Department of Mathematics Colloquium

University of Pittsburgh, Academic Year 2014-2015

The Mathematics Department Colloquium meets weekly on Friday from 3:30--4:30 pm in Thackerey Hall, Room 704.
Refreshments are served from 3:00 pm in Room 705.

The colloquium committee consists of: Jason DeBlois, Brent Doiron, Michael Neilan, Marta Lewicka (Chair,

Schedule for Spring 2015

Date Speaker and title
January 9 Professor Mark Levi , Penn State University
Traveling waves in lattices of coupled pendula
January 16 Professor Maxim Olshanskii , University of Houston
A trace finite element method for PDEs posed on surfaces
January 23 Professor John Etnyre , Georgia Institute of Technology
Curvature and (contact) topology
January 30 Professor Christopher Woodward , Rutgers University
Lagrangian Floer theory and surgery
February 6 Professor Adrian Sandu , Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech
Computational Tools for Data Assimilation
February 13 Professor Shadi Tahvildar-Zadeh , Rutgers University
The Tiger and the Magic Hoop: The Dirac Particle and the Kerr-Newman Spacetime
February 20 Professor Thomas Hales , University of Pittsburgh
The formal proof of the Kepler conjecture
February 27 Professor Gunther Uhlmann , University of Washington
Harry Potter's Cloak via Transformation Optics
March 6 Professor Panayotis Kevrekidis , University of Massachusetts
Nonlinear Waves in Granular Crystals: Theory, Computation, Experiments and Applications
March 13 Spring Break
March 20 Professor Leonid Berlyand , Penn State University
PDE/ODE models of motility in active biosystems
March 27 Professor Vladimir Sverak , University of Minnesota
On PDE aspects of incompressible fluid flows
April 3 Professor Shrawan Kumar , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Hermitian eigenvalue problem and its generalization to any semisimple group: A survey
April 10 Professor Charles Epstein , University of Pennsylvania
Degenerate Diffusions arising in Population Genetics
April 17 Professor Andre Longtin , University of Ottawa
Paradoxical oscillations in feedforward nets and damaged nerves

Schedule for Fall 2014

Date Speaker and title
September 5 Professor Qiang Du , Columbia University
Asymptotically compatible discretization of parametrized variational problems with applications
September 12 Professor Andras Domokos , California State University Sacramento
Subelliptic harmonic analysis on compact, semi-simple Lie groups
September 19 Professor Assaf Naor , Princeton University
Vertical versus horizontal Poincare inequalities
September 26 Professor Mark Newman
Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan
Epidemics, Erdos numbers, and the Internet: The form and function of networks
October 3 Professor Rodrigo BaƱuelos , Purdue University
Weyl's asymptotic law in the setting of Levy processes
October 10 Professor Mohammadreza Pakzad , University of Pittsburgh
Deformations with constraints: Analysis and applications in calculus of variations
October 17 Professor Kiumars Kaveh , University of Pittsburgh
Convex bodies, algebraic geometry and symplectic geometry
October 24 Professor Max Gunzburger , Florida State University
Multilevel methods for uncertainty quantification of systems governed by PDEs with random inputs
October 31 Professor Lizhen Ji , University of Michigan
Geometry and analysis of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces
November 7 Professor Gilles Francfort , Universite Paris-Nord and Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
The mysterious role of stability in solids with defects
November 14 Professor Assad Oberai , Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
The Variational Multiscale Method in Large Eddy Simulation, Reduced Order Models, and Uncertainty Quantification
November 21 Professor Patrick Brosnan , University of Maryland
Normal functions and the Archmedean Height
November 28 Thanksgiving Break
December 5 Professor John Lott , Berkeley University
3D Ricci flow since Perelman

Past colloquia: 2013-2014 . 2012-2013 . 2010-2011 . 2009-2010 . 2008-2009 . 2007-2008