Past Events at the University of British Columbia

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Past Events

  • 1-Nov-06

Some self-interacting random walks

We will discuss two different classes of self-interacting random walks. Firstly, in joint work with Akira Sakai, we consider a simple model of a random walk with reinforcement but with very short term spatial memory. The simplicity of these 'Senil   more››

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  • 24-Oct-06

Some mathematical challenges in nuclear medical imaging problems

We give a brief description of some of the challenging problems in medical imaging, particularly those related to nuclear medicine. We will describe some recent progress made in dual-isotope SPECT image reconstruction - obtaining two images from a   more››

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  • 24-Oct-06

Gaussian processes, kinematic formulae and Poincare's limit

The main aim of this talk will be to prove the specific result that the mean invariant measures of the excursion sets f^{-1}(D) of the vector-valued isotropic Gaussian process f on the n-sphere have a specific form, highly reminiscent of the Kinem   more››

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  • 23-Oct-06

New geometric and functional analytic ideas arising from problems in symplectic geometry

The study of moduli spaces of holomorphic curves in symplectic geometry is the key ingredient for the construction of symplectic invariants. These moduli spaces are suitable compactifications of solution spaces of a first order nonlinear Cauchy-Ri   more››

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  • 23-Oct-06

The quantum McKay correspondence in dimension two

Let G be a finite subgroup of SU(2). The classical McKay correspondence describes the cohomology ring of Y the minimal resolution of C2/G in terms of the representation theory of G. We give a description of the quantum cohomology of Y in terms of   more››

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  • 23-Oct-06

Wild fish, farmed fish and sea lice—a big-box model with spatial effects

The Anderson-May dynamical model for host-macroparasite systems is extended to include resource limitation and the distribution of both resource limitation effects and parasite pathogenicity over host mortality and natality. When the equilibrium h   more››

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  • 19-Oct-06

Fluid Mathematical Models of Traffic Flow

I will start with a few basic facts on other types of description (microscopic, kinetic ...) Then I will talk about fluid models, of 'first order': Lighthill-Whitham-Richards (LWR) , i.e. a scalar conservation law, robust and (too ?) simple. The f   more››

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  • 19-Oct-06

Impact of Travel Between Patches for Spatial Spread of Disease

A patch model is proposed to study the impact of travel on the spatial spread of disease between patches. The basic reproduction number for the i-th patch in isolation, is obtained along with the basic reproduction number of the system, $mathcal{R   more››

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  • 18-Oct-06

Arithmetic Fuchsian groups of genus two

A hyperbolic 2- or 3-orbifold M is called arithmetic if M = H^2/G or H^3/G where G is an arithmetic Fuchsian or Kleinian group, respectively. Considerable work has been done in the last two decades classifying these groups. I will explain how arit   more››

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  • 16-Oct-06

Frozen boundaries and log-fronts

In this talk, based on a joint work with Richard Kenyon and Grisha Mikhalkin, Andrei Okounkov will discuss some simple binary operation on plane curves which 1) generalizes classical duality for plane curves, 2) arises naturally in probabilistic c   more››

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  • 16-Oct-06

Integral cohomology of singular toric varieties

The singular cohomology and Chow cohomology, with Q-coefficients, of projective toric varieties with at worst orbifold singularities are well-understood, but interesting problems remain for toric varieties with more serious singularities and for c   more››

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  • 12-Oct-06

Implicit Immersed Boundary Methods with Boundary Mass

The immersed boundary method is a general framework used to handle fluid-structure interactions. One computational bottleneck of the immersed boundary methods is that the elastic structures are often very stiff, necessitating the use of a very fin   more››

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  • 12-Oct-06
  • 16-Oct-06

Frontiers in Biophysics: Modelling and Experiment.

Frontiers in Biophysics: Modelling and Experiment is a weekend retreat that is being organized by graduate students and faculty in biophysics and mathematical biology at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. This event is   more››

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  • 11-Oct-06

Effect of noise on front propagation in KPP equations

We study random traveling waves in KPP equations with appropriate additive noise. We prove a very explicit conjecture of Brunet and Derrida concerning the dramatic slowdown of these fronts by the noise. This is joint work with Carl Mueller and Leo   more››

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  • 11-Oct-06

Aspects of Khovanov homology

Khovanov's construction of a homology theory for knots allows us to view the Jones polynomial as an Euler characteristic, provides a stronger knot invariant, and is the main tool for Rasmussen's combinatorial proof of the Milnor conjecture. In thi   more››

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  • 11-Oct-06

The 290-Theorem and Representing Numbers by Quadratic Forms

This talk will describe several finiteness theorems for quadratic forms, and progress on the question: "Which positive definite integer-valued quadratic forms represent all positive integers?". The answer to this question depends on sett   more››

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  • 10-Oct-06

Three challenges of Claude Shannon

In 1948/1949 Claude Shannon wrote two papers~[Sha48,Sha49] which became the foundation of modern information theory. The papers showed that information can be compressed up to the `entropy', that data can be transmitted error free at a rate below   more››

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