Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Tye Lidman , NCSU , Organizer: Jennifer Hom

We will use Heegaard Floer homology to analyze maps between a certain family of three-manifolds akin to the Gromov norm/hyperbolic volume.  Along the way, we will study the Heegaard Floer homology of splices.  This is joint work with Cagri Karakurt and Eamonn Tweedy.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 13:50 , Location: Skiles 005 , Prof. Xiaoming Huo , GT ISyE , , Organizer: Sung Ha Kang

 Inference (aka predictive modeling) is in the core of many data science problems. Traditional approaches could be either statistically or computationally efficient, however not necessarily both. The existing principles in deriving these models - such as the maximal likelihood estimation principle - may have been developed decades ago, and do not take into account the new aspects of the data, such as their large volume, variety, velocity and veracity. On the other hand, many existing empirical algorithms are doing extremely well in a wide spectrum of applications, such as the deep learning framework; however they do not have the theoretical guarantee like these classical methods. We aim to develop new algorithms that are both computationally efficient and statistically optimal. Such a work is fundamental in nature, however will have significant impacts in all data science problems that one may encounter in the society. Following the aforementioned spirit, I will describe a set of my past and current projects including L1-based relaxation, fast nonlinear correlation, optimality of detectability, and nonconvex regularization. All of them integrates statistical and computational considerations to develop data analysis tools.


Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:50 , Location: Skiles 005 , Mengyuan Zhang , University of California, Berkeley , , Organizer: Justin Chen

In this talk we discuss the following problem due to Peskine and Kollar: Let E be a flat family of rank two bundles on P^n parametrized by a smooth variety T. If E_t is isomorphic to O(a)+O(b) for general t in T, does it mean E_0 is isomorphic to O(a)+O(b) for a special point 0 in T? We construct counter-examples in over P^1 and P^2, and discuss the problem in P^3 and higher P^n.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:45 , Location: Skiles 006 , Tye Lidman , NCSU , Organizer: Jennifer Hom

In this talk, we will study Seifert fibered three-manifolds. While simple to define, they comprise 6 of the 8 Thurston geometries, and are an important testing ground for many questions and invariants. We will present several constructions/definitions of these manifolds and learn how to work with them explicitly.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:10 , Location: Skiles 202 , Jiangning Chen , Georgia Institute of Technology , , Organizer:

We are going talk about three topics. First of all, Principal Components Analysis (PCA) as a dimension reduction technique. We investigate how useful it is for real life problems. The problem is that, often times the spectrum of the covariance matrix is wrongly estimated due to the ratio between sample space dimension over feature space dimension not being large enough. We show how to reconstruct the spectrum of the ground truth covariance matrix, given the spectrum of the estimated covariance for multivariate normal vectors. We then present an algorithm for reconstruction the spectrum in the case of sparse matrices related to text classification. 

In the second part, we concentrate on schemes of PCA estimators. Consider the problem of finding the least eigenvalue and eigenvector of ground truth covariance matrix, a famous classical estimator are due to Krasulina. We state the convergence proof of Krasulina for the least eigenvalue and corresponding eigenvector, and then find their convergence rate.

In the last part, we consider the application problem, text classification, in the supervised view with traditional Naive-Bayes method. We find out an updated Naive-Bayes method with a new loss function, which loses the unbiased property of traditional Naive-Bayes method, but obtains a smaller variance of the estimator. 

Committee:  Heinrich Matzinger (Advisor); Karim Lounici (Advisor); Ionel Popescu (school of math); Federico Bonetto (school of math); Xiaoming Huo (school of ISYE);

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 11:15 , Location: Skiles 005 , M. Capinski , Jagiellonian University/Florida Atlantic University , Organizer: Rafael de la Llave

We present a topological mechanism of diffusion in a priori chaotic systems. The method leads to a proof of diffusion for an explicit range of perturbation parameters. The assumptions of our theorem can be verified using interval arithmetic numerics, leading to computer assisted proofs. As an example of application we prove diffusion in the Neptune-Triton planar elliptic restricted three body problem. Joint work with Marian Gidea.

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , L.A.Bunimovich , School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech , , Organizer: Federico Bonetto

Unusual time.

In standard (mathematical) billiards a point particle moves uniformly in a billiard table with elastic reflections off the boundary. We show that in transition from mathematical billiards to physical billiards, where a finite size hard sphere moves in the same billiard table, virtually anything may happen. Namely a non-chaotic billiard may become chaotic and vice versa. Moreover, both these transitions may occur softly, i.e. for any (arbitrarily small) positive value of the radius of a physical particle, as well as by a ”hard” transition when radius of the physical particle must exceed some critical strictly positive value. Such transitions may change a phase portrait of a mathematical billiard locally as well as completely (globally). These results are somewhat unexpected because for all standard examples of billiards their dynamics remains absolutely the same after transition from a point particle to a finite size (”physical”) particle. Moreover we show that a character of dynamics may change several times when the size of the particle is increasing. This approach already demonstrated a sensational result that quantum system could be more chaotic than its classical counterpart.

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 16:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Alexander Grigo , Department of Mathematics, University of Oklahoma , , Organizer: Federico Bonetto

In this talk I will discuss a particular fast-slow system, and describe an averaging theorem. I will also explain how this particular slow-fast system arises in a certain problem of energy transport in an open system of interacting hard-spheres. The technical aspect involved in this is how to deal with singularities present and the fact that the dynamics is fully coupled.

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 13:05 , Location: Skiles 005 , Vivek Madan , ISyE, Georgia Tech , , Organizer: He Guo

In an optimal design problem, we are given a set of linear experiments v1,...,vn \in R^d and k >= d, and our goal is to select a set or a multiset S subseteq [n] of size k such that Phi((\sum_{i \in [n]} v_i v_i^T )^{-1}) is minimized. When Phi(M) = det(M)^{1/d}, the problem is known as the D-optimal design problem, and when Phi(M) = tr(M), it is known as the A-optimal design problem. One of the most common heuristics used in practice to solve these problems is the local search heuristic, also known as the Fedorov's exchange method. This is due to its simplicity and its empirical performance. However, despite its wide usage no theoretical bound has been proven for this algorithm. In this paper, we bridge this gap and prove approximation guarantees for the local search algorithms for D-optimal design and A-optimal design problems. We show that the local search algorithms are asymptotically optimal when $\frac{k}{d}$ is large. In addition to this, we also prove similar approximation guarantees for the greedy algorithms for D-optimal design and A-optimal design problems when k/d is large.

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Justin Chen , Georgia Tech , , Organizer: Cvetelina Hill