MUMS holds seminars throughout the year on a wide variety of topics that are mathematically related. Past seminars have covered such topics as chaos theory, Fermat's Last Theorem, coding theory, and performance of algorithms. They are aimed at a general mathematical audience, and do not require any specific background.
Below is a list of previous seminars presented. Some are also linked to pages with further information concerning that seminar.
Seminars for 2017
 13th October(spooky): Dr Douglas Brumley  '(Fluid) Dynamical Systems'
 6th October: Dr Jesse GellRedman  'Quantum Ergodicity'
 15th September: A/Prof Paul Zinn Justin "Tilings and Schubert Calculus'
 8th September: Dr Jennifer Flegg  "Statistical modelling of the emergence and spread of antimalarial resistance
 1st September: Jan De Jier  "Polynomial roots, dragons and feathers"
 18th August: Dr Ting Xue  "Hidden Connections in Representation Theory"
 4th August: Dr Michael Wheeler  "The problem you could (not) have solved in fifth grade"
 19th May: Prof Thomas Quella  ""From the indistinguishability of particles to topological quantum
computation"
 5th May: Prof James Mccaw "Mathematical models for population health decision making"
 10th March: Giles Adams  "Probability Paradoxes"
Seminars for 2016
 23rd Sept: A/Prof Sanming Zhou  "Cores of Graphs"
 16th Sept: Prof Peter Taylor  "Parrondo’s games: when two losing games can be combined to create a winning game."
 2nd Sept: Paul Nguyen "The Strange personality of Probability."
 26th Aug: Dr Anthony Mays  "A Juggling Guide to Mathematics"
 12th Aug: John Banks  "Lindenmayer Grammars"
 20th May: Dr Marcy Robertson  "Introduction to Topological Data Analysis"
 13th May: Professor Arun Ram  " Does BSTR Reduction Produce Branes?"
 6th May: Dr Michael Wheeler  "A Survey of 100 Prisoner Problems"
 29th Apr: Joe Chan  "The Top Mathematicains...were arguable also Physicists"
Seminars for 2015
 4th Sep: Lawrence Reeves  "The BanachTarski Paradox and Amenability"
 28th Aug: Anthony Morphett  "Randomness, computation and the unknowable"
 14th Aug: Paul Nguyen  "2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29, ..."
 31st Jul: Dougal Davis  "Deformation theory and hidden symmetry"
 22nd May: Paul Norbury  "Dirac’s belt trick"
 1st May: Joe Chan  "Grassmannians and Amplituhedrons"
 17th Apr: Giles Adams  "The Art (and Mathematics) of Shuffling"
 27th Mar: Nora Ganter  "A Refined Monster"
 20th Mar: Michael Assis  "The Mathematics of Origami Design"
 13th Mar: Jan de Gier  "Incomprehensibly large integers"
 6th Mar: Arun Ram  "The Glass Bead Game"
Seminars for 2014
 17th Oct: Matthew GreenwoodNimmo  "Measuring the Connectedness of the Global Economy"
 10th Oct: Richard Brak  "An unexpectedly complicated way to calculate ￼n!"
 26th Sep: Omar Foda  "String Theory: From Strong Interactions to Spin Chains"
 19th Sep: Alex Ghitza  "To err is human; to detect, divine."
 5th Sep: Joe Chan  "How Feynman Became a Physicist, Principle of Least Action."
 29th Aug: Andrew Robinson  "Applied Statistics in Biosecurity: Saving Nations Everywhere"
 22nd Aug: Guoqi Qian  "Is Global Warming a Myth or Reality? Can Statistics Help Crack the Mystery?"
 15th Aug: Owen Jones  "How to make money on the horses, when you know nothing about horses!"
 8th Aug: Peter Forrester  "Probability Theory and Random Matrices"
 1st Aug: Andrey Kan  "Attacking Pathogens with Numbers"
 30th May: Trithang Tran  "Go and Mathematics"
 16th May: Edmund Crampin  "What is Systems Biology?"
 2nd May: Bill Moran  "Godel's Theorem: History and Impact"
 11th Apr: Jessica Purcell  "Hyperbolic Geometry and its Applications"
 4th Apr: Kerry Landman  "How the Leopard Got Its Spots"
 28th Mar: Andrew Elvey Price  "Constructing a Timetable with Pure Mathematicians"
 21st Mar: Peter Taylor  "A model for the BitCoin block chain that takes propogation delays into account"
 14th Mar: Vanessa Teague  "How to use Maths to count Encrypted Votes"
 7th Mar: Arun Ram  "The Proof Machine"
Seminars for 2013
 25th Oct: Matthew Mack  "Mathematics in Music Analysis"
 18th Oct: Richard Brak  "The Mathematics of Gear Ratios"
 11th Oct: Lawrence Reeves  "The BanachTarski Paradox"
 27th Sep: Kostya Borovkov  "Random Walks Meets the Heat Equation"
 20th Sep: Arun Mani  "Mathematics of Computing"
 13th Sep: Antoinette Tordesillas  "Seeing worlds in grains of sands"
 6th Sep: Nora Ganter  "196883 + 1 = 196884"
 30th Aug: Jan de Gier  "Mean faces, face space and eigenfaces"
 23rd Aug: Jon Xu  "Jedi Training  What is it like to be a postgraduate research student in mathematics?"
 16th Aug: Nathan Ross  "Google's Pagerank Algorithm"
 9th Aug: Guoqi Qian  "Is statistics useful, and where is it used?"
 2nd Aug: Peter Forrester  "The GoldenThompson inequality and random matrix theory"
 31 May: Tony Guttmann  "Random and SelfAvoiding Walks in a Rectangular Domain"
 10 May: Federico Frascoli  "The mathematical brain: how can we model brain activity using maths?"
 9 May: Kristijan Jovanoski  "This is madness: the lives of famous mathematicians  History of Maths III"
 3 May: Peter Taylor  "Queueing theory and 'ideal hospital occupancy'"
 2 May: Jinghan Xia  "A tale of three little triangles and the big bad postulate  History of Maths II"
 26 April: Henry Segerman  "Fractal curves, 4dimesional puzzles and unlikely gears"
 19 April: Richard Huggins  "Beyond the birthday problem"
 18 April: Dougal Davis  "Algebraic geometry: from Ancient Greece to Riemann  History of Maths I"
 12 April: Jan De Gier  "Polynomial roots, dragons and feathers"
 22 March: Matthew Mack  "Music: two mathematical bases"
 8 March: Motohico Mulase  "From Catalan numbers to the frontier of mathematical research"
Seminars for 2012
 26 October: Hyam Rubinstein  "Solution of the Poincaré conjecture"
 19 October: Mark Fackrell  "The single server queue"
 5 October: Sanming Zhou  "Distance labellings of graphs"
 14 Septemeber: Richard Brak  "An unexpectedly complicated way to compute factorials"
 7 September: Alex Ghitza  "Transcendence and irrationality"
 31 August: Craig Westerland  "The cobordism story"
 24 August: Dougal Davis  "A (very) short history of geometry"
 17 August: Lawrence Reeves  "The group theory of Rubik's cube"
 10 August: Aihua Xia  "Uncorrelation and independence"
 3 August: Arun Ram  "Flags, cohomology and positivity"
 27 July: Han Liang Gan  "Paradoxical musings"
 25 May: Paul Norbury  "Mathematics of string theory"
 11 May: Jan De Gier  "Selfavoiding bees and discrete complex analysis"
 20 April: Norman Do  "Constant curiosity"
 30 March: Tony Guttmann  "Self avoiding walks"
 23 March: Trithang Tran, Han Liang Gan and Jason Nassios  "PhD talks"
 16 March: Emily HackettJones  "Mathematics and ecology"
 9 March: Henry Segerman  "Some mathematical sculptures"
 2 March: Ian Gordon  "Rubbish"
Seminars for 2011
 28 October: Alex Ghitza  "30 years of LLL"
 21 October: Marieke Quant  "A tour in game theory"
 14 October: David Wood  "What do African rhythms and the Hebrew calendar have in common?"
 7 October: Peter Forrester  "Random Matrices"
 16 September: KerryAnne Landman  "Maths in Biology"
 9 September: HengSoon Gan  "An Introduction to LP/IP/MILP Modelling"
 2 September: Hyam Rubenstein  "The Steiner Saga"
 19 August: Lawrence Reeves  "Solving a quintic by radicals. Or not."
 12 August: Peter Taylor  "Parrondo's games"
 5 August: Norman Do  "Variations on Vertices and Vortices"
 29 July: Arun Ram  "Reverse Mathematics"
 8 April: Richard Brak  "The Catalan Family and Embedded Bijections"
 1 April: Anthony Mays  "(Some) Mathematics of Juggling"
 25 March: Kostya Borovkov  "The Princess and Monster Game & Choosing Points at Random"
 18 March: Sanming Zhou  "How Symmetrical is Your Graph?"
 11 March: Trithang Tran  "Hex & the Brouwer fixedpoint theorem"
 4 March: Han Liang Gan  "Maximum Hangover"
Seminars for 2010
 15 October: Norman Do  "Dominoes, dimers and determinants"
 8 October: Nathan Clisby  "On Hales' proof of the Kepler conjecture"
 17 September: John Groves  "The spine of an amoeba and other tropical curiosities"
 10 September: Antoinette Tordesillas  "The wonderment of the finger and D'Alembert's dream"
 3 September: Henry Segerman  "The Mathematics of Juggling"
 27 August: Hyam Rubenstein  ""Algorithms to recognise knots, links and 3dimensional spaces"
 20 August: Arun Ram  "Symmetry and identities"
 13 August: Lawrence Reeves  "Max Dehn, decision problems and curvature in group theory"
 6 August: James Zhao  "Primes and Permutations"
 30 July: Han Liang Gan  "How to get a Knighthood with Statistics"
 14 May: Craig Westerland  "Random finite abelian groups"
 7 May: Sandy Clarke  "Statistical Consultant: the dream job of our time"
 30 April: Tharatorn Supasiti  "Pizza, crust and other things"
 16 April: Andrew Robinson  "Quarantine Inspections: How Risky a Business?"
 26 March: Peter Forrester  "Calculating the date of Easter"
 19 March: Marty Ross  "Irrational Thoughts"
 12 March: Jan de Gier  "Alternating sign matrices, fully packed polygons and symmetric plane partitions"
 5 March: Yi Huang  "Getting Real with R"
Seminars for 2009
 27 October: Arun Ram  "Today I feel like a mathematician  personality, music and geometry"
 23 October: Owen Jones  "Fractals and Dimension"
 16 October: Marty Ross  "Mathematicians, Movies and Murder"
 11 September: John Groves  "The roots of Galois Theory; solving polynomial equations in the early days"
 4 September: Raj Dahya  "The World of Set Theory and Its Use"
 28 August: Aihua Xia  "On the distributions of run statistics"
 29 May: Terry Mills  "Forecasting the incidence of cancer"
 7 May: Craig Westerland  "Fun with Configuration Spaces"
 30 April: Peter Milley  "Rightangled Hexagons: Hyperbolic Geometry and Topology"
 24 April: Yi Huang  "Jade and Jurisprudence"
 20 March: Alex Ghitza  "The Double Life of Primes"
 6 March: Nora Ganter  "On Secret Messages and why big Prime Numbers are worth a lot of Cash"
Seminars for 2008
 31 October: Dr. Marty Ross  "Can you Hear the Shape of a Drum?"
 24 October: Norman Do  "The Mathematical Art of Tiling"  Click here for the seminar slides.
 19 September: Arun Ram  "Generalising Pascal's Triangle"
 29 August: Dr. Chris Ormerod  "Solitons: The Weird and Wonderful World of Discrete Waves"  Click here for the seminar slides.
 15 August: Dr. Marty Ross  "Strange Harmonies: Mathematics and Music"
 8 August: James Saunderson  "Coding Theory 111000111"
 1 August: Sam Chow  "733t Advice 4 n00bs: How to P.own at Classic 2 Player Games"  Click here for the seminar slides.
 11 March: Dr. Marty Ross  "Pulp Fractions: Mathematics Goes to the Movies"
 18 March: Dr. John Groves  "Newton & Brazil: Tropical Geometry for Beginners"
Seminars for 2007
 18 October: Dr. Andrew Robinson  "Research Projects  A Purposive Sample"
 11 October: Prof. Kerry Landman  "Research Projects  Modelling Opportunities"
 5 October: Prof. Peter Forrester  "Research Projects  Discrete Maths and Mathematical Physics"
 16 August: Dr. Ken Sharpe  "When Atheletes God Bad, Call a Statistician"
 9 August: Nick Sheridan  "The Variational Principle" Click here for the seminar slides.
 3 August: Prof. Terry Mills  "A Mathematician Goes to Hospital"
 28 July: Maurice Chiodo  "Hiking in the Hyperbolic Plane" Click here for the seminar slides.
 27 July: Dr. Marty Ross  "Gauss's Egregious Theorem" Click here for the seminar slides.
 27 April: James Saunderson  "My Favourite Pseudonumber Generator"
 30 March: Dr. Ian Wanless  "Euler Played Sudoku Too!"
 9 March: Norm Do  "How to win at tictactoe"
 2 March: Dr. Marty Ross  "The Joy of Gambling"
Seminars for 2006
 20 October:Prof. Greg Hjorth  "The Set Theoretical Foundations of Mathematics"
 13 October:Dr. Bruce Gardiner  "How to build a mutant fly"
 6 Ocotber:Alison Thomson  "Groups, Graphs and Designing Computer Networks"
 1 September: Michael Nash and Prof. Ary Hoffmann  "Mathematics, Statistics and the Genetics of Insects"
 18 August: Nick Sheridan  "When Two Become Three"
 12 May: Andrew Kwok  "Mandelbrot, Mutations and Monkeys"
 28 April: Dr Marty Ross  "The Da Vinci Code and Other Mathematical Nonsense"
 31 March: Dr Anthony Wirth  "Comments On Communication Complexity"
 24 March: Norman Do  "Constant Curiosity"  Click here for the lecture slides
 17 March: Daniel Yeow  "Victoria's Secrets"  Click here for the lecture slides
 10 March: Peter McNamara  "Cake Cutting Algorithm"
 3 March: Dr Marty Ross  "Evil Infinity?"
Seminars for 2005
 28 October: Daniel Yeow  "Solving the Rubik's Cube"
 21 October: Dr Andrew Robinson  "Lumpers of the World, Unite"  Click here for information on equivalence testing
 7 October: Maurice Chiodo  "Braid Theory: The Mathematics of Hair Styling"
 26 August: Video Screening  "Fermat's Last Tango  Part 2"
 19 August: Video Screening  "Fermat's Last Tango  Part 1"
 12 August: Professor Richard Huggins  "Modern Statistical Techniques In Biostatistics"
 5 August: Daniel Yeow  "Beauty and Zen of Mathematics"
 20 May: Maurice Chiodo  "Beauty in Mathematics"
 6 May: Dr Marty Ross  "To Infinity and Beyond: Mathematics in the Movies"
 18 March: Dr Marty Ross  "Irrational Thoughts"
Seminars for 2004
 25 October: Dr Ole Warnaar  "The Lost Notebook"
 22 October: Dr Iain Aitchison  "Clay Prizes and the Harmony of Spheres"
 18 October: Associate Professor Kerry Landman  "The Mathematics of Life"
 15 October Norman Do  "The Mathematics of Voting"
 8 October: Professor Tony Guttmann  "How to Win an Olympic Gold Medal in Running"  Click here for the lecture slides.
 13 September: Dr Burkard Polster  "Escher and Beyond: Art, Mathematics and Magic"
 3 September: Paul McCormick  "Combinatorics: What sort of maths is that anyway?"
 20 August: Professor Peter Forrester  "The Riemann Hypothesis and Random Matrices"
 30 July: Maurice Chiodo  "The Chromatic Number Problem"
 14 May: Dan Mathews  "Evariste Galois: The Man and his Mathematics"
 7 May: Video Screening  "Outside In"
 23 April : Geordie Zhang  "What is a Real Number?"
 2 April : Dr John Groves  "Which Polygons are Constructible?"
 26 March : Video Screening  "CHAOS: The Theory which Imposes Order within Disorder"
Seminars for 2003
 1314 November: Honours Project Talks  programme and abstracts
 29 October : Dr Ian Gordon (Director, Statistical Consulting Centre)  A Box Plot of Statistical Consulting
 22 October : Paul McCormick  Anthrax and Gossip: Alternative Applications of Networks
 17 September : Vivien Juan  Bridges, Maps, Computer Networks and Graph Theory
 10 September : Geordie Zhang  Number Theory, Graph Theory, Linear Algebra, Analysis and the Markov Chain Ergodicity Theorem
 27 August : Maurice Chiodo  Coffee Cups, Doughnuts, And The Four Dimensional Sphere
 23 May : Daniel Mathews  Poincaré's Problem and Perelman's Purported Proof
 16 May : Dave Sweeney  Why YOU Need To Know Logic
 9 May : Paul McCormick  Maths & Art
 2 May : Maurice Chiodo  Introductory Knot Theory
 11 April : Geordie Zhang  The Art Of Counting
 4 April : Dr Marty Ross (School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University)  The Joy Of Gambling
 28 March : DVD Screening  "Fermat's Last Tango" (A musical fantasy inspired by Andrew Wiles and his encounter with Fermat's Last Theorem)
 21 March : Dr Paul Norbury  Champagne Problem In Geometry
Seminars for 2002
 25 October : Zaeem Burq  Foundations Of Probability Theory
 18 October : Harald Sondergaard (Computer Science and Software Engineering, Melbourne Uni)  Staged Computation: Kleene's "Smn" Theorem in Practice
 6 September : Dr. Natashia Boland (Department of Maths and Stats, Melbourne Uni)  The MLC Problem in Cancer Radiation Therapy
 30 August : Aihua Xia (Associate Professor, Maths and Stats, Melbourne Uni)  Coupling, Probability Approximation And The SteinChen Method
 23 August : Daniel Arber  Peas And Rice
 16 August : Daniel Mathews  Mathemagical Games
 9 August : Geordie Zhang  History of the Parallel Postulate
 30 May : Video Screening  N is a Number
 17 May : Dr Burkard Polster (School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University)  Mathematical Origami
 22 March : Daniel Mathews  Parachuting and abseiling down quadratic landscapes
Seminars for 2001
 21 September : Tryon Schnabl  A Journey Through Hyperspace
 31 August : James Ong  Do warmakers really need analysts?
 18 May : Daniel Ford  Ramsey Theory
 11 May : Norman Do  Art Gallery Theorems
Seminars in 2000
 13 October : Simon Pampena  Order and Choice
 6 October : Dr. Margreet Kuijper  Interpolationbased decoding of ReedSolomon codes and connections with linear system theory
 8 September: Chaitanya Rao  Maths Olympics questions of old
 1 September: Norman Do  Mathematical Titbits
 18 August: Samantha Richards  Buffon's Needle: A Simple Monte Carlo Method for the Estimation of Pi
 11 August: Desmond Lun  Pulsar Emission Theory
 26 May : Christian Mercat  Celtic Knotwork
 12 May : Burkard Polster  The Mathematics of Juggling
 14 April: Michael Volpato  A dozen years is but a day
 31 March: Simon Pampena  Japanese Temple Mathematics
 17 March: Chaitanya Rao  A look at Cauchy's equation
Seminars in 1999
 26 November: Honours Workshop  programme and abstracts
 29 October: Michael Volpato  Padic numbers
 15 October: Daniel Grixti  Multivalued linear operators
 10 September: John FitzGerald  An overview of Image and Speech Processing
 27 August: Maziar Nikpour  Topics in Signal Processing
 6 August: Michael Volpato  Elliptic Curves
 21 May: Ian Wanless  Latin Squares
 14 May: Robert Merkel  Generating Test Strings
 30 April: Simon Petris  Phase Behaviour in Colloidal Dispersions
 23 April: Eva Swierczak  Maths in Finance  An Introduction to Usage of Mathematics in Financial Derivatives
 16 April: Natalie Roberts  Analysis of the Age Distribution of Children at Risk of Diabetes
 26 March: Ian Gordon  Statistical Consulting, a Job for the Curious
 5 March: Tony Wirth  Shortest Path Graph Algorithms
Seminars in 1998
 27 November: Honours Workshop  programme and abstracts
 30 October: Walter Neumann  Napoleon, My Father and Me
 23 October: Ben Burton  Cryptanalysis on the Front Line
 16 October Daniel Grixti  The Generalisation of Conic Sections to Hyperbolic and Spherical Space
 9 October: Tim Ebringer  The Mathematics and Politics of Electronic Cash
 28 August: Adam Cagliarini  On the Merits of Boxer Shorts
 21 August: Terry Speed  Mathematics, Statistics and Genomics
 14 August: Tony Wirth et al.  LaTeX seminar  slides
 29 May: Graham Weinberg  Geometric Approximation for Markov Hitting Times
 15 May: Tim Gould  Density Functional Theory
 12 May: Michael Barnsley  Basic Easy IFS Theory
 24 April: James Ong  Maths, Intuition and Truth
 3 April: Tony Wirth  Fast Multiplication Algorithms
