Math/CS/Physics Everyperson Seminar

This seminar, supported by the Hewlett Foundation's Strengthening Interdisciplinary Connections at Brandeis Initiative, functioned in 2001-2002 as Math/CS Everyperson Seminar, and in 2002-2003 as Math/Physics Everyperson Seminar. The meeting time is on Mondays from 4 to 5 PM in Goldsmith 317 preceded by tea at 3:30 PM at the Math Department lounge.

Schedule of Talks, 2003-2004

Date Speaker Title
September 8 Uri Bader (Technion) What is the Lorentzian analogue of the Riemannian sphere?
September 22 Guoce Xin (Brandeis) A new algorithm on PFD and its application to generalized Dedekind sums
October 7 Kyle Petersen (Brandeis) Circles in Aztec Diamonds, Aztec Diamonds in Groves, Circles in Groves!
Limiting behavior of two combinatorial models.
October 20 Anna Varvak (Brandeis) Rook Numbers and the Normal Ordering Problem (pdf)
October 27 Elon Lindenstrauss (NYU/Clay Mathematics Institute) Dynamics on the Space of Lattices and Number Theory
November 3 Gerald Schwarz (Brandeis) When Does a Real Polynomial have Real Roots? (pdf)
November 10 Anish Ghosh (Brandeis) Orbits of group actions (pdf)
November 17 Santosh Vempala (MIT) How to compute the volume?
December 1 Markus Hunziker (University of Georgia) The Geometry of Quantum Computing
January 26 Rajesh Ravindran (Brandeis) Plane and solid partitions of an integer
February 9 Ruth Charney (Brandeis) Phylogenetics and the Geometry of Tree Space
February 23 Mario Bourgoin (Brandeis) Virtual Knots and Beyond
March 1 Igor Pak (MIT) The nature of partition bijections
March 8 Anna Varvak (Brandeis) Combinatorial aspects of generalized continued fractions (pdf)
March 15 Akshay Venkatesh (MIT) Counting integral solutions to polynomial equations
March 22 David Wittenberg (Brandeis) Rigorous Modeling of Hybrid Systems using Interval Arithmetic Constraints
March 29 Stefan Friedl (University of Munich) Slice knots: geometry in dimension 3.5
April 14
Jané Kondev (Brandeis) Random Loops in Two Dimensions
April 19 Erez Lieberman (Harvard) Evolutionary Graph Theory
April 26 Greg Huber (U Mass Boston) Q theory: From the integers to informatic turbulence


The goals of the seminar are:

  • to expose Math/CS/Physics majors and graduate students to research interests of faculty members of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics Departments

  • to help graduates, undergraduates and faculty get to know each other in the informal atmosphere of seminar talks

  • to discuss and promote connections between mathematics, computer science and physics

  • to foster interactions between Brandeis community and other Boston area schools
  • Speakers in the seminar will give lectures, related or unrelated to their research, that will be understandable by the audience with minimal background. We would like to invite members of Boston area Math, CS and Physics Departments to participate in this seminar by giving talks, attending talks, and suggesting graduate or undergraduate students who could talk at the seminar. Available funds will be used for honoraria for speakers and for refreshments before meetings.

    Anyone who would like to volunteer to speak please contact the organizers, Dmitry Kleinbock, Albion Lawrence, or Bong Lian.

    Click here for directions to the Brandeis Mathematics Department.

    Page last updated: September, 2004.