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Number Theory - Siddhi Pathak (Queen's University)

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Siddhi Pathak (Queen's University)

Title: Distribution of special values of $L$-series attached to Erdos functions.

Abstract: Inspired by Dirichlet's theorem that $L(1,\chi) \neq 0$ for a non-principal Dirichlet character $\chi$, S. Chowla initiated the study of non-vanishing of $L(1,f)$ for a rational valued, $q$-periodic arithmetical function $f$. In this context, Erdos conjectured that $L(1,f) \neq 0$ when $f$ takes values in $\{ -1, 1\}$. This conjecture remains open in the case $q \equiv 1 \bmod 4$ or when $q > 2 \phi(q) + 1$. In this talk, we discuss a density theoretic approach towards this conjecture and the distribution of these values.

Special Colloquium - Ian Tobasco (University of Michigan)

Ian Tobasco (Michigan)

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 234

Speaker: Ian Tobasco (University of Michigan)

Title: The Cost of Crushing: Curvature-driven Wrinkling of Thin Elastic Shells.

Abstract: How much energy does it take to stamp a thin elastic shell flat? Motivated by recent experiments on wrinkling patterns formed by thin floating shells, we develop a rigorous method (via Gamma-convergence) for evaluating the cost of crushing to leading order in the shell's thickness and other small parameters. The observed patterns involve regions of well-defined wrinkling alongside totally disordered regions where no single direction of wrinkling is preferred. Our goal is to explain the appearance of such "wrinkling domains". Our analysis proves that energetically optimal patterns maximize their projected planar area subject to a shortness constraint. This purely geometric variational problem turns out to be explicitly solvable in many cases of interest, and a strikingly simple scheme for predicting wrinkle patterns results. We demonstrate our methods with concrete examples and offer comparisons with simulation and experiment. This talk will be mathematically self-contained, not assuming prior background in elasticity or calculus of variations. The photo is credited to Joey Paulsen and Yousra Timounay of Syracuse University.

Ian Tobasco is a James Van Loo Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Michigan. He received his PhD at the Courant Institute of Math. Sciences, New York University in 2016. His research interests include calculus of variations and partial differential equations, with specific interests in elasticity theory, fluid dynamics, and spin glasses.

Special Colloquium - Giusy Mazzone (Vanderbilt)

Giusy Mazzone (Vanderbilt)

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 234

Speaker: Giusy Mazzone (Vanderbilt)

Title: On the Stability and Long-time Behavior of Fluid-Solid Systems.

Abstract: Consider the inertial motion of a coupled system constituted by a rigid body with a cavity completely filled by a viscous incompressible fluid. In 1885, Zhukovskii conjectured that "the motions of the coupled system about its center of mass will eventually be rigid motions and, precisely, permanent rotations, no matter the size and the shape of the cavity, the viscosity of the liquid and the initial movement of the system'". I will present a proof of Zhukovskii's conjecture for a very broad class of motions. We will see how the fluid stabilizing effect suggested by Zhukovskii occurs when Navier-type (no- and partial-slip) conditions are imposed on the fluid-solid interface. A nonlinear stability analysis shows that equilibria (permanent rotations with the fluid at a relative rest with respect to the solid) associated with the largest moment of inertia are asymptotically, exponentially stable. All other equilibria are normally hyperbolic and unstable in an appropriate topology. Moreover, every Leray-Hopf solution to the time-dependent problem converges to an equilibrium at an exponential rate in the $L_q$-topology, $ q\in (1,6) $, for every fluid-solid configuration.

Giusy Mazzone is an Assistant Professor (NTT) of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. She has received a PhD in Mathematics at Universita del Salento, Lecce, Italy, in 2012 and a second PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2016. Her research interests include mathematical analysis of fluid dynamics, applications of partial differential equations in fluid mechanics, and the study of stability and asymptotic behavior of fluid-solid systems.

Math Club - Emine Yildirim (Queen's University)

Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m Place: Jeffery Hall 118

Speaker: Emine Yildirim (Queen's University)

Title: Cluster Algebras.

Abstract:  We will talk about how a fundamental, simple, and old mathematical notion from the 2nd Century called the “Ptolemy relation” reappears in modern mathematics.

Cluster combinatorics is a very interesting, powerful, and one might even say miraculous technical tool studied in many different areas of mathematics, and even discovered in some areas of physics.

For this talk, we will only focus on cluster combinatorics coming from triangulations of polygons.

Number Theory - Ahmet Muhtar Guloglu (Bilkent University, Turkey)

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Ahmet Muhtar Güloğlu (Bilkent University, Turkey)

Title: Cyclicity of elliptic curves modulo primes in arithmetic progressions (joint work with Yildirim Akbal).

Abstract: Let E be an elliptic curve defined over the rational numbers. We investigate the cyclicity of the group of F_p-rational points of the reduction of E modulo primes in a given arithmetic progression as a special case of Serre's Cyclicity Conjecture.

Special Colloquium - Haoran Li (UC Davis)

Haoran Li (UC Davis)

Monday, February 4th, 2019

Time: 4:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 234

Speaker: Haoran Li (UC Davis)

Title: High-Dimensional General Linear Hypothesis Tests via Spectral Shrinkage.

Abstract: In statistics, one of the fundamental inferential problems is to test a general linear hypothesis of regression coefficients under a linear model. The framework includes many well-studied problems such as two-sample tests for equality of population means, MANOVA and others as special cases. The testing problem is well-studied when the sample size is much larger than the dimension but remains underexplored under high dimensional settings. Various classical invariant tests, despite their popularity in multivariate analysis, involve the inverse of the residual covariance matrix, which is inconsistent or even singular when the dimension is at least comparable to the degree of freedom. Consequently, classical tests perform poorly.

In this talk, I seek to regularize the spectrum of the residual covariance matrix by flexible shrinkage functions. A family of rotation-invariant tests is proposed. The asymptotic normality of the test statistics under the null hypothesis is derived in the setting where dimensionality is comparable to the sample size. The asymptotic power of the proposed test is studied under a class of local alternatives. The power characteristics are then utilized to propose a data-driven selection of the spectral shrinkage function. As an illustration of the general theory, a family of tests involving ridge-type regularization is constructed.

Haoran Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Statistics at the University of California, Davis.
His research interests include high dimensional statistics, random matrix theory, and high dimensional time series.

Special Colloquium - Yanglei Song (UIUC)

Yanglei Song (UIUC)

Friday, February 1st, 2019

Time: 2:30 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 234

Speaker: Yanglei Song (UIUC)

Title: Asymptotically optimal multiple testing with streaming data.

Abstract: The problem of testing multiple hypotheses with streaming (sequential) data arises in diverse applications such as multi-channel signal processing, surveillance systems, multi-endpoint clinical trials, and online surveys. In this talk, we investigate the problem under two generalized error metrics. Under the first one, the probability of at least $k$ mistakes, of any kind, is controlled. Under the second, the probabilities of at least $k_1$ false positives and at least $k_2$ false negatives are simultaneously controlled. For each formulation, we characterize the optimal expected sample size to a first-order asymptotic approximation as the error probabilities vanish, and propose a novel procedure that is asymptotically efficient under every signal configuration. These results are established when the data streams for the various hypotheses are independent and each local log-likelihood ratio statistic satisfies a certain law of large numbers. Further, in the special case of iid observations, we quantify the asymptotic gains of sequential sampling over fixed-sample size schemes.

Yanglei Song is a Ph.D. Candidate in Statistics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His current research interests include multiple testing with streaming data, sequential change-point detection and high dimensional U-statistics.

Math Club - Peter Taylor (Queen's University)

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m Place: Jeffery Hall 118

Speaker: Peter Taylor (Queen's University)

Title: Is Bacon Shakespeare?

Abstract: We will look at a sampling of the cryptographic "proofs" that have been put forward for Francis Bacon's authorship of Shakespeare's plays, and then analyze these using Claude Shannon's fundamental ideas based on the information content of the English language.

Number Theory - Neha Prabhu (Queen's University)

Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall 422

Speaker: Neha Prabhu (Queen's University)

Title: A probabilistic approach to analytic number theory.

Abstract: In 2005, Allan Gut showed that the distribution of a certain random variable, constructed using a zeta-distributed random variable, is compound Poisson. Exploiting this property, he reproved some well-known facts about the Riemann zeta function, and Selberg’s identity, using probability theory. In this talk, I present these results.