MSCS Seminar Calendar

Tuesday January 17, 2017
pdf * Quantum Topology / Hopf Algebra Seminar
Knots and Graphs
Louis Kauffman (UIC)
2:00 PM in SEO 612
This talk will be an introduction to the reformulation of knot theory in terms of special moves on signed planar graphs, derived from the checkerboard coloring of a knot diagram. The talk is entirely elementary and self-contained and is of interest to students of topology and/or graph theory

pdf * Special Colloquium
Parsimonious Modeling of the Inverse Regression
Aaron Molstad (University of Minnesota)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
In the first part of the talk, we propose a new class of estimators of the multivariate response linear regression coefficient matrix that exploits the assumption that the response and predictors have a joint multivariate Normal distribution. This allows us to indirectly estimate the regression coefficient matrix through shrinkage estimation of the parameters of the inverse regression, or the conditional distribution of the predictors given the responses. We establish a convergence rate bound for estimators in our class. These estimators do not require the popular assumption that the forward regression coefficient matrix is sparse or has small Frobenius norm.
In this second part of the talk, we propose a penalized likelihood method to fit the linear discriminant analysis model when the predictor is matrix valued. We assume the precision matrix has a Kronecker product decomposition. Our penalties encourage pairs of response category mean matrix estimators to have equal entries and also encourage zeros in the precision matrix estimator. To compute our estimators, we use a blockwise coordinate descent algorithm. To update the optimization variables corresponding to response category mean matrices, we use an alternating minimization algorithm that takes advantage of the Kronecker structure of the precision matrix.

pdf * Logic Seminar
Definable Skolem functions for weakly o-minimal structures
Chris Shaw (Columbia College)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
In this talk we present an overview of progress on the question of which weakly o-minimal structures have definable Skolem functions. Given an o-minimal structure ${\mathcal M}$ expanding a group and a convex predicate $U$ interpreting a nonvaluational convex set, the structure $({\mathcal M}, U)$ fails to have definable Skolem functions, even after naming constants. More generally, any structure which is elementarily equivalent to a reduct of a model formed in this fashion will also fail to have definable Skolem functions. As a partial converse, when $({\mathcal M},U)$ is valuational, modulo adding constants, the expanded structure in fact does have definable Skolem functions. Time permitting, we will give some insight into algorithms that may be used to calculate these functions where they are present.
We will meet for lunch at noon on the first floor of SEO.
Wednesday January 18, 2017
pdf * Model Theory Seminar
Ax-Lindemann-Weierstrass for abelian varieties I
Dave Marker (UIC)
10:00 AM in SEO 427
A key point in Pila's diophantine work are results characterizing when algebraic varieties in the uniformization of an abelian variety project into algebraic varieties in the image. In these seminars, we will go through a new, elementary proof of this result due to Peterzil and Starchenko.

pdf * Graduate Algebraic K-theory Seminar
A review of Model Categories
Haldun Özgür Bayindir (UIC)
10:45 AM in SEO 1227

pdf * Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar
Moduli of Surfaces: Difficulties & Inroads, or: Things Fall Apart
Tabes Bridges (UIC)
3:00 PM in SEO 712
I will briefly review some history and state some relevant definitions, in particular the notion of a stable variety due to Kollár and Shepherd-Barron. I will then illustrate by example the greater subtleties that arise in studying families of surfaces. Finally, I will describe a few special cases in which progress has been made.

pdf * Special Colloquium
Promoting Similarity of Sparsity Structures in Integrative Analysis
Yuan Huang (Yale University)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
For data with high-dimensional covariates but small sample sizes, the analysis of a single dataset often suffers from a lack of power and poor reproducibility. The integrative analysis of multiple independent datasets provides an effective way of pooling information and outperforms single-dataset and several alternative multi-datasets methods. In this study, we consider penalized variable selection and estimation in integrative analysis. Advancing from the existing studies, we introduce a novel penalty to explicitly encourage the similarity of sparsity structures. This study is motivated by the practical consideration that under many scenarios, multiple datasets are expected to share common important covariates. Theoretically the proposed method has established selection and estimation consistency properties under the high dimensional settings. Numerically the proposed method has identification and estimation performance better than or comparable to the alternatives under a wide spectrum of simulation scenarios. In the analysis of three lung cancer datasets with gene expression measurements, the proposed method identifies genes with sound biological implications and satisfactory prediction performance.

pdf * Graduate Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
Introduction to Hyperbolic Space
Ellie Dannenberg (UIC)
3:00 PM in SEO 612
This semester, we're reading Casson and Bleiler's Automorphisms of Surfaces after Nielsen and Thurston. I'll be discussing section 1, which covers background material about hyperbolic space.
Thursday January 19, 2017
pdf * Quantum Topology / Hopf Algebra Seminar
Towards toposes and forcing: dependent types, toposes and presheaves
Jim Otto (UIC)
2:00 PM in SEO 612
We are working towards a double negation sheaves understanding of Cohen forcing, roughly as in Johnstone's Dover book, but with P-names. We describe categories and toposes using 1st order dependent types. And we show that, using the Yoneda lemma, categories of presheaves are toposes.
Friday January 20, 2017
pdf * Special Colloquium
Informative sampling of large database
Prof. Wei Zheng (Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
For many tasks of data analysis, a large database of explanatory variables is readily available, however, the responses are missing and expensive to obtain.  A natural remedy is to judiciously select a sample of the data, for which the responses are to be measured. In this paper, we adopt the classical criteria in design of experiments to quantify the information of a given sample. Then, we provide a theoretical justification for approximating the optimal sample problem by a continuous problem, for which fast algorithms can be further developed with the guarantee of global convergence. Our approach exhibits the following features: (i) The statistical efficiency of any candidate sample can be evaluated without knowing the exact optimal sample; (ii) It can be applied to a very wide class of statistical models; (iii) It can be integrated with a broad class of information criteria; (iv) It is scalable for big data.
Monday January 23, 2017
pdf * Commutative Algebra Seminar
Functorial Test modules
Axel Stabler (University of Michigan)
1:00 PM in SEO 427
In my talk I will report on joint work with Manuel Blickle. I will explain how one can generalize the definition of test ideals \tau to so-called Cartier modules in a functorial way. We obtain several transformation rules with respect to f^! and f_* for various classes of morphisms f: X \to Y, e.g. for f smooth one has an isomorphism f^! \tau = \tau f^!. Part of the reason for working in this generality is that one has an equivalence with constructible etale p-torsion sheaves up to nilpotence of Cartier modules and these results further support the idea that the test module construction relates to etale nearby cycles similarly to the complex situation where multiplier ideals relate to complex nearby cycles.

pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Gabriele La Nave (UIUC)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA

pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
Stability on valuations of a singularity
Chenyang Xu (MIT / BICMR)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
In higher dimensional geometry, it has been known that from many perspectives a log terminal singularity is a local analogue of Fano varieties. Many statements of Fano varieties have a counterpart for log terminal singularities. One central topic on the geometry of a Fano variety is its stability which in particular reflects whether the Fano variety carries a canonical metric. In this talk, we will discuss a recent joint work with Chi Li (some part still in progress) in which we want to establish a local stability theory of a fixed log terminal singularity. Inspired by the study from differential geometry, (e.g. tangent cone, Sasakian-Einstein metric), for any log terminal singularity, we investigate the valuation which has the minimal normalized volume. Our goal is to prove various properties of this valuation which enable us to degenerate the singularity to a K-semistable T-singularity (with a torus action) in the Sasakian-Einstein sense.
Tuesday January 24, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
Truncation in the Differential Field of Transseries
Santiago Camacho (UIUC)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
The theory of analyzable functions is based on the idea that certain classes of (germs of) functions equipped with a valuation can be understood by embedding them into fields of generalized series. One such clear example is the case of Analytic functions and Taylor expansions. We are interested in the cases in which this embedding can be obtained in a truncation closed way. That is embeddings in which all truncations of a series in the image of the embedding belong to the image as well. We will recall previously known results for certain classes of valued fields, and when can a truncation closed embedding be extended to specific ring extensions. We will then present results in the cases of differential ring and differential field extensions. We will conclude with an application in the field of Logarithmic-Exponential Transseries.
Monday January 30, 2017
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
Kirwan surjectivity for quiver varieties
Tom Nevins (UIUC)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
Many interesting hyperkahler, or more generally holomorphic symplectic, manifolds are constructed via hyperkahler/holomorphic symplectic reduction. For such a manifold there is a “hyperkahler Kirwan map,” from the equivariant cohomology of the original manifold to the reduced space. It is a long-standing question when this map is surjective (in the Kahler rather than hyperkahler case, this has been known for decades thanks to work of Atiyah-Bott and Kirwan). I’ll describe a resolution of the question (joint work with K. McGerty) for Nakajima quiver varieties: their cohomology is generated by Chern classes of “tautological bundles.” If there is time, I will explain that this is a particular instance of a general story in noncommutative geometry. The talk will not assume prior familiarity with any of the notions above.

pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
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Jinxin Xue (U of Chicago)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
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Tuesday January 31, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
TBA
Maxwell Levine (UIC)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Wednesday February 1, 2017
pdf * Algebraic K-Theory Seminar
The transfer in algebraic K-theory and THH
Cary Malkiewich (UIUC)
1:00 PM in SEO 1227
Let R -> A be a map of rings or ring spectra, and suppose that A is perfect (finitely generated projective) as an R-module. Then in addition to the usual map on algebraic K-theory K(R) -> K(A), there is a wrong-way "transfer" map K(A) -> K(R). In particular, when E -> B is a map of spaces whose homotopy fiber F is finitely dominated, this gives a wrong-way map on Waldhausen's functor A(B) -> A(E). We will ask a few fundamental questions about this transfer, and present the beginning of a program to answer these questions using trace methods. Our main results concern the corresponding transfer on THH, which in the A-theory case is a stable map of free loop spaces LB_+ -> LE_+. If there is time, we will also describe how our techniques are related to the study of fixed points of dynamical systems.
Monday February 6, 2017
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
Geometry and dynamics of free group automorphisms
Caglar Uyanik (UIUC)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
A common theme in geometric group theory is to obtain structural results about infinite groups by analyzing their action on metric spaces. In this talk, I will focus on two geometrically significant groups; mapping class groups and outer automorphism groups of free groups.We will describe a particular instance of how the dynamics and geometry of their actions on various spaces provide deeper information about the groups.
Friday February 10, 2017
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Carlos Kenig (The University of Chicago)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Monday February 13, 2017
pdf * Combinatorics Seminar
On the Ramsey-Turan number with small independence number
Andrzej Dudek (Western Michigan)
2:00 PM in SEO 612
In this talk we consider the following question motivated by the classical Turan and Ramsey theorems. What is the maximum number of edges in a K_t-free graph G of order n with the s-independence number smaller than f(n) (where the s-independence number is the maximum number of vertices in a K_s-free induced subgraph of G)? This problem attracted a considerable amount of attention and has been mainly studied for f not too much smaller than n. In this talk we consider f(n) = n^d for d<1. In particular, we show that the maximum number of edges in a K_{s+1}-free graph of order n with the s-independence number at most n^d (for any 1/2 < d < 1) is roughly speaking n^{1+d}.
Monday February 20, 2017
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Nicole Looper (Northwestern University)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Tuesday February 21, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
TBA
Monroe Eskew (VCU)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Wednesday February 22, 2017
pdf * Algebraic K-Theory Seminar
TBA
Saul Glasman (University of Minnesota)
1:00 PM in SEO 1227
Monday February 27, 2017
pdf * Computer Science Seminar
Complete Derandomization of Identity Testing of Read-Once Formulas
Ilya Volkovich (University of Michigan)
2:00 PM in SEO 612
In this paper we study the identity testing problem of arithmetic read-once formulas (ROF) and some related models. A read-once formula is formula (a circuit whose underlying graph is a tree) in which the operations are {+, ×} and such that every input variable labels at most one leaf. We obtain the first polynomial-time deterministic identity testing algorithm that operates in the black-box setting for read-once formulas, as well as some other related models. As an application, we obtain the first polynomial-time deterministic reconstruction algorithm for such formulas. Our results are obtained by improving and extending the analysis of the algorithm of Shpilka-Volkovich 09’. Joint work with Daniel Minahan.

pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Carolyn Abbott (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
3:00 PM in SEO 636

pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
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Gerard Awanou (UIC)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
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Tuesday February 28, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
TBA
Allen Gehret (UIUC)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Monday March 6, 2017
pdf * Combinatorics Seminar
TBA
Tom Bohman (Carnegie Mellon University)
2:00 PM in SEO 612

pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Malik Obeidin (UIUC)
3:00 PM in SEO 636

pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Jun Kitagawa (Michigan State University)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Tuesday March 7, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
TBA
James Cummings (Carnegie Mellon University)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Friday March 10, 2017
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Open House/Recruitment Day (UIC)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Monday March 13, 2017
pdf * Combinatorics Seminar
TBA
Yi Zhao (Georgia State)
2:00 PM in SEO 612

pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Caleb Ashley (University of Michigan)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Tuesday March 14, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
TBA
Filippo Calderoni (Università di Torino)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Wednesday March 15, 2017
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Viswanath Devanarayan (Abbivie)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Monday March 27, 2017
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Sam Nariman (Northwestern University)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA

pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Zhiwu Lin (Georgia Institute of Technology)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Tuesday March 28, 2017
pdf * Logic Seminar
TBA
Gabriel Conant (Notre Dame )
4:00 PM in SEO 427
Wednesday March 29, 2017
pdf * Algebraic K-Theory Seminar
TBA
Marco Varisco (SUNY-Albany)
1:00 PM in SEO 1227
Friday March 31, 2017
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
James Freitag (The University of Illinois at Chicago)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Monday April 3, 2017
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Nick Salter (University of Chicago)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA

pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Trevor Leslie (University of Illinois at Chicago)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Monday April 10, 2017
pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Nathan Clement (Wisconsin )
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Wednesday April 12, 2017
pdf * Algebraic K-Theory Seminar
TBA
Michael Groechenig (Berlin)
1:00 PM in SEO 1227

pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Samuel Grushevsky (Stonybrook)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
TBA

pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Ju-Yi Yen (University of Cincinnati)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
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Monday April 17, 2017
pdf * Combinatorics Seminar
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Boris Bukh (Carnegie Mellon University)
2:00 PM in SEO 612

pdf * Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar
TBA
Emily Cliff (UIUC)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA

pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Dongho Chae (Chung-Ang University)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Wednesday April 19, 2017
pdf * Algebraic K-Theory Seminar
TBA
Mauro Porta (University of Pennsylvania)
1:00 PM in SEO 1227

pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Xi Geng (Carnegie Mellon University)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
Friday April 21, 2017
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
TBA
Sándor Kovács (University of Washington)
3:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Monday April 24, 2017
pdf * Analysis and Applied Mathematics Seminar
TBA
Zoran Grujic (University of Virginia)
4:00 PM in SEO 636
TBA
Wednesday April 26, 2017
pdf * Statistics Seminar
TBA
Prof. Hsin-Hsiung Huang (University of Central Florida)
4:00 PM in SEO 636

pdf * Algebraic Geometry Seminar
TBA
Tommaso de Fernex (University of Utah)
4:00 PM in SEO 427
TBA
Friday April 28, 2017
pdf * Departmental Colloquium
Height Zeta Functions
Yuri Tschinkel (NYU and Simons Foundation )
3:00 PM in TBA
Atkin Memorial Lecture
HTML 5 CSS FAE
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