Jason D. Lotay

Jason D. Lotay
Reader in Mathematics
University College London




Latest info

Royal Society Pairing Scheme  I took part in a scheme run by the Royal Society which pairs scientists with MPs and civil servants, including a week spent by the scientists in Westminster which was fantastic. There is a case study of my experience on the Royal Society website.

Unwrapping our Modern World  I ran another art and maths workshop with artist Lilah Fowler on Friday 4 December from 6-8pm in Chadwick G08 at UCL. In this interactive event, we gave a fresh perspective on the modern world by "unwrapping" through ideas from art and mathematics. We explored a wide range of topics from the mundane like cardboard boxes and maps, to the internet, bitcoin, the shape of the universe and DNA.

Brussels-London Geometry Seminar   The next event will in London, probably in September 2016. The last event was on 12 January 2016 at ULB, Brussels with a theme of Lower Bounds on Ricci Curvature. The speakers were Andrea Mondino, Fabio Cavalletti and Theo Sturm. Visit the seminar webpage for more details.

Seeing in 4D   I ran another art and maths workshop with artist Lilah Fowler on Friday 23 October from 6-8pm in the Haldane Room at UCL. It gave a chance to cultivate your artistic skills and learning about cutting edge mathematics at the same time. I previously ran a workshop as part of UCL Festival of the Arts. Check out contributions by participants at the blog. This built on a previous workshop and another one for teachers.

End of the Year London Geometry Conference   I co-organised a joint Geometry conference at King's on 14--18 December 2015. Speakers included: Spyros Alexakis (Toronto), Simon Donaldson (Imperial/SCGP), Joel Fine (ULB), Anna Fino (Torino), Mark Haskins (Imperial), Dominic Joyce (Oxford), Laurent Mazet (Paris-Est), Reto Müller (QMUL), Barbara Nelli (Aquila), Johannes Nordström (Bath), Magdalena Rodriguez (Granada), Melanie Rupflin (Oxford), Simon Salamon (KCL) and Emanuele Spadaro (MPI Leipzig). Further information is available on the website. It is important to note that we have funding from an LMS grant for PhD students to attend, so please contact me if you are interested.

Science Cabaret   I took part in a Science Cabaret at Goldsmiths on Wednesday 3 June 2015. The aim was to present some science in an understandable and entertaining way (with a few jokes) to the general public.

LSGNT   UCL is leading a new London School for Geometry and Number Theory for PhD students, in collaboration with King's and Imperial.

Postdoc and EPSRC grant   I have been awarded an EPSRC grant to fund my project "Special holonomy: geometric flow and boundary value problems", and I have a postdoc (Yong Wei) working with me on this project.

Geometric Analysis Reading Seminar   I am co-organising an informal seminar for geometers and analysts, where we discuss and learn about various topics in Geometric Analysis. Information is available on the seminar website.

Research summary

What I do   I work on differential geometry, particularly geometry related with special holonomy and calibrated submanifolds, geometric flows including Lagrangian mean curvature flow, as well as instantons. For further details, and if you are interested in pursuing PhD studies with me, see my research page.

Why anyone cares   The geometries I study are important from the viewpoint of Einstein metrics and gauge theory, and are related to minimal submanifolds and algebraic geometry. In this setting, there are striking interactions expected between the ambient manifold geometry and topology, the calibrated submanifold geometry and instantons. Moreover, the objects I investigate are of potential importance in high-energy theoretical physics.

About me

Short history   I am a Reader in Mathematics at University College London. I was an EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow and, before joining UCL, a member of the Geometry group at Imperial College, London. I spent the academic year 07-08 at MSRI, Berkeley, working with Robert Bryant. My DPhil supervisor at Oxford was Dominic Joyce. For further details see my about page.

Organisation   I am a co-organiser of the joint KCL/UCL Geometry Seminar and Brussels-London Geometry Seminar. I co-organised the workshops G 2 Days 2014 at UCL and G 2 Days 2012 at King's and UCL, with support from EPSRC grants. I co-organised a Differential Geometry workshop on 31 March - 1 April 2015 at the BMC-BAMC in Cambridge, as part of the Brussels-London Geometry seminar. I also co-organised an LMS-CMI Research School in summer 2014 (where I was also gave a lecture course) and UCL Geometry and Topology Days in 2013 which were supported by LMS conference grants. I have also organised Geometry and Topology Open Days at UCL for prospective PhD students.

Keep informed   Follow me on Twitter @jdlotay and find out more about geometry and topology at UCL on the group webpage and the UCL Geometry and Topology Group blog.