## Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Series: Other Talks
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 13:30 , Location: ISyE Executive Classroom , Merrick Furst , College of Computing, Georgia Tech , Organizer:
Santosh Vempala and I have been exploring an intriguing new approach to convex optimization. Intuition about first-order interior point methods tells us that a main impediment to quickly finding an inside track to optimal is that a convex body's boundary can get in one's way in so many directions from so many places. If the surface of a convex body is made to be perfectly reflecting then from every interior vantage point it essentially disappears. Wondering about what this might mean for designing a new type of first-order interior point method, a preliminary analysis offers a surprising and suggestive result. Scale a convex body a sufficient amount in the direction of optimization. Mirror its surface and look directly upwards from anywhere. Then, in the distance, you will see a point that is as close as desired to optimal. We wouldn't recommend a direct implementation, since it doesn't work in practice. However, by trial and error we have developed a new algorithm for convex optimization, which we are calling Reflex. Reflex alternates greedy random reflecting steps, that can get stuck in narrow reflecting corridors, with simply-biased random reflecting steps that escape. We have early experimental experience using a first implementation of Reflex, implemented in Matlab, solving LP's (can be faster than Matlab's linprog), SDP's (dense with several thousand variables), quadratic cone problems, and some standard NETLIB problems.
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Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 13:59 , Location: Skiles Courtyard , N/A , GT , Organizer:
Come celebrate pi day with math club!  Pot-luck, so bring food!  Math club will be providing the pies, so we ask that everyone else try to bring more substantial food. ;)Bring any games and such you want as well.
Series: Other Talks
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 16:30 , Location: Skiles 269 , Matt Baker , Georgia Tech , Organizer:
Join math club for Dr. Baker's mathematical magic show.
Series: Other Talks
Monday, March 8, 2010 - 11:00 , Location: Room 129, Global Learning Center (behind the GA Tech Hotel) , Christine Franklin , University of Georgia , Organizer:

Statistics is now a part of the K-12 curriculum (including elementary school) and there is much activity in the area of statistics education. This colloquium is intended for any and all faculty, staff, and students, who are interested in, have taught, or have children in k-12 schools.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 19:00 , Location: Instructional Center Room 103 , Art Benjamin , Harvey Mudd College , Organizer: Doron Lubinsky
The speaker has combined his two loves to create a dynamic presentation called "Mathemagics," suitable for all audiences, where he demonstrates and explains his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator. Reader's Digest calls him "America's Best Math Whiz". He has presented his high energy talk for thousands of groups throughout the world. This event is free but reservations are required. The signup form will be available before 5pm on February 25. See details about the speaker.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010 - 09:00 , Location: Skiles 269 , SIAM Student Conference , School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech , Organizer:
The SIAM Student Chapter at Georgia Tech will be hosting this conference. It is an extension of the ACES Workshop which has been held yearly by the universities of Auburn, Clemson, Emory, and South Carolina since 2006. As with the ACES Workshop, this conference is an opportunity for graduate students to present their research in applied mathematics and related fields as well as to meet with other graduate students from different universities and departments. See the conference site for more details.
Series: Other Talks
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 19:30 , Location: LeCraw Auditorium, College of Management, Room 100 , Nalini Nadkarni , Evergreen State College , Organizer:

Hosted by Academic Affairs Honors Program in collaboration with the College of Sciences.