
Date Time 
Location  Speaker 
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09/01 3:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Selim Sukhtaiev Rice University 
The Maslov index and the spectra of second order elliptic operators
In this talk I will discuss a formula relating the spectral flow of the oneparameter families of second order elliptic operators to the Maslov index, the topological invariant counting the signed number of conjugate points of certain paths of Lagrangian planes. In addition, I will present formulas expressing the Morse index, the number of negative eigenvalues, in terms of the Maslov index for several classes of second order differential operators. The talk is based on joint work with Yuri Latushkin. 

09/08 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Boris Hanin Texas A&M University 
Deep Learning: Approximation Theory, Convexity, and the Expressivity of Depth in Neural Networks
Deep learning (DL) is the analysis and application of a class of algorithms that in the past few years have become state of the art in a huge number of machine learning problems: playing Go, image recognition/segmentation, machine transcription/translation, to name a few. While DL works incredibly well in practice, a robust mathematical theory of why it works is still in its infancy. The purpose of this talk is to introduce one aspect of this subject. Namely, the expressive power  the ability of a approximate a rich class of functions  of deep neural nets. Some of the first theorems about this were proved in the late 80's and early 90's. I will review them, talk about some more recent work, and point to a few open questions. This talk is based in part on ongoing joint work with Mark Sellke. 

09/15 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
InJee Jeong Princeton University 
Evolution of singular vortex patches
A vortex patch is a solution to the 2D Euler equations whose vorticity is given by the characteristic function of a domain in the plane which evolves in time. In the 90s it was shown by Chemin, BertozziConstantin, and Serfati that if the boundary of the domain is initially smooth (at least C^{1,\alpha} for \alpha > 0), then this smoothness propagates for all time. Much less is known for patches supported on domains with not so smooth boundaries, for example when the domain is initially a polygon. In this work, we show global wellposedness for vortex patches with corners when there is a certain rotational symmetry. We also prove some illposedness results in the absense of symmetries. This is joint work with Tarek M. Elgindi. 

09/22 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Thomas Beck MIT 
Ground state eigenfunctions on convex domains of high eccentricity
In this talk, I will discuss the ground state eigenfunction of a class of Schrödinger operators on a convex planar domain. We will see how to construct two length scales and an orientation of the domain defined in terms of eigenvalues of associated differential operators. These length scales will determine the shape of the intermediate level sets of the eigenfunction, and as an application allow us to deduce properties of the first Dirichlet eigenfunction of the Laplacian for a class of three dimensional convex domains. In the two dimensional case, with constant potential, we will see that the eigenfunction satisfies a quantitative concavity property in a level set around its maximum, consistent with the shape of its intermediate level sets. 

09/29 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Gerardo Mendoza Temple University 
Free real actions, invariant CR structures, hypoellipticity, and Kodaira's vanishing theorem (joint with Several Complex Variables Seminar)
Suppose M is a compact CR manifold with a nowhere vanishing real transverse vector field T that preserves the structure and admits an invariant metric which is Hermitian on the CR structure. Then iT commutes with the Laplacians of the deebar complex and defines a selfadjoint operator on the kernel, H^q, of the Laplacian in each degree q with discrete spectrum without finite points of accumulation. Assuming nondegeneracy of the Levi form, we prove that only finitely many eigenvalues of iT lie on the positive (or negative, depending on q and the signature of the Levi form) real axis. Finiteness of spectrum on one side or the other of 0 is strongly related to Kodaira's vanishing theorem. 

10/06 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Tom Vogel Texas A&M University 
Stability of Delaunay Surface Solutions to Capillary Problems
Capillary surfaces arise from minimizing surface energy subject to a volume constraint. Capillary problems with rotational symmetry often have rotationally symmetric surfaces of constant mean curvature (Delaunay surfaces) as stationary solutions. Using eigenvalue methods, stability of Delaunay surfaces solutions can be compared across different capillary problems. In particular, the problem of a liquid bridge between parallel planes has stability implications for bridges between solid balls and toroidal drops inside circular cylinders. 

10/13 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Dmitri Pelinovsky McMaster University 
Nonlinear Schrodinger equation on the periodic graph
With a multiple scaling expansion, an effective amplitude equation can be derived for an oscillating wave packet. Using Bloch wave analysis and energy methods, we estimate the distance between the macroscopic approximation which is obtained via the amplitude equation and true solutions of the NLS equation on the periodic metric graph. These approximations are discussed in the context of bifurcations of standing localized waves on the periodic metric graphs. This work is joint with Guido Schneider (Stuttgart). 

10/20 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Wen Feng University of Kansas 
Stability of Vortex solitons for ndimensional focusing NLS


10/27 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Yulia Meshkova Chebyshev Laboratory, St.Petersburg State University 
Homogenization of periodic hyperbolic systems with the corrector


11/10 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Joint with Nonlinear PDE Seminar 


11/17 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Fritz Gesztesy Baylor University 
On factorizations of differential operators and HardyRellichtype inequalities
We will illustrate how factorizations of singular, evenorder partial differential operators yield an elementary approach to classical inequalities of HardyRellichtype. More precisely, using this factorization method, we will derive a general (and, apparently, new) inequality and demonstrate how particular choices of the parameters contained in this inequality yield wellknown inequalities, such as the classical Hardy and Rellich inequalities as special cases. Actually, other special cases yield additional and apparently less wellknown inequalities.
We will indicate that our method, in addition to being elementary, is quite flexible when it comes to a variety of generalized situations involving the inclusion of remainder terms and higherorder operators.
This is based on various joint work with Lance Littlejohn, I. Michael, M. Pang, and R. Wellman. 

11/17 3:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Maxim Zinchenko University of New Mexico 
TBA 

11/28 4:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Semyon Dyatlov MIT 
TBA
TBA 

12/01 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Mahmood Ettehad Texas A&M University 
Network graph reconstruction from path correlations (joint with Inverse Problems Seminar) 

12/08 1:50pm 
BLOC 628 
Naser Talebi Zadeh University of WisconsinMadison 
QUANTUM CHAOS ON RANDOM CAYLEY GRAPHS OF SL2 [Z/pZ]
We investigate the statistical behavior of the eigenvalues and diameter of random Cayley graphs of SL2[Z/pZ] as the prime number p goes to infinity. We prove a density theorem for the number of exceptional eigenvalues of random Cayley graphs i.e. the eigenvalues with absolute value bigger than the optimal spectral bound. Our numerical results suggest that random Cayley graphs of SL2[Z/pZ] and the explicit LPS Ramanujan projective graphs of P1(Z/pZ) have optimal spectral gap and diameter as the prime number p goes to infinity. 