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Calendar: Public Events

Jul 6, 2018

8:45 am

8:45 am

Minimal Surfaces and Mean Curvature Flow

Sloan Hall, Room 380C

Sloan Hall, Room 380C

A Meeting in Honor of Brian White July 6-July 8, 2018 Stanford University Join us in celebrating Brian White’s long career of highly original contributions to Geometric Measure Theory, Minimal Surfaces, and Mean Curvature Flow. Here is a link to the poster for the meeting. More information is available at the conference website

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 18, 2018

9:00 am

9:00 am

Maryam Mirzakhani made dramatic advances in our understanding of the geometry and dynamics of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. After receiving her PhD from Harvard in 2004, under the guidance of Curtis McMullen, she was a Clay fellow and professor at Princeton University before coming to Stanford University for the remainder of her career.

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 14, 2017

10:00 am

10:00 am

Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS)

UCLA Mathematics, IPAM

UCLA Mathematics, IPAM

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”

Jun 5, 2017

9:45 am

9:45 am

SOLOMON FEFERMAN MEMORIAL SYMPOSIUM

Cordura Hall (Barwise Room), CSLI

Cordura Hall (Barwise Room), CSLI

There will be a Memorial Symposium exploring parts of the life’s work of our late colleague, the late Solomon Feferman, held at Stanford under the joint sponsorship of the Departments of Philosophy and Mathematics. It will take place on June 5, 2017, just after (and in connection with) this year’s CSLI Logic conference.

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 19, 2017

9:00 am

9:00 am

JOSEPH B. KELLER MEMORIAL CONFERENCE

Sloan Mathematics Center

Sloan Mathematics Center

We are hosting a workshop on Applied Mathematics in memory of Joe Keller at Stanford, May 19–21, 2017.

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“

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