Jason D. Lotay

Jason D. Lotay
Reader in Mathematics
University College London




Latest info

Brussels-London Geometry Seminar   The next event will be in Brussels at ULB on 23 January 2017 with a theme of Low-Dimensional Topology. The confirmed speakers are Juhasz, Rasmussen and Wand. Visit the seminar webpage for more details.

Leverhulme   I have been awarded a Leverhulme Research Project grant with my colleague Felix Schulze at UCL. We have hired a 3-year postdoc (Ben Lambert) and are currently choosing a PhD student in geometric analysis.

Adventures in the 7th Dimension   I was one of the invited speakers at this year's British Science Festival in Swansea talking about the 7th dimension on 6 September 2016. I was interviewed about my talk on Science Cafe on BBC Radio Wales.

UK-Japan Winter School   I am co-organising the 18th UK-Japan Winter School in Mathematics on Singularities, Symmetries and Submanifolds on 4-7 January 2017 at UCL. This will bring together researchers in symplectic geometry, mirror symmetry, calibrated submanifolds and geometric analysis. There will be three minicourses suitable for graduate students as well as poster sessions for PhD students and research talks. The minicourse speakers will be Dominic Joyce, Ailsa Keating and Kazushi Ueda and research speakers will include Simon Donaldson and Kauru Ono. There was some funding available from the LMS to support (primarily UK-based) PhD students.

Lunch Hour Lecture   I will be giving one of the popular Lunch Hour Lectures for the general public at UCL on 2 March 2017, which will be live streamed and then put on the frequently viewed Youtube channel: watch this space for details!

Unwrapping our Modern World  I ran this workshop with artist Lilah Fowler as part of a Maths Arts and Crafts Day for teachers on 25 June 2016 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. This built on a previous workshop for the general public.

Take your brain to another dimension I was delighted to take part in the inaugural MAPS PhesDival at UCL, celebrating research in Maths and Physical Sciences, on 15 June 2016. I took the opportunity to explain my research with a few jokes and some dance moves!

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.

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

Postdoc and EPSRC grant   I hold an EPSRC grant to fund my project "Special holonomy: geometric flow and boundary value problems", and the postdoc on this project was (Yong Wei).

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.