VIRTUAL ALLIANCE IN WAVE SCIENCE MEETING: SUMMARY AND INITIAL OUTCOMES
This meeting, the 3rd in the Dean of Science's Virtual Alliances series, was held Friday, 8 October, 2 - 5 pm in the School of Physics.
There were approximately 40 attendees, including 15 speakers. These came from areas as diverse as Obstetrics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychiatry, Thomson Marconi Systems, OFTC, UTS, the Ionospheric Prediction Service, the Anglo-Australian Observatory, Pharmacology, and CSIRO. Several other individuals gave their apologies but indicated an interest in receiving further information.
Considerable interest was expressed in many of the diverse topics covered and there was general agreement that the meeting had been worthwhile. Specific outcomes include the following:
- A number of new direct contacts were established between researchers: e.g., Gordon and de Sterke (solitons), Cairns and Fay (ultrasound signal analysis), Beattie and Cramer (electroacoustics).
- It was decided to circulate contact details to all participants and to set up an email exploder so that notices regarding seminars, etc., can be easily circulated. This will be located on a new web page to be set up in the next few weeks and maintained by the Wave Physics Group in the School of Physics.
- There was strong support to have at least one more focused meeting on wave science, perhaps concentrating on linkages between medical applications and physics/mathematics, or on inverse problems, or industrial/commercial linkages. Concrete proposals will be formulated after possibilities have been aired via email.
- Depending on how (3) goes, more formal linkages might emerge covering specific collaborations, grant applications, etc., but it was generally thought to be premature to pursue specifics at this point.