Integrable Systems (OPIIS) takes place on Thursday 18 September 2014.

OPIIS aims to discuss recent trends in orthogonal polynomials with a special emphasis on its interactions with integrable systems. Intensive activity has focused on the study of analytic and algebraic properties of orthogonal polynomials alongside their vast plank of applications across mathematics. There is nowadays an intradisciplinary approach to the subject where many branches of mathematics are very useful.

Representation of orthogonal polynomial

One particular new development is the interaction between orthogonal polynomials and integrable systems. The idea of this meeting is to promote the debate and exchange of information between international experts and people in the UK working in these areas. We expect that this will be fruitful for both of these branches of mathematics.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

There is a registration fee of £15 which will cover refreshments, the buffet lunch, and all conference material. There are also some funds available from the LMS for help with childcare costs. Please see

Some funds may be available to contribute to the expenses of UK-based research students who wish to attend the meetings.

Further details may be obtained from Ana Loureiro.


Downloadable version: OPIIS schedule (PDF, 115 KB) - this includes abstracts for the talks plus other details.

10.30 - Registration and Welcome (refreshments will be available)

11.00-12.00 - Orthogonal polynomials and Painlevé equations
Walter van Assche (Leuven, Belgium)
12.00-13.00 - Darboux-Dressing transformations and the search for rogue waves
Sara Lombardo (Northumbria)

13.00-14.30 - Lunch (McVittie Library)

14.30-15.50 - Singularities in the spectral representation of integrable PDEs
Beatrice Pelloni (Reading)
15.30-16.30 - Orthogonal polynomials and index integrable transforms
Ana Loureiro (Kent)

16.30 - Tea & Coffee (McVittie Library)

19.00 - Conference Dinner

All the talks will be held in the Maths Lecture Theatre.



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Last Updated: 15/09/2014