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October 23, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
High frequency back reaction for the Einstein equations

It has been observed by physicists (Isaacson, Burnett, Green-Wald) that metric perturbations of a background solution, which are small amplitude but with high frequency, yield at the limit to a non trivial contribution which corresponds to the presence of a stress-energy tensor in the equation for the background metric. This non trivial contribution is due to the nonlinearities in Einstein equations, which involve products of derivatives of the metric.

Speaker: Cécile Huneau, Grenoble
Location:
Fine Hall 314
October 23, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Mean estimation: median-of-means tournaments

One of the most basic problems in statistics is how to estimate the expected value of a distribution, based on a sample of independent random draws. When the goal is to minimize the length of a confidence interval, the usual empirical mean has a sub-optimal performance, especially for heavy-tailed distributions. In this talk we discuss some estimators that achieve a sub-Gaussian performance under general conditions. The multivariate scenario turns out to be more challenging. We present an estimator with near-optimal performance.

Speaker: Gábor Lugosi, ICREA & Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
Location:
Fine Hall 214
October 23, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Wrapped Fukaya categories and Functors

Inspired by homological mirror symmetry for non-compact manifolds, one wonders what functorial properties wrapped Fukaya categories have as mirror to those for the derived categories of the mirror varieties, and also whether homological mirror symmetry is functorial. Comparing to the theory of Lagrangian correspondences for compact manifolds, some subtleties are seen in view of the fact that modules over non-proper categories are complicated.

Speaker: Yuan Gao, Stony Brook University
Location:
IAS Room S-101
October 24, 2017
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Taylor Proudman columns: "rotation stabilizes the fluid around the 2D flow..."
Speaker: Laure Saint-Raymond, Minerva Distinguished Visitor, Princeton University and Professor, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Location:
Fine Hall 1201
October 24, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Convergence of percolation-decorated triangulations to SLE and LQG

The Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE) is a family of random fractal curves, which is the proven or conjectured scaling limit of a variety of two-dimensional lattice models in statistical mechanics. Liouville quantum gravity (LQG) is a model for a random surface which is the proven or conjectured scaling limit of discrete surfaces known as random planar maps (RPM). We prove that a percolation-decorated RPM converges in law to SLE-decorated LQG in a certain topology. This is joint work with Bernardi and Sun.

Speaker: Nina Holden, MIT
Location:
Fine Hall 110
October 24, 2017
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Quantum Markov Semigroups with detailed balance as gradient flow for relative entropy and entropy production inequalities

Semigroups of completely positive trace preserving maps satisfying a certain detailed balance condition are gradient flow driven by dissipation of the quantum relative entropy with respect to a non-commutative analog of the 2-Wasserstein metric on the space of probability densities on Euclidean space. As in the classical case, this way of viewing the evolution equations solved by these semigroups leads to sharp entropy production inequalities. This perspective has resolved some recent conjectures in quantum information theory. This is joint work with Jan Maas.

Speaker: Eric Carlen, Rutgers University
Location:
Jadwin Hall 343
October 24, 2017
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Transcendence of period maps

Period domains D can be described as certain analytic open sets of flag varieties; due to the presence of monodromy, however, the period map of a family of algebraic varieties lands in a quotient D/\Gamma by an arithmetic group.  In the very special case when D/\Gamma is itself algebraic, understanding the interaction between algebraic structures on the source and target of the uniformization D\rightarrow D/\Gamma is a crucial component of the modern approach to the André-Oort conjecture.  We prove a version of the Ax-Schanuel conjecture for general period maps X\rightarrow D/\Gamma which s

Speaker: Ben Bakker, University of Georgia
Location:
Fine Hall 322
October 24, 2017
4:45pm - 5:45pm
Elliptic curves of rank two and generalised Kato classes

The generalised Kato classes of Darmon-Rotger arise as p-adic limits of diagonal cycles on triple products of modular curves, and in some cases, they are predicted to have a bearing on the arithmetic of elliptic curves over Q of rank two. In this talk, we will report on a joint work in progress with Ming-Lun Hsieh concerning a special case of the conjectures of Darmon-Rotger.

Speaker: Francesc Castella , Princeton University
Location:
IAS Room S-101
October 25, 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm
TBA - Nicolas Garcia Trillos
Speaker: Nicolas Garcia Trillos, Brown University
Location:
Fine Hall 224
October 25, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA-Andrew Waldron
Speaker: Andrew Waldron, UC Davis
Location:
Fine Hall 314
October 26, 2017
12:30pm - 1:30pm
TBA-Yangyang Li
Speaker: Yangyang Li, Princeton University
Location:
Fine Hall 110
October 26, 2017
1:30pm - 3:00pm
TBA-: Hahng-Yun Chu
Speaker: Hahng-Yun Chu, Chungnam National University & Korea Institute for Advanced Study
Location:
Fine Hall 1001
October 26, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
The stable Cannon Conjecture for torsion-free Farrell-Jones groups

The torsion-free case of a well-known (open!!) conjecture of Cannon says: Let G be a torsion free hyperbolic group. Suppose that its boundary is homeomorphic to S^2.  Then G is the fundamental group of a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold. By the class of Farrell-Jones groups (FJ), we will mean the class of groups which satisfy both the K-theoretic and the L-theoretic Farrell-Jones Conjectures with coefficients in additive categories with finite wreath products.

Speaker: Steve Ferry, Rutgers University
Location:
Fine Hall 110
October 26, 2017
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Ekman pumbing: "rotation stabilizes the boundary layer in the inviscid limit..."
Speaker: Laure Saint-Raymond, Minerva Distinguished Visitor, Princeton University and Professor, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon
Location:
Fine Hall 1201
October 26, 2017
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Comparing exponential and Erdős–Rényi random graphs, and a general bound on the distance between Bernoulli random vectors

We present a general bound on the Wasserstein distance between two arbitrary distributions of sequences of Bernoulli random variables. The bound is in terms of 1) a mixing quantity for the Glauber dynamics of one of the sequences, and 2) a simple expectation of the other. The result is applied to estimate, with explicit error, expectations of functions of random vectors for some Ising models and exponential random graphs in "high temperature" regimes. Joint work with Gesine Reinert.

Speaker: Nathan Ross, University of Melbourne
Location:
Fine Hall 601
October 26, 2017
4:30pm - 5:30pm
TBA-Jens Eggers
Speaker: Jens Eggers , University of Bristol
Location:
Fine Hall 322
October 26, 2017
4:30pm - 5:30pm
The bipolar filtration of topologically slice knots

The bipolar filtration of Cochran, Harvey and Horn initiated the study of deeper structures of the smooth concordance group of the topologically slice knots. We show that the graded quotient of the bipolar filtration has infinite rank at each stage greater than one. 

To detect nontrivial elements in the quotient, the proof uses higher order amenable Cheeger-Gromov $L^2$ $\rho$-invariants and infinitely many Heegaard Floer correction term $d$-invariants simultaneously. 

This is joint work with Jae Choon Cha.

Speaker: Min Hoon Kim , Korea Institute For Advanced Study
Location:
Fine Hall 314
October 26, 2017
4:30pm - 5:30pm
A converse theorem of Gross-Zagier and Kolyvagin: CM case.

Let E be a CM elliptic curves over rationals and p an odd prime ordinary for E. If the Z_p corank of p^\infty Selmer group for E equals one, then we show that the analytic rank of E also equals one.

This is joint work with Ashay Burungale.

Speaker: Ye Tian, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Location:
IAS Room S-101
October 30, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA-Laura Starkston
Speaker: Laura Starkston, Stanford University
Location:
IAS Room S-101
November 2, 2017
3:00pm - 4:00pm
TBA-Bernhard Hanke
Speaker: Bernhard Hanke, Augsburg
Location:
Fine Hall 110

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