Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Luca Gerardo Giorda , Dep. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Schwarz algorithms have experienced a second youth over the lastdecades, when distributed computers became more and more powerful andavailable. In the classical Schwarz algorithm the computational domain is divided into subdomains and Dirichlet continuity is enforced on the interfaces between subdomains. Fundamental convergence results for theclassical Schwarzmethods have been derived for many partial differential equations. Withinthis frameworkthe overlap between subdomains is essential for convergence.  More recently, Optimized Schwarz Methods have been developed: based on moreeffective transmission conditions than the classical Dirichlet conditions at theinterfaces between subdomains, such algorithms can be used both with and without overlap. On the other hand, such algorithms show greatly enhanced performance compared to the classical Schwarz method.   I will present a survey of Optimized Schwarz Methods for the numerical approximation of partial differential equation, focusing mainly on heterogeneous convection-diffusion and electromagnetic problems.
Monday, March 15, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Maria Cameron , Courant Institute, NYU , Organizer:
The overdamped Langevin equation is often used as a model in molecular dynamics.  At low temperatures, a system evolving according to such an SDE spends most of the time near the potential minima and performs rare transitions between them. A number of methods have been developed to study the most likely transition paths. I will focus on one of them: the MaxFlux functional.The MaxFlux functional has been around for almost thirty years but not widely used because it is challenging to minimize. Its minimizer provides a path along which the reactive flux is maximal at a given finite temperature.  I will show two ways to derive it in the framework of transition path theory: the lower bound approach and the geometrical approach. I will  present an efficient way to minimize the MaxFlux functional numerically.  I will demonstrate its application to the problem of finding the most likely transition paths in the Lennard-Jones-38 cluster between the face-centered-cubic and icosahedral structures.
Monday, March 8, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Chun Liu , Penn State/IMA , Organizer:
Almost all models for complex fluids can be fitted into the energetic variational framework. The advantage of the approach is the revealing/focus of the competition between the kinetic energy and the internal "elastic" energies. In this talk, I will discuss two very different engineering problems: free interface motion in Newtonian fluids and viscoelastic materials. We will illustrate the underlying connections between the problems and their distinct properties. Moreover, I will present the analytical results concerning the existence of near equilibrium solutions of these problems. 
Monday, March 1, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , James G. Nagy , Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Large-scale inverse problems arise in a variety of importantapplications in image processing, and efficient regularization methodsare needed to compute meaningful solutions.  Much progress has beenmade in the field of large-scale inverse problems, but many challengesstill remain for future research.  In this talk we describe threecommon mathematical models including a linear, a separable nonlinear,and a general nonlinear model. Techniques for regularization andlarge-scale implementations are considered, with particular focusgiven to algorithms and computations that can exploit structure in theproblem. Examples will illustrate the properties of these algorithms.
Monday, February 22, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Heasoon Park , CSE, Georgia Institute of Technology , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Nonnegative Matrix Factorization (NMF) has attracted much attention during the past decade as a dimension reduction method in machine learning and data analysis. NMF provides a lower rank approximation of a nonnegative high dimensional matrix by factors whose elements are also nonnegative. Numerous success stories were reported in application areas including text clustering, computer vision, and cancer class discovery.   In this talk, we present novel algorithms for NMF and NTF (nonnegative tensor factorization) based on the alternating non-negativity constrained least squares (ANLS) framework. Our new algorithm for NMF is built upon the block principal pivoting method for the non-negativity constrained least squares problem that overcomes some limitations of the classical active set method. The proposed NMF algorithm can naturally be extended to obtain highly efficient NTF algorithm for PARAFAC (PARAllel FACtor) model. Our algorithms inherit the convergence theory of the ANLS framework and can easily be extended to other NMF formulations such as sparse NMF and NTF with L1 norm constraints. Comparisons of algorithms using various data sets show that the proposed new algorithms outperform existing ones in computational speed as well as the solution quality.   This is a joint work with Jingu Kim and Krishnakumar Balabusramanian.
Monday, February 15, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Lek-Heng Lim , UC Berkeley , Organizer: Haomin Zhou
Numerical linear algebra is often regarded as a workhorse of scientific and engineering computing. Computational problems arising from optimization, partial differential equation, statistical estimation, etc, are usually reduced to one or more standard problems involving matrices: linear systems, least squares, eigenvectors/singular vectors, low-rank approximation, matrix nearness, etc. The idea of developing numerical algorithms for multilinear algebra is naturally appealing -- if similar problems for tensors of higher order (represented as hypermatrices) may be solved effectively, then one would have substantially enlarged the arsenal of fundamental tools in numerical computations. We will see that higher order tensors are indeed ubiquitous in applications; for multivariate or non-Gaussian phenomena, they are usually inevitable. However the path from linear to multilinear is not straightforward. We will discuss the theoretical and computational difficulties as well as ways to avoid these, drawing insights from a variety of subjects ranging from algebraic geometry to compressed sensing. We will illustrate the utility of such techniques with our work in cancer metabolomics, EEG and fMRI neuroimaging, financial modeling, and multiarray signal processing.
Monday, February 1, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Manu O. Platt , Biomedical Engineering (BME), Georgia Tech , Organizer:
  Tissue remodeling involves the activation of proteases, enzymes capable of degrading the structural proteins of tissue and organs. The implications of the activation of these enzymes span all organ systems and therefore, many different disease pathologies, including cancer metastasis. This occurs when local proteolysis of the structural extracellular matrix allows for malignant cells to break free from the primary tumor and spread to other tissues. Mathematical models add value to this experimental system by explaining phenomena difficult to test at the wet lab bench and to make sense of complex interactions among the proteases or the intracellular signaling changes leading to their expression. The papain family of cysteine proteases, the cathepsins, is an understudied class of powerful collagenases and elastases implicated in extracellular matrix degradation that are secreted by macrophages and cancer cells and shown to be active in the slightly acidic tumor microenvironment. Due to the tight regulatory mechanisms of cathepsin activity and their instability outside of those defined spaces, detection of the active enzyme is difficult to precisely quantify, and therefore challenging to target therapeutically. Using valid assumptions that consider these complex interactions we are developing and validating a system of ordinary differential equations to calculate the concentrations of mature, active cathepsins in biological spaces. The system of reactions considers four enzymes (cathepsins B, K, L, and S, the most studied cathepsins with reaction rates available), three substrates (collagen IV, collagen I, and elastin) and one inhibitor (cystatin C) and comprise more than 30 differential equations with over 50 specified rate constants. Along with the mathematical model development, we have been developing new ways to quantify proteolytic activity to provide further inputs. This predictive model will be a useful tool in identifying the time scale and culprits of proteolytic breakdown leading to cancer metastasis and angiogenesis in malignant tumors.  
Monday, January 11, 2010 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Peter Blomgren , San Diego State University , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
We describe two computational frameworks for the assessment of contractileresponses of enzymatically dissociated adult and neonatal cardiac myocytes.The proposed methodologies are variants of mathematically sound andcomputationally robust algorithms very well established in the imageprocessing community. The physiologic applications of the methodologies areevaluated by assessing the contraction in enzymatically dissociated adultand neonatal rat cardiocytes. Our results demonstrate the effectiveness ofthe proposed approaches in characterizing the true 'shortening' in thecontraction process of the cardiocytes. The proposed method not onlyprovides a more comprehensive assessment of the myocyte contraction process,but can potentially eliminate historical concerns and sources of errorscaused by myocyte rotation or translation during contraction. Furthermore,the versatility of the image processing techniques makes the methodssuitable for determining myocyte shortening in cells that usually bend ormove during contraction. The proposed method can be utilized to evaluatechanges in contractile behavior resulting from drug intervention, diseasemodeling, transgeneity, or other common applications to mammaliancardiocytes.This is research is in collaboration with Carlos Bazan, David Torres, andPaul Paolini.
Monday, November 30, 2009 - 12:00 , Location: Skiles 269 , David Hu , Georgia Tech ME , Organizer:
How do animals move without legs? In this experimental and theoretical study, we investigate the slithering of snakes on flat surfaces. Previous studies of slithering have rested on the assumption that snakes slither by pushing laterally against rocks and branches. In this combined experimental and theoretical study, we develop a model for slithering locomotion by observing snake motion kinematics and experimentally measuring the friction coefficients of snake skin. Our predictions of body speed show good agreement with observations, demonstrating that snake propulsion on flat ground, and possibly in general, relies critically on the frictional anisotropy of their scales. We also highlight the importance of the snake's dynamically redistributing its weight during locomotion in order to improve speed and efficiency. We conclude with an overview of our experimental observations of other methods of propulsion by snakes, including sidewinding and a unidirectional accordion-like mode.
Monday, November 23, 2009 - 13:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Xiaoming Huo , Georgia Tech (School of ISyE) , , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Many algorithms were proposed in the past ten years on utilizing manifold structure for dimension reduction. Interestingly, many algorithms ended up with computing for eigen-subspaces. Applying theorems from matrix perturbation, we study the consistency and rate of convergence of some manifold-based learning algorithm. In particular, we studied local tangent space alignment (Zhang & Zha 2004) and give a worst-case upper bound on its performance. Some conjectures on the rate of convergence are made. It's a joint work with a former student, Andrew Smith.