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Stories about Spetses
Speaker: Michel Broué (Univ. Paris Diderot, France)
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The transfer of Mathematics in an age of anxiety, 1930-1945
Speaker: Eduardo L. Ortiz (Imperial College, London, UK)
In the years 1928 to 1937 a small group of scientists and engineers from different countries of Western Europe moved to the Soviet Union. They were hired to help in tasks anticipated by the early Five-Year Plans. That is, helping to achieve the rapid industrialization objectives promoted by such...
Codes, S-structures, and exceptional Lie algebras
Speaker: Alberto Elduque (Univ. of Zaragoza, Spain)
S-structures on Lie algebras have been defined recently by Vinberg, as an extension of gradings by abelian groups. In this talk it will be shown how the exceptional simple Lie algebras of types E7 and E8are endowed with some SL2n-structures, and are thus described very nicely in terms of the...
Abstract Algebraic Representation
Speaker: Jaroslav Nesetril (Charles Univ., Prague, Czech Republic)
Representing posets, groups, monoids and categories by other structures is associated with Prague school of categories. In this lecture we survey recent development which puts this classical topic in a yet another (combinatorial and model theoretic) context.  There will be coffee and cookies...
Kepler's problem and spaces of constant curvature
Speaker: Velimir Jurdjevic (Univ. Toronto, Canada)
Kepler's problem (around 1706) concerns the motion of a planet around an immovable planet in the presence of the gravitational force. Based on empirical evidence, Kepler stated that the moon moves on an elliptical path around the earth (known as Kepler's first law, and secondly he stated that the...
From oscillations to integrable systems and Symplectic Geometry
Speaker: Jean-Pierre Françoise (Sorbonne Univ., Paris, France)
Oscillations can be observed in many natural physical and biological phenomena. The pendulum can be used as an introduction to several mathematical concepts. Actually Jacobi created the theory of elliptic functions to solve the motion of the pendulum. His work can be revisited using symplectic...
Wow, so many minimal surfaces!
Speaker: André Neves (Univ. of Chicago, USA)
Minimal surfaces are ubiquitous in geometry and applied science but their existence theory is rather mysterious. For instance, Yau in 1982 conjectured that any 3-manifold admits infinitely many closed minimal surfaces but the best one knows is the existence of at least three.After a brief...
On dimensionality and functional data analysis
Speaker: Philippe Vieu (Univ. Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France)
The talk will be on statistical modelling for problems involving functional data. Functional data are elements of infinite dimensional spaces, and their statistical analysis has been popularized in the last twenty years (mainly with Ramsay-Silverman's books, [9]), leading to a new field of...
The mathematics of liquid crystals
Speaker: John M. Ball (Univ. of Oxford, UK)
The understanding of liquid crystal behaviour has traditionally been an area with a fertile interaction between science and mathematics. The lecture will describe different theories of liquid crystals and some recent results concerning their predictions and the connection between them....
Três bolas matemáticas
Speaker: Étienne Ghys (ENS-Lyon, France)
This colloquium lecture is part of the Pedro Nunes Lectures 2017, organized by SPM and CIM, and sponsored by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. ...
The interaction of a gap with a free boundary in a two-dimensional dimer system
Speaker: Christian Krattenthaler (Univ. Vienna, Austria)
I shall consider a rhombus tiling model (equivalently, a dimer model on a hexagonal graph) with a free boundary. The correlation of a small triangular hole in this model will be determined. As I shall explain, this kind of problem features phenomena which are parallel to phenomena in...
Left-orderability of 3-manifold groups
Speaker: Cameron Gordon (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
The fundamental group is a more or less complete invariant of a 3-dimensional manifold. We will discuss how the purely algebraic property of this group being left-orderable is related to two other aspects of 3-dimensional topology, one geometric and the other essentially analytic....
Computational modelling of problems of solid deformation, with applications of goal oriented techniques to thermoforming processes
Speaker: John Whiteman (Brunel Univ. London, UK)
The reliability of computational models of physical processes has received much attention and involves issues such as validation of the mathematical models being used, the error in any data that the models need and the accuracy of the numerical schemes being used, verification. These issues are...
Leibniz is still alive - and so are his mathematical ideas in the third millennium
Speaker: Marcel Erné (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)
In the current year 2016, we are celebrating the third centennial of Leibniz's death. This is a good occasion to present some highlights in the immense mathematical work of the great universal genius under a modern point of view, and to add some surprising interpretations that might have elapsed the...
(Higher) representation theory
Speaker: Volodymyr Mazorchuk (Univ. Uppsala, Sweden)
In this talk I want to present my point of view on what (higher) representation theory is and why it is useful. I would like to show, using a baby example, how classical representation theory transforms into higher representation theory, in particular, explaining what the latter one is. At the end,...
L'art et la mathématique
Speaker: Cédric Villani (Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France)
O vídeo da conferência pode ser visto aqui. Resumo: "Ninguém pode ser Matemático se não tiver a alma de um poeta", dizia Sonia Kovalevskaya. No entanto, a lógica matemática dificilmente parece deixar lugar à intuição,...
Normal forms in differential geometry and metrics on Lie groupoids
Speaker: Rui Loja Fernandes (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
In this lecture I will recall some classical and not so classical normal form theorems in differential geometry and I will explain a new, far reaching, metric approach to these results using the language of Lie groupoids....
The sensitivity of interest rate options to monetary policy decisions: a regime-shift pricing approach
Speaker: René Ferland (Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
We look at whether monetary decisions constitute a significant macro-finance risk for interest rate options and related implied volatilities. We devise an option-pricing model based on the dynamics of the Federal Reserve’s target rate via a regime-shift approach modeled as discrete Markov...
The random graph
Speaker: Peter Cameron (Queen Mary, Univ. London, UK)
In 1963, Erdos and Rényi proved the paradoxical result that there is a graph R with the property that, if a countable graph is chosen by selecting edges independently with probability 1/2, the resulting graph is almost surely isomorphic to R. Their proof was a beautiful example of a...
Pentagram Map, twenty years after
Speaker: Sergei Tabachnikov (Pennsylvania State Univ., USA)
Introduced by R. Schwartz more than 20 years ago, the pentagram map acts on plane n-gons, considered up to projective equivalence, by drawing the diagonals that connect second-nearest vertices and taking the new n-gon formed by their intersections. The pentagram map is a discrete completely...
Univalent Foundations of Mathematics
Speaker: Vladimir Voevodsky (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA)
I will outline the main ideas of the new approach to foundations of practical mathematics which we call univalent foundations. Mathematical objects and their equivalences form sets, groupoids or higher groupoids. According to Grothendieck's idea higher groupoids are the same as homotopy types....
Robust optimization: the need, the challenge, the success
Speaker: Aharon Ben-Tal (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
We list and illustrate by examples various sources of uncertainty associated with optimization problems. We then explain the difficulties arising when solving such uncertainty affected problems due to lack of full information on the nature of the uncertainty on one hand, and the likelihood of facing...
Minimizing greenhouse emissions in vehicle routing
Speaker: Gilbert Laporte (HEC, Montréal, Canada)
The Vehicle Routing Problem holds a central place in distribution management. In the classical version of the problem the aim is to distribute goods to a set of geographically dispersed customers under a cost minimization objective and various side constraints. In recent years a number of...
Variations on a conjecture of Nagata
Speaker: Ciro Ciliberto (Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy)
The classical multivariate Hermite interpolation problem asks for the determination of the dimension of the vector space of polynomials of a given degree d in a given number r of variables having n assigned, sufficiently general, zeroes with given multiplicities. This is trivial for n=1, but quite...
From Numerics to Computational Science and Engineering
Speaker: Rolf Jeltsch (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
The birth of the discipline numerics is due to the invention of modern computers in the forties of the last century. The main task was to learn to live with the deficiencies of computers, which are the limited memory space, that only a finite number of arithmetical operations can be carried out and...
Counting sheaves on curves
Speaker: Raul Pandharipande (Princeton/IST)
I will explain the counting of stable pairs on algebraic curves and the interactions with singularities, Hilbert schemes, and knots....
Chebfun: a new kind of numerical computing
Speaker: Lloyd N. Trefethen (Univ. Oxford, UK)
For a long time there have been two kinds of mathematical computation: symbolic and numerical. Symbolic computing manipulates algebraic expressions exactly, but it is unworkable for many applications since the space and time requirements tend to grow combinatorially. Numerical computing avoids the...
Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials in algebra, geometry, and combinatorics
Speaker: Francesco Brenti (Univ. of Roma "Tor Vergata", Italy)
In this talk I will define the Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials, and then I will survey the results on, and the applications of, these polynomials to algebra, geometry, and combinatorics....
Point source discovery in complicated domains
Speaker: Richard Tsai (Univ. Texas at Austin, USA)
We consider the inverse problem of discovering the location of point sources from very sparse point measurements in a bounded domain that contains impenetrable obstacles. The sources spread according to a class of linear equations, including the Laplace, heat, and Helmholtz equations, and limited...
Four colours suffice
Speaker: Robin J. Wilson (Open Univ. and Oxford Univ., UK)
Counting the rational numbers
Speaker: Herbert S. Wilf (Univ. Pennsylvania, USA)
We describe a new method of enumerating the rational numbers, based on a certain tree at each of whose nodes a fraction lives....
Multiscale discretizations for flow, transport and mechanics in porous media
Speaker: Mary Fanett Wheeler (Univ. of Texas at Austin, USA)
A fundamental difficulty in understanding and predicting large-scale fluid movements in porous media is that these movements depend upon phenomena occuring on small scales in space and/or time. The differences in scale can be staggering. Aquifers and reservoirs extend for thousands of meters, while...
Interpolation in several variables
Speaker: Alain Lascoux (Univ. Paris-Est, France)
Compared to the case of functions of one variable, or to the case of symmetric functions, there are not many algebraic tools to manipulate polynomials in several variables. The symmetric group can greatly help in that matter. Newton found how to transform a discrete set of data into an algebraic...
Computational Multiscale Modeling
Speaker: Bjorn Engquist (Univ. Texas at Austin, USA)
New results on the trading rule "Buy and Hold"
Speaker: Albert Shiryaev (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Moscow, Russia)
Speaker: Omar Ghattas (Univ. Texas at Austin, USA)
The Memoirs of Évariste Galois
Speaker: Peter M. Neumann (Univ. Oxford, UK)
Calculus of operator functions
Speaker: Rajendra Bhatia (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India)
Exploring the Fourth Dimension: "Flatland: the Movie" and the geometric art of Salvador Dali and Ramon Lull
Speaker: Thomas Banchoff (Brown Univ., USA)
In the new movie version of "Flatland", the central geometric figure in that film is a cube that rotates about its center in three-space producing a number of central slices in the plane including a square, a rectangle, a rhombus, and a hexagon. What are the analogous central hyperplane...
Was Cantor Surprised?
Speaker: Fernando Gouvêa (Colby College, Maine, USA)
A well-known story tells that Cantor was so surprised by one of his theorems that he exclaimed "I see it, but I don't believe it!" We will examine the sources to see what really happened.  ...
Alternating sign matrices: at the crossroads of algebra, combinatorics and physics
Speaker: Xavier Viennot (LaBRI, CNRS and Univ. Bordeaux 1, France)
Alternating sign matrices have been introduced by combinatorists in the 80's as an extension of the notion of permutation matrices. A simple formula for the number of such matrices of size n has been conjectured. The resolution of this conjecture has been a very active subject in the 80's and 90's....
Compressive Sampling
Speaker: Emmanuel J. Candes (Caltech, USA)
One of the central tenets of signal processing is the Shannon/Nyquist sampling theory: the number of samples needed to reconstruct a signal without error is dictated by its bandwidth-the length of the shortest interval which contains the support of the spectrum of the signal under study. Very...
On the geometry of interest rate models
Speaker: Tomas Björk (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden)
The purpose of this talk is to give an overview of some recent work concerning the structural and geometric properties of the evolution of the forward rate curve in an arbitrage free bond market. The main problems to be discussed are as follows. 1. When is a given forward rate model consistent...
The uses of mathematical images in the seventeenth century, from Galileo to Newton
Speaker: Jean Dhombres (CNRS, EHESS, Paris)
From long ago, historians have shown the importance of images (emblems books, jesuit propaganda, etc.) during the seventeenth century. Historians of science also emphasized the role played by Optics and its representations. But there has been quite an absence about the role played by images as well...
Flow control in the presence of shocks
Speaker: Enrique Zuazua (IMDEA-Matemáticas & Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)
Flow control is one of the most challenging and relevant topics connecting the theory of Partial Differential Equations (PDE) and Control Theory. On one hand the number of possible applications is huge including optimal shape design in aeronautics. On the other hand, from a purely mathematical...
What's an infinite dimensional manifold and how can it be useful in anatomy?
Speaker: David Mumford (Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA)
There has been a huge explosion in medical imaging, in spatial and temporal resolution, in imaging many processes as well as organs. New mathematical tools have entered the game, which are not so elementary. It's important to have some basic understanding of them, to know how what to expect of...
Singular perturbation systems related to segregation
Speaker: Luis Caffarelli (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
I will discuss a singular perturbation system related to segregation and the regularity properties of the limiting solution and its free boundaries. Area(s): ...
What geometry in the early history of architecture?
Speaker: Kim Williams
It is commonly said that Euclidean geometry played a large part in the development of architecture, but is this really true? An examination of the two earliest and best known treatises of architecture, On architecture by Vitruvius and the Sketchbooks of Villard de Honnecourt reveal no trace of...
Variational Analysis and Generalized Differentiation: New Trends and Developments
Speaker: Boris Mordukhovich
(Dep. Mathematics, Wayne State Univ.)
Nonsmooth functions, sets with nonsmooth boundaries, and set-valued mappings naturally and frequently appear in various aspects of analysis. Constrained optimization, calculus of variations and its modern form of optimal control, stochastic and statistical problems, mathematical economics, etc., are...
Homomorphisms of the alternating group A_5 into semisimple groups
Speaker: George Lusztig (Dept. Math., MIT)
Usually in representation theory one studies homomorphisms of a complicated group G into a simpler group: the general linear group of a vector space. But it is also interesting to replace the general linear group by other algebraic groups such as symplectic, orthogonal or even exceptional groups....
Mathematical models for cell motion
Speaker: Benoit Perthame
(??cole Normale Supérieure, Paris)
Several transport-diffusion systems arise as simple models in chemotaxis (motion of bacterias or amebia interacting through a chemical signal) and in angiogenesis (development of capillary blood vessels from an exhogeneous chemoattractive signal by solid tumors). These systems describe the...
Neuronal Calcium Signaling
Speaker: Steve Cox (Computational and Applied Math., Rice University)
Calcium, the most important of the second messengers, regulates the synaptic plasticity that is underlies our ability to learn. Calcium enters cells through single-protein channels in the cells' outer membrane. We exploit the ability to dynamically monitor cytosolic calcium, throughout `intact'...
Lorenz Strange Atractors
Speaker: Marcelo Viana (IMPA, Brasil)
The Lorenz strange attractor, introduced in the sixties in the context of thermal convection and weather prediction, became a paradigm chaotic behavior, and a crucial model to try and describe this type of dynamics. In the nineties there were two fundamental developments: On the one hand,...
The Poincare Conjecture and Algorithmic Problems in Algebra
Speaker: Alexey Sossinsky (Indep. Univ. Moscow)
It has been announced that the Poincare Conjecture (claiming that any simply connected closed compact three-dimensional manifold is homeomorphic to the sphere), one of the most famous problems in mathematics, has been solved by Grisha Perelman of St.Petersburg. Although no complete verifiable...
Color printers, mailboxes, fish, and Homer Simpson - or - Centroidal Voronoi tessellations: algorithms and applications
Speaker: M. D. Gunzburger (Florida State Univ.)
One of the beauties of mathematics is that it can uncover connections between seemingly disparate applications. One of the most fertile grounds for unearthing connections is computational algorithms where one often discovers that an algorithm developed for one application is equally useful in...
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