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Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Monica Flamann ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Sudipta Kolay

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Hyunki Min ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Hyun Ki Min

Unlike
symplectic structures in 4-manioflds, contact structures are abundant in
3-dimension. Martinet showed that there exists a contact structure on any
closed oriented 3-manifold. After that Lutz showed that there exist a contact
structure in each homotopy class of plane fields. In this talk, we will review
the theorems of Lutz and Martinet.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Surena Hozoori ,
Georgia Institute of Technology ,
shozoori3@gatech.edu ,
Organizer: Surena Hozoori

Boothby Wang fibrations are historically important examples of contact manifolds and it turns out that we can equip these contact manifolds with extra structures, namely K-contact structures. Based on the study of the relation of these examples and the regularity properties of the corresponding Reeb vector fields, works of Boothby, Wang, Thomas and Rukimbira gives a classification of K-contact structures.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Sudipta Kolay ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Sudipta Kolay

This talk will be an introduction to the homotopy principle
(h-principle). We will discuss several examples. No prior knowledge
about h-principle will be assumed.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Stephen Mckean ,
GaTech ,
Organizer: Anubhav Mukherjee

Many problems in algebraic geometry involve counting solutions to
geometric problems. The number of intersection points of two projective
planar curves and the number of lines on a cubic surface are two
classical problems in this enumerative
geometry. Using A1-homotopy theory, one can gain new insights to old
enumerative problems. We will outline some results in A1-enumerative
geometry, including the speaker’s current work on Bézout’s Theorem.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Agniva Roy ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Sudipta Kolay

The Schoenflies' conjecture proposes the following: An embedding of the n-sphere in the (n+1)-sphere bounds a standard (n+1)-ball. For n=1, this is the well known Jordan curve theorem. Depending on the type of embeddings, one has
smooth and topological versions of the conjecture. The topological version was settled in 1960 by Brown.
In the smooth setting, the answer is known to be yes for all
dimensions other than 4, where apart from one special case, nothing is
known. The talk will review the question and attempt to describe some of
the techniques that have been used in low dimensions,
especially in the special case, that was worked out by Scharlemann in
the 1980s. There are interesting connections to the smooth 4-dimensional
Poincare conjecture that will be mentioned, time permitting. The talk
is aimed to be expository and not technical.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Hyunki Min ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Hyun Ki Min

In 1957, Smale proved a striking result: we can turn a sphere inside out without any singularity. Gromov in his thesis, proved a generalized version of this theorem, which had been the starting point of the h-principle. In this talk, we will prove Gromov's theorem and see applications of it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Hyunki Min ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Hyun Ki Min
In 1957, Smale proved a striking result: we can turn a sphere inside out without any singularity. Gromov in his thesis, proved a generalized version of this theorem, which had been the starting point of the h-principle. In this talk, we will prove Gromov's theorem and see applications of it.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 005 ,
Anubhav Mukherjee ,
GaTech ,
Organizer: Anubhav Mukherjee

This is the second lecture of the series on h-principle. We will introduce jet bundle and it's various properties. This played a big role in the devloping modern geometry and topology. And using this we will prove Whitney embedding theorem. Only basic knowledge of calculus is required.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 005 ,
Sudipta Kolay ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Sudipta Kolay

This theorem is one of earliest instance of the h-principle, and there will be a series of talks on it this semester.

The Whitney-Graustein theorem classifies immersions of the circle
in
the plane by their turning
number. In this talk, I will describe a proof of this theorem, as well
as a related result due to Hopf.