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Friday, April 17, 2009 - 15:00 ,
Location: Skiles 269 ,
Thang Le ,
School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

These are two hour lectures.

We will develop general theory of quantum invariants based on sl_2 (the simplest Lie algebra): The Jones polynomials, the colored Jones polynomials, quantum sl_2 groups, operator invariants of tangles, and relations with the Alexander polynomial and the A-polynomials. Optional: Finite type invariants and the Kontsevich integral.

Friday, April 17, 2009 - 13:00 ,
Location: Skiles 255 ,
Gilad Lerman ,
University of Minnesota ,
Organizer: Sung Ha Kang

Note special day.

We propose a fast multi-way spectral clustering algorithm for multi-manifold data modeling, i.e., modeling data by mixtures of manifolds (possibly intersecting). We describe the supporting theory as well as the practical choices guided by it. We first develop the case of hybrid linear modeling, i.e., when the underlying manifolds are affine subspaces in a Euclidean space, and then we extend this setting to more general manifolds. We exemplify the practical use of the algorithm by demonstrating its successful application to problems of motion segmentation.

Series: School of Mathematics Colloquium

Archimedes principle may be used to predict if and how certain solid objects float in a liquid bath. The principle, however, neglects to consider capillary forces which can sometimes play an important role. We describe a recent generalization of the principle and how the standard textbook presentation of Archimedes' work may have played a role in delaying the discovery of such generalizations to this late date.

Series: Stochastics Seminar

In binary classification problems, the goal is to estimate a function g*:S -> {-1,1} minimizing the generalization error (or the risk)
L(g):=P{(x,y):y \neq g(x)},
where P is a probability distribution in S x {-1,1}. The distribution P is unknown and estimators \hat g of g* are based on a finite number of independent random couples (X_j,Y_j) sampled from P. It is of interest to have upper bounds on the excess risk
{\cal E}(\hat g):=L(\hat g) - L(g_{\ast})
of such estimators that hold with a high probability and that take into account reasonable measures of complexity of classification problems (such as, for instance, VC-dimension). We will discuss several approaches (both old and new) to excess risk bounds in classification, including some recent results on excess risk in so called active learning.

Series: ACO Student Seminar

Grotzsch's Theorem states that every triangle-free planar graph is
3-colorable.
Thomassen conjectured that every triangle-free planar graph has
exponentially many distinct 3-colorings. He proved that it has at least
2^{n^{1/12}/20000} distinct 3-colorings where n is the number of vertices.
We show that it has at least 2^{\sqrt{n/600}} distinct 3-colorings.
Joint work with Arash Asadi and Robin Thomas.

Series: Research Horizons Seminar

This talk will focus on mathematical approaches using PDE and variational models for image processing. I will discuss general problems arising from image reconstructions and segmentation, starting from Total Variation minimization (TV) model and Mumford-Shah segmentation model, and present new models from various developments. Two main topics will be on variational approaches to image reconstruction and multi-phase segmentation. Many challenges and various problems will be presented with some numerical results.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 11:00 ,
Location: Skiles 255 ,
Igor Belykh ,
University of Georgia ,
Organizer:

Series: PDE Seminar

I will talk about the highlights of a collaborative and multidisciplinary program investigating qualitative features of steady water waves with vorticity in two dimensions. Computational and analytical results together with data from the oceanographic community have resulted in strong evidence that key qualitative features such as amplitude, depth, streamline shape and pressure profile can be fundamentally affected by the presence of vorticity. Systematic studies of constant vorticity and shear vorticity functions will be presented.

Series: CDSNS Colloquium

I will discuss new computational tools based on topological methods that extracts coarse, but rigorous, combinatorial descriptions of global dynamics of multiparameter nonlinear systems. These techniques are motivated by the fact that these systems can produce an wide variety of complicated dynamics that vary dramatically as a function of changes in the nonlinearities and the following associated challenges which we claim can, at least in part, be addressed. 1. In many applications there are models for the dynamics, but specific parameters are unknown or not directly computable. To identify the parameters one needs to be able to match dynamics produced by the model against that which is observed experimentally. 2. Experimental measurements are often too crude to identify classical dynamical structures such as fixed points or periodic orbits, let alone more the complicated structures associated with chaotic dynamics. 3. Often the models themselves are based on nonlinearities that a chosen because of heuristic arguments or because they are easy to fit to data, as opposed to being derived from first principles. Thus, one wants to be able to separate the scientific conclusions from the particular nonlinearities of the equations. To make the above mentioned comments concrete I will describe the techniques in the context of a simple model arising in population biology.

Series: Other Talks

An old conjecture of Erdos and Szemeredi states that if A is a finite set of integers then the sum-set or the product-set should be large. The sum-set of A is A + A={a+b | a,b \in A\}, and the product set is defined in a similar way, A*A={ab | a,b \in A}. Erdos and Szemeredi conjectured that the sum-set or the product set is almost quadratic in |A|, i.e. max(|A+A|,|A*A|)> c|A|^{2-\epsilon}. In this talk we review some recent developments and problems related to the conjecture.