Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , Monica Flamann , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Sudipta Kolay
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 13:55 , Location: Skiles 005 , Dmitry Bilyk , University of Minnesota , , Organizer: Galyna Livshyts
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 12:05 , Location: Skiles 006 , Christian Houdré , Georgia Tech , Organizer: Trevor Gunn
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Dan Coombs , UBC (visiting Emory) , , Organizer: Howie Weiss
The likelihood of HIV infection following risky contact is believed to be low. This suggests that the infection process is stochastic and governed by rare events. I will present mathematical branching process models of early infection and show how we have used them to gain insights into the duration of the undetectable phase of HIV infection, the likelihood of success of pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, and the effects of prior infection with HSV-2. Although I will describe quite a bit of theory, I will try to keep giant and incomprehensible formulae to a minimum. 
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 16:00 , Location: Boyd , Christine Ruey Shan Lee , University of South Alabama , Organizer: Caitlin Leverson
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 14:30 , Location: Boyd , Nathan Dowlin , Dartmouth , Organizer: Caitlin Leverson
Khovanov homology and knot Floer homology are two knot invariants which are defined using very different techniques, with Khovanov homology having its roots in representation theory and knot Floer homology in symplectic geometry. However, they seem to contain a lot of the same topological data about knots. Rasmussen conjectured that this similarity stems from a spectral sequence from Khovanov homology to knot Floer homology. In this talk I will give a construction of this spectral sequence. The construction utilizes a recently defined knot homology theory HFK_2 which provides a framework in which the two theories can be related.
Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:50 , Location: Skiles 005 , Ben Blum-Smith , NYU , Organizer: Josephine Yu

If a finite group $G$ acts on a Cohen-Macaulay ring $A$, and the order of $G$ is a unit in $A$, then the invariant ring $A^G$ is Cohen-Macaulay as well, by the Hochster-Eagon theorem. On the other hand, if the order of $G$ is not a unit in $A$ then the Cohen-Macaulayness of $A^G$ is a delicate question that has attracted research attention over the last several decades, with answers in several special cases but little general theory. In this talk we show that the statement that $A^G$ is Cohen-Macaulay is equivalent to a statement quantified over the inertia groups for the action of G$ on $A$ acting on strict henselizations of appropriate localizations of $A$. In a case of long-standing interest—a permutation group acting on a polynomial ring--we show how this can be applied to find an obstruction to Cohen-Macaulayness that allows us to completely characterize the permutation groups whose invariant ring is Cohen-Macaulay regardless of the ground field. This is joint work with Sophie Marques.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 14:00 , Location: Skiles 006 , None , None , Organizer: John Etnyre
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 16:00 , Location: Skiles 005 , Peter Nandori , University of Maryland , , Organizer: Federico Bonetto
We present a convenient joint generalization of mixing and the local central limit theorem which we call MLLT. We review results on the MLLT for hyperbolic maps and present new results for hyperbolic flows. Then we apply these results to prove global mixing properties of some mechanical systems. These systems include various versions of the Lorentz gas (periodic one; locally perturbed; subject to external fields), the Galton board and pingpong models. Finally, we present applications to random walks in deterministic scenery. This talk is based on joint work with D. Dolgopyat and partially with M. Lenci. 
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 14:45 , Location: Skiles 005 , Mihai Ciucu , Mathematics Department, Indiana University , , Organizer: Federico Bonetto
We consider a triangular gap of side two in a 90 degree angle on the triangular lattice with mixed boundary conditions: a constrained, zig-zag boundary along one side, and a free lattice line boundary along the other. We study the interaction of the gap with thecorner as the rest of the angle is completely filled with lozenges. We show that the resulting correlation is governed by the product of the distances between the gap and its three images in the sides of the angle. This, together with a few other results we worked out previously,  provides evidence for a unified way of understanding the interaction of gaps with the boundary under mixed boundary conditions, which we present as a conjecture. Our conjecture is phrased in terms of the steady state heat flow problem in a uniform block of material in which there are a finite number of heat sources and sinks. This new physical analogy is equivalent in the bulk to the electrostatic analogy we developed in previous work, but arises as the correct one for the correlation with the boundary.The starting point for our analysis is an exact formula we prove for the number of lozenge tilings of certain trapezoidal regions with mixed boundary conditions, which is equivalent to a new, multi-parameter generalization of a classical plane partition enumeration problem (that of enumerating symmetric, self-complementary plane partitions).