SIAM Student Chapter Seminar

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Fall 2021

date and time location speaker title
Sept 20, 4 PM Ingraham 214 Julia Lindberg (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Polynomial system solving in applications
Sept 27, 4 PM, Zoom (refreshments and conference call in 307) Wil Cocke (Developer for ARCYBER) Job talk-Software Development/Data Science
Oct 4, 2:45 PM B119 Van Vleck Anjali Nair (Math) Reconstruction of Reflection Coefficients Using the Phonon Transport Equation
Oct 18, 4 PM 6104 Social Sciences Jason Tochinsky (Math) Improving the Vertical Remapping Algorithm in the Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth Systems Model
Oct 25, 4 PM, Zoom (refreshments and conference call in 307) Patrick Bardsley (Machine Learning Engineer at Cirrus Logic) Job Talk-Machine Learning
Nov 8, 4 PM, Zoom (refreshments and conference call on 9th floor lounge) Liban Mohammed (Machine Learning Engineer at MITRE)
Nov 15, 4 PM, Zoom (refreshments and conference call in 307) Kurt Ehlert (Trading Strategy Developer at Auros)
Nov 29, 4 PM TBA Bryan Oakley (Math) Optimal Spatially Dependent Diffusion
Dec 6, 4 PM Ingraham 214 Hongxu Chen (Math)


Sept 20, Julia Lindberg

Polynomial systems arise naturally in many applications in engineering and the sciences. This talk will outline classes of homotopy continuation algorithms used to solve them. I will then describe ways in which structures such as irreducibility, symmetry and sparsity can be used to improve computational speed. The efficacy of these algorithms will be demonstrated on systems in power systems engineering, statistics and optimization

Sept 27, Wil Cocke

I mostly work as a software developer with an emphasis on data science projects dealing with various Command specific projects. The data science life-cycle is fairly consistent across industries: collect, clean, explore, model, interpret, and repeat with a goal of providing insight to the organization. During my talk, I will share some lessons learned for mathematicians interested in transitioning to software development/ data science.

Oct 4, Anjali Nair

The phonon transport equation is used to model heat conduction in solid materials. I will talk about how we use it to solve an inverse problem to reconstruct the thermal reflection coefficient at an interface. This takes the framework of a PDE constrained optimization problem, and I will also mention the stochastic methods used to solve it.

Oct 18, Jason Torchinsky

A vertical Lagrangian coordinate has been used in global climate models for nearly two decades and has several advantages over other discretizations, including reducing the dimensionality of the physical problem. As the Lagrangian surfaces deform over time, it is necessary to accurately and conservatively remap the vertical Lagrangian coordinate back to a fixed Eulerian coordinate. A popular choice of remapping algorithm is the piecewise parabolic method, a modified version of which is used in the atmospheric component of the Department of Energy's Energy Exascale Earth System Model. However, this version of the remapping algorithm creates unwanted noise at the model top and planetary surface for several standard test cases. We explore four alternative modifications to the algorithm and show that the most accurate of these eliminates this noise.

Oct 25, Patrick Bardsley

During the course of a PhD, students typically enter a proverbial `coal mine’ to extract new information about one or more problems, and in the process become a domain expert in a small niche of the technical and scientific world. Upon leaving the academy, unless one lands a job in their niche domain, much of their problem- and domain-specific knowledge is no longer essential. However, mathematics is broad and general, arguably the most general of all scientific disciplines. This fact alone is a mathematician’s greatest asset and ‘leg-up’ when entering the industrial workforce. In this talk, I will discuss some details of my work, both inside and outside of the academy, with the goal of highlighting the skills and concepts that have been the most general and transferable for me. For example, my academic work on hyperbolic inverse problems helped me learn signal processing concepts I now use daily, while my studies on polycrystalline grain growth pushed me to learn thermodynamics, which translated well to the information theory concepts I now utilize. I will also give you some idea of my current day-to-day responsibilities, and close with my thoughts and suggestions on job searches.

Nov 29, Bryan Oakley

The solution to the diffusion equation is known to converge exponentially to its steady state, and the rate is given by the spectral gap of the elliptic operator. Using variational techniques, we will maximize the spectral gap over choices of spatially dependent diffusion functions. Using this characterization, we can obtain bounds on the optimal rate of convergence.

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