### Conductors and minimal discriminants of hyperelliptic curves with rational Weierstrass points

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, December 5, 2016 - 16:15 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Padma Srinivasan – Georgia Tech

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- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, December 5, 2016 - 16:15 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Padma Srinivasan – Georgia Tech

Conductors and minimal discriminants are two measures of degeneracy of the singular fiber in a family of hyperelliptic curves. In the case of elliptic curves, the Ogg-Saito formula shows that (the negative of) the Artin conductor equals the minimal discriminant. In the case of genus two curves, equality no longer holds in general, but the two invariants are related by an inequality. We investigate the relation between these two invariants for hyperelliptic curves of arbitrary genus.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, November 28, 2016 - 15:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Oliver Lorscheid – IMPA

Recent work of Jeff and Noah Giansiracusa exhibits a scheme theoretic structure for tropicalizations of classical varieties in terms of so-called semiring schemes. This works well in the framework of closed subvarieties of toric varieties, and Maclagan and Rincon recover the structure of a weighted polyhedral complex from the scheme theoretic tropicalization of a variety embedded into a torus.In this talk, I will review these ideas and show how these results can be extended by using blue schemes. This leads to an intrinsic notion of a tropicalization, independent from an embedding into an ambient space, and generalizes the above mentioned results to the broader context of log-schemes.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, November 14, 2016 - 15:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 006
- Speaker
- Peter Olver – University of Minnesota

In this talk, I will refine the concept of the symmetry group of a
geometric object through its symmetry groupoid, which incorporates both
global and local symmetries in a common framework. The symmetry
groupoid is related to the weighted differential invariant signature of a
submanifold, that is introduced to capture its fine grain equivalence
and symmetry properties. The groupoid/signature approach will be
connected to recent developments in signature-based recognition and
symmetry detection of objects in digital images, including jigsaw puzzle
assembly.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Friday, September 30, 2016 - 15:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Justin Chen – UC Berkeley

**Please Note:** Many varieties of interest in algebraic geometry and applications
are given as images of regular maps, i.e. via a parametrization.
Implicitization is the process of converting a parametric description of a
variety into an intrinsic (i.e. implicit) one. Theoretically,
implicitization is done by computing (a Grobner basis for) the kernel of a
ring map, but this can be extremely time-consuming -- even so, one would
often like to know basic information about the image variety. The purpose
of the NumericalImplicitization package is to allow for user-friendly
computation of the basic numerical invariants of a parametrized variety,
such as dimension, degree, and Hilbert function values, especially when
Grobner basis methods take prohibitively long.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, September 26, 2016 - 15:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 006
- Speaker
- Joe Kileel – UC Berkeley

This talks presents two projects at the interface of computer vision
and algebraic geometry. Work with Zuzana Kukelova, Tomas
Pajdla and Bernd Sturmfels introduces the distortion varieties
of a given projective variety. These are parametrized by
duplicating coordinates and multiplying them with monomials.
We study their degrees and defining equations. Exact formulas
are obtained for the case of one-parameter distortions, the
case of most interest for modeling cameras with image distortion.
Single-authored work determines the algebraic degree of
minimal problems for the calibrated trifocal variety. Our techniques
rely on numerical algebraic geometry, and the homotopy
continuation software Bertini.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Friday, September 16, 2016 - 15:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Saugata Basu – Purdue

Real sub-varieties and more generally semi-algebraic subsets of $\mathbb{R}^n$
that are stable under the action of the symmetric group on $n$ elements acting
on $\mathbb{R}^n$ by permuting coordinates, are expected to be topologically
better behaved than arbitrary semi-algebraic sets. In this talk I will
quantify this statement by showing polynomial upper bounds on the
multiplicities of the irreducible $\mathfrak{S}_n$-representations that
appear in the rational cohomology groups of such sets.
I will also discuss some algorithmic results on the complexity
of computing the equivariant Betti numbers of such sets and sketch some
possible connectios with the recently developed theory of FI-modules.
(Joint work with Cordian Riener).

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, June 27, 2016 - 11:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Luke Oeding – Auburn University

In Multiview Geometry, a field of Computer Vision one is interested in reconstructing 3-dimensional scenes from 2-dimensional images. I will review the basic concepts in this area from an algebraic viewpoint, in particular I'll discuss epipolar geometry, fundamental matrices, and trifocal and quadrifocal tensors. I'll also highlight some in open problems about the algebraic geometry that arise.This will be an introductory talk, and only a background in basic linear algebra should be necessary to follow.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Robert Krone – Queen&#039;s University

The Macaulay dual space offers information about a polynomial ideal localized at a point such as initial ideal and values of the Hilbertfunction, and can be computed with linear algebra. Unlike Gr\"obner basis methods, it is compatible with floating point arithmetic making it anatural fit for the toolbox of numerical algebraic geometry. I willpresent an algorithm using the Macaulay dual space for computing theregularity index of the local Hilbert function.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Monday, June 13, 2016 - 11:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 005
- Speaker
- Anders Jensen – TU-Kaiserslautern / Aarhus University

Deciding if a polynomial ideal contains monomials is a problem which can be solved by standard Gr\"obner basis techniques. Deciding if a polynomial ideal contains binomials is more complicated. We show how the general case can be reduced to the case of a zero-dimensional ideals using projections and stable intersections in tropical geometry. In the case of rational coefficients the zero-dimensional problem can then be solved with Ge's algorithm relying on the LLL lattice basis reduction algorithm. In case binomials exists, one will be computed.This is joint work with Thomas Kahle and Lukas Katthän.

- Series
- Algebra Seminar
- Time
- Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 11:05 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 006
- Speaker
- Elizabeth Gross – San Jose State University

Systems biology focuses on modeling complex biological systems, such as
metabolic and cell signaling networks. These biological networks are
modeled with polynomial dynamical systems. Analyzing these systems at
steady-state results in algebraic varieties that live in
high-dimensional spaces. By understanding these varieties, we can
provide insight into the behavior of the models. Furthermore, this
algebro-geometric framework yields techniques for model selection and
parameter estimation that can circumvent challenges such as limited or
noisy data. In this talk, we will introduce biochemical reaction
networks and their resulting steady-state varieties. In addition, we
will discuss the questions asked by modelers and their corresponding
geometric interpretation, particularly in regards to model selection and
parameter estimation.

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