Last modified: 3 September, 2014.

5th International workshop on Set Oriented Numerics, September 1-5 2014
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand


The workshop will address state-of-the-art developments in the field of set-oriented numerical techniques relevant to mathematical problems in dynamical systems and applications.
The SON workshops provide a unique forum to bring together theoretical researchers developing different set-oriented methodologies and applied researchers needing and/or using topological and probabilistic tools for analysing their models. The workshop will cover a wide range of application areas, including, but not limited to: models of fluid flow, advection-reaction-diffusion equations, biology, drug design, quasi-stationary stochastic processes, nonlinear time-series analysis, dynamics of granular material, physical oceanography and meteorology.

The workshop will

  • include lectures on the theoretical foundations and new developments in set oriented methods
  • explore practical issues in implementation of the methods
  • showcase current applications
  • provide a forum for early career researchers in the field to interact with other experts

The workshop will be the fifth in an annual series, following the successful workshops in Mexico City (2010), Munich (2011), Sydney (2012) and Dresden (2013). This year's workshop will take place in the city of Christchurch, which is undergoing an exciting rebuild following a devastating earthquake sequence in 2010-2011.

Keynote speakers

Prof Tim David (BlueFern HPC, Canterbury) Homogenisation of homo- and hetero-cellular coupling.
Prof Gary Froyland (UNSW) Finite-time coherent sets - with and without diffusion
Dr Cecilia Gonzalez-Tokman (UNSW) Non-autonomous dynamical systems and multiplicative ergodic theorems
Prof Hinke Osinga (Auckland) Computing global invariant manifolds: techniques and applications
Dr Kathrin Padberg-Gehle (TU Dresden) Coherence in non-autonomous dynamics
Prof Jean-Luc Thiffeault (Wisconsin) The topological complexity of orbit data

A list of participants is here.


Five days of conference with talks varying in length between 20 and 50 minutes. Significant time will be reserved for informal interaction between participants.

Arrival information

All talks and catering will be in the Erskine building on the corner of Science and Engineering roads (University of Canterbury). A basic map is here.

  • From the Academy Motor Lodge, cross Creyke Rd and walk straight down Engineering Rd (almost opposite). Enter the Erskine building from the Western End, and take stairs or lift to the fourth floor.
  • From the Chateau on the Park, there are several options
    • on Monday 1 September, the hotel courtesy shuttle will leave at 9.30am to travel to the University (meet at reception)
    • a pleasant walking route is marked on the map above
    • the default walking route from Google directions is reasonably pleasant and direct
    • upon leaving the hotel, walk West along either Matai St or Kilmarnock St, then turn South and walk one or two blocks to Riccarton Rd. Cross Riccarton Rd and pick up the number 3 bus at the stop near Bartlett St (South side of Road). Cash fare is $3.50. This bus is Westbound, and should be marked "Avonhead" (the Eastbound bus will be marked "Sumner" - and takes you right to the beach, but not the University!). This bus stops at several places on Ilam Rd, outside the University. I recommend the main stops - outside the staff club, and opposite a carpark. From this stop, cross Ilam Rd then turn North and cross University Drive, then walk on the diagonal path under trees and through a lawn to the Erskine building. Further bus information is available at
The start time on Monday 1 September is 10am - Erskine 447. A break-out room will be available for participants to work in during gaps in the programme.

Organising Committee

Rua Murray (Canterbury), Michael Dellnitz (Paderborn), Gary Froyland (UNSW), Kathrin Padberg-Gehle (Dresden)

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Rua Murray