Past Events at the University of British Columbia

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Past Events

  • 20-Jun-08

The Ekeland Banquet 2008

The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) cordially invites you to attend the Ekeland Banquet, recognizing the contributions of Professor Ivar Ekeland.    more››

Scientific Event

  • 16-Jun-08
  • 22-Jun-08

Workshop on Variational Methods and Nash-Moser

Mini-course 1 The Nash-Moser method and applications (Massimiliano Berti and Philippe Bolle) Lecture 1: Periodic and quasiperiodic solutions near an elliptic equilibrium for Hamiltonian PDEs:   more››

Scientific Event

  • 12-Jun-08

Why Simple Algorithms Can Be Complex: Toward a Systematic Study of Algorithms?

Richard Karp has called Computer Science the systematic study of algorithms. This raises the question as to how much the design and analysis of algorithms is a systematic study or science as opposed to say an art form as suggested by the title of Don   more››

Scientific Event

  • 11-Jun-08
  • 8-Jul-08

Summer School in Probability: An ACCELERATE BC Graduate Training Event

Discrete Spatial Processes in Probability, Geoffrey Grimmett (University of Cambridge, UK) Math 609E section 921 - catalogue #222075 Click h   more››

Scientific Event

  • 9-Jun-08
  • 26-Jun-08

Index Theory for Symplectic Matrix Paths with Applications

The fundamental solution of a linear Hamiltonian system is a symplectic matrix path starting from the identity matrix. The study of the index theory of symplectic paths aims at understanding properties of solutions of nonlinear Hamiltonian systems vi   more››

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  • 30-May-08
  • 19-May-08
  • 25-May-08

Lie Theory and Geometry: The Mathematical Legacy of Bertram Kostant

One Hour Talks Anton Alekseev, University of Geneva Title: The Kashiwara-Vergne conjecture and Drinfeld's associators Michel Brion, U   more››

Scientific Event

  • 15-May-08

Ptolemy's theorem and extensions

Ptolemy's theorem is where serious trigonometry starts, although it is chords of circles rather than right triangles which are the building blocks. Ptolemy's theorem deals with cyclic quadrilaterals, their sides and the diagonals. In Ptolemy's book,   more››

Scientific Event

  • 11-May-08
  • 12-Jun-08

IGTC Graduate Summer School in Mathematical Biology

The summer school will consist of a one month long graduate course, given by Leah Edelstein-Keshet, with three guest instructors: Profs.   more››

Scientific Event

  • 29-Apr-08

2008 DG-MP-PDE Seminar-10

On the size of the outermost minimal surface in a compact 3-manifold with a spherical boundary   more››

Scientific Event

  • 24-Apr-08
  • 25-Apr-08

National Program in Complex Data Structures

Dr. Igor Burstyn. Occupational Medicine, University of Alberta. Title: A vignette from occupational epidemiology: Stitching evidence from tattered fabric Dr. Mahyar Etminan. Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evalua   more››

Scientific Event

  • 15-Apr-08
  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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››

Scientific Event

  • 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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