UBC

Mon 18 Nov 2019, 3:00pm
Algebraic Geometry Seminar
MATH 225

Biregular Cremona transformations of the plane

MATH 225
Mon 18 Nov 2019, 3:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
We study the birational selfmaps of the projective plane that induce bijections on the krational points for a given field k. These form a subgroup BCr_2(k) inside the Cremona group. The elements of BCr_2(k) are called Biregular Cremona transformations. We show that BCr_2(k) is not finitelygenerated under a mild hypothesis on the field k. When k is a finite field, we study the possible permutations induced on the krational points of the plane. This is joint work with KuanWen Lai, Masahiro Nakahara and Susanna Zimmermann.
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Mon 18 Nov 2019, 4:00pm
CEME 2202

Fluids Seminar: ViscoPlastically Lubricated MultiLayer Flows with Application to Transport in Pipelines

CEME 2202
Mon 18 Nov 2019, 4:00pm5:00pm
Details
Abstract: We introduce a novel triple layer coreannular method. The method has broad application in lubricated transport of heavy viscous oils to reduce the frictional pressure gradient and ensure the continued flow. In this method, we purposefully positioned a shaped unyielded viscoplastic fluid (skin layer) at the interfaces to eliminate interfacial instabilities. Specifically, the skin layer is shaped which allows for lubrication force to develop as the core rises under the action of transverse buoyancy forces due to density differences between layers. In this talk, we address the feasibility of the method. Also, we show how to sculpt the interface in a very controlled way for a desirable interface. Finally, we give an overview of 3D triplelayer computations and the buoyant motion of the core.
Bio: Parisa is a graduate research assistant and teaching fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UBC. She works on “viscoplastically lubricated multilayer flows” under supervision of Prof. Ian Frigaard at UBC and Prof. Sarah Hormozi at Ohio University.
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Department of Mathematics, SFU

Tue 19 Nov 2019, 12:30pm
Scientific Computation and Applied & Industrial Mathematics
ESB 4133 (PIMS lounge)

Practical Approximation in High Dimension with ReLU Deep Neural Networks

ESB 4133 (PIMS lounge)
Tue 19 Nov 2019, 12:30pm1:30pm
Abstract
Deep learning (DL) is transforming whole industries as complicated decisionmaking processes are being automated by neural networks trained on realworld data. Yet as these tools are increasingly being applied to critical problems in medicine, science, and engineering, many questions about their stability, reliability, and approximation capabilities remain. Such questions include: how many data points are sufficient to train a neural network on simple approximation tasks, and how robust are these trained architectures to noise in the data? In this work we seek to quantify the capabilities of deep neural networks (DNNs), both theoretically and numerically. Recently published results show that these architectures allow for the same convergence rates as bestinclass schemes, e.g., h,padaptive finite element and spectral approximations. Our own analysis confirms that DNNs afford the same sample complexity estimates as compressed sensing (CS) on sparse polynomial approximation problems. In exploring the approximation capabilities of DNNs, we also present numerical experiments on a series of simple tests in highdimensional function approximation, with comparisons to results achieved with CS on the same problems. Our numerical experiments show that standard methods of training and initialization often yield DNNs which fail to achieve the rates of convergence suggested by theory. We conclude with a discussion of the conditioning of the DL problem.
We gratefully acknowledge generous financial support for the SCAIM seminar by PIMS and the IAM.
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UBC

Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4:00pm
Discrete Math Seminar
ESB 4127

The epositivity of chromatic symmetric functions

ESB 4127
Tue 19 Nov 2019, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
The chromatic polynomial was generalized to the chromatic symmetric function by Stanley in his seminal 1995 paper. This function is currently experiencing a flourishing renaissance, in particular the study of the positivity of chromatic symmetric functions when expanded into the basis of elementary symmetric functions, that is, epositivity.
In this talk we approach the question of epositivity from various angles. Most pertinently we resolve the 1995 statement of Stanley that no known graph exists that is not contractible to the claw, and whose chromatic symmetric function is not epositive.
This is joint work with Soojin Cho, Samantha Dahlberg, Angele Foley and Adrian She, and no prior knowledge is assumed.
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University of Alberta

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 2:45pm
SPECIAL
Mathematical Biology Seminar
ESB 4133

Navigating the Flow: The homing of sea turtles.

ESB 4133
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 2:45pm3:45pm
Abstract
The green sea turtle Chelonia midas travels for thousands of miles from the coast of Brazil to a small island in the Atlantic Ocean, Ascension Island. There the turtles lay their eggs into the warm sand on the beach. It is a classic scientific challenge to understand the navigational skills of the turtles and several orienteering mechanisms are discussed, such as geomagnetic information, chemotaxis, Atlantic flow patterns etc.
In this talk I will present a mathematical model for the homing of sea turtles and discuss how it can be used to identify the navigational mechanisms of sea turtles.
(joint work with K.J. Painter).
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University of Glasgow

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 2:45pm
Topology and related seminars
ESB Room 4127 (PIMS)

Koszul duality and Knot Floer homology

ESB Room 4127 (PIMS)
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 2:45pm3:45pm
Abstract
‘Koszul duality’ is a phenomenon which algebraists are fond of, and has previously been studied in the context of '(bordered) Heegaard Floer homology' by Lipshitz, Ozsváth and Thurston. In this talk, I shall discuss an occurrence of Koszul duality which links older constructions in Heegaard Floer homology with the bordered Heegaard Floer homology of threemanifolds with torus boundary. I shan’t assume any existing knowledge of Koszul duality or any form of Heegaard Floer homology.
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IMFT, INP, UPS Toulouse, France

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 4:00pm
CEME 2202

Fluids Seminar: Preferential accumulation and vertical migration of phytoplankton cells in turbulence

CEME 2202
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 4:00pm5:00pm
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Abstract: Many phytoplankton species are motile, propelling themselves through water with velocities ranging from 10 to 1000 microns per second. Daily, phytoplankton needs to migrate vertically from and towards the ocean surface for light and to find nutrients such as dissolved oxygen. To travel through the water column, they need to fight against gravity (by swimming) and fluid turbulence which can make their journey longer.
The spatial distribution of unicellular organisms in the Ocean is observed to be heterogeneous. This communication demonstrates that heterogeneity can be generated ex novo at the smallest scales of turbulent flows via an active coupling between motility and hydrodynamic shear, and stands in direct contrast with the aforementioned mechanism that considers phytoplankton cells to act as passive tracers. It is often observed that cells migrate across the water column as chains. The purpose of our study is to elaborate on this observation as a potential benefit to swim as a chain in turbulence.
We carried out numerical simulations of the coupled system of homogeneous isotropic turbulence and gyrotactic cell trajectories through Lagrangian tracking. Realistic flows are obtained by randomly forcing largescale fluid motions and solving NavierStokes equations through direct numerical simulations for the resultant turbulent motion. This flow is seeded with hundreds of thousands of cells and statistical analysis is carried out to find out the physical mechanisms.
References
• Chain formation can enhance the vertical migration of phytoplankton through turbulence. S. Lovecchio, E. Climent, R. Stocker and W. M. Durham (2019) accepted in Sciences advance
• Turbulent fluid acceleration generates clusters of gyrotactic microorganisms. F. De Lillo, M. Cencini, W.M. Durham, Barry, R. Stocker, E. Climent and G. Boffetta (2014). Physical Review Letters – 112, 044502.
• Turbulence drives microscale patches of motile phytoplankton. W. M. Durham, E. Climent, M. Barry, F. De Lillo G. Boffetta, M. Cencini and R. Stocker. Nature Communications (2013) – 4:2148.
• Gyrotaxis in a steady vortical flow. W.M. Durham, E. Climent and R. Stocker. (2011). Physical Review Letters – 106, 238102.
Bio:
Eric Climent is a full professor at University of Toulouse, France, and the current head of the Fluid Mechanics Institute in Toulouse that counts about 200 researchers in the field of Fluid Mechanics. Eric graduated his Master degree in 1993 and PhD degree in 1996 from University of Toulouse. From 1998 to 2007, he was an Associate professor at University of Strasbourg and University of Toulouse. From 1999 to 2003, he spent about 1 year and a half at Brown University as a visiting professor. His main area of research is the multiscale modelling and numerical simulation of dispersed phase flows (bubbles, droplets and rigid particles) with potentially additional effects as chemical reactions, magnetic forces, interface properties and biological interactions.
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Colorado Stat

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 4:10pm
SPECIAL
Mathematical Biology Seminar
ESB 4133

Cell Shape and Cell State: Some experimental investigations

ESB 4133
Wed 20 Nov 2019, 4:10pm5:00pm
Abstract
Different types of cells, i.e. from different tissues, typically look quite different from each other. Even when cultured on twodimensional surfaces like glass slides or tissue culture polystyrene under identical conditions, cells adopt different shapes. These shapes are in general functions of the cytoskeletal properties of those cells, itself a subset of what we can call the “state” of the cell. Experimental evidence over several decades has indicated that for some cell types, imposed changes in shape lead to changes in cellular differentiation and other properties. Conversely there is increasing evidence that some changes in cell state can lead to stereotypical changes in cell shape. We have developed a large number of morphological parameters to quantify cell shape and cytoskeletal morphology. Using these parameters to quantify morphologies of different cell lines, as well as cells in different experimental conditions, we show that quantifiers of cell shape and cytoskeletal texture can be used to discriminate between different cell states. A neural network is able to correctly classify different cell states with high accuracy. Using projections of the data to lowerdimensional shape space, we find that we can distinguish between similar and dissimilar changes in shape. We use this method to identify similarities in shape changes between breast cancer and osteosarcoma cell lines accompanying the acquisition of invasive characteristics. Our data indicates that cellular morphology is a powerful and sensitive window into the physiological state of the cell, and underline the need to develop mechanistic models that relate cell state to cell shape.
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thu 21 Nov 2019, 3:30pm
Number Theory Seminar
MATX 1102

A database of padic tori

MATX 1102
Thu 21 Nov 2019, 3:30pm5:00pm
Abstract
Maximal tori in reductive groups form the foundation for many constructions in $p$adic representation theory. Many of these constructions place constraints on the tori involved, requiring that they split over unramified or tamely ramified extensions of the ground field. When the residue characteristic is small, wild tori occur even for groups of small rank. Such tori complicate standard tools used to construct representations, such as BruhatTits buildings, Néron models and the MoyPrasad filtration. In an effort to aid in the study of representations in small characteristic, I will present an early version of an online database of padic tori.
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Dept of Mathematics, University of Cincinnati

Fri 22 Nov 2019, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
ESB 1012

Microswimmers propelled by helical flagella: Modeling, Simulations & Analysis

ESB 1012
Fri 22 Nov 2019, 3:00pm3:50pm
Abstract
Swimming bacteria with helical flagella are selfpropelled microswimmers in nature, and the swimming strategies of such bacteria vary depending on the number and the position of flagella on the cell body. In this talk, I will introduce two microorganisms, multiflagellated E. coli and singleflagellated Vibrio A. The Kirchhoff rod theory is used to model the elastic helical flagella and the rodshaped cell body is represented by a hollow ellipsoid that can translate and rotate as a neutrally buoyant rigid body interacting with a surrounding fluid. The hydrodynamic interaction between the fluid and the bacteria is described by the regularized version of Stokes flow. I will focus on how bacteria can swim and reorient swimming course for survival and how Mathematics can help to understand the swimming mechanism of such bacteria.
Keywords: Fluidstructure interaction, Bacterial flagellar propulsion, Polymorphic transformation, Buckling instability
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Kent State University

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 3:00pm
Harmonic Analysis Seminar
MATH 126

Maximal functions along sparse sequences

MATH 126
Mon 25 Nov 2019, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
Stein's spherical maximal theorem has a supplement, due to Duoandikoetxea and Rubio de Francia, which observes that stronger results for L^p(R^n) boundedness hold for maximal functions with supremums restricted to 'sparse' sets  the primary example of a 'sparse' set being the collection of dyadic numbers {2^j:j=1,...}. Magyar, Stein, and Wainger have also given a discrete analogue of Stein's spherical maximal theorem, which gives rise to the natural question of whether or not one can show similar results for 'sparse' maximal functions in the discrete setting. Working in the discrete setting, however, gives rise to extra complications. Indeed, an example due to Zienkiewicz shows that a discrete analogue of the work of Duoandikoetxea and Rubio de Francia is impossible. Still, though, certain improvements are expected to hold. This talk will focus on some results in this direction, and includes joint work with Kevin Hughes.
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UBC

Mon 25 Nov 2019, 3:00pm
Algebraic Geometry Seminar
MATH 225

Projective bundle formula in derived cobordism theory

MATH 225
Mon 25 Nov 2019, 3:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
I will introduce the universal precobordism theory, which generalizes algebraic cobordism of LevineMorel to arbitrary quasiprojective schemes over a Noetherian base ring A. In the main part of the talk I will outline the proof of projective bundle formula for this new cohomology theory. The usual proof techniques based on resolution of singularities and weak factorization break down in this generality, so we have to use an alternative approach based on carefully studying the structure of precobordism rings of varieties with line bundles, which were inspired by a paper of LeePandharipande. The talk is based on joint work with Shoji Yokura.
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UBC

Wed 27 Nov 2019, 2:45pm
Topology and related seminars
ESB 4127 (PIMS)

Ordered groups and ndimensional dynamics

ESB 4127 (PIMS)
Wed 27 Nov 2019, 2:45pm3:45pm
Abstract
A group is said to be torsionfree if it has no elements of finite order. An example is the group, under composition, of selfhomeomorphisms (continuous maps with continuous inverses) of the interval I = [0, 1] fixed on the boundary {0, 1}. In fact this group has the stronger property of being leftorderable, meaning that the elements of the group can be ordered in a way that is invariant under leftmultiplication.. If one restricts to piecewiselinear (PL) homeomorphisms, there exists a twosided (bi)ordering, an even stronger property of groups.
I will discuss joint work with Danny Calegari concerning groups of homeomorphisms of the cube [0, 1]^n fixed on the boundary. In the PL category, this group is leftorderable, but not biorderable, for all n>1. Also I will report on recent work of James Hyde showing that leftorderability fails for n>1 in the topological category.
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UBC

Wed 27 Nov 2019, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar
ESB 1012

Meanfield tricritical random walks

ESB 1012
Wed 27 Nov 2019, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
We consider a random walk on the complete graph. The walk
experiences competing selfrepulsion and selfattraction, as well
as a variable length. Variation of the parameters governing
the selfattraction and the variable length leads to a rich phase
diagram containing a tricritical point (known as the "theta" point
in chemical physics). We discuss the phase diagram, as well as
the method of proof used to determine the phase diagram. The method
involves a supersymmetric representation for the random walk,
together with the Laplace method for an integral with large parameter.
This is joint work with Roland Bauerschmidt.
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UBC

Mon 2 Dec 2019, 3:00pm
Algebraic Geometry Seminar
MATH 225

TBA

MATH 225
Mon 2 Dec 2019, 3:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
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Courant Institute

Tue 3 Dec 2019, 3:30pm
Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar
Buchanan D307

Stabel singularity formation for the critical KellerSegel equation

Buchanan D307
Tue 3 Dec 2019, 3:30pm4:30pm
Abstract
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University of Victoria

Tue 7 Jan 2020, 3:30pm
Diff. Geom, Math. Phys., PDE Seminar
TBA

TBA

TBA
Tue 7 Jan 2020, 3:30pm4:30pm
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University of Queensland

Tue 14 Jan 2020, 4:00pm
Discrete Math Seminar
ESB 4127

Lascoux polynomials and colored vertex models

ESB 4127
Tue 14 Jan 2020, 4:00pm5:00pm
Abstract
The cohomology ring of the Grassmannian, the set of kdimensional subspaces in ndimensional space, can be described by Schur functions, a symmetric function that are characters of the special linear Lie group. To study the Ktheory ring, the corresponding objects we use are (symmetric) Grothendieck polynomials. Demazure characters can be considered as partial Schur functions and are characters of representations of the subgroup of upper triangular matrices. The Ktheoretic analog of Demazure characters are known as Lascoux polynomials, but they currently have no representation theoretic or geometric interpretation. In joint work with Valentin Buciumas and Katherine Weber, we give the first known combinatorial interpretation for Lascoux polynomials by describing a colored version of the 5vertex model of Motegi and Sakai. In this talk, we will discuss Lascoux polynomials, the colored 5vertex model, and the corresponding combinatorial interpretation from our result. No knowledge of the material will be assumed.
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Wed 22 Jan 2020, 3:00pm
Probability Seminar


Wed 22 Jan 2020, 3:00pm4:00pm
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UBC MATH

Fri 28 Feb 2020, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
TBD

Graduate Research Award: TBD

TBD
Fri 28 Feb 2020, 3:00pm3:50pm
Abstract
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UBC MATH

Fri 6 Mar 2020, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
TBD

Graduate Research Award: TBD

TBD
Fri 6 Mar 2020, 3:00pm3:50pm
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UBC MATH

Fri 13 Mar 2020, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
TBD

Graduate Research Award: TBD

TBD
Fri 13 Mar 2020, 3:00pm3:50pm
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UBC MATH

Fri 20 Mar 2020, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
TBD

Graduate Research Award: TBD

TBD
Fri 20 Mar 2020, 3:00pm3:50pm
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UBC MATH

Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
TBD

Graduate Research Award: TBD

TBD
Fri 27 Mar 2020, 3:00pm3:50pm
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MaxPlanck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Wed 29 Apr 2020, 2:45pm
Mathematical Biology Seminar
ESB 4133

TBA

ESB 4133
Wed 29 Apr 2020, 2:45pm3:45pm
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MaxPlanck Institute for Evolutionary Biology

Fri 1 May 2020, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
ESB 1012

(PIMS/UBC distinguished colloquium) TBA

ESB 1012
Fri 1 May 2020, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
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Stanford University

Fri 9 Apr 2021, 3:00pm
Department Colloquium
ESB1012

PIMSUBC Distinguished Colloquium

ESB1012
Fri 9 Apr 2021, 3:00pm4:00pm
Abstract
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Note for Attendees
This is Part I of a special "Double Feature" Math Biology Seminar on November 20, 2019.