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
27 February 2018
Simon Vary

Low-rank plus sparse matrices arise in many data-oriented applications, most notably in a foreground-background separation from a moving camera. It is known that low-rank matrix recovery from a few entries (low-rank matrix completion) requires low coherence (Candes et al 2009) as in the extreme cases when the low-rank matrix is also sparse, where matrix completion can miss information and be unrecoverable. However, the requirement of low coherence does not suffice in the low-rank plus sparse model, as the set of low-rank plus sparse matrices is not closed. We will discuss the relation of non-closedness of the low-rank plus sparse model to the notion of matrix rigidity function in complexity theory.

  • Numerical Analysis Group Internal Seminar
27 February 2018
Stefan Schroeer

We develop a structure  theory for del Pezzo surfaces that are regular but geometrically non-normal, based on work of Reid, but now independence on the p-degree of the ground field. This leads to existence results, as well as non-existence results for ground fields  of p-degree one. In turn, we  settle questions arising from Koll'ar's analysis on the structure of Mori fiber spaces in dimension three. This is joint work with Andrea Fanelli.

  • Algebraic Geometry Seminar
28 February 2018
Siran Li

We present some recent results on the regularity criteria for weak solutions to the incompressible Navier--Stokes equations (NSE) in 3 dimensions. By the work of Constantin--Fefferman, it is known that the alignment of vorticity directions is crucial to the regularity of NSE in $\R^3$.  In this talk we show a boundary regularity theorem for NSE on curvilinear domains with oblique derivative boundary conditions. As an application, the boundary regularity of incompressible flows on balls, cylinders and half-spaces with Navier boundary condition is established, provided that the vorticity is coherently aligned up to the boundary. The effects of  vorticity alignment on the $L^q$, $1<q<\infty$ norm of the vorticity will also be discussed.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
28 February 2018
Robin Wilson - the Open University

Euler’s equation, the ‘most beautiful equation in mathematics’, startlingly connects the five most important constants in the subject: 1, 0, π, e and i. Central to both mathematics and physics, it has also featured in a criminal court case and on a postage stamp, and has appeared twice in The Simpsons. So what is this equation – and why is it pioneering?

Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

28 February 2018, 5pm-6pm, Mathematical Institute, Oxford

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1 March 2018
Prof Jan Hesthaven

The development of reduced order models for complex applications, offering the promise for rapid and accurate evaluation of the output of complex models under parameterized variation, remains a very active research area. Applications are found in problems which require many evaluations, sampled over a potentially large parameter space, such as in optimization, control, uncertainty quantification and applications where near real-time response is needed.

However, many challenges remain to secure the flexibility, robustness, and efficiency needed for general large-scale applications, in particular for nonlinear and/or time-dependent problems.

After giving a brief general introduction to reduced order models, we discuss developments in two different directions. In the first part, we discuss recent developments of reduced methods that conserve chosen invariants for nonlinear time-dependent problems. We pay particular attention to the development of reduced models for Hamiltonian problems and propose a greedy approach to build the basis. As we shall demonstrate, attention to the construction of the basis must be paid not only to ensure accuracy but also to ensure stability of the reduced model. Time permitting, we shall also briefly discuss how to extend the approach to include more general dissipative problems through the notion of port-Hamiltonians, resulting in reduced models that remain stable even in the limit of vanishing viscosity and also touch on extensions to Euler and Navier-Stokes equations.

The second part of the talk discusses the combination of reduced order modeling for nonlinear problems with the use of neural networks to overcome known problems of on-line efficiency for general nonlinear problems. We discuss the general idea in which training of the neural network becomes part of the offline part and demonstrate its potential through a number of examples, including for the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations with geometric variations.

This work has been done with in collaboration with B.F. Afkram (EPFL, CH), N. Ripamonti EPFL, CH) and S. Ubbiali (USI, CH).

  • Computational Mathematics and Applications Seminar
1 March 2018

Most motile bacteria are equipped with multiple helical flagella, slender appendages whose rotation in viscous fluids allow the cells to self-propel. We highlight in this talk two consequences of hydrodynamics for bacteria. We first show how the swimming of cells with multiple flagella is enabled by an elastohydrodynamic instability. We next demonstrate how interactions between flagellar filaments mediated by the fluid govern the ability of the cells to reorient. 

  • Industrial and Applied Mathematics Seminar


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