Events & Seminars

2017 May 10

Peli Grietzer (Harvard literature dept.)

4:00pm to 5:00pm


Ross 70.
Abstract: In 1962, amateur literary theorist and professional mathematician Andrey Kolmogorov wrote: ‘A story is art only if the characters and situations it describes stand a chance of becoming
2017 Jun 29

Special Seminar: Ayala Byron (HUJI) "Homogeneity of torsion-free hyperbolic groups"

2:00pm to 3:00pm


Ross 70
Abstract: A (countable) group G is homogeneous if whenever g,h are tupples of the same type in G, there is an automorphism of G sending g to h. We give a characterization of freely-indecomposable torsion-free hyperbolic groups which are homogeneous, in terms of a particular decomposition as a graph of groups - their JSJ decomposition. This is joint work with Chloe Perin. ‏האירוע הזה כולל שיחת וידאו ב-Google Hangouts.
2017 Nov 20

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

3:00pm to 4:00pm


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


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


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


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.