Past Events at the University of British Columbia

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Past Events

  • 4-Dec-06

Random Sorting Networks

See http://www.math.ubc.ca/~holroyd/sort for pictures. Joint work with Omer Angel, Dan Romik and Balint Virag. Sorting a list of items is perhaps the most celebrated problem in computer science. If one must do this by s   more››

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  • 4-Dec-06

Plagued by numbers: the mathematics of disease

The dynamics of disease have long fascinated mathematical researchers. From influenza to the bubonic plague, mathematical and computational models are used to evaluate factors governing disease outbreaks. Facts about a disease are put into models.   more››

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  • 1-Dec-06

High dimensional convex bodies: phenomena, intuitions and results

Phenomena in large dimensions appear in a number of fields of mathematics and related fields of science, dealing with functions of infinitely growing number of variables and with objects that are determined by infinitely growing number of paramete   more››

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  • 30-Nov-06

Mathematical models in radiation biology

In this talk, I will review concepts in radiation biology that allow us to model the effectiveness of radiation therapy in the treatment of cancer. In particular, I will focus on the Tumour Control Probability (TCP), which is the probability that   more››

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  • 30-Nov-06

The action on a tree associated to an ideal point of the character variety

Let G be the fundamental group of a compact, orientable, irreducible 3-manifold M. I will discuss the correspondence between ideal points of a curve in the character variety X(G) and actions of G on a tree (following Culler-Shalen). This is a part   more››

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  • 29-Nov-06

Hydrodynamic limits of spatially structured coalescents

We are motivated by a question arising in population genetics, and try to describe the effect of migratory fluxes and spatial structure on the genealogy of a population. This leads to the study of systems particles performing simple random walk on   more››

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  • 28-Nov-06

L^2 decay estimates for oscillatory integral operators in several variables with homogeneous polynomial phases

Oscillatory integral operators mapping $L^2(mathbb R^{n_1})$ to $L^2(mathbb R^{n_2})$ play an important role in many problems in harmonic analysis and partial differential equations. We will briefly discuss the applicability of these operators in   more››

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  • 28-Nov-06

Puzzles, Tableaux, and Mosaics

The Littlewood-Richardson numbers show up in a number of different areas of mathematics. They are structure constants of the ring of symmetric functions, which connects them to representation theory and cohomology of Grassmannians. There are now s   more››

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  • 27-Nov-06

The Rotor-router model and Diaconis-Fulton Addition

Given two sets A and B in the lattice, the Diaconis-Fulton sum is a random set obtained by putting one particle in every point of the symmetric difference, and two particles in every point of the intersection, of A and B. Each 'extra particle' per   more››

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  • 27-Nov-06

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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  • 27-Nov-06

For making genetic networks operate robustly, unintelligent non-design suffices

Five years ago we (George von Dassow, Ed Munro, Eli Meir, and Garrett Odell) made mathematical/computer models of two ancient and famous genetic networks that act early in diverse embryos to establish spatial gene expression patterns prefiguring t   more››

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  • 24-Nov-06

Micro Fluid Mechanics: Some Interface Dynamics Problems

Interface dynamics is of considerable importance in multiphase microfluidic devices such as microheat pipes, and in dewetting dynamics. We consider a liquid meniscus inside a wedge of included angle [pic] that wets the solid walls with a contact a   more››

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  • 22-Nov-06

A Geometric Proof of the Blakers-Massey Theorem

In this talk we give a geometric proof of the Blakers-Massey Theorem using Mather's Cube Theorems. As an application, we use this result to compute the James Splitting of Omega S^n.   more››

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  • 21-Nov-06

Multi-level Micro-Finite Element Analysis for Human Bone Structures

Using microarchitectural bone imaging, it is possible to assess both the apparent density and the trabecular microstructure of intact bones in a single measurement. In combination with microstructural finite element (microFE) analysis this could p   more››

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  • 21-Nov-06

Generic subsets of Thompson's group

Richard Thompson constructed an example of a group which is called 'F'that has many unusual properties. One way to consider its elements is in terms of pairs of rooted binary trees. This viewpoint lends itself nicely to counting subsets of el   more››

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  • 20-Nov-06

Modeling relapse in infectious diseases

An integro-differential equation is proposed to model a general relapse phenomenon in infectious diseases including herpes. The basic reproduction number Ro for the model is identified and a threshold property of Ro established. For the case of a   more››

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  • 16-Nov-06

A Galois correspondence for reductive groups and applications to the First Fundamental Theorems

Following some unpublished ideas of Lex Schrijver we will explain a new approach to the First Fundamental Theorems (FFTs) from classical invariant theory. It uses the tensor product of the two tensor algebras $T(V)$ and $T(V^*)$ with the aim to se   more››

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  • 16-Nov-06

SL(2,C) Character Varieties of 3-Manifold Groups

In continuation of the intro from last time, I will give an overview of some applications of SL(2,C) character varieties to 3-manifold topology. We will then discuss possible topics for the following seminars and will assign speakers.   more››

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