Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences seminars

These are the research seminars of Mathematics of Life and Social Sciences.

Seminar details

Day and time: Thursday's from 12 noon - 1pm.
Venue: 39 AA 04.
Open to: Staff and postgraduate research students.

For further information, please contact the organiser Dr Carina Dunlop (

Upcoming seminars

Speaker: Lucas Franca (University College London)
Time and date: 12pm - 1pm on Thursday 29 November 2018
Title: Seizure prediction: a computer science challenge?
Abstract: Over the last decades, researchers have thoroughly searched for a seizure prediction method. Such a technology further became a ‘Holy Grail’ of epileptology due to its potential to revolutionise healthcare and symptoms management in patients with intractable epilepsies. 

Achieving such an ambitious aim requires, nevertheless, some insight on the mechanisms of ictogenesis and how these properties manifest in brain signals. Every year, extensive recordings of brain signals of pre-ictal and ictal states are obtained during pre-surgical evaluation in patients with intractable epilepsies. Applying mathematical and/or statistical techniques to study and model such data might  provide new hints on how epileptic seizures arise and evolve.

In this talk, I will discuss putative mathematical methods to characterise epileptic seizures and the role of machine learning and pattern recognition in seizure prediction and characterisation, as well as common pitfalls in these techniques.

Past seminars

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) control and elimination: Insights from mathematical models
Speaker: Prof Joaquin Prada (University of Surrey)
Date: Thursday 24 May 2018
Venue: 39AA04
Time: 12 noon - 1pm
Abstract: Find out more.

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