Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 11:00 , Location: Skiles 169 , Various speakers , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Ernie Croot
This mini-conference will feature about six speakers on various topics in additive combinatorics.
Saturday, May 15, 2010 - 08:00 , Location: Emory University , East Coast Computer Algebra Day 2010 , Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University , Organizer:
Anton Leykin is an invited speaker presenting "Certified numerical solving of systems of polynomial equations"
East Coast Computer Algebra Day (ECCAD) is an informal one-day meeting for those active or interested in computer algebra. It provides opportunities to learn and to share new results and work in progress. The schedule includes invited speakers, a panel discussion, and contributed posters and software demonstrations. Importantly, plenty of time is allowed for unstructured interaction among the participants. Researchers, teachers, students, and users of computer algebra are all welcome! Visit ECCAD for more details.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 19:00 , Location: Skiles 202 , Michael Lacey , Georgia Tech , Organizer:
Club Math Presents The Mathematics of Futurama, by Dr. Michael Lacey.
Athens/Atlanta Number Theory Seminar - Lecture 2 - Some applications of potential theory to number theoretical problems on analytic curvesTuesday, April 13, 2010 - 17:15 , Location: Skiles 269 , Antoine Chambert-Loir , Universite de Rennes/Institute for Advanced Study , Organizer: Matt Baker
Athens/Atlanta Number Theory Seminar - Lecture 1 - Degree three cohomology of function fields of surfacesTuesday, April 13, 2010 - 16:00 , Location: Skiles 269 , Venapally Suresh , University of Hyderabad / Emory University , Organizer: Matt Baker
Let k be a global field or a local field. Class field theory says that every central division algebra over k is cyclic. Let l be a prime not equal to the characteristic of k. If k contains a primitive l-th root of unity, then this leads to the fact that every element in H^2(k, µ_l ) is a symbol. A natural question is a higher dimensional analogue of this result: Let F be a function field in one variable over k which contains a primitive l-th root of unity. Is every element in H^3(F, µ_l ) a symbol? In this talk we answer this question in affirmative for k a p-adic field or a global field of positive characteristic. The main tool is a certain local global principle for elements of H^3(F, µ_l ) in terms of symbols in H^2(F µ_l ). We also show that this local-global principle is equivalent to the vanishing of certain unramified cohomology groups of 3-folds over finite fields.
Monday, April 12, 2010 - 17:00 , Location: Klaus 1116W , Richard Schoen , Stanford University , Organizer: John McCuan
In 1854 Riemann extended Gauss' ideas on curved geometries from two dimensional surfaces to higher dimensions. Since that time mathematicians have tried to understand the structure of geometric spaces based on their curvature properties. It turns out that basic questions remain unanswered in this direction. In this lecture we will give a history of such questions for spaces with positive curvature, and describe the progress that has been made as well as some outstanding conjectures which remain to be settled.
Monday, April 12, 2010 - 08:00 , Location: Skiles 269 , Southeast Geometry Seminar , School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech , Organizer: John McCuan
The Southeast Geometry Seminar is a series of semiannual one-day events focusing on geometric analysis. These events are hosted in rotation by the following institutions: The University of Alabama at Birmingham; The Georgia Institute of Technology; Emory University; The University of Tennessee Knoxville. The presentations will include topics on geometric analysis, and related fields, such as partial differential equations, general relativity, and geometric topology. See the Schedule for times and abstracts of talks.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 16:30 , Location: Skiles 255 , Allan Sly , Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA , Organizer: Prasad Tetali
Intensive study throughout the last three decades has yielded a rigorous understanding of the spectral-gap of the Glauber dynamics for the Ising model on $Z^2$ everywhere except at criticality. While the critical behavior of the Ising model has long been the focus for physicists, mathematicians have only recently developed an understanding of its critical geometry with the advent of SLE, CLE and new tools to study conformally invariant systems. A rich interplay exists between the static and dynamic models. At the static phase-transition for Ising, the dynamics is conjectured to undergo a critical slowdown: At high temperature the inverse-gap is $O(1)$, at the critical $\beta_c$ it is polynomial in the side-length and at low temperature it is exponential in it. A long series of papers verified this on $Z^2$ except at $\beta=\beta_c$ where the behavior remained unknown. In this work we establish the first rigorous polynomial upper bound for the critical mixing, thus confirming the critical slowdown for the Ising model in $Z^2$. Namely, we show that on a finite box with arbitrary (e.g. fixed, free, periodic) boundary conditions, the inverse-gap at $\beta=\beta_c$ is polynomial in the side-length. The proof harnesses recent understanding of the scaling limit of critical Fortuin-Kasteleyn representation of the Ising model together with classical tools from the analysis of Markov chains. Based on joint work with Eyal Lubetzky.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 11:00 , Location: ISyE Executive Classroom , Adrian Lewis , School of Operations Research and Information, Cornell University , Organizer: Annette Rohrs
Concrete optimization problems, while often nonsmooth, are not pathologically so. The class of "semi-algebraic" sets and functions - those arising from polynomial inequalities - nicely exemplifies nonsmoothness in practice. Semi-algebraic sets (and their generalizations) are common, easy to recognize, and richly structured, supporting powerful variational properties. In particular I will discuss a generic property of such sets - partial smoothness - and its relationship with a proximal algorithm for nonsmooth composite minimization, a versatile model for practical optimization.
Monday, April 5, 2010 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Guy Degla , Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Benin , Organizer: Wilfrid Gangbo
The purpose of this talk is to highlight some versions of the Krein-Rutman theorem which have been widely and deeply applied in many fields (e.g., Mathematical Analysis, Geometric Analysis, Physical Sciences, Transport theory and Information Sciences). These versions are motivated by optimization theory, perturbation theory, bifurcation theory, etc. and give rise to some simple but useful comparison methods, in ordered Banach spaces, such as the Dodds-Fremlin theorem and the De Pagter theorem.