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Mathematics Department Colloquium : Spring 2011 schedule



   Monday, January 17, 1530-1630.

SPEAKER : Alexandra Pettet, Oxford University.

TITLE : Topology and dynamics of the outer automorphism group of a free group.

ABSTRACT : The outer autormorphism group Out(F) of a finite rank free group shares many properties with lattices in Lie groups and with the mapping class group Mod(S) of a surface, although the techniques for studying Out(F) are often quite different from the latter two. Motivated by analogy, I will describe some recent results about Out(F), previously well-known for the mapping class group, while highlighting some of the features which distinguish it from Mod(S).


   Monday, January 24, 1530-1630.

SPEAKER : Carl Lindberg, Chalmers/GU.

TITLE : Options, trading and optimal portfolios.

ABSTRACT : In this lecture, we will analyze two financial investment problems. It is shown that, under natural model assumptions, these problems have intuitively appealing solutions which both have diversification as a common theme.


   Thursday, April 14, 1000-1100 (OBS! unusual time).

SPEAKER : Svante Linusson, KTH.

TITLE : Mathematics of elections.

ABSTRACT : I will first give a survey of the mathematical history of the problem of distributing seats in a parliament proportionally. I will explain known advantages and disadvantages with various methods. I will also give some examples of more modern work about what is impossible to obtain in any election system.

At the end I will speak about the Swedish election system in more detail. I will also discuss the general problem of achieving proportionality both between parties and between regions and some mathematics to obtain this. At the very end I hope the audience will present their own suggestions for how the Swedish election system should be formulated.


   Monday, May 9, 1530-1630.

SPEAKER : Kathryn Hare, University of Waterloo and Chalmers Hedersdoktor.

TITLE : When does a sum of nothings give you something ?

ABSTRACT : By the orbit of an n x n Hermitian matrix X, we mean the orbit of X under unitary similarity transformations. Orbits have interesting geometric properties. Having measure zero, they are invisible sets as far as Lebesgue measure is concerned, and yet a sum of n^2 - 1 orbits is so large it has non-empty interior.

This fact generalizes to orbits of elements of Lie algebras under the action of a compact, simple Lie group. By using techniques from harmonic analysis we can determine the index k where the k-fold sum of orbits switches from being "nothing" to being large. Applications will be given to the study of the spectrum of sums of Hermitian matrices.


   Monday, May 16, 1530-1630.

SPEAKER : Sture Holm, Chalmers/GU.

TITLE : Är kritiken av PISA-analysen berättigad ? ( Obs! Föredraget är på svenska)


   Monday, May 23, 1315-1415. (Obs! Unusual time)

SPEAKER : Marc-Hubert Nicole, Luminy/Bonn.

TITLE : Modular forms and the Langlands programme.

ABSTRACT : The Langlands programme is a conjectural web of relations between certain arithmetic objects and certain analytic ones. A fascinating aspect thereof is that basic constructions on the arithmetic (or Galois) side are easy to come by, while the conjectural corresponding analytic (or automorphic) operations are very difficult to establish, often requiring sophisticated use of the Arthur-Selberg trace formula. The analytic objects, in their simplest guise, are modular forms. We shall start by presenting their definition as complex analytic functions on the upper-half plane, with the example of Eisenstein series. We will then briefly review representations of the Galois group of the rational numbers, which provide the arithmetic side of the picture. After sketching the links between modular forms and Galois representations, we will discuss on-going attempts at refining further Langlands's ideas. One of the basic ideas is to study the reduction modulo p of modular forms, where p is a prime number. For example, the reduction modulo p of the Eisenstein series E_{p-1} is the so-called Hasse invariant, which is a stepping stone in the theory of p-adic analytic modular forms.

This talk is aimed at non-experts.


   Monday, May 23, 1515-1615. (Obs! Unusual time)

SPEAKER : Volodymyr Mazorchuk, Uppsala University.

TITLE : 2-representations of 2-categories.

ABSTRACT : In this talk I will try to generally describe what is now called the "higher representation theory". The first nontrivial level of this can be roughly understood as study of functorial actions on categories. The latter can be reformulated in terms of 2-categories and their 2-representations. I plan to mention how this theory appeared, what it studies, and what kind of results are known.