## Past Events at the University of British Columbia

### Past Events

- 17-Sep-07

Donaldson-Thomas and Gromov-Witten theory of orbifolds and their resolutions

A general principle in physics asserts that string theory on a Calabi-Yau orbifold should be equivalent to string theory on any Calabi-Yau resolution of the orbifold. A mathematical realization of this principle is the idea that Donaldson-Th more››

Scientific Event

- 14-Sep-07

Early History of Singular Perturbations (1904-1940)

This equationless talk will describe how singular perturbations began in the ten-minute talk of Ludwig Prandtl at the 3rd International Congress of Mathematicians and how it developed slowly, culminating in the efflux out of Goettingen after 1933 more››

Scientific Event

- 13-Sep-07

Cubic points on cubic curves and the Brauer-Manin obstruction on K3 surfaces

It is well-known that not all varieties over Q satisfy the Hasse principle. The famous Selmer curve given by 3x3 + 4y3 + 5z3 = 0 in P2, for instance, indeed has points over every completion of Q, but no points over Q itself. Though it is trivial to f more››

Scientific Event

- 13-Sep-07

Deligne's functorial Riemann-Roch formula

We shall formulate a refinement, due to Deligne, of the Riemann-Roch theorem for fibrations of curves. This theorem provides canonical isomorphisms between certain determinant bundles. We shall show how this theorem leads to a new co more››

Scientific Event

- 12-Sep-07

Spaces of Homomorphisms and Group Cohomology

In this talk I will discuss the construction of a family of simplicial spaces built of spaces of homomorphisms. This family yields a filtration of the classifying space of a group and it is parametrized by group theoretical data. more››

Scientific Event

- 12-Sep-07

A balls and boxes Markov chain

Consider N boxes, each with R balls in. Each step, pick two boxes uniformly at random. If the first box is not empty, move a ball from the first box to the second. The empirical distribution tends to the geometric law with mean R. We look at the t more››

Scientific Event

- 11-Sep-07

On Some Inverse Problems, Regularization, Level Sets, Conjugate Gradients and Sparse Solutions

In this informal talk I will attempt to draw some connections among the various items appearing in the title. Emphasis will be placed on the role of regularization and on efficient solution techniques for tough reconstruction problems. more››

Scientific Event

- 7-Sep-07

The fixed formula and Nori's approach to the Riemann-Roch theorem

We shall explain the content of the Lefschetz fixed point formula in the coherent setting and we shall explain its connection, established by M. Nori, with the Riemann-Roch theorem. Detailed computations in the case of curves will be given. more››

Scientific Event

- 22-Aug-07
- 31-Aug-07

Workshop on the Cycle Double Cover Conjecture

The Cycle Double Cover Conjecture (CDC) was proposed independently by P.D. Seymour (1979) and G. Szekeres (1973). The conjecture is easy to state: "For finite every 2-connected graph, there is a list of cycles (polygons) such that every more››

Scientific Event

- 20-Aug-07
- 22-Aug-07

The 19th Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry

The 19th Annual Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry (CCCG 2007) will be held in Ottawa, Canada on August 20-22, 2007 at Carleton University, with a welcome reception on the evening of August 19th more››

Scientific Event

- 20-Aug-07

Which way to go? Modeling eukaryotic chemotaxis

Chemotaxis is characterized by directed movement of cells up a chemical gradient. It is a key component in a multitude of biological processes, including neuronal patterning, wound healing, embryogenesis, and cancer metastasis. Even though many of more››

Scientific Event

- 13-Aug-07
- 17-Aug-07

International Conference of Theoretical and Numerical Fluid Mechanics III

The International Conference of Theoretical and Numerical Fluid Mechanics III is being held in honor of Professors Giovanni Paolo Galdi and Rolf Rannacher, in celebration of their sixtieth birthdays. Reflecting their interests, it will be an more››

Scientific Event

- 8-Aug-07

A fundamental problem of cell biology is to understand how cells make measurements and then make behavioral decisions in response to these measurements. The full answer to this question is not known but there are some underlying principles that ar more››

Scientific Event

- 7-Aug-07

- 7-Aug-07

Morphogen Gradients Stable During Growth? an example in plant development

In plant development, the phytohormone auxin plays a key-role, controlling cell identity, cell division and cell expansion. Interestingly, in both distal regions of plant roots and shoots, characteristic auxin maxima have been found which correlat more››

Scientific Event

- 6-Aug-07
- 19-Aug-07

Summer School on Particle Physics, Cosmology and Strings

The Summer School on Particle Physics, Cosmology and Strings is the 5th in an ongoing series offered by Perimeter Institute and PIMS. The summer school is targeted at 40 advanced graduate students in high energy physics with interests in at least one more››

Scientific Event

- 25-Jul-07

The talk will show how a lot of classical results about topological manifolds can be proved using a little bit of controlled topology. more››

Scientific Event

- 21-Jul-07
- 23-Jul-07

Mechanical Behaviour of Glassy Materials

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Scientific Event

- 18-Jul-07

Understanding the stability of lipid bilayers

Lipid bilayers demonstrate an intriguing combination of properties: at a microscopic scale they consist of individual molecules without covalent bonding, but at larger scales they show behaviour reminiscent of elastic solids. Energy-based models, more››

Scientific Event

- 25-Jun-07