Colloquium

2018 Oct 18

Colloquium: Rahul Pandharipande (ETH Zürich) - Zabrodsky Lecture: Geometry of the moduli space of curves

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
The moduli space of curves, first appearing in the work of Riemann in the 19th century, plays an important role in geometry. After an introduction to the moduli space, I will discuss recent directions in the study of tautological classes on the moduli space following ideas and conjectures of Mumford, Faber-Zagier, and Pixton. Cohomological Field Theories (CohFTs) play an important role. The talk is about the search for a cohomology calculus for the moduli space of curves parallel to what is known for better understood geometries.
2018 Dec 06

Colloquium: Naomi Feldheim (Bar-Ilan) - A spectral perspective on stationary signals

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
A ``random stationary signal'', more formally known as a Gaussian stationary function, is a random function f:R-->R whose distribution is invariant under real shifts (hence stationary), and whose evaluation at any finite number of points is a centered Gaussian random vector (hence Gaussian). The mathematical study of these random functions goes back at least 75 years, with pioneering works by Kac, Rice and Wiener, who were motivated both by applications in engineering and by analytic questions about ``typical'' behavior in certain classes of functions.
2019 Mar 14

Colloquium: Alexander Bors (University of Western Australia) - Finite groups with a large automorphism orbit

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Abstract: If X is an object such that the notion of an automorphism of X is defined (e.g., an algebraic structure, a graph, a topological space, etc.), then one can define an equivalence relation ∼ on X via x ∼ y if and only if α(x) = y for some automorphism α of X. The equivalence classes of ∼ are called the automorphism orbits of X. Say that X is highly symmetric if and only if all elements of X lie in the same automorphism orbit. Finite highly symmetric objects are studied across various mathematical disciplines, e.g. in combinatorics, graph theory and geometry. When
2018 Nov 08

Colloquium: Nathan Keller (Bar Ilan) - The junta method for hypergraphs and the Erdos-Chvatal simplex conjecture

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Numerous problems in extremal hypergraph theory ask to determine the maximal size of a k-uniform hypergraph on n vertices that does not contain an 'enlarged' copy H^+ of a fixed hypergraph H. These include well-known problems such as the Erdos-Sos 'forbidding one intersection' problem and the Frankl-Furedi 'special simplex' problem.
2019 Jan 03

Colloquium: Nati Linial (HUJI) - Graph metrics

2:30pm to 3:30pm

A finite graph is automatically also a metric space, but is there any interesting geometry to speak of? In this lecture I will try to convey the idea that indeed there is very interesting geometry to explore here. I will say something on the local side of this as well as on the global aspects. The k-local profile of a big graph G is the following distribution. You sample uniformly at random k vertices in G and observe the subgraph that they span. Question - which distributions can occur? We know some of the answer but by and large it is very open.
2018 Oct 25

Colloquium: Karim Adiprasito (HUJI) - Combinatorics, topology and the standard conjectures beyond positivity

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Consider a simplicial complex that allows for an embedding into R^d. How many faces of dimension d/2 or higher can it have? How dense can they be? This basic question goes back to Descartes. Using it and other rather fundamental combinatorial problems, I will motivate and introduce a version of Grothendieck's "standard conjectures" beyond positivity (which will be explored in detail in the Sunday Seminar). All notions used will be explained in the talk (I will make an effort to be very elementary)
2018 Dec 20

Colloquium: Assaf Rinot (Bar-Ilan) - Hindman’s theorem and uncountable Abelian groups

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
In the early 1970’s, Hindman proved a beautiful theorem in additive Ramsey theory asserting that for any partition of the set of natural numbers into finitely many cells, there exists some infinite set such that all of its finite sums belong to a single cell. In this talk, we shall address generalizations of this statement to the realm of the uncountable. Among other things, we shall present a negative partition relation for the real line which simultaneously generalizes a recent theorem of Hindman, Leader and Strauss, and a classic theorem of Galvin and Shelah.
2018 Nov 29

Colloquium: Chaya Keller (Technion) - Improved lower and upper bounds on the Hadwiger-Debrunner numbers

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
A family of sets F is said to satisfy the (p,q)-property if among any p sets in F, some q have a non-empty intersection. Hadwiger and Debrunner (1957) conjectured that for any p > q > d there exists a constant c = c_d(p,q), such that any family of compact convex sets in R^d that satisfies the (p,q)-property, can be pierced by at most c points. Helly's Theorem is equivalent to the fact that c_d(p,p)=1 (p > d).

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