Events & Seminars

2017 Jan 22

Special colloquium: Laci Babai (Chicago) "Graph isomorphism and coherent configurations: The Split-or-Johnson routine"

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Rothberg B220 (CS bldg)
Coherent configurations" (CCs) are certain highly regular colorings of the directed complete graph. The concept goes back to Schur (1933) who used it to study permutation groups, and has subsequently been rediscovered in other contexts (block designs, association schemes, graph canonization). CCs are the central concept in the "Split-or-Johnson" (SoJ) procedure, one of the main combinatorial components of the speaker's recent algorithm to test graph isomorphism.
2017 Sep 14

Colloquium: Kate Juschenko (Northwestern University) - "Cycling amenable groups and soficity"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

IIAS hall, Hebrew University Jerusalem
I will give introduction to sofic groups and discuss a possible strategy towards finding a non-sofic group. I will show that if the Higman group were sofic, there would be a map from Z/pZ to itself, locally like an exponential map, satisfying a rather strong recurrence property. The approach to (non)-soficity is based on the study of sofic representations of amenable subgroups of a sofic group. This is joint work with Harald Helfgott.
2017 Aug 09

T&G: Peter Ozsvath (Princeton), Bordered methods in knot Floer homology

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
Knot Floer homology is an invariant for knots in the three-sphere defined using methods from symplectic geometry. I will describe a new algebraic formulation of this invariant which leads to a reasonably efficient computation of these invariants. This is joint work with Zoltan Szabo.
2016 Jan 11

Zabrodsky lecture series: Peter Ozsváth (Princeton) "Bordered Floer homology"

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ross 70A
Abstract: Bordered Floer homology is an invariant for three-manifolds with boundary, defined in collaboration with Robert Lipshitz and Dylan Thurston. The invariant associates a DG algebra to a parameterized surface, and a module over that algebra to a three-manifold with boundary. I will explain how methods from bordered Floer homology can be used to give a tidy description of knot Floer homology. This is joint work with Zoltan Szabo.
2017 Sep 12

T&G: Liat Kessler (Cornell and Oranim), Extending Homologically trivial symplectic cyclic actions to Hamiltonian circle actions

12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Ross Building Room 70A
We ask whether every homologically trivial cyclic action on a symplectic four-manifold extend to a Hamiltonian circle action. By a cyclic action we mean an action of a cyclic group of finite order; it is homologically trivial if it induces the identity map on homology. We assume that the manifold is closed and connected. In the talk, I will give an example of a homologically trivial symplectic cyclic action on a four-manifold that admits Hamiltonian circle actions, and show that is does not extend to a Hamiltonian circle action.
2015 Nov 19

Groups & dynamics: Lei Yang (HUJI) "Equidistribution of expanding translates of curves in homogeneous spaces and Diophantine approximation"

10:00am to 11:00am

Location: 

Ross 70
Title: Equidistribution of expanding translates of curves in homogeneous spaces and Diophantine approximation. Abstract: We consider an analytic curve $\varphi: I \rightarrow \mathbb{M}(n\times m, \mathbb{R}) \hookrightarrow \mathrm{SL}(n+m, \mathbb{R})$ and embed it into some homogeneous space $G/\Gamma$, and translate it via some diagonal flow

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