Math/CS Everyperson Seminar

This seminar, supported by the Hewlett Foundation's Strengthening Interdisciplinary Connections at Brandeis Initiative, has replaced the Everyperson Seminar previously existing in the Math Department. The new 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, 2001-2002

Date Speaker Title
September 24 Kiyoshi Igusa Reidemeister torsion and group cohomology via pictures
October 1 Harry Tamvakis How to get a PhD by evaluating a finite sum
October 15 Mark Adler Random matrices and combinatorics
October 29 Dmitry Kleinbock Diophantine world inside affine subspaces
November 5 Timothy Chow (Tellabs) Mathematics at Work Seminar
November 19 Ira Gessel Longest increasing subsequences: algorithms and applications
December 3 Igor Pak (MIT) Groups, graphs and expanders
January 28 Daniel Ruberman The Euler Class
February 11 Martin Cohn The Complexity of a Vision Model
March 4 Laurent Berger Approximation by polynomials with integral coefficients
March 18 Simon Levy Language, Fractals, Networks, and Brains: The Chaos Connection
March 25 Paul Monsky Polynomials, power series and p-fractals
April 8 Michael Kleber A fast-growing tree
April 15 Ragnar Buchweitz (Toronto) Finding free divisors
April 22 Richard Palais Some Reflections on Rotations
April 29 Boris Hasselblatt (Tufts) Dynamics: A first impression
May 6 Michael Bukatin Mathematics of Approximation Domains

The goals of the seminar are:

  • to expose math and computer science majors, as well as beginning graduate and advanced undergraduate students, to research interests of faculty members of both the Mathematics and Computer Science Departments
  • to help graduates, undergraduates and faculty of both departments get to know each other in the informal atmosphere of seminar talks
  • to discuss and promote interactions between mathematics and computer science
  • Speakers in the seminar will explain a piece of mathematics or computer science, related to their research, that will be understandable by faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. We would like to invite members and friends of both Math and CS Departments to participate in this seminar by giving talks, attending talks, and suggesting graduate and undergraduate students who could talk at the seminar. Available funds will be used for honoraria for speakers ($75 for students, $50 for faculty) and for refreshments before meetings.

    Anyone who would like to volunteer to speak should contact the organizers, Dmitry Kleinbock, Daniel Ruberman, or Ira Gessel.

    Click here for directions to the Brandeis Mathematics Department.

    Page last updated: May, 2002.