Events & Seminars

2017 Nov 20

HD-Combinatorics: Ran Levi, "Neuro-Topology: An interaction between topology and neuroscience"

3:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Room 130, Feldman Building, Givat Ram
Abstract: While algebraic topology is now well established as an applicable branch of mathematics, its emergence in neuroscience is surprisingly recent. In this talk I will present a summary of an ongoing joint project with mathematician and neuroscientists. I will start with some basic facts on neuroscience and the digital reconstruction of a rat’s neocortex by the Blue Brain Project in EPFL.
2018 Jan 01

HD-Combinatorics: Alan Lew, "Spectral gaps of generalized flag complexes"

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Eilat Hall, Feldman Building (IIAS), Givat Ram
Abstract: Let X be a simplicial complex on n vertices without missing faces of dimension larger than d. Let L_k denote the k-Laplacian acting on real k-cochains of X and let μ_k(X) denote its minimal eigenvalue. We study the connection between the spectral gaps μ_k(X) for k ≥ d and μ_{d-1}(X). Applications include: 1) A cohomology vanishing theorem for complexes without large missing faces. 2) A fractional Hall type theorem for general position sets in matroids.
2017 Sep 11

IIAS Seminar: Nikolay Nikolov, "Gradients in group theory"

11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Feldman building, Room 128
Abstract: Let G be a finitely generated group and let G>G_1>G_2 ... be a sequence of finite index normal subgroups of G with trivial intersection. We expect that the asymptotic behaviour of various group theoretic invariants of the groups G_i should relate to algebraic, topological or measure theoretic properties of G. A classic example of this is the Luck approximation theorem which says that the growth of the ordinary Betti numbers of sequence G_i is given by the L^2-Betti number of (the classifying space) of G.
2017 Nov 06

High Dimensional Expanders and Group Stability, Alex Lubotkzy

9:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Room 130
In the first talk we gave a brief outline of the contents of the course. In the rest of the semester we will get deeper into some topics. In the coming lecture ( and the next one) we will discuss Kazhdan property T and its connections with expanders and with first cohomology groups. No prior knowledge will be assumed.
2018 Jan 08

HD-Combinatorics: Amnon Ta-Shma, "Bias samplers and reducing overlap in random walks over graphs"

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Abstract: 

The expander Chernoff bound states that random walks over expanders are good samplers, at least for a certain range of parameters. In this talk we will be interested in “Parity Samplers” that have the property that for any test set, about half of the sample sets see the test set an *even* number of times, and we will check whether random walks over expanders are good parity samplers. We will see that:

1. Random walks over expanders fare quite well with the challenge, but,
2. A sparse Random complex does much better.
2017 Nov 27

HD-Combinatorics: Irit Dinur, "PCPs and high dimensional expansion"

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: 

Room 130, Feldman Building (IIAS), Givat Ram
The "PCP theorem" says that problems in NP are hard in a robust or stable way. I will give a brief intro to PCPs (and explain the acronym) and then try to outline a proof of the PCP theorem based on "agreement expansion" which is a form of high dimensional expansion. My aim is to show how high dimensional expansion is inherently present in PCP type questions.
2017 Sep 05

IIAS Seminar: Tatiana Nagnibeda - Infinite Ramanujan graphs and completely dissipative actions

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Math room 209
Speaker : Tatiana Nagnibeda (University of Geneva) Abstract: The definition of a Ramanujan graph extends naturally to infinite graphs: an infinite graph is Ramanujan if its spectral radius is not larger than (and hence equal to) the spectral radius of its universal covering tree. As with infinite families of finite graphs, it is interesting and non-trivial to understand, how much Ramanujan graphs resemble trees. I will discuss some results in this direction obtained in a joint work with Vadim Kaimanovich, by investigating ergodic properties of boundary actions of free groups.

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