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What is Topological Design?

A 3D print of a torus knot in blue on a grey background

Speaker: Professor Mark Dennis, Director of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Topological Design and Head of Theoretical Physics Research Group, University of Birmingham

Professor Mark Dennis and students from the Centre for Doctoral Training in Topological Design at the University of Birmingham will talk about research in the centre, including knot theory, complex networks and design for 3D printing.

Please register for this talk as it will help with the rooming and refreshment arrangements and allows us to contact you if there are any changes to the talk details.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Light refreshments (drinks and biscuits) are provided. They take place in the Poynting Large Lecture Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Poynting Physics Building, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. This is building R13 on the campus map here:

Doors to the Large Lecture Theatre will be open from 7pm. The talk begins at 7.30pm.

Car parking on campus is usually available and free after 6pm. There is a railway station on campus called ‘University’ – connections to Birmingham New Street and the cross city line are approx. every 10 minutes. Further travel info is here:

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About the Speaker

Professor Dennis's research is primarily in the physics of waves (optical, electromagnetic, quantum, …), and how geometry and topology may be used to understand and control their propagation and scattering.

Particular interests include singular optics and structured light (optical vortices, optical angular momentum, polarization singularities), and applied topology in physics (especially applications of knot theory in optics, quantum mechanics and molecular biology).

He has published over 100 research papers, proceedings, reviews, and book chapters, working with various other theorists and experimentalists around the world.