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MSI Movie Night: The Imitation Game

  • Wed, May 31 2023, 5 - 8pm
  • Cultural Centre, Kambri Precinct, ANU (Building 153)

On behalf of the Mathematical Sciences Institute, we would like to invite you and a guest to attend an exciting special event for our friends, colleagues and community.

The MSI is hosting a screening of the highly acclaimed, Oscar-nominated film "The imitation game", based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as British cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during the Second World War. 

Prior to the screening, you are all welcome to an exclusive reception at the Kambri Cultural Centre.

Our MSI Friends and Alumni events are part of our efforts to promote the work of our school and make it accessible to the community, so partners and guests are especially welcome at this event.


Reception and Drinks: 5pm-5:30pm.

MSI Welcome: 5:40pm 

Film: 6pm 


Please RSVP online by Monday 29 May 2023.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!





Random walk on a quadrant: mapping to a one-dimensional level-dependent Quasi-Birth-and-Death process (LD-QBD).

  • Thu, Jun 1 2023, 4 - 5pm
  • Seminar Room 1.33, Building 145, Science Road, ANU

  • Małgorzata O'Reilly, University of Tasmania

We consider a neighbourhood random walk on a quadrant with environment phase-variable modelled by a continuous-time Markov chain. We describe this random walk using a two-dimensional level-dependent Quasi-Birth-and-Death process (2D-LD-QBD) with level-variables which change in a skip-free manner at the moments of jump in the process. We transform this random walk into a one-dimensional LD-QBD with level variable recording the maximum of the two level-variables and phase-variable recording the remaining information about the random walk. Using this transformation, we perform transient and stationary analysis of the random walk, including first hitting times for various sample paths, using matrix-analytic methods.


More about the speaker here. 


Afternoon tea will be provided at 3:30pm



MSI Graduate Student Colloquium

  • Fri, Apr 21 2023, 3 - 4pm, Fri, May 5 2023, 3 - 4pm, Fri, May 19 2023, 3 - 4pm, Fri, Jun 2 2023, 3 - 4pm
  • Seminar Room 1.33

    Hanna Neumann Building 145 Science Road

    Acton ACT 2601

Interested in meeting your fellow graduate students and learning about their research? We’re starting an informal colloquium for graduate HDR students to share interesting topics they’ve come across during their studies.  

The aim is to introduce everyone to a topic/problem and then discuss a model problem/example together. The talks will be casual and (if appropriate) provide a platform for further discussion about the model problem/example.