Annual General Meeting & Naylor Lecture

Zoom, with support from ICMS
Start Date: 
Friday 20th November, 2020
Meeting Time: 
Naylor Lecture: Nicholas J. Higham (Manchester)

LMS Annual General Meeting & Naylor Lecture

The lecture is aimed at a general mathematical audience. All interested, whether LMS members or not, are most welcome to attend this event.


3.00 pm Opening of the meeting and LMS Business (open to all but with voting for members only)

Agenda and Papers

Election of the LMS Council in 2020

3.55 pm Election Results Announced.

4.00 pm  Naylor Lecture 2020: Nicholas J. Higham (Manchester)  The Mathematics of Today's Floating-Point Arithmetic.

Abstract: The 1985 IEEE standard for floating-point arithmetic brought much needed order to computer arithmetic, and for the next 30 years virtually every computer adhered to it. In the last five years or so, new hardware designed for machine learning has been introduced that offers fast mixed precision “matrix multiply-accumulate” operations, thereby complicating the picture. We discuss the mathematical aspects of the current floating-point landscape. In particular, we explain how recent probabilistic error analysis is providing new understanding of accuracy, why stochastic rounding can be beneficial, and how low precision arithmetic can be exploited to deliver accurate results more quickly. 

5.00 pm Close of Meeting.

Registration: Registration will be required this year and the registration form will be available shortly.

LMS Annual Dinner: Regretablly, the Annual Dinner will not be held after the AGM this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures in place to keep our members and guests safe. 

Graduate Student Meeting

This meeting is intended as an introduction to the Society Meeting on 20 November 2020.  All graduate students (and indeed any other mathematicians) will be very welcome. 

2.00 Opening of Meeting and Welcome

Theo Mary (Sorbonne)

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3.00 Break

3.05 Student talks commence

The meeting will comprise of graduate student talks and we currently have a number of slots remaining for student speakers to give a ten minute talk. Please notify us whether you would like to deliver a talk at the GSM when completing your registration form.  

4.00 Meeting closes

  Registration link coming soon.



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