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
21 August 2020

The TMD algorithm (Kanari et al. 2018) computes the barcode of a neuron (tree) with respect to the radial or path distance from the soma (root). We are interested in the inverse problem: how to understand the space of trees that are represented by the same barcode. Our tool to study this spaces is the stochastic TNS algorithm (Kanari et al. 2020) which generates trees from a given barcode in a biologically meaningful way. 

I will present some theoretical results on the space of trees that have the same barcode, as well as the effect of adding noise to the barcode. In addition, I will provide a more combinatorial perspective on the space of barcodes, expressed in terms of the symmetric group. I will illustrate these results with experiments based on the TNS.

This is joint work with L. Kanari and K. Hess. 

  • Applied Topology Seminar
3 September 2020
Michael Moor

Topological features as computed via persistent homology offer a non-parametric approach to robustly capture multi-scale connectivity information of complex datasets. This has started to gain attention in various machine learning applications. Conventionally, in topological data analysis, this method has been employed as an immutable feature descriptor in order to characterize topological properties of datasets. In this talk, however, I will explore how topological features can be directly integrated into deep learning architectures. This allows us to impose differentiable topological constraints for preserving the global structure of the data space when learning low-dimensional representations.

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8 October 2020

Further Information: 

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  • Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures
16 October 2020

 Inherent fluctuations may play an important role in biological and chemical systems when the copy number of some chemical species is small. This talk will present the recent work on the stochastic modeling of reaction-diffusion processes in biochemical systems. First, I will introduce several stochastic models, which describe system features at different scales of interest. Then, model reduction and coarse-graining methods will be discussed to reduce model complexity. Next, I will show multiscale algorithms for stochastic simulation of reaction-diffusion processes that couple different modeling schemes for better efficiency of the simulation. The algorithms apply to the systems whose domain is partitioned into two regions with a few molecules and a large number of molecules.

  • Mathematical Biology and Ecology Seminar


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