Events & Seminars

2017 Jan 19

Special colloquium: Asaf Katz (HUJI Perlman prize) "Sparse equidistribution in unipotent flows"

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Manchester building room 2
Abstract - Equidistribution problems, originating from the classical works of Kronecker, Hardy and Weyl about equidistribution of sequences mod 1, are of major interest in modern number theory. We will discuss how some of those problems relate to unipotent flows and present a conjecture by Margulis, Sarnak and Shah regarding an analogue of those results for the case of the horocyclic flow over a Riemann surface. Moreover, we provide evidence towards this conjecture by bounding from above the Hausdorff dimension of the set of points which do not equidistribute.
2015 Oct 22

Colloquium: Nir Avni (Northwestern), "Counting points and counting representations"

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Title: Counting points and counting representations Abstract: I will talk about the following questions: 1) Given a system of polynomial equations with integer coefficients, how many solutions does it have in the ring Z/N? 2)​ Given a polynomial map f:R^a-->R^b and a smooth, compactly supported measure m on R^a, does the push-forward of m by f have bounded density? 3) Given a lattice in a higher rank Lie group (say, SL(n,Z) for n>2). How many d-dimensional representations does it ​have?
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.

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