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# Colloquia — Spring 2018

## Friday, April 20, 2018

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Michael Kosorok
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Chris Tsokos

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## Friday, April 13, 2018

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Williams College
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Nagle Lecure Series Committee

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## Friday, April 6, 2018

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Sayan Mukherjee
Duke University
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
K. M. Ramachandran

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## Friday, March 30, 2018

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Recent Advances in Delay-Differential Equations
John Mallet-Parret
Brown University
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Yuncheng You

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In this talk we discuss some aspects of delay-differential equations. The historical roots of the subject date from the earliest twentieth century. At that time much of the focus was on linear equations arising in applications in science and engineering, and the methods were often formal and ad hoc. Beginning in the 1960's more attention was paid to nonlinear systems, and a firm theoretical foundation based on infinite-dimensional dynamical systems was established. What has emerged since then is a body of theory with a rich mathematical structure that draws from numerous areas, including dynamical systems, functional analysis, and topology, and which retains close ties with applications. We shall discuss various recent results and ongoing research in delay equations, and we shall also mention some open problems in the field.

## Friday, March 23, 2018

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Rogue waves in integrable systems
Jianke Yang
University of Vermont
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Wen-Xiu Ma

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Rogue waves are instantaneous large localized waves which arise from a constant background and then retreat back to the same background. They attracted significant interest in recent years due to their relevance to physical phenomena such as freak waves in the ocean and extreme waves in optics. In integrable systems, such waves admit exact analytical expressions and represent a special but important class of solutions. In this talk, we report our work on rogue waves in integrable systems, including the nonlinear Schroedinger equation, the Davey-Stewartson equations, the Ablowitz-Ladik equation and a nonlocal parity-time-symmetric nonlinear Schroedinger equation.

## Friday, March 9, 2018

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Quandle and its applications to knots
Takefumi Nosaka
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo, Japan
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Masahico Saito

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Quandle is a certain algebraic system, and has applications to knot theory, including “quandle cocycle invariant” which was defined by M. Saito, etc. I show that every cohomology (bilinear) pairing of any knot can be described by a quandle cocycle invariant, and give some relations to classical knot-invariant. In this talk, I begin by introducing quandles, and explain the basic and benefits. Furthermore, I briefly present some of my results, and applications to low-dimensional topology.

## Friday, March 2, 2018

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Spanning cycles and 2-factors in hypergraphs
Andrzej Czygrinow
Arizona State University
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Theo Molla

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Dirac's theorem states that every graph on n vertices with minimum degree at least $$n/2$$ has a spanning cycle. There are many related results on 2-factors in graphs which generalize this fundamental fact. In this talk we will discuss possible analogs and generalizations of these results to hypergraphs. It turns out that even in the case of 3-uniform hypergraphs there are a few different ways of approaching this problem, as cycles and degrees can be defined in multiple ways.

## Friday, February 16, 2018

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Computer Networking and Security Studies for Cyber-Physical Infrastructures
Kaiqi Xiong
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130

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As the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted, IT spending will reach $5 billion by 2020 —$1.7 billion more than today — driven by the 3rd cyber-physical infrastructures consisting of cloud, mobile, social media, and big data technologies. Computer networking and security plays a very important role in cyber-physical infrastructures. Furthermore, the United Nations predicted in 2016 that an estimated 60% of the world’s population would live in urban areas and one in every three people would settle down in a city by 2030. With a large portion of the population moving into urban areas, people will face various unprecedented challenges interacting with cyber-physical infrastructures. In this talk, I will give an overview of the research in my group and discuss several key computer networking and security challenges we have studied and will continue to address. Then, I will outline a few research topics with potential collaboration in the cyber-physical infrastructures.

## Friday, February 9, 2018

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What Are Zeta Functions?
Daqing Wan
University of California, Irvine
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Xiang-dong Hou

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Zeta functions are central topics in number theory and arithmetic algebraic geometry. They can be viewed as generating functions for counting “points” (or “solutions”) of polynomial equations, thus contain deep arithmetic and geometric information of the equations. We will explain various zeta functions from this point-of-view, including the Riemann zeta function, the Hasse-Weil zeta function, and zeta functions over finite fields. This introductory talk is accessible to advanced undergraduate students and beginning graduate students.

## Friday, February 2, 2018

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Topological structure in neural systems
University of Delaware
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Nataša Jonoska

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Twenty-first century neuroscience has been marked by an extraordinary leap in the quantity of data produced by experiments: it is now possible in animal models to record from thousands of individual neural units for days at a stretch, and this growth appears likely to accelerate. However, like much data about biological systems, this data is still expensive to obtain, noisy, and a dramatic sub-sampling of the system being studied. Such confounds make many standard mathematical techniques difficult or impossible to apply. However, one promising recent approach to understanding such complex systems is through techniques adapted from algebraic and combinatorial topology. This language maps surprisingly well onto various qualitative characterizations of neural systems that have been discovered by experimental and theoretical neuroscientists, and provides quantitative tools for understanding and comparing the resulting models. In this talk, we will survey this connection, then focus on a couple of specific examples involving how neural systems represent information.

## Friday, January 26, 2018

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Dispersive equations with potential
Marius Beceanu
SUNY at Albany
3:00pm-4:00pm
CMC 130
Razvan Teodorescu

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I'll present some applications of Wiener's Theorem to the study of dispersive equations with scalar potential.

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