Department of Mathematics, SFU

Tue 17 Oct 2017, 12:30pm
Scientific Computation and Applied & Industrial Mathematics
ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)

NonGaussian priors in Bayesian inverse problems: from theory to applications

ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)
Tue 17 Oct 2017, 12:30pm1:30pm
Abstract
Statistical and probabilistic methods are promising approaches to solving inverse problems  the process of recovering unknown parameters from indirect measurements. Of these, the Bayesian methods provide a principled approach to incorporating our existing beliefs about the parameters (the prior model) and randomness in the data. These approaches are at the forefront of extensive current investigation. Overwhelmingly, Gaussian prior models are used in Bayesian inverse problems since they provide mathematically simple and computationally efficient formulations of important inverse problems. Unfortunately, these priors fail to capture a range of important properties including sparsity and natural constraints such as positivity, and so we are motivated to study nonGaussian priors. In this talk we introduce the theory of wellposed Bayesian inverse problems with nonGaussian priors in infinite dimensions. We show that the wellposedness of a Bayesian inverse problem relies on a balance between the growth rate of the forward map and the tail decay of the prior. Next, we turn our attention to a concrete application of nonGaussian priors in recovery of sparse or compressible parameters. We construct new classes of prior measures based on the Gamma distribution and develop a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm for exploring the posterior measures that arise from our compressible priors in infinite dimensions.
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Yonsei University

Tue 17 Oct 2017, 3:30pm
Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar
ESB 2012

Global wellposedness and asymptotics of a type of KellerSegel models coupled to fluid flow

ESB 2012
Tue 17 Oct 2017, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
We study chemotaxis equations coupled to the NavierStokes equations, which is a mathematical model describing the dynamics of oxygen, swimming bacteria (Bacillus subtilis) living in viscous incompressible fluids. It is, in general, not known if regular solutions with sufficiently smooth initial data exist globally in time or develop a singularity in a finite time. We discuss existence of regular solutions and asymptotics as well as temporal decays of solutions, under a certain type of conditions of parameters (chemotatic sensitivity and consumption rate) or initial data, as time tends to infinity.
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Technical University of Berlin

Wed 18 Oct 2017, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar
ESB 2012

Harnack inequality for degenerate balanced random walks

ESB 2012
Wed 18 Oct 2017, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
We consider an i.i.d. balanced environment omega(x,e)=omega(x,e), genuinely d dimensional on the lattice and show that there exist a positive constant C and a random radius R(omega) with streched exponential tail such that every non negative omega harmonic function u on the ball B_{2r} of radius 2r>R(omega), we have max_{B_r} u <= C min_{B_r} u. Our proof relies on a quantitative quenched invariance principle for the corresponding random walk in balanced random environment and a careful analysis of the directed percolation cluster. This result extends Martins Barlow's Harnack's inequality for i.i.d. bond percolation to the directed case. This is joint work with N. Berger, M. Cohen, and X. Guo.
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Cornell University

Wed 18 Oct 2017, 3:15pm
Topology and related seminars
ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)

Deriving zeta functions

ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)
Wed 18 Oct 2017, 3:15pm4:15pm
Abstract
The local zeta function of a variety X over a finite field F_q is defined to be Z(X,t) = \exp\sum_{n > 0}\frac{X(F_{q^n})}{n}. This invariant depends only on the point counts of X over extensions of F_q. We discuss how Z(X,t) can be considered as a group homomorphism of Kgroups and show how to lift it to a map between Ktheory spectra.
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Cambridge

Fri 20 Oct 2017, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
ESB 2012

Universality for the dimer model

ESB 2012
Fri 20 Oct 2017, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
The dimer model on a finite bipartite graph is a uniformly chosen perfect matching, i.e., a set of edges which cover every vertex exactly once. It is a classical model of mathematical physics, going back to work of Kasteleyn and Temeperley/Fisher in the 1960s, with connections to many topics including determinantal processes, random matrix theory, algebraic combinatorics, discrete complex analysis, etc.
A central object for the dimer model is a notion of height function introduced by Thurston, which turns the dimer model into a random discrete surface. I will discuss a series of recent results with Benoit Laslier (Paris) and Gourab Ray (Victoria) where we establish the convergence of the height function to a scaling limit in a variety of situations. This includes simply connected domains of the plane with arbitrary linear boundary conditions for the height, in which case the limit is the Gaussian free field, and Temperleyan graphs drawn on Riemann surfaces. In all these cases the scaling limit is universal (i.e., independent of the details of the graph) and conformally invariant.
A key new idea in our approach is to exploit "imaginary geometry" couplings between the Gaussian free field and Schramm's celebrated SLE curves.
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SNS Pisa

Mon 23 Oct 2017, 4:00pm
Algebraic Geometry Seminar
MATH 126

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MATH 126
Mon 23 Oct 2017, 4:00pm5:00pm
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Note for Attendees
Light refreshments will be served at 2:45pm in ESB 4133, the PIMS Lounge before this colloquium.