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Paralimni mathematician takes her research to UK Parliament

Dr Irene Kyza, 33, a Lecturer in Computational Mathematics at the University of Dundee, who hails from Paralimni, is to present her maths research to a range of politicians and a panel of expert judges, as part of SET for Britain on Monday March 9.

Kyza’s research about algorithms simulating biological flows will be judged against dozens of other mathematicians’ research in the only national competition of its kind.

She was shortlisted from hundreds of applicants to appear in Parliament.

“The accurate simulation of blood flow in arteries can give insights on several biological processes, and ultimately help to prevent more heart attacks,” she said in a news release on Wednesday.

“One of the mathematical difficulties of biological flows is that the geometry, i.e. the shape of the arteries, changes in time. This makes it very difficult to come up with efficient algorithms that simulate well the flow with affordable computational cost. By developing new mathematical tools we were able to overcome this difficulty along with my collaborators. I’m very excited for the opportunity to present my work to the British Parliament, to find out more about the work of other young researchers, and to take part in the competition. ”

Andrew Miller MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee said the annual competition was an important date in the parliamentary calendar because it gives MPs an opportunity to speak to a wide range of the country’s best young researchers.

“These early career engineers, mathematicians and scientists are the architects of our future and SET for Britain is politicians’ best opportunity to meet them and understand their work.”

Kyza’s research has been entered into the mathematics session of the competition, which will end in a gold, silver and bronze prize-giving ceremony.

Judged by leading academics, the gold medalist receives £3,000, while silver and bronze receive £2,000 and £1,000 respectively.


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