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Calendar: Public Events

Oct 1, 2018

2:30 pm

2:30 pm

Paul Seidel (MIT)

“Lefschetz Pencils and their Noncommutative Counterparts”

“Lefschetz Pencils and their Noncommutative Counterparts”

Jun 17, 2018

12:30 pm

12:30 pm

Commencement Sunday June 17, 2018

Oak Grove between Sequoia & Sloan Halls

Oak Grove between Sequoia & Sloan Halls

The Mathematics Department, in conjunction with the Statistics and Mathematical & Computer Science Departments, will be conferring diplomas to this year’s graduates on Sunday, June 17, 2018, immediately following the University’s ceremony. The Mathematics diploma ceremony will take place in the oak grove between Sequoia Hall and Sloan Hall at 12:30pm.

May 30, 2018

4:40 pm

4:40 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series

Math 384-H

Math 384-H

Antoine Gloria (Universite Paris VI)

“A Theory of Fluctuations in Stochastic Homogenization”

“A Theory of Fluctuations in Stochastic Homogenization”

May 30, 2018

3:30 pm

3:30 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series

Math 384-H

Math 384-H

Antoine Gloria (Universite Paris VI)

“Large-scale Regularity and Oscillations in Stochastic Homogenization”

“Large-scale Regularity and Oscillations in Stochastic Homogenization”

May 29, 2018

4:00 pm

4:00 pm

Distinguished Lecture Series

Math 384-H

Math 384-H

Antoine Gloria (Universite Paris VI)

“Stochastic Homogenization: Regularity, Oscillations, and Fluctuations”

“Stochastic Homogenization: Regularity, Oscillations, and Fluctuations”

May 24, 2018

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

Nike Sun (UC Berkeley)

“Phase Transitions in Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems” Assistant Professor Nike Sun will discuss random constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs). Broadly, these are large systems of variables subject to randomly generated constraints. Examples include random graph coloring problems and the random k-SAT problem. For a broad class of random CSP models, heuristic methods from statistical physics yield detailed predictions on a rich set of phase transitions and other phenomena, reminiscent of behaviors seen in models of spin glasses or disordered magnets.

“Phase Transitions in Random Constraint Satisfaction Problems” Assistant Professor Nike Sun will discuss random constraint satisfaction problems (CSPs). Broadly, these are large systems of variables subject to randomly generated constraints. Examples include random graph coloring problems and the random k-SAT problem. For a broad class of random CSP models, heuristic methods from statistical physics yield detailed predictions on a rich set of phase transitions and other phenomena, reminiscent of behaviors seen in models of spin glasses or disordered magnets.

May 8, 2018

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

Public Lecture: David Donoho

Cubberley Auditorium

Cubberley Auditorium

David Donoho (Stanford University)

Leaping from Blackboard to Bedside: Medical Imaging and Higher-Dimensional Geometry In 2017, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device by General Electric and Siemens entered the marketplace with an advertised 10-fold speedup over traditional MRI and the potential to impact 80 million MRI scans annually. This talk will discuss the applications and some of the mathematics behind this advance, coming from the field of “compressed sensing” that leverages higher-dimensional geometry in novel ways.

Leaping from Blackboard to Bedside: Medical Imaging and Higher-Dimensional Geometry In 2017, a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device by General Electric and Siemens entered the marketplace with an advertised 10-fold speedup over traditional MRI and the potential to impact 80 million MRI scans annually. This talk will discuss the applications and some of the mathematics behind this advance, coming from the field of “compressed sensing” that leverages higher-dimensional geometry in novel ways.

Apr 12, 2018

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

Frances Kirwan (Oxford)

“Moduli spaces of unstable curves”

“Moduli spaces of unstable curves”

Apr 5, 2018

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

The Mathematics Research Center Distinguished Lecture Series Presents: Erwin Bolthausen (University of Zurich)

Building 380, Room 380W

Building 380, Room 380W

Erwin Bolthausen (University of Zurich)

“On the Pekar process and its connection with the polaron problem” The polaron describes an electron coupled to a polar crystal. A particular Hamiltonian was proposed by Herbert Froehlich. Already Feynman formulated the problem in terms of path integrals which leads to a three dimensional Brownian motion with a singular, and attractive, interaction kernel.

“On the Pekar process and its connection with the polaron problem” The polaron describes an electron coupled to a polar crystal. A particular Hamiltonian was proposed by Herbert Froehlich. Already Feynman formulated the problem in terms of path integrals which leads to a three dimensional Brownian motion with a singular, and attractive, interaction kernel.

Mar 8, 2018

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

Jonathan Mattingly

Quantifying Gerrymandering: a mathematician goes to court In October 2017, I found myself testifying for hours in a federal court. I had not been arrested. Rather, I was attempting to quantify gerrymandering using analysis which grew from asking whether a surprising 2012 election was indeed surprising. It hinged on probing the geopolitical structure of North Carolina using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm.

Quantifying Gerrymandering: a mathematician goes to court In October 2017, I found myself testifying for hours in a federal court. I had not been arrested. Rather, I was attempting to quantify gerrymandering using analysis which grew from asking whether a surprising 2012 election was indeed surprising. It hinged on probing the geopolitical structure of North Carolina using a Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm.

Mar 7, 2018

3:30 am

3:30 am

Charles Fefferman (Princeton University)

Wednesday, March 7 – 3:30 pm — Room 380W Fitting smooth functions to data: Let X be our favorite Banach space of continuous functions on R^n. Given a function f defined on some given subset of R^n, how can we decide whether f extends to a function F on all of R^n, belonging to the space X?

Wednesday, March 7 – 3:30 pm — Room 380W Fitting smooth functions to data: Let X be our favorite Banach space of continuous functions on R^n. Given a function f defined on some given subset of R^n, how can we decide whether f extends to a function F on all of R^n, belonging to the space X?

Feb 8, 2018

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

“On the mathematical theory of graphene and its artificial analogues” Professor Michael I Weinstein, Columbia University Graphene is a two-dimensional material made up of a single atomic layer of carbon atoms arranged in honeycomb pattern. Many of its remarkable electronic properties, e.g. quasi-particles (wave-packets) that propagate as massless relativistic particles and topologically protected edge states, are closely related to the spectral properties of the underlying single-electron Hamiltonian: -Laplacian + V(x),where V(x) is a potential with the symmetries of a hexagonal tiling of the plane.

Nov 2, 2017

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

HENRI POINCARÉ DISTINGUISHED LECTURER

Math 380-W

Math 380-W

Dan Freed (University of Texas at Austin)

Oct 7, 2017

10:00 am

10:00 am

35th Bay Area Discrete Math (BADMath) Day

St. Mary’s College, Galileo Hall, Room 201

St. Mary’s College, Galileo Hall, Room 201

Oct 5, 2017

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

PUBLIC LECTURE

Cubberley Auditorium

Cubberley Auditorium

Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute for Advanced Study)

“Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter”

“Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter”

May 23, 2017

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

MRC DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

Math 380-W

Math 380-W

Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institute, Bonn)

“Higher representation theory“

“Higher representation theory“

May 18, 2017

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

MRC DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

Math 380-W

Math 380-W

Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institute, Bonn)

“Constructible sheaves“

“Constructible sheaves“

May 16, 2017

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

MRC DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

Math 380-W

Math 380-W

Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institute, Bonn)

“Algebraic representations“

“Algebraic representations“

Apr 27, 2017

3:00 pm

3:00 pm

Ofer Zeitouni (Weizmann Institute)

“Cover times in the critical dimension“

“Cover times in the critical dimension“

Apr 26, 2017

4:15 pm

4:15 pm

Ofer Zeitouni (Weizmann Institute)

“Heat kernels for Liouville Brownian motion, Gaussian multiplicative chaos, and non-universality“

“Heat kernels for Liouville Brownian motion, Gaussian multiplicative chaos, and non-universality“

Apr 20, 2017

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

Ofer Zeitouni (Weizmann Institute)

“Nonlinear PDEs, random walk, Gaussian processes, random matrices and the zeta function“

“Nonlinear PDEs, random walk, Gaussian processes, random matrices and the zeta function“

Mar 9, 2017

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

KAI-LAI CHUNG MEMORIAL LECTURE

Pigott Hall/Bldg. 260, Room 113

Pigott Hall/Bldg. 260, Room 113

Laurent Saloff-Coste (Cornell)

~~NOTE CORRECTED VENUE~~“Groups and random walks”

~~NOTE CORRECTED VENUE~~“Groups and random walks”

Feb 2, 2017

7:30 pm

7:30 pm

PUBLIC LECTURE

CEMEX Auditorium

CEMEX Auditorium

Ingrid Daubechies (Duke)

“Mathematicians helping Art Historians and Art Conservators“

“Mathematicians helping Art Historians and Art Conservators“

Nov 14, 2016

4:00 pm

4:00 pm

MRC DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

Math 383-N

Math 383-N

Takashi Tsuboi (University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Mathematics)

“Old and New problems on diffeomorphism groups” Part III

“Old and New problems on diffeomorphism groups” Part III

Nov 11, 2016

12:00 pm

12:00 pm

MRC DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

Math 383-N

Math 383-N

Misha Gromov (NYU and IHÉS)

“The unknown unknown in the logic of the mind”

“The unknown unknown in the logic of the mind”

Nov 10, 2016

4:30 pm

4:30 pm

MRC DISTINGUISHED LECTURER SERIES

Math 380-C

Math 380-C

Misha Gromov (NYU and IHÉS)

~~NOTE DIFFERENT ROOM~~ “Scalar curvature, convex polyhedra and differential operators”

~~NOTE DIFFERENT ROOM~~ “Scalar curvature, convex polyhedra and differential operators”

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