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Dynamics, Geometry, & Groups - Marco Lenci (Universita di Bologna)

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Marco Lenci (Universita di Bologna)

Title: Infinite-volume mixing and the case of one-dimensional maps with an indifferent fixed point.

Abstract: I will first discuss the question of mixing in infinite ergodic theory, which will serve as a motivation for the introduction of the notions of "infinite-volume mixing". Then I will focus on a prototypical class of infinite-measure-preserving dynamical systems: non-uniformly expanding maps of the unit interval with an indifferent fixed point. I will show how the definitions of infinite-volume mixing play out in this case. As it turns out, the most significant property, and the hardest to verify, is the so-called global-local mixing, corresponding to the decorrelation in time between global and local observables. I will present sufficient conditions for global-local mixing, which will cover the most popular examples of maps with an indifferent fixed point (Pomeau-Manneville and Liverani-Saussol-Vaienti). If time permits, I will also present some peculiar limit theorems that can be derived for these systems out of the property of global-local mixing.

Number Theory Seminar - M. Ram Murty (Queen's University)

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: M. Ram Murty (Queen's University)


Abstract: In 1916, in their ground-breaking paper deriving an asymptotic formula for the partition function, Hardy and Ramanujan introduced a powerful method in analytic number theory called the circle method. In a series of subsequent papers, Hardy and Littlewood developed the method to study Waring's problem, Goldbach's conjecture and other additive questions in number theory. I will present a gentle introduction to this method and indicate how it can be used to solve Waring's problem following an arrangement due to Linnik.

Number Theory Seminar - Akshaa Vatwani (IIT Gandhinagar)

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Akshaa Vatwani (IIT Gandhinagar)

Title: The Voronoi Summation Formula for a generalized divisor function.

Abstract: In 1904, Vorono\" {\i} formulated a conjecture for arithmetical functions, which is a generalization of the Poisson summation formula. He was able to establish this conjecture for the divisor function $d(n)$, giving a relation between Bessel functions and weighted sums of the divisor function. Such formulas have since been generalized to various arithmetical functions. We report on joint work with Atul Dixit, Bibekananda Maji and A. Sankaranarayanan, giving such a formula for the generalized divisor function:
\sigma_{k,z} (n) = \sum_{d^k |n }d^z, \qquad \qquad k\in \mathbb N, \, z\in \mathbb{C}.

Number Theory Seminar - Francesco Cellarosi (Queen's University)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Francesco Cellarosi (Queen's University)


Abstract: The Kronecker symbol generalizes Jacobi and Legendre symbols, and is intimately connected to the theory of Dirichlet characters. For co-prime integers $c$ and $d$ such that $c \equiv 0 \bmod 4$ and $d \equiv 1 \bmod 4$, I will explain an algorithm to compute the Kronecker symbol $(c/d)$ using a free group inside the universal cover of SL_2(R). Joint work with J. Griffin.

Control Theory Seminar - Alex Olshevsky (Boston University)

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m Place: Jeffery 110

Speaker: Alex Olshevsky (Boston University)

Title: Convergence Rates in Decentralized Optimization

Abstract: The widespread availability of copious amounts of data has created a pressing need to develop optimization algorithms which can work in parallel when input data is unavailable at a single place but rather spread throughout multiple locations. In this talk, we consider the problem of optimizing a sum of convex (not necessarily differentiable) functions in a network where each node knows only one of the functions; this is a common model which includes as particular cases a number of distributed regression and classification problems. Our main result is a distributed subgradient method which simultaneously achieves the optimal scalings both with time and the network size for this problem.

Alex Olshevsky received the B.S. degree in applied mathematics and the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA, both in 2004, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA. Dr. Olshevsky is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Air Force Young Investigator Award, the INFORMS Computing Society Prize for the best paper on the interface of operations research and computer science, and a Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Award for annual paper from the SIAM Journal on Control and Optimization chosen to be reprinted in SIAM Review.

Number Theory Seminar - Molly Liu (Queen's University)

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Molly Liu (Queen's University)

Title: Eigenvalues and diameter of regular graphs.

Abstract: In graph theory, a regular graph is a graph where each vertex has the same number of neighbours. In this talk, we will discuss eigenvalues and diameter of regular graphs.

Number Theory Seminar - Richard Gottesman (Queen's University)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Richard Gottesman (Queen's University)

Title: Vector-Valued Modular Forms and Modular Linear Differential Equations

Abstract: The sequence of denominators of the Fourier coefficients of a modular form on a congruence subgroup is always bounded. It has been conjectured that the converse is also true. We will consider this problem in the context of vector-valued modular forms and explain a strategy for proving such an unbounded denominator result. In this talk, we will also explain how the module structure of vector-valued modular forms leads one to study modular linear differential equations. A key point is the importance of understanding the solutions of the modular linear differential equation at all of the cusps. No previous background on vector-valued modular forms will be assumed.

Number Theory - Robert Osburn (University College Dublin)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 319

Speaker: Robert Osburn (University College Dublin)

Title: Generalized Kontsevich-Zagier series via knots

Abstract: Over the past two decades, there has been substantial interest in the overlap between quantum knot invariants, q-series and modular forms. In this talk, we discuss one such instance, namely an explicit q-hypergeometric expression for the Nth colored Jones polynomial for double twist knots. As an application, we generalize a duality at roots of unity between the Kontsevich-Zagier series and the generating function for strongly unimodal sequences. This is joint work with Jeremy Lovejoy (Paris 7 and Berkeley).