Fri, Dec 1 2023
  • 3:00 pm
    Dr. Kristin DeVleming - UMass Amherst
    Moduli of boundary polarized Calabi-Yau pairs

    Math 208: Seminar in Algebraic Geometry

    AP&M 7321

    I will discuss joint work with Kenny Ascher, Dori Bejleri, Harold Blum, Giovanni Inchiostro, Yuchen Liu, and Xiaowei Wang on construction of moduli stacks and moduli spaces of boundary polarized log Calabi Yau pairs. Unlike moduli of canonically polarized varieties (respectively, Fano varieties) in which the moduli stack of KSB stable (respectively, K semistable) objects is bounded for fixed volume, dimension, the objects here form unbounded families. Despite this unbounded behavior, we define the notion of asymptotically good moduli space, and, in the case of plane curve pairs (P2, C), we construct a projective good moduli space parameterizing S-equivalence classes of such pairs. Time permitting, I will discuss applications to the classification of special degenerations of P2, the b-semiampleness conjecture of Shokurov and Prokhorov, and the Hassett-Keel program.

Mon, Dec 4 2023
  • 1:00 pm
    Soumya Ganguly - UCSD
    Locally algebraic Bergman kernels on two dimensional Stein spaces with finite type boundaries.

    Food for Thought

    HSS 4025

    On a two dimensional Stein space with isolated, normal singularities, finite type boundary and locally algebraic Bergman kernel, we find an estimate of the local algebraic degree of the Bergman kernel in terms of the type of the boundary. As an application, we characterize two dimensional ball quotients as finite type Stein spaces with a rational Bergman kernel.

  • 4:00 pm
    Dr. Yuanzhao Zhang - Santa Fe Institute
    Twists, triangles, and tentacles: A guided tour of high-dimensional basins in networked dynamical systems

    Mathematics Colloquium

    APM 6402

    In this talk, I will explore the interesting geometries that emerge in high-dimensional attraction basins, which are important in applications such as protein folding, cell differentiation, and neural networks. As a paradigmatic model, I will consider networks of coupled Kuramoto oscillators and show that high-dimensional basins generally cannot be approximated by simple convex shapes. Instead, they have tentacle-like structures where most of the basin volume is concentrated. Next, I will show that introducing non-pairwise couplings among Kuramoto oscillators can make basins deeper but smaller—the attractors become linearly more stable but much harder to find due to basins shrinking dramatically. Time allowing, I will also briefly mention a few related projects, including learning basins with reservoir computing and modeling circadian clocks with Kuramoto oscillators.

Tue, Dec 5 2023
  • 11:00 am
    Dr. Changying Ding - University of California Los Angeles
    Biexact von Neumann algebras

    Math 243, Functional Analysis seminar

    AP&M 6402 and Zoom (meeting ID:  94246284235)


    The notion of biexactness for groups was introduced by Ozawa in 2004 and has since become a major tool used for studying solidity of von Neumann algebras. We introduce the notion of biexactness for von Neumann algebras, which allows us to place many previous solidity results in a more systematic context, and naturally leads to extensions of these results. We will also discuss examples of solid factors that are not biexact. This is a joint work with Jesse Peterson.


  • 11:00 am
    Jeb Runnoe - UCSD
    Adaptive Convexification of Second-Derivative SQP Methods

    Math 278A - Center for Computational Mathematics Seminar

    AP&M 2402 and Zoom ID 915 4615 4399

    The class of SQP methods solve nonlinear constrained optimization problems by solving a related sequence of simpler problems. These SQP subproblems involve minimization of a quadratic model of the Lagrangian function subject to linearized constraints. In contrast to the quasi-Newton approach, which maintains a positive definite Hessian approximation, Second-derivative SQP methods use the exact Hessian of the Lagrangian. In this context, we will discuss an adaptive convexification strategy that makes minimal matrix modifications while ensuring the subproblem iterates are bounded and the solution defines a descent direction for the relevant Lagrangian. This talk will focus on adaptive convexification of stabilized SQP methods, as well as their connection with primal-dual interior methods.

  • 2:00 pm
    Prof. Freddie Manners - UC San Diego
    On a conjecture of Marton

    Math 269 - Combinatorics

    APM 7321

    We prove a conjecture of K. Marton, widely known as the polynomial Freiman– Ruzsa conjecture, in characteristic 2. The argument extends to odd characteristic, with details to follow in a subsequent paper. This is a joint work with Timothy Gowers, Ben Green and Terence Tao.  

  • 4:00 pm
    Dr. Federico Pasqualotto - UC Berkeley
    From Instability to Singularity Formation in Incompressible Fluids

    Mathematics Colloquium

    APM 6402 (Halkin Room)

    The singularity formation problem is a central question in fluid dynamics, and it is still widely open for fundamental models such as the 3d incompressible Euler equations and the Navier-Stokes equations. In this talk, I will first review the singularity formation problem, and I will describe how particle transport poses the main challenge in constructing blow-up solutions — an effect known as “regularization by transport.” I will then outline a new mechanism, arising from the classical Taylor-Couette instability, allowing us to overcome regularization by transport in the 3d Euler equations, thereby constructing the first swirl-driven singularity in R^3. This is joint work with Tarek Elgindi (Duke University).

Wed, Dec 6 2023
  • 4:00 pm
    Dr. Vishal Patil - Stanford University
    Topology, geometry and adaptivity in soft and living matter

    Mathematics Colloquium

    AP&M 6402

    Topology plays a fundamental role in controlling the dynamics of adaptive biological and physical systems, from chromosomal DNA and biofilms to cilia carpets and worm collectives. Despite their long history, the subtle interplay between topology, geometry and mechanics in tangled elastic filaments remains poorly understood. To uncover the topological principles underlying the dynamics of knotted and tangled matter, we first develop a mapping between human-designed elastic knots and long-range ferromagnetic spin systems. This mapping gives rise to topological counting rules that predict the relative mechanical stability of commonly used climbing and sailing knots. Building upon this framework, we then examine the adaptive topological dynamics exhibited by California blackworms, which form living tangled structures in minutes but can rapidly untangle in milliseconds. Using blackworm locomotion datasets, we construct stochastic trajectory equations that explain how the dynamics of individual active filaments control their emergent topological state. By identifying the principles behind stability and adaptivity in living tangled matter, our results have applications in understanding broad classes of adaptive, self-optimizing biological systems.

Thu, Dec 7 2023
  • 1:00 pm
    Prof. Guozhen Lu - University of Connecticut
    Helgason-Fourier analysis on hyperbolic spaces and applications to sharp geometric inequalities

    Math 258: Differential Geometry

    APM 5829

    Sharp geometric and functional inequalities play an important role in analysis,  PDEs and differential geometry. In this talk, we will describe our works in recent years on sharp higher order Poincare-Sobolev and Hardy-Sobolev-Maz'ya inequalities on real and complex hyperbolic spaces and noncompact symmetric spaces of rank one. The approach we have developed crucially relies on the Helgason-Fourier analysis on hyperbolic spaces and establishing such inequalities for the GJMS operators.  Best constants for such inequalities will be compared with the classical higher order Sobolev inequalities in Euclidean spaces. The borderline case of such inequalities, such as the Moser-Trudinger and Adams inequalities will be also considered. 

  • 2:00 pm
    Jon Aycock - UC San Diego
    A p-adic Family of Quaternionic Modular Forms on a Group of Type G_2

    Math 209: Number Theory Seminar

    APM 7218

    The concept of p-adic families of automorphic forms has far reaching applications in number theory. In this talk, we will discuss one of the first examples of such a family, built from the Eisenstein series, before allowing this to inform a construction of a family on an exceptional group of type G_2.

    [pre-talk at 1:20PM in APM 6402]

  • 3:00 pm
    Tianhao Wang - Yale University
    Algorithm Dynamics in Modern Statistical Learning: Universality and Implicit Bias

    Math Colloquium

    APM 6402

    Modern statistical learning is featured by the high-dimensional nature of data and over-parameterization of models. In this regime, analyzing the dynamics of the used algorithms is challenging but crucial for understanding the performance of learned models. This talk will present recent results on the dynamics of two pivotal algorithms: Approximate Message Passing (AMP) and Stochastic Gradient Descent (SGD). Specifically, AMP refers to a class of iterative algorithms for solving large-scale statistical problems, whose dynamics admit asymptotically a simple but exact description known as state evolution. We will demonstrate the universality of AMP's state evolution over large classes of random matrices, and provide illustrative examples of applications of our universality result. Secondly, for SGD, a workhorse for training deep neural networks, we will introduce a novel framework to analyze its implicit bias. This bias is essential for SGD's ability to find solutions with strong generalization performance, particularly in the context of multiple local minima stemming from over-parameterization. Our framework offers a general method to characterize the implicit regularization induced by gradient noise. Finally, in the context of compressed sensing, we will show that both AMP and SGD can provably achieve sparse recovery, yet they do so from markedly different perspectives.

  • 4:15 pm
    Dr. Zhimeng Ouyang - University of Chicago
    Continuum Limit for Integrable Lattice Models



    Integrable lattice models play a pivotal role in the investigation of microscopic multi-particle systems, with their continuum limits forming the foundation of the macroscopic effective theory. These models have found broad applications in condensed matter physics and numerical analysis. In this talk, I will discuss our recent work on the continuum limit of some differential-difference equations. Using the Ablowitz--Ladik system (AL) as our prototypical example, we establish that solutions to this discrete model converge to solutions of the cubic nonlinear Schr\"odinger equations (NLS). Notably, we consider merely $L^2$ initial data which combines both slowly varying and rapidly oscillating components, and demonstrate convergence to a decoupled system of NLS. This surprising result highlights that a sole NLS does not suffice to encapsulate the AL evolution in such a low-regularity setting reminiscent of the thermal equilibrium state. I will also explain the framework of our proof and how it has been successfully extended to address more general lattice approximations to NLS and mKdV.

Thu, Apr 11 2024
  • 11:00 am
    Moritz Voss

    Math 288 - Probability Seminar

    APM 6402