Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:00 , Location: Skiles 255 , Minh Ha-Quang , Italian Institute of Technology , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Slow Feature Analysis (SFA) is a method for extracting slowly varying features from input signals.  In this talk, we  generalize SFA  to vector-valued functions of multivariables and apply it to the problem of blind source separation, in particular image separation. When the sources are correlated, we apply the following technique called decorrelation filtering: use a linear filter to decorrelate the sources and their derivatives, then apply the separating matrix obtained on the filtered sources to the original sources. We show that if the filtered sources are  perfectly separated by this matrix, then so are the original sources.We show how to numerically obtain such a decorrelation filter by solving a nonlinear optimization problem. This technique can also be applied to other  linear separation methods, whose output signals are uncorrelated, such as  ICA.This is joint work with Laurenz Wiskott (Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference in Computer Vision, ICCV 2011, Barcelona, Spain).
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 14:05 , Location: 006 Skiles , Ke Chen , University of Liverpool , Organizer: Haomin Zhou
Both segmentation and registration are important image processing tasks in a number of real life applications. While there exist powerful and effective models,many scientific challenges remain open. In this talk, I shall first present some image segmentation work of modelsand algorithms in two and three dimensions, followed by some recent works of selective segmentationThen I introduce some new work on multimodality image registration modelling.Numerical experiments will demonstrate the advantages of our new models and algorithms over existing results. Collaborators related to this work include Noor Badshah (Peshawar, Pakistan), Jian-ping Zhang and Bo Yu (Dalian, China),Lavdie Rada (Liverpool), C Brito (Mexico) and N Chumchob (Thailand).
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Fangxu Jing , GT Math , Organizer:
We analyze two-link (or three-link) 2D snake like locomotions and discuss the optimization of the motion. The snake is modeled as two (or three) identical links connected via hinge joints and the relative angles between the links are prescribed as periodic actuation functions. An essential feature of the locomotion is the anisotropy of friction coefficients. The dynamics of the snake is analyzed numerically, as well as analytically for small amplitude actuations of the relative angles. Cost of locomotion is defined as the ratio between distance traveled by the snake and the energy expenditure within one period. Optimal conditions of the highest efficiency in terms of the friction coefficients and the actuations are discussed for the model.
Monday, April 16, 2012 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Margaret Cheney , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , Organizer: Haomin Zhou
Radar imaging is a technology that has been developed, verysuccessfully, within the engineering community during the last 50years.  Radar systems on satellites now make beautiful images ofregions of our earth and of other planets such as Venus.  One of thekey components of this impressive technology is mathematics, and manyof the open problems are mathematical ones.This lecture will explain, from first principles, some of the basicsof radar and the mathematics involved in producing high-resolutionradar images.
Monday, April 9, 2012 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Xiaolin Wang , GT Math , Organizer:
The Glezer lab at Georgia Tech has found that vorticity can improve heat transfer efficiency in electronic hardware. Vortices are able to enhance the forced convection in the boundary layer and fully mix the heated fluid with cooler core flow. Some recent experiments showed the possibility of using a vibrated reed to produce vortices in heat sinks. In this work, we simulate both the fluid and the heat transfer process in a 3-dimensional plate fin heat sink. We propose a simplified model by considering flow and temperature in a 2-D channel, and extend the model to the third dimension using a 1-D heat fin model. We simulate periodically steady-state solutions. We show that the total heat flux transferred from the plate to the fluid can be improved with vortices given the same input power. A possible optimal solution for the largest heat transfer efficiency is proposed for the physical parameters of a real computer heat sink. We discuss the effect of the important parameters such as Reynolds number and thermal conductivities.
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Elizabeth Cherry , School of Mathematical Sciences, Rochester Institute of Technology , Organizer:
The heart is an excitable system in which electrical waves normally propagate in a coordinated manner to produce an effective mechanical contraction. Rapid pacing can lead to the development of alternans, a period-doubling bifurcation in electrical response in which successive beats have long and short responses despite a constant pacing period. Alternans can develop into higher-order rhythms as well as spatiotemporally complex patterns that reflect large regions of dispersion in electrical response. These states disrupt synchrony and compromise the heart's mechanical function; indeed, alternans has been observed clinically as a precursor to dangerous arrhythmias, including ventricular fibrillation. In this talk, we will show experimental examples of alternans, describe how alternans develops using a mathematical and computational approach, and discuss the nonlinear dynamics of several possible mechanisms for alternans as well as the conditions under which they are likely to be important in initiating dangerous cardiac arrhythmias.
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Edmond Chow , School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang
Brownian dynamics (BD) is a computational technique for simulating the motions of molecules interacting through hydrodynamic and non-hydrodynamic forces.  BD simulations are the main tool used in computational biology for studying diffusion-controlled cellular processes.  This talk presents several new numerical linear algebra techniques to accelerate large BD simulations, and related Stokesian dynamics (SD) simulations.   These techniques include: 1) a preconditioned Lanczos process for computing Brownian vectors from a distribution with given covariance, 2) low-rank approximations to the hydrodynamic tensor suitable for large-scale problems, and 3) a reformulation of the computations to approximate solutions to multiple time steps simultaneously, allowing the efficient use of data parallel hardware on modern computer architectures.
Monday, March 5, 2012 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Prof. Di Liu , Depatment of Mathematics, Michigan State Univeristy , Organizer: Haomin Zhou
Multiscale and stochastic approaches play a crucial role in faithfully capturing the dynamical features and making insightful predictions of cellular reacting systems involving gene expression. Despite theiraccuracy, the standard stochastic simulation algorithms are necessarily inefficient for most of the realistic problems with a multiscale nature characterized by multiple time scales induced by widely disparate reactions rates. In this talk, I will discuss some recent progress on using asymptotic techniques for probability theory to simplify the complex networks and help to design efficient numerical schemes.
Monday, February 27, 2012 - 14:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Marcus Roper , UCLA Mathematics Dept. , Organizer:
Although fungi are the most diverse eukaryotic organisms, we have only a very fragmentary understanding of their success in so many niches or of the processes by which new species emerge and disperse. I will discuss how we are using math modeling and perspectives from physics and fluid mechanics to understand fungal life histories and evolution: #1. A growing filamentous fungi may harbor a diverse population of nuclei. Increasing evidence shows that this internal genetic flexibility is a motor for diversification and virulence, and helps the fungus to utilize nutritionally complex substrates like plant cell walls. I'll show that hydrodynamic mixing of nuclei enables fungi to manage their internal genetic richness. #2. The forcibly launched spores of ascomycete fungi must eject through a boundary layer of nearly still air in order to reach dispersive air flows. Individually ejected microscopic spores are almost immediately brought to rest by fluid drag. However, by coordinating the ejection of thousands or hundreds of thousands of spores fungi, such as the devastating plant pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum are able to create a flow of air that carries spores across the boundary layer and around any intervening obstacles. Moreover the physical organization of the jet compels the diverse genotypes that may be present within the fungus to cooperate to disperse all spores maximally.