PACM/Applied Mathematics Colloquium

The PACM Colloquium hosts seminars in the field of applied mathematics. Domains of interest include computational fluid dynamics and material science, dynamical systems, numerical analysis and fast algorithms, stochastic problems and stochastic analysis, graph theory and applications, mathematical biology, financial mathematics and mathematical approaches to signal analysis, image processing and information theory.


For more information about this seminar, contact Amit Singer

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April 3, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Sample-optimal inference, computational thresholds, and the methods of moments

We propose an efficient meta-algorithm for Bayesian inference problems based on low-degree polynomials, semidefinite programming, and tensor decomposition. The algorithm is inspired by recent lower bound constructions for sum-of-squares and related to the method of moments.

Fine Hall 214
Speaker: David Steurer,
Cornell University
April 10, 2017
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Physics in the complex plane

The average quantum physicist on the street would say that a quantum-mechanical Hamiltonian must be Dirac Hermitian (invariant under combined matrix transposition and complex conjugation) in order to guarantee that the energy eigenvalues are real and that time evolution is unitary.

Fine Hall 214
Speaker: Carl M. Bender,
Washington University in St. Louis