naXys Newsletter – October 2018

Newsletter – October 2018


  • An evolutionary computing approach to optical engineering, Alexandre Mayer (UNamur), October 25, 13:00 – 14:00, E25
  • Three recent research works in swarm robotics, Elio Tuci (UNamur), November 8, 13:00 – 14:00, E25
  • Modeling the rotation of Titan, Alexis Coyette (UNamur), November 15, 13:00 – 14:00, E25
  • The Quantum Chesire Cat: some new aspects and possibilities, Debmyala Das (HRI, Allahabad, India), November 20, 13:00 – 14:00, E25

Abstracts can be found on our website:



naXys KICK-OFF MEETING: Founded in 2010 as a Research center, naXys has recently evolved into an Institute. On September 20, naXys celebrated the kick-off meeting of the Institute. More than 70 researchers shared their expertise on complex systems in their own research field. The diversity of the thematics discussed during the meeting illustrates the interdisciplinarity of the research performed in naXys.

2018-10-ICM 2018ICM 2018: Our naXys colleague Philippe Toint was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Rio de Janeiro.  His invited lecture was entitled Worst-case evaluation complexity for non-convex optimization: adventures in the jungle of high-order nonlinear optimization. The International Congress of Mathematicians is the largest conference on mathematics and is hosted every four years by the International Mathematical Union (IMU). The Fields Medals, the Nevanlinna Prize, the Gauss Prize and the Chern Medal are awarded during the congress’s opening ceremony. Being invited to talk at the ICM has been called “the equivalent of an induction to a hall of fame” in the international community of mathematicians.

2018-10-NARCCONGRATS to our naXys member Frederik De Laender for his nomination as “Narc Fellow”. Frederik and his team investigate how environmental variation alters the mechanisms sustaining species coexistence, biodiversity, and ecosystem function. They approach this question by combining theoretical ecology, mathematical modelling, microcosm experiments, and (re-)analyses of existing experimental and field data. Study systems include freshwater and marine phytoplankton competing for common resources. The group also considers food-webs representing complex species networks.

PRESS:  Spotlight on our Institute made by Daily Science!

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