Department Colloquium Summer 2018

Lectures in Summer Semester 2018

20 June 2018 14:30 – 15:30
Fakultätskolloquium im Winter 2018/19

The colloquium at the Department of Mathematics takes place in a loose sequence, with two lectures each: from 14:30 - 15:30 and 16:00 - 17:00 in lecture hall 3 (MI 00.06.011).

During the break we offer you drinks and pretzels in the Magistrale.


Lectures in Summer Semester 2018: 

  • 16. May 2018: Amir Beck (14:30), Stefan Weltge (16:00)
  • 23. May 2018: Barbara Gentz (14:30), Filippo Santambrogio (16:00)
  • 20. June 2018: Marius Junge (14:30)

Topics at the Department Colloquium

Decay time and Fisher Information

Prof. Marius Junge

20. June, 14:30 - 15:30 

Prof. Marius Junge, University of Illinois

The beautiful connection between isoperimetric inequalities and functional inequalities is well established through the work of Bakry, Emry and Ledoux, to name a few.

In this talks we study matrix-valued extensions of Talagrand’s inequality with applications to decay time. Apart from the geometric motivation our results are motivated by quantum information and the amount of entanglement kept in a system which undergoes certain evolutions.

Crowd motion and evolution PDE with density constraints

Prof. Filippo Santambrogio

23. May, 16:00 - 17:00 

Prof. Filippo Santambrogio, Paris-Sud+TUM/JvN

I will explain a general model to deal with the evolution of a population density ρ which is advected by a velocity field u, but is subject to a non-overcrowding constraint ρ≤1. This model (rather, a meta-model) mainly refers to the motion of a crowd of pedestrians, but can be adapted to many different situations according to how u is given or depends on ρ. Since in general u will not preserve the density constraint, the main assumption is that motion will be advected by the projection of u onto the cone of feasible velocities. This takes its inspiration from granular contact models, when the crowd is described by a collection of particles. I will present the equations, the main ideas to prove existence of solutions (in particular, using tools from optimal transport and gradient flows), and to simulate them. We will see how this continuous PDE model provides results which are stinkingly qualitatively similar to the simulations obtained by granular models, but could require a much smaller complexity. The talk summarizes joint works with several colleagues in Orsay as well as numerical methods developed both by us and by the INRIA team MOKAPLAN, and will try not to be exhaustive but just focus on the main features of the theory.

Synchronization in the noisy Kuramoto model of oscillators

Prof. Barbara Gentz

23. May, 14:30 - 15:30 

Prof. Barbara Gentz, Universität Bielefeld

Synchronization is a collective phenomenon observed, for instance, in fireflies, in a clapping audience or in the pacemaker cells in the cardiac pacemaker. Mathematical models for this type of synchronization are based on systems of coupled oscillators. We will start by reviewing the Kuramoto model, introduced by Yoshiki Kuramoto in 1975. It has been successfully analyzed, including many generalizations. In particular, the emergence of synchronization in the Kuramoto model is well understood by now, while much less is known about the effect of noise on sychronization of Kuramoto oscillators. We will address the questions of emergence and of persistence of synchronziation in the presence of random perturbations for an arbitrary finite number of non-identical oscillators. The main results and ideas will be explained in the special case of two oscillators which is particularly easy to study since the model can be reduced to a stochastic version of the Adler equation in this case.

A Barrier to P=NP Proofs

Prof. Stefan Weltge

16. May, 16:00 - 17:00 

Prof. Stefan Weltge, TUM Fakultät für Mathematik

The P-vs-NP problem describes one of the most famous open questions in mathematics and theoretical computer science. The media are reporting regularly about proof attempts, all of them being later shown to contain flaws. Some of these approaches where based on small-size linear programs that were designed to solve problems such as the traveling salesman problem efficiently. Fortunately, a few years ago, in a breakthrough result researchers were able to show that no such linear programs can exist and hence that all such attempts must fail, answering a 20-year old conjecture. In this lecture, I would like to present a quite simple approach to obtain such a strong result. Besides an elementary proof, we will hear about (i) the review of all reviews, (ii) why having kids can boost your career, and (iii) a nice interplay of theoretical computer science, geometry, and combinatorics.

The Gradient Method: Past and Present

Prof. Amir Beck

16. May, 14:30 - 15:30 

Prof. ​​​​Amir Beck, Tel Aviv University

The gradient method is probably one of the oldest optimization algorithms going back as early as 1847 with the initial work of Cauchy. Surprisingly, it is still the basis for many of the most relevant algorithms nowadays that are capable of solving very large-scale problems arising from many diverse fields of applications such as image processing and data science. This talk will explore the evolution of the method from the 19th century to this date.

Previous topics at the Colloquium of the Department of Mathematics can be found on our Website.