Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 12:05 , Location: Skiles 255 , William T. Trotter , School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech , Organizer: Robin Thomas
We will discuss the classic theorem of Walter Schnyder: a graph G is planar if and only if the dimension of its incidence poset is at most 3. This result has been extended by Brightwell and Trotter to show that the dimension of the vertex-edge-face poset of a planar 3-connected graph is 4 and the removal of any vertex (or by duality, any face) reduces the dimension to 3. Recently, this result and its extension to planar multigraphs was key to resolving the question of the dimension of the adjacency poset of a planar bipartite graph. It also serves to motivate questions about the dimension of posets with planar cover graphs.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 269 , Michael Lacey , Georgia Institute of Technology , Organizer:
We will survey recent developments in the area of two weight inequalities, especially those relevant for singular integrals.  In the second lecture, we will go into some details of recent characterizations of maximal singular integrals of the speaker, Eric Sawyer, and Ignacio Uriate-Tuero.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 14:00 , Location: ISyE Executive Classroom , Ernie Croot , School of Mathematics , Organizer: Annette Rohrs
Sum-Product inequalities originated in the early 80's with the work of Erdos and Szemeredi, who showed that there exists a constant c such that if A is a set of n integers, n sufficiently large, then either the sumset A+A = {a+b : a,b in A} or the product set A.A = {ab : a,b in A}, must exceed n^(1+c) in size. Since that time the subject has exploded with a vast number of generalizations and extensions of the basic result, which has led to many very interesting unsolved problems (that would make great thesis topics). In this talk I will survey some of the developments in this fast-growing area.
Series: Other Talks
Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , John Etnyre , Ga Tech , Organizer: John Etnyre
In these talks we will introduced the basic definitions and examples of presheaves, sheaves and sheaf spaces. We will also explore various constructions and properties of these objects.
Series: PDE Seminar
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Lincoln Chayes , UCLA , Organizer: Zhiwu Lin
This seminar concerns the analysis of a PDE, invented by J.M. Lasry and P.L. Lions whose applications need not concern us. Notwithstanding, the focus of the application is the behavior of a free boundary in a diffusion equation which has dynamically evolving, non--standard sources.  Global existence and uniqueness are established for this system.  The work to be discussed represents a collaborative effort with Maria del Mar Gonzalez, Maria Pia Gualdani and Inwon Kim.
Monday, August 31, 2009 - 14:01 , Location: Skiles 269 , Rinat Kashaev , Section de Mathématiques Université de Genève , Rinat.Kashaev@unige.ch , Organizer: Stavros Garoufalidis
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Monday, August 31, 2009 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Nicola Guglielmi , Università di L'Aquila , guglielm@univaq.it , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
In this talk I will address the problem of the computation of the jointspectral radius (j.s.r.) of a set of matrices.This tool is useful to determine uniform stability properties of non-autonomous discrete linear systems. After explaining how to extend the spectral radius from a single matrixto a set of matrices and illustrate some applications where such conceptplays an important role I will consider the problem of the computation ofthe j.s.r. and illustrate some possible strategies.  A basic tool I willuse to this purpose consists of polytope norms, both real and complex.I will illustrate a possible algorithm for the computation of the j.s.r. ofa family of matrices which is based on the use of these classes of norms.Some examples will be shown to illustrate the behaviour of the algorithm.Finally I will address the problem of the finite computability of the j.s.r.and state some recent results, open problems and conjectures connected withthis issue.
Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 269 , Dabao Zhang , Purdue University , Organizer:
We propose a penalized orthogonal-components regression (POCRE) for large p small n data. Orthogonal components are sequentially constructed to maximize, upon standardization, their correlation to the response residuals. A new penalization framework, implemented via empirical Bayes thresholding, is presented to effectively identify sparse predictors of each component. POCRE is computationally efficient owing to its sequential construction of leading sparse principal components. In addition, such construction offers other properties such as grouping highly correlated predictors and allowing for collinear or nearly collinear predictors. With multivariate responses, POCRE can construct common components and thus build up latent-variable models for large p small n data. This is an joint work with Yanzhu Lin and Min Zhang
Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 12:05 , Location: Skiles 255 , William T. Trotter , Math, GT , Organizer: Robin Thomas
Slightly modifying a quote of Paul Erdos: The problem for graphs we solve this week. The corresponding problem for posets will take longer. As one example, testing a graph to determine if it is planar is linear in the number of edges. Testing an order (Hasse) diagram to determine if it is planar is NP-complete. As a second example, it is NP-complete to determine whether a graph is a cover graph. With these remarks in mind, we present some results, mostly new but some classic, regarding posets with planar cover graphs and planar diagrams. The most recent result is that for every h, there is a constant c_h so that if P is a poset of height h and the cover graph of P is planar, then the dimension of P is at most c_h.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 15:00 , Location: Chemistry and Biochemistry Boggs Building, Room B-6A , Abhay Ashtekar , Department of Physics and Institute for Gravitational Physics and Geometry, Pennsylvania State University , ashtekar@gravity.psu.edu , Organizer:

Pre-reception at 2:30 in Room N201.  If you would like to meet with Prof. Ashtekar while he is on campus (at the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics - Boggs building), please contact <A class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="mailto:lori.federico@physics.gatech.edu">lori.federico@physics.gatech.edu</a>.

General relativity is based on a deep interplay between physics and mathematics: Gravity is encoded in geometry. It has had spectacular observational success and has also pushed forward the frontier of geometric analysis. But the theory is incomplete because it ignores quantum physics. It predicts that the space-time ends at singularities such as the big-bang. Physics then comes to a halt. Recent developments in loop quantum gravity show that these predictions arise because the theory has been pushed beyond the domain of its validity. With new inputs from mathematics, one can extend cosmology beyond the big-bang. The talk will provide an overview of this new and rich interplay between physics and mathematics.

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