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.

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Tomorrow
12:45
Abstract

I will discuss various operator algebras in supersymmetric quantum field theories in various dimensions. The operator algebras are induced and classified by generalised topological twists. Omega deformation plays an important role in connecting different sectors. This talk is based on previous works and a work in progress with Junya Yagi.

  • String Theory Seminar
Tomorrow
14:15
Soheyla Feyzbakhsh
Abstract

In this talk, I will work on a smooth projective threefold X which satisfies the Bogomolov-Gieseker conjecture of Bayer-Macrì-Toda, such as the projective space P^3 or the quintic threefold. I will show certain moduli spaces of 2-dimensional torsion sheaves on X are smooth bundles over Hilbert schemes of ideal sheaves of curves and points in X. When X is Calabi-Yau this gives a simple wall crossing formula expressing curve counts (and so ultimately Gromov-Witten invariants) in terms of counts of D4-D2-D0 branes. This is joint work with Richard Thomas. 

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  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
Tomorrow
15:45
Kasia Jankiewicz
Abstract

Artin groups are a family of groups generalizing braid groups. The Tits conjecture, which was proved by Crisp-Paris, states that squares of the standard generators generate an obvious right-angled Artin subgroup. In a joint work with Kevin Schreve, we consider a larger collection of elements, and conjecture that their sufficiently large powers generate an obvious right-angled Artin subgroup. In the case of the braid group, regarded as a mapping class group of a punctured disc, these elements correspond to Dehn twist around the loops enclosing multiple consecutive punctures. This alleged right-angled Artin group is in some sense as large as possible; its nerve is homeomorphic to the nerve of the ambient Artin group. We verify this conjecture for some classes of Artin groups. We use our results to conclude that certain Artin groups contain hyperbolic surface subgroups, answering questions of Gordon, Long and Reid.

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Tomorrow
16:00
TBA

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  • Junior Number Theory Seminar
Tomorrow
16:00
BEATRICE ACCIAIO
Abstract

 

In this talk I will consider model-independent pricing problems in a stochastic interest rates framework. In this case the usual tools from Optimal Transport and Skorokhod embedding cannot be applied. I will show how some pricing problems in a fixed-income market can be reformulated as Weak Optimal Transport (WOT) problems as introduced by Gozlan et al. I will present a super-replication theorem that follows from an extension of WOT results to the case of non-convex cost functions.
This talk is based on joint work with M. Beiglboeck and G. Pammer.

  • Stochastic Analysis & Mathematical Finance Seminars
Tomorrow
16:00
Luca Spolaor
Abstract

 In this talk I will discuss possible extensions of the euclidean quantitative isoperimetric inequality to compact Riemannian manifolds. 
This is joint work with O. Chodosh (Stanford) and M. Engelstein (University of Minnesota).

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  • Partial Differential Equations Seminar
1 December 2020
12:45
Deborah Sulem

Further Information: 

The Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar is intended for students and early career researchers.

Abstract

Multivariate point processes are used to model event-type data in a wide range of domains. One interesting application is to model the emission of electric impulses of biological neurons. In this context, the point process model needs to capture the time-dependencies and interactions between neurons, which can be of two kinds: exciting or inhibiting. Estimating these interactions, and in particular the functional connectivity of the neurons are problems that have gained a lot of attention recently. The general nonlinear Hawkes process is a powerful model for events occurring at multiple locations in interaction. Although there is an extensive literature on the analysis of the linear model, the probabilistic and statistical properties of the nonlinear model are still mainly unknown. In this paper, we consider nonlinear Hawkes models and, in a Bayesian nonparametric inference framework, derive concentration rates for the posterior distribution.  We also infer the graph of interactions between the dimensions of the process and prove that the posterior distribution is consistent on the graph adjacency matrix.

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  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar
1 December 2020
14:00
Mario Lezcano
Abstract

In this talk, we will present an approach to constrained optimisation when the set of constraints is a smooth manifold. This setting is of particular interest in data science applications, as many interesting sets of matrices have a manifold structure. We will show how we may couple classic ideas from differential geometry with modern methods such as autodifferentiation to simplify optimisation problems from spaces with a difficult topology (e.g. problems with orthogonal or fixed-rank constraints) to problems on ℝⁿ where we can use any classical optimisation methods to solve them. We will also show how to use these methods to automatically compute quantities such as the Riemannian gradient and Hessian. We will present the library GeoTorch that allows for putting these kind of constraints within models written in PyTorch by adding just one line to the model. We will also comment on some convergence results if time allows.

A link for this talk will be sent to our mailing list a day or two in advance.  If you are not on the list and wish to be sent a link, please contact trefethen@maths.ox.ac.uk.

  • Numerical Analysis Group Internal Seminar
1 December 2020
14:15
Abstract

An algebra $R$ is said to satisfy the Dixmier-Moeglin equivalence if a prime ideal $P$ of $R$ is primitive if and only if it is rational, if and only if it is locally closed, and a commonly studied problem in non-commutative algebra is to classify rings satisfying this equivalence, e.g. $U(\mathfrak g)$ for a finite dimensional Lie algebra $\mathfrak g$. We explore methods of generalising this to a $p$-adic setting, where we need to weaken the statement. Specifically, if $\hat R$ is the $p$-adic completion of a $\mathbb Q_p$-algebra $R$, rather than approaching the Dixmier-Moeglin equivalence for $\hat R$ directly, we instead compare the classes of primitive, rational and locally closed prime ideals of $\hat R$ within suitable "deformations". The case we focus on is where $R=U(L)$ for a $\mathbb Z_p$-Lie algebra $L$, and the deformations have the form $\hat U(p^n L)$, and we aim to prove a version of the equivalence in the instance where $L$ is nilpotent.

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