5 Minutes with Milan Vojnovic

Professor Milan Vojnovic is a Chair in Data Science in the Department of Statistics, London School and Economics & Political Science.  With the publication of Contest Theory, we took the opportunity to interview the author to find out more about his book and how it relates to his career.


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I got […]

5 Minutes with Hal Kierstead

Hal Kierstead is a Professor at the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences in Arizona State University.  He visited our Department in September to work with Jan van den Heuvel and Daniel Quiroz.  He also spoke at our Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation about the history and applications of generalised colouring numbers, a notion which arose from an […]

5 Minutes with Marc Renault

Marc Renault is currently a CNRS postdoc at the Institut de Recherche en Informatique Fondamentale (IRIF; formerly LIAFA), Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7.  He visited our Department in June 2016 to speak at our Seminar on Combinatorics, Games and Optimisation about “The Bijective Ratio of Online Algorithms”. Whilst he was in London, Tom Lidbetter took the opportunity to discover […]

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    Peter Cameron – Report of the London Combinatorics Colloquia 2016

Peter Cameron – Report of the London Combinatorics Colloquia 2016

Peter Cameron is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London. He is also a half-time Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews. Peter writes a popular blog about things he “feel(s) strongly enough about” and he recently posted an entry about his observations at the […]

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    Philippe van Basshuysen – Towards a fairer distribution of refugees

Philippe van Basshuysen – Towards a fairer distribution of refugees

With the current refugee crisis showing no sign of abating, a fair and efficient method for distributing people to different countries is urgently needed. In this post, Philippe van Basshuysen looks at matching systems.  Philippe is a Research Student in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method. He mainly works on game theory, and has recently become interested […]

Norman Biggs – Calculus on Clay?

Norman Biggs is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at LSE.  He is the author of 13 books and over 100 papers on Mathematics, and has also published in the fields of Numismatics and Metrology.  His latest book, “Quite Right: The Story of Mathematics, Measurement, and Money” was released in February 2016.  Follow him on Twitter: @norman_biggs.


I’m not an astronomer and […]

Paul Dütting – Designing auctions for re-allocating spectrum rights

An interview with Paul Dütting on the Federal Communications Commission Incentive Auctions, Paul was an LSE Fellow in the Department of Mathematics in the academic year 2014-2015. He is now a Senior Researcher at ETH Zürich. Visit Paul’s homepage to learn more about his research on Algorithmic Game Theory, or to download his article on spectrum auctions and the SET […]

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5 Minutes with Maura Paterson

Maura Paterson (Birkbeck, University of London) visited our Department to present her seminar on “Applications of Disjoint Difference Families”.  She also kindly took time out with Julia Böttcher (LSE) to answer a few questions on her research interests and how she takes a break from mathematics.


Late last year, you gave a talk in our Seminar on Discrete Mathematics and […]

A tribute to Anatole Beck (1930-2014)

A little over a year since his passing, Adam Ostaszewki, Professor of Mathematics at LSE, remembers Anatole Beck, our friend and colleague, with input from Steve Alpern and Kenneth Binmore.  They have also put together a bibliography of Anatole’s work.


Anatole Beck (1930-2014) was born in the Bronx, New York and educated at Stuyvesant High School, Brooklyn College and Yale […]