## Scientific Lectures

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 20-Nov-06

Feasible Proofs and Computations

The concepts of proof and computation are central to virtually any intellectual human activity. However, before the remarkable advances of the 20th century mathematical logic, the border between them had never been sharp even in the context of pur more››

Simon Fraser University

- 20-Nov-06

Feature Selection through Lasso: model selection consistency and the BLasso algorithm

Information technology advances are making data collection possible in most if not all fields of science and engineering and beyond. Statistics as a scientific discipline is challenged and enriched by the new opportunities resulted from these high more››

University of Washington

- 17-Nov-06

University of Calgary

- 16-Nov-06

Distribution of volume on isotropic convex bodies

University of Calgary

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 16-Nov-06

Open problems related to certain mathematical models for MEMS: The dynamical case

University of British Columbia

- 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››

University of British Columbia

- 15-Nov-06

Random walk in random environment on a strip

I am going to define the model, discuss briefly an interesting particular case of it, and present some limit theorems recently obtained for RWRE on strips. I am going to build my talk around the comparison of this model to the well-studied RWRE on more››

University of British Columbia

- 15-Nov-06

Finite subset spaces of the circle and a theorem of Bott

By considering the circle as the boundary of the hyperbolic plane we are able to describe the first three unordered configuration spaces of the circle by considering them as particular quotients of the group of isometries of the hyperbolic plane. more››

University of British Columbia

- 14-Nov-06

Galloping instability of viscous shock waves

This is joint work with Kevin Zumbrun (Indiana University). Motivated by physical and numerical observations of time oscillatory galloping, spinning, and cellular instabilities of detonation waves, we study Poincare--Hopf bifurcation of traveling- more››

University of British Columbia

- 10-Nov-06

Glacier and ice sheet dynamics

Glaciers and ice sheets are thin viscous gravity currents subject to mass sources and sinks due to surface snow accumulation and melting. Mathematically, the evolution of glacier geometry poses interesting free boundary problems. Land-based glaciers more››

Simon Fraser University

- 9-Nov-06

Dynamic Asset Allocation: a Portfolio Decomposition Formula and Applications

This paper establishes a new decomposition of the optimal portfolio policy in dynamic asset allocation models with arbitrary vNM preferences and Ito prices. The formula rests on a change of num'{e}raire which consists in taking pure discount bonds more››

University of British Columbia