Special Lecture Archives for Academic Year 2019

Quantum Information Measures, Matrix Analysis and Recoverability

When: Wed, July 17, 2019 - 11:00am
Where: PSC 3150
Speaker: Marco Tomamichel (University of Technology Sydney) - https://marcotom.info
Abstract: I will present several developments that collectively give us a fruitful new perspective on a fundamental result in quantum information theory, the strong sub-additivity of quantum entropy. I will start by discussing quantum entropy and other information measures, and explain why they are emphatically more interesting and delicate than their commutative analogues. While exploring some of their properties we will encounter the Golden-Thompson inequality which illustrates the mathematical challenges faced when dealing with functions of matrices that do not commute. We will then see how the Golden-Thompson and other norm inequalities can be generalized from two to arbitrarily many matrices using complex interpolation theory. Closing the circle, we will see how the resulting multivariate trace inequality can be used to strengthen strong sub-additivity of quantum entropy, leading us to strong bounds on the recoverability of quantum information.

This talk is based on work in arXiv:1512.02615, arXiv:1604.03023, and arXiv:1609.01999.

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - Jiaqi Zhou

When: Wed, September 25, 2019 - 9:30am
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall

TOPIC: Revenue Management of Observable Express Service with Customer Choice

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - Kayla Davie

When: Fri, October 18, 2019 - 10:00am
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall
TOPIC: Preconditioners for PDE-Constrained Optimization Problems

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - David Russell

When: Tue, October 22, 2019 - 2:00pm
TOPIC: Ensemble Methods for Lagrangian Data Assimilation

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - Nathan Yu

When: Wed, October 23, 2019 - 11:00am

MTH 2400TOPIC: Confounding in Spatial Gaussian Linear Mixed Models

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam

When: Mon, October 28, 2019 - 9:30am
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall
TOPIC: Bayesian Hierarchical Models for Evidence Synthesis

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - Mirna Pinsky

When: Fri, November 15, 2019 - 10:00am
Where: MTH 1310
TOPIC: Lagrangian Mean Curvature Flow and Milnor Fibres

Ph.D. Final Oral Exam - Cara Peters

When: Mon, November 18, 2019 - 9:00am
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall
TOPIC: Modeling Imatinib-Treated Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia and the Immune System


When: Tue, November 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
TOPIC: Regression Analysis of Recurrent Events with Measurement Errors

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - Yichun Zhu

When: Mon, November 25, 2019 - 10:00am
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall
Smoluchowski-Kramers approximation with Application to a Charged Magnetic Field

Ph.D. Final Oral Exam - Xu Zhang

When: Tue, December 3, 2019 - 2:00pm
Where: 3332 Van Munching Hall
Topic: New Statistical Methods to Better Leverage Emerging Health Care Utility Data

Ph.D. Preliminary Oral Exam - Shin Eui Song

When: Mon, December 9, 2019 - 2:00pm
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall
TOPIC: Yoshida’s Approach to the Depth 0 Local Langlands Correspondence

Ph.D. Final Oral Exam - Tianhui Zhang

When: Mon, December 16, 2019 - 1:30pm
Where: 1310 Kirwan Hall
TOPIC: Markov multi-state models for survival analysis with recurrent events

Anomalous dissipation for passive scalars

When: Mon, January 27, 2020 - 3:00pm
Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
Speaker: Theodore Drivas (Princeton University) - https://web.math.princeton.edu/~tdrivas/
Abstract: We study anomalous dissipation in hydrodynamic turbulence
in the context of passive scalars. We give an example of a rough divergence-free
velocity field that explicitly exhibits anomalous dissipation for passive scalars.
The mechanism for scalar dissipation is a built-in direct energy cascade in the
synthetic velocity field. Connections to the Obukhov–Corrsin monofractal theory
of scalar turbulence and to inviscid mixing will be discussed. This is joint work
with T. Elgindi, G. Iyer and I-J Jeong.

On the stability of quasi-periodic motion in real analytic Hamiltonian dynamics

When: Fri, February 7, 2020 - 2:00pm
Where: 3206 Kirwan Hall

Speaker: Bassam Fayad ( Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche )
Dynamical Systems seminar

Department Hiring Meeting

When: Wed, February 19, 2020 - 3:15pm
Where: Kirwan 3206

Flows of Vector Fields: Classical and modern

When: Wed, March 4, 2020 - 11:00am
Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
Speaker: Camillo De Lellis (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton) -
Abstract: Consider a (possibly time-dependent) vector field v on the Euclidean
space. The classical Cauchy-Lipschitz (also named Picard-Lindelöf)
Theorem states that, if the vector field v is Lipschitz in space, for
every initial datum x there is a unique trajectory γ starting at x at
time 0 and solving the ODE γ̇(t) = v(t, γ(t)). The theorem looses its
validity as soon as v is slightly less regular. However, if we bundle all
trajectories into a global map allowing x to vary, a celebrated theory
put forward by DiPerna and Lions in the 80es show that there is a
unique such flow under very reasonable conditions and for much less
regular vector fields. A long-standing open question is whether this
theory is the byproduct of a stronger classical result which ensures the
uniqueness of trajectories for almost every initial datum. I will give
a complete answer to the latter question and draw connections with
partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, probability theory and
Gromov’s h-principle.

Quantifying Flows in Time-Irreversible Markov Chains

When: Fri, March 27, 2020 - 12:30pm
Where: Zoom link: https://umd.zoom.us/j/7523175184
Speaker: Danielle Middlebrooks (UMCP) - https://amsc.umd.edu/people/profiles/student-profiles/2-uncategorised/129-danielle-middlebrooks.html
Abstract: Markov chains are among the most well known and established probabilistic models and have long been developed, studied and applied to real world problems. The simplicity of these models makes them interesting in theoretical studies as well as extremely flexible to analyze in applications. In comparison with classic Markov chains, the size and complexity of networks arising in contemporary applications has grown dramatically. In many applications, it is of interest to study transition processes in large and complex networks. Our goal is to develop efficient computational tools for the study of flows in large and complex time-irreversible Markov chains. In this prospectus, I will give an insight into my dissertation research and provide a necessary background for it. The research involves three major parts: (1) we propose a general framework for designing modified Markov chains in order to quantify transitions in time-irreversible Markov chains, (2) provide a theorem justifying the construction, and (3) we propose a so-called “mutation analysis” for gene regulatory networks allowing one to access their robustness and use the proposed tools to analyze a stochastic budding yeast gene regulatory network.

Final Oral Exam of Micah Goldblum

When: Mon, March 30, 2020 - 10:00am
Where: Kirwan Hall 3206
Speaker: Micah Goldblum (University of Maryland) -
Abstract: Despite the overwhelming success of neural networks for pattern recognition, these models behave categorically different from humans. Adversarial examples, small perturbations which are often undetectable to the human eye, easily fool neural networks, demonstrating that neural networks lack the robustness of human classifiers. This defense comprises two parts. First, we develop methods for hardening neural networks against an adversary. Second, we discuss several mathematical properties of the neural network models we use. These properties are of interest beyond robustness to adversarial examples, and they extend to the broad setting of deep learning.

Dissertation directed by: Wojciech Czaja

In view of recent developments on our campus, the defense will be held virtually on Zoom. The virtual meeting will start at 9:50, and the defense will begin at 10:00 AM on March 30, 2020. As this is new for most of us, I ask you to join during this 10 minute period before 10 AM.

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