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Colloquia 2014-2015

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Date Speaker Talk

Current Talks:

Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in ILB 370 Masaaki Suzuki, Akita University, Japan Meridional and Non-Meridional Epimorphisms between Knot Groups

Abstract: We will consider epimorphisms between knot groups. Especially, we will focus on the image of a meridian under such an epimorphism. A homomorphism between knot groups is called meridional if it preserves their meridians. The existence of a meridional epimorphism introduces a partial order on the set of prime knots. We will determine the pairs of prime knots with up to 11 crossings which admit meridional epimorphisms between their knot groups. Moreover, we will describe some examples of non-meridional epimorphisms explicitly.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in ILB 370 David Sprehn, University of Washington TBA

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in ILB 370 Erwin Mina-Diaz, University of Mississippi
Note the different day!

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Thursday, February 5, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. in ILB 370 Thomas Brüstle, Université de Sherbrooke and Université Bishop’s, Canada TBA

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Past Talks:

Thursday, October 23, 2014 Nutan Mishra, University of South Alabama Constructing Partially Balanced Incomplete Block Designs from Strongly Regular Graphs

Abstract: An undirected graph without loops, is strongly regular when each vertex is of equal degree with any two vertices with an edge are joined with exactly m common vertices and any two vertices without an edge are joined to n common vertices. R.C. Bose, in his 1963 paper, has shown that a two class association scheme can be expressed as a strongly regular graph. And thus strongly regular graphs has close connections with two classes of partially balanced incomplete block designs (PBIBD). Basic concepts, definitions, interrelationships of graph theory and design theory will be discussed along with a few construction theorems for partially balanced incomplete block designs.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 Nutan Mishra, University of South Alabama Optimal Properties of Variance Balanced Designs

Abstract: It is well known that for a proper block design the combinatorial property of pairwise balance is sufficient to ensure the statistical property of variance balance. The variance balance property of a block design implies the complete symmetry of the information matrix. Using these facts we discuss the optimality in a class of proper variance balanced designs with unequal replications. Further unequal replications force the variance balanced designs to be non-binary designs. Hence instead of using the usual optimality criteria given by J. Keifer, we compare the designs with respect to the functions based on efficiency factors of the design, namely eigenvalues of the matrix (RinverseC).

Thursday, October 9, 2014 Ash Abebe, Auburn University Nonparametric Methods for Classification and Feature Selection

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss some nonparametric max-central classifiers as well as methods for selecting features that are relevant for discrimination. The feature selection method rewards features for information towards discrimination but penalizes them for their similarity to already selected features. Monte Carlo simulation studies demonstrate that there are several situations where the proposed procedures provide lower misclassification error rates than classical methods. Finally, I will discuss results of application of the proposed procedures on food safety and gene expression data.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
This talk is part of the Student Symposium Series, organized and conducted by the graduate students.
David Mullens, University of South Alabama What is a Scissors Congruence?

Abstract: We will define what it means to be Scissors Congruent for polygons and polyhedra. We'll see a scissors congruence proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and show that scissors congruence is an invariant of area. Next, we'll understand scissors congruence in terms of the distributive law and various other properties. We will define the Dehn Invariant. Noting that volume is an invariant of scissors congruence we'll recall Hilbert's Third Problem and see a simple proof that the converse is not true. We will explore a scissors congruence proof of Heron's Formula. Finally, if we have time, we will define scissors congruence in terms of the group of isometries and explore this notion in a group theoretic context.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
This talk is part of the Student Symposium Series, organized and conducted by the graduate students.
David Benko, University of South Alabama Fractalicious Dogs and Potential Theory

Abstract: We give a brief introduction to potential theory. Then we explain how to use balayage to get beautiful fractalicious images such as dogs.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
This talk is part of the Student Symposium Series, organized and conducted by the graduate students.
Scott Carter, University of South Alabama Sierpinski Figures in All Dimensions, The Chaos Game, and Multinomial Coefficients

Abstract: It is well-known among mathematicians that the result of the Chaos Game on 3 equidistant vertices yields a figure that approximates the Sierpinski triangle. It is also known that the binomial coefficients when read modulo 2 resemble this figure. In this talk, I want to show you some interesting n-dimensional generalizations of these phenomena.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
This talk is part of the Student Symposium Series, organized and conducted by the graduate students.
Cornelius Pillen, University of South Alabama Plutarch’s Box, O’Halloran Numbers, and the Riemann Hypothesis

Abstract: During our last summer camp some Mobile County six graders were given a rectangular prism of size 5 by 2 by 2. They were asked to calculate its surface area and then find another rectangular prism with integer dimensions and identical surface area. While daydreaming in the back of the class I started thinking about these rectangular “integer prisms”. Are there any such prisms whose surface area equals their volume? Can every (large) even number be realized as the surface area of some rectangular prism with integer dimension? The answer to these questions leads to some heavy-duty mathematics. Even the Riemann Hypothesis appears.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
This talk is part of the Student Symposium Series, organized and conducted by the graduate students.
Dan Silver, University of South Alabama Dimer Coverings

Abstract: A dimer covering (also called a perfect matching) of a graph is a collection of edges that covers each vertex exactly once. The term “dimer” comes from chemistry: a dimer is a polymer with only two atoms. If we think of vertices as univalent atoms, then dimer coverings provide simple models for studying certain phase transitions. We explain how dimer coverings arise in both topology and algebraic dynamical systems.

Talks from past years



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