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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'''.
  
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The calendar for spring 2019 can be found [[Colloquia/Spring2019|here]].
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==Spring 2019==
  
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|'''Monday, January 9, 9th floor'''
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|Jan 25
| [http://www.stat.berkeley.edu/~racz/ Miklos Racz] (Microsoft)
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| [http://www.users.miamioh.edu/randrib/ Beata Randrianantoanina] (Miami University Ohio) WIMAW
|[[#Monday, January 9:  Miklos Racz (Microsoft) |  ''Statistical inference in networks and genomics''  ]]
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|[[#Beata Randrianantoanina (Miami University Ohio) |  Some nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces and their applications  ]]
|  Valko
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| Tullia Dymarz
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|January 13, B239
 
|  [https://math.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/mihaela-ifrim/ Mihaela Ifrim] (Berkeley)
 
|[[#Friday, January 13: Mihaela Ifrim (Berkeley) |  ''Two dimensional water waves''  ]]
 
|  Angenent
 
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|'''Tuesday, January 17, B139'''
 
|  [https://web.math.princeton.edu/~fabiop/ Fabio Pusateri] (Princeton)
 
|[[#Tuesday, January 17:  Fabio Pusateri (Princeton) |  ''The Water Waves problem''  ]]
 
|  Angenent
 
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|January 20, B239
 
|  [http://math.mit.edu/~sraskin/ Sam Raskin] (MIT)
 
|[[#Friday, January 20: Sam Raskin (MIT) |  Tempered local geometric Langlands  ]]
 
|  Arinkin
 
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|'''Monday, January 23, B239'''
 
|  [http://www.math.umd.edu/~tdarvas/ Tamas Darvas] (Maryland)
 
|[[#Monday, January 23: Tamas Darvas (Maryland) |  Geometry on the space of Kahler metrics and applications to canonical metrics ]]
 
| Viaclovsky
 
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|January 27
 
|Reserved for possible job talks
 
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|February 3, 9th floor
 
| Melanie Matchett Wood (UW-, Madison)
 
|[[#Friday, February 3: Melanie Matchett Wood (UW-Madison) | Random groups from generators and relations ]]
 
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|Monday, February 6, B239 (Wasow lecture)
 
| Benoit Perthame (University of Paris VI)
 
|[[#Monday, February 6: Benoit Perthame (University of Paris VI)| Models for neural networks; analysis, simulations and behaviour ]]
 
| Jin
 
 
|-
 
|February 10 (WIMAW lecture), B239
 
| Alina Chertock (NC State Univ.)
 
|[[#February 10: Alina Chertock (NC State Univ.) | Numerical Method for Chemotaxis and Related Models  ]]
 
| WIMAW
 
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|February 17, 9th floor
 
| [http://web.math.ucsb.edu/~ponce/ Gustavo Ponce] (UCSB)
 
| [[#Friday, February 17: Gustavo Ponce(UCSB)  |  The Korteweg-de Vries equation vs. the Benjamin-Ono equation ]]
 
| Minh-Binh Tran
 
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|Monday, February 20, 9th floor
 
| [https://lsa.umich.edu/math/people/postdoc-faculty/cochraam.html/ Amy Cochran] (Michigan)
 
| [[#Monday, February 20, Amy Cochran (Michigan) |  Mathematical Classification of Bipolar Disorder ]]
 
| Smith
 
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|February 24
 
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|March 3, B239
 
| [http://www.math.utah.edu/~bromberg/ Ken Bromberg] (University of Utah)
 
|[[#Friday, March 3, Ken Bromberg (Utah) | Renormalized volume for hyperbolic 3-manifolds ]]
 
|Dymarz
 
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|'''Tuesday, March 7, 4PM, 9th floor (Distinguished Lecture) '''
 
| [http://pages.iu.edu/~temam/  Roger Temam] (Indiana University)
 
|[[#Tuesday, March 7: Roger Temam (Indiana University)  |  On the mathematical  modeling of the humid atmosphere  ]]
 
|Smith
 
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|'''Wednesday, March 8, 4PM, B239 '''
 
| [http://pages.iu.edu/~temam/  Roger Temam] (Indiana University)
 
|[[#Wednesday, March 8: Roger Temam (Indiana University) |  Weak solutions of the Shigesada-Kawasaki-Teramoto system.  ]]
 
|Smith
 
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|March 10
 
| '''No Colloquium'''
 
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|'''Wednesday, March 15, 4PM '''
 
|  [http://verso.mat.uam.es/web/ezuazua/zuazua.html Enrique Zuazua] (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
 
|[[#Wednesday, March 15: Enrique Zuazua (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) | Control and numerics: Recent progress and challenges ]]
 
| Jin & Minh-Binh Tran
 
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|March 17
 
| [https://services.math.duke.edu/~pierce/ Lillian Pierce] (Duke University)
 
| p-torsion in class groups of number fields of arbitrary degree
 
| M. Matchett Wood
 
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|March 24
 
|  '''Spring Break'''
 
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|'''Wednesday, March 29  at 3:30PM (Wasow)'''
 
| [https://math.nyu.edu/faculty/serfaty/ Sylvia Serfaty] (NYU)
 
|[[# Wednesday, March 29  at 3:30PM (Wasow)| Microscopic description of Coulomb-type systems ]]
 
|Tran
 
 
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|March 31
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|Jan 30 '''Wednesday'''
| '''No Colloquium'''  
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| [https://services.math.duke.edu/~pierce/ Lillian Pierce] (Duke University)
|[[# |   ]]
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|[[#Lillian Pierce (Duke University) | Short character sums  ]]
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| Boston and Street
 
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|April 7
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|Jan 31 '''Thursday'''
| [http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~schenck/ Hal Schenck]
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| [http://www.math.tamu.edu/~dbaskin/ Dean Baskin] (Texas A&M)
|[[# |   ]]
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|[[#Dean Baskin (Texas A&M) | Radiation fields for wave equations  ]]
|Erman
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|April 14
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|Feb 1
|  Wilfrid Gangbo
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| [https://services.math.duke.edu/~jianfeng/ Jianfeng Lu] (Duke University)
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|Feldman & Tran
 
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|April 21
 
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|April 28
 
| [http://users.cms.caltech.edu/~hou/ Thomas Yizhao Hou]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|Li
 
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==Fall 2017==
 
 
 
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|September 8
 
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|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
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| Qin
 
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|September 15
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|Feb 5 '''Tuesday'''
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| [http://www.math.tamu.edu/~alexei.poltoratski/ Alexei Poltoratski] (Texas A&M University)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Denisov
 
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| '''Wednesday, September 20, LAA lecture
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|Feb 8
| Andrew Stuart (Caltech)
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| [https://sites.math.northwestern.edu/~anaber/ Aaron Naber] (Northwestern)
|[[# TBA| TBA ]]
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|[[#Aaron Naber (Northwestern) |   A structure theory for spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds ]]
| Jin
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| Street
 
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|September 22
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|Feb 15
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|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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|September 29
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|Feb 22
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| [https://people.math.osu.edu/cueto.5/ Angelica Cueto] (Ohio State)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Erman and Corey
 
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|October 6
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|March 4
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| [http://www-users.math.umn.edu/~sverak/ Vladimir Sverak] (Minnesota) Wasow lecture
|[[# TBA| TBA ]]
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|[[# TBA| TBA ]]
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| Kim
 
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|October 13
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|March 8
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| [https://orion.math.iastate.edu/jmccullo/index.html Jason McCullough] (Iowa State)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Erman
 
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|October 20
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|March 15
| [http://cims.nyu.edu/~pgermain/ Pierre Germain] (Courant, NYU)  
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| Maksym Radziwill (Caltech)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
| Minh-Binh Tran
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| Marshall
 
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|October 27
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|March 29
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| Jennifer Park (OSU)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Marshall
 
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|November 3
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|April 5
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| Ju-Lee Kim (MIT)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Gurevich
 
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|November 10
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|April 12
| Reserved for possible job talks
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| Evitar Procaccia (TAMU)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Gurevich
 
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|November 17
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|April 19
| Reserved for possible job talks
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| [http://www.math.rice.edu/~jkn3/ Jo Nelson] (Rice University)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Jean-Luc
 
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|November 24
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|April 26
|'''Thanksgiving break'''
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| [https://www.brown.edu/academics/applied-mathematics/faculty/kavita-ramanan/home Kavita Ramanan] (Brown University)
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
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|December 1
 
| Reserved for possible job talks
 
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| WIMAW
 
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|December 8
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|May 3
| Reserved for possible job talks
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| Tomasz Przebinda (Oklahoma)
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
 
|[[# TBA|  TBA  ]]
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| Gurevich
 
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== Abstracts ==
 
== Abstracts ==
=== September 16: Po-Shen Loh (CMU) ===
 
Title: Directed paths: from Ramsey to Pseudorandomness
 
  
Abstract: Starting from an innocent Ramsey-theoretic question regarding directed
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===Beata Randrianantoanina (Miami University Ohio)===
paths in graphs, we discover a series of rich and surprising connections
 
that lead into the theory around a fundamental result in Combinatorics:
 
Szemeredi's Regularity Lemma, which roughly states that every graph (no
 
matter how large) can be well-approximated by a bounded-complexity
 
pseudorandom object.  Using these relationships, we prove that every
 
coloring of the edges of the transitive N-vertex tournament using three
 
colors contains a directed path of length at least sqrt(N) e^{log^* N}
 
which entirely avoids some color.  The unusual function log^* is the
 
inverse function of the tower function (iterated exponentiation).
 
  
=== September 23: Gheorghe Craciun (UW-Madison) ===
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Title: Some nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces and their applications.
Title: Toric Differential Inclusions and a Proof of the Global Attractor Conjecture
 
  
Abstract: The Global Attractor Conjecture says that a large class of polynomial dynamical systems, called toric dynamical systems, have a globally attracting point within each linear invariant space. In particular, these polynomial dynamical systems never exhibit multistability, oscillations or chaotic dynamics.  
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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.
  
The conjecture was formulated by Fritz Horn in the early 1970s, and is strongly related to Boltzmann's H-theorem.
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===Lillian Pierce (Duke University)===
  
We discuss the history of this problem, including the connection between this conjecture and the Boltzmann equation. Then, we introduce toric differential inclusions, and describe how they can be used to prove this conjecture in full generality.
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Title: Short character sums
  
=== September 30: Akos Magyar (University of Georgia) ===
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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 so-called character sum. For example, both understanding the Riemann zeta function or Dirichlet L-functions 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.
Title: Geometric Ramsey theory
 
  
Abstract: Initiated by Erdos, Graham, Montgomery and others in the 1970's, geometric Ramsey theory studies geometric configurations, determined up to translations, rotations and possibly dilations, which cannot be destroyed by finite partitions of Euclidean spaces. Later it was shown by ergodic and Fourier analytic methods that such results are also possible in the context of sets of positive upper density in Euclidean spaces or the integer lattice. We present a new approach, motivated by developments in arithmetic combinatorics, which provide new results as well new proofs of some classical results in this area.
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===Dean Baskin (Texas A&M)===
  
=== October 14: Ling Long (LSU) ===
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Title: Radiation fields for wave equations
Title: Hypergeometric functions over finite fields
 
  
Abstract: Hypergeometric functions are special functions with lot of
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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.
symmetries. In this talk, we will introduce hypergeometric functions over finite
 
fields, originally due to Greene, Katz and McCarthy, in a way that is
 
parallel to the classical hypergeometric functions, and discuss their
 
properties and applications to character sums and the arithmetic of
 
hypergeometric abelian varieties.
 
This is a joint work with Jenny Fuselier, Ravi Ramakrishna, Holly Swisher, and Fang-Ting Tu.
 
  
=== Tuesday, October 25, 9th floor: Stefan Steinerberger (Yale) ===
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===Aaron Naber (Northwestern)===
Title: Three Miracles in Analysis
 
  
Abstract: I plan to tell three stories: all deal with new points of view on very classical objects and have in common that there is a miracle somewhere. Miracles are nice but difficult to reproduce, so in all three cases the full extent of the underlying theory is not clear and many interesting open problems await. (1) An improvement of the Poincare inequality on the Torus that encodes a lot of classical Number Theory. (2) If the Hardy-Littlewood maximal function is easy to compute, then the function is sin(x). (Here, the miracle is both in the statement and in the proof). (3) Bounding classical integral operators (Hilbert/Laplace/Fourier-transforms) in L^2 -- but this time from below (this problem originally arose in medical imaging). Here, the miracle is also known as 'Slepian's miracle' (this part is joint work with Rima Alaifari, Lillian Pierce and Roy Lederman).
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Title: A structure theory for spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds.
  
=== October 28: Linda Reichl (UT Austin) ===
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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.
Title: Microscopic hydrodynamic modes in a binary mixture
 
  
Abstract: Expressions for propagation speeds and decay rates of hydrodynamic modes in a binary mixture can be obtained directly from spectral properties of the Boltzmann equations describing the mixture. The derivation of hydrodynamic behavior from the spectral properties of the kinetic equation provides an alternative to Chapman-Enskog theory, and removes the need for lengthy calculations of transport coefficients in the mixture. It also provides a sensitive test of the completeness of kinetic equations describing the mixture. We apply the method to a hard-sphere binary mixture and show that it gives excellent agreement with light scattering experiments on noble gas mixtures.
 
  
===Monday, October 31: Kathryn Mann (Berkeley) ===
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== Past Colloquia ==
Title: Groups acting on the circle
 
 
 
Abstract:  Given a group G and a manifold M, can one describe all the actions of G on M?  This is a basic and natural question from geometric topology, but also a very difficult one -- even in the case where M is the circle, and G is a familiar, finitely generated group. 
 
 
 
In this talk, I’ll introduce you to the theory of groups acting on the circle, building on the perspectives of Ghys, Calegari, Goldman and others.  We'll see some tools, old and new, some open problems, and some connections between this theory and themes in topology (like foliated bundles) and dynamics. 
 
 
 
===November 7: Gaven Martin (New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study) ===
 
Title: Siegel's problem on small volume lattices
 
 
 
Abstract: We outline in very general terms the history and the proof of the identification
 
of the minimal covolume lattice of hyperbolic 3-space as the 3-5-3
 
Coxeter group extended by the involution preserving the symmetry of this
 
diagram. This gives us the smallest regular tessellation of hyperbolic 3-space.
 
This solves (in three dimensions) a problem posed by Siegel in 1945.  Siegel solved this problem in two dimensions by deriving the
 
signature formula identifying the (2,3,7)-triangle group as having minimal
 
co-area.
 
 
There are strong connections with arithmetic hyperbolic geometry in
 
the proof, and the result has applications in the maximal symmetry groups
 
of hyperbolic 3-manifolds in much the same way that Hurwitz's 84g-84 theorem
 
and Siegel's result do.
 
 
 
===Wednesday, November 16 (9th floor): Kathryn Lindsey (U Chicago) ===
 
Title: Shapes of Julia Sets
 
 
 
Abstract: The filled Julia set of a complex polynomial P is the set of points whose orbit under iteration of the map P is bounded.  William Thurston asked "What are the possible shapes of polynomial Julia sets?"  For example, is there a polynomial whose Julia set looks like a cat, or your silhouette, or spells out your name?  It turns out the answer to all of these is "yes!"  I will characterize the shapes of polynomial Julia sets and present an algorithm for constructing polynomials whose Julia sets have desired shapes.
 
 
 
===November 18: Andrew Snowden (University of Michigan)===
 
Title: Recent progress in representation stability
 
 
 
Abstract:  Representation stability is a relatively new field that studies
 
somewhat exotic algebraic structures and exploits their properties to
 
prove results (often asymptotic in nature) about objects of interest.
 
I will describe some of the algebraic structures that appear (and
 
state some important results about them), give a sampling of some
 
notable applications (in group theory, topology, and algebraic
 
geometry), and mention some open problems in the area.
 
 
 
===Monday, November 21:  Mariya Soskova (University of Wisconsin-Madison)===
 
Title:  Definability in degree structures
 
 
 
Abstract:  Some incomputable sets are more incomputable than others. We use
 
Turing reducibility and enumeration reducibility to measure the
 
relative complexity of incomputable sets. By identifying sets of the
 
same complexity, we can associate to each reducibility a degree
 
structure: the partial order of the Turing degrees and the partial
 
order of the enumeration degrees. The two structures are related in
 
nontrivial ways. The first has an isomorphic copy in the second and
 
this isomorphic copy is an automorphism base. In 1969, Rogers asked a
 
series of questions about the two degree structures with a common
 
theme: definability. In this talk I will introduce the main concepts
 
and describe the work that was motivated by these questions.
 
 
 
===Friday, December 2:  Hao Shen (Columbia)===
 
Title:  Singular Stochastic Partial Differential Equations - How do they arise and what do they mean?
 
 
 
Abstract: Systems with random fluctuations are ubiquitous in the real world. Stochastic PDEs are default models for these random systems, just as PDEs are default models for deterministic systems. However, a large class of such stochastic PDEs were poorly understood until very recently: the presence of very singular random forcing as well as nonlinearities render it challenging to interpret what one even means by a ``solution". The recent breakthroughs by M. Hairer, M. Gubinelli and other researchers including the speaker not only established solution theories for these singular SPDEs, but also led to an explosion of new questions. These include scaling limits of random microscopic models, development of numerical schemes, ergodicity of random dynamical systems and a new approach to quantum field theory. In this talk we will discuss the main ideas of the recent solution theories of singular SPDEs, and how these SPDEs arise as limits of various important physical models.
 
 
 
===Monday, December 5:  Botong Wang (UW-Madison)===
 
Title:  Enumeration of points, lines, planes, etc.
 
 
 
Abstract: It is a theorem of de Bruijn and Erdos that n points in the plane determine at least n lines, unless all the points lie on a line. This is one of the earliest results in enumerative combinatorial geometry. We will present a higher dimensional generalization of this theorem, which confirms a “top-heavy” conjecture of Dowling and Wilson in 1975. I will give a sketch of the key ideas of the proof, which are the hard Lefschetz theorem and the decomposition theorem in algebraic geometry. I will also talk about a log-concave conjecture on the number of independent sets. These are joint works with June Huh.
 
 
 
=== Friday, December 9: Aaron Brown (U Chicago) ===
 
''Lattice actions and recent progress in the Zimmer program''
 
  
Abstract: The Zimmer Program is a collection of conjectures and questions regarding actions of lattices in higher-rank simple Lie groups on compact manifolds.  For instance, it is conjectured that all non-trivial volume-preserving actions are built from algebraic examples using standard constructions.  In particular—on manifolds whose dimension is below the dimension of all algebraic examples—Zimmer’s conjecture asserts that every action is finite. 
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I will present some background, motivation, and selected previous results in the Zimmer program.  I will then explain two of my results within the Zimmer program:
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(1) a solution to Zimmer’s conjecture for actions of cocompact lattices in SL(n,R) (joint with D. Fisher and S. Hurtado);
 
(2) a classification (up to topological semiconjugacy) of all actions on tori whose induced action on homology satisfies certain criteria (joint with F. Rodriguez Hertz and Z. Wang).
 
  
=== Monday, December 19: Andrew Zimmer (U Chicago) ===
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''Metric spaces of non-positive curvature and applications in several complex variables''
 
  
Abstract:  In this talk I will discuss how to use ideas from the theory of metric spaces of non-positive curvature to understand the behavior of holomorphic maps between bounded domains in complex Euclidean space. Every bounded domain has an metric, called the Kobayashi metric, which is distance non-increasing with respect to holomorphic maps. Moreover, this metric often satisfies well-known non-positive curvature type conditions (for instance, Gromov hyperbolicity or visibility) and one can then use these conditions to understand the behavior of holomorphic maps. Some of what I will talk about is joint work with Gautam Bharali.
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=== Monday, January 9: Miklos Racz (Microsoft) ===
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''Statistical inference in networks and genomics''
 
 
 
Abstract: From networks to genomics, large amounts of data are increasingly available and play critical roles in helping us understand complex systems. Statistical inference is crucial in discovering the underlying structures present in these systems, whether this concerns the time evolution of a network, an underlying geometric structure, or reconstructing a DNA sequence from partial and noisy information. In this talk I will discuss several fundamental detection and estimation problems in these areas.
 
 
 
I will present an overview of recent developments in source detection and estimation in randomly growing graphs. For example, can one detect the influence of the initial seed graph? How good are root-finding algorithms? I will also discuss inference in random geometric graphs: can one detect and estimate an underlying high-dimensional geometric structure? Finally, I will discuss statistical error correction algorithms for DNA sequencing that are motivated by DNA storage, which aims to use synthetic DNA as a high-density, durable, and easy-to-manipulate storage medium of digital data.
 
 
 
=== Friday, January 13: Mihaela Ifrim (Berkeley) ===
 
''Two dimensional water waves''
 
 
 
The classical water-wave problem consists of solving the Euler equations in the presence of a free fluid surface (e.g the water-air interface). This talk will provide an overview of recent developments concerning the motion of a two dimensional incompressible fluid with a free surface. There is a wide range of problems that fall under the heading of water waves, depending on a number of assumptions that can be applied: surface tension, gravity, finite bottom, infinite bottom, rough bottom, etc., and combinations thereof. We will present the physical motivation for studying such problems, followed by the discussion of several interesting mathematical questions related to them. The first step in the analysis is the choice of coordinates, where multiple choices are available. Once the equations are derived we will discuss the main issues arising when analysing local well-posedness, as well as the long time behaviour of solutions with small, or small and localized data. In the last part of the talk we will introduce a new, very robust method which allows one to obtain enhanced lifespan bounds for the solutions. If time permits we will also introduce an alternative method to the scattering theory, which in some cases yields a straightforward route to proving global existence results and obtaining an asymptotic description of solutions. This is joint work with Daniel Tataru, and in part with John Hunter.
 
 
 
=== Tuesday, January 17:  Fabio Pusateri (Princeton) ===
 
''The Water Waves problem''
 
 
 
We will begin by introducing the free boundary Euler equations which are a system of nonlinear PDEs modeling the motion of fluids, such as waves on the surface of the ocean. We will discuss several works done on this system in recent years, and how they fit into the broader context of the study of nonlinear evolution problems. We will then focus on the question of global regularity for water waves, present some of our main results - obtained in collaboration with Ionescu and Deng-Ionescu-Pausader - and sketch some of the main ideas.
 
 
 
=== Friday, January 20: Sam Raskin (MIT) === 
 
''Tempered local geometric Langlands ''
 
 
 
The (arithmetic) Langlands program is a cornerstone of modern representation theory and number theory. It has two incarnations: local and global. The former conjectures the existence of certain "local terms," and the latter predicts remarkable interactions between these local terms. By necessity, the global story is predicated on the local.
 
 
 
Geometric Langlands attempts to find similar patterns in the geometry of curves. However, the scope of the subject has been limited by a meager local theory, which has not been adequately explored.
 
 
 
The subject of this talk is a part of a larger investigation into local geometric Langlands. We will give an elementary overview of the expectations of this theory, discuss a certain concrete conjecture in the area (on "temperedness"), and provide evidence for this conjecture.
 
 
 
=== Monday, January 23: Tamas Darvas (Maryland) ===
 
''Geometry on the space of Kahler metrics and applications to canonical metrics''
 
 
 
A basic problem in Kahler geometry, going back to Calabi in the 50's, is to find Kahler
 
metrics with the best curvature properties, e.g., Einstein metrics. Such special metrics are
 
minimizers of well known functionals on the space of all Kahler metrics H. However these
 
functionals become convex only if an adequate geometry is chosen on H. One such choice of
 
Riemannian geometry was proposed by Mabuchi in the 80's, and was used to address a number of
 
uniqueness questions in the theory. In this talk I will present more general Finsler geometries on
 
H, that still enjoy many of the  properties that Mabuchi's geometry has, and I will give
 
applications related to existence of special Kahler metrics, including the recent resolution of
 
Tian's related properness conjectures. 
 
 
 
 
 
=== Friday, February 3: Melanie Matchett Wood (UW-Madison) ===
 
''Random groups from generators and relations''
 
 
 
We consider a model of random groups that starts with a free group on n generators and takes the quotient by n random relations.  We discuss this model in the case of abelian groups (starting with a free abelian group), and its relationship to the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics, which predict the distribution of class groups of number fields.  We will explain a universality theorem, an analog of the central limit theorem for random groups, that says the resulting distribution of random groups is largely insensitive to the distribution from which the relations are chosen.  Finally, we discuss joint work with Yuan Liu on the non-abelian random groups built in this way, including the existence of a limit of the random groups as n goes to infinity. 
 
 
 
=== Monday, February 6: Benoit Perthame (University of Paris VI) ===
 
''Models for neural networks; analysis, simulations and behaviour''
 
 
 
Neurons exchange informations via discharges, propagated
 
by membrane potential,  which trigger firing of the many connected
 
neurons. How to describe large networks of such neurons? What are the properties of these mean-field equations?
 
How can such a network generate a spontaneous activity?
 
Such questions can be tackled using nonlinear integro-differential
 
equations. These are now classically used in the neuroscience community to describe
 
neuronal networks or neural assemblies. Among them, the best known is certainly
 
Wilson-Cowan's equation which
 
describe spiking rates arising in different brain locations.
 
 
 
Another classical model is the integrate-and-fire equation that describes
 
neurons through their voltage using a particular type of Fokker-Planck equations. Several mathematical results will be presented concerning existence, blow-up, convergence to steady state,
 
for the excitatory and inhibitory neurons, with or without refractory states. Conditions for the transition to spontaneous activity (periodic solutions) will be discussed.
 
 
 
One can also describe directly the spike time
 
distribution which seems to encode more directly the neuronal information. 
 
This leads to a structured population equation that describes
 
at time $t$ the probability to find a neuron with time $s$
 
elapsed since its last discharge.  Here, we can 
 
show that small or large connectivity
 
leads to desynchronization. For intermediate regimes, sustained
 
periodic activity occurs.
 
A common mathematical tool is the use of the relative entropy method.
 
 
 
This talk is based on works with K. Pakdaman and D. Salort, M. Caceres, J. A. Carrillo and D. Smets.
 
 
 
=== February 10: Alina Chertock (NC State Univ.) ===
 
''Numerical Method for Chemotaxis and Related Models''
 
 
 
Chemotaxis is a movement of micro-organisms or cells towards the areas of high concentration of a certain chemical, which attracts the cells and may be either produced or consumed by them. In its simplest form, the chemotaxis model is described by a system of nonlinear PDEs: a convection-diffusion equation for the cell density coupled with a reaction- diffusion equation for the chemoattractant concentration. It is well-known that solutions of such systems may develop spiky structures or even blow up in finite time provided the total number of cells exceeds a certain threshold. This makes development of numerical methods for chemotaxis systems extremely delicate and challenging task.
 
 
 
In this talk, I will present a family of high-order numerical methods for the Keller-Segel chemotaxis system and several related models. Applications of the proposed methods to to multi-scale and coupled chemotaxis–fluid system and will also be discussed.
 
 
 
 
 
=== Friday, February 17: Gustavo Ponce(UCSB) ===
 
 
 
''The Korteweg-de Vries equation vs. the Benjamin-Ono equation''
 
 
 
In this talk we shall study the <math>k</math>-generalized Korteweg-de Vries <math>(k</math>-KdV) equation
 
 
 
<math>\partial_t u + \partial_x^3u +u^k\,\partial_xu=0,\;\;\;\;\;\;\;x,t\in\Bbb R,\, k\in \Bbb Z^+, </math>
 
 
 
and the <math>k</math>-generalized Benjamin-Ono (<math>k</math>-BO) equation
 
 
 
<math>\partial_t u-\partial_x^2\mathcal {H} u+u^k\,\partial_x u=0, \;\;\;\;\;\;\;x,t\in\Bbb R,\, k\in \Bbb Z^+,</math>
 
 
 
where <math>\mathcal {H}</math> denotes the Hilbert transform,
 
 
 
<math>\mathcal {H} f(x)=\frac{1}{\pi}\, {p.v.}\big(\frac{1}{x}\ast f\big)(x)=(-i\,sgn(\xi) \widehat{f}(\xi))^{\vee}(x).</math>
 
 
 
The goal is to review and analyze results concerning solutions of the initial value properties associated to these equations.
 
 
These include a comparison of the  local and global well-posedness and unique continuation properties
 
as well as special features of the special solutions of these models.
 
 
 
=== Monday, February 20, Amy Cochran (Michigan) ===
 
''Mathematical Classification of Bipolar Disorder''
 
 
 
Bipolar disorder is a chronic disease of mood instability. Longitudinal patterns of mood are central to any patient description, but are condensed into simple attributes and categories. Although these provide a common language for clinicians, they are not supported by empirical evidence.  In this talk, I present patient-specific models of mood in  bipolar disorder that incorporate existing longitudinal data.  In the first part, I will describe mood as a Bayesian nonparametric hierarchical model that includes latent classes and patient-specific mood dynamics given by discrete-time Markov chains. These models are fit to weekly mood data, revealing three patient classes that differ significantly in attempted suicide rates, disability, and symptom chronicity. In the second part of the talk, I discuss how combined statistical inferences from a population do not support widely held assumptions (e.g. mood is one-dimensional, rhythmic, and/or multistable). I then present a stochastic differential equation model that does not make any of these assumptions.  I show that this model accurately describes the data and that it can be personalized to an individual.  Taken together, this work moves forward data-driven modeling approaches that can guide future research into precise clinical care and disease causes.
 
 
 
=== Friday, March 3, Ken Bromberg (Utah)===
 
"Renormalized volume for hyperbolic 3-manifolds"
 
 
 
Motivated by ideas in physics Krasnov and Schlenker defined the renormalized volume of a hyperbolic 3-manifold. This is a way of assigning a finite volume to a hyperbolic 3-manifold that has infinite volume in the usual sense. We will begin with some basic background on hyperbolic geometry and hyperbolic 3-manifolds before defining renormalized volume with the aim of explaining why this is a natural quantity to study from a mathematician’s perspective. At the end will discuss some joint results with M. Bridgeman and J. Brock.
 
 
 
=== Tuesday, March 7: Roger Temam (Indiana University) ===
 
''On the mathematical  modeling of the humid atmosphere''
 
 
 
The humid atmosphere is a multi-phase system, made of air, water vapor, cloud-condensate, and rain water (and possibly ice / snow, aerosols and other components). The possible changes of phase  due to evaporation and condensation make the equations nonlinear, non-continuous (and non-monotone) in the framework of nonlinear partial differential equations.
 
We will discuss some modeling aspects, and some issues of existence, uniqueness and regularity for the solutions of the considered problems, making use of convex analysis, variational inequalities, and quasi-variational inequalities.
 
 
 
=== Wednesday, March 8: Roger Temam (Indiana University) ===
 
''Weak solutions of the Shigesada-Kawasaki-Teramoto system''
 
 
 
We will present a result of existence of weak solutions to the Shigesada-Kawasaki-Teramoto system, in all dimensions. The method is based on new a priori estimates, the construction of approximate solutions and passage to the limit. The proof of existence is completely self-contained and does not rely on any earlier result.
 
Based on an article with Du Pham, to appear in Nonlinear Analysis.
 
 
 
=== Wednesday, March 15: Enrique Zuazua (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) ===
 
''Control and numerics: Recent progress and challenges''
 
 
 
In most real life applications Mathematics not only face the challenge of modelling (typically by means of ODE and/or PDE), analysis and computer simulations but also the need control and design.
 
 
 
And the successful development of the needed computational tools for control and design cannot be achieved by simply superposing the state of the art on Mathematical and Numerical Analysis. Rather, it requires specific tools, adapted to the very features of the problems under consideration, since stable numerical methods for the forward resolution of a given model, do not necessarily lead to stable solvers of control and design problems.
 
 
 
In this lecture we will summarize some of the recent work developed in our group, motivated by different applications, that have led to different analytical and numerical methodologies to circumvent these difficulties.
 
 
 
The examples we shall consider are motivated by problems of different nature and lead to various new mathematical developments. We shall mainly focus on the following three topics:
 
 
 
- Inverse design for hyperbolic conservation laws,
 
 
 
- The turnpike property: control in long time intervals,
 
 
 
- Collective behavior: guidance by repulsion.
 
 
 
We shall also briefly discuss the convenience of using greedy algorithms when facing parameter-dependence problems.
 
 
 
This lecture has been conceived for a broad audience. Accordingly, unnecessary technicalities will be avoided.
 
 
 
 
 
===Friday, March 17 at 4:00pm: Lillian Pierce (Duke)===
 
''P-torsion in class groups of number fields of arbitrary degree''
 
 
 
Abstract: Fix a number field K of degree n over the rationals, and a prime p, and consider the p-torsion subgroup of the class group of K. How big is it? It is conjectured that this p-torsion subgroup should be very small (in an appropriate sense), relative to the absolute discriminant of the field; this relates to the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics and various other arithmetic problems. So far it has proved extremely difficult even to beat the trivial bound, that is, to show that the p-torsion subgroup is noticeably smaller than the full class group. In 2007, Ellenberg and Venkatesh shaved a power off the trivial bound by assuming GRH. This talk will discuss several new, contrasting, methods that recover or improve on this bound for almost all members of certain infinite families of fields, without assuming GRH.
 
 
 
=== Wednesday, March 29 at 3:30PM (Wasow): Sylvia Serfaty (NYU)===
 
''Microscopic description of Coulomb-type systems''
 
 
 
We are interested in systems of points with Coulomb, logarithmic
 
or more generally Riesz interactions (i.e. inverse powers of the distance). They arise in various settings: an instance is the classical Coulomb gas which in some cases happens
 
to be a random matrix ensemble, another is vortices in the Ginzburg-Landau
 
model of superconductivity, where one observes in certain regimes the emergence of densely packed point vortices forming perfect triangular lattice patterns named
 
Abrikosov lattices, a third is the study of Fekete points which arise in approximation theory. After reviewing the motivations, we will take a point of view based on the detailed expansion of the interaction energy to describe the microscopic behavior of the systems. In particular a Central Limit Theorem for fluctuations and a Large Deviations Principle for the microscopic point processes are given.
 
This allows to observe the effect of the temperature as it gets very large or very small, and to connect with crystallization questions.
 
The main results are joint with Thomas Leblé and also based on previous works with Etienne Sandier, Nicolas Rougerie and Mircea Petrache.
 
 
 
== Past Colloquia ==
 
  
 
[[Archived Fall 2016 Colloquia|Fall 2016]]
 
[[Archived Fall 2016 Colloquia|Fall 2016]]

Latest revision as of 09:43, 24 January 2019

Mathematics Colloquium

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

The calendar for spring 2019 can be found here.

Spring 2019

date speaker title host(s)
Jan 25 Beata Randrianantoanina (Miami University Ohio) WIMAW Some nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces and their applications Tullia Dymarz
Jan 30 Wednesday Lillian Pierce (Duke University) Short character sums Boston and Street
Jan 31 Thursday Dean Baskin (Texas A&M) Radiation fields for wave equations Street
Feb 1 Jianfeng Lu (Duke University) TBA Qin
Feb 5 Tuesday Alexei Poltoratski (Texas A&M University) TBA Denisov
Feb 8 Aaron Naber (Northwestern) A structure theory for spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds Street
Feb 15 TBA
Feb 22 Angelica Cueto (Ohio State) TBA Erman and Corey
March 4 Vladimir Sverak (Minnesota) Wasow lecture TBA Kim
March 8 Jason McCullough (Iowa State) TBA Erman
March 15 Maksym Radziwill (Caltech) TBA Marshall
March 29 Jennifer Park (OSU) TBA Marshall
April 5 Ju-Lee Kim (MIT) TBA Gurevich
April 12 Evitar Procaccia (TAMU) TBA Gurevich
April 19 Jo Nelson (Rice University) TBA Jean-Luc
April 26 Kavita Ramanan (Brown University) TBA WIMAW
May 3 Tomasz Przebinda (Oklahoma) TBA Gurevich

Abstracts

Beata Randrianantoanina (Miami University Ohio)

Title: Some nonlinear problems in the geometry of Banach spaces and their applications.

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.

Lillian Pierce (Duke University)

Title: Short character sums

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 so-called character sum. For example, both understanding the Riemann zeta function or Dirichlet L-functions 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.

Dean Baskin (Texas A&M)

Title: Radiation fields for wave equations

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.

Aaron Naber (Northwestern)

Title: A structure theory for spaces with lower Ricci curvature bounds.

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.


Past Colloquia

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Spring 2016

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Spring 2015

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