Forthcoming Seminars

Please note that the list below only shows forthcoming events, which may not include regular events that have not yet been entered for the forthcoming term. Please see the past events page for a list of all seminar series that the department has on offer.

Past events in this series
28 May 2018
Michael Green

The coefficients of the low energy expansion of closed string amplitudes transform as automorphic functions under En(Z) U-duality groups.
 The seminar will give an overview of some features of the coefficients of low order terms in this expansion, which involve a fascinating interplay between multiple zeta values and certain elliptic and hyperelliptic generalisations, Langlands Eisenstein series for the En groups, and the ultraviolet behaviour of maximally supersymmetric supergravity. 

  • String Theory Seminar
28 May 2018
Marco Gualtieri

I will explain our recent description of the fundamental degrees of freedom underlying a generalized Kahler structure. For a usual Kahler
structure, it is well-known that the geometry is determined by a complex structure, a Kahler class, and the choice of a positive(1,1)-form in this class, which depends locally on only a single real-valued function: the Kahler potential. Such a description for generalized Kahler geometry has been sought since it was discovered in1984. We show that a generalized Kahler structure of symplectic type is determined by a pair of holomorphic Poisson manifolds, a
holomorphic symplectic Morita equivalence between them, and the choice of a positive Lagrangian brane bisection, which depends locally on
only a single real-valued function, which we call the generalized Kahler potential. To solve the problem we make use of, and generalize,
two main tools: the first is the notion of symplectic Morita equivalence, developed by Weinstein and Xu to study Poisson manifolds;
the second is Donaldson's interpretation of a Kahler metric as a real Lagrangian submanifold in a deformation of the holomorphic cotangent bundle.


  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
28 May 2018
Didier Bresch

In this work with P.--E. Jabin, we are interested in quantitative estimates for advective equations with an anelastic constraint in presence of vacuum. More precisely, we derive a stability estimate and obtain the existence of renormalized solutions. The method itself introduces weights which sole a dual equation and allow to propagate appropriatly weighted norms on the initial solution. In a second time, a control on where those weights may vanish allow to deduce global and precise quantitative regularity estimates.

  • Partial Differential Equations Seminar
29 May 2018
David Rolnick

Neural networks underpin both biological intelligence and modern AI systems, yet there is relatively little theory for how the observed behavior of these networks arises. Even the connectivity of neurons within the brain remains largely unknown, and popular deep learning algorithms lack theoretical justification or reliability guarantees.  In this talk, we consider paths towards a more rigorous understanding of neural networks. We characterize and, where possible, prove essential properties of neural algorithms: expressivity, learning, and robustness. We show how observed emergent behavior can arise from network dynamics, and we develop algorithms for learning more about the network structure of the brain.

29 May 2018
Caoimhe Rooney

Calcination describes the heat treatment of anthracite particles in a furnace to produce a partially-graphitised material which is suitable for use in electrodes and for other met- allurgical applications. Electric current is passed through a bed of anthracite particles, here referred to as a coke bed, causing Ohmic heating and high temperatures which result in the chemical and structural transformation of the material.

Understanding the behaviour of such mechanisms on the scale of a single particle is often dealt with through the use of computational models such as DEM (Discrete Element Methods). However, because of the great discrepancy between the length scale of the particles and the length scale of the furnace, we can exploit asymptotic homogenisation theory to simplify the problem.  

In this talk, we will present some results relating to the electrical and thermal conduction through granular material which define effective quantities for the conductivities by considering a microscopic representative volume within the material. The effective quantities are then used as parameters in the homogenised macroscopic model to describe calcination of anthracite. 

  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar
29 May 2018
Chris Farmer

This talk will review the main Tikhonov and Bayesian smoothing formulations of inverse problems for dynamical systems with partially observed variables and parameters. The main contenders: strong-constraint, weak-constraint and penalty function formulations will be described. The relationship between these formulations and associated optimisation problems will be revealed.  To close we will indicate techniques for maintaining sparsity and for quantifying uncertainty.

  • Numerical Analysis Group Internal Seminar
29 May 2018
Milena Hering

Varieties admitting Frobenius splittings exhibit very nice properties.
For example, many nice properties of toric varieties can be deduced from
the fact that they are Frobenius split. Varieties admitting a diagonal
splitting exhibit even nicer properties. In this talk I will give an
overview over the consequences of the existence of such splittings and
then discuss criteria for toric varieties to be diagonally split.

  • Algebraic Geometry Seminar


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