Past Events at the University of British Columbia

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Past Events

  • 15-Apr-08

Learn from Thy Neighbour: Parallel-Chain Adaptive MCMC

A considerable amount of effort has been recently invested in developing a comprehensive theory for adaptive MCMC. In comparison, there are fewer adaptive algorithms designed for practical situations. I will review some of the theoretical approaches   more››

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  • 7-Apr-08

Particle Patterns in Dissipative Systems

Particle patterns mean any spatially localized structures sustained by the balance between inflow and outflow of energy/material, which arise in the form of chemical blobs, discharge patterns, morphological spots, or binary convection cells. These ar   more››

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  • 3-Apr-08
  • 6-Apr-08

Disease Dynamics 2008

This workshop will bring together scientists working on mathematical modeling of viral disease with a focus on viral evolution and epidemiology, and with particular application to influenza and HIV. Please note: People   more››

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  • 27-Mar-08

Effective equidistribution of Hecke eigenvalues

For a fixed prime p, we consider the space S(N,k) of cusp forms of weight k and level N, with N coprime to p. In 1995, J.-P. Serre proved the existence of a measure up with respect to which the eigenvalues of the pth Hecke operator acting on S(N,k) a   more››

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  • 27-Mar-08

Characters and things

In this expository talk, I'll be discussing the work of Granville and Soundararajan on sums of multiplicative functions in arithmetic progressions.   more››

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  • 26-Mar-08

The stakes of capture-recapture models with state uncertainty

The development of the use of CR multistate models is a major feature of the last 5 years. However, concerns have rightfully appeared about uncertainty in state assignment. I examine situations where uncertainties seem to be intrinsic such as with   more››

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  • 26-Mar-08

Error Estimates of Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Elliptic Problems

We introduce the discontinuous Galerkin methods for elliptic problems, which are closely related to the penalty methods, to establish the optimal error estimates in the energy and L^2 norms of the discontinuous Galerkin methods, and to verify the   more››

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  • 26-Mar-08

Geometric approaches to parameter estimation for differential equations.

Parameter estimation for differential equations is a fundamental problem, but work in this area is incomplete. One difficulty is the presence of local minima which trap optimization algorithms, resulting in poor fits. Incorporating geometric featu   more››

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  • 26-Mar-08

The Adams-Riemann-Roch theorem and applications

We shall formulate the Adams-Riemann-Roch theorem, which is a refinement of the Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem taking into account torsion. We shall apply the theorem to the de Rham complex. This will lead to a conjecture on the torsion of the   more››

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  • 25-Mar-08

Composition of Time-Consistent Dynamic Monetary Risk Measures in Discrete Time

In discrete time, every time-consistent dynamic monetary risk measure can be written as a composition of one-step risk measures. We exploit this structure to give new dual representation results for time-consistent convex monetary risk measures in   more››

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  • 21-Mar-08

Models of Initiation and Propagation of Dendritic Spikes in Hippocampal CA1 Pyramidal Neurons

In computational models of hippocampal CA1 pyramidal neurons with active dendrites, distal synaptic inputs trigger dendritic spikes, but in many cases these spikes do not propagate reliably to the soma to produce output action potentials in the ax   more››

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  • 21-Mar-08

Do we know WENO?

The weighted essentially non-oscillatory (WENO) methods are popular spatial discretization methods for hyperbolic partial differential equations. In this talk I show that the combination of the widely used fifth-order WENO spatial discretization (   more››

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  • 20-Mar-08

The moduli space of homotopy G-spheres

I will discuss joint work with Jesper Grodal. A homotopy G sphere is a space that is homotopy equivalent to a sphere and has an action of the group G. Two homotopy G spheres are equivalent if there is a zigzag of equivariant weak equivalneces that   more››

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  • 20-Mar-08

Neighboring clusters at Bernoulli percolation

The study of Bernoulli percolation on general infinite transitive graphs was initiated by a paper of Benjamini and Schramm in 1996, and has been intensive since then. One of the interesting phenomena is that for certain graphs there is a value of   more››

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  • 20-Mar-08

Entropy functionals and the Ricci flow

In this talk I'll present my recent results on the log entropy functional and the Sobolev inequalities along the Ricci flow, including their applications to the Ricci flow with surgery. I'll also present the extension of these results to noncompa   more››

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  • 20-Mar-08

2008 DG-MP-PDE Seminar-09

Entropy functionals and the Ricci flow   more››

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  • 19-Mar-08

Invariants of 3-dimensional Kirby calculus and representation theory

Just as the Jones polynomial can be constructed from the Kauffman bracket, the coloured Jones polynomia l can be obtained from a coloured version of the Kauffman bracket, known as `Temperley-Lieb recoupling theory'. If the bracket is eval uated a   more››

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  • 19-Mar-08

Direct Numerical Simulation of Particulate Flows with Collisions

The comprehension of fluid/solid interactions in moderately to highly concentrated particulate flows is still limited even if the fluid is Newtonian and particles are assumed to be ideal spheres (or circular cylinders in 2D modelling). M ost of t   more››

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  • 18-Mar-08

Asymptotic stability of ground states in 3D subcritical nonlinear Schroedinger equation

The talk will start with an overview of asymptotic stability results for NLS. By definition, the ground states are stable if a solution starting nearby decomposes into a part convergent to a ground state and a part radiating away. For ma ny years   more››

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  • 18-Mar-08

Novel strategies for G-CSF support of severe prolonged neutropenia

We develop, in an axiomatic fashion, structurally stable mathematical equations that describe the G-CSF -neutrophil dynamics (the majority of the white blood cells are neutrophils. G- CSF is a factor that may be injected to help patients p   more››

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