Fall 2020

RITs ("Research Interaction Teams") are informal groups designed to foster interaction between faculty, students, and postdocs, and to get students interested in current research. Most of them meet as informal seminars with active student participation (and in many cases, student organization as well).  In addition to the RITs, there are several student seminars which are run by students for students.

  • RIT on Applied Partial Differential Equations
    • Organizers: Jacob Bedrossian, Maria Cameron, Sandra Cerrai, Manoussos Grillakis, Dave Levermore, Doron Levy, Matei Machedon, Dionisios Margetis, Antoine Mellet, Eitan Tadmor (lead organizers in bold)
    • Meeting Time: 3:00pm - 3:50pm Mondays, online
    • Description: We will study mathematical aspects of applied partial differential equations. These might include well-posedness, long-time behavior, attractor dynamics, stability of coherent structures, asymptotic limits, and the relationship between chaos and stochasticity. However the best description is the list of talks given on the website.
  • RIT on Geometry and Physics
    • Organizers: Jonathan Rosenberg (Math), Amin Gholampour (Math), Tristan Hubsch (Howard and UMD, Physics), Richard Wentworth (Math)
    • Meeting Time: Thursdays at 3:30 PM, online (Organizational meeting Sept. 10, 2020)
    • Description: This interdisciplinary RIT will aim to foster interactions between mathematicians and physicists on topics of mutual interest, such as supersymmetry, string theory, and gauge theory.  The topic for 2020-21 is tropical geometry and its applications in physics.  Contact one of the organizers for more information.
  • RIT on Quantum Information
    • Organizers: Carl Miller, Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), Math, CS, and UMIACS, and Yusuf Alnawakhtha
    • Meeting Time: Mondays at 2:00pm, Organizational meeting Mon, August 31, 2020
    • Description: The Quantum Information RIT is concerned with all aspects of research at the intersection between quantum information science and mathematics. Goals for talks include: studying recent research results in quantum information from a mathematical angle; finding examples (old and new) in which existing tools from mathematics can be adapted for application in quantum information; and studying quantum algorithms for mathematical problems.
  • RIT on Stochastic Optimization
    • Organizers: Michael Fu, Management Science and ISR, and Steve Marcus, ECE and ISR
    • Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 4-5 PM
    • Description: The focus of this RIT will be gradient-based stochastic optimization methodologies and applications, including techniques for stochastic gradient estimation in simulation and other data-driven settings. Other statistical ranking & selection approaches are also considered, as well as Markov decision processes and reinforcement learning. Potential application areas include queueing systems, manufacturing, supply chain management, and financial engineering.
    • Prerequisites: strong background in prob/stats at the advanced undergraduate level; recommended: real analysis and measure theory
  • RIT on Optimization and Equilibrium Problems with Applications in Engineering
    • Organizer:  Steven A. Gabriel, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering,
    • Meeting Time: Mondays 12:30-1:30pm online, starting Sept. 21, 2020.
    • Description: We will cover a variety of problems in optimization and equilibrium modeling, a subject that includes convex optimization, game theory, economics, and has a strong connection to integer programming as well.  Applications are in energy, transportation, and other engineering-economic areas. We will discuss both applications as well as algorithms for solving these problems.  Students will make a presentation 1-2 times during the semester in addition to Professor Gabriel providing one or more presentations.  Course credit is available for interested students.
  • RIT on Weather, Chaos, and Data Assimilation
    • Organizers: Kayo Ide (AOSC) and Brian Hunt (MATH).
    • Meeting Time: Contact organizers for more info.
    • Description: We study prediction and estimation problems for nonlinear dynamical systems with main applications in (but not limited to) the atmosphere and the ocean. Emphasis is put on uncertainty quantification and reduction.
  • Cancer Dynamics RIT
    • Organizer: Doron Levy
    • Meeting Times: Wednesdays at 1:00, first meeting Sept 9, 2020.
    • Description: This RIT explores mathematical models for the immune system, cancer, and tumor-immunology.
  • RIT on Applied Optimization
    • Organizers: Bruce Golden and Raghu Raghavan (Management Science)
    • Meeting Time: Contact organizers if interested
    • Description: This RIT will introduce AMSC students to some current topics in applied optimization (e.g., logistics). We will read and discuss several articles from the literature and then organize the class into small research teams. Each team will work on and "solve" one or two challenge problems provided by our colleagues in industry. Two of these colleagues received Ph.D.s from AMSC in the last 10 years. Sample problems: Logistics and network design for flying taxis, Delivering packages by trucks and drones, Designing meter reading vehicle routes using RFID, and Optimizing organ allocation geography to minimize disparities.
    • Topics Emphasized: Combinatorial, network, and integer optimization (both exact and heuristic approaches).
  • RIT on Liquid Crystals - Modeling, Theory, and Numerics
    • Organizers: Lucas Bouck and Roberto Nochetto
    • Meeting Time: Wednesdays at 12 noon, starting Sept. 16, 2020.  Zoom link available on the website.
    • Description: This RIT will discuss the Q-tensor theory of liquid crystals, the Oseen-Frank theory, numerics for minimizing the Frank energy, Landau de Gennes theory, and more.
  • RIT on Algebra and Number Theory
    • Organizers: Tom Haines and Yihang Zhu
    • Meeting Time: Mondays at 4 pm, starting October 5.  All meetings will be recorded over Zoom and videos will be posted to Canvas.
    • Description: The topic will be Prismatic Dieudonné Theory, and we will study the paper by Anschütz and Le Bras at arXiv:1907.10525.  We will more or less follow the prospectus used in the ARGOS in Bonn last winter.
  • RIT on Computational Linguistics (aka CLIP Colloquium)
    • Organizers: Doug Oard, Information Studies and UMIACS
    • Meeting Time: Contact organizer for details
  • Informal Geometric Analysis Seminar
  • RIT on Statistics
    • Organizers: Vince Lyzinski
    • Meeting Time: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30
    • Prerequisites: a basic knowledge of statistics
  • RIT on Deep Learning
    • Organizers: Wojtek CzajaTom Goldstein, and Zeyad Emam
    • Meeting Time: to be determined.  Contact Wojtek Czaja if interested.
  • Student Geometry-Topology Seminar
    • Organizer: Zach Greenberg
    • Meeting Time: Mondays at 1:30PM, starting Sept. 14.  See Zoom link on the seminar webpage.
  • Student Seminar on Quantum Information Theory
  • Student Algebra-Number Theory Seminar
    • Organizer: Shin Eui Song
    • Meeting Time: Fridays at 4PM.  Contact organizer for Zoom link.
  • Student Dynamics Seminar
    • Organizer: JT Rustad
    • Meeting Time: Fridays at noon.  Contact organizer for Zoom link.