Speaker: Farzana Nasrin (U. Tennessee)

Title: Bayesian Topological Learning for Complex Data Analysis

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Abstract: Classification is an important problem with multiple applications from materials science, and chemistry to biology and neuroscience. In this talk, we will approach the problem of classification by focusing on the shape of data and summarizing it with topological descriptors called persistence diagrams. Viewing persistence diagrams through the lenses of point processes, one could define a pertinent probabilistic framework and potentially quantify the uncertainty present in these summaries. Taking into account this framework and historical data, we will present a novel generalized Bayesian framework for persistent homology, which provides an effective, flexible and noise-resilient scheme to analyze and classify complex datasets. A closed form solution of the posterior distributions of persistence diagrams based on a family of conjugate priors will be provided, and Bayes factors on the space of persistence diagrams will be computed to yield robust classification results. An example of classifying high entropy alloy materials will demonstrate the applicability of this novel Bayesian classifier.

Speaker: Jeremy Hoskins (Yale U)

Title: Elliptic PDEs on regions with corners

Abstract: Many of the boundary value problems frequently encountered in the simulation of physical problems (electrostatics, wave propagation, fluid dynamics in small devices, etc.) can be solved by reformulating them as boundary integral equations. This approach reduces the dimensionality of the problem, and enables high-order accuracy in complicated geometries. Unfortunately, in domains with sharp corners the solution to both the original governing equations as well as the corresponding boundary integral equations develop singularities at the corners. This poses significant challenges to many existing integral equation methods, typically requiring the introduction of many additional degrees of freedom. In this talk I show that the solutions to the Laplace, Helmholtz, and biharmonic equations in the vicinity of corners can be represented by a series of elementary functions. Knowledge of these representations can be leveraged to construct accurate and efficient Nyström discretizations for solving the resulting integral equations.The performance of these methods will be illustrated with several numerical examples.

Speaker: **Tingran Gao** (U. Chicago)

Title: *Manifold Learning on Fibre Bundles*

Abstract:

Spectral geometry has played an important role in modern geometric data analysis, where the technique is widely known as Laplacian eigenmaps or diffusion maps.

In this talk, we present a geometric framework that studies graph representations of complex datasets, where each edge of the graph is equipped with a non-scalar transformation or correspondence.

This new framework models such a dataset as a fibre bundle with a connection, and interprets the collection of pairwise functional relations as defining a horizontal diffusion process on the bundle driven by its projection on the base.

The eigenstates of this horizontal diffusion process encode the “consistency” among objects in the dataset, and provide a lens through which the geometry of the dataset can be revealed. We demonstrate an application of this geometric framework on evolutionary anthropology.

SPEAKER: Max Alekseyev (George Washington U)

TITLE:

Transfer-Matrix Method as a Combinatorial Hammer:

Enumeration of Silent Circles, Graph Cycles, and Seating Arrangements

ABSTRACT:

I will discuss application of the transfer-matrix method to a variety

of enumeration problems concerning the party game “silent circles”,

Hamiltonian cycles in the antiprism graphs, simple paths/cycles in

arbitrary graphs, and generalized menage problem. While this method

does not always lead to nice formulas, it often provides an efficient

way of computing the corresponding quantities.

BIO:

Max Alekseyev is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and

Computational Biology at the George Washington University. He holds

M.S. in mathematics (1999) and Ph.D. in computer science (2007), and

is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award (2013) and the John Riordan

prize (2015). Dr. Alekseyev’s research interests range from discrete

mathematics (particularly, combinatorics and graph theory) to

computational biology (particularly, comparative genomics and genome

assembly). He is an Editor-in-Chief of the Online Encyclopedia of

Integer Sequences (http://oeis.org).

The ISITA 2020 conference on coding and information theory

will be held at Ko Olina on October 24-27, 2020.

http://www.isita.ieice.org/

The organizers are meeting in Hawaii this week, and have

agreed to give two talks at UH:

Friday, March 6, 1:30pm–2:15pm in Keller Hall 413

Speaker: Prof. Akiko Manada

Shonan Institute of Technology

Monday, March 9, 1:30pm–2:15pm in Keller Hall 413

Speaker: Prof. Takayuki Nozaki

Department of Informatics,

Yamaguchi University

Each talk will be followed by refreshments and a problem

session. You are cordially invited to attend.

The ISITA 2020 conference on coding and information theory

will be held at Ko Olina on October 24-27, 2020.

http://www.isita.ieice.org/

The organizers are meeting in Hawaii this week, and have

agreed to give two talks at UH:

Friday, March 6, 1:30pm–2:15pm in Keller Hall 413

Speaker: Prof. Akiko Manada

Shonan Institute of Technology

Monday, March 9, 1:30pm–2:15pm in Keller Hall 413

Speaker: Prof. Takayuki Nozaki

Department of Informatics,

Yamaguchi University

Each talk will be followed by refreshments and a problem

session. You are cordially invited to attend.