# Academic

## Monday, May 6, 2019

### Between-individual variation in the human retina ultrastructure: the key for understanding everything from myopia to AMD?

Seminar | May 6 | 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

Rigmor Baraas, OD, PhD, National Centre for Optics, Vision and Eye Care, Department of Optometry, Radiography and Lighting Design, University of South-Eastern Norway, Kongsberg, Norway

Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) and adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) have become invaluable tools for mapping the ultrastructure of the retina in living humans. OCT imaging has revealed considerable variation in retinal layer thickness, foveal shape and morphology. AOSLO imaging has revealed large variation in cone mosaics, both peak and eccentricity dependence density... More >

### Combinatorics Seminar: LLT Polynomials, k-Schur Functions, and Positivity

Seminar | May 6 | 12:10-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Christopher Miller, UC Berkeley

Both LLT polynomials and k-Schur functions were derived from the study of Macdonald polynomials, and have proved to be fruitful areas of study. A conjecture due to Haglund and Haiman states that k-bandwidth LLT polynomials expand positively into k-Schur functions. This is trivial in the case k=1 and has been recently proved for k=2. In this talk, I will present a proof for the case k=3. To this... More >

### PERL Seminar: "Moral Tribes: Why Do People Join Armed Groups?"

Seminar | May 6 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

David Qihang Wu, UC Berkeley

Political Economy Research Lunch:PERL is an opportunity for PhD students to present work in progress and receive valuable feedback from faculty and peers.

### String-Math Seminar: Searching for Lie groups of the XXI century

Seminar | May 6 | 2-3 p.m. | 402 LeConte Hall

Andrei Okounkov, Columbia University

It has been understood for some time now that many highlights of Lie theory, such as the representation-theoretic theory of special functions, or the Kazhdan–Lusztig theory, have a natural extension to a much broader setting, the boundaries of which are yet to be explored. In this extension, the focus is shifting from a group \(G\) to various classes of algebraic varieties that possess the key... More >

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Divisor complements in Calabi-Yau symplectic manifolds

Seminar | May 6 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | 384H STANFORD

Umut Varolgunes, Stanford

Let $(M,\omega )$ be a closed symplectic manifold. Consider a closed symplectic submanifold $D$ whose homology class is a positive multiple of the Poincare dual of $[\omega ]$. The complement of $D$ can be given the structure of a Liouville manifold, with skeleton $S$. We prove that $S$ cannot be displaced from itself inside $M$ by a Hamiltonian isotopy if we assume that $c_1(M)=0$. Under the... More >

### Between Shannon and Hamming: how bad can the channel be?: BLISS Seminar

Seminar | May 6 | 3-4 p.m. | 540 Cory Hall

Anand Sarwate, Rutgers

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The information theory community has traditionally studied two different models for communication. The Shannon-theoretic model treats the channel’s impact as random, so codes must correct almost all error patterns of a given weight; this is an average-case analysis. The coding-theoretic (Hamming-theoretic?) model treats the channel as adversarial, so codes must correct all error patterns of a... More >

### Differential Geometry Seminar: Moduli spaces of spherical surfaces with conical singularities

Seminar | May 6 | 3:10-4 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

Dmitri Panov, University College London

A spherical surface with $n$ conical singularities is a surface $S$ with cone points $x_1, \dots ,x_n$ and a metric $g$, such that $g$ has curvature 1 on the complement $S \setminus (x_1,...,x_n)$ and has a conical singularity of angle $2\pi (\theta _i)$ at each $x_i$. Moduli spaces of spherical metrics with fixed angles are intriguing objects. Up to very recently the most basic questions about... More >

### Quantitative chemical imaging in live cells

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

Yamuna Krishnan, The University of Chicago

### A French Revolution for the Third Millennium?: The Reimagining of Higher Education in Contemporary France

Colloquium | May 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 1215 Berkeley Way West

Grace Neville

In 2009 the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, invited two highly respected, leading French politicians, Michel Rocard and Alain Juppé, both former Prime Ministers, one centre-left and the other centre-right, to identify the national priorities to be followed over the ensuing years. The Rocard-Juppé report was accepted by the French parliament with immediate effect. Most of its initial budget... More >

### A French Revolution for the Third Millennium?: The Reimagining of Higher Education in Contemporary France

Colloquium | May 6 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Way West, Room 1215 (2121 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94720)

Grace Neville, University College Cork / National University of Ireland

In 2009 the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, invited two highly respected, leading French politicians, Michel Rocard and Alain Juppé, both former Prime Ministers, one centre-left and the other centre-right, to identify the national priorities to be followed over the ensuing years. The Rocard-Juppé report was accepted by the French parliament with immediate effect. Most of its initial budget... More >

### IB Finishing Talk: Title to be announced

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building | Canceled

Lindsey Hendricks-Franco, UCB (Sousa Lab)

### Northern California Symplectic Geometry Seminar: Quantum topology from symplectic geometry

Seminar | May 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 383N STANFORD

Vivek Shende, UC Berkeley

The discovery of the Jones polynomial in the early 80s was the beginning of "quantum topology": the introduction of various invariants which, in one sense or another, arise from quantum mechanics and quantum field theory. There are many mathematical constructions of these invariants, but they all share the defect of being first defined in terms of a knot diagram, and only subsequently shown by... More >

### Space Tech Symposium 2.0 at Berkeley: Hosted by Space Technologies at Cal

Conference/Symposium | May 6 | 4:30-8:30 p.m. | Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

Space Technologies at Cal, Berkeley SkyDeck

Come expand your network at Space Tech Symposium 2.0 @ Berkeley (https://stac.berkeley.edu/sts2) on May 6 by meeting researchers, CEOs of the hottest space startups, and Berkeley faculty as they discuss their visions for the future of space development.

Mobility between space and non-space fields is at an all-time high and we'd love to have you join this conversation. Panelists from NASA,... More >

$10 Student Tickets, $30 Industry / Faculty Tickets

### Mobile Augmented Reality Makers Panel

Panel Discussion | May 6 | 6:30-9 p.m. | UC Berkeley Extension (SF Campus at 160 Spear St.)

Mayan Shay May-Raz, Augmented Reality SDK Product Manager, Lenovo; Nicholas Butko, Director of Engineering, 8th Wall; Rigel Benton, Interaction Designer, 8th Wall

Sheng Huang, Head o Business Operations & Partnerships, Sturfee

Come join fellow Augmented Reality and Computer Vision/Machine Learning folks and learn about the world of mobil augmented reality.