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Complex Analysis III

When the real numbers are replaced by the complex numbers in the definition of the derivative of a function, the resulting (complex-)differentiable functions turn out to have many remarkable properties not enjoyed by their real analogues. These functions, usually known as holomorphic functions, have numerous applications in areas such as engineering, physics, differential equations and number theory, to name just a few. The focus of this course is on the study of holomorphic functions and their most important basic properties. Topics covered are: Complex numbers and functions; complex limits and differentiability; elementary examples; analytic functions; complex line integrals; Cauchy's theorem and the Cauchy integral formula; Taylor's theorem; zeros of holomorphic functions; Rouche's Theorem; the Open Mapping theorem and Inverse Function theorem; Schwarz' Lemma; automorphisms of the ball, the plane and the Riemann sphere; isolated singularities and their classification; Laurent series; the Residue Theorem; calculation of definite integrals and evaluation of infinite series using residues; outlines of the Jordan Curve Theorem, Montel's Theorem and the Riemann Mapping Theorem.

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Multivariable and Complex Calculus

The mathematics required to describe most "real life" systems involves functions of more than one variable, so the differential and integral calculus developed in a first course in Calculus must be extended to functions of more variables. In this course, the key results of one-variable calculus are extended to higher dimensions: differentiation, integration, and the link between them provided by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus are all generalised. The machinery developed can be applied to another generalisation of one-variable Calculus, namely to complex calculus, and the course also provides an introduction to this subject. The material covered in this course forms the basis for mathematical analysis and application across an extremely broad range of areas, essential for anyone studying the hard sciences, engineering, or mathematical economics/finance. Topics covered are: introduction to multivariable calculus; differentiation of scalar- and vector-valued functions; higher-order derivatives, extrema, Lagrange multipliers and the implicit function theorem; integration over regions, volumes, paths and surfaces; Green's, Stokes' and Gauss's theorems; differential forms; curvilinear coordinates; an introduction to complex numbers and functions; complex differentiation; complex integration and Cauchy's theorems; and conformal mappings.

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Homological algebra and applications - a historical survey
15:10 Fri 19 May, 2006 :: G08 Mathematics Building University of Adelaide :: Prof. Amnon Neeman

Homological algebra is a curious branch of mathematics; it is a powerful tool which has been used in many diverse places, without any clear understanding why it should be so useful. We will give a list of applications, proceeding chronologically: first to topology, then to complex analysis, then to algebraic geometry, then to commutative algebra and finally (if we have time) to non-commutative algebra. At the end of the talk I hope to be able to say something about the part of homological algebra on which I have worked, and its applications. That part is derived categories.
Mathematical modelling of multidimensional tissue growth
16:10 Tue 24 Oct, 2006 :: Benham Lecture Theatre :: Prof John King

Some simple continuum-mechanics-based models for the growth of biological tissue will be formulated and their properties (particularly with regard to stability) described.
Statistical convergence of sequences of complex numbers with application to Fourier series
15:10 Tue 27 Mar, 2007 :: G08 Mathematics Building University of Adelaide :: Prof. Ferenc Morics

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The concept of statistical convergence was introduced by Henry Fast and Hugo Steinhaus in 1951. But in fact, it was Antoni Zygmund who first proved theorems on the statistical convergence of Fourier series, using the term \"almost convergence\". A sequence $\\{x_k : k=1,2\\ldots\\}$ of complex numbers is said to be statistically convergent to $\\xi$ if for every $\\varepsilon >0$ we have $$\\lim_{n\\to \\infty} n^{-1} |\\{1\\le k\\le n: |x_k-\\xi| > \\varepsilon\\}| = 0.$$ We present the basic properties of statistical convergence, and extend it to multiple sequences. We also discuss the convergence behavior of Fourier series.
Finite Geometries: Classical Problems and Recent Developments
15:10 Fri 20 Jul, 2007 :: G04 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Prof. Joseph A. Thas :: Ghent University, Belgium

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in finite projective spaces, and important applications to practical topics such as coding theory, cryptography and design of experiments have made the field even more attractive. In my talk some classical problems and recent developments will be discussed. First I will mention Segre's celebrated theorem and ovals and a purely combinatorial characterization of Hermitian curves in the projective plane over a finite field here, from the beginning, the considered pointset is contained in the projective plane over a finite field. Next, a recent elegant result on semiovals in PG(2,q), due to Gács, will be given. A second approach is where the object is described as an incidence structure satisfying certain properties; here the geometry is not a priori embedded in a projective space. This will be illustrated by a characterization of the classical inversive plane in the odd case. Another quite recent beautiful result in Galois geometry is the discovery of an infinite class of hemisystems of the Hermitian variety in PG(3,q^2), leading to new interesting classes of incidence structures, graphs and codes; before this result, just one example for GF(9), due to Segre, was known.
Rubber Ballons -- Prototypes of Hysteresis
15:10 Fri 16 Nov, 2007 :: G04 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Emeritus Prof. Ingo Muller :: Technical University Berlin

Rubber balloons are characterized by a non-monotone pressure-radius relation which presages interesting non-trivial stability problems. A stability criterion is developed and exploited in order to show that the balloon may be stabilized at any radius by loading it with a piston under an elastic spring, if only the spring is hard enough. If two connected balloons are subject to an inflation-deflation cycle, the pressure-radius curve exhibits a fairly simple hysteresis loop. More complex hysteresis loops appear when more balloons are all inflated together. And if many balloons are inflated and deflated at the same time, the hysteresis loop assumes the form reminiscent of pseudo-elasticity. Stability in those complex cases is determined by a simple suggestive argument. References: [1] W.Kitsche, I.Muller, P.Strehlow. Simulation of pseudo-elastic behaviour in a system of rubber balloons. In: Metastability and Incompletely Posed Problems, S.Antman, J.L.Ericksen, D.Kinderlehrer, I.Muller (eds.) IMA Volume No.3, Springer Verlag, New York (1987) [2] I.Muller, P.Strehlow, Rubber and Rubber Balloons, Springer Lecture Notes on Physics, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg (2004)
Values of transcendental entire functions at algebraic points.
15:10 Fri 28 Mar, 2008 :: LG29 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Prof. Eugene Poletsky :: Syracuse University, USA

Algebraic numbers are roots of polynomials with integer coefficients, so their set is countable. All other numbers are called transcendental. Although most numbers are transcendental, it was only in 1873 that Hermite proved that the base $e$ of natural logarithms is not algebraic. The proof was based on the fact that $e$ is the value at 1 of the exponential function $e^z$ which is entire and does not change under differentiation.

This achievement raised two questions: What entire functions take only transcendental values at algebraic points? Also, given an entire transcendental function $f$, describe, or at least find properties of, the set of algebraic numbers where the values of $f$ are also algebraic. The first question, developed by Siegel, Shidlovsky, and others, led to the notion of $E$-functions, which have controlled derivatives. Answering the second question, Polya and Gelfond obtained restrictions for entire functions that have integer values at integer points (Polya) or Gaussian integer values at Gaussian integer points (Gelfond). For more general sets of points only counterexamples were known.

Recently D. Coman and the speaker developed new tools for the second question, which give an answer, at least partially, for general entire functions and their values at general sets of algebraic points.

In my talk we will discuss old and new results in this direction. All relevant definitions will be provided and the talk will be accessible to postgraduates and honours students.

Computational Methods for Phase Response Analysis of Circadian Clocks
15:10 Fri 18 Jul, 2008 :: G04 Napier Building University of Adelaide. :: Prof. Linda Petzold :: Dept. of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Circadian clocks govern daily behaviors of organisms in all kingdoms of life. In mammals, the master clock resides in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus. It is composed of thousands of neurons, each of which contains a sloppy oscillator - a molecular clock governed by a transcriptional feedback network. Via intercellular signaling, the cell population synchronizes spontaneously, forming a coherent oscillation. This multi-oscillator is then entrained to its environment by the daily light/dark cycle.

Both at the cellular and tissular levels, the most important feature of the clock is its ability not simply to keep time, but to adjust its time, or phase, to signals. We present the parametric impulse phase response curve (pIPRC), an analytical analog to the phase response curve (PRC) used experimentally. We use the pIPRC to understand both the consequences of intercellular signaling and the light entrainment process. Further, we determine which model components determine the phase response behavior of a single oscillator by using a novel model reduction technique. We reduce the number of model components while preserving the pIPRC and then incorporate the resultant model into a couple SCN tissue model. Emergent properties, including the ability of the population to synchronize spontaneously are preserved in the reduction. Finally, we present some mathematical tools for the study of synchronization in a network of coupled, noisy oscillators.

Betti's Reciprocal Theorem for Inclusion and Contact Problems
15:10 Fri 1 Aug, 2008 :: G03 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Prof. Patrick Selvadurai :: Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, McGill University

Enrico Betti (1823-1892) is recognized in the mathematics community for his pioneering contributions to topology. An equally important contribution is his formulation of the reciprocity theorem applicable to elastic bodies that satisfy the classical equations of linear elasticity. Although James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) proposed a law of reciprocal displacements and rotations in 1864, the contribution of Betti is acknowledged for its underlying formal mathematical basis and generality. The purpose of this lecture is to illustrate how Betti's reciprocal theorem can be used to full advantage to develop compact analytical results for certain contact and inclusion problems in the classical theory of elasticity. Inclusion problems are encountered in number of areas in applied mechanics ranging from composite materials to geomechanics. In composite materials, the inclusion represents an inhomogeneity that is introduced to increase either the strength or the deformability characteristics of resulting material. In geomechanics, the inclusion represents a constructed material region, such as a ground anchor, that is introduced to provide load transfer from structural systems. Similarly, contact problems have applications to the modelling of the behaviour of indentors used in materials testing to the study of foundations used to distribute loads transmitted from structures. In the study of conventional problems the inclusions and the contact regions are directly loaded and this makes their analysis quite straightforward. When the interaction is induced by loads that are placed exterior to the indentor or inclusion, the direct analysis of the problem becomes inordinately complicated both in terns of formulation of the integral equations and their numerical solution. It is shown by a set of selected examples that the application of Betti's reciprocal theorem leads to the development of exact closed form solutions to what would otherwise be approximate solutions achievable only through the numerical solution of a set of coupled integral equations.
Probabilistic models of human cognition
15:10 Fri 29 Aug, 2008 :: G03 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Dr Daniel Navarro :: School of Psychology, University of Adelaide

Over the last 15 years a fairly substantial psychological literature has developed in which human reasoning and decision-making is viewed as the solution to a variety of statistical problems posed by the environments in which we operate. In this talk, I briefly outline the general approach to cognitive modelling that is adopted in this literature, which relies heavily on Bayesian statistics, and introduce a little of the current research in this field. In particular, I will discuss work by myself and others on the statistical basis of how people make simple inductive leaps and generalisations, and the links between these generalisations and how people acquire word meanings and learn new concepts. If time permits, the extensions of the work in which complex concepts may be characterised with the aid of nonparametric Bayesian tools such as Dirichlet processes will be briefly mentioned.
Free surface Stokes flows with surface tension
15:10 Fri 5 Sep, 2008 :: G03 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Prof. Darren Crowdy :: Imperial College London

In this talk, we will survey a number of different free boundary problems involving slow viscous (Stokes) flows in which surface tension is active on the free boundary. Both steady and unsteady flows will be considered. Motivating applications range from industrial processes such as viscous sintering (where end-products are formed as a result of the surface-tension-driven densification of a compact of smaller particles that are heated in order that they coalesce) to biological phenomena such as understanding how organisms swim (i.e. propel themselves) at low Reynolds numbers. Common to our approach to all these problems will be an analytical/theoretical treatment of model problems via complex variable methods -- techniques well-known at infinite Reynolds numbers but used much less often in the Stokes regime. These model problems can give helpful insights into the behaviour of the true physical systems.
The Mechanics of Nanoscale Devices
15:10 Fri 10 Oct, 2008 :: G03 Napier Building University of Adelaide :: Associate Prof. John Sader :: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Melbourne

Nanomechanical sensors are often used to measure environmental changes with extreme sensitivity. Controlling the effects of surfaces and fluid dissipation presents significant challenges to achieving the ultimate sensitivity in these devices. In this talk, I will give an overview of theoretical/experimental work we are undertaking to explore the underlying physical processes in these systems. The talk will be general and aimed at introducing some recent developments in the field of nanomechanical sensors.
From histograms to multivariate polynomial histograms and shape estimation
12:10 Thu 19 Mar, 2009 :: Napier 210 :: A/Prof Inge Koch

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Histograms are convenient and easy-to-use tools for estimating the shape of data, but they have serious problems which are magnified for multivariate data. We combine classic histograms with shape estimation by polynomials. The new relatives, `polynomial histograms', have surprisingly nice mathematical properties, which we will explore in this talk. We also show how they can be used for real data of 10-20 dimensions to analyse and understand the shape of these data.
Geometric analysis on the noncommutative torus
13:10 Fri 20 Mar, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Prof Jonathan Rosenberg :: University of Maryland

Noncommutative geometry (in the sense of Alain Connes) involves replacing a conventional space by a "space" in which the algebra of functions is noncommutative. The simplest truly non-trivial noncommutative manifold is the noncommutative 2-torus, whose algebra of functions is also called the irrational rotation algebra. I will discuss a number of recent results on geometric analysis on the noncommutative torus, including the study of nonlinear noncommutative elliptic PDEs (such as the noncommutative harmonic map equation) and noncommutative complex analysis (with noncommutative elliptic functions).
Understanding optimal linear transient growth in complex-geometry flows
15:00 Fri 27 Mar, 2009 :: Napier LG29 :: Associate Prof Hugh Blackburn :: Monash University

Classification and compact complex manifolds I
13:10 Fri 17 Apr, 2009 :: School Board Room :: A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

Classification and compact complex manifolds II
13:10 Fri 24 Apr, 2009 :: School Board Room :: A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

String structures and characteristic classes for loop group bundles
13:10 Fri 1 May, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Mr Raymond Vozzo :: University of Adelaide

The Chern-Weil homomorphism gives a geometric method for calculating characteristic classes for principal bundles. In infinite dimensions, however, the standard theory fails due to analytical problems. In this talk I shall give a geometric method for calculating characteristic classes for principal bundle with structure group the loop group of a compact group which side-steps these complications. This theory is inspired in some sense by results on the string class (a certain cohomology class on the base of a loop group bundle) which I shall outline.
Four classes of complex manifolds
13:10 Fri 8 May, 2009 :: School Board Room :: A/Prof Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

We introduce the four classes of complex manifolds defined by having few or many holomorphic maps to or from the complex plane. Two of these classes have played an important role in complex geometry for a long time. A third turns out to be too large to be of much interest. The fourth class has only recently emerged from work of Abel Prize winner Mikhail Gromov.
Lagrangian fibrations on holomorphic symplectic manifolds I: Holomorphic Lagrangian fibrations
13:10 Fri 5 Jun, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Dr Justin Sawon :: Colorado State University

A compact K{\"a}hler manifold $X$ is a holomorphic symplectic manifold if it admits a non-degenerate holomorphic two-form $\sigma$. According to a theorem of Matsushita, fibrations on $X$ must be of a very restricted type: the fibres must be Lagrangian with respect to $\sigma$ and the generic fibre must be a complex torus. Moreover, it is expected that the base of the fibration must be complex projective space, and this has been proved by Hwang when $X$ is projective. The simplest example of these {\em Lagrangian fibrations\/} are elliptic K3 surfaces. In this talk we will explain the role of elliptic K3s in the classification of K3 surfaces, and the (conjectural) generalization to higher dimensions.
Lagrangian fibrations on holomorphic symplectic manifolds II: Existence of Lagrangian fibrations
13:10 Fri 19 Jun, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Dr Justin Sawon :: Colorado State University

The Hilbert scheme ${\mathrm Hilb}^nS$ of points on a K3 surface $S$ is a well-known holomorphic symplectic manifold. When does ${\mathrm Hilb}^nS$ admit a Lagrangian fibration? The existence of a Lagrangian fibration places some conditions on the Hodge structure, since the pull back of a hyperplane from the base gives a special divisor on ${\mathrm Hilb}^nS$, and in turn a special divisor on $S$. The converse is more difficult, but using Fourier-Mukai transforms we will show that if $S$ admits a divisor of a certain degree then ${\mathrm Hilb}^nS$ admits a Lagrangian fibration.
Strong Predictor-Corrector Euler Methods for Stochastic Differential Equations
15:10 Fri 19 Jun, 2009 :: LG29 :: Prof. Eckhard Platen :: University of Technology, Sydney

This paper introduces a new class of numerical schemes for the pathwise approximation of solutions of stochastic differential equations (SDEs). The proposed family of strong predictor-corrector Euler methods are designed to handle scenario simulation of solutions of SDEs. It has the potential to overcome some of the numerical instabilities that are often experienced when using the explicit Euler method. This is of importance, for instance, in finance where martingale dynamics arise for solutions of SDEs with multiplicative diffusion coefficients. Numerical experiments demonstrate the improved asymptotic stability properties of the proposed symmetric predictor-corrector Euler methods.
Lagrangian fibrations on holomorphic symplectic manifolds III: Holomorphic coisotropic reduction
13:10 Fri 26 Jun, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Dr Justin Sawon :: Colorado State University

Given a certain kind of submanifold $Y$ of a symplectic manifold $(X,\omega)$ we can form its coisotropic reduction as follows. The null directions of $\omega|_Y$ define the characteristic foliation $F$ on $Y$. The space of leaves $Y/F$ then admits a symplectic form, descended from $\omega|_Y$. Locally, the coisotropic reduction $Y/F$ looks just like a symplectic quotient. This construction also work for holomorphic symplectic manifolds, though one of the main difficulties in practice is ensuring that the leaves of the foliation are compact. We will describe a criterion for compactness, and apply coisotropic reduction to produce a classification result for Lagrangian fibrations by Jacobians.
Nonlinear diffusion-driven flow in a stratified viscous fluid
15:00 Fri 26 Jun, 2009 :: Macbeth Lecture Theatre :: Associate Prof Michael Page :: Monash University

In 1970, two independent studies (by Wunsch and Phillips) of the behaviour of a linear density-stratified viscous fluid in a closed container demonstrated a slow flow can be generated simply due to the container having a sloping boundary surface This remarkable motion is generated as a result of the curvature of the lines of constant density near any sloping surface, which in turn enables a zero normal-flux condition on the density to be satisfied along that boundary. When the Rayleigh number is large (or equivalently Wunsch's parameter $R$ is small) this motion is concentrated in the near vicinity of the sloping surface, in a thin `buoyancy layer' that has many similarities to an Ekman layer in a rotating fluid.

A number of studies have since considered the consequences of this type of `diffusively-driven' flow in a semi-infinite domain, including in the deep ocean and with turbulent effects included. More recently, Page & Johnson (2008) described a steady linear theory for the broader-scale mass recirculation in a closed container and demonstrated that, unlike in previous studies, it is possible for the buoyancy layer to entrain fluid from that recirculation. That work has since been extended (Page & Johnson, 2009) to the nonlinear regime of the problem and some of the similarities to and differences from the linear case will be described in this talk. Simple and elegant analytical solutions in the limit as $R \to 0$ still exist in some situations, and they will be compared with numerical simulations in a tilted square container at small values of $R$. Further work on both the unsteady flow properties and the flow for other geometrical configurations will also be described.

Generalizations of the Stein-Tomas restriction theorem
13:10 Fri 7 Aug, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Prof Andrew Hassell :: Australian National University

The Stein-Tomas restriction theorem says that the Fourier transform of a function in L^p(R^n) restricts to an L^2 function on the unit sphere, for p in some range [1, 2(n+1)/(n+3)]. I will discuss geometric generalizations of this result, by interpreting it as a property of the spectral measure of the Laplace operator on R^n, and then generalizing to the Laplace-Beltrami operator on certain complete Riemannian manifolds. It turns out that dynamical properties of the geodesic flow play a crucial role in determining whether a restriction-type theorem holds for these manifolds.
Quantum Billiards
15:10 Fri 7 Aug, 2009 :: Badger labs G13 Macbeth Lecture Theatre :: Prof Andrew Hassell :: Australian National University

By a "billiard" I mean a bounded plane domain D, with smooth (enough) boundary. Quantum billiards is the study of properties of eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on D, i.e. solutions of $\Delta u = Eu$, where $u$ is a function on D vanishing at the boundary, $\Delta$ is the Laplacian on D and $E$ is a real number, in the limit as $E \to \infty$. This large-E limit is the "classical limit" in which eigenfunctions exhibit behaviour related to the classical billiard system (a billiard ball moving around inside D, bouncing elastically off the boundary). I will talk about Quantum Ergodicity, which is the property that "most of" the eigenfunctions become uniformly distributed in D, asymptotically as $E \to \infty$, i.e. they are the same size, on average, in all parts of the domain D; and the stronger property of Quantum Unique Ergodicity, which is the same property with the words "most of" deleted.
From linear algebra to knot theory
15:10 Fri 21 Aug, 2009 :: Badger Labs G13 Macbeth Lecture Theatre :: Prof Ross Street :: Macquarie University, Sydney

Vector spaces and linear functions form our paradigmatic monoidal category. The concepts underpinning linear algebra admit definitions, operations and constructions with analogues in many other parts of mathematics. We shall see how to generalize much of linear algebra to the context of monoidal categories. Traditional examples of such categories are obtained by replacing vector spaces by linear representations of a given compact group or by sheaves of vector spaces. More recent examples come from low-dimensional topology, in particular, from knot theory where the linear functions are replaced by braids or tangles. These geometric monoidal categories are often free in an appropriate sense, a fact that can be used to obtain algebraic invariants for manifolds.
Moduli spaces of stable holomorphic vector bundles
13:10 Fri 28 Aug, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Dr Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

The proof of the Poincare conjecture
15:10 Fri 25 Sep, 2009 :: Napier 102 :: Prof Terrence Tao :: UCLA

In a series of three papers from 2002-2003, Grigori Perelman gave a spectacular proof of the Poincare Conjecture (every smooth compact simply connected three-dimensional manifold is topologically isomorphic to a sphere), one of the most famous open problems in mathematics (and one of the seven Clay Millennium Prize Problems worth a million dollars each), by developing several new groundbreaking advances in Hamilton's theory of Ricci flow on manifolds. In this talk I describe in broad detail how the proof proceeds, and briefly discuss some of the key turning points in the argument. About the speaker: Terence Tao was born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1975. He has been a professor of mathematics at UCLA since 1999, having completed his PhD under Elias Stein at Princeton in 1996. Tao's areas of research include harmonic analysis, PDE, combinatorics, and number theory. He has received a number of awards, including the Salem Prize in 2000, the Bochner Prize in 2002, the Fields Medal and SASTRA Ramanujan Prize in 2006, and the MacArthur Fellowship and Ostrowski Prize in 2007. Terence Tao also currently holds the James and Carol Collins chair in mathematics at UCLA, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Australian Academy of Sciences (Corresponding Member).
Irreducible subgroups of SO(2,n)
13:10 Fri 16 Oct, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Dr Thomas Leistner :: University of Adelaide

Berger's classification of irreducibly represented Lie groups that can occur as holonomy groups of semi-Riemannian manifolds is a remarkable result of modern differential geometry. What is remarkable about it is that it is so short and that only so few types of geometry can occur. In Riemannian signature this is even more remarkable, taking into account that any representation of a compact Lie group admits a positive definite invariant scalar product. Hence, for any not too small n there is an abundance of irreducible subgroups of SO(n). We show that in other signatures the situation is quite different with, for example, SO(1,n) having no proper irreducible subgroups. We will show how this and the corresponding result about irreducible subgroups of SO(2,n) follows from the Karpelevich-Mostov theorem. (This is joint work with Antonio J. Di Scala, Politecnico di Torino.)
Modelling and pricing for portfolio credit derivatives
15:10 Fri 16 Oct, 2009 :: MacBeth Lecture Theatre :: Dr Ben Hambly :: University of Oxford

The current financial crisis has been in part precipitated by the growth of complex credit derivatives and their mispricing. This talk will discuss some of the background to the `credit crunch', as well as the models and methods used currently. We will then develop an alternative view of large basket credit derivatives, as functions of a stochastic partial differential equation, which addresses some of the shortcomings.
Analytic torsion for twisted de Rham complexes
13:10 Fri 30 Oct, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Prof Mathai Varghese :: University of Adelaide

We define analytic torsion for the twisted de Rham complex, consisting of differential forms on a compact Riemannian manifold X with coefficients in a flat vector bundle E, with a differential given by a flat connection on E plus a closed odd degree differential form on X. The definition in our case is more complicated than in the case discussed by Ray-Singer, as it uses pseudodifferential operators. We show that this analytic torsion is independent of the choice of metrics on X and E, establish some basic functorial properties, and compute it in many examples. We also establish the relationship of an invariant version of analytic torsion for T-dual circle bundles with closed 3-form flux. This is joint work with Siye Wu.
Critical sets of products of linear forms
13:10 Mon 14 Dec, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Dr Graham Denham :: University of Western Ontario, Canada

Suppose $f_1,f_2,\ldots,f_n$ are linear polynomials in $\ell$ variables and $\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\ldots,\lambda_n$ are nonzero complex numbers. The product $$ \Phi_\lambda=\Prod_{i=1}^n f_1^{\lambda_i}, $$ called a master function, defines a (multivalued) function on $\ell$-dimensional complex space, or more precisely, on the complement of a set of hyperplanes. Then it is easy to ask (but harder to answer) what the set of critical points of a master function looks like, in terms of some properties of the input polynomials and $\lambda_i$'s. In my talk I will describe the motivation for considering such a question. Then I will indicate how the geometry and combinatorics of hyperplane arrangements can be used to provide at least a partial answer.
Hartogs-type holomorphic extensions
13:10 Tue 15 Dec, 2009 :: School Board Room :: Prof Roman Dwilewicz :: Missouri University of Science and Technology

We will review holomorphic extension problems starting with the famous Hartogs extension theorem (1906), via Severi-Kneser-Fichera-Martinelli theorems, up to some recent (partial) results of Al Boggess (Texas A&M Univ.), Zbigniew Slodkowski (Univ. Illinois at Chicago), and the speaker. The holomorphic extension problems for holomorphic or Cauchy-Riemann functions are fundamental problems in complex analysis of several variables. The talk will be very elementary, with many figures, and accessible to graduate and even advanced undergraduate students.
Group actions in complex geometry, I and II
13:10 Fri 8 Jan, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Prof Frank Kutzschebauch, IGA Lecturer :: University of Berne

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Group actions in complex geometry, III and IV
10:10 Fri 15 Jan, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Prof Frank Kutzschebauch, IGA Lecturer :: University of Berne

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Group actions in complex geometry, V and VI
10:10 Fri 22 Jan, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Prof Frank Kutzschebauch, IGA Lecturer :: University of Berne

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Group actions in complex geometry, VII and VIII
10:10 Fri 29 Jan, 2010 :: Napier LG 23 :: Prof Frank Kutzschebauch, IGA Lecturer :: University of Berne

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Oka manifolds and Oka maps
13:10 Fri 29 Jan, 2010 :: Napier LG 23 :: Prof Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana

In this survey lecture I will discuss a new class of complex manifolds and of holomorphic maps between them which I introduced in 2009 (F. Forstneric, Oka Manifolds, C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, Ser. I, 347 (2009) 1017-1020). Roughly speaking, a complex manifold Y is said to be an Oka manifold if Y admits plenty of holomorphic maps from any Stein manifold (or Stein space) X to Y, in a certain precise sense. In particular, the inclusion of the space of holomorphic maps of X to Y into the space of continuous maps must be a weak homotopy equivalence. One of the main results is that this class of manifolds can be characterized by a simple Runge approximation property for holomorphic maps from complex Euclidean spaces C^n to Y, with approximation on compact convex subsets of C^n. This answers in the affirmative a question posed by M. Gromov in 1989. I will also discuss the Oka properties of holomorphic maps and their characterization by approximation properties.
A solution to the Gromov-Vaserstein problem
15:10 Fri 29 Jan, 2010 :: Engineering North N 158 Chapman Lecture Theatre :: Prof Frank Kutzschebauch :: University of Berne, Switzerland

Any matrix in $SL_n (\mathbb C)$ can be written as a product of elementary matrices using the Gauss elimination process. If instead of the field of complex numbers, the entries in the matrix are elements of a more general ring, this becomes a delicate question. In particular, rings of complex-valued functions on a space are interesting cases. A deep result of Suslin gives an affirmative answer for the polynomial ring in $m$ variables in case the size $n$ of the matrix is at least 3. In the topological category, the problem was solved by Thurston and Vaserstein. For holomorphic functions on $\mathbb C^m$, the problem was posed by Gromov in the 1980s. We report on a complete solution to Gromov's problem. A main tool is the Oka-Grauert-Gromov h-principle in complex analysis. Our main theorem can be formulated as follows: In the absence of obvious topological obstructions, the Gauss elimination process can be performed in a way that depends holomorphically on the matrix. This is joint work with Bj\"orn Ivarsson.
Proper holomorphic maps from strongly pseudoconvex domains to q-convex manifolds
13:10 Fri 5 Feb, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Prof Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana

(Joint work with B. Drinovec Drnovsek, Amer. J. Math., in press.) I will discuss the existence of closed complex subvarieties of a complex manifold X that are proper holomorphic images of strongly pseudoconvex Stein domains. The main sufficient condition is expressed in terms of the Morse indices and of the number of positive Levi eigenvalues of an exhaustion function on X. Examples show that our condition cannot be weakened in general. I will describe optimal results for subvarieties of this type in complements of compact complex submanifolds with Griffiths positive normal bundle; in the projective case these generalize classical theorems of Remmert, Bishop and Narasimhan concerning proper holomorphic maps and embeddings to complex Euclidean spaces.
Finite and infinite words in number theory
15:10 Fri 12 Feb, 2010 :: Napier LG28 :: Dr Amy Glen :: Murdoch University

A 'word' is a finite or infinite sequence of symbols (called 'letters') taken from a finite non-empty set (called an 'alphabet'). In mathematics, words naturally arise when one wants to represent elements from some set (e.g., integers, real numbers, p-adic numbers, etc.) in a systematic way. For instance, expansions in integer bases (such as binary and decimal expansions) or continued fraction expansions allow us to associate with every real number a unique finite or infinite sequence of digits.

In this talk, I will discuss some old and new results in Combinatorics on Words and their applications to problems in Number Theory. In particular, by transforming inequalities between real numbers into (lexicographic) inequalities between infinite words representing their binary expansions, I will show how combinatorial properties of words can be used to completely describe the minimal intervals containing all fractional parts {x*2^n}, for some positive real number x, and for all non-negative integers n. This is joint work with Jean-Paul Allouche (Universite Paris-Sud, France).

Holomorphic extension on complex spaces
14:10 Fri 5 Mar, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Prof Egmont Porten :: Mid Sweden University

The fluid mechanics of gels used in tissue engineering
15:10 Fri 9 Apr, 2010 :: Santos Lecture Theatre :: Dr Edward Green :: University of Western Australia

Tissue engineering could be called 'the science of spare parts'. Although currently in its infancy, its long-term aim is to grow functional tissues and organs in vitro to replace those which have become defective through age, trauma or disease. Recent experiments have shown that mechanical interactions between cells and the materials in which they are grown have an important influence on tissue architecture, but in order to understand these effects, we first need to understand the mechanics of the gels themselves.

Many biological gels (e.g. collagen) used in tissue engineering have a fibrous microstructure which affects the way forces are transmitted through the material, and which in turn affects cell migration and other behaviours. I will present a simple continuum model of gel mechanics, based on treating the gel as a transversely isotropic viscous material. Two canonical problems are considered involving thin two-dimensional films: extensional flow, and squeezing flow of the fluid between two rigid plates. Neglecting inertia, gravity and surface tension, in each regime we can exploit the thin geometry to obtain a leading-order problem which is sufficiently tractable to allow the use of analytical methods. I discuss how these results could be exploited practically to determine the mechanical properties of real gels. If time permits, I will also talk about work currently in progress which explores the interaction between gel mechanics and cell behaviour.

Loop groups and characteristic classes
13:10 Fri 23 Apr, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Dr Raymond Vozzo :: University of Adelaide

Suppose $G$ is a compact Lie group, $LG$ its (free) loop group and $\Omega G \subseteq LG$ its based loop group. Let $P \to M$ be a principal bundle with structure group one of these loop groups. In general, differential form representatives of characteristic classes for principal bundles can be easily obtained using the Chern-Weil homomorphism, however for infinite-dimensional bundles such as $P$ this runs into analytical problems and classes are more difficult to construct. In this talk I will explain some new results on characteristic classes for loop group bundles which demonstrate how to construct certain classes---which we call string classes---for such bundles. These are obtained by making heavy use of a certain $G$-bundle associated to any loop group bundle (which allows us to avoid the problems of dealing with infinite-dimensional bundles). We shall see that the free loop group case naturally involves equivariant cohomology.
Moduli spaces of stable holomorphic vector bundles II
13:10 Fri 30 Apr, 2010 :: School Board Room :: A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

In this talk, I shall briefly review the notion of stability for holomorphic vector bundles on compact complex manifolds as discussed in the first part of this talk (28 August 2009). Then I shall attempt to compute some explicit examples in simple situations, illustrating the use of basic algebraic-geometric tools. The level of the talk will be appropriate for graduate students, particularly those who have been taking part in the algebraic geometry reading group meetings.
Moduli spaces of stable holomorphic vector bundles III
13:10 Fri 14 May, 2010 :: School Board Room :: A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

This talk is a continuation of the talk on 30 April. The same abstract applies: In this talk, I shall briefly review the notion of stability for holomorphic vector bundles on compact complex manifolds as discussed in the first part of this talk (28 August 2009). Then I shall attempt to compute some explicit examples in simple situations, illustrating the use of basic algebraic-geometric tools. The level of the talk will be appropriate for graduate students, particularly those who have been taking part in the algebraic geometry reading group meetings.
Understanding convergence of meshless methods: Vortex methods and smoothed particle hydrodynamics
15:10 Fri 14 May, 2010 :: Santos Lecture Theatre :: A/Prof Lou Rossi :: University of Delaware

Meshless methods such as vortex methods (VMs) and smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) schemes offer many advantages in fluid flow computations. Particle-based computations naturally adapt to complex flow geometries and so provide a high degree of computational efficiency. Also, particle based methods avoid CFL conditions because flow quantities are integrated along characteristics. There are many approaches to improving numerical methods, but one of the most effective routes is quantifying the error through the direct estimate of residual quantities. Understanding the residual for particle schemes requires a different approach than for meshless schemes but the rewards are significant. In this seminar, I will outline a general approach to understanding convergence that has been effective in creating high spatial accuracy vortex methods, and then I will discuss some recent investigations in the accuracy of diffusion operators used in SPH computations. Finally, I will provide some sample Navier-Stokes computations of high Reynolds number flows using BlobFlow, an open source implementation of the high precision vortex method.
Interpolation of complex data using spatio-temporal compressive sensing
13:00 Fri 28 May, 2010 :: Santos Lecture Theatre :: A/Prof Matthew Roughan :: School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide

Many complex datasets suffer from missing data, and interpolating these missing elements is a key task in data analysis. Moreover, it is often the case that we see only a linear combination of the desired measurements, not the measurements themselves. For instance, in network management, it is easy to count the traffic on a link, but harder to measure the end-to-end flows. Additionally, typical interpolation algorithms treat either the spatial, or the temporal components of data separately, but in many real datasets have strong spatio-temporal structure that we would like to exploit in reconstructing the missing data. In this talk I will describe a novel reconstruction algorithm that exploits concepts from the growing area of compressive sensing to solve all of these problems and more. The approach works so well on Internet traffic matrices that we can obtain a reasonable reconstruction with as much as 98% of the original data missing.
Vertex algebras and variational calculus I
13:10 Fri 4 Jun, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Dr Pedram Hekmati :: University of Adelaide

A basic operation in calculus of variations is the Euler-Lagrange variational derivative, whose kernel determines the extremals of functionals. There exists a natural resolution of this operator, called the variational complex. In this talk, I shall explain how to use tools from the theory of vertex algebras to explicitly construct the variational complex. This also provides a very convenient language for classifying and constructing integrable Hamiltonian evolution equations.
Vertex algebras and variational calculus II
13:10 Fri 11 Jun, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Dr Pedram Hekmati :: University of Adelaide

Last time I introduced the variational complex of an algebra of differential functions and gave a sketchy definition of a vertex algebra. This week I will make this notion more precise and explain how to apply it to the calculus of variations.
Some thoughts on wine production
15:05 Fri 18 Jun, 2010 :: School Board Room :: Prof Zbigniew Michalewicz :: School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide

In the modern information era, managers (e.g. winemakers) recognize the competitive opportunities represented by decision-support tools which can provide a significant cost savings & revenue increases for their businesses. Wineries make daily decisions on the processing of grapes, from harvest time (prediction of maturity of grapes, scheduling of equipment and labour, capacity planning, scheduling of crushers) through tank farm activities (planning and scheduling of wine and juice transfers on the tank farm) to packaging processes (bottling and storage activities). As such operation is quite complex, the whole area is loaded with interesting OR-related issues. These include the issues of global vs. local optimization, relationship between prediction and optimization, operating in dynamic environments, strategic vs. tactical optimization, and multi-objective optimization & trade-off analysis. During the talk we address the above issues; a few real-world applications will be shown and discussed to emphasize some of the presented material.
Higher nonunital Quillen K'-theory
13:10 Fri 23 Jul, 2010 :: Engineering-Maths G06 :: Dr Snigdhayan Mahanta :: University of Adelaide

Quillen introduced a $K'_0$-theory for possibly nonunital rings and showed that it agrees with the usual algebraic $K_0$-theory if the ring is unital. We shall introduce higher $K'$-groups for $k$-algebras, where $k$ is a field, and discuss some elementary properties of this theory. We shall also show that for stable $C*$-algebras the higher $K'$-theory agrees with the topological $K$-theory. If time permits we shall explain how this provides a formalism to treat topological $\mathbb{T}$-dualities via Kasparov's bivariant $K$-theory.
Eynard-Orantin invariants and enumerative geometry
13:10 Fri 6 Aug, 2010 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 (Suite 4) :: Dr Paul Norbury :: University of Melbourne

As a tool for studying enumerative problems in geometry Eynard and Orantin associate multilinear differentials to any plane curve. Their work comes from matrix models but does not require matrix models (for understanding or calculations). In some sense they describe deformations of complex structures of a curve and conjectural relationships to deformations of Kahler structures of an associated object. I will give an introduction to their invariants via explicit examples, mainly to do with the moduli space of Riemann surfaces, in which the plane curve has genus zero.
Counting lattice points in polytopes and geometry
15:10 Fri 6 Aug, 2010 :: Napier G04 :: Dr Paul Norbury :: University of Melbourne

Counting lattice points in polytopes arises in many areas of pure and applied mathematics. A basic counting problem is this: how many different ways can one give change of 1 dollar into 5,10, 20 and 50 cent coins? This problem counts lattice points in a tetrahedron, and if there also must be exactly 10 coins then it counts lattice points in a triangle. The number of lattice points in polytopes can be used to measure the robustness of a computer network, or in statistics to test independence of characteristics of samples. I will describe the general structure of lattice point counts and the difficulty of calculations. I will then describe a particular lattice point count in which the structure simplifies considerably allowing one to calculate easily. I will spend a brief time at the end describing how this is related to the moduli space of Riemann surfaces.
A spatial-temporal point process model for fine resolution multisite rainfall data from Roma, Italy
14:10 Thu 19 Aug, 2010 :: Napier G04 :: A/Prof Paul Cowpertwait :: Auckland University of Technology

A point process rainfall model is further developed that has storm origins occurring in space-time according to a Poisson process. Each storm origin has a random radius so that storms occur as circular regions in two-dimensional space, where the storm radii are taken to be independent exponential random variables. Storm origins are of random type z, where z follows a continuous probability distribution. Cell origins occur in a further spatial Poisson process and have arrival times that follow a Neyman-Scott point process. Cell origins have random radii so that cells form discs in two-dimensional space. Statistical properties up to third order are derived and used to fit the model to 10 min series taken from 23 sites across the Roma region, Italy. Distributional properties of the observed annual maxima are compared to equivalent values sampled from series that are simulated using the fitted model. The results indicate that the model will be of use in urban drainage projects for the Roma region.
Compound and constrained regression analyses for EIV models
15:05 Fri 27 Aug, 2010 :: Napier LG28 :: Prof Wei Zhu :: State University of New York at Stony Brook

In linear regression analysis, randomness often exists in the independent variables and the resulting models are referred to errors-in-variables (EIV) models. The existing general EIV modeling framework, the structural model approach, is parametric and dependent on the usually unknown underlying distributions. In this work, we introduce a general non-parametric EIV modeling framework, the compound regression analysis, featuring an intuitive geometric representation and a 1-1 correspondence to the structural model. Properties, examples and further generalizations of this new modeling approach are discussed in this talk.
Contraction subgroups in locally compact groups
13:10 Fri 17 Sep, 2010 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 (Suite 4) :: Prof George Willis :: University of Newcastle

For each automorphism, $\alpha$, of the locally compact group $G$ there is a corresponding {\sl contraction subgroup\/}, $\hbox{con}(\alpha)$, which is the set of $x\in G$ such that $\alpha^n(x)$ converges to the identity as $n\to \infty$. Contractions subgroups are important in representation theory, through the Mautner phenomenon, and in the study of convolution semigroups. If $G$ is a Lie group, then $\hbox{con}(\alpha)$ is automatically closed, can be described in terms of eigenvalues of $\hbox{ad}(\alpha)$, and is nilpotent. Since any connected group may be approximated by Lie groups, contraction subgroups of connected groups are thus well understood. Following a general introduction, the talk will focus on contraction subgroups of totally disconnected groups. A criterion for non-triviality of $\hbox{con}(\alpha)$ will be described (joint work with U.~Baumgartner) and a structure theorem for $\hbox{con}(\alpha)$ when it is closed will be presented (joint with H.~Gl\"oeckner).
Totally disconnected, locally compact groups
15:10 Fri 17 Sep, 2010 :: Napier G04 :: Prof George Willis :: University of Newcastle

Locally compact groups occur in many branches of mathematics. Their study falls into two cases: connected groups, which occur as automorphisms of smooth structures such as spheres for example; and totally disconnected groups, which occur as automorphisms of discrete structures such as trees. The talk will give an overview of the currently developing structure theory of totally disconnected locally compact groups. Techniques for analysing totally disconnected groups will be described that correspond to the familiar Lie group methods used to treat connected groups. These techniques played an essential role in the recent solution of a problem raised by R. Zimmer and G. Margulis concerning commensurated subgroups of arithmetic groups.
Explicit numerical simulation of multiphase and confined flows
15:10 Fri 8 Oct, 2010 :: Napier G04 :: Prof Mark Biggs :: University of Adelaide

Simulations in which the system of interest is essentially mimicked are termed explicit numerical simulations (ENS). Direct numerical simulation (DNS) of turbulence is a well known and long-standing example of ENS. Such simulations provide a basis for elucidating fundamentals in a way that is impossible experimentally and formulating and parameterizing engineering models with reduced experimentation. In this presentation, I will first outline the concept of ENS. I will then report a number of ENS-based studies of various multiphase fluid systems and flows in porous media. In the first of these studies, which is concerned with flow of suspensions in porous media accompanied by deposition, ENS is used to demonstrate the significant inadequacies of the classical trajectory models typically used for the study of such problems. In the second study, which is concerned with elucidating the change in binary droplet collision behaviour with Capillary number (Ca) and Reynolds number (Re), a range of collision scenarios are revealed as a function of Ca and Re and it appears that the boundaries between these scenarios in the Ca-Re space are not distinct but, rather, smeared. In the final study, it is shown that ENS an be used to predict ab initio the hydrodynamic properties of single phase flow through porous media from the Darcy to the turbulent regimes.
Principal Component Analysis Revisited
15:10 Fri 15 Oct, 2010 :: Napier G04 :: Assoc. Prof Inge Koch :: University of Adelaide

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Principal Component Analysis (PCA) has been an important tool in the analysis of multivariate data. The principal components summarise data in fewer than the original number of variables without losing essential information, and thus allow a split of the data into signal and noise components. PCA is a linear method, based on elegant mathematical theory. The increasing complexity of data together with the emergence of fast computers in the later parts of the 20th century has led to a renaissance of PCA. The growing numbers of variables (in particular, high-dimensional low sample size problems), non-Gaussian data, and functional data (where the data are curves) are posing exciting challenges to statisticians, and have resulted in new research which extends the classical theory. I begin with the classical PCA methodology and illustrate the challenges presented by the complex data that we are now able to collect. The main part of the talk focuses on extensions of PCA: the duality of PCA and the Principal Coordinates of Multidimensional Scaling, Sparse PCA, and consistency results relating to principal components, as the dimension grows. We will also look at newer developments such as Principal Component Regression and Supervised PCA, nonlinear PCA and Functional PCA.
Statistical physics and behavioral adaptation to Creation's main stimuli: sex and food
15:10 Fri 29 Oct, 2010 :: E10 B17 Suite 1 :: Prof Laurent Seuront :: Flinders University and South Australian Research and Development Institute

Animals typically search for food and mates, while avoiding predators. This is particularly critical for keystone organisms such as intertidal gastropods and copepods (i.e. millimeter-scale crustaceans) as they typically rely on non-visual senses for detecting, identifying and locating mates in their two- and three-dimensional environments. Here, using stochastic methods derived from the field of nonlinear physics, we provide new insights into the nature (i.e. innate vs. acquired) of the motion behavior of gastropods and copepods, and demonstrate how changes in their behavioral properties can be used to identify the trade-offs between foraging for food or sex. The gastropod Littorina littorea hence moves according to fractional Brownian motions while foraging for food (in accordance with the fractal nature of food distributions), and switch to Brownian motion while foraging for sex. In contrast, the swimming behavior of the copepod Temora longicornis belongs to the class of multifractal random walks (MRW; i.e. a form of anomalous diffusion), characterized by a nonlinear moment scaling function for distance versus time. This clearly differs from the traditional Brownian and fractional Brownian walks expected or previously detected in animal behaviors. The divergence between MRW and Levy flight and walk is also discussed, and it is shown how copepod anomalous diffusion is enhanced by the presence and concentration of conspecific water-borne signals, and is dramatically increasing male-female encounter rates.
Slippery issues in nano- and microscale fluid flows
11:10 Tue 30 Nov, 2010 :: Innova teaching suite B21 :: Dr Shaun C. Hendy :: Victoria University of Wellington

The no-slip boundary condition was considered to have been experimentally established for the flow of simple liquids over solid surfaces in the early 20th century. Nonetheless the refinement of a number of measurement techniques has recently led to the observation of nano- and microscale violations of the no-slip boundary condition by simple fluids flowing over non-wetting surfaces. However it is important to distinguish between intrinsic slip, which arises solely from the chemical interaction between the liquid and a homogeneous, atomically flat surface and effective slip, typically measured in macroscopic experiments, which emerges from the interaction of microscopic chemical heterogeneity, roughness and contaminants. Here we consider the role of both intrinsic and effective slip boundary conditions in nanoscale and microscale fluid flows using a theoretical approach, complemented by molecular dynamics simulations, and experimental evidence where available. Firstly, we consider nanoscale flows in small capillaries, including carbon nanotubes, where we have developed and solved a generalised Lucas-Washburn equation that incorporates slip to describe the uptake of droplets. We then consider the general problem of relating effective slip to microscopic intrinsic slip and roughness, and discuss several cases where we have been able to solve this problem analytically. Finally, we look at applications of these results to carbon nanotube growth, self-cleaning surfaces, catalysis, and putting insulation in your roof.
Real analytic sets in complex manifolds I: holomorphic closure dimension
13:10 Fri 4 Mar, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Dr Rasul Shafikov :: University of Western Ontario

After a quick introduction to real and complex analytic sets, I will discuss possible notions of complex dimension of real sets, and then discuss a structure theorem for the holomorphic closure dimension which is defined as the dimension of the smallest complex analytic germ containing the real germ.
Mathematical modelling in nanotechnology
15:10 Fri 4 Mar, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Jim Hill :: University of Adelaide

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In this talk we present an overview of the mathematical modelling contributions of the Nanomechanics Groups at the Universities of Adelaide and Wollongong. Fullerenes and carbon nanotubes have unique properties, such as low weight, high strength, flexibility, high thermal conductivity and chemical stability, and they have many potential applications in nano-devices. In this talk we first present some new results on the geometric structure of carbon nanotubes and on related nanostructures. One concept that has attracted much attention is the creation of nano-oscillators, to produce frequencies in the gigahertz range, for applications such as ultra-fast optical filters and nano-antennae. The sliding of an inner shell inside an outer shell of a multi-walled carbon nanotube can generate oscillatory frequencies up to several gigahertz, and the shorter the inner tube the higher the frequency. A C60-nanotube oscillator generates high frequencies by oscillating a C60 fullerene inside a single-walled carbon nanotube. Here we discuss the underlying mechanisms of nano-oscillators and using the Lennard-Jones potential together with the continuum approach, to mathematically model the C60-nanotube nano-oscillator. Finally, three illustrative examples of recent modelling in hydrogen storage, nanomedicine and nanocomputing are discussed.
Real analytic sets in complex manifolds II: complex dimension
13:10 Fri 11 Mar, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Dr Rasul Shafikov :: University of Western Ontario

Given a real analytic set R, denote by A the subset of R of points through which there is a nontrivial complex variety contained in R, i.e., A consists of points in R of positive complex dimension. I will discuss the structure of the set A.
Bioinspired computation in combinatorial optimization: algorithms and their computational complexity
15:10 Fri 11 Mar, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Frank Neumann :: The University of Adelaide

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Bioinspired computation methods, such as evolutionary algorithms and ant colony optimization, are being applied successfully to complex engineering and combinatorial optimization problems. The computational complexity analysis of this type of algorithms has significantly increased the theoretical understanding of these successful algorithms. In this talk, I will give an introduction into this field of research and present some important results that we achieved for problems from combinatorial optimization. These results can also be found in my recent textbook "Bioinspired Computation in Combinatorial Optimization -- Algorithms and Their Computational Complexity".
Tilings in the plane
12:10 Wed 16 Mar, 2011 :: Napier 210 :: Dr Susan Barwick :: University of Adelaide

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We show that there are only three regular tilings of the plane, that is, tilings using a regular polygon tile, with tile vertices touching. We also classify the semiregular tilings; tilings using more than one type of regular polygon. These tilings all have many symmetries, in particular, we can translate the tiling, and it still looks the same. Sir Roger Penrose constructed a set of aperiodic tiles; a tiling using these Penrose tiles has no translational symmetry, that is, a translated copy will never match the original. We look at some of the interesting properties of these tiles.
Surface quotients of hyperbolic buildings
13:10 Fri 18 Mar, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Dr Anne Thomas :: University of Sydney

Let I(p,v) be Bourdon's building, the unique simply-connected 2-complex such that all 2-cells are regular right-angled hyperbolic p-gons, and the link at each vertex is the complete bipartite graph K_{v,v}. We investigate and mostly determine the set of triples (p,v,g) for which there is a discrete group acting on I(p,v) so that the quotient is a compact orientable surface of genus g. Surprisingly, the existence of such a quotient depends upon the value of v. The remaining cases lead to open questions in tessellations of surfaces and in number theory. We use elementary group theory, combinatorics, algebraic topology and number theory. This is joint work with David Futer.
Lattices in exotic groups
15:10 Fri 18 Mar, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Anne Thomas :: University of Sydney

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A lattice in a locally compact group G is a discrete subgroup of cofinite volume. Lattices in Lie groups are well-studied, but little is known about lattices in other, "exotic", locally compact groups. Examples of exotic groups include isometry groups of trees, buildings, polyhedral complexes and CAT(0) spaces, and Kac-Moody groups. We will survey known results, which include both rigidity and surprising examples of flexibility, and discuss the wide range of tools used to investigate lattices in these non-classical settings.
To which extent the model of Black-Scholes can be applied in the financial market?
12:10 Mon 21 Mar, 2011 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Ahmed Hamada :: University of Adelaide

Black and Scholes have introduced a new approach to model the stock price dynamics about three decades ago. The so called Black Scholes model seems to be very adapted to the nature of market prices, mainly because the usage of the Brownian motion and the mathematical properties that follow from. Like every theoretical model, put in practice, it does not appear to be flawless, that means that new adaptations and extensions should be made so that engineers and marketers could utilise the Black Scholes models to trade and hedge risk on the market. A more detailed description with application will be given in the talk.
Lorentzian manifolds with special holonomy
13:10 Fri 25 Mar, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Mr Kordian Laerz :: Humboldt University, Berlin

A parallel lightlike vector field on a Lorentzian manifold X naturally defines a foliation of codimension 1 on X and a 1-dimensional subfoliation. In the first part we introduce Lorentzian metrics on the total space of certain circle bundles in order to construct weakly irreducible Lorentzian manifolds admitting a parallel lightlike vector field such that all leaves of the foliations are compact. Then we study which holonomy representations can be realized in this way. Finally, we consider the structure of arbitrary Lorentzian manifolds for which the leaves of the foliations are compact.
Operator algebra quantum groups
13:10 Fri 1 Apr, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Dr Snigdhayan Mahanta :: University of Adelaide

Woronowicz initiated the study of quantum groups using C*-algebras. His framework enabled him to deal with compact (linear) quantum groups. In this talk we shall introduce a notion of quantum groups that can handle infinite dimensional examples like SU(\infty). We shall also study some quantum homogeneous spaces associated to this group and compute their K-theory groups. This is joint work with V. Mathai.
Spherical tube hypersurfaces
13:10 Fri 8 Apr, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Prof Alexander Isaev :: Australian National University

We consider smooth real hypersurfaces in a complex vector space. Specifically, we are interested in tube hypersurfaces, i.e., hypersurfaces represented as the direct product of the imaginary part of the space and hypersurfaces lying in its real part. Tube hypersurfaces arise, for instance, as the boundaries of tube domains. The study of tube domains is a classical subject in several complex variables and complex geometry, which goes back to the beginning of the 20th century. Indeed, already Siegel found it convenient to realise certain symmetric domains as tubes. One can endow a tube hypersurface with a so-called CR-structure, which is the remnant of the complex structure on the ambient vector space. We impose on the CR-structure the condition of sphericity. One way to state this condition is to require a certain curvature (called the CR-curvature of the hypersurface) to vanish identically. Spherical tube hypersurfaces possess remarkable properties and are of interest from both the complex-geometric and affine-geometric points of view. I my talk I will give an overview of the theory of such hypersurfaces. In particular, I will mention an algebraic construction arising from this theory that has applications in abstract commutative algebra and singularity theory. I will speak about these applications in detail in my colloquium talk later today.
Algebraic hypersurfaces arising from Gorenstein algebras
15:10 Fri 8 Apr, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Associate Prof Alexander Isaev :: Australian National University

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To every Gorenstein algebra of finite dimension greater than 1 over a field of characteristic zero, and a projection on its maximal ideal with range equal to the annihilator of the ideal, one can associate a certain algebraic hypersurface lying in the ideal. Such hypersurfaces possess remarkable properties. They can be used, for instance, to help decide whether two given Gorenstein algebras are isomorphic, which for the case of complex numbers leads to interesting consequences in singularity theory. Also, for the case of real numbers such hypersurfaces naturally arise in CR-geometry. In my talk I will discuss these hypersurfaces and some of their applications.
Centres of cyclotomic Hecke algebras
13:10 Fri 15 Apr, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: A/Prof Andrew Francis :: University of Western Sydney

The cyclotomic Hecke algebras, or Ariki-Koike algebras $H(R,q)$, are deformations of the group algebras of certain complex reflection groups $G(r,1,n)$, and also are quotients of the ubiquitous affine Hecke algebra. The centre of the affine Hecke algebra has been understood since Bernstein in terms of the symmetric group action on the weight lattice. In this talk I will discuss the proof that over an arbitrary unital commutative ring $R$, the centre of the affine Hecke algebra maps \emph{onto} the centre of the cyclotomic Hecke algebra when $q-1$ is invertible in $R$. This is the analogue of the fact that the centre of the Hecke algebra of type $A$ is the set of symmetric polynomials in Jucys-Murphy elements (formerly known as he Dipper-James conjecture). Key components of the proof include the relationship between the trace functions on the affine Hecke algebra and on the cyclotomic Hecke algebra, and the link to the affine braid group. This is joint work with John Graham and Lenny Jones.
A strong Oka principle for embeddings of some planar domains into CxC*, I
13:10 Fri 6 May, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Mr Tyson Ritter :: University of Adelaide

The Oka principle refers to a collection of results in complex analysis which state that there are only topological obstructions to solving certain holomorphically defined problems involving Stein manifolds. For example, a basic version of Gromov's Oka principle states that every continuous map from a Stein manifold into an elliptic complex manifold is homotopic to a holomorphic map. In these two talks I will discuss a new result showing that if we restrict the class of source manifolds to circular domains and fix the target as CxC* we can obtain a much stronger Oka principle: every continuous map from a circular domain S into CxC* is homotopic to a proper holomorphic embedding. This result has close links with the long-standing and difficult problem of finding proper holomorphic embeddings of Riemann surfaces into C^2, with additional motivation from other sources.
A strong Oka principle for embeddings of some planar domains into CxC*, II
13:10 Fri 13 May, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Mr Tyson Ritter :: University of Adelaide

The Oka principle refers to a collection of results in complex analysis which state that there are only topological obstructions to solving certain holomorphically defined problems involving Stein manifolds. For example, a basic version of Gromov's Oka principle states that every continuous map from a Stein manifold into an elliptic complex manifold is homotopic to a holomorphic map. In these two talks I will discuss a new result showing that if we restrict the class of source manifolds to circular domains and fix the target as CxC* we can obtain a much stronger Oka principle: every continuous map from a circular domain S into CxC* is homotopic to a proper holomorphic embedding. This result has close links with the long-standing and difficult problem of finding proper holomorphic embeddings of Riemann surfaces into C^2, with additional motivation from other sources.
Optimal experimental design for stochastic population models
15:00 Wed 1 Jun, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Dan Pagendam :: CSIRO, Brisbane

Markov population processes are popular models for studying a wide range of phenomena including the spread of disease, the evolution of chemical reactions and the movements of organisms in population networks (metapopulations). Our ability to use these models effectively can be limited by our knowledge about parameters, such as disease transmission and recovery rates in an epidemic. Recently, there has been interest in devising optimal experimental designs for stochastic models, so that practitioners can collect data in a manner that maximises the precision of maximum likelihood estimates of the parameters for these models. I will discuss some recent work on optimal design for a variety of population models, beginning with some simple one-parameter models where the optimal design can be obtained analytically and moving on to more complicated multi-parameter models in epidemiology that involve latent states and non-exponentially distributed infectious periods. For these more complex models, the optimal design must be arrived at using computational methods and we rely on a Gaussian diffusion approximation to obtain analytical expressions for Fisher's information matrix, which is at the heart of most optimality criteria in experimental design. I will outline a simple cross-entropy algorithm that can be used for obtaining optimal designs for these models. We will also explore the improvements in experimental efficiency when using the optimal design over some simpler designs, such as the design where observations are spaced equidistantly in time.
Natural operations on the Hochschild cochain complex
13:10 Fri 3 Jun, 2011 :: Mawson 208 :: Dr Michael Batanin :: Macquarie University

The Hochschild cochain complex of an associative algebra provides an important bridge between algebra and geometry. Algebraically, this is the derived center of the algebra. Geometrically, the Hochschild cohomology of the algebra of smooth functions on a manifold is isomorphic to the graduate space of polyvector fields on this manifold. There are many important operations acting on the Hochschild complex. It is, however, a tricky question to ask which operations are natural because the Hochschild complex is not a functor. In my talk I will explain how we can overcome this obstacle and compute all possible natural operations on the Hochschild complex. The result leads immediately to a proof of the Deligne conjecture on Hochschild cochains.
Object oriented data analysis
14:10 Thu 30 Jun, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Steve Marron :: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Object Oriented Data Analysis is the statistical analysis of populations of complex objects. In the special case of Functional Data Analysis, these data objects are curves, where standard Euclidean approaches, such as principal components analysis, have been very successful. Recent developments in medical image analysis motivate the statistical analysis of populations of more complex data objects which are elements of mildly non-Euclidean spaces, such as Lie Groups and Symmetric Spaces, or of strongly non-Euclidean spaces, such as spaces of tree-structured data objects. These new contexts for Object Oriented Data Analysis create several potentially large new interfaces between mathematics and statistics. Even in situations where Euclidean analysis makes sense, there are statistical challenges because of the High Dimension Low Sample Size problem, which motivates a new type of asymptotics leading to non-standard mathematical statistics.
Object oriented data analysis of tree-structured data objects
15:10 Fri 1 Jul, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Steve Marron :: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The field of Object Oriented Data Analysis has made a lot of progress on the statistical analysis of the variation in populations of complex objects. A particularly challenging example of this type is populations of tree-structured objects. Deep challenges arise, which involve a marriage of ideas from statistics, geometry, and numerical analysis, because the space of trees is strongly non-Euclidean in nature. These challenges, together with three completely different approaches to addressing them, are illustrated using a real data example, where each data point is the tree of blood arteries in one person's brain.
The (dual) local cyclic homology valued Chern-Connes character for some infinite dimensional spaces
13:10 Fri 29 Jul, 2011 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Snigdhayan Mahanta :: School of Mathematical Sciences

I will explain how to construct a bivariant Chern-Connes character on the category of sigma-C*-algebras taking values in Puschnigg's local cyclic homology. Roughly, setting the first (resp. the second) variable to complex numbers one obtains the K-theoretic (resp. dual K-homological) Chern-Connes character in one variable. We shall focus on the dual K-homological Chern-Connes character and investigate it in the example of SU(infty).
K3 surfaces: a crash course
13:10 Fri 12 Aug, 2011 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: A/Prof Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

Everything you have ever wanted to know about K3 surfaces! Two talks: 1:10 pm to 3:00 pm.
Comparing Einstein to Newton via the post-Newtonian expansions
15:10 Fri 19 Aug, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Todd Oliynyk :: Monash University

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Einstein's general relativity is presently the most accurate theory of gravity. To completely determine the gravitational field, the Einstein field equations must be solved. These equations are extremely complex and outside of a small set of idealized situations, they are impossible to solve directly. However, to make physical predictions or understand physical phenomena, it is often enough to find approximate solutions that are governed by a simpler set of equations. For example, Newtonian gravity approximates general relativity very well in regimes where the typical velocity of the gravitating matter is small compared to the speed of light. Indeed, Newtonian gravity successfully explains much of the behaviour of our solar system and is a simpler theory of gravity. However, for many situations of interest ranging from binary star systems to GPS satellites, the Newtonian approximation is not accurate enough; general relativistic effects must be included. This desire to include relativistic corrections to Newtonian gravity lead to the development of the post-Newtonian expansions.
Deformations of Oka manifolds
13:10 Fri 26 Aug, 2011 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: A/Prof Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

We discuss the behaviour of the Oka property with respect to deformations of compact complex manifolds. We have recently proved that in a family of compact complex manifolds, the set of Oka fibres corresponds to a G_delta subset of the base. We have also found a necessary and sufficient condition for the limit fibre of a sequence of Oka fibres to be Oka in terms of a new uniform Oka property. The special case when the fibres are tori will be considered, as well as the general case of holomorphic submersions with noncompact fibres.
Laplace's equation on multiply-connected domains
12:10 Mon 29 Aug, 2011 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Hayden Tronnolone :: University of Adelaide

Various physical processes take place on multiply-connected domains (domains with some number of 'holes'), such as the stirring of a fluid with paddles or the extrusion of material from a die. These systems may be described by partial differential equations (PDEs). However, standard numerical methods for solving PDEs are not well-suited to such examples: finite difference methods are difficult to implement on multiply-connected domains, especially when the boundaries are irregular or moving, while finite element methods are computationally expensive. In this talk I will describe a fast and accurate numerical method for solving certain PDEs on two-dimensional multiply-connected domains, considering Laplace's equation as an example. This method takes advantage of complex variable techniques which allow the solution to be found with spectral accuracy provided the boundary data is smooth. Other advantages over traditional numerical methods will also be discussed.
Oka properties of some hypersurface complements
13:10 Fri 2 Sep, 2011 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Alexander Hanysz :: University of Adelaide

Oka manifolds can be viewed as the "opposite" of Kobayashi hyperbolic manifolds. Kobayashi conjectured that the complement of a generic algebraic hypersurface of sufficiently high degree is hyperbolic. Therefore it is natural to ask whether the complement is Oka for the case of low degree or non-algebraic hypersurfaces. We provide a complete answer to this question for complements of hyperplane arrangements, and some results for graphs of meromorphic functions.
Understanding the dynamics of event networks
15:00 Wed 28 Sep, 2011 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Amber Tomas :: The University of Oxford

Within many populations there are frequent communications between pairs of individuals. Such communications might be emails sent within a company, radio communications in a disaster zone or diplomatic communications between states. Often it is of interest to understand the factors that drive the observed patterns of such communications, or to study how these factors are changing over over time. Communications can be thought of as events occuring on the edges of a network which connects individuals in the population. In this talk I'll present a model for such communications which uses ideas from social network theory to account for the complex correlation structure between events. Applications to the Enron email corpus and the dynamics of hospital ward transfer patterns will be discussed.
On the role of mixture distributions in the modelling of heterogeneous data
15:10 Fri 14 Oct, 2011 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Geoff McLachlan :: University of Queensland

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We consider the role that finite mixture distributions have played in the modelling of heterogeneous data, in particular for clustering continuous data via mixtures of normal distributions. A very brief history is given starting with the seminal papers by Day and Wolfe in the sixties before the appearance of the EM algorithm. It was the publication in 1977 of the latter algorithm by Dempster, Laird, and Rubin that greatly stimulated interest in the use of finite mixture distributions to model heterogeneous data. This is because the fitting of mixture models by maximum likelihood is a classic example of a problem that is simplified considerably by the EM's conceptual unification of maximum likelihood estimation from data that can be viewed as being incomplete. In recent times there has been a proliferation of applications in which the number of experimental units n is comparatively small but the underlying dimension p is extremely large as, for example, in microarray-based genomics and other high-throughput experimental approaches. Hence there has been increasing attention given not only in bioinformatics and machine learning, but also in mainstream statistics, to the analysis of complex data in this situation where n is small relative to p. The latter part of the talk shall focus on the modelling of such high-dimensional data using mixture distributions.
Dirac operators on classifying spaces
13:10 Fri 28 Oct, 2011 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Pedram Hekmati :: University of Adelaide

The Dirac operator was introduced by Paul Dirac in 1928 as the formal square root of the D'Alembert operator. Thirty years later it was rediscovered in Euclidean signature by Atiyah and Singer in their seminal work on index theory. In this talk I will describe efforts to construct a Dirac type operator on the classifying space for odd complex K-theory. Ultimately the aim is to produce a projective family of Fredholm operators realising elements in twisted K-theory of a certain moduli stack.
Fluid flows in microstructured optical fibre fabrication
15:10 Fri 25 Nov, 2011 :: B.17 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Hayden Tronnolone :: University of Adelaide

Optical fibres are used extensively in modern telecommunications as they allow the transmission of information at high speeds. Microstructured optical fibres are a relatively new fibre design in which a waveguide for light is created by a series of air channels running along the length of the material. The flexibility of this design allows optical fibres to be created with adaptable (and previously unrealised) optical properties. However, the fluid flows that arise during fabrication can greatly distort the geometry, which can reduce the effectiveness of a fibre or render it useless. I will present an overview of the manufacturing process and highlight the difficulties. I will then focus on surface-tension driven deformation of the macroscopic version of the fibre extruded from a reservoir of molten glass, occurring during fabrication, which will be treated as a two-dimensional Stokes flow problem. I will outline two different complex-variable numerical techniques for solving this problem along with comparisons of the results, both to other models and to experimental data.
Collision and instability in a rotating fluid-filled torus
15:10 Mon 12 Dec, 2011 :: Benham Lecture Theatre :: Dr Richard Clarke :: The University of Auckland

The simple experiment discussed in this talk, first conceived by Madden and Mullin (JFM, 1994) as part of their investigations into the non-uniqueness of decaying turbulent flow, consists of a fluid-filled torus which is rotated in an horizontal plane. Turbulence within the contained flow is triggered through a rapid change in its rotation rate. The flow instabilities which transition the flow to this turbulent state, however, are truly fascinating in their own right, and form the subject of this presentation. Flow features observed in both UK- and Auckland-based experiments will be highlighted, and explained through both boundary-layer analysis and full DNS. In concluding we argue that this flow regime, with its compact geometry and lack of cumbersome flow entry effects, presents an ideal regime in which to study many prototype flow behaviours, very much in the same spirit as Taylor-Couette flow.
Noncritical holomorphic functions of finite growth on algebraic Riemann surfaces
13:10 Fri 3 Feb, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana

Given a compact Riemann surface X and a point p in X, we construct a holomorphic function without critical points on the punctured (algebraic) Riemann surface R=X-p which is of finite order at the point p. In the case at hand this improves the 1967 theorem of Gunning and Rossi to the effect that every open Riemann surface admits a noncritical holomorphic function, but without any particular growth condition. (Joint work with Takeo Ohsawa.)
Embedding circle domains into the affine plane C^2
13:10 Fri 10 Feb, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana

We prove that every circle domain in the Riemann sphere admits a proper holomorphic embedding into the affine plane C^2. By a circle domain we mean a domain obtained by removing from the Riemann sphere a finite or countable family of pairwise disjoint closed round discs. Our proof also applies to some circle domains with punctures. The uniformization theorem of He and Schramm (1996) says that every domain in the Riemann sphere with at most countably many boundary components is conformally equivalent to a circle domain, so our theorem embeds all such domains properly holomorphically in C^2. (Joint work with Erlend F. Wold.)
Plurisubharmonic subextensions as envelopes of disc functionals
13:10 Fri 2 Mar, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: A/Prof Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

I will describe new joint work with Evgeny Poletsky. We prove a disc formula for the largest plurisubharmonic subextension of an upper semicontinuous function on a domain $W$ in a Stein manifold to a larger domain $X$ under suitable conditions on $W$ and $X$. We introduce a related equivalence relation on the space of analytic discs in $X$ with boundary in $W$. The quotient is a complex manifold with a local biholomorphism to $X$, except it need not be Hausdorff. We use our disc formula to generalise Kiselman's minimum principle. We show that his infimum function is an example of a plurisubharmonic subextension.
The Lorentzian conformal analogue of Calabi-Yau manifolds
13:10 Fri 16 Mar, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Helga Baum :: Humboldt University

Calabi-Yau manifolds are Riemannian manifolds with holonomy group SU(m). They are Ricci-flat and Kahler and admit a 2-parameter family of parallel spinors. In the talk we will discuss the Lorentzian conformal analogue of this situation. If on a manifold a class of conformally equivalent metrics [g] is given, then one can consider the holonomy group of the conformal manifold (M,[g]), which is a subgroup of O(p+1,q+1) if the metric g has signature (p,q). There is a close relation between algebraic properties of the conformal holonomy group and the existence of Einstein metrics in the conformal class as well as to the existence of conformal Killing spinors. In the talk I will explain classification results for conformal holonomy groups of Lorentzian manifolds. In particular, I will describe Lorentzian manifolds (M,g) with conformal holonomy group SU(1,m), which can be viewed as the conformal analogue of Calabi-Yau manifolds. Such Lorentzian metrics g, known as Fefferman metrics, appear on S^1-bundles over strictly pseudoconvex CR spin manifolds and admit a 2-parameter family of conformal Killing spinors.
The de Rham Complex
12:10 Mon 19 Mar, 2012 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Michael Albanese :: University of Adelaide

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The de Rham complex is of fundamental importance in differential geometry. After first introducing differential forms (in the familiar setting of Euclidean space), I will demonstrate how the de Rham complex elegantly encodes one half (in a sense which will become apparent) of the results from vector calculus. If there is time, I will indicate how results from the remaining half of the theory can be concisely expressed by a single, far more general theorem.
The mechanics of plant root growth
15:10 Fri 30 Mar, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Rosemary Dyson :: University of Birmingham

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Growing plant cells undergo rapid axial elongation with negligible radial expansion: high internal turgor pressure causes viscous stretching of the cell wall. We represent the cell wall as a thin fibre-reinforced viscous sheet, providing insight into the geometric and biomechanical parameters underlying bulk quantities such as wall extensibility and showing how either dynamical changes in material properties, achieved through changes in the cell-wall microstructure, or passive fibre reorientation may suppress cell elongation. We then investigate how the action of enzymes on the cell wall microstructure can lead to the required dynamic changes in macroscale wall material properties, and thus demonstrate a mechanism by which hormones may regulate plant growth.
New examples of totally disconnected, locally compact groups
13:10 Fri 20 Apr, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Murray Elder :: University of Newcastle

I will attempt to explain what a totally disconnected, locally compact group is, and then describe some new work with George Willis on an attempt to create new examples based on Baumslag-Solitar groups, which are well known, tried and tested examples/counterexamples in geometric/combinatorial group theory. I will describe how to compute invariants of scale and flat rank for these groups.
Mathematical modelling of the surface adsorption for methane on carbon nanostructures
12:10 Mon 30 Apr, 2012 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Olumide Adisa :: University of Adelaide

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In this talk, methane (CH4) adsorption is investigated on both graphite and in the region between two aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes, which we refer to as the groove site. The Lennard–Jones potential function and the continuous approximation is exploited to determine surface binding energies between a single CH4 molecule and graphite and between a single CH4 and two aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. The modelling indicates that for a CH4 molecule interacting with graphite, the binding energy of the system is minimized when the CH4 carbon is 3.83 angstroms above the surface of the graphitic carbon, while the binding energy of the CH4–groove site system is minimized when the CH4 carbon is 5.17 angstroms away from the common axis shared by the two aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes. These results confirm the current view that for larger groove sites, CH4 molecules in grooves are likely to move towards the outer surfaces of one of the single-walled carbon nanotubes. The results presented in this talk are computationally efficient and are in good agreement with experiments and molecular dynamics simulations, and show that CH4 adsorption on graphite and groove surfaces is more favourable at lower temperatures and higher pressures.
Acyclic embeddings of open Riemann surfaces into new examples of elliptic manifolds
13:10 Fri 4 May, 2012 :: Napier LG28 :: Dr Tyson Ritter :: University of Adelaide

In complex geometry a manifold is Stein if there are, in a certain sense, "many" holomorphic maps from the manifold into C^n. While this has long been well understood, a fruitful definition of the dual notion has until recently been elusive. In Oka theory, a manifold is Oka if it satisfies several equivalent definitions, each stating that the manifold has "many" holomorphic maps into it from C^n. Related to this is the geometric condition of ellipticity due to Gromov, who showed that it implies a complex manifold is Oka. We present recent contributions to three open questions involving elliptic and Oka manifolds. We show that affine quotients of C^n are elliptic, and combine this with an example of Margulis to construct new elliptic manifolds of interesting homotopy types. It follows that every open Riemann surface properly acyclically embeds into an elliptic manifold, extending an existing result for open Riemann surfaces with abelian fundamental group.
The classification of Dynkin diagrams
12:10 Mon 21 May, 2012 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Alexander Hanysz :: University of Adelaide

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The idea of continuous symmetry is often described in mathematics via Lie groups. These groups can be classified by their root systems: collections of vectors satisfying certain symmetry properties. The root systems are described in a concise way by Dynkin diagrams, and it turns out, roughly speaking, that there are only seven possible shapes for a Dynkin diagram. In this talk I'll describe some simple examples of Lie groups, explain what a root system is, and show how a Dynkin diagram encodes this information. Then I'll give a very brief sketch of the methods used to classify Dynkin diagrams.
Geometric modular representation theory
13:10 Fri 1 Jun, 2012 :: Napier LG28 :: Dr Anthony Henderson :: University of Sydney

Representation theory is one of the oldest areas of algebra, but many basic questions in it are still unanswered. This is especially true in the modular case, where one considers vector spaces over a field F of positive characteristic; typically, complications arise for particular small values of the characteristic. For example, from a vector space V one can construct the symmetric square S^2(V), which is one easy example of a representation of the group GL(V). One would like to say that this representation is irreducible, but that statement is not always true: if F has characteristic 2, there is a nontrivial invariant subspace. Even for GL(V), we do not know the dimensions of all irreducible representations in all characteristics. In this talk, I will introduce some of the main ideas of geometric modular representation theory, a more recent approach which is making progress on some of these old problems. Essentially, the strategy is to re-formulate everything in terms of homology of various topological spaces, where F appears only as the field of coefficients and the spaces themselves are independent of F; thus, the modular anomalies in representation theory arise because homology with modular coefficients is detecting something about the topology that rational coefficients do not. In practice, the spaces are usually varieties over the complex numbers, and homology is replaced by intersection cohomology to take into account the singularities of these varieties.
Enhancing the Jordan canonical form
15:10 Fri 1 Jun, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: A/Prof Anthony Henderson :: The University of Sydney

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In undergraduate linear algebra, we teach the Jordan canonical form theorem: that every similarity class of n x n complex matrices contains a special matrix which is block-diagonal with each block having a very simple form (a single eigenvalue repeated down the diagonal, ones on the super-diagonal, and zeroes elsewhere). This is of course very useful for matrix calculations. After explaining some of the general context of this result, I will focus on a case which, despite its close proximity to the Jordan canonical form theorem, has only recently been worked out: the classification of pairs of a vector and a matrix.
Model turbulent floods based upon the Smagorinski large eddy closure
12:10 Mon 4 Jun, 2012 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Meng Cao :: University of Adelaide

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Rivers, floods and tsunamis are often very turbulent. Conventional models of such environmental fluids are typically based on depth-averaged inviscid irrotational flow equations. We explore changing such a base to the turbulent Smagorinski large eddy closure. The aim is to more appropriately model the fluid dynamics of such complex environmental fluids by using such a turbulent closure. Large changes in fluid depth are allowed. Computer algebra constructs the slow manifold of the flow in terms of the fluid depth h and the mean turbulent lateral velocities u and v. The major challenge is to deal with the nonlinear stress tensor in the Smagorinski closure. The model integrates the effects of inertia, self-advection, bed drag, gravitational forcing and turbulent dissipation with minimal assumptions. Although the resultant model is close to established models, the real outcome is creating a sound basis for the modelling so others, in their modelling of more complex situations, can systematically include more complex physical processes.
A brief introduction to Support Vector Machines
12:30 Mon 4 Jun, 2012 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Tyman Stanford :: University of Adelaide

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Support Vector Machines (SVMs) are used in a variety of contexts for a range of purposes including regression, feature selection and classification. To convey the basic principles of SVMs, this presentation will focus on the application of SVMs to classification. Classification (or discrimination), in a statistical sense, is supervised model creation for the purpose of assigning future observations to a group or class. An example might be determining healthy or diseased labels to patients from p characteristics obtained from a blood sample. While SVMs are widely used, they are most successful when the data have one or more of the following properties: The data are not consistent with a standard probability distribution. The number of observations, n, used to create the model is less than the number of predictive features, p. (The so-called small-n, big-p problem.) The decision boundary between the classes is likely to be non-linear in the feature space. I will present a short overview of how SVMs are constructed, keeping in mind their purpose. As this presentation is part of a double post-grad seminar, I will keep it to a maximum of 15 minutes.
Introduction to quantales via axiomatic analysis
13:10 Fri 15 Jun, 2012 :: Napier LG28 :: Dr Ittay Weiss :: University of the South Pacific

Quantales were introduced by Mulvey in 1986 in the context of non-commutative topology with the aim of providing a concrete non-commutative framework for the foundations of quantum mechanics. Since then quantales found applications in other areas as well, among others in the work of Flagg. Flagg considers certain special quantales, called value quantales, that are desigend to capture the essential properties of ([0,\infty],\le,+) that are relevant for analysis. The result is a well behaved theory of value quantale enriched metric spaces. I will introduce the notion of quantales as if they were desigend for just this purpose, review most of the known results (since there are not too many), and address a some new results, conjectures, and questions.
Complex geometry and operator theory
14:10 Mon 9 Jul, 2012 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Prof Ron Douglas :: Texas A&M University

In the study of bounded operators on Hilbert spaces of holomorphic functions, concepts and techniques from complex geometry are important. An anti-holomorphic bundle exists on which one can define the Chern connection. Its curvature turns out to be a complete invariant and various operator notions can't be reframed in terms of geometrical ones which leads to the solution of some problems. We will discuss this approach with an emphasis on natural examples in the one and multivariable case.
The motivic logarithm and its realisations
13:10 Fri 3 Aug, 2012 :: Engineering North 218 :: Dr James Borger :: Australian National University

When a complex manifold is defined by polynomial equations, its cohomology groups inherit extra structure. This was discovered by Hodge in the 1920s and 30s. When the defining polynomials have rational coefficients, there is some additional, arithmetic structure on the cohomology. This was discovered by Grothendieck and others in the 1960s. But here the situation is still quite mysterious because each cohomology group has infinitely many different arithmetic structures and while they are not directly comparable, they share many properties---with each other and with the Hodge structure. All written accounts of this that I'm aware of treat arbitrary varieties. They are beautifully abstract and non-explicit. In this talk, I'll take the opposite approach and try to give a flavour of the subject by working out a perhaps the simplest nontrivial example, the cohomology of C* relative to a subset of two points, in beautifully concrete and explicit detail. Here the common motif is the logarithm. In Hodge theory, it is realised as the complex logarithm; in the crystalline theory, it's as the p-adic logarithm; and in the etale theory, it's as Kummer theory. I'll assume you have some familiarity with usual, singular cohomology of topological spaces, but I won't assume that you know anything about these non-topological cohomology theories.
Geometry - algebraic to arithmetic to absolute
15:10 Fri 3 Aug, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr James Borger :: Australian National University

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Classical algebraic geometry is about studying solutions to systems of polynomial equations with complex coefficients. In arithmetic algebraic geometry, one digs deeper and studies the arithmetic properties of the solutions when the coefficients are rational, or even integral. From the usual point of view, it's impossible to go deeper than this for the simple reason that no smaller rings are available - the integers have no proper subrings. In this talk, I will explain how an emerging subject, lambda-algebraic geometry, allows one to do just this and why one might care.
Hodge numbers and cohomology of complex algebraic varieties
13:10 Fri 10 Aug, 2012 :: Engineering North 218 :: Prof Gus Lehrer :: University of Sydney

Let $X$ be a complex algebraic variety defined over the ring $\mathfrak{O}$ of integers in a number field $K$ and let $\Gamma$ be a group of $\mathfrak{O}$-automorphisms of $X$. I shall discuss how the counting of rational points over reductions mod $p$ of $X$, and an analysis of the Hodge structure of the cohomology of $X$, may be used to determine the cohomology as a $\Gamma$-module. This will include some joint work with Alex Dimca and with Mark Kisin, and some classical unsolved problems.
Differential topology 101
13:10 Fri 17 Aug, 2012 :: Engineering North 218 :: Dr Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

Much of my recent research been directed at a problem in the theory of compact complex surfaces---trying to fill in a gap in the Enriques-Kodaira classification. Attempting to classify some collection of mathematical objects is a very common activity for pure mathematicians, and there are many well-known examples of successful classification schemes; for example, the classification of finite simple groups, and the classification of simply connected topological 4-manifolds. The aim of this talk will be to illustrate how techniques from differential geometry can be used to classify compact surfaces. The level of the talk will be very elementary, and the material is all very well known, but it is sometimes instructive to look back over simple cases of a general problem with the benefit of experience to gain greater insight into the more general and difficult cases.
Boundary-layer transition and separation over asymmetrically textured spherical surfaces
12:30 Mon 27 Aug, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr Adam Tunney :: University of Adelaide

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The game of cricket is unique among ball sports by the ignorant exploitation of \thetitle in the practice of swing bowling, often referred to as a "mysterious art". I will talk a bit about the Magnus effect exploited in inferior sports, the properties of a cricket ball that allow swing bowling, and the explanation of three modes of swing (conventional, contrast and reverse). Following that there will be some discussion on how I plan to use mathematics to turn this "art" into science.
Holomorphic flexibility properties of compact complex surfaces
13:10 Fri 31 Aug, 2012 :: Engineering North 218 :: A/Prof Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

I will describe recent joint work with Franc Forstneric (arXiv, July 2012). We introduce a new property, called the stratified Oka property, which fits into a hierarchy of anti-hyperbolicity properties that includes the Oka property. We show that stratified Oka manifolds are strongly dominable by affine spaces. It follows that Kummer surfaces are strongly dominable. We determine which minimal surfaces of class VII are Oka (assuming the global spherical shell conjecture). We deduce that the Oka property and several other anti-hyperbolicity properties are in general not closed in families of compact complex manifolds. I will summarise what is known about how the Oka property fits into the Enriques-Kodaira classification of surfaces.
Wave propagation in disordered media
15:10 Fri 31 Aug, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Luke Bennetts :: The University of Adelaide

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Problems involving wave propagation through systems composed of arrays of scattering sources embedded in some background medium will be considered. For example, in a fluids setting, the background medium is the open ocean surface and the scatterers are floating bodies, such as wave energy devices. Waves propagate in very different ways if the system is structured or disordered. If the disorder is random the problem is to determine the `effective' wave propagation properties by considering the ensemble average over all possible realisations of the system. I will talk about semi-analytical (i.e. low numerical cost) approaches to determining the effective properties.
The Wonderful World of Interval Arithmetic
12:30 Mon 10 Sep, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Ms Mingmei Teo :: University of Adelaide

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There are many situations where we round off answers or give approximations to solutions to equations. Are we happy to do so or are there ways we can overcome this problem? What about providing intervals in which the true solution lies? An example of this is when Archimedes was able to contain \pi by taking a circle between inscribed and circumscribed polygons and take an increasing number of sides of the polygons. In this talk, I will explain a variety of things to do with interval arithmetic. These range from why interval arithmetic is useful to us, some basics of interval arithmetic and also some interesting and cool properties of intervals. I will also discuss briefly how I use it in my project.
Geometric quantisation in the noncompact setting
13:10 Fri 14 Sep, 2012 :: Engineering North 218 :: Dr Peter Hochs :: Leibniz University, Hannover

Traditionally, the geometric quantisation of an action by a compact Lie group on a compact symplectic manifold is defined as the equivariant index of a certain Dirac operator. This index is a well-defined formal difference of finite-dimensional representations, since the Dirac operator is elliptic and the manifold and the group in question are compact. From a mathematical and physical point of view however, it is very desirable to extend geometric quantisation to noncompact groups and manifolds. Defining a suitable index is much harder in the noncompact setting, but several interesting results in this direction have been obtained. I will review the difficulties connected to noncompact geometric quantisation, and some of the solutions that have been proposed so far, mainly in connection to the "quantisation commutes with reduction" principle. (An introduction to this principle will be given in my talk at the Colloquium on the same day.)
Quantisation commutes with reduction
15:10 Fri 14 Sep, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Peter Hochs :: Leibniz University Hannover

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The "Quantisation commutes with reduction" principle is an idea from physics, which has powerful applications in mathematics. It basically states that the ways in which symmetry can be used to simplify a physical system in classical and quantum mechanics, are compatible. This provides a strong link between the areas in mathematics used to describe symmetry in classical and quantum mechanics: symplectic geometry and representation theory, respectively. It has been proved in the 1990s that quantisation indeed commutes with reduction, under the important assumption that all spaces and symmetry groups involved are compact. This talk is an introduction to this principle and, if time permits, its mathematical relevance.
Towards understanding fundamental interactions for nanotechnology
15:10 Fri 5 Oct, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Doreen Mollenhauer :: MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Wellington

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Multiple simultaneous interactions show unique collective properties that are qualitatively different from properties displayed by their monovalent constituents. Multivalent interactions play an important role for the self-organization of matter, recognition processes and signal transduction. A broad understanding of these interactions is therefore crucial in order to answer central questions and make new developments in the field of biotechnology and material science. In the framework of a joint experimental and theoretical project we study the electronic effects in monovalent and multivalent interactions by doing quantum chemical calculations. The particular interest of our investigations is in organic molecules interacting with gold nanoparticles or graphene. The main purpose is to analyze the nature of multivalent bonding in comparison to monovalent interaction.
Turbulent flows, semtex, and rainbows
12:10 Mon 8 Oct, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Ms Sophie Calabretto :: University of Adelaide

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The analysis of turbulence in transient flows has applications across a broad range of fields. We use the flow of fluid in a toroidal container as a paradigm for studying the complex dynamics due to this turbulence. To explore the dynamics of our system, we exploit the numerical capabilities of semtex; a quadrilateral spectral element DNS code. Rainbows result.
Complex analysis in low Reynolds number hydrodynamics
15:10 Fri 12 Oct, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Darren Crowdy :: Imperial College London

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It is a well-known fact that the methods of complex analysis provide great advantage in studying physical problems involving a harmonic field satisfying Laplace's equation. One example is in ideal fluid mechanics (infinite Reynolds number) where the absence of viscosity, and the assumption of zero vorticity, mean that it is possible to introduce a so-called complex potential -- an analytic function from which all physical quantities of interest can be inferred. In the opposite limit of zero Reynolds number flows which are slow and viscous and the governing fields are not harmonic it is much less common to employ the methods of complex analysis even though they continue to be relevant in certain circumstances. This talk will give an overview of a variety of problems involving slow viscous Stokes flows where complex analysis can be usefully employed to gain theoretical insights. A number of example problems will be considered including the locomotion of low-Reynolds-number micro-organisms and micro-robots, the friction properties of superhydrophobic surfaces in microfluidics and problems of viscous sintering and the manufacture of microstructured optic fibres (MOFs).
AD Model Builder and the estimation of lobster abundance
12:10 Mon 22 Oct, 2012 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mr John Feenstra :: University of Adelaide

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Determining how many millions of lobsters reside in our waters and how it changes over time is a central aim of lobster stock assessment. ADMB is powerful optimisation software to model and solve complex non-linear problems using automatic differentiation and plays a major role in SA and worldwide in fisheries stock assessment analyses. In this talk I will provide a brief description of an example modelling problem, key features and use of ADMB.
The space of cubic rational maps
13:10 Fri 26 Oct, 2012 :: Engineering North 218 :: Mr Alexander Hanysz :: University of Adelaide

For each natural number d, the space of rational maps of degree d on the Riemann sphere has the structure of a complex manifold. The topology of these manifolds has been extensively studied. The recent development of Oka theory raises some new and interesting questions about their complex structure. We apply geometric invariant theory to the degree 3 case, studying a double action of the Mobius group on the space of cubic rational maps. We show that the categorical quotient is C, and that the space of cubic rational maps enjoys the holomorphic flexibility properties of strong dominability and C-connectedness.
Numerical Free Probability: Computing Eigenvalue Distributions of Algebraic Manipulations of Random Matrices
15:10 Fri 2 Nov, 2012 :: B.20 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Sheehan Olver :: The University of Sydney

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Suppose that the global eigenvalue distributions of two large random matrices A and B are known. It is a remarkable fact that, generically, the eigenvalue distribution of A + B and (if A and B are positive definite) A*B are uniquely determined from only the eigenvalue distributions of A and B; i.e., no information about eigenvectors are required. These operations on eigenvalue distributions are described by free probability theory. We construct a numerical toolbox that can efficiently and reliably calculate these operations with spectral accuracy, by exploiting the complex analytical framework that underlies free probability theory.
Variation of Hodge structure for generalized complex manifolds
13:10 Fri 7 Dec, 2012 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Dr David Baraglia :: University of Adelaide

Generalized complex geometry combines complex and symplectic geometry into a single framework, incorporating also holomorphic Poisson and bi-Hermitian structures. The Dolbeault complex naturally extends to the generalized complex setting giving rise to Hodge structures in twisted cohomology. We consider the variations of Hodge structure and period mappings that arise from families of generalized complex manifolds. As an application we prove a local Torelli theorem for generalized Calabi-Yau manifolds.
Recent results on holomorphic extension of functions on unbounded domains in C^n
11:10 Fri 21 Dec, 2012 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Prof Roman Dwilewicz :: Missouri University of Science and Technology

In the talk there will be given a short review of holomorphic extension problems starting with the famous Hartogs theorem (1906) up to recent results on global holomorphic extensions for unbounded domains, obtained together with Al Boggess (Arizona State Univ.) and Zbigniew Slodkowski (Univ. Illinois at Chicago). There is an interesting geometry behind the extension problem for unbounded domains, namely (in some cases) it depends on the position of a complex variety in the closure of the domain. The extension problem appeared non-trivial and the work is in progress. However the talk will be illustrated by many figures and pictures and should be accessible also to graduate students.
Twistor theory and the harmonic hull
15:10 Fri 8 Mar, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Michael Eastwood :: Australian National University

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Harmonic functions are real-analytic and so automatically extend as functions of complex variables. But how far do they extend? This question may be answered by twistor theory, the Penrose transform, and associated conformal geometry. Nothing will be supposed about such matters: I shall base the constructions on an elementary yet mysterious formula of Bateman from 1904. This is joint work with Feng Xu.
Twistor space for rolling bodies
12:10 Fri 15 Mar, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Prof Pawel Nurowski :: University of Warsaw

We consider a configuration space of two solids rolling on each other without slipping or twisting, and identify it with an open subset U of R^5, equipped with a generic distribution D of 2-planes. We will discuss symmetry properties of the pair (U,D) and will mention that, in the case of the two solids being balls, when changing the ratio of their radii, the dimension of the group of local symmetries unexpectedly jumps from 6 to 14. This occurs for only one such ratio, and in such case the local group of symmetries of the pair (U,D) is maximal. It is maximal not only among the balls with various radii, but more generally among all (U,D)s corresponding to configuration spaces of two solids rolling on each other without slipping or twisting. This maximal group is isomorphic to the split real form of the exceptional Lie group G2. In the remaining part of the talk we argue how to identify the space U from the pair (U,D) defined above with the bundle T of totally null real 2-planes over a 4-manifold equipped with a split signature metric. We call T the twistor bundle for rolling bodies. We show that the rolling distribution D, can be naturally identified with an appropriately defined twistor distribution on T. We use this formulation of the rolling system to find more surfaces which, when rigidly rolling on each other without slipping or twisting, have the local group of symmetries isomorphic to the exceptional group G2.
A stability theorem for elliptic Harnack inequalities
15:10 Fri 5 Apr, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Richard Bass :: University of Connecticut

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Harnack inequalities are an important tool in probability theory, analysis, and partial differential equations. The classical Harnack inequality is just the one you learned in your graduate complex analysis class, but there have been many extensions, to different spaces, such as manifolds, fractals, infinite graphs, and to various sorts of elliptic operators. A landmark result was that of Moser in 1961, where he proved the Harnack inequality for solutions to a class of partial differential equations. I will talk about the stability of Harnack inequalities. The main result says that if the Harnack inequality holds for an operator on a space, then the Harnack inequality will also hold for a large class of other operators on that same space. This provides a generalization of the result of Moser.
Conformal Killing spinors in Riemannian and Lorentzian geometry
12:10 Fri 19 Apr, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Prof Helga Baum :: Humboldt University

Conformal Killing spinors are the solutions of the conformally covariant twistor equation on spinors. Special cases are parallel and Killing spinors, the latter appear as eigenspinors of the Dirac operator on compact Riemannian manifolds of positive scalar curvature for the smallest possible positive eigenvalue. In the talk I will discuss geometric properties of manifolds admitting (conformal) Killing spinors. In particular, I will explain a local classification of the special geometric structures admitting conformal Killing spinors without zeros in the Riemannian as well as in the Lorentzian setting.
An Oka principle for equivariant isomorphisms
12:10 Fri 3 May, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: A/Prof Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

I will discuss new joint work with Frank Kutzschebauch (Bern) and Gerald Schwarz (Brandeis). Let $G$ be a reductive complex Lie group acting holomorphically on Stein manifolds $X$ and $Y$, which are locally $G$-biholomorphic over a common categorical quotient $Q$. When is there a global $G$-biholomorphism $X\to Y$? In a situation that we describe, with some justification, as generic, we prove that the obstruction to solving this local-to-global problem is topological and provide sufficient conditions for it to vanish. Our main tool is the equivariant version of Grauert's Oka principle due to Heinzner and Kutzschebauch. We prove that $X$ and $Y$ are $G$-biholomorphic if $X$ is $K$-contractible, where $K$ is a maximal compact subgroup of $G$, or if there is a $G$-diffeomorphism $X\to Y$ over $Q$, which is holomorphic when restricted to each fibre of the quotient map $X\to Q$. When $G$ is abelian, we obtain stronger theorems. Our results can be interpreted as instances of the Oka principle for sections of the sheaf of $G$-biholomorphisms from $X$ to $Y$ over $Q$. This sheaf can be badly singular, even in simply defined examples. Our work is in part motivated by the linearisation problem for actions on $\C^n$. It follows from one of our main results that a holomorphic $G$-action on $\C^n$, which is locally $G$-biholomorphic over a common quotient to a generic linear action, is linearisable.
Models of cell-extracellular matrix interactions in tissue engineering
15:10 Fri 3 May, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Ed Green :: University of Adelaide

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Tissue engineers hope in future to be able to grow functional tissues in vitro to replace those that are damaged by injury, disease, or simple wear and tear. They use cell culture methods, such as seeding cells within collagen gels, that are designed to mimic the cells' environment in vivo. Amongst other factors, it is clear that mechanical interactions between cells and the extracellular matrix (ECM) in which they reside play an important role in tissue development. However, the mechanics of the ECM is complex, and at present, its role is only partly understood. In this talk, I will present mathematical models of some simple cell-ECM interaction problems, and show how they can be used to gain more insight into the processes that regulate tissue development.
Neuronal excitability and canards
15:10 Fri 10 May, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: A/Prof Martin Wechselberger :: University of Sydney

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The notion of excitability was first introduced in an attempt to understand firing properties of neurons. It was Alan Hodgkin who identified three basic types (classes) of excitable axons (integrator, resonator and differentiator) distinguished by their different responses to injected steps of currents of various amplitudes. Pioneered by Rinzel and Ermentrout, bifurcation theory explains repetitive (tonic) firing patterns for adequate steady inputs in integrator (type I) and resonator (type II) neuronal models. In contrast, the dynamic behavior of differentiator (type III) neurons cannot be explained by standard dynamical systems theory. This third type of excitable neuron encodes a dynamic change in the input and leads naturally to a transient response of the neuron. In this talk, I will show that "canards" - peculiar mathematical creatures - are well suited to explain the nature of transient responses of neurons due to dynamic (smooth) inputs. I will apply this geometric theory to a simple driven FitzHugh-Nagumo/Morris-Lecar type neural model and to a more complicated neural model that describes paradoxical excitation due to propofol anesthesia.
Colour
12:10 Mon 13 May, 2013 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Lyron Winderbaum :: University of Adelaide

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Colour is a powerful tool in presenting data, but it can be tricky to choose just the right colours to represent your data honestly - do the colours used in your heatmap overemphasise the differences between particular values over others? does your choice of colours overemphasize one when they should be represented as equal? etc. All these questions are fundamentally based in how we perceive colour. There has been alot of research into how we perceive colour in the past century, and some interesting results. I will explain how a `standard observer' was found empirically and used to develop an absolute reference standard for colour in 1931. How although the common Red-Green-Blue representation of colour is useful and intuitive, distances between colours in this space do not reflect our perception of difference between colours and how alternative, perceptually focused colourspaces where introduced in 1976. I will go on to explain how these results can be used to provide simple mechanisms by which to choose colours that satisfy particular properties such as being equally different from each other, or being linearly more different in sequence, or maintaining such properties when transferred to greyscale, or for a colourblind person.
Crystallographic groups I: the classical theory
12:10 Fri 17 May, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Dr Wolfgang Globke :: University of Adelaide

A discrete isometry group acting properly discontinuously on the n-dimensional Euclidean space with compact quotient is called a crystallographic group. This name reflects the fact that in dimension n=3 their compact fundamental domains resemble a space-filling crystal pattern. For higher dimensions, Hilbert posed his famous 18th problem: "Is there in n-dimensional Euclidean space only a finite number of essentially different kinds of groups of motions with a [compact] fundamental region?" This problem was solved by Bieberbach when he proved that in every dimension n there exists only a finite number of isomorphic crystallographic groups and also gave a description of these groups. From the perspective of differential geometry these results are of major importance, as crystallographic groups are precisely the fundamental groups of compact flat Riemannian orbifolds. The quotient is even a manifold if the fundamental group is required to be torsion-free, in which case it is called a Bieberbach group. Moreover, for a flat manifold the fundamental group completely determines the holonomy group. In this talk I will discuss the properties of crystallographic groups, study examples in dimension n=2 and n=3, and present the three Bieberbach theorems on the structure of crystallographic groups.
Crystallographic groups II: generalisations
12:10 Fri 24 May, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Dr Wolfgang Globke :: University of Adelaide

The theory of crystallographic groups acting cocompactly on Euclidean space can be extended and generalised in many different ways. For example, instead of studying discrete groups of Euclidean isometries, one can consider groups of isometries for indefinite inner products. These are the fundamental groups of compact flat pseudo-Riemannian manifolds. Still more generally, one might study group of affine transformation on n-space that are not required to preserve any bilinear form. Also, the condition of cocompactness can be dropped. In this talk, I will present some of the results obtained for these generalisations, and also discuss some of my own work on flat homogeneous pseudo-Riemannian spaces.
A strong Oka principle for proper immersions of finitely connected planar domains into CxC*
12:10 Fri 31 May, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Dr Tyson Ritter :: University of Adelaide

Gromov, in his seminal 1989 paper on the Oka principle, proved that every continuous map from a Stein manifold into an elliptic manifold is homotopic to a holomorphic map. In previous work we showed that, given a continuous map from X to the elliptic manifold CxC*, where X is a finitely connected planar domain without isolated boundary points, a stronger Oka property holds whereby the map is homotopic to a proper holomorphic embedding. If the planar domain is additionally permitted to have isolated boundary points the problem becomes more difficult, and it is not yet clear whether a strong Oka property for embeddings into CxC* continues to hold. We will discuss recent results showing that every continuous map from a finitely connected planar domain into CxC* is homotopic to a proper immersion that, in most cases, identifies at most finitely many pairs of distinct points. This is joint work with Finnur Larusson.
Heat kernel estimates on non-compact Riemannian manifolds: why and how?
15:10 Fri 7 Jun, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Thierry Coulhon :: Australian National University

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We will describe what is known and remains to be known about the connection between the large scale geometry of non-compact Riemannian manifolds (and more general metric measure spaces) and large time estimates of their heat kernel. We will show how some of these estimates can be characterised in terms of Sobolev inequalities and give applications to the boundedness of Riesz transforms.
K-homology and the quantization commutes with reduction problem
12:10 Fri 5 Jul, 2013 :: 7.15 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Nigel Higson :: Pennsylvania State University

The quantization commutes with reduction problem for Hamiltonian actions of compact Lie groups was solved by Meinrenken in the mid-1990s using geometric techniques, and solved again shortly afterwards by Tian and Zhang using analytic methods. In this talk I shall outline some of the close links that exist between the problem, the two solutions, and the geometric and analytic versions of K-homology theory that are studied in noncommutative geometry. I shall try to make the case for K-homology as a useful conceptual framework for the solutions and (at least some of) their various generalizations.
Fire-Atmosphere Models
12:10 Mon 29 Jul, 2013 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Mika Peace :: University of Adelaide

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Fire behaviour models are increasingly being used to assist in planning and operational decisions for bush fires and fuel reduction burns. Rate of spread (ROS) of the fire front is a key output of such models. The ROS value is typically calculated from a formula which has been derived from empirical data, using very simple meteorological inputs. We have used a coupled fire-atmosphere model to simulate real bushfire events. The results show that complex interactions between a fire and the atmosphere can have a significant influence on fire spread, thus highlighting the limitations of a model that uses simple meteorological inputs.
Symplectic Lie groups
12:10 Fri 9 Aug, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Dr Wolfgang Globke :: University of Adelaide

A "symplectic Lie group" is a Lie group G with a symplectic form such that G acts by symplectic transformations on itself. Such a G cannot be semisimple, so the research focuses on solvable symplectic Lie groups. In the compact case, a classification of these groups is known. In many cases, a solvable symplectic Lie group G is a cotangent bundle of a flat Lie group H. Then H is a Lagrange subgroup of G, meaning its Lie algebra h is isotropic in the Lie algebra g of G. The existence of Lagrange subalgebras or ideals in g is an important question which relates to many problems in the general structure theory of symplectic Lie groups. In my talk, I will give a brief overview of the known results in this field, ranging from the 1970s to a very recent structure theory.
Geometry of moduli spaces
12:10 Fri 30 Aug, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Prof Georg Schumacher :: University of Marburg

We discuss the concept of moduli spaces in complex geometry. The main examples are moduli of compact Riemann surfaces, moduli of compact projective varieties and moduli of holomorphic vector bundles, whose points correspond to isomorphism classes of the given objects. Moduli spaces carry a natural topology, whereas a complex structure that reflects the variation of the structure in a family exists in general only under extra conditions. In a similar way, a natural hermitian metric (Weil-Petersson metric) on moduli spaces that induces a symplectic structure can be constructed from the variation of distinguished metrics on the fibers. In this way, various questions concerning the underlying symplectic structure, the curvature of the Weil-Petersson metric, hyperbolicity of moduli spaces, and construction of positive/ample line bundles on compactified moduli spaces can be answered.
K-theory and solid state physics
12:10 Fri 13 Sep, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Dr Keith Hannabuss :: Balliol College, Oxford

More than 50 years ago Dyson showed that there is a nine-fold classification of random matrix models, the classes of which are each associated with Riemannian symmetric spaces. More recently it was realised that a related argument enables one to classify the insulating properties of fermionic systems (with the addition of an extra class to give 10 in all), and can be described using K-theory. In this talk I shall give a survey of the ideas, and a brief outline of work with Guo Chuan Thiang.
Geodesic completeness of compact pp-waves
12:10 Fri 18 Oct, 2013 :: Ingkarni Wardli B19 :: Dr Thomas Leistner :: University of Adelaide

A semi-Riemannian manifold is geodesically complete (or for short, complete) if all its maximal geodesics are defined on the real line. Whereas for Riemannian metrics the compactness of the manifold implies completeness, there are compact Lorentzian manifolds that are not complete (e.g. the Clifton-Pohl torus). Several rather strong conditions have been found in the literature under which a compact Lorentzian manifold is complete, including being homogeneous (Marsden) or of constant curvature (Carriere, Klingler), or admitting a timelike Killing vector field (Romero, Sanchez). We will consider pp-waves, which are Lorentzian manifold with a parallel null vector field and a highly degenerate curvature tensor, but which do not satisfy any of the above conditions. We will show that a compact pp-wave is universally covered by a vector space, determine the metric on the universal cover and consequently show that they are geodesically complete.
Classification Using Censored Functional Data
15:10 Fri 18 Oct, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: A/Prof Aurore Delaigle :: University of Melbourne

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We consider classification of functional data. This problem has received a lot of attention in the literature in the case where the curves are all observed on the same interval. A difficulty in applications is that the functional curves can be supported on quite different intervals, in which case standard methods of analysis cannot be used. We are interested in constructing classifiers for curves of this type. More precisely, we consider classification of functions supported on a compact interval, in cases where the training sample consists of functions observed on other intervals, which may differ among the training curves. We propose several methods, depending on whether or not the observable intervals overlap by a significant amount. In the case where these intervals differ a lot, our procedure involves extending the curves outside the interval where they were observed. We suggest a new nonparametric approach for doing this. We also introduce flexible ways of combining potential differences in shapes of the curves from different populations, and potential differences between the endpoints of the intervals where the curves from each population are observed.
Group meeting
15:10 Fri 25 Oct, 2013 :: 5.58 (Ingkarni Wardli) :: Dr Ben Binder and Mr David Wilke :: University of Adelaide

Dr Ben Binder :: 'An inverse approach for solutions to free-surface flow problems' :: Abstract: Surface water waves are familiar to most people, for example, the wave pattern generated at the stern of a ship. The boundary or interface between the air and water is called the free-surface. When determining a solution to a free-surface flow problem it is commonplace for the forcing (eg. shape of ship or waterbed topography) that creates the surface waves to be prescribed, with the free-surface coming as part of the solution. Alternatively, one can choose to prescribe the shape of the free-surface and find the forcing inversely. In this talk I will discuss my ongoing work using an inverse approach to discover new types of solutions to free-surface flow problems in two and three dimensions, and how the predictions of the method might be verified with experiments. :: Mr David Wilke:: 'A Computational Fluid Dynamic Study of Blood Flow Within the Coiled Umbilical Arteries':: Abstract: The umbilical cord is the lifeline of the fetus throughout gestation. In a normal pregnancy it facilitates the supply of oxygen and nutrients from the placenta via a single vein, in addition to the return of deoxygenated blood from the developing embryo or fetus via two umbilical arteries. Despite the major role it plays in the growth of the fetus, pathologies of the umbilical cord are poorly understood. In particular, variations in the cord geometry, which typically forms a helical arrangement, have been correlated with adverse outcomes in pregnancy. Cords exhibiting either abnormally low or high levels of coiling have been associated with pathological results including growth-restriction and fetal demise. Despite this, the methodology currently employed by clinicians to characterise umbilical pathologies can misdiagnose cords and is prone to error. In this talk a computational model of blood flow within rigid three-dimensional structures representative of the umbilical arteries will be presented. This study determined that the current characterization was unable to differentiate between cords which exhibited clinically distinguishable flow properties, including the cord pressure drop, which provides a measure of the loading on the fetal heart.
The geometry of rolling surfaces and non-holonomic mechanics
15:10 Fri 1 Nov, 2013 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Prof Robert Bryant :: Duke University

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In mechanics, the system of a sphere rolling over a plane without slipping or twisting is a fundamental example of what is called a non-holonomic mechanical system, the study of which belongs to the subject of control theory. The more general case of one surface rolling over another without slipping or twisting is, similarly, of great interest for both practical and theoretical reasons. In this talk, which is intended for a general mathematical audience (i.e., no familiarity with control theory or differential geometry will be assumed), I will describe some of the basic features of this problem, a bit of its history, and some of the surprising developments that its study reveals, such as the unexpected appearance of the exceptional group G_2.
Reductive group actions and some problems concerning their quotients
12:10 Fri 17 Jan, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Prof Gerald Schwarz :: Brandeis University

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We will gently introduce the concept of a complex reductive group and the notion of the quotient Z of a complex vector space V on which our complex reductive group G acts linearly. There is the quotient mapping p from V to Z. The quotient is an affine variety with a stratification coming from the group action. Let f be an automorphism of Z. We consider the following questions (and give some answers). 1) Does f preserve the stratification of Z, i.e., does it permute the strata? 2) Is there a lift F of f? This means that F maps V to V and p(F(v))=f(p(v)) for all v in V. 3) Can we arrange that F is equivariant? We show that 1) is almost always true, that 2) is true in a lot of cases and that a twisted version of 3) then holds.
The density property for complex manifolds: a strong form of holomorphic flexibility
12:10 Fri 24 Jan, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Prof Frank Kutzschebauch :: University of Bern

Compared with the real differentiable case, complex manifolds in general are more rigid, their groups of holomorphic diffeomorphisms are rather small (in general trivial). A long known exception to this behavior is affine n-space C^n for n at least 2. Its group of holomorphic diffeomorphisms is infinite dimensional. In the late 1980s Andersen and Lempert proved a remarkable theorem which stated in its generalized version due to Forstneric and Rosay that any local holomorphic phase flow given on a Runge subset of C^n can be locally uniformly approximated by a global holomorphic diffeomorphism. The main ingredient in the proof was formalized by Varolin and called the density property: The Lie algebra generated by complete holomorphic vector fields is dense in the Lie algebra of all holomorphic vector fields. In these manifolds a similar local to global approximation of Andersen-Lempert type holds. It is a precise way of saying that the group of holomorphic diffeomorphisms is large. In the talk we will explain how this notion is related to other more recent flexibility notions in complex geometry, in particular to the notion of a Oka-Forstneric manifold. We will give examples of manifolds with the density property and sketch applications of the density property. If time permits we will explain criteria for the density property developed by Kaliman and the speaker.
Holomorphic null curves and the conformal Calabi-Yau problem
12:10 Tue 28 Jan, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Prof Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana

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I shall describe how methods of complex analysis can be used to give new results on the conformal Calabi-Yau problem concerning the existence of bounded metrically complete minimal surfaces in real Euclidean 3-space R^3. We shall see in particular that every bordered Riemann surface admits a proper complete holomorphic immersion into the ball of C^2, and a proper complete embedding as a holomorphic null curve into the ball of C^3. Since the real and the imaginary parts of a holomorphic null curve in C^3 are conformally immersed minimal surfaces in R^3, we obtain a bounded complete conformal minimal immersion of any bordered Riemann surface into R^3. The main advantage of our methods, when compared to the existing ones in the literature, is that we do not need to change the conformal type of the Riemann surface. (Joint work with A. Alarcon, University of Granada.)
Hormander's estimate, some generalizations and new applications
12:10 Mon 17 Feb, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Prof Zbigniew Blocki :: Jagiellonian University

Lars Hormander proved his estimate for the d-bar equation in 1965. It is one the most important results in several complex variables (SCV). New applications have emerged recently, outside of SCV. We will present three of them: the Ohsawa-Takegoshi extension theorem with optimal constant, the one-dimensional Suita Conjecture, and Nazarov's approach to the Bourgain-Milman inequality from convex analysis.
The structuring role of chaotic stirring on pelagic ecosystems
11:10 Fri 28 Feb, 2014 :: B19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Francesco d'Ovidio :: Universite Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)

The open ocean upper layer is characterized by a complex transport dynamics occuring over different spatiotemporal scales. At the scale of 10-100 km - which covers the so called mesoscale and part of the submesoscale - in situ and remote sensing observations detect strong variability in physical and biogeochemical fields like sea surface temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll concentration. The calculation of Lyapunov exponent and other nonlinear diagnostics applied to the surface currents have allowed to show that an important part of this tracer variability is due to chaotic stirring. Here I will extend this analysis to marine ecosystems. For primary producers, I will show that stable and unstable manifolds of hyperbolic points embedded in the surface velocity field are able to structure the phytoplanktonic community in fluid dynamical niches of dominant types, where competition can locally occur during bloom events. By using data from tagged whales, frigatebirds, and elephant seals, I will also show that chaotic stirring affects the behaviour of higher trophic levels. In perspective, these relations between transport structures and marine ecosystems can be the base for a biodiversity index constructued from satellite information, and therefore able to monitor key aspects of the marine biodiversity and its temporal variability at the global scale.
Geometric quantisation in the noncompact setting
12:10 Fri 7 Mar, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Peter Hochs :: University of Adelaide

Geometric quantisation is a way to construct quantum mechanical phase spaces (Hilbert spaces) from classical mechanical phase spaces (symplectic manifolds). In the presence of a group action, the quantisation commutes with reduction principle states that geometric quantisation should be compatible with the ways the group action can be used to simplify (reduce) the classical and quantum phase spaces. This has deep consequences for the link between symplectic geometry and representation theory. The quantisation commutes with reduction principle has been given explicit meaning, and been proved, in cases where the symplectic manifold and the group acting on it are compact. There have also been results where just the group, or the orbit space of the action, is assumed to be compact. These are important and difficult, but it is somewhat frustrating that they do not even apply to the simplest example from the physics point of view: a free particle in Rn. This talk is about a joint result with Mathai Varghese where the group, manifold and orbit space may all be noncompact.
Dynamical systems approach to fluid-plasma turbulence
15:10 Fri 14 Mar, 2014 :: 5.58 Ingkarni Wardli :: Professor Abraham Chian

Sun-Earth system is a complex, electrodynamically coupled system dominated by multiscale interactions. The complex behavior of the space environment is indicative of a state driven far from equilibrium whereby instabilities, nonlinear waves, and turbulence play key roles in the system dynamics. First, we review the fundamental concepts of nonlinear dynamics in fluids and plasmas and discuss their relevance to the study of the Sun-Earth relation. Next, we show how Lagrangian coherent structures identify the transport barriers of plasma turbulence modeled by 3-D solar convective dynamo. Finally, we show how Lagrangian coherent structures can be detected in the solar photospheric turbulence using satellite observations.
Embed to homogenise heterogeneous wave equation.
12:35 Mon 17 Mar, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Chen Chen :: University of Adelaide

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Consider materials with complicated microstructure: we want to model their large scale dynamics by equations with effective, `average' coefficients. I will show an example of heterogeneous wave equation in 1D. If Centre manifold theory is applied to model the original heterogeneous wave equation directly, we will get a trivial model. I embed the wave equation into a family of more complex wave problems and I show the equivalence of the two sets of solutions.
Moduli spaces of contact instantons
12:10 Fri 28 Mar, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: David Baraglia :: University of Adelaide

In dimensions greater than four there are several notions of higher Yang-Mills instantons. This talk concerns one such case, contact instantons, defined for 5-dimensional contact manifolds. The geometry transverse to the Reeb foliation turns out to be important in understanding the moduli space. For example, we show the dimension of the moduli space is the index of a transverse elliptic complex. This is joint work with Pedram Hekmati.
Lefschetz fixed point theorem and beyond
12:10 Fri 2 May, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Hang Wang :: University of Adelaide

A Lefschetz number associated to a continuous map on a closed manifold is a topological invariant determined by the geometric information near the neighbourhood of fixed point set of the map. After an introduction of the Lefschetz fixed point theorem, we shall use the Dirac-dual Dirac method to derive the Lefschetz number on K-theory level. The method concerns the comparison of the Dirac operator on the manifold and the Dirac operator on some submanifold. This method can be generalised to several interesting situations when the manifold is not necessarily compact.
Network-based approaches to classification and biomarker identification in metastatic melanoma
15:10 Fri 2 May, 2014 :: B.21 Ingkarni Wardli :: Associate Professor Jean Yee Hwa Yang :: The University of Sydney

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Finding prognostic markers has been a central question in much of current research in medicine and biology. In the last decade, approaches to prognostic prediction within a genomics setting are primarily based on changes in individual genes / protein. Very recently, however, network based approaches to prognostic prediction have begun to emerge which utilize interaction information between genes. This is based on the believe that large-scale molecular interaction networks are dynamic in nature and changes in these networks, rather than changes in individual genes/proteins, are often drivers of complex diseases such as cancer. In this talk, I use data from stage III melanoma patients provided by Prof. Mann from Melanoma Institute of Australia to discuss how network information can be utilize in the analysis of gene expression analysis to aid in biological interpretation. Here, we explore a number of novel and previously published network-based prediction methods, which we will then compare to the common single-gene and gene-set methods with the aim of identifying more biologically interpretable biomarkers in the form of networks.
The Mandelbrot Set
12:10 Mon 5 May, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: David Bowman :: University of Adelaide

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The Mandelbrot set is an icon of modern mathematics, an image which fires the popular imagination when accompanied by the words 'chaos' and 'fractal'. However, few could give even a vague definition of this mysterious set and fewer still know the mathematical meaning behind it. In this talk we will be looking at the role that the Mandelbrot set plays in complex dynamics, the study of iterated complex valued functions. We shall discuss attracting and repelling cycles and how they are related to the different components of the Mandelbrot set.
Oka properties of groups of holomorphic and algebraic automorphisms of complex affine space
12:10 Fri 6 Jun, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

I will discuss new joint work with Franc Forstneric. The group of holomorphic automorphisms of complex affine space C^n, n>1, is huge. It is not an infinite-dimensional manifold in any recognised sense. Still, our work shows that in some ways it behaves like a finite-dimensional Oka manifold.
Not nots, knots.
12:10 Mon 16 Jun, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Luke Keating-Hughes :: University of Adelaide

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Although knot theory does not ordinarily arise in classical mathematics, the study of knots themselves proves to be very intricate and is certainly an area with promise for new developments. Ultimately, the study of knots boils down to problems of classification and when two knots are seen to be 'equivalent'. In this seminar we will first talk about some basic definitions and properties of knots, then move on to calculating the knot polynomial - a powerful invariant on knots.
Complexifications, Realifications, Real forms and Complex Structures
12:10 Mon 23 Jun, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Kelli Francis-Staite :: University of Adelaide

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Italian mathematicians Niccolò Fontana Tartaglia and Gerolamo Cardano introduced complex numbers to solve polynomial equations such as x^2+1=0. Solving a standard real differential equation often uses complex eigenvalues and eigenfunctions. In both cases, the solution space is expanded to include the complex numbers, solved, and then translated back to the real case. My talk aims to explain the process of complexification and related concepts. It will give vocabulary and some basic results about this important process. And it will contain cute cat pictures.
Estimates for eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on compact Riemannian manifolds
12:10 Fri 1 Aug, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Andrew Hassell :: Australian National University

I am interested in estimates on eigenfunctions, accurate in the high-eigenvalue limit. I will discuss estimates on the size (as measured by L^p norms) of eigenfunctions, on the whole Riemannian manifold, at the boundary, or at an interior hypersurface. The link between high-eigenvalue estimates, geometry, and the dynamics of geodesic flow will be emphasized.
Fast computation of eigenvalues and eigenfunctions on bounded plane domains
15:10 Fri 1 Aug, 2014 :: B.18 Ingkarni Wardli :: Professor Andrew Hassell :: Australian National University

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I will describe a new method for numerically computing eigenfunctions and eigenvalues on certain plane domains, derived from the so-called "scaling method" of Vergini and Saraceno. It is based on properties of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map on the domain, which relates a function f on the boundary of the domain to the normal derivative (at the boundary) of the eigenfunction with boundary data f. This is a topic of independent interest in pure mathematics. In my talk I will try to emphasize the inteplay between theory and applications, which is very rich in this situation. This is joint work with numerical analyst Alex Barnett (Dartmouth).
Hydrodynamics and rheology of self-propelled colloids
15:10 Fri 8 Aug, 2014 :: B17 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Sarthok Sircar :: University of Adelaide

The sub-cellular world has many components in common with soft condensed matter systems (polymers, colloids and liquid crystals). But it has novel properties, not present in traditional complex fluids, arising from a rich spectrum of non-equilibrium behavior: flocking, chemotaxis and bioconvection. The talk is divided into two parts. In the first half, we will (get an idea on how to) derive a hydrodynamic model for self-propelled particles of an arbitrary shape from first principles, in a sufficiently dilute suspension limit, moving in a 3-dimensional space inside a viscous solvent. The model is then restricted to particles with ellipsoidal geometry to quantify the interplay of the long-range excluded volume and the short-range self-propulsion effects. The expression for the constitutive stresses, relating the kinetic theory with the momentum transport equations, are derived using a combination of the virtual work principle (for extra elastic stresses) and symmetry arguments (for active stresses). The second half of the talk will highlight on my current numerical expertise. In particular we will exploit a specific class of spectral basis functions together with RK4 time-stepping to determine the dynamical phases/structures as well as phase-transitions of these ellipsoidal clusters. We will also discuss on how to define the order (or orientation) of these clusters and understand the other rheological quantities.
Quasimodes that do not Equidistribute
13:10 Tue 19 Aug, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Shimon Brooks :: Bar-Ilan University

The QUE Conjecture of Rudnick-Sarnak asserts that eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on Riemannian manifolds of negative curvature should equidistribute in the large eigenvalue limit. For a number of reasons, it is expected that this property may be related to the (conjectured) small multiplicities in the spectrum. One way to study this relationship is to ask about equidistribution for "quasimodes"-or approximate eigenfunctions- in place of highly-degenerate eigenspaces. We will discuss the case of surfaces of constant negative curvature; in particular, we will explain how to construct some examples of sufficiently weak quasimodes that do not satisfy QUE, and show how they fit into the larger theory.
T-duality and the chiral de Rham complex
12:10 Fri 22 Aug, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Andrew Linshaw :: University of Denver

The chiral de Rham complex of Malikov, Schechtman, and Vaintrob is a sheaf of vertex algebras that exists on any smooth manifold M. It has a square-zero differential D, and contains the algebra of differential forms on M as a subcomplex. In this talk, I'll give an introduction to vertex algebras and sketch this construction. Finally, I'll discuss a notion of T-duality in this setting. This is based on joint work in progress with V. Mathai.
Spherical T-duality
01:10 Mon 25 Aug, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B18 :: Mathai Varghese :: University of Adelaide

I will talk on a new variant of T-duality, called spherical T-duality, which relates pairs of the form (P,H) consisting of a principal SU(2)-bundle P --> M and a 7-cocycle H on P. Intuitively spherical T-duality exchanges H with the second Chern class c_2(P). This is precisely true when M is compact oriented and dim(M) is at most 4. When M is higher dimensional, not all pairs (P,H) admit spherical T-duals and even when they exist, the spherical T-duals are not always unique. We will try and explain this phenomenon. Nonetheless, we prove that all spherical T-dualities induce a degree-shifting isomorphism on the 7-twisted cohomologies of the bundles and, when dim(M) is at most 7, also their integral twisted cohomologies and, when dim(M) is at most 4, even their 7-twisted K-theories. While the complete physical relevance of spherical T-duality is still being explored, it does provide an identification between conserved charges in certain distinct IIB supergravity and string compactifications. This is joint work with Peter Bouwknegt and Jarah Evslin.
Ideal membership on singular varieties by means of residue currents
12:10 Fri 29 Aug, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Richard Larkang :: University of Adelaide

On a complex manifold X, one can consider the following ideal membership problem: Does a holomorphic function on X belong to a given ideal of holomorphic functions on X? Residue currents give a way of expressing analytically this essentially algebraic problem. I will discuss some basic cases of this, why such an analytic description might be useful, and finish by discussing a generalization of this to singular varieties.
Modelling biological gel mechanics
12:10 Mon 8 Sep, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: James Reoch :: University of Adelaide

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The behaviour of gels such as collagen is the result of complex interactions between mechanical and chemical forces. In this talk, I will outline the modelling approaches we are looking at in order to incorporate the influence of cell behaviour alongside chemical potentials, and the various circumstances which lead to gel swelling and contraction.
Translating solitons for mean curvature flow
12:10 Fri 19 Sep, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Julie Clutterbuck :: Monash University

Mean curvature flow gives a deformation of a submanifold in the direction of its mean curvature vector. Singularities may arise, and can be modelled by special solutions of the flow. I will describe the special solutions that move by only a translation under the flow, and give some explicit constructions of such surfaces. This is based on joint work with Oliver Schnuerer and Felix Schulze.
Inferring absolute population and recruitment of southern rock lobster using only catch and effort data
12:35 Mon 22 Sep, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: John Feenstra :: University of Adelaide

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Abundance estimates from a data-limited version of catch survey analysis are compared to those from a novel one-parameter deterministic method. Bias of both methods is explored using simulation testing based on a more complex data-rich stock assessment population dynamics fishery operating model, exploring the impact of both varying levels of observation error in data as well as model process error. Recruitment was consistently better estimated than legal size population, the latter most sensitive to increasing observation errors. A hybrid of the data-limited methods is proposed as the most robust approach. A more statistically conventional error-in-variables approach may also be touched upon if enough time.
Spectral asymptotics on random Sierpinski gaskets
12:10 Fri 26 Sep, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Uta Freiberg :: Universitaet Stuttgart

Self similar fractals are often used in modeling porous media. Hence, defining a Laplacian and a Brownian motion on such sets describes transport through such materials. However, the assumption of strict self similarity could be too restricting. So, we present several models of random fractals which could be used instead. After recalling the classical approaches of random homogenous and recursive random fractals, we show how to interpolate between these two model classes with the help of so called V-variable fractals. This concept (developed by Barnsley, Hutchinson & Stenflo) allows the definition of new families of random fractals, hereby the parameter V describes the degree of `variability' of the realizations. We discuss how the degree of variability influences the geometric, analytic and stochastic properties of these sets. - These results have been obtained with Ben Hambly (University of Oxford) and John Hutchinson (ANU Canberra).
To Complex Analysis... and beyond!
12:10 Mon 29 Sep, 2014 :: B.19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Brett Chenoweth :: University of Adelaide

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In the undergraduate complex analysis course students learn about complex valued functions on domains in C (the complex plane). Several interesting and surprising results come about from this study. In my talk I will introduce a more general setting where complex analysis can be done, namely Riemann surfaces (complex manifolds of dimension 1). I will then prove that all non-compact Riemann surfaces are Stein; which loosely speaking means that their function theory is similar to that of C.
Exploration vs. Exploitation with Partially Observable Gaussian Autoregressive Arms
15:00 Mon 29 Sep, 2014 :: Engineering North N132 :: Julia Kuhn :: The University of Queensland & The University of Amsterdam

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We consider a restless bandit problem with Gaussian autoregressive arms, where the state of an arm is only observed when it is played and the state-dependent reward is collected. Since arms are only partially observable, a good decision policy needs to account for the fact that information about the state of an arm becomes more and more obsolete while the arm is not being played. Thus, the decision maker faces a tradeoff between exploiting those arms that are believed to be currently the most rewarding (i.e. those with the largest conditional mean), and exploring arms with a high conditional variance. Moreover, one would like the decision policy to remain tractable despite the infinite state space and also in systems with many arms. A policy that gives some priority to exploration is the Whittle index policy, for which we establish structural properties. These motivate a parametric index policy that is computationally much simpler than the Whittle index but can still outperform the myopic policy. Furthermore, we examine the many-arm behavior of the system under the parametric policy, identifying equations describing its asymptotic dynamics. Based on these insights we provide a simple heuristic algorithm to evaluate the performance of index policies; the latter is used to optimize the parametric index.
Visualising the diversity of benchmark instances and generating new test instances to elicit insights into algorithm performance
15:10 Fri 10 Oct, 2014 :: Napier 102 :: Professor Kate Smith-Miles :: Monash University

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Objective assessment of optimization algorithm performance is notoriously difficult, with conclusions often inadvertently biased towards the chosen test instances. Rather than reporting average performance of algorithms across a set of chosen instances, we discuss a new methodology to enable the strengths and weaknesses of different optimization algorithms to be compared across a broader instance space. Results will be presented on timetabling, graph colouring and the TSP to demonstrate: (i) how pockets of the instance space can be found where algorithm performance varies significantly from the average performance of an algorithm; (ii) how the properties of the instances can be used to predict algorithm performance on previously unseen instances with high accuracy; (iii) how the relative strengths and weaknesses of each algorithm can be visualized and measured objectively; and (iv) how new test instances can be generated to fill the instance space and provide desired insights into algorithmic power.
Compact pseudo-Riemannian solvmanifolds
12:10 Fri 17 Oct, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Wolfgang Globke :: University of Adelaide

A compact solvmanifold M is a quotient of a solvable Lie group G by a cocompact closed subgroup H. A pseudo-Riemannian metric on M is induced by an H-invariant symmetric 2-tensor on G. In this talk I will describe some foundations and results of my ongoing work with Oliver Baues on the nature of this 2-tensor and what it can imply for the subgroup H.
The Serre-Grothendieck theorem by geometric means
12:10 Fri 24 Oct, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: David Roberts :: University of Adelaide

The Serre-Grothendieck theorem implies that every torsion integral 3rd cohomology class on a finite CW-complex is the invariant of some projective bundle. It was originally proved in a letter by Serre, used homotopical methods, most notably a Postnikov decomposition of a certain classifying space with divisible homotopy groups. In this talk I will outline, using work of the algebraic geometer Offer Gabber, a proof for compact smooth manifolds using geometric means and a little K-theory.
Extending holomorphic maps from Stein manifolds into affine toric varieties
12:10 Fri 14 Nov, 2014 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Richard Larkang :: University of Adelaide

One way of defining so-called Oka manifolds is by saying that they satisfy the following interpolation property (IP): Y satisfies the IP if any holomorphic map from a closed submanifold S of a Stein manifold X into Y which has a continuous extension to X also has a holomorphic extension. An ostensibly weaker property is the convex interpolation property (CIP), where S is assumed to be a contractible submanifold of X = C^n. By a deep theorem of Forstneric, these (and several other) properties are in fact equivalent. I will discuss a joint work with Finnur Larusson, where we consider the interpolation property when the target Y is a singular affine toric variety. We show that all affine toric varieties satisfy an interpolation property stronger than CIP, but that only in very special situations do they satisfy the full IP.
Modelling segregation distortion in multi-parent crosses
15:00 Mon 17 Nov, 2014 :: 5.57 Ingkarni Wardli :: Rohan Shah (joint work with B. Emma Huang and Colin R. Cavanagh) :: The University of Queensland

Construction of high-density genetic maps has been made feasible by low-cost high-throughput genotyping technology; however, the process is still complicated by biological, statistical and computational issues. A major challenge is the presence of segregation distortion, which can be caused by selection, difference in fitness, or suppression of recombination due to introgressed segments from other species. Alien introgressions are common in major crop species, where they have often been used to introduce beneficial genes from wild relatives. Segregation distortion causes problems at many stages of the map construction process, including assignment to linkage groups and estimation of recombination fractions. This can result in incorrect ordering and estimation of map distances. While discarding markers will improve the resulting map, it may result in the loss of genomic regions under selection or containing beneficial genes (in the case of introgression). To correct for segregation distortion we model it explicitly in the estimation of recombination fractions. Previously proposed methods introduce additional parameters to model the distortion, with a corresponding increase in computing requirements. This poses difficulties for large, densely genotyped experimental populations. We propose a method imposing minimal additional computational burden which is suitable for high-density map construction in large multi-parent crosses. We demonstrate its use modelling the known Sr36 introgression in wheat for an eight-parent complex cross.
Nonlinear analysis over infinite dimensional spaces and its applications
12:10 Fri 6 Feb, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B20 :: Tsuyoshi Kato :: Kyoto University

In this talk we develop moduli theory of holomorphic curves over infinite dimensional manifolds consisted by sequences of almost Kaehler manifolds. Under the assumption of high symmetry, we verify that many mechanisms of the standard moduli theory over closed symplectic manifolds also work over these infinite dimensional spaces. As an application, we study deformation theory of discrete groups acting on trees. There is a canonical way, up to conjugacy to embed such groups into the automorphism group over the infinite projective space. We verify that for some class of Hamiltonian functions, the deformed groups must be always asymptotically infinite.
Multiscale modelling of multicellular biological systems: mechanics, development and disease
03:10 Fri 6 Mar, 2015 :: Lower Napier LG24 :: Dr James Osborne :: University of Melbourne

When investigating the development and function of multicellular biological systems it is not enough to only consider the behaviour of individual cells in isolation. For example when studying tissue development, how individual cells interact, both mechanically and biochemically, influences the resulting tissues form and function. In this talk we present a multiscale modelling framework for simulating the development and function of multicellular biological systems (in particular tissues). Utilising the natural structural unit of the cell, the framework consists of three main scales: the tissue level (macro-scale); the cell level (meso-scale); and the sub-cellular level (micro-scale), with multiple interactions occurring between all scales. The cell level is central to the framework and cells are modelled as discrete interacting entities using one of a number of possible modelling paradigms, including lattice based models (cellular automata and cellular Potts) and off-lattice based models (cell centre and vertex based representations). The sub-cellular level concerns numerous metabolic and biochemical processes represented by interaction networks rendered stochastically or into ODEs. The outputs from such systems influence the behaviour of the cell level affecting properties such as adhesion and also influencing cell mitosis and apoptosis. At the tissue level we consider factors or restraints that influence the cells, for example the distribution of a nutrient or messenger molecule, which is represented by field equations, on a growing domain, with individual cells functioning as sinks and/or sources. The modular approach taken within the framework enables more realistic behaviour to be considered at each scale. This framework is implemented within the Open Source Chaste library (Cancer Heart and Soft Tissue Environment, (http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/chaste/) and has been used to model biochemical and biomechanical interactions in various biological systems. In this talk we present the key ideas of the framework along with applications within the fields of development and disease.
On the analyticity of CR-diffeomorphisms
12:10 Fri 13 Mar, 2015 :: Engineering North N132 :: Ilya Kossivskiy :: University of Vienna

One of the fundamental objects in several complex variables is CR-mappings. CR-mappings naturally occur in complex analysis as boundary values of mappings between domains, and as restrictions of holomorphic mappings onto real submanifolds. It was already observed by Cartan that smooth CR-diffeomorphisms between CR-submanifolds in C^N tend to be very regular, i.e., they are restrictions of holomorphic maps. However, in general smooth CR-mappings form a more restrictive class of mappings. Thus, since the inception of CR-geometry, the following general question has been of fundamental importance for the field: Are CR-equivalent real-analytic CR-structures also equivalent holomorphically? In joint work with Lamel, we answer this question in the negative, in any positive CR-dimension and CR-codimension. Our construction is based on a recent dynamical technique in CR-geometry, developed in my earlier work with Shafikov.
Singular Pfaffian systems in dimension 6
12:10 Fri 20 Mar, 2015 :: Napier 144 :: Pawel Nurowski :: Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences

We consider a pair of rank 3 distributions in dimension 6 with some remarkable properties. They define an analog of the celebrated nearly-Kahler structure on the 6 sphere, with the exceptional simple Lie group G2 as a group of symmetries. In our case the metric associated with the structure is pseudo-Riemannian, of split signature. The 6 manifold has a 5-dimensional boundary with interesting induced geometry. This structure on the boundary has no analog in the Riemannian case.
Higher rank discrete Nahm equations for SU(N) monopoles in hyperbolic space
11:10 Wed 8 Apr, 2015 :: Engineering & Maths EM213 :: Joseph Chan :: University of Melbourne

Braam and Austin in 1990, proved that SU(2) magnetic monopoles in hyperbolic space H^3 are the same as solutions of the discrete Nahm equations. I apply equivariant K-theory to the ADHM construction of instantons/holomorphic bundles to extend the Braam-Austin result from SU(2) to SU(N). During its evolution, the matrices of the higher rank discrete Nahm equations jump in dimensions and this behaviour has not been observed in discrete evolution equations before. A secondary result is that the monopole field at the boundary of H^3 determines the monopole.
Minimal Surfaces and their Application to Soap Films
12:10 Mon 13 Apr, 2015 :: Napier LG29 :: Jonathon Pantelis :: University of Adelaide

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We all have some idea about what a surface is. We can classify surfaces depending on a range of properties or characteristics. Discussed in this seminar are Minimal Surfaces, a particular class of surface. We will find out what it means for a surface to be minimal and take a look at what these things look like. We will also see how to create them, and also how they relate to soap films.
A Collision Algorithm for Sea Ice
12:10 Mon 4 May, 2015 :: Napier LG29 :: Lucas Yiew :: University of Adelaide

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The wave-induced collisions between sea ice are highly complex and nonlinear, and involves a multitude of subprocesses. Several collision models do exist, however, to date, none of these models have been successfully integrated into sea-ice forecasting models. A key component of a collision model is the development of an appropriate collision algorithm. In this seminar I will present a time-stepping, event-driven algorithm to detect, analyse and implement the pre- and post-collision processes.
Monodromy of the Hitchin system and components of representation varieties
12:10 Fri 29 May, 2015 :: Napier 144 :: David Baraglia :: University of Adelaide

Representations of the fundamental group of a compact Riemann surface into a reductive Lie group form a moduli space, called a representation variety. An outstanding problem in topology is to determine the number of components of these varieties. Through a deep result known as non-abelian Hodge theory, representation varieties are homeomorphic to moduli spaces of certain holomorphic objects called Higgs bundles. In this talk I will describe recent joint work with L. Schaposnik computing the monodromy of the Hitchin fibration for Higgs bundle moduli spaces. Our results give a new unified proof of the number of components of several representation varieties.
Some approaches toward a stronger Jacobian conjecture
12:10 Fri 5 Jun, 2015 :: Napier 144 :: Tuyen Truong :: University of Adelaide

The Jacobian conjecture states that if a polynomial self-map of C^n has invertible Jacobian, then the map has a polynomial inverse. Is it true, false or simply undecidable? In this talk I will propose a conjecture concerning general square matrices with complex coefficients, whose validity implies the Jacobian conjecture. The conjecture is checked in various cases, in particular it is true for generic matrices. Also, a heuristic argument is provided explaining why the conjecture (and thus, also the Jacobian conjecture) should be true.
Complex Systems, Chaotic Dynamics and Infectious Diseases
15:10 Fri 5 Jun, 2015 :: Engineering North N132 :: Prof Michael Small :: UWA

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In complex systems, the interconnection between the components of the system determine the dynamics. The system is described by a very large and random mathematical graph and it is the topological structure of that graph which is important for understanding of the dynamical behaviour of the system. I will talk about two specific examples - (1) spread of infectious disease (where the connection between the agents in a population, rather than epidemic parameters, determine the endemic state); and, (2) a transformation to represent a dynamical system as a graph (such that the "statistical mechanics" of the graph characterise the dynamics).
Dirac operators and Hamiltonian loop group action
12:10 Fri 24 Jul, 2015 :: Engineering and Maths EM212 :: Yanli Song :: University of Toronto

A definition to the geometric quantization for compact Hamiltonian G-spaces is given by Bott, defined as the index of the Spinc-Dirac operator on the manifold. In this talk, I will explain how to generalize this idea to the Hamiltonian LG-spaces. Instead of quantizing infinite-dimensional manifolds directly, we use its equivalent finite-dimensional model, the quasi-Hamiltonian G-spaces. By constructing twisted spinor bundle and twisted pre-quantum bundle on the quasi-Hamiltonian G-space, we define a Dirac operator whose index are given by positive energy representation of loop groups. A key role in the construction will be played by the algebraic cubic Dirac operator for loop algebra. If time permitted, I will also explain how to prove the quantization commutes with reduction theorem for Hamiltonian LG-spaces under this framework.
Quantising proper actions on Spin-c manifolds
11:00 Fri 31 Jul, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli Level 7 Room 7.15 :: Peter Hochs :: The University of Adelaide

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For a proper action by a Lie group on a Spin-c manifold (both of which may be noncompact), we study an index of deformations of the Spin-c Dirac operator, acting on the space of spinors invariant under the group action. When applied to spinors that are square integrable transversally to orbits in a suitable sense, the kernel of this operator turns out to be finite-dimensional, under certain hypotheses of the deformation. This also allows one to show that the index has the quantisation commutes with reduction property (as proved by Meinrenken in the compact symplectic case, and by Paradan-Vergne in the compact Spin-c case), for sufficiently large powers of the determinant line bundle. Furthermore, this result extends to Spin-c Dirac operators twisted by vector bundles. A key ingredient of the arguments is the use of a family of inner products on the Lie algebra, depending on a point in the manifold. This is joint work with Mathai Varghese.
Dynamics on Networks: The role of local dynamics and global networks on hypersynchronous neural activity
15:10 Fri 31 Jul, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B21 :: Prof John Terry :: University of Exeter, UK

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Graph theory has evolved into a useful tool for studying complex brain networks inferred from a variety of measures of neural activity, including fMRI, DTI, MEG and EEG. In the study of neurological disorders, recent work has discovered differences in the structure of graphs inferred from patient and control cohorts. However, most of these studies pursue a purely observational approach; identifying correlations between properties of graphs and the cohort which they describe, without consideration of the underlying mechanisms. To move beyond this necessitates the development of mathematical modelling approaches to appropriately interpret network interactions and the alterations in brain dynamics they permit.

In the talk we introduce some of these concepts with application to epilepsy, introducing a dynamic network approach to study resting state EEG recordings from a cohort of 35 people with epilepsy and 40 adult controls. Using this framework we demonstrate a strongly significant difference between networks inferred from the background activity of people with epilepsy in comparison to normal controls. Our findings demonstrate that a mathematical model based analysis of routine clinical EEG provides significant additional information beyond standard clinical interpretation, which may ultimately enable a more appropriate mechanistic stratification of people with epilepsy leading to improved diagnostics and therapeutics.

Mathematical Modeling and Analysis of Active Suspensions
14:10 Mon 3 Aug, 2015 :: Napier 209 :: Professor Michael Shelley :: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Complex fluids that have a 'bio-active' microstructure, like suspensions of swimming bacteria or assemblies of immersed biopolymers and motor-proteins, are important examples of so-called active matter. These internally driven fluids can have strange mechanical properties, and show persistent activity-driven flows and self-organization. I will show how first-principles PDE models are derived through reciprocal coupling of the 'active stresses' generated by collective microscopic activity to the fluid's macroscopic flows. These PDEs have an interesting analytic structures and dynamics that agree qualitatively with experimental observations: they predict the transitions to flow instability and persistent mixing observed in bacterial suspensions, and for microtubule assemblies show the generation, propagation, and annihilation of disclination defects. I'll discuss how these models might be used to study yet more complex biophysical systems.
Gromov's method of convex integration and applications to minimal surfaces
12:10 Fri 7 Aug, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Finnur Larusson :: The University of Adelaide

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We start by considering an applied problem. You are interested in buying a used car. The price is tempting, but the car has a curious defect, so it is not clear whether you can even take it for a test drive. This problem illustrates the key idea of Gromov's method of convex integration. We introduce the method and some of its many applications, including new applications in the theory of minimal surfaces, and end with a sketch of ongoing joint work with Franc Forstneric.
In vitro models of colorectal cancer: why and how?
15:10 Fri 7 Aug, 2015 :: B19 Ingkarni Wardli :: Dr Tamsin Lannagan :: Gastrointestinal Cancer Biology Group, University of Adelaide / SAHMRI

1 in 20 Australians will develop colorectal cancer (CRC) and it is the second most common cause of cancer death. Similar to many other cancer types, it is the metastases rather than the primary tumour that are lethal, and prognosis is defined by “how far” the tumour has spread at time of diagnosis. Modelling in vivo behavior through rapid and relatively inexpensive in vitro assays would help better target therapies as well as help develop new treatments. One such new in vitro tool is the culture of 3D organoids. Organoids are a biologically stable means of growing, storing and testing treatments against bowel cancer. To this end, we have just set up a human colorectal organoid bank across Australia. This consortium will help us to relate in vitro growth patterns to in vivo behaviour and ultimately in the selection of patients for personalized therapies. Organoid growth, however, is complex. There appears to be variable growth rates and growth patterns. Together with members of the ECMS we recently gained funding to better quantify and model spatial structures in these colorectal organoids. This partnership will aim to directly apply the expertise within the ECMS to patient care.
Bilinear L^p estimates for quasimodes
12:10 Fri 14 Aug, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Melissa Tacy :: The University of Adelaide

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Understanding the growth of the product of eigenfunctions $$u\cdot{}v$$ $$\Delta{}u=-\lambda^{2}u\quad{}\Delta{}v=-\mu^{2}v$$ is vital to understanding the regularity properties of non-linear PDE such as the non-linear Schr\"{o}dinger equation. In this talk I will discuss some recent results that I have obtain in collaboration with Zihua Guo and Xiaolong Han which provide a full range of estimates of the form $$||uv||_{L^{p}}\leq{}G(\lambda,\mu)||u||_{L^{2}}||v||_{L^{2}}$$ where $u$ and $v$ are approximate eigenfunctions of the Laplacian. We obtain these results by re-casting the problem to a more general related semiclassical problem.
Deformation retractions from the space of continuous maps between domains in C onto the space of holomorphic maps
12:10 Mon 17 Aug, 2015 :: Benham Labs G10 :: Brett Chenoweth :: University of Adelaide

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Mikhail Gromov proved in 1989 that every continuous map from a Stein manifold S to an elliptic manifold X could be deformed to a holomorphic map. More generally, it is true that if X is an Oka manifold then a continuous map from a Stein source into X can always be deformed to a holomorphic map. The question is whether we can do this for all continuous maps at once, in a `nice' way that does not change a map f if f is already holomorphic. In a recent paper by Larusson, we see that ANRs play an important in producing a partial answer to this question. In this talk we will explore the question in the relatively simple situation where the source and target are domains in the complex plane.
T-duality and bulk-boundary correspondence
12:10 Fri 11 Sep, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Guo Chuan Thiang :: The University of Adelaide

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Bulk-boundary correspondences in physics can be modelled as topological boundary homomorphisms in K-theory, associated to an extension of a "bulk algebra" by a "boundary algebra". In joint work with V. Mathai, such bulk-boundary maps are shown to T-dualize into simple restriction maps in a large number of cases, generalizing what the Fourier transform does for ordinary functions. I will give examples, involving both complex and real K-theory, and explain how these results may be used to study topological phases of matter and D-brane charges in string theory.
Base change and K-theory
12:10 Fri 18 Sep, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Hang Wang :: The University of Adelaide

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Tempered representations of an algebraic group can be classified by K-theory of the corresponding group C^*-algebra. We use Archimedean base change between Langlands parameters of real and complex algebraic groups to compare K-theory of the corresponding C^*-algebras of groups over different number fields. This is work in progress with K.F. Chao.
Natural Optimisation (No Artificial Colours, Flavours or Preservatives)
12:10 Mon 21 Sep, 2015 :: Benham Labs G10 :: James Walker :: University of Adelaide

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Sometimes nature seems to have the best solutions to complicated optimisation problems. For example ant colonies have a clever way of optimising the amount of food brought to the colony using pheromones, the process of natural selection gives rise to species which are optimally suited to their environment and although this process is not technically natural, for centuries people have been using properties of crystal formation to make steel with optimal properties. In this talk I will discuss non-convex optimisation and some optimisation methods inspired by natural processes.
Analytic complexity of bivariate holomorphic functions and cluster trees
12:10 Fri 2 Oct, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Timur Sadykov :: Plekhanov University, Moscow

The Kolmogorov-Arnold theorem yields a representation of a multivariate continuous function in terms of a composition of functions which depend on at most two variables. In the analytic case, understanding the complexity of such a representation naturally leads to the notion of the analytic complexity of (a germ of) a bivariate multi-valued analytic function. According to Beloshapka's local definition, the order of complexity of any univariate function is equal to zero while the n-th complexity class is defined recursively to consist of functions of the form a(b(x,y)+c(x,y)), where a is a univariate analytic function and b and c belong to the (n-1)-th complexity class. Such a represenation is meant to be valid for suitable germs of multi-valued holomorphic functions. A randomly chosen bivariate analytic functions will most likely have infinite analytic complexity. However, for a number of important families of special functions of mathematical physics their complexity is finite and can be computed or estimated. Using this, we introduce the notion of the analytic complexity of a binary tree, in particular, a cluster tree, and investigate its properties.
Real Lie Groups and Complex Flag Manifolds
12:10 Fri 9 Oct, 2015 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Joseph A. Wolf :: University of California, Berkeley

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Let G be a complex simple direct limit group. Let G_R be a real form of G that corresponds to an hermitian symmetric space. I'll describe the corresponding bounded symmetric domain in the context of the Borel embedding, Cayley transforms, and the Bergman-Shilov boundary. Let Q be a parabolic subgroup of G. In finite dimensions this means that G/Q is a complex projective variety, or equivalently has a Kaehler metric invariant under a maximal compact subgroup of G. Then I'll show just how the bounded symmetric domains describe cycle spaces for open G_R orbits on G/Q. These cycle spaces include the complex bounded symmetric domains. In finite dimensions they are tightly related to moduli spaces for compact Kaehler manifolds and to representations of semisimple Lie groups; in infinite dimensions there are more problems than answers. Finally, time permitting, I'll indicate how some of this goes over to real and to quaternionic bounded symmetric domains.
Ocean dynamics of Gulf St Vincent: a numerical study
12:10 Mon 2 Nov, 2015 :: Benham Labs G10 :: Henry Ellis :: University of Adelaide

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The aim of this research is to determine the physical dynamics of ocean circulation within Gulf St. Vincent, South Australia, and the exchange of momentum, nutrients, heat, salt and other water properties between the gulf and shelf via Investigator Strait and Backstairs Passage. The project aims to achieve this through the creation of high-resolution numerical models, combined with new and historical observations from a moored instrument package, satellite data, and shipboard surveys. The quasi-realistic high-resolution models are forced using boundary conditions generated by existing larger scale ROMS models, which in turn are forced at the boundary by a global model, creating a global to regional to local model network. Climatological forcing is done using European Centres for Medium range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) data sets and is consistent over the regional and local models. A series of conceptual models are used to investigate the relative importance of separate physical processes in addition to fully forced quasi-realistic models. An outline of the research to be undertaken is given: • Connectivity of Gulf St. Vincent with shelf waters including seasonal variation due to wind and thermoclinic patterns; • The role of winter time cooling and formation of eddies in flushing the gulf; • The formation of a temperature front within the gulf during summer time; and • The connectivity and importance of nutrient rich, cool, water upwelling from the Bonney Coast with the gulf via Backstairs Passage during summer time.
Oka principles and the linearization problem
12:10 Fri 8 Jan, 2016 :: Engineering North N132 :: Gerald Schwarz :: Brandeis University

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Let G be a reductive complex Lie group (e.g., SL(n,C)) and let X and Y be Stein manifolds (closed complex submanifolds of some C^n). Suppose that G acts freely on X and Y. Then there are quotient Stein manifolds X/G and Y/G and quotient mappings p_X:X-> X/G and p_Y: Y-> Y/G such that X and Y are principal G-bundles over X/G and Y/G. Let us suppose that Q=X/G ~= Y/G so that X and Y have the same quotient Q. A map Phi: X\to Y of principal bundles (over Q) is simply an equivariant continuous map commuting with the projections. That is, Phi(gx)=g Phi(x) for all g in G and x in X, and p_X=p_Y o Phi. The famous Oka Principle of Grauert says that any Phi as above embeds in a continuous family Phi_t: X -> Y, t in [0,1], where Phi_0=Phi, all the Phi_t satisfy the same conditions as Phi does and Phi_1 is holomorphic. This is rather amazing. We consider the case where G does not necessarily act freely on X and Y. There is still a notion of quotient and quotient mappings p_X: X-> X//G and p_Y: Y-> Y//G where X//G and Y//G are now Stein spaces and parameterize the closed G-orbits in X and Y. We assume that Q~= X//G~= Y//G and that we have a continuous equivariant Phi such that p_X=p_Y o Phi. We find conditions under which Phi embeds into a continuous family Phi_t such that Phi_1 is holomorphic. We give an application to the Linearization Problem. Let G act holomorphically on C^n. When is there a biholomorphic map Phi:C^n -> C^n such that Phi^{-1} o g o Phi in GL(n,C) for all g in G? We find a condition which is necessary and sufficient for "most" G-actions. This is joint work with F. Kutzschebauch and F. Larusson.
A fibered density property and the automorphism group of the spectral ball
12:10 Fri 15 Jan, 2016 :: Engineering North N132 :: Frank Kutzschebauch :: University of Bern

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The spectral ball is defined as the set of complex n by n matrices whose eigenvalues are all less than 1 in absolute value. Its group of holomorphic automorphisms has been studied over many decades in several papers and a precise conjecture about its structure has been formulated. In dimension 2 this conjecture was recently disproved by Kosinski. We not only disprove the conjecture in all dimensions but also give the best possible description of the automorphism group. Namely we explain how the invariant theoretic quotient map divides the automorphism group of the spectral ball into a finite dimensional part of symmetries which lift from the quotient and an infinite dimensional part which leaves the fibration invariant. We prove a precise statement as to how hopelessly huge this latter part is. This is joint work with R. Andrist.
Quantisation of Hitchin's moduli space
12:10 Fri 22 Jan, 2016 :: Engineering North N132 :: Siye Wu :: National Tsing Hua Univeristy

In this talk, I construct prequantum line bundles on Hitchin's moduli spaces of orientable and non-orientable surfaces and study the geometric quantisation and quantisation via branes by complexification of the moduli spaces.
A long C^2 without holomorphic functions
12:10 Fri 29 Jan, 2016 :: Engineering North N132 :: Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana

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For every integer n>1 we construct a complex manifold of dimension n which is exhausted by an increasing sequence of biholomorphic images of C^n (i.e., a long C^n), but it does not admit any nonconstant holomorphic functions. We also introduce new biholomorphic invariants of a complex manifold, the stable core and the strongly stable core, and we prove that every compact strongly pseudoconvex and polynomially convex domain B in C^n is the strongly stable core of a long C^n; in particular, non-equivalent domains give rise to non-equivalent long C^n's. Thus, for any n>1 there exist uncountably many pairwise non-equivalent long C^n's. These results answer several long standing open questions. (Joint work with Luka Boc Thaler.)
A fixed point theorem on noncompact manifolds
12:10 Fri 12 Feb, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B21 :: Peter Hochs :: University of Adelaide / Radboud University

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For an elliptic operator on a compact manifold acted on by a compact Lie group, the Atiyah-Segal-Singer fixed point formula expresses its equivariant index in terms of data on fixed point sets of group elements. This can for example be used to prove Weyl’s character formula. We extend the definition of the equivariant index to noncompact manifolds, and prove a generalisation of the Atiyah-Segal-Singer formula, for group elements with compact fixed point sets. In one example, this leads to a relation with characters of discrete series representations of semisimple Lie groups. (This is joint work with Hang Wang.)
T-duality for elliptic curve orientifolds
12:10 Fri 4 Mar, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Jonathan Rosenberg :: University of Maryland

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Orientifold string theories are quantum field theories based on the geometry of a space with an involution. T-dualities are certain relationships between such theories that look different on the surface but give rise to the same observable physics. In this talk I will not assume any knowledge of physics but will concentrate on the associated geometry, in the case where the underlying space is a (complex) elliptic curve and the involution is either holomorphic or anti-holomorphic. The results blend algebraic topology and algebraic geometry. This is mostly joint work with Chuck Doran and Stefan Mendez-Diez.
The parametric h-principle for minimal surfaces in R^n and null curves in C^n
12:10 Fri 11 Mar, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

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I will describe new joint work with Franc Forstneric (arXiv:1602.01529). This work brings together four diverse topics from differential geometry, holomorphic geometry, and topology; namely the theory of minimal surfaces, Oka theory, convex integration theory, and the theory of absolute neighborhood retracts. Our goal is to determine the rough shape of several infinite-dimensional spaces of maps of geometric interest. It turns out that they all have the same rough shape.
Counting periodic points of plane Cremona maps
12:10 Fri 1 Apr, 2016 :: Eng & Maths EM205 :: Tuyen Truong :: University of Adelaide

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In this talk, I will present recent results, join with Tien-Cuong Dinh and Viet-Anh Nguyen, on counting periodic points of plane Cremona maps (i.e. birational maps of P^2). The tools used include a Lefschetz fixed point formula of Saito, Iwasaki and Uehara for birational maps of surface whose fixed point set may contain curves; a bound on the arithmetic genus of curves of periodic points by Diller, Jackson and Sommerse; a result by Diller, Dujardin and Guedj on invariant (1,1) currents of meromorphic maps of compact Kahler surfaces; and a theory developed recently by Dinh and Sibony for non proper intersections of varieties. Among new results in the paper, we give a complete characterisation of when two positive closed (1,1) currents on a compact Kahler surface behave nicely in the view of Dinh and Sibony’s theory, even if their wedge intersection may not be well-defined with respect to the classical pluripotential theory. Time allows, I will present some generalisations to meromorphic maps (including an upper bound for the number of isolated periodic points which is sometimes overlooked in the literature) and open questions.
How to count Betti numbers
12:10 Fri 6 May, 2016 :: Eng & Maths EM205 :: David Baraglia :: University of Adelaide

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I will begin this talk by showing how to obtain the Betti numbers of certain smooth complex projective varieties by counting points over a finite field. For singular or non-compact varieties this motivates us to consider the "virtual Hodge numbers" encoded by the "Hodge-Deligne polynomial", a refinement of the topological Euler characteristic. I will then discuss the computation of Hodge-Deligne polynomials for certain singular character varieties (i.e. moduli spaces of flat connections).
Harmonic analysis of Hodge-Dirac operators
12:10 Fri 13 May, 2016 :: Eng & Maths EM205 :: Pierre Portal :: Australian National University

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When the metric on a Riemannian manifold is perturbed in a rough (merely bounded and measurable) manner, do basic estimates involving the Hodge Dirac operator $D = d+d^*$ remain valid? Even in the model case of a perturbation of the euclidean metric on $\mathbb{R}^n$, this is a difficult question. For instance, the fact that the $L^2$ estimate $\|Du\|_2 \sim \|\sqrt{D^{2}}u\|_2$ remains valid for perturbed versions of $D$ was a famous conjecture made by Kato in 1961 and solved, positively, in a ground breaking paper of Auscher, Hofmann, Lacey, McIntosh and Tchamitchian in 2002. In the past fifteen years, a theory has emerged from the solution of this conjecture, making rough perturbation problems much more tractable. In this talk, I will give a general introduction to this theory, and present one of its latest results: a flexible approach to $L^p$ estimates for the holomorphic functional calculus of $D$. This is joint work with D. Frey (Delft) and A. McIntosh (ANU).
Smooth mapping orbifolds
12:10 Fri 20 May, 2016 :: Eng & Maths EM205 :: David Roberts :: University of Adelaide

It is well-known that orbifolds can be represented by a special kind of Lie groupoid, namely those that are étale and proper. Lie groupoids themselves are one way of presenting certain nice differentiable stacks. In joint work with Ray Vozzo we have constructed a presentation of the mapping stack Hom(disc(M),X), for M a compact manifold and X a differentiable stack, by a Fréchet-Lie groupoid. This uses an apparently new result in global analysis about the map C^\infty(K_1,Y) \to C^\infty(K_2,Y) induced by restriction along the inclusion K_2 \to K_1, for certain compact K_1,K_2. We apply this to the case of X being an orbifold to show that the mapping stack is an infinite-dimensional orbifold groupoid. We also present results about mapping groupoids for bundle gerbes.
Time series analysis of paleo-climate proxies (a mathematical perspective)
15:10 Fri 27 May, 2016 :: Engineering South S112 :: Dr Thomas Stemler :: University of Western Australia

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In this talk I will present the work my colleagues from the School of Earth and Environment (UWA), the "trans disciplinary methods" group of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and I did to explain the dynamics of the Australian-South East Asian monsoon system during the last couple of thousand years. From a time series perspective paleo-climate proxy series are more or less the monsters moving under your bed that wake you up in the middle of the night. The data is clearly non-stationary, non-uniform sampled in time and the influence of stochastic forcing or the level of measurement noise are more or less unknown. Given these undesirable properties almost all traditional time series analysis methods fail. I will highlight two methods that allow us to draw useful conclusions from the data sets. The first one uses Gaussian kernel methods to reconstruct climate networks from multiple proxies. The coupling relationships in these networks change over time and therefore can be used to infer which areas of the monsoon system dominate the complex dynamics of the whole system. Secondly I will introduce the transformation cost time series method, which allows us to detect changes in the dynamics of a non-uniform sampled time series. Unlike the frequently used interpolation approach, our new method does not corrupt the data and therefore avoids biases in any subsequence analysis. While I will again focus on paleo-climate proxies, the method can be used in other applied areas, where regular sampling is not possible.
On the Strong Novikov Conjecture for Locally Compact Groups in Low Degree Cohomology Classes
12:10 Fri 3 Jun, 2016 :: Eng & Maths EM205 :: Yoshiyasu Fukumoto :: Kyoto University

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The main result I will discuss is non-vanishing of the image of the index map from the G-equivariant K-homology of a G-manifold X to the K-theory of the C*-algebra of the group G. The action of G on X is assumed to be proper and cocompact. Under the assumption that the Kronecker pairing of a K-homology class with a low-dimensional cohomology class is non-zero, we prove that the image of this class under the index map is non-zero. Neither discreteness of the locally compact group G nor freeness of the action of G on X are required. The case of free actions of discrete groups was considered earlier by B. Hanke and T. Schick.
Algebraic structures associated to Brownian motion on Lie groups
13:10 Thu 16 Jun, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Steve Rosenberg :: University of Adelaide / Boston University

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In (1+1)-d TQFT, products and coproducts are associated to pairs of pants decompositions of Riemann surfaces. We consider a toy model in dimension (0+1) consisting of specific broken paths in a Lie group. The products and coproducts are constructed by a Brownian motion average of holonomy along these paths with respect to a connection on an auxiliary bundle. In the trivial case over the torus, we (seem to) recover the Hopf algebra structure on the symmetric algebra. In the general case, we (seem to) get deformations of this Hopf algebra. This is a preliminary report on joint work with Michael Murray and Raymond Vozzo.
Chern-Simons invariants of Seifert manifolds via Loop spaces
14:10 Tue 28 Jun, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Ryan Mickler :: Northeastern University

Over the past 30 years the Chern-Simons functional for connections on G-bundles over three-manfolds has lead to a deep understanding of the geometry of three-manfiolds, as well as knot invariants such as the Jones polynomial. Here we study this functional for three-manfolds that are topologically given as the total space of a principal circle bundle over a compact Riemann surface base, which are known as Seifert manifolds. We show that on such manifolds the Chern-Simons functional reduces to a particular gauge-theoretic functional on the 2d base, that describes a gauge theory of connections on an infinite dimensional bundle over this base with structure group given by the level-k affine central extension of the loop group LG. We show that this formulation gives a new understanding of results of Beasley-Witten on the computability of quantum Chern-Simons invariants of these manifolds as well as knot invariants for knots that wrap a single fiber of the circle bundle. A central tool in our analysis is the Caloron correspondence of Murray-Stevenson-Vozzo.
Holomorphic Flexibility Properties of Spaces of Elliptic Functions
12:10 Fri 29 Jul, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B18 :: David Bowman :: University of Adelaide

The set of meromorphic functions on an elliptic curve naturally possesses the structure of a complex manifold. The component of degree 3 functions is 6-dimensional and enjoys several interesting complex-analytic properties that make it, loosely speaking, the opposite of a hyperbolic manifold. Our main result is that this component has a 54-sheeted branched covering space that is an Oka manifold.
Etale ideas in topological and algebraic dynamical systems
12:10 Fri 5 Aug, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B18 :: Tuyen Truong :: University of Adelaide

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In etale topology, instead of considering open subsets of a space, we consider etale neighbourhoods lying over these open subsets. In this talk, I define an etale analog of dynamical systems: to understand a dynamical system f:(X,\Omega )->(X,\Omega ), we consider other dynamical systems lying over it. I then propose to use this to resolve the following two questions: Question 1: What should be the topological entropy of a dynamical system (f,X,\Omega ) when (X,\Omega ) is not a compact space? Question 2: What is the relation between topological entropy of a rational map or correspondence (over a field of arbitrary characteristic) to the pullback on cohomology groups and algebraic cycles?
Approaches to modelling cells and remodelling biological tissues
14:10 Wed 10 Aug, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli 5.57 :: Professor Helen Byrne :: University of Oxford

Biological tissues are complex structures, whose evolution is characterised by multiple biophysical processes that act across diverse space and time scales. For example, during normal wound healing, fibroblast cells located around the wound margin exert contractile forces to close the wound while those located in the surrounding tissue synthesise new tissue in response to local growth factors and mechanical stress created by wound contraction. In this talk I will illustrate how mathematical modelling can provide insight into such complex processes, taking my inspiration from recent studies of cell migration, vasculogenesis and wound healing.
Calculus on symplectic manifolds
12:10 Fri 12 Aug, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B18 :: Mike Eastwood :: University of Adelaide

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One can use the symplectic form to construct an elliptic complex replacing the de Rham complex. Then, under suitable curvature conditions, one can form coupled versions of this complex. Finally, on complex projective space, these constructions give rise to a series of elliptic complexes with geometric consequences for the Fubini-Study metric and its X-ray transform. This talk, which will start from scratch, is based on the work of many authors but, especially, current joint work with Jan Slovak.
Hilbert schemes of points of some surfaces and quiver representations
12:10 Fri 23 Sep, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Ugo Bruzzo :: International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste

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Hilbert schemes of points on the total spaces of the line bundles O(-n) on P1 (desingularizations of toric singularities of type (1/n)(1,1)) can be given an ADHM description, and as a result, they can be realized as varieties of quiver representations.
A principled experimental design approach to big data analysis
15:10 Fri 23 Sep, 2016 :: Napier G03 :: Prof Kerrie Mengersen :: Queensland University of Technology

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Big Datasets are endemic, but they are often notoriously difficult to analyse because of their size, complexity, history and quality. The purpose of this paper is to open a discourse on the use of modern experimental design methods to analyse Big Data in order to answer particular questions of interest. By appeal to a range of examples, it is suggested that this perspective on Big Data modelling and analysis has wide generality and advantageous inferential and computational properties. In particular, the principled experimental design approach is shown to provide a flexible framework for analysis that, for certain classes of objectives and utility functions, delivers equivalent answers compared with analyses of the full dataset. It can also provide a formalised method for iterative parameter estimation, model checking, identification of data gaps and evaluation of data quality. Finally it has the potential to add value to other Big Data sampling algorithms, in particular divide-and-conquer strategies, by determining efficient sub-samples.
Energy quantisation for the Willmore functional
11:10 Fri 7 Oct, 2016 :: Ligertwood 314 Flinders Room :: Yann Bernard :: Monash University

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We prove a bubble-neck decomposition and an energy quantisation result for sequences of Willmore surfaces immersed into R^(m>=3) with uniformly bounded energy and non-degenerating conformal structure. We deduce the strong compactness (modulo the action of the Moebius group) of closed Willmore surfaces of a given genus below some energy threshold. This is joint-work with Tristan Riviere (ETH Zuerich).
On the Willmore energy
15:10 Fri 7 Oct, 2016 :: Napier G03 :: Dr Yann Bernard :: Monash University

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The Willmore energy of a surface captures its bending. Originally discovered 200 years ago by Sophie Germain in the context of elasticity theory, it has since then been rediscovered numerous times in several areas of science: general relativity, optics, string theory, conformal geometry, and cell biology. For example, our red blood cells assume a peculiar shape that minimises the Willmore energy. In this talk, I will present the thrilling history of the Willmore energy, its applications, and its main properties. The presentation will be accessible to all mathematicians as well as to advanced undergraduate students.
Character Formula for Discrete Series
12:10 Fri 14 Oct, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B18 :: Hang Wang :: University of Adelaide

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Weyl character formula describes characters of irreducible representations of compact Lie groups. This formula can be obtained using geometric method, for example, from the Atiyah-Bott fixed point theorem or the Atiyah-Segal-Singer index theorem. Harish-Chandra character formula, the noncompact analogue of the Weyl character formula, can also be studied from the point of view of index theory. We apply orbital integrals on K-theory of Harish-Chandra Schwartz algebra of a semisimple Lie group G, and then use geometric method to deduce Harish-Chandra character formulas for discrete series representations of G. This is work in progress with Peter Hochs.
Some results on the stability of flat Stokes layers
15:10 Fri 14 Oct, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli 5.57 :: Professor Andrew Bassom :: University of Tasmania

The flat Stokes layer is one of the relatively few exact solutions of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. For that reason the temporal stability of the layer has attracted considerable interest over the years. Fortunately, not only is the issue one solely of academic curiosity, but some kind of Stokes layer is likely to be set up at the boundaries of any physical time-periodic flow making its stability of practical interest as well. In this talk I shall review progress made in the understanding of the linear stability properties of the flow. In particular I will discuss the fact that theoretical predictions of critical conditions are wildly different from those observed in the laboratory.
Parahoric bundles, invariant theory and the Kazhdan-Lusztig map
12:10 Fri 21 Oct, 2016 :: Ingkarni Wardli B18 :: David Baraglia :: University of Adelaide

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In this talk I will introduce the notion of parahoric groups, a loop group analogue of parabolic subgroups. I will also discuss a global version of this, namely parahoric bundles on a complex curve. This leads us to a problem concerning the behaviour of invariant polynomials on the dual of the Lie algebra, a kind of "parahoric invariant theory". The key to solving this problem turns out to be the Kazhdan-Lusztig map, which assigns to each nilpotent orbit in a semisimple Lie algebra a conjugacy class in the Weyl group. Based on joint work with Masoud Kamgarpour and Rohith Varma.
An equivariant parametric Oka principle for bundles of homogeneous spaces
12:10 Fri 3 Mar, 2017 :: Napier 209 :: Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

I will report on new joint work with Frank Kutzschebauch and Gerald Schwarz (arXiv:1612.07372). Under certain conditions, every continuous section of a holomorphic fibre bundle can be deformed to a holomorphic section. In fact, the inclusion of the space of holomorphic sections into the space of continuous sections is a weak homotopy equivalence. What if a complex Lie group acts on the bundle and its sections? We have proved an analogous result for equivariant sections. The result has a wide scope. If time permits, I will describe some interesting special cases and mention two applications.
Collective and aneural foraging in biological systems
15:10 Fri 3 Mar, 2017 :: Lower Napier LG14 :: Dr Jerome Buhl and Dr David Vogel :: The University of Adelaide

The field of collective behaviour uses concepts originally adapted from statistical physics to study how complex collective phenomena such as mass movement or swarm intelligence emerge from relatively simple interactions between individuals. Here we will focus on two applications of this framework. First we will have look at new insights into the evolution of sociality brought by combining models of nutrition and social interactions to explore phenomena such as collective foraging decisions, emergence of social organisation and social immunity. Second, we will look at the networks built by slime molds under exploration and foraging context.
What is index theory?
12:10 Tue 21 Mar, 2017 :: Inkgarni Wardli 5.57 :: Dr Peter Hochs :: School of Mathematical Sciences

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Index theory is a link between topology, geometry and analysis. A typical theorem in index theory says that two numbers are equal: an analytic index and a topological index. The first theorem of this kind was the index theorem of Atiyah and Singer, which they proved in 1963. Index theorems have many applications in maths and physics. For example, they can be used to prove that a differential equation must have a solution. Also, they imply that the topology of a space like a sphere or a torus determines in what ways it can be curved. Topology is the study of geometric properties that do not change if we stretch or compress a shape without cutting or glueing. Curvature does change when we stretch something out, so it is surprising that topology can say anything about curvature. Index theory has many surprising consequences like this.
Minimal surfaces and complex analysis
12:10 Fri 24 Mar, 2017 :: Napier 209 :: Antonio Alarcon :: University of Granada

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A surface in the Euclidean space R^3 is said to be minimal if it is locally area-minimizing, meaning that every point in the surface admits a compact neighborhood with the least area among all the surfaces with the same boundary. Although the origin of minimal surfaces is in physics, since they can be realized locally as soap films, this family of surfaces lies in the intersection of many fields of mathematics. In particular, complex analysis in one and several variables plays a fundamental role in the theory. In this lecture we will discuss the influence of complex analysis in the study of minimal surfaces.
Geometric structures on moduli spaces
12:10 Fri 31 Mar, 2017 :: Napier 209 :: Nicholas Buchdahl :: University of Adelaide

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Moduli spaces are used to classify various kinds of objects, often arising from solutions of certain differential equations on manifolds; for example, the complex structures on a compact surface or the anti-self-dual Yang-Mills equations on an oriented smooth 4-manifold. Sometimes these moduli spaces carry important information about the underlying manifold, manifested most clearly in the results of Donaldson and others on the topology of smooth 4-manifolds. It is also the case that these moduli spaces themselves carry interesting geometric structures; for example, the Weil-Petersson metric on moduli spaces of compact Riemann surfaces, exploited to great effect by Maryam Mirzakhani. In this talk, I shall elaborate on the theme of geometric structures on moduli spaces, with particular focus on some recent-ish work done in conjunction with Georg Schumacher.
K-types of tempered representations
12:10 Fri 7 Apr, 2017 :: Napier 209 :: Peter Hochs :: University of Adelaide

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Tempered representations of a reductive Lie group G are the irreducible unitary representations one needs in the Plancherel decomposition of L^2(G). They are relevant to harmonic analysis because of this, and also occur in the Langlands classification of the larger class of admissible representations. If K in G is a maximal compact subgroup, then there is a considerable amount of information in the restriction of a tempered representation to K. In joint work with Yanli Song and Shilin Yu, we give a geometric expression for the decomposition of such a restriction into irreducibles. The multiplicities of these irreducibles are expressed as indices of Dirac operators on reduced spaces of a coadjoint orbit of G corresponding to the representation. These reduced spaces are Spin-c analogues of reduced spaces in symplectic geometry, defined in terms of moment maps that represent conserved quantities. This result involves a Spin-c version of the quantisation commutes with reduction principle for noncompact manifolds. For discrete series representations, this was done by Paradan in 2003.
Algae meet the mathematics of multiplicative multifractals
12:10 Tue 2 May, 2017 :: Inkgarni Wardli Conference Room 715 :: Professor Tony Roberts :: School of Mathematical Sciences

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There is much that is fragmented and rough in the world around us: clouds and landscapes are examples, as is algae. We need fractal geometry to encompass these. In practice we need multifractals: a composite of interwoven sets, each with their own fractal structure. Multiplicative multifractals have known properties. Optimising a fit between them and the data then empowers us to quantify subtle details of fractal geometry in applications, such as in algae distribution.
Hodge theory on the moduli space of Riemann surfaces
12:10 Fri 5 May, 2017 :: Napier 209 :: Jesse Gell-Redman :: University of Melbourne

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The Hodge theorem on a closed Riemannian manifold identifies the deRham cohomology with the space of harmonic differential forms. Although there are various extensions of the Hodge theorem to singular or complete but non-compact spaces, when there is an identification of L^2 Harmonic forms with a topological feature of the underlying space, it is highly dependent on the nature of infinity (in the non-compact case) or the locus of incompleteness; no unifying theorem treats all cases. We will discuss work toward extending the Hodge theorem to singular Riemannian manifolds where the singular locus is an incomplete cusp edge. These can be pictured locally as a bundle of horns, and they provide a model for the behavior of the Weil-Petersson metric on the compactified Riemann moduli space near the interior of a divisor. Joint with J. Swoboda and R. Melrose.
Lagrangian transport in deterministic flows: from theory to experiment
16:10 Tue 16 May, 2017 :: Engineering North N132 :: Dr Michel Speetjens :: Eindhoven University of Technology

Transport of scalar quantities (e.g. chemical species, nutrients, heat) in deterministic flows is key to a wide range of phenomena and processes in industry and Nature. This encompasses length scales ranging from microns to hundreds of kilometres, and includes systems as diverse as viscous flows in the processing industry, micro-fluidic flows in labs-on-a-chip and porous media, large-scale geophysical and environmental flows, physiological and biological flows and even continuum descriptions of granular flows. Essential to the net transport of a scalar quantity is its advection by the fluid motion. The Lagrangian perspective (arguably) is the most natural way to investigate advection and leans on the fact that fluid trajectories are organized into coherent structures that geometrically determine the advective transport properties. Lagrangian transport is typically investigated via theoretical and computational studies and often concerns idealized flow situations that are difficult (or even impossible) to create in laboratory experiments. However, bridging the gap from theoretical and computational results to realistic flows is essential for their physical meaningfulness and practical relevance. This presentation highlights a number of fundamental Lagrangian transport phenomena and properties in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional flows and demonstrates their physical validity by way of representative and experimentally realizable flows.
Schubert Calculus on Lagrangian Grassmannians
12:10 Tue 23 May, 2017 :: EM 213 :: Hiep Tuan Dang :: National centre for theoretical sciences, Taiwan

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The Lagrangian Grassmannian $LG = LG(n,2n)$ is the projective complex manifold which parametrizes Lagrangian (i.e. maximal isotropic) subspaces in a symplective vector space of dimension $2n$. This talk is mainly devoted to Schubert calculus on $LG$. We first recall the definition of Schubert classes in this context. Then we present basic results which are similar to the classical formulas due to Pieri and Giambelli. These lead to a presentation of the cohomology ring of $LG$. Finally, we will discuss recent results related to the Schubert structure constants and Gromov-Witten invariants of $LG$.
Holomorphic Legendrian curves
12:10 Fri 26 May, 2017 :: Napier 209 :: Franc Forstneric :: University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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I will present recent results on the existence and behaviour of noncompact holomorphic Legendrian curves in complex contact manifolds. We show that these curves are ubiquitous in \C^{2n+1} with the standard holomorphic contact form \alpha=dz+\sum_{j=1}^n x_jdy_j; in particular, every open Riemann surface embeds into \C^3 as a proper holomorphic Legendrian curves. On the other hand, for any integer n>= 1 there exist Kobayashi hyperbolic complex contact structures on \C^{2n+1} which do not admit any nonconstant Legendrian complex lines. Furthermore, we construct a holomorphic Darboux chart around any noncompact holomorphic Legendrian curve in an arbitrary complex contact manifold. As an application, we show that every bordered holomorphic Legendrian curve can be uniformly approximated by complete bounded Legendrian curves.
Complex methods in real integral geometry
12:10 Fri 28 Jul, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: Mike Eastwood :: University of Adelaide

There are well-known analogies between holomorphic integral transforms such as the Penrose transform and real integral transforms such as the Radon, Funk, and John transforms. In fact, one can make a precise connection between them and hence use complex methods to establish results in the real setting. This talk will introduce some simple integral transforms and indicate how complex analysis may be applied.
Exact coherent structures in high speed flows
15:10 Fri 28 Jul, 2017 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Prof Philip Hall :: Monash University

In recent years, there has been much interest in the relevance of nonlinear solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations to fully turbulent flows. The solutions must be calculated numerically at moderate Reynolds numbers but in the limit of high Reynolds numbers asymptotic methods can be used to greatly simplify the computational task and to uncover the key physical processes sustaining the nonlinear states. In particular, in confined flows exact coherent structures defining the boundary between the laminar and turbulent attractors can be constructed. In addition, structures which capture the essential physical properties of fully turbulent flows can be found. The extension of the ideas to boundary layer flows and current work attempting to explain the law of the wall will be discussed.
Curvature contraction of axially symmetric hypersurfaces in the sphere
12:10 Fri 4 Aug, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: James McCoy :: University of Wollongong

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We show that convex surfaces in an ambient three-sphere contract to round points in finite time under fully nonlinear, degree one homogeneous curvature flows, with no concavity condition on the speed. The result extends to convex axially symmetric hypersurfaces of S^{n+1}. Using a different pinching function we also obtain the analogous results for contraction by Gauss curvature.
Weil's Riemann hypothesis (RH) and dynamical systems
12:10 Fri 11 Aug, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: Tuyen Truong :: University of Adelaide

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Weil proposed an analogue of the RH in finite fields, aiming at counting asymptotically the number of solutions to a given system of polynomial equations (with coefficients in a finite field) in finite field extensions of the base field. This conjecture influenced the development of Algebraic Geometry since the 1950’s, most important achievements include: Grothendieck et al.’s etale cohomology, and Bombieri and Grothendieck’s standard conjectures on algebraic cycles (inspired by a Kahlerian analogue of a generalisation of Weil’s RH by Serre). Weil’s RH was solved by Deligne in the 70’s, but the finite field analogue of Serre’s result is still open (even in dimension 2). This talk presents my recent work proposing a generalisation of Weil’s RH by relating it to standard conjectures and a relatively new notion in complex dynamical systems called dynamical degrees. In the course of the talk, I will present the proof of a question proposed by Esnault and Srinivas (which is related to a result by Gromov and Yomdin on entropy of complex dynamical systems), which gives support to the finite field analogue of Serre’s result.
Mathematics is Biology's Next Microscope (Only Better!)
15:10 Fri 11 Aug, 2017 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Dr Robyn Araujo :: Queensland University of Technology

While mathematics has long been considered "an essential tool for physics", the foundations of biology and the life sciences have received significantly less influence from mathematical ideas and theory. In this talk, I will give a brief discussion of my recent research on robustness in molecular signalling networks, as an example of a complex biological question that calls for a mathematical answer. In particular, it has been a long-standing mystery how the extraordinarily complex communication networks inside living cells, comprising thousands of different interacting molecules, are able to function robustly since complexity is generally associated with fragility. Mathematics has now suggested a resolution to this paradox through the discovery that robust adaptive signalling networks must be constructed from a just small number of well-defined universal modules (or "motifs"), connected together. The existence of these newly-discovered modules has important implications for evolutionary biology, embryology and development, cancer research, and drug development.
Mathematics is Biology'€™s Next Microscope (Only Better!)
15:10 Fri 11 Aug, 2017 :: Ingkarni Wardli B17 :: Dr Robyn Araujo :: Queensland University of Technology

While mathematics has long been considered “an essential tool for physics", the foundations of biology and the life sciences have received significantly less influence from mathematical ideas and theory. In this talk, I will give a brief discussion of my recent research on robustness in molecular signalling networks, as an example of a complex biological question that calls for a mathematical answer. In particular, it has been a long-standing mystery how the extraordinarily complex communication networks inside living cells, comprising thousands of different interacting molecules, are able to function robustly since complexity is generally associated with fragility. Mathematics has now suggested a resolution to this paradox through the discovery that robust adaptive signalling networks must be constructed from a just small number of well-defined universal modules (or “motifs”), connected together. The existence of these newly-discovered modules has important implications for evolutionary biology, embryology and development, cancer research, and drug development.
Conway's Rational Tangle
12:10 Tue 15 Aug, 2017 :: Inkgarni Wardli 5.57 :: Dr Hang Wang :: School of Mathematical Sciences

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Many researches in mathematics essentially feature some classification problems. In this context, invariants are created in order to associate algebraic quantities, such as numbers and groups, to elements of interested classes of geometric objects, such as surfaces. A key property of an invariant is that it does not change under ``allowable moves'' which can be specified in various geometric contexts. We demonstrate these lines of ideas by rational tangles, a notion in knot theory. A tangle is analogous to a link except that it has free ends. Conway's rational tangles are the simplest tangles that can be ``unwound'' under a finite sequence of two simple moves, and they arise as building blocks for knots. A numerical invariant will be introduced for Conway's rational tangles and it provides the only known example of a complete invariant in knot theory.
Compact pseudo-Riemannian homogeneous spaces
12:10 Fri 18 Aug, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: Wolfgang Globke :: University of Adelaide

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A pseudo-Riemannian homogeneous space $M$ of finite volume can be presented as $M=G/H$, where $G$ is a Lie group acting transitively and isometrically on $M$, and $H$ is a closed subgroup of $G$. The condition that $G$ acts isometrically and thus preserves a finite measure on $M$ leads to strong algebraic restrictions on $G$. In the special case where $G$ has no compact semisimple normal subgroups, it turns out that the isotropy subgroup $H$ is a lattice, and that the metric on $M$ comes from a bi-invariant metric on $G$. This result allows us to recover Zeghib’s classification of Lorentzian compact homogeneous spaces, and to move towards a classification for metric index 2. As an application we can investigate which pseudo-Riemannian homogeneous spaces of finite volume are Einstein spaces. Through the existence questions for lattice subgroups, this leads to an interesting connection with the theory of transcendental numbers, which allows us to characterize the Einstein cases in low dimensions. This talk is based on joint works with Oliver Baues, Yuri Nikolayevsky and Abdelghani Zeghib.
Measuring the World's Biggest Bubble
13:10 Tue 19 Sep, 2017 :: Napier LG23 :: Prof Matt Roughan :: School of Mathematical Sciences

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Recently I had a bit of fun helping Graeme Denton measure his Guinness World Record (GWR) Largest (Indoor) Soap Bubble. It was a lot harder than I initially thought it would be. Soap films are interesting mathematically -- in principle they form minimal surfaces, and have constant curvature. So it should have been fairly easy. But really big bubbles aren't ideal, so measuring the GWR bubble required a mix of maths and pragmatism. It's a good example of mathematical modeling in general, so I thought it was worth a few words. I'll tell you what we did, and how we estimated how big the bubble actually was. Some links: http://www.9news.com.au/good-news/2017/08/02/13/44/adelaide-man-wins-world-record-for-largest-bubble http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-03/science-performer-creates-worlds-largest-indoor-soap-bubble/8770260
Dynamics of transcendental Hanon maps
11:10 Wed 20 Sep, 2017 :: Engineering & Math EM212 :: Leandro Arosio :: University of Rome

The dynamics of a polynomial in the complex plane is a classical topic studied already at the beginning of the 20th century by Fatou and Julia. The complex plane is partitioned in two natural invariant sets: a compact set called the Julia set, with (usually) fractal structure and chaotic behaviour, and the Fatou set, where dynamics has no sensitive dependence on initial conditions. The dynamics of a transcendental map was first studied by Baker fifty years ago, and shows striking differences with the polynomial case: for example, there are wandering Fatou components. Moving to C^2, an analogue of polynomial dynamics is given by Hanon maps, polynomial automorphisms with interesting dynamics. In this talk I will introduce a natural generalisation of transcendental dynamics to C^2, and show how to construct wandering domains for such maps.
Equivariant formality of homogeneous spaces
12:10 Fri 29 Sep, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: Alex Chi-Kwong Fok :: University of Adelaide

Equivariant formality, a notion in equivariant topology introduced by Goresky-Kottwitz-Macpherson, is a desirable property of spaces with group actions, which allows the application of localisation formula to evaluate integrals of any top closed forms and enables one to compute easily the equivariant cohomology. Broad classes of spaces of especial interest are well-known to be equivariantly formal, e.g., compact symplectic manifolds equipped with Hamiltonian compact Lie group actions and projective varieties equipped with linear algebraic torus actions, of which flag varieties are examples. Less is known about compact homogeneous spaces G/K equipped with the isotropy action of K, which is not necessarily of maximal rank. In this talk we will review previous attempts of characterizing equivariant formality of G/K, and present our recent results on this problem using an analogue of equivariant formality in K-theory. Part of the work presented in this talk is joint with Jeffrey Carlson.
Operator algebras in rigid C*-tensor categories
12:10 Fri 6 Oct, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: Corey Jones :: Australian National University

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In noncommutative geometry, operator algebras are often regarded as the algebras of functions on noncommutative spaces. Rigid C*-tensor categories are algebraic structures that appear in the study of quantum field theories, subfactors, and compact quantum groups. We will explain how they can be thought of as ``noncommutative'' versions of the tensor category of Hilbert spaces. Combining these two viewpoints, we describe a notion of operator algebras internal to a rigid C*-tensor category, and discuss applications to the theory of subfactors.
End-periodic K-homology and spin bordism
12:10 Fri 20 Oct, 2017 :: Engineering Sth S111 :: Michael Hallam :: University of Adelaide

This talk introduces new "end-periodic" variants of geometric K-homology and spin bordism theories that are tailored to a recent index theorem for even-dimensional manifolds with periodic ends. This index theorem, due to Mrowka, Ruberman and Saveliev, is a generalisation of the Atiyah-Patodi-Singer index theorem for manifolds with odd-dimensional boundary. As in the APS index theorem, there is an (end-periodic) eta invariant that appears as a correction term for the periodic end. Invariance properties of the standard relative eta invariants are elegantly expressed using K-homology and spin bordism, and this continues to hold in the end-periodic case. In fact, there are natural isomorphisms between the standard K-homology/bordism theories and their end-periodic versions, and moreover these isomorphisms preserve relative eta invariants. The study is motivated by results on positive scalar curvature, namely obstructions and distinct path components of the moduli space of PSC metrics. Our isomorphisms provide a systematic method for transferring certain results on PSC from the odd-dimensional case to the even-dimensional case. This work is joint with Mathai Varghese.
Stochastic Modelling of Urban Structure
11:10 Mon 20 Nov, 2017 :: Engineering Nth N132 :: Mark Girolami :: Imperial College London, and The Alan Turing Institute

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Urban systems are complex in nature and comprise of a large number of individuals that act according to utility, a measure of net benefit pertaining to preferences. The actions of individuals give rise to an emergent behaviour, creating the so-called urban structure that we observe. In this talk, I develop a stochastic model of urban structure to formally account for uncertainty arising from the complex behaviour. We further use this stochastic model to infer the components of a utility function from observed urban structure. This is a more powerful modelling framework in comparison to the ubiquitous discrete choice models that are of limited use for complex systems, in which the overall preferences of individuals are difficult to ascertain. We model urban structure as a realization of a Boltzmann distribution that is the invariant distribution of a related stochastic differential equation (SDE) that describes the dynamics of the urban system. Our specification of Boltzmann distribution assigns higher probability to stable configurations, in the sense that consumer surplus (demand) is balanced with running costs (supply), as characterized by a potential function. We specify a Bayesian hierarchical model to infer the components of a utility function from observed structure. Our model is doubly-intractable and poses significant computational challenges that we overcome using recent advances in Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) methods. We demonstrate our methodology with case studies on the London retail system and airports in England.
A multiscale approximation of a Cahn-Larche system with phase separation on the microscale
15:10 Thu 22 Feb, 2018 :: Ingkarni Wardli 5.57 :: Ms Lisa Reischmann :: University of Augsberg

We consider the process of phase separation of a binary system under the influence of mechanical deformation and we derive a mathematical multiscale model, which describes the evolving microstructure taking into account the elastic properties of the involved materials. Motivated by phase-separation processes observed in lipid monolayers in film-balance experiments, the starting point of the model is the Cahn-Hilliard equation coupled with the equations of linear elasticity, the so-called Cahn-Larche system. Owing to the fact that the mechanical deformation takes place on a macrosopic scale whereas the phase separation happens on a microscopic level, a multiscale approach is imperative. We assume the pattern of the evolving microstructure to have an intrinsic length scale associated with it, which, after nondimensionalisation, leads to a scaled model involving a small parameter epsilon>0, which is suitable for periodic-homogenisation techniques. For the full nonlinear problem the so-called homogenised problem is then obtained by letting epsilon tend to zero using the method of asymptotic expansion. Furthermore, we present a linearised Cahn-Larche system and use the method of two-scale convergence to obtain the associated limit problem, which turns out to have the same structure as in the nonlinear case, in a mathematically rigorous way. Properties of the limit model will be discussed.
A Hecke module structure on the KK-theory of arithmetic groups
13:10 Fri 2 Mar, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Bram Mesland :: University of Bonn

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Let $G$ be a locally compact group, $\Gamma$ a discrete subgroup and $C_{G}(\Gamma)$ the commensurator of $\Gamma$ in $G$. The cohomology of $\Gamma$ is a module over the Shimura Hecke ring of the pair $(\Gamma,C_G(\Gamma))$. This construction recovers the action of the Hecke operators on modular forms for $SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ as a particular case. In this talk I will discuss how the Shimura Hecke ring of a pair $(\Gamma, C_{G}(\Gamma))$ maps into the $KK$-ring associated to an arbitrary $\Gamma$-C*-algebra. From this we obtain a variety of $K$-theoretic Hecke modules. In the case of manifolds the Chern character provides a Hecke equivariant transformation into cohomology, which is an isomorphism in low dimensions. We discuss Hecke equivariant exact sequences arising from possibly noncommutative compactifications of $\Gamma$-spaces. Examples include the Borel-Serre and geodesic compactifications of the universal cover of an arithmetic manifold, and the totally disconnected boundary of the Bruhat-Tits tree of $SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$. This is joint work with M.H. Sengun (Sheffield).
Radial Toeplitz operators on bounded symmetric domains
11:10 Fri 9 Mar, 2018 :: Lower Napier LG11 :: Raul Quiroga-Barranco :: CIMAT, Guanajuato, Mexico

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The Bergman spaces on a complex domain are defined as the space of holomorphic square-integrable functions on the domain. These carry interesting structures both for analysis and representation theory in the case of bounded symmetric domains. On the other hand, these spaces have some bounded operators obtained as the composition of a multiplier operator and a projection. These operators are highly noncommuting between each other. However, there exist large commutative C*-algebras generated by some of these Toeplitz operators very much related to Lie groups. I will construct an example of such C*-algebras and provide a fairly explicit simultaneous diagonalization of the generating Toeplitz operators.
Models, machine learning, and robotics: understanding biological networks
15:10 Fri 16 Mar, 2018 :: Horace Lamb 1022 :: Prof Steve Oliver :: University of Cambridge

The availability of complete genome sequences has enabled the construction of computer models of metabolic networks that may be used to predict the impact of genetic mutations on growth and survival. Both logical and constraint-based models of the metabolic network of the model eukaryote, the ale yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, have been available for some time and are continually being improved by the research community. While such models are very successful at predicting the impact of deleting single genes, the prediction of the impact of higher order genetic interactions is a greater challenge. Initial studies of limited gene sets provided encouraging results. However, the availability of comprehensive experimental data for the interactions between genes involved in metabolism demonstrated that, while the models were able to predict the general properties of the genetic interaction network, their ability to predict interactions between specific pairs of metabolic genes was poor. I will examine the reasons for this poor performance and demonstrate ways of improving the accuracy of the models by exploiting the techniques of machine learning and robotics. The utility of these metabolic models rests on the firm foundations of genome sequencing data. However, there are two major problems with these kinds of network models - there is no dynamics, and they do not deal with the uncertain and incomplete nature of much biological data. To deal with these problems, we have developed the Flexible Nets (FNs) modelling formalism. FNs were inspired by Petri Nets and can deal with missing or uncertain data, incorporate both dynamics and regulation, and also have the potential for model predictive control of biotechnological processes.
Chaos in higher-dimensional complex dynamics
13:10 Fri 20 Apr, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Finnur Larusson :: University of Adelaide

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I will report on new joint work with Leandro Arosio (University of Rome, Tor Vergata). Complex manifolds can be thought of as laid out across a spectrum characterised by rigidity at one end and flexibility at the other. On the rigid side, Kobayashi-hyperbolic manifolds have at most a finite-dimensional group of symmetries. On the flexible side, there are manifolds with an extremely large group of holomorphic automorphisms, the prototypes being the affine spaces $\mathbb C^n$ for $n \geq 2$. From a dynamical point of view, hyperbolicity does not permit chaos. An endomorphism of a Kobayashi-hyperbolic manifold is non-expansive with respect to the Kobayashi distance, so every family of endomorphisms is equicontinuous. We show that not only does flexibility allow chaos: under a strong anti-hyperbolicity assumption, chaotic automorphisms are generic. A special case of our main result is that if $G$ is a connected complex linear algebraic group of dimension at least 2, not semisimple, then chaotic automorphisms are generic among all holomorphic automorphisms of $G$ that preserve a left- or right-invariant Haar form. For $G=\mathbb C^n$, this result was proved (although not explicitly stated) some 20 years ago by Fornaess and Sibony. Our generalisation follows their approach. I will give plenty of context and background, as well as some details of the proof of the main result.
Index of Equivariant Callias-Type Operators
13:10 Fri 27 Apr, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Hao Guo :: University of Adelaide

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Suppose M is a smooth Riemannian manifold on which a Lie group G acts properly and isometrically. In this talk I will explore properties of a particular class of G-invariant operators on M, called G-Callias-type operators. These are Dirac operators that have been given an additional Z_2-grading and a perturbation so as to be "invertible outside of a cocompact set in M". It turns out that G-Callias-type operators are equivariantly Fredholm and so have an index in the K-theory of the maximal group C*-algebra of G. This index can be expressed as a KK-product of a class in K-homology and a class in the K-theory of the Higson G-corona. In fact, one can show that the K-theory of the Higson G-corona is highly non-trivial, and thus the index theory of G-Callias-type operators is not obviously trivial. As an application of the index theory of G-Callias-type operators, I will mention an obstruction to the existence of G-invariant metrics of positive scalar curvature on M.
Cobordism maps on PFH induced by Lefschetz fibration over higher genus base
13:10 Fri 11 May, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Guan Heng Chen :: University of Adelaide

In this talk, we will discuss the cobordism maps on periodic Floer homology(PFH) induced by Lefschetz fibration. Periodic Floer homology is a Gromov types invariant for three dimensional mapping torus and it is isomorphic to a version of Seiberg Witten Floer cohomology(SWF). Our result is to define the cobordism maps on PFH induced by certain types of Lefschetz fibration via using holomorphic curves method. Also, we show that the cobordism maps is equivalent to the cobordism maps on Seiberg Witten cohomology under the isomorphism PFH=SWF.
Obstructions to smooth group actions on 4-manifolds from families Seiberg-Witten theory
13:10 Fri 25 May, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: David Baraglia :: University of Adelaide

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Let X be a smooth, compact, oriented 4-manifold and consider the following problem. Let G be a group which acts on the second cohomology of X preserving the intersection form. Can this action of G on H^2(X) be lifted to an action of G on X by diffeomorphisms? We study a parametrised version of Seiberg-Witten theory for smooth families of 4-manifolds and obtain obstructions to the existence of such lifts. For example, we construct compact simply-connected 4-manifolds X and involutions on H^2(X) that can be realised by a continuous involution on X, or by a diffeomorphism, but not by an involutive diffeomorphism for any smooth structure on X.
The mass of Riemannian manifolds
13:10 Fri 1 Jun, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Matthias Ludewig :: MPIM Bonn

We will define the mass of differential operators L on compact Riemannian manifolds. In odd dimensions, if L is a conformally covariant differential operator, then its mass is also conformally covariant, while in even dimensions, one has a more complicated transformation rule. In the special case that L is the Yamabe operator, its mass is related to the ADM mass of an associated asymptotically flat spacetime. In particular, one expects positive mass theorems in various settings. Here we highlight some recent results.
Quantifying language change
15:10 Fri 1 Jun, 2018 :: Horace Lamb 1022 :: A/Prof Eduardo Altmann :: University of Sydney

Mathematical methods to study natural language are increasingly important because of the ubiquity of textual data in the Internet. In this talk I will discuss mathematical models and statistical methods to quantify the variability of language, with focus on two problems: (i) How the vocabulary of languages changed over the last centuries? (ii) How the language of scientific disciplines relate to each other and evolved in the last decades? One of the main challenges of these analyses stem from universal properties of word frequencies, which show high temporal variability and are fat-tailed distributed. The later feature dramatically affects the statistical properties of entropy-based estimators, which motivates us to compare vocabularies using a generalized Jenson-Shannon divergence (obtained from entropies of order alpha).
Quantifying language change
15:10 Fri 1 Jun, 2018 :: Napier 208 :: A/Prof Eduardo Altmann :: University of Sydney

Mathematical methods to study natural language are increasingly important because of the ubiquity of textual data in the Internet. In this talk I will discuss mathematical models and statistical methods to quantify the variability of language, with focus on two problems: (i) How the vocabulary of languages changed over the last centuries? (ii) How the language of scientific disciplines relate to each other and evolved in the last decades? One of the main challenges of these analyses stem from universal properties of word frequencies, which show high temporal variability and are fat-tailed distributed. The later feature dramatically affects the statistical properties of entropy-based estimators, which motivates us to compare vocabularies using a generalized Jenson-Shannon divergence (obtained from entropies of order alpha).
Hitchin's Projectively Flat Connection for the Moduli Space of Higgs Bundles
13:10 Fri 15 Jun, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: John McCarthy :: University of Adelaide

In this talk I will discuss the problem of geometrically quantizing the moduli space of Higgs bundles on a compact Riemann surface using Kahler polarisations. I will begin by introducing geometric quantization via Kahler polarisations for compact manifolds, leading up to the definition of a Hitchin connection as stated by Andersen. I will then describe the moduli spaces of stable bundles and Higgs bundles over a compact Riemann surface, and discuss their properties. The problem of geometrically quantizing the moduli space of stables bundles, a compact space, was solved independently by Hitchin and Axelrod, Del PIetra, and Witten. The Higgs moduli space is non-compact and therefore the techniques used do not apply, but carries an action of C*. I will finish the talk by discussing the problem of finding a Hitchin connection that preserves this C* action. Such a connection exists in the case of Higgs line bundles, and I will comment on the difficulties in higher rank.
The topology and geometry of spaces of Yang-Mills-Higgs flow lines
11:10 Fri 27 Jul, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Graeme Wilkin :: National University of Singapore

Given a smooth complex vector bundle over a compact Riemann surface, one can define the space of Higgs bundles and an energy functional on this space: the Yang-Mills-Higgs functional. The gradient flow of this functional resembles a nonlinear heat equation, and the limit of the flow detects information about the algebraic structure of the initial Higgs bundle (e.g. whether or not it is semistable). In this talk I will explain my work to classify ancient solutions of the Yang-Mills-Higgs flow in terms of their algebraic structure, which leads to an algebro-geometric classification of Yang-Mills-Higgs flow lines. Critical points connected by flow lines can then be interpreted in terms of the Hecke correspondence, which appears in Witten’s recent work on Geometric Langlands. This classification also gives a geometric description of spaces of unbroken flow lines in terms of secant varieties of the underlying Riemann surface, and in the remaining time I will describe work in progress to relate the (analytic) Morse compactification of these spaces by broken flow lines to an algebro-geometric compactification by iterated blowups of secant varieties.
Tales of Multiple Regression: Informative Missingness, Recommender Systems, and R2-D2
15:10 Fri 17 Aug, 2018 :: Napier 208 :: Prof Howard Bondell :: University of Melbourne

In this talk, we briefly discuss two projects tangentially related under the umbrella of high-dimensional regression. The first part of the talk investigates informative missingness in the framework of recommender systems. In this setting, we envision a potential rating for every object-user pair. The goal of a recommender system is to predict the unobserved ratings in order to recommend an object that the user is likely to rate highly. A typically overlooked piece is that the combinations are not missing at random. For example, in movie ratings, a relationship between the user ratings and their viewing history is expected, as human nature dictates the user would seek out movies that they anticipate enjoying. We model this informative missingness, and place the recommender system in a shared-variable regression framework which can aid in prediction quality. The second part of the talk deals with a new class of prior distributions for shrinkage regularization in sparse linear regression, particularly the high dimensional case. Instead of placing a prior on the coefficients themselves, we place a prior on the regression R-squared. This is then distributed to the coefficients by decomposing it via a Dirichlet Distribution. We call the new prior R2-D2 in light of its R-Squared Dirichlet Decomposition. Compared to existing shrinkage priors, we show that the R2-D2 prior can simultaneously achieve both high prior concentration at zero, as well as heavier tails. These two properties combine to provide a higher degree of shrinkage on the irrelevant coefficients, along with less bias in estimation of the larger signals.
Noncommutative principal G-bundles
11:10 Fri 14 Sep, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Keith Hannabuss :: University of Oxford

Noncommutative geometry provides greater flexibility for studying some problems. This seminar will survey some work on noncommutative principal G-bundles. These were classified for abelian groups some years ago, but nonabelian groups require a different approach, using tools developed for a totally different reason in the 1980s. This uncovers links with ergodic theory, quantum groups and the Yang-Baxter equation.

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Workshop on Complex Geometry
The Institute for Geometry and its Applications will host a Workshop on Complex Geometry at the University of Adelaide from Monday 16 February to Friday 20 February 2009. Click here for full details. Posted Wed 17 Sep 08.
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Congratulations to the following staff who were successful in securing funding from the Australian Research Council Discovery Projects Scheme. Associate Professor Finnur Larusson awarded $270,000 for his project Flexibility and symmetry in complex geometry; Dr Thomas Leistner, awarded $303,464 for his project Holonomy groups in Lorentzian geometry, Professor Michael Murray Murray and Dr Daniel Stevenson (Glasgow), awarded $270,000 for their project Bundle gerbes: generalisations and applications; Professor Mathai Varghese, awarded $105,000 for his project Advances in index theory and Prof Anthony Roberts and Professor Ioannis Kevrekidis (Princeton) awarded $330,000 for their project Accurate modelling of large multiscale dynamical systems for engineering and scientific simulation and analysis Posted Tue 8 Nov 11.

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Topological chaos in flows on surfaces of arbitrary genus
Finn, Matthew; Thiffeault, J, XXII International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Adelaide 24/08/08
Algebraic deformations of compact kahler surfaces II
Buchdahl, Nicholas, Mathematische Zeitschrift 258 (493–498) 2008
Holomorphic classification of four-dimensional surfaces in C3
Beloshapka, V; Ezhov, Vladimir; Schmalz, G, Izvestiya Mathematics 72 (413–427) 2008
Markovian trees: properties and algorithms
Bean, Nigel; Kontoleon, Nectarios; Taylor, Peter, Annals of Operations Research 160 (31–50) 2008
Internet scolobility: Properties and evolution
Roughan, Matthew; Uhlig, S; Willinger, W, IEEE Network 22 (4–5) 2008
Algebraic deformations of compact Khler surfaces
Buchdahl, Nicholas, Mathematische Zeitschrift 253 (453–459) 2006
Kato's inequality and asymptotic spectral properties for discrete magnetic Laplacians
Dodziuk, Josef; Varghese, Mathai, Contemporary Mathematics 398 (69–82) 2006
Some Penrose transforms in complex differential geometry
Anco, S; Bland, J; Eastwood, Michael, Science in China Series A-Mathematics Physics Astronomy 49 (1599–1610) 2006
State-space visualization and fractal properties of Parrondo's games
Allison, Andrew; Abbott, Derek; Pearce, Charles, chapter in Advances in Dynamic Games: Applications to Economics, Finance, Optimization, and Stochastic Control (Birkhauser) 613–633, 2005
Arithmetic properties of eigenvalues of generalized harper operators on graphs
Dodziuk, Josef; Varghese, Mathai; Yates, Stuart, Communications in Mathematical Physics 262 (269–297) 2005
Examples of unbounded homogeneous domains in complex space
Eastwood, Michael; Isaev, A, Science in China Series A-Mathematics Physics Astronomy 48 (248–261) 2005
Lifting surfaces with circular planforms
Tuck, Ernest; Lazauskas, Leo, Journal of Ship Research 49 (274–278) 2005
Smoothly parameterized ech cohomology of complex manifolds
Bailey, T; Eastwood, Michael; Gindikin, S, Journal of Geometric Analysis 15 (9–23) 2005
Predicting the off-site deposition of spray drift from horticultural spraying through porous barriers on soil and plant surfaces.
Mercer, G; Roberts, Anthony John, 22nd Mathematics-In -Industry Study Group, Auckland, New Zealand 24/01/05
Smoothly parameterized Cech cohomology of complex manifolds
Bailey, T; Eastwood, Michael; Gindikin, S, Journal of Geometric Analysis 15 (9–23) 2005
Some Properties of the Capacity Value Function
Chiera, Belinda; Krzesinski, A; Taylor, Peter, Siam Journal on Applied Mathematics 65 (1407–1419) 2005
Monads and bundles on rational surfaces
Buchdahl, Nicholas, Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics 34 (513–540) 2004
Chern character in twisted K-theory: Equivariant and holomorphic cases
Varghese, Mathai; Stevenson, Daniel, Communications in Mathematical Physics 236 (161–186) 2003
Compact Khler surfaces with trivial canonical bundle
Buchdahl, Nicholas, Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry 23 (189–204) 2003
Complex analysis and the Funk transform
Bailey, T; Eastwood, Michael; Gover, A; Mason, L, Journal of the Korean Mathematical Society 40 (577–593) 2003
Hyperbolic monopoles and holomorphic spheres
Murray, Michael; Norbury, Paul; Singer, Michael, Annals of Global Analysis and Geometry 23 (101–128) 2003
Ruled cubic surfaces in PG(4, q), Baer subplanes of PG(2, q2) and Hermitian curves
Casse, Rey; Quinn, Catherine, Discrete Mathematics 248 (17–25) 2002
The Borel-Weil theorem for complex projective space
Eastwood, Michael; Sawon, J, chapter in Invitations to geometry and topology (Oxford University Press) 126–145, 2002
A classification of non-degenerate homogeneous equiaffine hypersurfaces in four complex dimensions
Eastwood, Michael; Ezhov, Vladimir, The Asian Journal of Mathematics 5 (721–740) 2001
Complex Quaternionic Kahler Manifolds
Eastwood, Michael, chapter in Further advances in twistor theory. Vol. III, Curved twistor spaces (Chapman & Hall/CRC) 31–34, 2001
Class-inclusion properties for convex functions
Eberhard, A; Pearce, Charles, chapter in Progress in optimization - Contributions from Australasia (Kluwer Academic Publishers) 129–133, 2000
A complex from linear elasticity
Eastwood, Michael, 19th Winter School Geometry and Physics, Srni, Czech Republic 09/01/99
A Nakai-Moishezon criterion for non-Khler surfaces
Buchdahl, Nicholas, Annales de L Institut Fourier 50 (1533–1538) 2000
Correspondences, von Neumann algebras and holomorphic L2 torsion
Carey, Alan; Farber, M; Varghese, Mathai, Canadian Journal of Mathematics-Journal Canadien de Mathematiques 52 (695–736) 2000
Drawing with complex numbers
Eastwood, Michael; Penrose, R, Mathematical Intelligencer 22 (8–13) 2000
Numerical design tools for thermal replication of optical-quality surfaces
Stokes, Yvonne, Computers & Fluids 29 (401–414) 2000

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