Past Events at the University of British Columbia

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Past Events

  • 12-Feb-07

Episodic Slow Slipping of Seafloor under Cascadia: What Physical Processes cause Aseismic Deformation Transients?

In several shallow-dipping subduction zones, including Cascadia, the seafloor undergoes episodes of more rapid than usual creep-slippage under the overlying margin, but at rates vastly slower than usual earthquake slip. In some locations, also inc   more››

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  • 8-Feb-07

Culler-Shalen (semi-)norms

Let M be a 3-manifold with boundary consisting of one torus. I will show how Culler and Shalen defined a norm on the (real) Dehn-surgery space R2=H_1(partial M; R) associated to the canonical component of the character variety of M. I will then sh   more››

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  • 8-Feb-07

Descriptive Complexity

Neil Immerman is one of the key developers of 'descriptive complexity', which he is currently applying to research in model checking, database theory, and computational complexity theory. Immerman is the winner, jointly with Róbert Szelepcsényi,   more››

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  • 7-Feb-07

The term structure of interest rates

The interest rate r(t,t+x) between time t and time t+x is a smooth function of x, say ho_t(x). We consider ho_t as a stochastic process on (0,infty) into a suitable Hilbert space of curves, and we seek to define it as the solution of   more››

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  • 7-Feb-07

Proof of Yuzvinsky's conjecture in the case of square matrices

Yuzvinsky's conjecture, posed in 1981, is concerned with a certain matrix coloring problem which arose from the classical studies of sums of squares. In this talk I will present a proof of the conjecture in the case of square matrices. The ideas o   more››

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  • 1-Feb-07

Strong normality and modular normality

The notion of normality was intended to capture random behaviour in the digits of numbers, but some clearly patterned numbers pass the normality test; we propose a stronger test of normality that is passed by almost all numbers but failed by Champ   more››

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  • 1-Feb-07

Quartic K3 surfaces without nontrivial automorphisms

We will deal with a gap in a result of Bjorn Poonen. He found explicit examples of hypersurfaces of degree d³3 and dimension n³1 over any field, such that the group of automorphisms over the algebraic closure is trivial, except for the pairs (n,   more››

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  • 1-Feb-07

MITACS Math Biology Seminar 2007

As the systems approaches are actively adopted in biology, studies for revealing the link between physical dynamics and corresponding molecular mechanism will be crucial to better understanding of the inherent complexity and dynamics of biological   more››

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  • 31-Jan-07

Nilpotent commutators and reducibility of semigroups

Let f be a noncommutative polynomial in two variables. Let mathcal{S} be a multiplicative semigroup of linear operators on a finite-dimensional vector space and T a fixed linear operator such that f(T,S)=0 for all S in mathcal{S}. What can w   more››

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  • 29-Jan-07

Computation of plurigenera of a canonical threefold

For a canonical threefold, there are few known results about plurigenera. We know that a sufficient multiple of canonical divisor generates a nontrivial linear system and that there is a universal multiple. In this talk, we are going to introduce   more››

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  • 25-Jan-07

Robust Stochastic Discount Factors

When market is incomplete a new non-redundant derivative security cannot be priced by no arbitrage arguments alone. Moreover there will be a multiplicity of stochastic discount factors and each of them may give a different price for the new deriva   more››

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  • 25-Jan-07

UBC Mathematics Department Colloquium Hosted by PIMS-UBC 2007

A discrete group has 'Property (T)' if every isometric (affine) action of the group on Hilbert space has a global fixed point. This is a spectral-gap property and was originally defined by Kazhdan to study lattices in Lie groups. Recently Gromov f   more››

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  • 24-Jan-07

Long-term evolution of polygenic traits under frequency-dependent intraspecific competition

We analytically investigate the long-term evolution of a continuously varying quantitative character in a diploid population that is determined additively by a finite number of loci. The trait is under a mixture of frequency-dependent disruptive s   more››

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  • 23-Jan-07

New singular solutions of the Nonlinear Schrodinger equation (NLS)c

The study of singular solutions of the NLS goes back to the 1960s, with applications in nonlinear optics and, more recently, in BEC. Until recently, the only known singular solutions had a self-similar 'peak-type' profile that approaches a delta f   more››

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  • 23-Jan-07

Mirkovic-Vilonen cycles on the affine Grassmannian

The geometric Satake correspondence relates representation theory to the geometry of the affine Grassmannian. In particular, certain subvarieties of the affine Grassmanian, called Mirkovic-Vilonen cycles, give bases for representations of complex   more››

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  • 19-Jan-07

The language of forms (A journey from the Mobius strip to affine Kac-Moody and superconformal algebras)

One of the most recurrent themes in Geometry, is the study of objects that locally look the same. I will explain, mainly via examples and in non-technical terms, how the concept of 'locally look the same' has evolved through time (mostly through s   more››

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  • 18-Jan-07

Work in progress: The evolution of phenotype determination and an attempt to classify simple life-history models

In this talk I will present two pieces of work in progress. In the first half of the talk I will speak about the evolution of phenotype determining mechanisms. Many heterogeneous environments favour different phenotypes in different places or at d   more››

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  • 17-Jan-07

MITACS Math Finance Seminar 2007

We study the existence of a numeraire portfolio for a discrete time financial market with proportional transaction costs. In an incomplete market without frictions, consistent prices for derivative securities can be obtained by taking the expectat   more››

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  • 17-Jan-07

Normal subgroups of the braid groups and the Dehornoy ordering

The braid groups admit a left-ordering, known as the Dehornoy ordering, which has come up under many guises in recent years. I will show that normal subgroups interact with the Dehornoy ordering in such a way that 'nearly all' normal subgroups of   more››

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