Scientific Lectures

  • 21-Mar-07

On families of virtually fibred Montesinos link exteriors

William Thurston conjectured over twenty years ago that every compact hyperbolic 3-manifold whose boundary is a possibly empty union of tori is virtually fibred, that is, has a finite cover which fibres over the circle. If true, it provides a sign   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 20-Mar-07

Amenable groups that are left orderable

Let G be an abstract group. It is known that if every finitely generated subgroup of G has an infinite cyclic quotient, then G is left orderable. Using an idea of E.Ghys, we prove that the converse is true for all amenable groups. (This generalize   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 19-Mar-07

Mathematical Models of Protein Receptor Trafficking and Its Role in Synaptic Plasticity

AMPA receptors mediate the majority of fast excitatory synaptic transmission in the central nervous system, and recent experimental evidence suggests that AMPA receptor trafficking regulates synaptic strength, a phenomenon implicated in learning a   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 19-Mar-07

Some arithmetic groups that are not left orderable

It is known that finite-index subgroups of the arithmetic group SL(3,Z) are not left orderable. (In other words, they have no interesting actions on the real line.) This naturally led to the conjecture that most other arithmetic groups (of higher   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 19-Mar-07

Issues with Bayesian Analysis of Inverse Problems

A computer/math model of a process often contains numerous unknown parameters. To utilize the model, these parameters either must be determined from expert knowledge or estimated from data. In the mathematical community, the most common methods of   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 16-Mar-07

Black Hole Physics and Mathematics Through Scientific Computing

I will give an overview of ongoing calculations in numerical relativity at UBC and elsewhere. The talk will include a gentle introduction to Einstein's theory of gravity (general relativity) and the role of black holes in the theory. The nature of   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 15-Mar-07

Intermittent behaviour in hydrodynamical systems with spherical symmetry: theory and an experiment

Auxiliary variable methods for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations approximate the evolution of the velocity through a dynamic variable which does not satisfy a divergence constraint but from which the correct incompressible velocity can be   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 15-Mar-07

Pricing and Hedging in Illiquid Financial Markets

Ever since the seminal work of Black, Scholes, and Merton, typical models studied in Mathematical Finance specify price dynamics exogenously via some more or less explicit semimartingale dynamics. This is in contrast to the basic economic paradigm   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 15-Mar-07

Characters and Primitive Ideal Spaces of Nilpotent Discrete Groups

If G is a discrete abelian group, then the space of maximal ideals of the L1- and the C*-algebra of G is homeomorphic to the compact dual group of G. This generalizes to some extent to discrete nilpotent groups G, where the the dual gro   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 15-Mar-07

Equivariant twisted K-theory

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University of British Columbia

  • 14-Mar-07

Hardy's Uncertainty Principle for Lie Groups

A classical theorem due to Hardy says that a non-zero measurable function on the real line and irs Fourier transform cannot both have very strong exponential decay. Hardy's theorem also holds for Rn, and during the past ten years there   more››

University of Alberta

  • 13-Mar-07

Mean Curvature Flows For Isoparametric Submanifolds

Isoparametric submanifolds in Euclidean spaces and spheres are submanifolds with constant pincipal curvatures. We will show that the mean curvature flows of such submanifolds behaves very well. They always converge in finite time to smooth submani   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 12-Mar-07

Poisson Matching

Red points and blue points occur as independent Poisson processes in R^d, and we consider schemes to perfectly match red points to blue points in a translation-invariant way. For any matching scheme in dimensions 1 and 2, the distance X from a typ   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 12-Mar-07

Compressive Sampling

One of the central tenets of signal processing is the Shannon/Nyquist sampling theory: the number of samples needed to reconstruct a signal without error is dictated by its bandwidth-the length of the shortest interval which contains the support o   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 12-Mar-07

Characters of unipotent groups over finite fields

Let G be a connected unipotent group over a finite field F_q. For each natural number n, we have the unique extension F_{q^n} of F_q of degree n, and we can form the finite group G(F_{q^n}) of points of G defined over F_{q^n}. An interesting   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 9-Mar-07

Amoebas, Coamoebas, and Tropical Geometry

Given a triangle with side lengths 1, log x, log y and opposite interior angles π-u-v, u, v, the functional determinant ∂(x,y)/∂(u,v) is identically equal to 1. This amusing fact is a special ins   more››

University of Calgary

  • 8-Mar-07

Risk management for a hydro-based generator

This talk will cover some of the practical applications of risk analysis and hedging programs for a hydro-based energy generator such as BC Hydro. Risk management for BCH provides a unique challenge due to the significant variability in available   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 7-Mar-07

Symmetric Markov chains on Z^d with unbounded range

We consider symmetric Markov chains on ^d where we allow arbitrarily large jumps. Under a uniform second moment condition on the conductances, we look at estimates on the transition probabilities, Harnack inequalities, and CLTs. This is joint wor   more››

University of British Columbia

  • 7-Mar-07

Identifications in Modular Group Algebras

Let G be a finite p-group and F a field of characteristic p>0. In this talk I shall explain how Lie theoretic methods can be used to identify certain subgroups of G inside the augmentation ideal of the group algebra FG.   more››

University of British Columbia