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 = Mathematics Colloquium =   = Mathematics Colloquium = 

 

 All colloquia are on Fridays at 4:00 pm in Van Vleck B239, '''unless otherwise indicated'''.   All colloquia are on Fridays at 4:00 pm in Van Vleck B239, '''unless otherwise indicated'''. 

 

 == Fall 2013 ==   The calendar for spring 2019 can be found [[Colloquia/Spring2019here]]. 
  
  ==Spring 2019== 

 

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 Sept 6   Jan 25 
 [http://people.math.gatech.edu/~mbaker/ Matt Baker] (Georgia Institute of Technology)    [http://www.users.miamioh.edu/randrib/ Beata Randrianantoanina] (Miami University Ohio) WIMAW 
 RiemannRoch for Graphs and Applications   [[#Beata Randrianantoanina (Miami University Ohio)  Some nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces and their applications ]] 
 Ellenberg
   Tullia Dymarz 
 
 
 Sept 13
 
 [http://math.wisc.edu/~andrews/ Uri Andrews] (University of Wisconsin)
 
 A hop, skip, and a jump through the degrees of relative provability  
     
     
 Sept 20   Jan 30 '''Wednesday''' 
 [http://www.math.neu.edu/people/profile/valeriotoledanolaredo Valerio Toledano Laredo] (Northeastern)
   [https://services.math.duke.edu/~pierce/ Lillian Pierce] (Duke University) 
 Flat connections and quantum groups
  [[#Lillian Pierce (Duke University)  Short character sums ]] 
 Gurevich
   Boston and Street 
 
 
 '''Wed, Sept 25, 2:30PM in B139'''
 
 [http://mypage.iu.edu/~alindens/ Ayelet Lindenstrauss] (Indiana University)
 
 Taylor Series in Homotopy Theory
 
 Meyer
 
 
 
 '''Wed, Sept 25''' (LAA lecture)
 
 [http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~demmel/ Jim Demmel] (Berkeley)
 
 CommunicationAvoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond
 
 Gurevich
 
 
 
 '''Thurs, Sept 26''' (LAA lecture, Joint with Applied Algebra Seminar)
 
 [http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~demmel/ Jim Demmel] (Berkeley)  
 Implementing CommunicationAvoiding Algorithms
 
 Gurevich
 
 
 
 Sept 27 (LAA lecture)
 
 [http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~demmel/ Jim Demmel] (Berkeley)
 
 Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays
 
 Gurevich
 
 
 
 Oct 4
 
 [http://www.math.tamu.edu/~sottile/ Frank Sottile] (Texas A&M)
 
 Galois groups of Schubert problems
 
 Caldararu
 
 
 
 Oct 11
 
 [http://math.uchicago.edu/~wilkinso/ Amie Wilkinson] (Chicago)
 
 [[Colloquia#October 11: Amie Wilkinson (Chicago)  Robust mechanisms for chaos]]  
 WIMAW (Cladek)  
 
 
 '''Tues, Oct 15, 4PM''' (Distinguished Lecture)
 
 [http://math.mit.edu/people/profile.php?pid=1222 Alexei Borodin] (MIT)
 
 [[Colloquia#October 15 (Tue) and October 16 (Wed): Alexei Borodin (MIT)  Integrable probability I]]
 
 Valko
 
 
 
 '''Wed, Oct 16, 2:30PM''' (Distinguished Lecture)
 
 [http://math.mit.edu/people/profile.php?pid=1222 Alexei Borodin] (MIT)
 
 [[Colloquia#October 15 (Tue) and October 16 (Wed): Alexei Borodin (MIT)  Integrable probability II]]
 
 Valko
 
 
 
 <strike>Oct 18</strike>
 
 No colloquium due to the distinguished lecture
 
 
 
     
     
 Oct 25   Jan 31 '''Thursday''' 
 [http://www.math.umn.edu/~garrett/ Paul Garrett] (Minnesota)    [http://www.math.tamu.edu/~dbaskin/ Dean Baskin] (Texas A&M) 
 [[Colloquia#October 25: Paul Garrett (Minnesota)  Boundaryvalue problems, generalized functions, and zeros of zeta functions]]   [[#Dean Baskin (Texas A&M)  Radiation fields for wave equations ]] 
 Gurevich    Street 
 
 
     
     
 Nov 1   Feb 1 
 [http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~alewko/ Allison Lewko] (Columbia University)    [https://services.math.duke.edu/~jianfeng/ Jianfeng Lu] (Duke University) 
 On sets of large doubling, Lambda(4) sets, and errorcorrecting codes
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
 Stovall
   Qin 
 
 
 Nov 8
 
 [http://www.math.cornell.edu/~riley/ Tim Riley] (Cornell)
 
 [[Colloquia#November 8: Tim Riley (Cornell)  Hydra groups]]
 
 Dymarz
 
 
 
 Nov 15 and later
 
 Reserved
 
 
 
 Street
 
 
 
 Nov 22
 
 [http://www.math.uchicago.edu/~tj/ Tianling Jin] (University of Chicago)
 
 Solutions of some MongeAmpere equations with degeneracy or singularities.
 
 Bolotin
 
 
 
 '''Mon, Nov 25, 4PM'''
 
 [https://web.math.princeton.edu/~linlin/ Lin Lin] (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)  
 Fast algorithms for electronic structure analysis
 
 Jin
 
 
 
 '''Tue, Nov 26, 4PM, B139'''
 
 [http://www.math.cornell.edu/m/People/Faculty/conley Clinton Conley] (Cornell)
 
 [[Colloquia#November 26 (Tuesday): Clinton Conley (Cornell)  Descriptive settheoretic graph theory]]
 
 Lempp
 
 
 
 '''Mon, Dec 2, 4PM'''
 
 [http://www.math.northwestern.edu/~slm/ Simon Marshall] (Northwestern)
 
 [[Colloquia#December 2 (Monday): Simon Marshall (Northwestern)  Semiclassical estimates for eigenfunctions on locally symmetric spaces]]
 
 Denissov
 
 
 
 '''Wed, Dec 4, 4PM'''
 
 [http://math.berkeley.edu/~svs/ Steven Sam] (Berkeley)
 
 Free Resolutions and Symmetry
 
 Boston
 
 
 
 '''Fri, Dec 6'''
 
 [http://math.mit.edu/~hand/ Paul Hand] (MIT)
 
 [[Colloquia#December 6: Paul Hand (MIT)  Simplifications of the lifting approach for quadratic signal recovery problems]]
 
 Thiffeault
 
 
 
 '''Fri, Dec. 6 and Sat Dec. 7'''
 
 
 
 [http://www.math.umn.edu/~stant001/askey80 Conference in honor of Dick Askey]
 
 
 
 
 
 '''Mon, Dec. 9, 4pm, VV B239'''
 
 [http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~jacob/ Jacob Bedrossian] (Courant Institute)
 
 Inviscid damping and the asymptotic stability of planar shear flows in the 2D Euler equations
 
 Bolotin
 
 
 
 '''Wed, Dec 11, 4PM'''
 
 [http://math.jhu.edu/~lwang/ Lu Wang] (Johns Hopkins)
 
 Rigidity of Selfshrinkers of Mean Curvature Flow
 
 Viaclovsky
 
 
 
 '''Fri, Dec. 13, 2:25pm, VV 901'''
 
 [http://chanwookim.wordpress.com/ Chanwoo Kim] (Cambridge)
 
 Regularity of the Boltzmann equation in convex domains
 
 Bolotin
 
 
 
 '''Tues, Dec 17, 4PM'''
 
 [http://www.statslab.cam.ac.uk/~ps422/ Perla Sousi] (Cambridge)
 
 [[Colloquia#December 17: Perla Sousi (Cambridge)  The effect of drift on the volume of the Wiener sausage]]
 
 Seppalainen
 
 
 
 '''Wed, Dec 18, 4PM'''
 
 [http://users.math.yale.edu/~dc597/ Dustin Cartwright] (Yale)
 
 [[Colloquia#December 18: Dustin Cartwright (Yale)  Tropical Complexes]]
 
 Gurevich  
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 == Spring 2014 ==
 
  
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 '''Mon, Jan 6, 4PM'''
 
 [http://wwwbcf.usc.edu/~lauda/Aaron_Laudas_Page/Home.html Aaron Lauda] (USC)
 
 [[Colloquia#January 6: Aaron Lauda (USC)  An introduction to diagrammatic categorification]]
 
 Caldararu
 
 
 
 '''Wed, Jan 8, 4PM'''
 
 [http://www2.math.umd.edu/~kmelnick/ Karin Melnick] (Maryland)
 
 [[Colloquia#January 8: Karin Melnick (Maryland)  Normal forms for local flows on parabolic geometries]]
 
 Kent
 
 
 
 Jan 10, 4PM
 
 [http://users.math.yale.edu/~yd82/ Yen Do] (Yale)
 
 Convergence of Fourier series and multilinear analysis
 
 Denissov
 
 
 
 '''Mon, Jan 13, 4pm'''
 
 [http://math.stanford.edu/~wangyi/ Yi Wang] (Stanford)
 
 Isoperimetric Inequality and Qcurvature
 
 Viaclovsky
 
 
 
 '''Wen, Jan 15, 4pm'''
 
 [http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/people/profiles/wei.xiang Wei Xiang] (University of Oxford)
 
 Conservation Laws and Shock Waves
 
 Bolotin
 
 
 
 Jan 17
 
 [http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~gillmana/ Adrianna Gillman] (Dartmouth)
 
     
 Thiffeault
 
 
 
 '''Thu, Jan 23, 2:25, VV901'''
 
 [http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~mshkolni/ Mykhaylo Shkolnikov] (Berkeley)
 
 [[Colloquia#Thur, Jan 23: Mykhaylo Shkolnikov (Berkeley)  Intertwinings, wave equations and growth models]]
 
 Seppalainen
 
     
 Jan 24   Feb 5 '''Tuesday''' 
 [http://www.yanivplan.com/ Yaniv Plan] (Michigan)    [http://www.math.tamu.edu/~alexei.poltoratski/ Alexei Poltoratski] (Texas A&M University) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Denisov 
     
 Thiffeault
 
     
 Jan 31   Feb 8 
 [http://csi.usc.edu/~ubli/ubli.html Urbashi Mitra] (USC)    [https://sites.math.northwestern.edu/~anaber/ Aaron Naber] (Northwestern) 
  [[#Aaron Naber (Northwestern)  A structure theory for spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds ]] 
   Street 
     
 Gurevich
 
     
 Feb 7   Feb 15 
 David Treumann (Boston College)    
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   
     
 Street
 
 
 
 Feb 14
 
 [http://www.tc.columbia.edu/academics/index.htm?facid=apk16 Alexander Karp] (Columbia Teacher's College)
 
 History of Mathematics Education as a Research Field and as Magistra Vitae
 
 Kiselev
 
     
 Feb 21   Feb 22 
     [https://people.math.osu.edu/cueto.5/ Angelica Cueto] (Ohio State) 
    [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Erman and Corey 
     
     
 Feb 28   March 4 
 [http://math.nyu.edu/faculty/shelley/ Michael Shelley] (Courant)    [http://wwwusers.math.umn.edu/~sverak/ Vladimir Sverak] (Minnesota) Wasow lecture 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Kim 
     
 Spagnolie
 
     
 March 7   March 8 
 [http://www.math.northwestern.edu/people/facultyProfiles/steve.zelditch.html Steve Zelditch] (Northwestern)    [https://orion.math.iastate.edu/jmccullo/index.html Jason McCullough] (Iowa State) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Erman 
     
 Seeger
 
     
 March 14   March 15 
     Maksym Radziwill (Caltech) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Marshall 
     
 
 
 
 
 <strike>March 21</strike>
 
 '''Spring Break'''
 
 No Colloquium
 
 
 
 
 
 March 28
 
 [http://people.math.gatech.edu/~lacey/ Michael Lacey] (GA Tech)
 
 The Two Weight Inequality for the Hilbert Transform
 
 Street
 
     
 April 4   March 29 
 [http://www.math.brown.edu/~res/ Richard Schwartz] (Brown)    Jennifer Park (OSU) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Marshall 
     
 MariBeffa
 
     
 April 11   April 5 
 [http://www.cs.uchicago.edu/people/risi Risi Kondor] (Chicago)    JuLee Kim (MIT) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Gurevich 
     
 Gurevich
 
     
 April 18 (Wasow Lecture)   April 12 
 [http://mathnt.mat.jhu.edu/sogge/ Christopher Sogge] (Johns Hopkins)    Evitar Procaccia (TAMU) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Gurevich 
     
 Seeger
 
     
 April 25   April 19 
 [http://www.charlesdoran.net Charles Doran](University of Alberta)    [http://www.math.rice.edu/~jkn3/ Jo Nelson] (Rice University) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   JeanLuc 
     
 Song
 
 
 
 '''Monday, April 28''' (Distinguished Lecture)
 
 [http://www.msri.org/people/staff/de/ David Eisenbud](Berkeley)
 
 A mystery concerning algebraic plane curves
 
 Maxim
 
 
 
 '''Tuesday, April 29''' (Distinguished Lecture)
 
 [http://www.msri.org/people/staff/de/ David Eisenbud](Berkeley)
 
 Matrix factorizations old and new
 
 Maxim
 
 
 
 '''Wednesday, April 30''' (Distinguished Lecture)
 
 [http://www.msri.org/people/staff/de/ David Eisenbud](Berkeley)
 
 Easy solution of polynomial equations over finite fields
 
 Maxim
 
     
 May 2   April 26 
 [http://www.stat.uchicago.edu/~lekheng/ LekHeng Lim] (Chicago)    [https://www.brown.edu/academics/appliedmathematics/faculty/kavitaramanan/home Kavita Ramanan] (Brown University) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   WIMAW 
     
 Boston
 
     
 May 9   May 3 
 [http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/rward/ Rachel Ward] (UT Austin)    Tomasz Przebinda (Oklahoma) 
  [[# TBA TBA ]] 
   Gurevich 
     
 WIMAW
 
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 == Abstracts ==   == Abstracts == 

 

 ===Sep 6: Matt Baker (GA Tech) ===   ===Beata Randrianantoanina (Miami University Ohio)=== 
 ''RiemannRoch for Graphs and Applications''
 
  
 We will begin by formulating the RiemannRoch theorem for graphs due to the speaker and Norine. We will then describe some refinements and applications. Refinements include a RiemannRoch theorem for tropical curves, proved by GathmannKerber and MikhalkinZharkov, and a RiemannRoch theorem for metrized complexes of curves, proved by Amini and the speaker. Applications include a new proof of the BrillNoether theorem in algebraic geometry (work of by CoolsDraismaPayneRobeva), a "volumetheoretic proof" of Kirchhoff's MatrixTree Theorem (work of An, Kuperberg, Shokrieh, and the speaker), and a new ChabautyColeman style bound for the number of rational points on an algebraic curve over the rationals (work of Katz and ZureickBrown).
 
  
 ===Sep 13: Uri Andrews (UWMadison) ===
 
 ''A hop, skip, and a jump through the degrees of relative provability''
 
  
 The topic of this talk arises from two directions. On the one hand, Gödel's incompleteness theorem tell us that given any sufficiently strong, consistent, effectively axiomatizable theory T for firstorder arithmetic, there is a statement that is true but not provable in T. On the other hand, over the past seventy years, a number of researchers studying witnessing functions for various combinatorial statements have realized the importance of fastgrowing functions and the fact that their totality is often not provable over a given sufficiently strong, consistent, effectively axiomatizable theory T for firstorder arithmetic (e.g. the ParisHarrington and the KirbyParis theorems).
 
  
 I will talk about the structure induced by giving the order (for a fixed T) of relative provability for totality of algorithms. That is, for algorithms describing functions f and g, we say f ≤ g if T along with the totality of g suffices to prove the totality of f. It turns out that this structure is rich, and encodes many facets of the nature of provability over sufficiently strong, consistent, effectively axiomatizable theories for firstorder arithmetic. (Work joint with Mingzhong Cai, David Diamondstone, Steffen Lempp, and Joseph S. Miller.)
 
  
 ===Sep 20: Valerio Toledano Laredo (Northeastern)===
 
 ''Flat connections and quantum groups''
 
  
 Quantum groups are natural deformations of the Lie algebra of
 
 nxn matrices, and more generally of semisimple Lie algebras.
 
 They first arose in the mid eighties in the study of solvable
 
 models in statistical mechanics.
 
  
 I will explain how these algebraic objects can serve as natural
 
 receptacles for the (transcendental) monodromy of flat connections
 
 arising from representation theory.
 
  
 These connections exist in rational, trigonometric and elliptic
 
 forms, and lead to quantum groups of increasing interest and
 
 complexity.
 
  
 ===Wed, Sept 25, 2:30PM Ayelet Lindenstrauss (Indiana University)===
 
 ''Taylor Series in Homotopy Theory''
 
  
 I will discuss Goodwillie's calculus of functors on topological spaces. To mimic the setup in real analysis, topological spaces are considered small if their nontrivial homotopy groups start only in higher dimensions. They can be considered close only in relation to a map between them, but a map allows us to construct the difference between two spaces, and two spaces are close if the difference between them is small. Spaces can be summed (in different ways) by taking twisted products of them. It is straightforward to construct the analogs of constant, linear, and higher degree homogenous functors, and they can be assembled into "polynomials" and "infinite sums". There are notions of differentiability and higher derivatives, of Taylor towers, and of analytic functions.
 
  
 What might look like a game of analogies is an extremely useful tool because when one looks at functors that map topological spaces not into the category of topological spaces, but into the category of spectra (the stabilized version of the category of spaces, which will be explained), many of them are, in fact, analytic, so they can be constructed from the homogenous functors of different degrees. And we can use appropriate analogs of calculus theorems to understand them better. I will conclude with some recent work of Randy McCarthy and myself, applying Goodwillie's calculus to algebraic Ktheory calculations.
 
  
 ===Sep 25: Jim Demmel (Berkeley) ===
 
 ''Communication Avoiding Algorithms for Linear Algebra and Beyond''
 
  
 Algorithm have two costs: arithmetic and communication, i.e. moving data between levels of a memory hierarchy or processors over a network. Communication costs (measured in time or energy per operation) already greatly exceed arithmetic costs, and the gap is growing over time following technological trends. Thus our goal is to design algorithms that minimize communication. We present algorithms that attain provable lower bounds on communication, and show large speedups compared to their conventional counterparts. These algorithms are for direct and iterative linear algebra, for dense and sparse matrices, as well as direct nbody simulations. Several of these algorithms exhibit perfect strong scaling, in both time and energy: run time (resp. energy) for a fixed problem size drops proportionally to the number of processors p (resp. is independent of p). Finally, we describe extensions to algorithms involving arbitrary loop nests and array accesses, assuming only that array subscripts are affine functions of the loop indices.
 
  
 ===Sep 26: Jim Demmel (Berkeley) ===
 
 ''Implementing Communication Avoiding Algorithms''
 
  
 Designing algorithms that avoiding communication, attaining
 
 lower bounds if possible, is critical for algorithms to minimize runtime and
 
 energy on current and future architectures. These new algorithms can have
 
 new numerical stability properties, new ways to encode answers, and new data
 
 structures, not just depend on loop transformations (we need those too!).
 
 We will illustrate with a variety of examples including direct linear algebra
 
 (eg new ways to perform pivoting, new deterministic and randomized
 
 eigenvalue algorithms), iterative linear algebra (eg new ways to reorganize
 
 Krylov subspace methods) and direct nbody algorithms, on architectures
 
 ranging from multicore to distributed memory to heterogeneous.
 
 The theory describing communication avoiding algorithms can give us a large
 
 design space of possible implementations, so we use autotuning to find
 
 the fastest one automatically. Finally, on parallel architectures one can
 
 frequently not expect to get bitwise identical results from multiple runs,
 
 because of dynamic scheduling and floating point nonassociativity;
 
 this can be a problem for reasons from debugging to correctness.
 
 We discuss some techniques to get reproducible results at modest cost.
 
  
 ===Sep 27: Jim Demmel (Berkeley) ===
 
 ''Communication Lower Bounds and Optimal Algorithms for Programs that Reference Arrays''
 
  
 Our goal is to minimize communication, i.e. moving data, since it increasingly
 
 dominates the cost of arithmetic in algorithms. Motivated by this, attainable
 
 communication lower bounds have been established by many authors for a
 
 variety of algorithms including matrix computations.
 
  
 The lower bound approach used initially by Irony, Tiskin and Toledo
 
 for O(n^3) matrix multiplication, and later by Ballard et al
 
 for many other linear algebra algorithms, depends on a geometric result by
 
 Loomis and Whitney: this result bounds the volume of a 3D set
 
 (representing multiplyadds done in the inner loop of the algorithm)
 
 using the product of the areas of certain 2D projections of this set
 
 (representing the matrix entries available locally, i.e., without communication).
 
  
 Using a recent generalization of Loomis' and Whitney's result, we generalize
 
 this lower bound approach to a much larger class of algorithms,
 
 that may have arbitrary numbers of loops and arrays with arbitrary dimensions,
 
 as long as the index expressions are affine combinations of loop variables.
 
 In other words, the algorithm can do arbitrary operations on any number of
 
 variables like A(i1,i2,i22*i1,34*i3+7*i_4,…).
 
 Moreover, the result applies to recursive programs, irregular iteration spaces,
 
 sparse matrices, and other data structures as long as the computation can be
 
 logically mapped to loops and indexed data structure accesses.
 
  
 We also discuss when optimal algorithms exist that attain the lower bounds;
 
 this leads to new asymptotically faster algorithms for several problems.
 
  
 ===October 4: Frank Sottile (Texas A&M) ===
 
 ''Galois groups of Schubert problems''
 
  
 Work of Jordan from 1870 showed how Galois theory
 
 can be applied to enumerative geometry. Hermite earlier
 
 showed the equivalence of Galois groups with geometric
 
 monodromy groups, and in 1979 Harris used this to study
 
 Galois groups of many enumerative problems. Vakil gave
 
 a geometriccombinatorial criterion that implies a Galois
 
 group contains the alternating group. With Brooks and
 
 Martin del Campo, we used Vakil's criterion to show that
 
 all Schubert problems involving lines have at least
 
 alternating Galois group. White and I have given a new
 
 proof of this based on 2transitivity.
 
  
 My talk will describe this background and sketch a
 
 current project to systematically determine Galois groups
 
 of all Schubert problems of moderate size on all small
 
 classical flag manifolds, investigating at least several
 
 million problems. This will use supercomputers employing
 
 several overlapping methods, including combinatorial
 
 criteria, symbolic computation, and numerical homotopy
 
 continuation, and require the development of new
 
 algorithms and software.
 
  
 ===October 11: Amie Wilkinson (Chicago) ===
 
  
 ''Robust mechanisms for chaos''
 
  
 What are the underlying mechanisms for robustly chaotic behavior in smooth dynamics?
 
  
 In addressing this question, I'll focus on the study of diffeomorphisms of a compact manifold, where "chaotic" means "mixing" and and "robustly" means "stable under smooth perturbations." I'll describe recent advances in constructing and using tools called "blenders" to produce stably chaotic behavior with arbitrarily little effort.
 
  
 ===October 15 (Tue) and October 16 (Wed): Alexei Borodin (MIT) ===
 
  
 ''Integrable probability I and II''
 
  
 The goal of the talks is to describe the emerging field of integrable
 
 probability, whose goal is to identify and analyze exactly solvable
 
 probabilistic models. The models and results are often easy to describe,
 
 yet difficult to find, and they carry essential information about broad
 
 universality classes of stochastic processes.
 
  
  
 ===October 25: Paul Garrett (Minnesota)===
 
  
 ''Boundaryvalue problems, generalized functions, and zeros of zeta functions''
 
  
 Modern analysis (Beppo Levi, Sobolev, Friedrichs, Schwartz) illuminates work of D. Hejhal and Y. Colin de Verdiere from 30 years
 
 ago, clarifying, as in P. Cartier's letter to A. Weil, "how the Riemann Hypothesis was not proven". (Joint with E. Bombieri.)
 
  
 ===November 1: Allison Lewko (Columbia University) ===
 
  
 ''On sets of large doubling, Lambda(4) sets, and errorcorrecting codes''
 
  
 We investigate the structure of finite sets A of integers such that A+A is large, presenting a counterexample to natural conjectures in the pursuit of an "antiFreiman" theory in additive combinatorics. We will begin with a brief history of the problem and its connection to the study of Lambda(4) sets in harmonic analysis, and then we will discuss our counterexample and its construction from errorcorrecting codes. We will conclude by describing some related open problems.
 
 This is joint work with Mark Lewko.
 
  
 ===November 8: Tim Riley (Cornell)===
 
  
 ''Hydra groups''
 
  
 A few years ago Will Dison and I constructed a family of
 
 finitely generated groups whose workings include a stringrewriting
 
 phenomenon of extraordinary duration which is reminiscent of Hercules'
 
 battle with the hydra. I will describe this and the investigations it
 
 spurred in hyperbolic geometry, combinatorial group theory, and a
 
 problem of how to calculate efficiently with hugely compressed
 
 representations of integers.
 
  
 ===November 22: Tianling Jin (University of Chicago)===
 
  
 ''Solutions of some MongeAmpere equations with degeneracy or singularities''
 
  
 We will first give a new proof of a celebrated theorem of
 
 Jorgens which states that every classical convex solution of det(Hess
 
 u)=1 in R^2 has to be a second order polynomial. Our arguments do not use
 
 complex analysis, and will be applied to establish such Liouville type
 
 theorems for solutions some degenerate MongeAmpere equations. We will
 
 also discuss some results on existence, regularity, classification, and
 
 asymptotic behavior of solutions of some MongeAmpere equations with
 
 isolated and line singularities. This is joint work with J. Xiong.
 
  
 ===Monday, Nov 25: Lin Lin (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)===
 
  
 ''Fast algorithms for electronic structure analysis''
 
  
 KohnSham density functional theory (KSDFT) is the most widely used
 
 electronic structure theory for molecules and condensed matter systems. For
 
 a system with N electrons, the standard method for solving KSDFT requires
 
 solving N eigenvectors for an O(N) * O(N) KohnSham Hamiltonian matrix.
 
 The computational cost for such procedure is expensive and scales as
 
 O(N^3). We have developed pole expansion plus selected inversion (PEXSI)
 
 method, in which KSDFT is solved by evaluating the selected elements of the
 
 inverse of a series of sparse symmetric matrices, and the overall algorithm
 
 scales at most O(N^2) for all materials including insulators,
 
 semiconductors and metals. The PEXSI method can be used with orthogonal or
 
 nonorthogonal basis set, and the physical quantities including electron
 
 density, energy, atomic force, density of states, and local density of
 
 states are calculated accurately without using the eigenvalues and
 
 eigenvectors. The recently developed massively parallel PEXSI method has
 
 been implemented in SIESTA, one of the most popular electronic structure
 
 software using atomic orbital basis set. The resulting method can allow
 
 accurate treatment of electronic structure in a unprecedented scale. We
 
 demonstrate the application of the method for solving graphenelike
 
 structures with more than 20,000 atoms, and the method can be efficiently
 
 parallelized 10,000  100,000 processors on Department of Energy (DOE) high
 
 performance machines.
 
  
 ===November 26 (Tuesday): Clinton Conley (Cornell)===
 
  
 ''Descriptive settheoretic graph theory''
 
  
 Familiar graphtheoretic problems (for example, vertex coloring) exhibit a
 
 stark change of character when measurability constraints are placed on the
 
 structures and functions involved. While discussing some ramifications in
 
 descriptive set theory, we also pay special attention to interactions with
 
 probability (concerning random colorings of Cayley graphs) and ergodic
 
 theory (characterizing various dynamical properties of groups). The talk
 
 will include joint work with Alexander Kechris, Andrew Marks, Benjamin
 
 Miller, and Robin TuckerDrob.
 
  
  
 ===December 2 (Monday): Simon Marshall (Northwestern)===
 
  
 ''Semiclassical estimates for eigenfunctions on locally symmetric spaces''
 
  
 Let M be a compact Riemannian manifold, and f an L^2normalised Laplace
 
 eigenfunction on M. If p > 2, a theorem of Sogge tells us how large the L^p
 
 norm of f can be in terms of its Laplace eigenvalue. For instance, when p
 
 is infinity this is asking how large the peaks of f can be. I will present
 
 an analogue of Sogge's theorem for eigenfunctions of the full ring of
 
 invariant differential operators on a locally symmetric space, and discuss
 
 some links between this result and number theory.
 
  
 ===December 4 (Wednesday): Steven Sam (Berkeley)===
 
  
 ''Free Resolutions and Symmetry''
 
  
 This talk is about the use of symmetry in the study of modules and free resolutions in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry, and specifically how it clarifies, organizes, and rigidifies calculations, and how it enables us to find finiteness in situations where it a priori does not seem to exist. I will begin the talk with an example coming from classical invariant theory and determinantal ideals using just some basic notions from linear algebra. Then I will explain some of my own work which builds on this setting in several directions. Finally, I'll discuss a recent program on twisted commutative algebras, developed jointly with Andrew Snowden, which formalizes the synthesis of representation theory and commutative algebra and leads to new finiteness results in seemingly infinite settings.
 
  
 ===December 6: Paul Hand (MIT)===
 
  
 ''Simplifications of the Lifting Approach for Quadratic Signal Recovery Problems''
 
  
 Many signal recovery problems are quadratic in nature, such as phase
 
 retrieval and sparse principal component analysis. Such problems in
 
 R^n can be convexified by introducing n^2 variables corresponding to
 
 each quadratic combination of unknowns. This approach often gives
 
 rise to an n x n matrix recovery problem that is convex and has
 
 provable recovery guarantees. Because the dimensionality has been
 
 squared, it is an important task to find simplifications that make
 
 computation more tractable. We will discuss two examples where the
 
 lifting approach can be simplified while retaining recovery
 
 guarantees. These examples will be the phase retrieval problem and a
 
 special case of sparse principal component analysis.
 
  
 ===December 9 (Monday): Jacob Bedrossian (Courant Institute)===
 
  
 ''Inviscid damping and the asymptotic stability of planar shear flows in the 2D Euler equations''
 
  
 We prove asymptotic stability of shear flows close to the
 
 planar, periodic Couette flow in the 2D incompressible Euler equations.
 
 That is, given an initial perturbation of the Couette flow small in a
 
 suitable regularity class, specifically Gevrey space of class smaller than
 
 2, the velocity converges strongly in L2 to a shear flow which is also
 
 close to the Couette flow. The vorticity is asymptotically mixed to small
 
 scales by an almost linear evolution and in general enstrophy is lost in
 
 the weak limit. The strong convergence of the velocity field is sometimes
 
 referred to as inviscid damping, due to the relationship with Landau
 
 damping in the Vlasov equations. Joint work with Nader Masmoudi.
 
  
 ===Wednesday, Dec 11: Lu Wang (Johns Hopkins)===
 
  
 ''Rigidity of Selfshrinkers of Mean Curvature Flow''
 
  
 The study of mean curvature flow not only is fundamental in geometry, topology and analysis, but also has important applications in applied mathematics, for instance, image processing. One of the most important problems in mean curvature flow is to understand the possible singularities of the flow and selfshrinkers, i.e., selfshrinking solutions of the flow, provide the singularity models.
 
  
 In this talk, I will describe the rigidity of asymptotic structures of selfshrinkers. First, I show the uniqueness of properly embedded selfshrinkers asymptotic to any given regular cone. Next, I give a partial affirmative answer to a conjecture of Ilmanen under an infinite order asymptotic assumption, which asserts that the only twodimensional properly embedded selfshrinker asymptotic to a cylinder along some end is itself the cylinder. The feature of our results is that no completeness of selfshrinkers is required.
 
  
 The key ingredients in the proof are a novel reduction of unique continuation for elliptic operators to backwards uniqueness for parabolic operators and the Carleman type techniques. If time permits, I will discuss some applications of our approach to shrinking solitons of Ricci flow.
 
  
 ===Friday, Dec 13: Chanwoo Kim (Cambridge)===
 
  
 ''Regularity of the Boltzmann equation in convex domains''
 
  
 A basic question about regularity of Boltzmann solutions in the presence of physical boundary conditions has been open due to characteristic nature of the boundary as well as the nonlocal mixing of the collision operator. Consider the Boltzmann equation in a strictly convex domain with the specular, bounceback and diffuse boundary condition. With the aid of a distance function toward the grazing set, we construct weighted classical <math>C^{1}</math> solutions away from the grazing set for all boundary conditions. For the diffuse boundary condition, we construct <math>W^{1,p}</math> solutions for 1< p<2 and weighted <math>W^{1,p}</math> solutions for <math>2\leq p\leq \infty</math> as well. On the other hand, we show second derivatives do not exist up to the boundary in general by constructing counterexamples for all boundary conditions. This is a joint work with Guo, Tonon, Trescases.
 
  
 ===December 17: Perla Sousi (Cambridge)===
 
  
 ''The effect of drift on the volume of the Wiener sausage''
 
  
 The Wiener sausage at time t is the algebraic sum of a Brownian path on [0,t] and a ball. Does the expected volume of the Wiener sausage increase when we add drift?
 
 How do you compare the expected volume of the usual Wiener sausage to one defined as the algebraic sum of the Brownian path and a square (in 2D) or a cube (in higher dimensions)? We will answer these questions using their relation to the detection problem for Poisson Brownian motions, and rearrangement inequalities on the sphere (with Y. Peres). We will also discuss generalisations of this to Levy processes (with A. Drewitz and R. Sun) as well as an adversarial detection problem and its connections to Kakeya sets (with Babichenko, Peres, Peretz and Winkler).
 
  
  
 ===December 18: Dustin Cartwright (Yale)===
 
  
 ''Tropical Complexes''
 

 

 Tropical geometry is a way of understanding algebraic varieties by the limiting behavior of their degenerations. Through tropicalization, algebraic operations are replaced with combinatorial constructions and piecewise linear functions. I will introduce tropical complexes, which a way of understanding the geometry of algebraic varieties through combinatorics. Tropical complexes are Deltacomplexes together with additional integral data, for which one has parallels and concrete comparisons with the behavior of algebraic varieties.
  Title: Some nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces and their applications. 

 

 ===January 6: Aaron Lauda (USC)===
  Abstract: Nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces have been studied since the inception of the field. In this talk I will outline some of the history, some of modern applications, and some open directions of research. The talk will be accessible to graduate students of any field of mathematics. 

 

 ''An introduction to diagrammatic categorification''
  ===Lillian Pierce (Duke University)=== 

 

 Categorification seeks to reveal a hidden layer in mathematical
  Title: Short character sums 
 structures. Often the resulting structures can be combinatorially
 
 complex objects making them difficult to study. One method of
 
 overcoming this difficulty, that has proven very successful, is to
 
 encode the categorification into a diagrammatic calculus that makes
 
 computations simple and intuitive.
 

 

 In this talk I will review some of the original considerations that   Abstract: A surprisingly diverse array of problems in analytic number theory have at their heart a problem of bounding (from above) an exponential sum, or its multiplicative cousin, a socalled character sum. For example, both understanding the Riemann zeta function or Dirichlet Lfunctions inside the critical strip, and also counting solutions to Diophantine equations via the circle method or power sieve methods, involve bounding such sums. In general, the sums of interest fall into one of two main regimes: complete sums or incomplete sums, with this latter regime including in particular “short sums.” Short sums are particularly useful, and particularly resistant to almost all known methods. In this talk, we will see what makes a sum “short,” sketch why it would be incredibly powerful to understand short sums, and discuss a curious proof from the 1950’s which is still the best way we know to bound short sums. We will end by describing new work which extends the ideas of this curious proof to bound short sums in much more general situations. 
 led to the categorification philosophy. We will examine how the
 
 diagrammatic perspective has helped to produce new categorifications
 
 having profound applications to algebra, representation theory, and
 
 lowdimensional topology.
 

 

 ===January 8: Karin Melnick (Maryland)===   ===Dean Baskin (Texas A&M)=== 

 

 ''Normal forms for local flows on parabolic geometries''
  Title: Radiation fields for wave equations 

 

 The exponential map in Riemannian geometry conjugates the differential of an isometry at a point with the action of the isometry near the point. It thus provides a linear normal form for all isometries fixing a point. Conformal transformations are not linearizable in general. I will discuss a suite of normal forms theorems in conformal geometry and, more generally, for parabolic geometries, a rich family of geometric structures of which conformal, projective, and CR structures are examples.
  Abstract: Radiation fields are rescaled limits of solutions of wave equations near "null infinity" and capture the radiation pattern seen by a distant observer. They are intimately connected with the Fourier and Radon transforms and with scattering theory. In this talk, I will define and discuss radiation fields in a few contexts, with an emphasis on spacetimes that look flat near infinity. The main result is a connection between the asymptotic behavior of the radiation field and a family of quantum objects on an associated asymptotically hyperbolic space. 

 

 ===January 10, 4PM: Yen Do (Yale)===   ===Aaron Naber (Northwestern)=== 

 

 ''Convergence of Fourier series and multilinear analysis''
  Title: A structure theory for spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds. 

 

 Almost everywhere convergence of the Fourier series of square
  Abstract: One should view manifolds (M^n,g) with lower Ricci curvature bounds as being those manifolds with a well behaved analysis, a point which can be rigorously stated. It thus becomes a natural question, how well behaved or badly behaved can such spaces be? This is a nonlinear analogue to asking how degenerate can a subharmonic or plurisubharmonic function look like. In this talk we give an essentially sharp answer to this question. The talk will require little background, and our time will be spent on understanding the basic statements and examples. The work discussed is joint with Cheeger, Jiang and with Li. 
 integrable functions was first proved by Lennart Carleson in 1966, and
 
 the proof has lead to deep developments in various multilinear settings.
 
 In this talk I would like to introduce a brief history of the subject  
 and sketch some recent developments, some of these involve my joint  
 works with collaborators.
 

 

 ===Mon, January 13: Yi Wang (Stanford)===
 

 

 ''Isoperimetric Inequality and Qcurvature''
  == Past Colloquia == 

 

 A wellknown question in differential geometry is to prove the
  [[Colloquia/BlankBlank]] 
 isoperimetric inequality under intrinsic curvature conditions. In
 
 dimension 2, the isoperimetric inequality is controlled by the integral of
 
 the positive part of the Gaussian curvature. In my recent work, I prove
 
 that on simply connected conformally flat manifolds of higher dimensions,
 
 the role of the Gaussian curvature can be replaced by the Branson's
 
 Qcurvature. The isoperimetric inequality is valid if the integral of the
 
 Qcurvature is below a sharp threshold. Moreover, the isoperimetric
 
 constant depends only on the integrals of the Qcurvature. The proof
 
 relies on the theory of $A_p$ weights in harmonic analysis.
 

 

 ===Wen, January 15: Wei Xiang (University of Oxford)===
  [[Colloquia/Fall2018Fall 2018]] 

 

 ''Conservation Laws and Shock Waves''
  [[Colloquia/Spring2018Spring 2018]] 

 

 The study of continuum physics gave birth to the theory of quasilinear
  [[Colloquia/Fall2017Fall 2017]] 
 systems in divergence form, commonly called conservation laws. In this
 
 talk, conservation laws, the Euler equations, and the definition of the
 
 corresponding weak solutions will be introduced first. Then a short history
 
 of the studying of conservation laws and shock waves will be given. Finally
 
 I would like to present two of our current research projects. One is on the
 
 mathematical analysis of shock diffraction by convex cornered wedges, and
 
 the other one is on the validation of weakly nonlinear geometric optics for
 
 entropy solutions of nonlinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws.
 

 

 ===Thur, Jan 23: Mykhaylo Shkolnikov (Berkeley) ===
  [[Colloquia/Spring2017Spring 2017]] 
 ''Intertwinings, wave equations and growth models''
 

 

 We will discuss a general theory of intertwined diffusion processes of any dimension. Intertwined processes arise in many different contexts in probability theory, most notably in the study of random matrices, random polymers and path decompositions of Brownian motion. Recently, they turned out to be also closely related to hyperbolic partial differential equations, symmetric polynomials and the corresponding random growth models. The talk will be devoted to these recent developments which also shed new light on some beautiful old examples of intertwinings. Based on joint works with Vadim Gorin and Soumik Pal.
  [[Archived Fall 2016 ColloquiaFall 2016]] 

 

 ===Feb 14: Alexander Karp (Columbia Teacher's College) ===
  [[Colloquia/Spring2016Spring 2016]] 
 ''History of Mathematics Education as a Research Field and as Magistra Vitae''
 

 

 The presentation will be based on the experience of putting together and editing the Handbook
  [[Colloquia/Fall2015Fall 2015]] 
 on the History of Mathematics Education, which will be published by Springer in the near future.
 
 This volume, which was prepared by a large group of researchers from different countries,
 
 contains the first systematic account of the history of the development of mathematics education
 
 in the whole world (and not just in some particular country or region). The editing of such a
 
 book gave rise to thoughts about the methodology of research in this field, and also about what
 
 constitutes an object of such research. These are the thoughts that the presenter intends to share
 
 with his audience. From them, it is natural to pass to an analysis of the current situation and how
 
 it might develop.
 

 

  [[Colloquia/Spring2014Spring 2015]] 

 

  [[Colloquia/Fall2014Fall 2014]] 

 

 ===March 28: Michael Lacey (GA Tech) ===
  [[Colloquia/Spring2014Spring 2014]] 
 ''The Two Weight Inequality for the Hilbert Transform''
 

 

 The individual two weight inequality for the Hilbert transform
  [[Colloquia/Fall2013Fall 2013]] 
 asks for a real variable characterization of those pairs of weights
 
 (u,v) for which the Hilbert transform H maps L^2(u) to L^2(v).
 
 This question arises naturally in different settings, most famously
 
 in work of Sarason. Answering in the positive a deep
 
 conjecture of NazarovTreilVolberg, the mapping property
 
 of the Hilbert transform is characterized by a triple of conditions,
 
 the first being a twoweight Poisson A2 on the pair of weights,
 
 with a pair of socalled testing inequalities, uniform over all
 
 intervals. This is the first result of this type for a singular
 
 integral operator. (Joint work with Sawyer, C.Y. Shen and UriateTuero)
 

 

 == Past talks ==
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  [[Colloquia 20122013#Fall 2012Fall 2012]] 