COLLOQUIA         2012 -- 2013

Colloquia are held on Fridays in Parker Hall, Room 250, from 4:00-4:50 (unless otherwise advised).
Refreshments are served in Parker Hall, Room 244, beginning at 3:30.

 

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Guannan Zhang, Oak Ridge National Lab

Title: A hyper-spherical sparse grid approach for high-dimensional discontinuity detection

Abstract: High-dimensional discontinuity detection is significantly important to several areas of science and engineering. For example, in uncertainty quantification (UQ), it is directly related to risk assessment and predicting rare events. More generally, in an N-dimensional Euclidean space, the location of the discontinuity is generally an N-1-dimensional manifold, and therefore, the most difficult challenge is to accurately and efficiently represent such manifold. Conventional adaptive sparse-grid hierarchical interpolation has been employed to characterize such manifolds, however, the mesh refinement densely places grid points around the discontinuity, and fails to "sparsely" represent the N-1 dimensional manifold.We propose a novel method for identifying jump discontinuities in high dimensional spaces by incorporating a hyper-spherical coordinate system (HSCS) into the sparse-grid approximation framework. The basic idea is to transform the Cartesian coordinate system to an N-dimensional HSCS and treat the manifold as the N-1 dimensional function in the subspace constituted by the N-1 angle coordinates. Then a sparse-grid approximation can be constructed in the subspace where the function value at each grid point is estimated by solving a nonlinear equation with use of the bisection or Newton method. This novel technique identifies the discontinuity with a reduced number of sparse grid points compared to existing methods. Several numerical examples will be presented that show the increased efficiency and accuracy of our approach for detecting the discontinuities.

Faculty host: Yanzhao Cao  

Friday, April 19, 2013

Speaker: Qinqin Hu, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Shandong University

Title: The Dual and Degrees of Freedom of Linearly Constrained Generalized Lasso

Abstract: Lasso is a popular model building technique for simultaneous estimation and variable selection. As a way to incorporate prior knowledge in applications, we propose linearly constrained generalized lasso, an extension of Lasso. We derived the dual of the linearly constrained generalized lasso and proposed an efficient coordinate descent algorithm to estimate the dual. We derived an unbiased estimator of degrees of freedom of the linearly constrained generalized lasso and used it to select tuning parameters by AIC or BIC criteria. Simulation studies demonstrate the excellent performance.

Faculty host: Peng Zeng

Friday, April 12, 2013

Speaker: Professor Ron Smith, Department of Mathematics,
                 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
 

Title: Recent Results on Normal Matrices 

Abstract: High-dimensional discontinuity detection is significantly important to several areas of science and engineering. For example, in uncertainty quantification (UQ), it is directly related to risk assessment and predicting rare events. More generally, in an N-dimensional Euclidean space, the location of the discontinuity is generally an N-1-dimensional manifold, and therefore, the most difficult challenge is to accurately and efficiently represent such manifold. Conventional adaptive sparse-grid hierarchical interpolation has been employed to characterize such manifolds, however, the mesh refinement densely places grid points around the discontinuity, and fails to "sparsely" represent the N-1 dimensional manifold.We propose a novel method for identifying jump discontinuities in high dimensional spaces by incorporating a hyper-spherical coordinate system (HSCS) into the sparse-grid approximation framework.  The basic idea is to transform the Cartesian coordinate system to an N-dimensional HSCS and treat the manifold as the N-1 dimensional function in the subspace constituted by the N-1 angle coordinates. Then a sparse-grid approximation can be constructed in the subspace where the function value at each grid point is estimated by solving a nonlinear equation with use of the bisection or Newton method. This novel technique identifies the discontinuity with a reduced number of sparse grid points compared to existing methods. Several numerical examples will be presented that show the increased efficiency and accuracy of our approach for detecting  the discontinuities.

Faculty host: T.-Y. Tam 

Friday, April 5, 2013 

Speakers: Dr. Gary Martin, Emily R. and Gerald S. Leischuck Endowed Professor
                    Department of Curriculum and Teaching, AU
              
Dr. Marilyn Strutchens, Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor
                    Department of Curriculum and Teaching, AU

Title: The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Implications for Mathematicians and Statisticians

Joint presentation on Math Education

Faculty host: Narendra Govil

Friday, March 29, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Xing Liang, University of  Science and Technology of China
Title: Spreading speed of the noncompact integer-difference models
Abstract: In this talk I will introduce our work on the spreading speed of the noncompact integer-difference models. In this work, we give an abstract framework of the spreading speed of the noncompact operator which has principal eigenvalue. Furthermore, we will investigate the existence of the principal eigenvalues of a class of positive integral operators which are not compact. Then we will show an application of our theory to such operators.

Faculty host: Wenxian Shen


Monday, March 18, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Yi Wang, University of Science and Technology of China  
Title: Floquet bundles for tridiagonal competitive-cooperative systems and applications
Abstract: For a general time-dependent linear competitive-cooperative tridiagonal system of differential equations, we obtain canonical Floquet invariant bundles which are exponentially separated in the framework of skew-product flows. The obtained Floquet theory is applied to study the dynamics on the hyperbolic omega-limit sets for the nonlinear competitive-cooperative tridiagonal systems in time-recurrent structures including almost periodicity and almost automorphy.

Faculty host: Wenxian Shen


Friday, August 23, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Nam-Kiu Tsing, Department of Mathematics, University of Hong Kong

Faculty host: T.-Y. Tam


Friday, February 1, 2013

Speaker: Dr. Minh Nguyen (Columbus State University)
Title:  Asymptotic Behavior of Linear Almost Periodic Differential Equations
Abstract: The talk is concerned with strong stability of solutions of non-autonomous equations of the form $\dot u(t)=A(t)u(t)$, where $A(t)$ is an unbounded operator in a Banach space depending almost periodically on $t$. A general condition on strong stability is given in terms of Perron conditions on the solvability of the associated inhomogeneous equation.

This is a joint work with D.X. Bui, D. Luu, S. Siegmund.

Faculty host: Wenxian Shen


Friday, January 25, 2013

Speaker: Jose Ignacio Tello, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
             (Polytechnic University of Madrid), visiting Rutgers University
Title: Stability of steady states of the Cauchy problem for the exponential reaction-diffusion equation
Abstract available here 

Faculty host: Georg Hetzer

 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Speaker: Anthony Hilton (University of Reading, UK,
             and Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Title: Bounds on the simple graph and multigraph (r; s; a; t)-threshold numbers
Abstract available here

Faculty host: Pete Johnson

Friday, November 9, 2012 

Speaker: Aklilu Zeleke
             (Michigan State University, Department of Statistics and Probability;
             and Lyman Briggs College)
Title: Fibonacci-Like Polynomials and Combinatorial Identities
Abstract available here

Faculty host: Erkan Nane

Friday, November 2, 2012

Speaker: Tin-Yau Tam
Title: Aluthge iteration and its generalizations
Abstract:  We will discuss the notions Aluthge transform and Aluthge iteration, its convergence conjecture and its development towards the final solution. The ultimate solution of J. Antezana, E. Pujals, and D. Stojanoff requires the tools from dynamical system and differential geometry. We will also consider the Banach algebra extension of Yamazaki's result and Lie group extension of APS's result. The contributions of the Auburn group will be discussed. The Banach extension requires the notion unitarily invariant norm. The Lie group extension uses a well-known topological concept called covering map.

Friday, October 12, 2012 

Speaker: Denis Bell (University of North Florida, Jacksonville)
Title: Quasi-invariant Measures on Path Space 
Abstract: Brownian motion was discovered in the early 1800’s and given and a statistical treatment by Einstein in 1905. Wiener constructed a probability measure on the space of continuous paths representing the law of Brownian motion, thereby giving a rigorous mathematical foundation to Einstein’s work. Wiener’s measure has an important translation property that goes under the name of the Cameron-Martin theorem. We discuss this property and describe a method to generalize it to a wider class of measures. Along the way we develop a relationship between quasi-invariant measures and admissible vector fields, both of which will be defined in the talk.

Faculty host: Ming Liao

Friday, October 5, 2012

Speaker: Geraldo De Souza
Title: Atomic Decomposition of Some Banach Spaces and Applications
Abstract available here

MONDAY, September 17, 2012

Speaker: Onur Alp Ilhan
          (Erciyes University, Faculty of Education, 38039 Melikgazi, Kayseri, Turkey)
Title: Solvability of Some Integral Equations in Banach Space and Their Applications to the Theory of Viscoelasticity
Abstract available here

Faculty host: Erkan Nane

Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 3:30 (refreshments at 3:00)
PLEASE NOTE DATE AND TIME

Speaker: Ratnasingham Shivaji,
             H. Barton Excellence Professor (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Title: Semipositone Problems on Exterior Domains
Abstract available here

Faculty host: Georg Hetzer

 

Friday, September 7, 2012 

Speaker: Danyal Soybaş
           (Erciyes University, Faculty of Education, Department of Mathematics, Melikgazi, 38500, Kayseri, Turkey)
Title: Representations of Some Geometric Banach Space Properties with Weakly       Compact Operators
Abstract available here

Faculty host: Erkan Nane


Friday, August 31, 2012

Speaker: Dr Fatih Koyuncu (Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey)
Title: Absolute irreducibility of polynomials by the polytope method
Abstract available here

Faculty host: Erkan Nane

 










 



 
  

         

Last updated: 08/02/2013