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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25 October 2021
14:15
Ilyas Khan
Abstract

In the mean curvature flow, translating solutions are an important model for singularity formation. In this talk, I will describe the asymptotic structure of 2D mean curvature flow translators embedded in R^3 which have finite total curvature, which turns out to be highly rigid. I will outline the proof of this asymptotic description, in particular focusing on some novel and unexpected features of this proof.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
25 October 2021
15:45
Abstract

Since the mid 1980s, there have been hints of a connection between 2-dimensional field theories and elliptic cohomology. This lead to Stolz and Teichner's conjectured geometric model for the universal elliptic cohomology theory of topological modular forms (TMF) for which cocycles are 2-dimensional (supersymmetric) field theories. Properties of these field theories lead to the expected integrality and modularity properties of classes in TMF. However, the abundant torsion in TMF has always been mysterious from the field theory point of view. In this talk, we will describe a map from 2-dimensional field theories to a cohomology theory that approximates TMF. This map affords a cocycle description of certain torsion classes. In particular, we will explain how a choice of anomaly cancelation for the supersymmetric sigma model with target $S^3$ determines a cocycle representative of the generator of $\pi_3(TMF)=\mathbb{Z}/24$.

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25 October 2021
16:00
TBA
Francesco Ballini

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  • Junior Number Theory Seminar
25 October 2021
16:00
ISAO SAUZEDDE
Abstract

Given a point and a loop in the plane, one can define a relative integer which counts how many times the curve winds around the point. We will discuss how this winding function, defined for almost every points in the plane, allows to define some integrals along the loop. Then, we will investigate some properties of it when the loop is Brownian.
In particular, we will explain how to recover data such as the Lévy area of the curve and its occupation measure, based on the values of the winding of uniformly distributed points on the plane.

 

  • Stochastic Analysis & Mathematical Finance Seminars
26 October 2021
11:30
Abstract

I will introduce asymptotic safety, which is a quantum field theoretic
paradigm providing a predictive ultraviolet completion for quantum field
theories. I will show examples of asymptotically safe theories and then
discuss the search for asymptotically safe models that include quantum
gravity.
In particular, I will explain how asymptotic safety corresponds to a new
symmetry principle - quantum scale symmetry - that has a high predictive
power. In the examples I will discuss, asymptotic safety with gravity could
enable a first-principles calculation of Yukawa couplings, e.g., in the
quark sector of the Standard Model, as well as in dark matter models.

  • Quantum Field Theory Seminar
26 October 2021
14:00
Alice Cortinovis
Abstract

The Hutchinson’s trace estimator approximates the trace of a large-scale matrix A by computing the average of some quadratic forms involving A and some random vectors. Hutch++ is a more efficient trace estimation algorithm that combines this with the randomized singular value decomposition, which obtains a low-rank approximation of A by multiplying the matrix with some random vectors. In this talk, we present an improved version of Hutch++ which aims at minimizing the computational cost - that is, the number of matrix-vector multiplications with A - needed to achieve a trace estimate with a target accuracy. This is joint work with David Persson and Daniel Kressner.

  • Numerical Analysis Group Internal Seminar
26 October 2021
14:00
Abstract

We propose a decentralised “local2global" approach to graph representation learning, that one can a-priori use to scale any embedding technique. Our local2global approach proceeds by first dividing the input graph into overlapping subgraphs (or “patches") and training local representations for each patch independently. In a second step, we combine the local representations into a globally consistent representation by estimating the set of rigid motions that best align the local representations using information from the patch overlaps, via group synchronization.  A key distinguishing feature of local2global relative to existing work is that patches are trained independently without the need for the often costly parameter synchronisation during distributed training. This allows local2global to scale to large-scale industrial applications, where the input graph may not even fit into memory and may be stored in a distributed manner.

arXiv link: https://arxiv.org/abs/2107.12224v1

26 October 2021
14:00
Ashwin Sah

Further Information: 

Part of the Oxford Discrete Maths and Probability Seminar, held via Zoom. Please see the seminar website for details. Joint with the Random Matrix Theory Seminar.

Abstract

We introduce a new method for studying stochastic processes in random graphs controlled by degree information, involving combining enumeration techniques with an abstract second moment argument. We use it to constructively resolve a conjecture of Füredi from 1988: with high probability, the random graph G(n,1/2) admits a friendly bisection of its vertex set, i.e., a partition of its vertex set into two parts whose sizes differ by at most one in which n-o(n) vertices have at least as many neighbours in their own part as across. This work is joint with Asaf Ferber, Matthew Kwan, Bhargav Narayanan, and Mehtaab Sawhney.

  • Combinatorial Theory Seminar

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