Seminars and Colloquia by Series

MCTP REU Seminar

Series
Other Talks
Time
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 11:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Martin ShortGeorgia Tech
TBA

Atlanta Lecture Series in Combinatorics and Graph Theory XV

Series
Other Talks
Time
Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 13:00 for 4 hours (half day)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
David ConlonUniversity of Oxford
Emory University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, with support from the National Science Foundation, will continue the series of mini-conferences and host a series of 9 new mini-conferences from 2014-2017. The 15th of these mini-conferences will be held at Georgia Tech during April 11-12, 2015. The conferences will stress a variety of areas and feature one prominent researcher giving 2 fifty minute lectures and 4 outstanding researchers each giving one fifty minute lecture. There will also be several 25 minute lecturers by younger researchers or graduate students. For more details, see the schedule

Autonomous and Intelligent Systems at United Technologies Research Center

Series
Other Talks
Time
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 09:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
TSRB Auditorium
Speaker
Andrzej Banaszuk United Technologies Research Center
We will present a broad overview of UTRC’s research initiative in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (AIS) that was created to conceive, develop and mature a broad range of intelligent mobile robotic systems and capabilities to enhance and support the diverse array of businesses that comprise the United Technologies Corporation. While initial efforts have been focused on Sikorsky Aircraft unmanned rotorcraft, the initiative is now expanding to include other aerospace and commercial applications, as well. The research, conducted by a diverse team of researchers in robotics, dynamical systems, control, applied mathematics, computer vision, and computer science (in partnership with several leading universities including CMU, MIT, UPenn, and UCB) includes: • Real-time algorithms for dynamic collision avoidance in an obstacle-rich environment using probabilistic roadmaps. • Navigation with imperfect and intermittent sensors in GPS degraded environments. • Multi-vehicle missions including efficient robotic search algorithms based on ergodic theory methods. • Collaborative motion planning for multiple aerial and ground robots in large, cluttered environments, trading off mission objectives while satisfying logical/spatial/temporal constraints. • Intelligent system design methodology including architectures for autonomy, human-machine systems, and formal verification. We will conclude with research problems of interest to UTRC and discuss existing and future career and internship opportunities in the broad area of autonomy and robotics.

Deterministic diffusion on periodic lattices

Series
Other Talks
Time
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 15:15 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Howey W505
Speaker
Carl DettmannUniversity of Bristol

Please Note: Hosted by Predrag Cvitanovic, School of Physics

A brief presentation, followed by an informal discussion.

Science Matters lecture series - How Not to Be Wrong

Series
Other Talks
Time
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 19:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center
Speaker
Jordan Ellenberg University of Wisconsin, Department of Mathematics

Please Note: A reception will follow the talk and giving time for visitors to chat with Ellenberg and each other.

The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how wrong this view is: Math touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. It’s a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument.

Physics Colloquium - The Intelligent Physics Student's Guide to Pricing and Hedging

Series
Other Talks
Time
Monday, December 1, 2014 - 15:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Howey Building - Room L2
Speaker
Emanuel DermanColumbia University

Please Note: Predrag Cvitanovic, School of Physics

The syntax of theoretical physics and modern finance is deceptively similar, but the semantics is very different. I present a short introduction to the principles of modern finance, and compare and contrast the field to physics.

Some Classic Puzzles of Martin Gardner, The Best Friend Mathematics Ever Had

Series
Other Talks
Time
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 005
Speaker
Colm MulcahySpelman College

Please Note: Colm Mulcahy is a professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1988. He's currently on leave in the DC area. Over the last decade, he has been at the forefront of publishing new mathemagical principles and effects for cards, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the MAA. Some of his puzzles have been featured in the New York Times. His book Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects was published by AK Peters/CRC Press in 2013. Colm is a recipient of MAA's Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing, for an article on image compression using wavelets.

Martin Gardner was best known for his 300 "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American, in which he introduced thousands of budding mathematicians to topics such as RSA cryptography, fractals, Penrose tiles and Conway's game of Life, as well as elegant puzzles which still lead to "Aha!" moments today. In his centennial year we'll survey some of what he achieved and in particular the puzzle legacy he leaves behind.

Birth & Future of Multi-scale Modeling of Macromolecules

Series
Other Talks
Time
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 16:30 for 2.5 hours
Location
GT Student Center Ballroom
Speaker
2013 Nobel Laureate Michael LevittStanford University

Please Note: Biography: Michael Levitt is an American-British-Israeli biophysicist and professor of structural biology in the Stanford University School of Medicine and a winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Born in South Africa in 1947, Levitt earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Kings College London and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Cambridge University. His research involves multi-scale approaches to molecular modeling: Coarse-grained models that merge atoms to allow folding simulation and hybrid models that combine classical and quantum mechanics to explain how enzymes works by electrostatic strain. Levitt's diverse interests have included RNA and DNA modeling, protein folding simulation, classification of protein folds and protein geometry, antibody modeling, x-ray refinement, antibody humanization, side-chain geometry, torsional normal mode, molecular dynamics in solution, secondary structure prediction, aromatic hydrogen bonds, structure databases, and mass spectrometry. His Stanford research team currently works on protein evolution, the crystallographic phase problem and Cryo-EM refinement. He is a member of both the Royal Society of London and the U.S. National Academy of Science. Levitt also remains an active computer programmer--"a craft skill of which I am particularly proud," he says.

The development multiscale models for complex chemical systems began in 1967 with publications by Warshel and Levitt recently recognized by the 2013 Nobel Committee for Chemistry. The simplifications used then at the dawn of the age of computational structural biology were mandated by computers that were almost a billion times less cost-effective than those we use today. These same multiscale models have become increasingly popular in application that range from simulation of atomic protein motion, to protein folding and explanation of enzyme catalysis. In this talk I describe the origins of computational structural biology and then go on to show some of the most exciting current and future applications. Please RSVP. Reception begins at 4:30PM; lecture starts at 5:00PM.

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