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Monday, April 24, 2017

CARA Anniversary Symposium: The California Research Alliance by BASF celebrates 3 years

Conference/Symposium | April 24 – 25, 2017 every day | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatap Conference Room

 College of Chemistry

Charles-Albert Lehalle - Closing The Loop of Optimal Trading: a Mean Field Game of Controls

Seminar | April 24 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | 4193 Etcheverry Hall

 Charles-Albert Lehalle, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI)

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

This talk explains how to formulate the now classical problem of optimal liquidation (or optimal trading) inside a Mean Field Game (MFG). This is a noticeable change since usually mathematical frameworks focus on one large trader in front of a " background noise " (or " mean field "). In standard frameworks, the interactions between the large trader and the price are a temporary and a permanent...   More >

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorial evaluation of Hecke algebra traces

Seminar | April 24 | 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Mark Skandera, Lehigh University

 Department of Mathematics

(Please note the unusual time of this talk.)

The (type A) Hecke algebra $H_n(q)$ is a certain module over $\mathbb Z[q^{1/2},q^{-1/2}]$ which is a deformation of the group algebra of the symmetric group. The $\mathbb Z[q^{1/2},q^{-1/2}]$-module of its trace functions has rank equal to the number of integer partitions of $n$, and has bases which are natural deformations of those of the symmetric...   More >

Dimensional Reduction and Hyper Reduction of Parametric Nonlinear Structural Dynamics Models for Real-Time Computing: SEMM Seminar

Seminar | April 24 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Charbel Farhat, Professor, Department of Aeronatics and Astronautics, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering, Stanford University

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Model reduction is a tool in applied mathematics that is rapidly becoming indispensable for computational-based design and optimization, stochastic analysis for uncertainty quantification, embedded computing, and online optimal control. It is also essential for “what-if” engineering scenarios and other parametric studies where dramatically faster if not real-time simulation responses are desired.

Combinatorics Seminar: Counting monochromatic structures in finite abelian groups

Seminar | April 24 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Julia Wolf, University of Bristol

 Department of Mathematics

It is well known (and a result of Goodman) that a random 2-colouring of the edges of the complete graph $K_n$ contains asymptotically the minimum number of monochromatic triangles ($K_3$s). Erdős conjectured that this was also true of monochromatic copies of $K_4$, but his conjecture was disproved by Thomason in 1989. The question of determining for which small graphs Goodman's result holds true...   More >

Archaeological Databases with Filemaker

Workshop | April 24 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Rus Sheptak, UC Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility

 Archaeological Research Facility

This workshop will present the organization and logic behind a prototype database for excavation data that answers questions of when, where, and duration of events and artifacts within the site.


Presentation | April 24 | 1-2 p.m. |  Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design


Differential Geometry Seminar: Some almost theorems about four-dimensional curvature

Seminar | April 24 | 1:10-2 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 John Lott, UC-Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

I will describe some topological conditions to ensure that a noncollapsed Riemannian 4-manifold, which is almost Ricci-flat, in fact admits a Ricci-flat metric. This is joint work with Vitali Kapovitch.

Seminar 231, Public Finance: “Quantifying the Welfare Gains of Variety: A Sufficient Statistics Approach”

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Kory Kroft, University of Toronto

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

(joint with Jean-William Laliberté, René Leal-Vizcaino, and Matthew Notowidigdo)

String-Math Seminar: Wild Hitchin system and Argyres-Douglas theory

Seminar | April 24 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

 Dan Xie, Harvard University

 Department of Mathematics

I will discuss the connection between Hitchin's system with irregular singularity and four dimensional N=2 Argyres-Douglas theories.

Reading Technopoetic Japan

Colloquium | April 24 | 2:30 p.m. | 142 Dwinelle Hall

 Earl Jackson Jr., National Chiao Tung University

 Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Department of Comparative Literature, Film & Media Studies

What is often dismissed as “otaku culture” actually names a complex network of creative industries and equally creative engaged participants. The media that emerge and sustain these subcultural formations include anime, manga, novels, etc.. In studying these media I focus on relations among technology, representation, and subjectivity as well as the politics that inform and circumscribe those...   More >

Preventing Gun Violence: What Works and What Stands in the Way: the keynote event in the Gun Violence in America series

Panel Discussion | April 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix, 8th floor

 Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

 Peter Aldhous, Buzzfeed, UC Berkeley

 Human Rights Center

featuring Robyn Thomas, Executive Director, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in conversation with Peter Aldhous, Science reporter, Buzzfeed and Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

  RSVP online

Probabilistic Operator Algebra Seminar: Trace formulas in perturbation theory

Seminar | April 24 | 3-5 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Anna Skripka, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk I will present trace formulas arising in perturbation theory that substantially extend the celebrated Krein's result of the 50s. These formulas provide representations for remainders of approximations of operator functions that "split up" the involved noncommutativity. Proofs of the results rely on a fascinating theory of multiple operator integration that has been developing for...   More >

Composition Colloquium: Clemens Gadenstätter

Colloquium | April 24 | 3 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Department of Music

Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966, Zell am See/Salzburg) studied Composition with Erich Urbanner (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and Helmut Lachenmann (1992-1995, University of Music and Perfroming Arts Stuttgart) as well as he studied the flute (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) with Wolfgang Schulz.

During his student years, he was active as a flautist in...   More >

Siqian Shen - Ambiguous Chance-Constrained Bin Packing under Mean-Covariance Information

Seminar | April 24 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 3108 Etcheverry Hall

 Siqian Shen, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan

 Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Professor Siqian Shen research is in integer programming, stochastic programming, and network optimization. The models she considers usually feature stochastic parameters and discrete decision variables.

IB Seminar: Rhythms of Life in Fluctuating Environments

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Kwasi Connor, University of Southern California

 Department of Integrative Biology

Student Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Computations in Local Rings using Macaulay2

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Mahrud Sayrafi, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

Local rings are ubiquitous in algebraic geometry. Not only are they naturally meaningful in a geometric sense, but also they are extremely useful in proving theorems. When studying finitely generated modules over local rings, for instance, projectivity, flatness, and freeness are all equivalent. Above all, many important results depend on Nakayama's lemma, which holds over local rings. In this...   More >

Health, Race, and Housing: Three Perspectives on Urban Inequality

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Duster Conference Room

 2420 Bowditch Street, Berkeley, CA 94720

 Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Melody Tulier, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley; Cynthia Ledesma, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

 Malo André Hutson, Chancellor's Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

 Institute for the Study of Societal Issues

Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Melody Tulier, DrPH Candidate, School of Public Health, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, UC Berkeley

Cynthia Ledesma, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Ethnic Studies, and Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of...   More >

BLISS Seminar: Geometric optimization: convex and nonconvex

Seminar | April 24 | 4-5 p.m. | 400 Cory Hall

 Suvrit Sra, MIT

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

In this talk, I will highlight some aspects of geometry and its role in optimization. In particular, I will talk about optimization problems whose parameters are constrained to lie on a manifold or in a specific metric space. These geometric constraints often make the problems numerically challenging, but they can also unravel properties that ensure tractable attainment of global optimality for...   More >

China’s Economic Statecraft Toward Myanmar and North Korea

Colloquium | April 24 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 James Reilly, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney

 Kevin O'Brien, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), Institute of East Asian Studies

Tempted by their expansive authority over China’s economy, Chinese leaders are increasingly deploying economic resources such as foreign aid and overseas investments to influence policy decisions in other countries. To implement economic statecraft, China’s leaders rely upon state-owned companies, bureaucratic agencies, and local Chinese officials, even though they may be unreliable...   More >

Science and Mathematics Education Colloquium: Environmental Education: Supporting Socio-Emotional Learning, Place-Based Connections, and Stewardship

Colloquium | April 24 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Nicole Ardoin, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University

 Graduate School of Education

Abstract. Environmental education—a diverse field focused on lifelong learning, systems thinking, and sustainability practices—can address a range of outcomes, including environmental knowledge and attitudes, interpersonal skills, and environmentally related behaviors. Many environmental education programs, particularly those with residential or youth-development elements, emphasize...   More >