Department of Mathematics
Mathematics Colloquium
Organizer Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ccnymathcolloquium/joinThe Mathematics Department Colloquium typically meets on Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1:20 pm in NAC 6/114. This will typically be preceded by tea and coffee at noon in the math lounge, and will be followed by lunch. To receive announcements via email, please join our google group
Upcoming talks

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:30PM, NAC 6/114
Ahmed BouRabee (U. Chicago), Scaling limit of the random Abelian SandpileThe Abelian sandpile is a simple combinatorial model from statistical physics which produces striking fractallike patterns. Why do these patterns appear? What aspects of the patterns persist under the introduction of randomness?
I will introduce the model and then hint at how tools from elliptic partial differential equations and ergodic theory can be used to (partially) answer these questions.

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 12:30PM, TBA
Nancy Kopell (Boston U), Rhythms, routing and resonanceTBA
Most recent talks

Thursday, May 09, 2019, 12:30PM, NAC 6/114
Linda Keen (Lehman College (CUNY)), Geometry and TilingWe will show how the basic question of how to lay tiles in a room leads mathematicians to interesting questions and new concepts in geometry.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:30PM, NAC 6/114
Konstantin Mischaikow (Rutgers U.), A combinatorial/algebraic topological approach to nonlinear dynamicsMotivated by the increase in data driven science I will discuss a combinatorial/algebraic topological approach to characterizing nonlinear dynamics. In particular, I will describe how order theory can be used to efficiently and effectively organize the decomposition of dynamics and how algebraic topological tools can be used to characterize the structure of the dynamics. I will then propose a definition of nonlinear dynamics based on these structures. To demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach I will consider several problems from systems and synthetic biology. I will focus on identification and rejection of network models for these types of systems based on functional form and time series data.

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 12:30PM, NAC 6/114
Yung Choi (U. Conn), Stationary and traveling waves of the FitzHughNagumo EquationsThe talk will be structured for general colloquium audience.
Stationary waves are steady state solutions in unbounded domain, while traveling waves will appear steady when viewed in a moving frame. We start with stationary waves of a scalar reactiondiffusion equation, as they can be easily explained using a phase plane analysis. Next we survey some results on the FitzHughNagumo system. For some special parameter regimes, the solutions give discontinuous jump profiles as a certain parameter epsilon goes to zero. This can be analyzed using Γconvergence and gives rise to a geometric variational problem; its radially symmetric solutions (known as bubbles) and their local stability are completely classified for all parameters.
We next turn our attention to traveling waves. Again we start with a scalar equation and work towards the FitzHughNagumo systems. The use of a Γconvergence analysis to traveling wave has recently been achieved. It seems to be the first instance of extending this kind of analysis to nonstationary problems.