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UW Madison mathematics Colloquium is ONLINE on Fridays at 4:00 pm.

Fall 2020

September 25, 2020, Joseph Landsberg (Texas A&M)

(Hosted by Gurevitch)

From theoretic computer science to algebraic geometry: how the complexity of matrix multiplication led me to the Hilbert scheme of points.

In 1968 Strassen discovered the way we multiply nxn matrices (row/column) is not the most efficient algorithm possible. Subsequent work has led to the astounding conjecture that as the size n of the matrices grows, it becomes almost as easy to multiply matrices as it is to add them. I will give a history of this problem and explain why it is natural to study it using algebraic geometry and representation theory. I will conclude by discussing recent exciting developments that explain the second phrase in the title.

October 9, 2020, Carolina Araujo (IMPA)

(Hosted by Ellenberg)

October 23, 2020, Jeremy Quastel (University of Toronto)

(Hosted by Gorin)

November 6, 2020, Yiannis Sakellaridis (Johns Hopkins University)

(Hosted by Gurevitch)

November 20, 2020, TBA

December 4, 2020, TBA

Past Colloquia

Spring 2020

Fall 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012