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Series: GT-MAP Seminars

There is an increasing trend for robots to serve as networked mobile sensing platforms that are able to collect data and interact with humans in
various types of environment in unprecedented ways. The need for
undisturbed operation posts higher goals for autonomy. This talk reviews
recent developments in autonomous collective foraging in a complex
environment that explicitly integrates insights from biology with models
and provable strategies from control theory and robotics. The methods
are rigorously developed and tightly integrated with experimental effort with promising results achieved.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 154 ,
Rafael de la Llave ,
GT Math ,
Organizer: Jiaqi Yang

We consider Hamiltonian systems with normally hyperbolic manifold with a homoclinic connection. The systems are of the form H_0(I, phi, x,y) = h(I) + P(x,y) ,where P is a one dimensional system with a homoclinic intersection. The above Hamiltonian is a standard normal form for near integrable Hamiltonians close to a resonance. We consider perturbations that are time dependent and may be not Hamiltonian. We derive explicit formulas for the first order effects on the stable/unstable manifolds. In particular, we give sufficient conditions for the existence of homoclinic intersections to the normally hyperbolic manifold. Previous treatments in the literature specify the types of the unperturbed orbits considered (periodic or quasiperiodic) and are restricted to periodic or quasi-periodic perturbations. We do not need to distinguish on the perturbed orbits and we allow rather general dependence on the time (periodic, quasiperiodic or random). The effects are expressed by very fast converging improper integrals. This is joint work with M. Gidea. https://arxiv.org/abs/1710.01849

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 13:55 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
John Etnyre ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

In this series of talks I will introduce branched coverings of manifolds and sketch proofs of most the known results in low dimensions (such as every 3 manifold is a 3-fold branched cover over a knot in the 3-sphere and the existence of universal knots). This week we continue discussing branched covers of 3-manifolds and prove universal links exist.

Series: Stochastics Seminar

We study an online algorithm for making a well—equidistributed random set of points in an interval, in the spirit of "power of choice" methods. Suppose finitely many distinct points are placed on an interval in any arbitrary configuration. This configuration of points subdivides the circle into a finite number of intervals. At each time step, two points are sampled uniformly from the interval. Each of these points lands within some pair of intervals formed by the previous configuration. Add the point that falls in the larger interval to the existing configuration of points, discard the other, and then repeat this process. We then study this point configuration in the sense of its largest interval, and discuss other "power of choice" type modifications.
Joint work with Pascal Maillard.

Series: Combinatorics Seminar

Series: Graph Theory Seminar

Let G be a graph containing 5 different vertices a0, a1, a2, b1 and
b2. We say that (G, a0, a1, a2, b1, b2) is feasible if G contains
disjoint connected subgraphs G1, G2, such that {a0, a1, a2}⊆V(G1) and
{b1, b2}⊆V(G2). In this talk, we will prove the
existence of 5-edge configurations in (G, a0, a1, a2, b1, b2). Joint
work with Changong Li, Robin Thomas, and Xingxing Yu.

Series: Analysis Seminar

In this talk I will introduce a Tb Theorem that characterizes all Calderón-Zygmund operators that extend compactly on L^p(R^n) by means of testing functions as general
as possible.
In the classical theory for boundedness, the testing functions satisfy a non-degeneracy property called accretivity, which essentially implies the existence of a positive lower bound
for the absolute value of the averages of the testing functions over all dyadic cubes. However, in the setting of compact operators, due to their better properties, the hypothesis of accretivity can be relaxed to a large extend.
As a by-product, the results also describe those Calderón-Zygmund operators whose boundedness can be checked with non-accretive testing functions.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 13:55 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Agniva Roy ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Jennifer Hom

The Lickorish Wallace Theorem states that any closed 3-manifold is the result of a +/- 1-surgery on a link in S^3. I shall discuss the relevant definitions, and present the proof as outlined in Rolfsen's text 'Knots and Links' and Lickorish's 'Introduction to Knot Theory'.

Series: Research Horizons Seminar

Series: PDE Seminar

Almost all biological activities involve transport and distribution of ions and charged particles. The complicated coupling and competition between different ionic solutions in various biological environments give the intricate specificity and selectivity in these systems. In this talk, I will introduce several extended general diffusion systems motivated by the study of ion channels and ionic solutions in biological cells. In particular, I will focus on the interactions between different species, the boundary effects and in many cases, the thermal effects.