Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Zhiliang Xu , Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics Dept, U of Notre Dame , , Organizer: Yingjie Liu
In this talk, we will present new central and central DG schemes for solving ideal magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations while preserving globally divergence-free magnetic field on triangular grids. These schemes incorporate the constrained transport (CT) scheme of Evans and Hawley with central schemes and central DG methods on overlapping cells which have no need for solving Riemann problems across cell edges where there are discontinuities of the numerical solution. The  schemes are formally second-order accurate with major development on the reconstruction of globally divergence-free magnetic field on polygonal dual mesh. Moreover, the computational cost is reduced by solving the complete set of governing equations on the primal grid while only solving the magnetic induction equation on the polygonal dual mesh.
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , none , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Lutz Warnke
Official School Holiday: Thanksgiving Break
Series: PDE Seminar
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Luis Vega , University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU , , Organizer: Yao Yao
The aim of talk is threefold. First, we solve the cubic nonlinear Schr\"odinger equation on the real line with initial data a sum of Dirac deltas. Secondly, we show a Talbot effect for the same equation. Finally, we prove an intermittency phenomena for a class of singular solutions of the binormal flow, that is used as a model for the vortex filaments dynamics in 3-D fluids and superfluids. If time permits some questions concerning the transfer of energy and momentum will be also considered.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 15:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Philipp Jell , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Matt Baker
Real-valued smooth differential forms on Berkovich analytic spaces were introduced by Chambert-Loir and Ducros. They show many fundamental properties analogous to smooth real differential forms on complex manifolds, which are used for example in Arakelov geometry. In particular, these forms define a real valued bigraded cohomology theory for Berkovich analytic space, called tropical Dolbeault cohomology.  I will explain the definition and properties of these forms and their link to tropical geometry. I will then talk about results regarding the tropical Dolbeault cohomology of varietes and in particular curves. In particular, I will look at finite dimensionality and Poincar\'e duality.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Kevin Kordek , Georgia Institute of Technology , Organizer: Dan Margalit
It is generally a difficult problem to compute the Betti numbers of a given finite-index subgroup of an infinite group, even if the Betti numbers of the ambient group are known. In this talk, I will describe a procedure for obtaining new lower bounds on the first Betti numbers of certain finite-index subgroups of the braid group. The focus will be on the level 4 braid group, which is the kernel of the mod 4 reduction of the integral Burau representation. This is joint work with Dan Margalit. 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Yat Tin Chow , Mathematics, UCLA , , Organizer: Prasad Tetali
In this talk, we will introduce a family of stochastic processes on the Wasserstein space, together with their infinitesimal generators.  One of these processes is modeled after Brownian motion and plays a central role in our work.  Its infinitesimal generator defines a partial Laplacian on the space of Borel probability measures, taken as  a partial trace of a Hessian.  We study the eigenfunction of this partial Laplacian and develop a theory of Fourier analysis.  We also consider the heat flow generated by this partial Laplacian on the Wasserstein space, and discuss smoothing effect of this flow for a particular class of initial conditions.  Integration by parts formula, Ito formula and an analogous Feynman-Kac formula will be discussed. We note the use of the infinitesimal generators in the theory of Mean Field Games, and we expect they will play an important role in future studies of viscosity solutions of PDEs in the Wasserstein space.
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 11:15 , Location: Skiles 005 , Igor Belykh , Georgia State University , Organizer: Livia Corsi
Several modern footbridges around the world have experienced large lateral vibrations during crowd loading events. The onset of large-amplitude bridge wobbling has generally been attributed to crowd synchrony; although, its role in the initiation of wobbling has been challenged. In this talk, we will discuss (i) the contribution of a single pedestrian into overall, possibly unsynchronized, crowd dynamics, and (ii) detailed, yet analytically tractable, models of crowd phase-locking. The pedestrian models can be used as "crash test dummies" when numerically probing a specific bridge design. This is particularly important because the U.S. code for designing pedestrian bridges does not contain explicit guidelines that account for the collective pedestrian behavior. This talk is based on two recent papers: Belykh et al., Science Advances, 3, e1701512 (2017) and Belykh et al., Chaos, 26, 116314 (2016).
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 16:00 , Location: Skiles 001 , Maxie Schmidt , Georgia Tech , , Organizer: Sudipta Kolay
Sage is widely considered to be the defacto open-source alternative to Mathematica that is freely available for download to users on most standard platforms at New users to Sage are also able to use its capabilities from any webbrowser and other useful Linux-only software by registering for a free account on the Sage Math Cloud platform (SMC). In addition to providing users with excellent documentation, Sage allows its users to develop spohisticated mathematics applications using Python and other excellent open-source developer tools that are well tested under both Unix / Linux and Windows environments. In this two-week workshop we provide a user-friendly introduction to Sage for beginners starting from first principles in Python, though some coding experience in other languages will of course be helpful to participants. The main project we will be focusing on over the course of the workshop is an extension of the open-source library provided by the Tilings Gap Distributions and Pair Correlation Project developed by the workshop guide at the University of Washington this and last year. This application will allow participants in the workshop to hone their coding skills in Sage by working on an extension of a real-world computational mathematics application in statistics and geometry. Prospective participants can gain a heads-up on the workshop by visiting the syllabus webpage freely available for modification online at  The workshop guide will also offer continued free technical support on Sage, Python programming, and Linux to participants in the workshop after the two-week session is complete. Future AMS workshop sessions focusing on other Sage programming topics may be run later based on feedback from this proto-session. Faculty and postdocs are welcome to attend. See you all there on Friday! 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 154 , Bhanu Kumar , GT Math , Organizer:
This lecture will discuss the stability of perturbations of integrable Hamiltonian systems. A brief discussion of history, integrability, and the Poincaré nonintegrability theorem will be followed by the proof of the theorem of Kolmogorov on persistence of invariant tori. Time permitting, the problem of small divisors may be briefly discussed. This lecture wIll follow the slides from the Satellite Dynamics and Space Missions 2017 summer school held earlier this semester in Viterbo, Italy.
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 15:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Huseyin Acan , Rutgers University , Organizer: Lutz Warnke
A 1992 conjecture of Alon and Spencer says, roughly, that the ordinary random graph G_{n,1/2} typically admits a covering of a constant fraction of its edges by edge-disjoint, nearly maximum cliques. We show that this is not the case. The disproof is based on some (partial) understanding of a more basic question: for k ≪ \sqrt{n} and A_1, ..., A_t chosen uniformly and independently from the k-subsets of {1…n}, what can one say about P(|A_i ∩ A_j|≤1 ∀ i≠j)? Our main concern is trying to understand how closely the answers to this and a related question about matchings follow heuristics gotten by pretending that certain (dependent) choices are made independently. Joint work with Jeff Kahn.