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Professor Boris Malomed, Tel Aviv University

Grey College

January - March 2018

Boris Malomed graduated from the Department of Physics in

Minsk in 1977. He received a PhD in physics from the Moscow

Physico-Technical Institute in 1981, and

D.Sc

. (habilitation) from

the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Ukrainian Academy of

Sciences (Kiev) in 1989. He worked in Moscow until 1991 as a

senior researcher at the Institute for Oceanology of the Russian

Academy of Sciences. He has been at the Tel Aviv University

since 1991, firstly as associate professor and as a full professor

since 1999. Since 2012 he has held a research chair on “Optical

Solitons.”

His recent research has been focused on studies of nonlinear

waves and nonlinear dynamics in optics, matter waves (Bose-

Einstein condensates), dissipative media dynamical lattices, and

in related systems. The main subjects of these studies are solitons

(self-trapped solitary waves) and solitary vortices, as well as multi-

soliton complexes and periodic patterns, in models of conservative

and dissipative nonlinear media. He also continues work in other

directions which belong to the above-mentioned general area,

such as solitons supported by nonlinear lattices, solitons in media

with nonlocal interactions (in particular, in dipolar Bose-Einstein

condensates), nonlinear systems with the so-called PT symmetry,

which is represented by mutually balanced gain and loss elements,

and others.

Currently, his research is supported,

inter alia

, by a major grant

jointly provided by NSF (USA) and Binational (US-Israel) Science

Foundation, on the topic of dynamics of matter-wave solitons.

Professor Malomed also maintains active research collaborations

with colleagues in China, Japan, USA, Italy, Spain, Portugal, France,

UK, Germany, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Romania, Mexico, Chile,

Brazil, and Israel. He was recently appointed an international

academic expert of the Guangdong province (China).

His publication list includes two books, ca. 20 review articles, and

more than 1000 original papers in peer-reviewed journals. He is an

Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society and Optical

Society of America.

Dr Andy Martin, University of Melbourne

Trevelyan College

October - December 2017

Andy Martin is an Associate Professor in the School of Physics at

the University of Melbourne. He is obtained his PhD in 1996 and

undertook various postdoctoral positions, within Europe, before

joining the University of Melbourne in 2004. During his research

career he has obtained various significant grants from the Australian

Research Council to fund his research and has written popular

scientific articles in

The Conversation

. Additionally, he is currently

the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs with responsibility for all

of the PhD and MSc programs within the Faculty of Science.

His research focuses on the theoretical investigation of complex

systems. The study of complex systems considers the ability of

individual components of a large system to work together to give

rise to dramatic and diverse structural behaviour. The emergent

structural properties of a system are often not predicted by an

understanding of the behaviour of the constituent parts, and in

other words, the emergent structural properties of complex systems

are considered to be greater than the sum of their parts, or as Nobel

laureate Philip Anderson said: “More is different!”

Dr Martin has worked on a diverse range of topics, from the

investigation of superconductivity, dephasing effects and charge

fluctuations in mesoscopic devices to modelling interfaces and

disorder in high temperature superconductors and the breakdown

of the integer quantum Hall effect.

Dr Martin plans to work closely with members of Durham’s Joint

Quantum Institute to investigate how dipolar interactions in

quantum gases can be used to examine structural emergence in

quantum systems. This collaboration would allow the extension

of previous work, in the area of structural emergence in ultracold

dipolar quantum gases, to look for new regimes where strong

dipolar interactions can lead to new structural properties of the

gas. Additionally, he will extend his ongoing research into flocking

phenomena in biological systems.

Dr Martin will develop further a new method, based on statistical

mechanics, to study flocking behavior in these systems. The

primary focus of this area of research would be to generalise current

approaches to enable the evaluation of measurable quantities such

as average separation and fluctuations between elements of the

flock.