Princeton University

Fri 1 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
Earth Sciences Building Room 2012

PIMS Hugh Morris Lecture: Can We Choose Optimally? The Neural Dynamics of Decisions.

Earth Sciences Building Room 2012
Fri 1 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Each day we make many choices, often under time pressure and with poor information. How do we do this? The basic electrochemistry of individual neurons and synapses in our brains is fairly well understood. The key problem is one of scale: how do almost a trillion neurons and many more synapses interact to sift noisy evidence and weigh it against prior knowledge? I will describe how mathematical models, coupled with human and animal experiments, illuminate the neural mechanisms responsible for some simple decisions and actions.
The talk will draw on joint work with Fuat Balci, Rafal Bogacz, Jonathan Cohen, Philip Eckhoff, Eric SheaBrown, Patrick Simen, Marieke van Vugt, Kong Fatt WongLin and Miriam Zacksenhouse. Research supported by NIMH and AFOSR.
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UBC

Mon 4 Nov 2013, 2:00pm
Math Education Research Reading
Math 126

Where Learning Starts? A Framework for Thinking About Lectures in University Mathematics

Math 126
Mon 4 Nov 2013, 2:00pm3:00pm
Abstract
Carmen will present "Where learning starts? A framework for thinking about lectures in university mathematics," which can be found here.
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Mathematical Sciences, SDSU

Mon 4 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Institute of Applied Mathematics
LSK 460

Increased Regions of Stability for a TwoDelay Differential Equation

LSK 460
Mon 4 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Delay differential equations (DDEs) are used in a number of applications. Stability analysis of DDEs can be quite complex, particularly when multiple delays occur. We examine the scalar twodelay differential equation:
y'(t) = Ay(t) + B y(t  1) + C y(t  R):
The stability region for this DDE has some very interesting features that this talk will explore. There are four parameters, A, B, C, and R, which can be varied. The stability region can be disconnected in the BCspace though for fixed R the 3D stability surface in the ABCparameter space is connected. One of the most intriguing features is that when R is rational, this stability surface becomes larger. We demonstrate how certain rational values of R significantly increase the stability region, then show this significance in a nonlinear application. Understanding the details of this analysis can help mathematical modelers appreciate sensitivity in their stability analysis and the complexity of numerical solutions as delays vary in a model with multiple delays.
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Colorado State

Mon 4 Nov 2013, 3:10pm
CRG Geometry and Physics Seminar
ESB 4127 (host: UBC)

Topology and combinatorics of Hilbert schemes of points on orbifolds

ESB 4127 (host: UBC)
Mon 4 Nov 2013, 3:10pm4:10pm
Abstract
The Hilbert scheme of n points on C^2 is a smooth manifold of dimension 2n. The topology and geometry of Hilbert schemes have important connections to physics, representation theory, and combinatorics. Hilbert schemes of points on C^2/G, for G a finite group, are also smooth, and their topology is encoded in the combinatorics of partitions. When G is a subgroup of SL_2, the topology and combinatorics of the situation are well understood, but much less is known for general G. After outlining the wellunderstood situation, I will discuss some conjectures in the general case, and a combinatorial proof that their homology stabilizes.
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Department of Mathematics, Simon Fraser University

Tue 5 Nov 2013, 12:30pm
Scientific Computation and Applied & Industrial Mathematics
ESB 4133

Alignment of optimally transported meshes

ESB 4133
Tue 5 Nov 2013, 12:30pm2:00pm
Abstract
Solutions of partial differential equations are often highly anisotropic and have strongly directional features. Examples include PDES which have shocks and interfaces in the solution. When calculating the solutions to these PDEs it is important to use computational meshes which align themselves with features in the solution. Many adaptive mesh methods explicitly and implicitly use equidistribution and alignment, and a metric tensor M is typically used to define the desired level of anisotropy. In this talk I will describe a mesh method which combines equidistribution with optimal transport that does not require the explicit construction of a metric tensor M, although such an M always exists. I will show that this method is very effective at aligning elements along solution features including linear shocks and radially symmetric structures. Furthermore, I will provide numerical results to show this method is cheap and robust to implement, and allows solutions to be very well approximated.
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Trondheim

Tue 5 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar
ESB 2012

Homeomorphisms between aperiodic tiling spaces

ESB 2012
Tue 5 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
In this talk, I will give an introduction to aperiodic tilings. Usually, one studies a topological dynamical system associated to these tilings rather than one specific tiling (this is the analogue to studying a subshift rather that one single word in symbolic dynamics).
It is a natural question to ask what happens to the underlying tilings when there is a homeomorphism between tiling spaces.
The result I will present is the following: whenever two tiling spaces are homeomorphic, the complexity function is preserved up to some multiplicative constants and rescaling.
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CNRS / U. Bordeaux

Tue 5 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Discrete Math Seminar
ESB 4133

On computing Baker and Norine's rank parameter on complete graphs

ESB 4133
Tue 5 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
In 2007, Baker and Norine stated a theorem which they called a version for graphs of a RiemannRoch theorem. In this theorem,the rank is an integer parameter defined by an optimisation among some compositions on labeling of vertices by integers. In the case of complete graphs, we provide a greedy algorithm to compute the rank in linear time. Then we study the joint distribution of the rank and the other parameter in Baker and Norine theorem. This involves objects like parking functions, numbers like the Catalan numbers, and bijections, in a framework close to the sandpile model studied by Dhar. The interest in these classical notions is renewed by the addition of seemingly new parameters (orappearing in other contexts) deduced from the analysis of our greedy algorithm.
Joint work with Robert Cori.
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UBC

Wed 6 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar
ESB 2012

SelfInteracting Walk and the Gaussian field (III)

ESB 2012
Wed 6 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
In the second lecture I reviewed differential forms and then related the square of a differential form to the local time of random walk. In this lecture I will prove this result in more detail and illustrate the idea by explaining why certain integrals concentrate on critical points even before any large deviation limit is taken. These are cases of a theorem called the Duistermaat Heckman theorem.
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Toronto/Fields

Wed 6 Nov 2013, 3:10pm
CRG Geometry and Physics Seminar
ESB 4127 (host: UAlberta)

Families of lattice polarized K3 surfaces with monodromy

ESB 4127 (host: UAlberta)
Wed 6 Nov 2013, 3:10pm4:10pm
Abstract
The concept of lattice polarization for a K3 surface was first introduced by Nikulin. I will discuss ways in which his definition can be extended to families of K3 surfaces over a (not necessarily simply connected) base curve, with the aim of gaining control over the action of monodromy upon the NéronSeveri lattice of a general fibre. I will then present an application of this to the study of CalabiYau threefolds that admit fibrations by Kummer surfaces.
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PhD Student, Mechanical Engineering Department, UBC

Wed 6 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Fluids Lab Meeting
LSK 203

Deformation of a Liquid Drop in a Gas Stream

LSK 203
Wed 6 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
The fragmentation of droplets is an essential stage of several natural and industrial applications such as fuel atomization and rain phenomena. In spite of its relatively long history, the mechanism of fragmentation is not clear yet. This is mainly due to small length and time scales as well as the nonlinearity of the process. In the present study, two and threedimensional numerical simulations have been performed to understand the early stages of the fragmentation of an initially spherical droplet. Simulations are performed in high Reynolds and a range of relatively high Weber numbers (shear breakup). To resolve the smallscale instabilities generated over the droplet, a secondorder adaptive finite volume/volume of fluids (FV/VOF) method is employed, where the grid resolution is increased with the curvature of the gasliquid interface as well as the vorticity magnitude. The study is focused on the onset and growth of interfacial instabilities. The role of KelvinHelmholtz instability (in surface wave formation) and RayleighTaylor instability (in azimuthal transverse modulation) are shown and the obtained results are compared with the linear instability theories for zero and nonzero vorticity layers. Moreover, the analogy between the fragmentation of a single drop and a coaxial liquid jet is discussed. The current results can be used for the further development of the current secondary atomization models.
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SFU

Thu 7 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Number Theory Seminar
room ASB 10908 (IRMACS  SFU)*

Darmon's program for x^p + y^p = z^r and first case solutions

room ASB 10908 (IRMACS  SFU)*
Thu 7 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
Darmon has developed a program to resolve the generalized Fermat equation x^{p} + y^{p} = z^{r} using Galois representations and abelian varieties of GL_{2} type over a totally real field. I will survey some parts of his program and point out the key difficulties which remain. Recently, numerous irreducibility criteria for the mod p representations attached to elliptic curves over totally real fields have been developed (David, Billerey, FreitasDieulefait, FreitasSiksek). These are based on a technique which first appeared in Serre's 1972 Inventiones paper. I will explain how this method can be adapted to Darmon's Frey abelian varieties of GL_{2} type over a totally real field and thereby show that the above equation does not have any nontrivial first case solutions for p large enough compared to r a regular prime ≥ 5.
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University of Marseille

Tue 12 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar
ESB 2012

The fractional Yamabe problem

ESB 2012
Tue 12 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
A great amount of work has been dedicated in the last years to understand
problems with integral diffusion for elliptic, parabolic or hyperbolic
equations and systems. In this talk, I will describe a new Yamabe problem
based on conformally covariant elliptic operators of fractional order. I
will describe some new results on existence of metrics for the regular and
singular problems.
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SFU

Tue 12 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Discrete Math Seminar
ESB 4133

DysonSchwinger equations and chord diagrams

ESB 4133
Tue 12 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
DysonSchwinger equations are certain integral equations in quantum field theory which mirror the combinatorial decompositions of trees by subtrees, or of graphs by subgraphs. At the analytic level, many cases can still be interpreted combinatorially, as expansions indexed by rooted connected chord diagrams. I will explain this construction, talk about which cases we know and where we are going next.
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University of Warwick

Wed 13 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar
ESB 2012

Random field of gradients and elasticity

ESB 2012
Wed 13 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Random fields of gradients are a class of model systems arising in
the studies of random interfaces, random geometry, field theory, and elasticity
theory. These random objects pose challenging problems for probabilists as even
an a priori distribution involves strong correlations. Gradient fields are
likely to be an universal class of models combining probability, analysis and
physics in the study of critical phenomena. They emerge in the following three
areas, effective models for random interfaces, Gaussian Free Fields (scaling
limits), and mathematical models for the CauchyBorn rule of materials, i.e., a
microscopic approach to nonlinear elasticity. We will outline recent results
and will discuss possible applications in nonlinear elasticity theory. If time
permits we outline the scaling to the Gaussian Free Field for nonconvex
interactions.
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Ashkan Babaie, PhD Candidate
Mechanical Engineering Department, UBC

Wed 13 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Fluids Lab Meeting
LSK 203

Evaporationdriven low Reynolds number vortices in a cavity

LSK 203
Wed 13 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
The solvent casting process is a costeffective technique with potential applications to the fabrication of microstructures such as microneedles. It involves the evaporation of a solvent from a polymer solution inside a micron scale cavity, and results in a polymeric coating on the walls of the cavity. This drying process represents a complex fluid mechanics problem that is generally associated with several flow phenomena contributing to complex flow patterns inside the fluid film. In addition to evaporationdriven flow and Marangoni flow, the velocity field also reveals single and multiple vortices generated by the creeping flow induced by evaporation. An experimental study including laser scanning microscopy and particle image velocimetry (PIV) are used to introduce and characterize the low Reynolds corner vortices that can occur during the evaporation of thin films inside microliter cavities. The observed corner vortices all show a similar unsteady behavior, in that they continuously shrink over time and finally disappear. The initial viscosity of the fluid leads to different vortex behavior during the evaporation process, as larger and more persistent vortices are generated in initially less viscous films. The presence, size and endurance of the corner vortex are highly affected by the geometry, in particular the depth of the cavity. These vortices exist at Reynolds numbers as low as Re<1e5 indicating the absence of inertia forces; they are therefore driven by the viscous flow. However, high shear stresses caused by increasing viscosity finally destroy these vortices. Viscous flow therefore plays a curious role in this flow problem where it is necessary to generate these vortices, while it also makes them disappear.
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Connor Behan (UBC Physics) and Nishant Chandgotia (UBC Math)

Thu 14 Nov 2013, 12:30pm
Graduate Student Seminar
Math 204

Quantum Field Theory (Feynman Diagrams) // Nearest Neighbour Shifts of Finite Type

Math 204
Thu 14 Nov 2013, 12:30pm2:00pm
Abstract
Connor:
The discovery of quanta began a revolution on how we think about the
physical world and the mathematics we use to describe it. According to
quantum mechanics, a particle that appears to have three coordinates (x,
y, z) will in fact have a position described by a vector in an
infinitedimensional Hilbert space such as L^2(R^3). Quantum field theory
is an attempt to apply the same principles to a system where the number of
classical degrees of freedom is already infinite. We will see that this
allows the description to be compatible with many phenomena from special
relativity. Because of the need for a much larger Hilbert space,
calculations in quantum field theory can be difficult to carry out, even
numerically. This talk will work toward a derivation of the method of
Feynman diagrams including a discussion of what these famous diagrams can, and cannot do.
Nishant:
Nearest neighbour shifts of Finite Type are system of constrained configurations on the $\Z^d$ lattice which arise in numerous contexts,
e.g. probability, data storage, smooth dynamics and statistical mechanics.
After providing some motivation, we shall try to explore how things change when we move up in dimensions.
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UBC

Thu 14 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Topology and related seminars
ESB 4133

Homotopy Colimits of Classifying Spaces of Abelian Groups

ESB 4133
Thu 14 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Given a finite group G, homotopy colimit of the classifying spaces of its abelian subgroups capture information about the commutativity in the group. For the class of extraspecial 2groups of rank greater than 2 these colimits are not of the homotopy type of a K(\pi,1) space. The main ingreadient in the proof is the calculation of the fundamental group. Another natural question is the complex Ktheory of these homotopy colimits, which can be computed modulo torsion.
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SFU

Thu 14 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Number Theory Seminar
room ASB 10908 (IRMACS  SFU)*

Invisible Sha[4]

room ASB 10908 (IRMACS  SFU)*
Thu 14 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
Mazur observed that for a lot of elliptic curves E with nontrivial elements in Sha(E/Q)[n], one can find another elliptic curve E' that is ncongruent to E and for which the corresponding element in H^1(Q,E'[n]) lies in the image of the MordellWeil group of E'. Such an element in Sha is said to be made visible by E'.
It was since proved that for n=2,3, one can always find such an E', both when the ncongruence preserves Weilpairing and when it inverts it. For given E and n=4, the question boils down to deciding if a certain K3 surface has a rational point. In joint work with Tom Fisher, we have been able to finally find equations for these K3 surfaces, which allows us to determine visibility computationally in specific cases.
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Bernd Milkereit, 201314 CSEG Distinguished Lecturer
University of Toronto

Thu 14 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
SPECIAL
One Time Event
Earth Sciences Bldg. (ESB) Room 5104

UBCSeismic Laboratory for Imaging & Modeling, EOAS Colloquium: Seismic Imaging in the Presence of Strong Contrasts: How Forgetful are Seismic Waves?

Earth Sciences Bldg. (ESB) Room 5104
Thu 14 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Details
This seminar may be of interest to mathematicians and is included in the Mathematics listing of events on behalf of the Earth & Ocean Sciences Department.
Seismic imaging is an important geophysical tool for delineating and monitoring the earth’s subsurface structure and its oil, gas and mineral resources. Owing to the earth’s heterogeneity, such subsurface structures exist at different scales (sizes) with lateral and vertical variations in physical properties such as contrasts in bulk and shear moduli, and densities. Over the past decade, seismology entered a new era. Solving elastic and viscoelastic wave equations on large supercomputers, accurate and complete simulations for heterogeneous 3D earth models became a reality – replacing exact solutions for layered earth models. Seismic methods illuminate subsurface structures using compressional and shear waves. Recorded signal at surface and borehole seismic sensor locations arise from reflection, refraction, transmission, scattering and attenuation of elastic waves at lithological contacts, structural boundaries and the Earth's free surface, where abrupt and
Bernd Milkereit is the Teck Chair of Exploration Geophysics at the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Toronto (since 2001). For more than 30 years, Bernd has worked at the intersection between mineral resources and exploration seismology. He carried out research projects on coal and groundwater before moving into hardrock seismic imaging and exploration for deep mineral deposits in the crystalline crust. He maintains a strong interest in international scientific drilling projects. Previous to his current position Bernd was a research scientist the Geological Survey of Canada (19851996) and professor of geophysics at Kiel University, Germany (19962001).
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UBC

Mon 18 Nov 2013, 2:00pm
Math Education Research Reading
Math 126

Twenty Terrible Reasons for Lecturing

Math 126
Mon 18 Nov 2013, 2:00pm3:00pm
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School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria

Mon 18 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Institute of Applied Mathematics
LSK 460

Pipelines, Politics and Climate Science (IAM Distinguished Alumni Lectures)

LSK 460
Mon 18 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
The reality of global warming has long been accepted within the scientific community, yet it remains a hotly debated topic at the political and social level. Why? Is it because the ultimate effects of global warming will not be felt within our lifetime? Do we feel little responsibility for future generations?
This talk will present historical foundations of the science of global warming. The range of projections of climate change over the next century will be summarized and the public confusion arising from the media portrayal of the science and its entry into the political arena will be discussed. A review will also be given as to how potential Canadian oil and gas production as well as international policy options fit within the framework of necessary actions required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The technological solutions to mitigate global warming exist, although price and behavioural barriers to their introduction are present. As such, there has been a tendency in Canada, and more recently in BC, to entrench ourselves in the idea that our longterm economic prosperity lies within our continued export on fossil fuel extraction. I conclude the presentation with the suggestion that should society chose to deal with global warming, there is the potential to enter an age of creativity and innovation unlike any it has experienced before.
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San Diego

Mon 18 Nov 2013, 3:10pm
CRG Geometry and Physics Seminar
ESB 4127 (host: UBC)

The Chern classes of the Verlinde bundle

ESB 4127 (host: UBC)
Mon 18 Nov 2013, 3:10pm4:10pm
Abstract
The Verlinde bundles over the moduli space M_g of smooth curves have as fibers spaces of generalized theta functions i.e., spaces of global sections of determinant line bundles over moduli of parabolic bundles. I will discuss a formula for the Chern classes of the Verlinde bundles, as well as extensions over the compactification \overline M_g.
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UAlberta

Mon 18 Nov 2013, 3:10pm
CRG Geometry and Physics Seminar
ESB 4127 (host: UAlberta)

Geometrization of NExtended 1Dimensional Supersymmetry Algebras

ESB 4127 (host: UAlberta)
Mon 18 Nov 2013, 3:10pm4:10pm
Abstract
The problem of classifying offshell representations of the $N$extended onedimensional super Poincar\'{e} algebra is closely related to the study of a class of decorated graphs known as Adinkras. We will discuss how these combinatorial objects possess a form of emergent supergeometry: Adinkras are equivalent to very special super Riemann surfaces with divisors. The method of proof critically involves Grothendieck's theory of "dessins d'enfants'', work of CimasoniReshetikhin expressing spin structures on Riemann surfaces via dimer models, and an observation of DonagiWitten on parabolic structure from ramified coverings of super Riemann surfaces.
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Department of Computer Science, UBC

Tue 19 Nov 2013, 12:30pm
Scientific Computation and Applied & Industrial Mathematics
ESB 4133

Implicit matrix trace estimators: improved theory with application to PDE inverse problems with many measurements

ESB 4133
Tue 19 Nov 2013, 12:30pm1:30pm
Abstract
This talk is concerned with MonteCarlo methods for the estimation of the trace of an implicitly given matrix A, where the matrix information is only available through matrixvector products. The need to estimate the trace of implicit matrices arises in many applications, where often A is symmetric positive semidefinite (SPSD). Thus, theoretical studies of accuracy and efficiency of these methods are very important. In order to set the scene, we initially present an application of such trace estimators which involves efficient stochastic methods for solving PDEconstrained inverse problems with many measurements.
The standard approach for estimating the trace of an implicit matrix involves averaging the quadratic forms of A with random vector realizations from a suitable probability distribution. We demonstrate the success of such stochastic methods in reducing the computational complexity of large scale inverse problems. We then derive new and improved theoretical results bounding the number of matrixvector products required in order to guarantee a probabilistic bound on the relative error of the trace estimation. Bounds are derived for Rademacher (Hutchinson), Gaussian and uniform unit vector (with and without replacement) probability distributions. They provide some guidance in deciding which distribution to employ for a given application.
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UBC

Tue 19 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar
ESB 2012

On the norm inflation of Incompressible Euler in borderline spaces

ESB 2012
Tue 19 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
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University of Vermont

Tue 19 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Discrete Math Seminar
ESB 4133

Embedding complete graphs with every triangle a face

ESB 4133
Tue 19 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
A common problem is to embed the complete graph on a surface so that every face is a triangle. To be perverse, suppose that we require that every triangle is a face. Let K^{(n2)/2} denote the complete graph of order n where every pair of vertices are joined by (n2)/2 parallel edges. For every even n at least 6 we construct a triangular embedding of this multigraph into both orientable and nonorientable surfaces such that any three vertices form a face. We give many other related results.
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University of Warwick

Wed 20 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar
ESB 2012

HelfferSjoestrand random walk representation

ESB 2012
Wed 20 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
In the talk we discuss a recent common field in analysis and probability, the socalled GinzburgLandau interface models. In particular we
outline standard techniques as the HelfferSjoestrand PDE representation and relate them to the random field of gradients. An application of the
HelfferSjoestrand representation to nonconvex energy functions leads to random walks having sparsely distributed negative conductances. The latter
problem is currently under intensive study and analysis and we will discuss different strategies. If time permits we will present a large deviation result
for random walks weights.
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University of Victoria

Thu 21 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Topology and related seminars
ESB 4133

A colored operad for string link infection

ESB 4133
Thu 21 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Budney recently constructed an operad which encodes splicing of knots and proved a theorem decomposing the space of (long) knots over this operad. Infection of knots (or links) by string links is a generalization of splicing from knots to links and is useful for studying concordance of knots. In joint work with John Burke, we have constructed a colored operad that encodes this infection operation. This operad captures all the relations in the 2string link monoid. We can also show that a certain subspace of 2string links is freely generated over a suboperad of our infection colored operad by its subspace of prime links.
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University of Wisconsin, Madison

Thu 21 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Number Theory Seminar
room MATH 126

Borcherds products and their CM values

room MATH 126
Thu 21 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
In 1990s, in the process of proving the famous Moonshine conjecture, Borcherds discovered a new way to produce modular forms on a Shimura varieties of orthogonal type. Modular curves, Hilbert modular surfaces, Siegel 3folds are all low dimensional Shimura varieties of this type. His modular form, typically called Borcherds product, has a very distinguished feature—its divisor is known. He later gave a more natural construction of these modular forms using "regularized theta lifting". This construction makes the computation of its values at CM points interesting, and gives some cool factorization formula for some very big integers. It can also be extended to prove high dimensional analogue of Gross–Zagier formula. In this talk, I will explain this story.
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UBC

Mon 25 Nov 2013, 2:00pm
Math Education Research Reading
Math 126

Lesson Plays: Planning Teaching versus Teaching Planning

Math 126
Mon 25 Nov 2013, 2:00pm3:00pm
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Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Mon 25 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
SPECIAL
Institute of Applied Mathematics
LSK 460

Evolutionary Potential Games (IAMPIMS Distinguished Colloquium)

LSK 460
Mon 25 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
For the potential games there exists a potential function derived from the payoff variation of those players who modify their strategies. First we survey the general features of these games and discuss the evaluation of potential for some cases. Multiagent spatial models will be constructed from pair interactions and studied for a specific evolutionary rule when these systems evolve into the Boltzmann statistics and become equivalent to the Ising type models used widely in solid state and statistical physics. Finally we briefly discuss the spatial version of a counterexample (matching pennies on chessboard).
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Carnegie Mellon

Tue 26 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
SPECIAL
Discrete Math Seminar
ESB 4133

A Proof of the ManickamMiklosSinghi Conjecture for Vector Spaces

ESB 4133
Tue 26 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Title: A Proof of the ManickamMiklosSinghi Conjecture for Vector Spaces
Abstract: Let V be an ndimensional vector space over a finite field.
Assign a realvalued weight to each 1dimensional subspace in V so that
the sum of all weights is zero. Define the weight of a subspace S of V to
be the sum of the weights of all the 1dimensional subspaces it contains.
We prove that if n >= 3k, then the number of kdimensional subspaces in V
with nonnegative weight is at least the number of kdimensional subspaces
in V that contain a fixed 1dimensional subspace. This result verifies a
conjecture of Manickam and Singhi from 1988.
Joint work with Ghassan Sarkis (Pomona College) and Shahriar Shahriari
(Pomona College).
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University of Alberta

Tue 26 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Algebraic Groups and Related Structures
MATH 126

Lower bounds on the essential dimension for adjoint groups in characteristic 2

MATH 126
Tue 26 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
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Matt Folz, Mathematics Graduate Alumni
Yammer

Tue 26 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
SPECIAL
One Time Event
AERL 120

Data Science Seminar: Data and DecisionMaking at Yammer

AERL 120
Tue 26 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Details
The Harvard Business Review recently called data scientist the 'sexiest job of the 21st century'. As a data scientist at Yammer, I'll give a brief overview of what data science is and what the daytoday life of a data scientist looks like. I'll talk about some of the challenges present in our data, and try to give some insight into how we use data to better understand our users and make decisions at Yammer.
About the speaker:
Matthew is currently a data scientist at Yammer. Previously, he completed a Ph.D in mathematics at UBC, studying probability theory, and was a Fellow in the Insight Data Science Fellows Program.
About Yammer:
Yammer is an Enterprise Social Network that brings together people, conversations, content, and business data in a single location. Founded in 2008, Yammer was acquired by Microsoft Corporation in 2012 and is now part of the Microsoft Office Division.
There won't be any statistical background required, and Matthew will stay after the talk to answer any questions that people might have about data science/Yammer.
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UBC

Wed 27 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar
ESB 2012

Random walks on planar graphs via circle packings

ESB 2012
Wed 27 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
I will describe two results concerning random walks on planar graphs and
the connections with Koebe's circle packing theorem (which I will not
assume any knowledge of):
1. A bounded degree planar triangulation is recurrent if and only if the set
of accumulation points of its circle packing is a polar set (that is, has
zero logarithmic capacity). This extends a result of He and Schramm who
proved recurrence (transience) when the set of accumulation points is empty
(a closed Jordan curve). Joint work with Ori GurelGurevich and Juan Souto.
2. The Poisson boundary (the space of bounded harmonic functions) of a
transient bounded degree triangulation of the plane is characterized by the
topological boundary obtained by circle packing the graph in the unit disk.
In other words, any bounded harmonic function on the graph is the harmonic
extension of some measurable function on the boundary of the unit disc.
Joint work with Omer Angel, Martin Barlow and Ori GurelGurevich.
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Fields

Wed 27 Nov 2013, 3:10pm
CRG Geometry and Physics Seminar
ESB 4127 (host: UAlberta)

Integrality of relative BPS state counts of toric Del Pezzo surfaces

ESB 4127 (host: UAlberta)
Wed 27 Nov 2013, 3:10pm4:10pm
Abstract
This is joint work with Tony Wong and Gjergji Zaimi. Relative BPS state counts for log CalabiYau surface pairs were introduced by GrossPandharipandeSiebert and conjectured to be integers. For toric Del Pezzo surfaces, a proof of this conjecture will be presented.
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Mech. Eng. Dep. UBC

Wed 27 Nov 2013, 4:00pm
Fluids Lab Meeting
LSK 203

Numerical Simulation and Flow Analysis of Structured Fluids: Nematic Liquid Crystals

LSK 203
Wed 27 Nov 2013, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
Liquid crystals are known for their anisotropic characteristics, which lead to a preferred orientation of their molecules in the vicinity of solid surfaces. The ability of liquid crystalline materials to form ordered boundary layers with good loadcarrying capacity and outstanding lubricating properties has been widely demonstrated. In order to study the advantages of implementing liquid crystals as lubricants, the steady state / time transient isothermal flow of nematic liquid crystals between two concentric / eccentric cylinders and in planar Couette geometries were studied numerically. To consider the influence of the microstructure formation / evolution on the macroscale attributes of the flow; the LeslieEricksen and Landaude Gennes theories were employed.
The simplicity of LeslieEricksen theory in capturing the orientational alignment angle of the molecules makes it a viable candidate for modelling the flow of flowaligning nematic liquid crystals. On the other hand, the Landaude Gennes nematodynamics equations are well suited for predicting texture formation since defects and disclinations are nonsingular solutions of the governing equations. The Landaude Gennes theory for the liquid crystalline microstructure along with continuity and momentum equations were solved simultaneously using General PDE and Laminar Flow modules of COMSOL Multiphysics. The investigation of flow characteristics and orientation of liquid crystalline molecules for different rotational shear rates and anchoring angles at the boundaries were presented. Furthermore, nucleation and evolution of singularities in texture of the liquid crystalline materials were tracked over the simulation time. Moreover, alterations in the macroscale attributes of the flow such as velocity profile, pressure distribution and the first normal stress difference along with the evolution of defects were studied inside the liquid crystalline domain.
The implementation of Landaude Gennes nematodynamic governing equations for LCs’ flow simulations offered an insight in application of these materials as lubricants. It was shown the LCs could provide protection against the wearing mechanism by forming a shielding layer in the vicinity of solid surfaces. Threedimensional simulations of a simplified prosthetic hip joint suggested that liquid crystalline materials should be considered as potential biolubricants.
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IAM, UBC

Thu 28 Nov 2013, 12:30pm
Graduate Student Seminar
Math 204

Modelling of a Magnetized Target Fusion Reactor

Math 204
Thu 28 Nov 2013, 12:30pm1:30pm
Abstract
Nuclear fusion is a promising source of clean energy for the future, but designing an apparatus capable of fusing plasma and yielding a net energy gain has yet to be accomplished. This talk is aimed at providing an introduction to the basic physics of fusion, and outlining the methods and results obtained in analyzing the fusion reactor design of a local Canadian fusion research company.
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Thu 28 Nov 2013, 12:30pm
Lunch Series on Teaching & Learning
MATH 126

Effective Use of WeBWorK in our Courses

MATH 126
Thu 28 Nov 2013, 12:30pm1:30pm
Abstract
This lunch series session will begin with a brief overview of the online homework system WeBWorK, and presentation and discussion of the large quantity of student feedback we have collected about WeBWorK through student surveys. This will be followed by an open discussion on the most effective ways to implement WeBWorK, and the benefits and challenges involved in using this system. We particularly encourage instructors who have past experience with WeBWorK to join us, so you can share your wisdom with your colleagues, as well as future instructors who are considering using this system next term.
As usual, pizza and pop will be provided.
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University of Michigan

Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Topology and related seminars
ESB 4133

Mirror symmetry and modular forms

ESB 4133
Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Traditionally, we use mirror symmetry to map a difficult problem (Amodel) to an easier problem (Bmodel). Recently, there is a great deal of activities in mathematics to understand the modularity properties of GromovWitten theory, a phenomenon suggested by BCOV almost twenty years ago. Mirror symmetry is again used in a crucial way. However, the new usage of mirror does not map a difficult problem to easy problem. Instead, we make both side of mirror symmetry to work together in a deep way. I will explain this interesting phenomenon in the talk. First we will give an overview of the entire story and then we will focus on the appearance of quasimodularity.
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U. Alberta

Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
SPECIAL
PIMS Seminars and PDF Colloquiums
Math Annex Bldg., Room 1118

PIMSMath Analysis Seminar: Extracting a large wellconditioned block inside a matrix

Math Annex Bldg., Room 1118
Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Given U an nÃ—m matrix, the aim is to extract a large number of linearly independent columns of U and estimate the smallest and the largest singular value of the restricted matrix. For that, we give two deterministic algorithms: one for a normalized version of the restricted invertibility principle of BourgainTzafriri, and one for the norm of coordinate restriction problem due to KashinTzafriri. Merging the two algorithms, we are able to extract a wellconditioned block inside U, improving a previous result due to Vershynin. We give some applications of this result to the study of contact points of a convex body.
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UBC

Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:30pm
Number Theory Seminar
room MATH 126

Variation of the canonical height for a family of rational maps

room MATH 126
Thu 28 Nov 2013, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
Let d ≥ 2 be an integer and let f_{t}(z) := (z^{d}+t)/z be a family of rational maps indexed by an algebraic number t. We study the variation of the canonical heights for this particular family. This is joint work with Dragos Ghioca.
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University of Michigan

Fri 29 Nov 2013, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
MATX 1100

Searching for quantum symmetry

MATX 1100
Fri 29 Nov 2013, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
During the last thirty years, there have been a great deal of interactions between mathematics and physics. During these interactions, mathematicians are often impressed by the magic formulas and conjectures physicists can come up with. At the same time, it is frustrating that we can not come up with similar formulas and conjectures on our own. In this talk, I will illustrate how to apply a simple physical principal (quantization principal) to discover several new areas of mathematics.
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Note for Attendees
There will be a reception at PIMS at 2:30pm