Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

The Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminar of the Claremont Colleges meets on Tuesdays, 12:15 - 1:10 PM. 

In the Spring 2015 semester, we are meeting in Mudd Science Library 126, Pomona College, Department of Mathematics.

Mudd Science Library is located on the corner of College Avenue and 7th Street. Click here for a map of the Pomona Campus. 

For more information about the Seminar, or to suggest speakers, contact Lenny Fukshansky (email: lenny at cmc dot edu) or Gizem Karaali (email: Gizem dot Karaali at pomona dot edu) and visit HERE for the past seminar archives.

Next Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminar Speaker

Fall 2015 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/08/2015Solving quadratic equations over Q-barLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Sep/15/2015Building a better Bernoulli FactoryMark Huber (CMC)
Sep/22/2015Biquandle bracketsSam Nelson (CMC)
Sep/29/2015A tale of two matricesStephan Garcia (Pomona College)
Oct/06/2015Building polytopes from posetsSatyan Devadoss (Williams College and HMC)
Oct/13/2015Belyi maps on elliptic curves and dessin d'enfant on the torusEdray Goins (Purdue University)
Oct/27/2015Expander graphs and graph partitioningBlake Hunter (CMC)
Nov/03/2015Hom QuandlesAlissa Crans (Loyola Marymount University)
Nov/10/2015Matrices are matrices of matrices: a blockheaded approach to linear algebraStephan Garcia (Pomona College)
Nov/17/2015Few distinct distances implies no heavy linesAdam Sheffer (CalTech)
Dec/01/2015The combinatorics of Hessenberg varietiesMohamed Omar (HMC)
Dec/08/2015TBAHiren Maharaj (Pomona College)

Spring 2015 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

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Jan/27/2015Cone theta functions and rational volumes of spherical polytopesSinai Robins (Nanyang Technological University - Singapore and Brown University)
Feb/03/2015Projective modules and A^1-homotopy theoryAravind Asok (USC)
Feb/10/2015Very neat character sums: proof of the conjecture of Dobbertin, Helleseth, Kumar, and MartinsenDaniel Katz (Cal State Northridge)
Feb/17/2015Applications of differential algebra to algebraic independence of arithmetic functionsWai Yan Pong (Cal State Dominguez Hills)
Feb/24/2015Lattices from the Hermitian function fieldHiren Maharaj (CMC)
Mar/03/2015POSTPONED - Representations of Algebraic GroupsEric Friedlander (University of Southern California)
Mar/10/2015Information from Graphs in Voting TheoryKarl-Dieter Crisman (Gordon College)
Mar/24/2015Ribbon biquandles and knotted surfacesSam Nelson (CMC)
Mar/31/2015The Fundamental Theorem of Perfect SimulationMark Huber (CMC)
Apr/07/2015A local-global principle in the dynamics of polynomial mapsDavid Krumm (CMC)
Apr/14/2015Representations of analytic functions as infinite products and some arithmetic applicationsBogdan Petrenko (Eastern Illinois University)
Apr/21/2015Representations of Algebraic GroupsEric Friedlander (University of Southern California)
Apr/28/2015Group Frames and Tests for UniformityMike Orrison (HMC)
May/05/2015Applications of combinatorial representation theory to machine learningLily Silverstein (CGU)

Fall 2014 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/09/2014Finite type enhancements of biquandle counting invariantsSam Nelson (CMC)
Sep/16/2014Well-rounded lattices from algebraic constructionsLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Sep/23/2014The shape of random pattern-avoiding permutationsSam Miner (UCLA)
Sep/30/2014Factoring Formal Power Series over ZJesse Elliott (California State University, Channel Islands)
Oct/07/2014On the Frobenius problem and its generalizationLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Oct/14/2014Supercharacters on abelian groupsStephan Ramon Garcia (Pomona College)
Oct/28/2014Finite Subgroups of the QuaternionsWill Murray (California State University Long Beach)
Nov/04/2014The neural ring: using algebraic geometry to analyze neural codesNora Youngs (HMC)
Nov/11/2014Lattices generated by finite Abelian groupsHiren Maharaj (CMC)
Nov/18/2014A local-global principle in the dynamics of quadratic polynomialsDavid Krumm (CMC)
Dec/02/2014Perfect simulation from the move ahead 1 chainMark Huber (CMC)

Spring 2014 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

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Jan/21/2014The Tamagawa number conjecture on motives and (phi, Gamma)-modulesJay Daigle (California Institute of Technology)
Jan/28/2014Locally finite Lie algebras in positive characteristicJohanna Hennig (UC San Diego)
Feb/04/2014Stochastic gradient pursuit methods and their ties to random matrix theoryDeanna Needell (Claremont McKenna College)
Feb/11/2014Quotient setsStephan Ramon Garcia (Pomona College)
Feb/18/2014Dynamical modular curves of small genusJohn Doyle (University of Georgia)
Feb/25/2014New enhancements of the Birack Counting InvariantSam Nelson (Claremont McKenna College)
Mar/04/2014You won't believe this one simple trick that speeds up rigorous estimation by a factor of 4!Mark Huber (Claremont McKenna College)
Mar/11/2014Finiteness results for regular inhomogeneous quadratic forms in three variablesWai Kiu Chan (Wesleyan University)
Mar/25/2014Finitely generated solvable groups and descriptive set theoryJay Williams (CalTech)
Mar/27/2014A matrix decomposition and its applicationsFuzhen Zhang (Nova Southeastern University)
Apr/01/2014Counting self-avoiding walksGeoffrey Grimmett (Downing College, University of Cambridge)
Apr/08/2014Splitting Algebras and Moebius PolynomialsSusan Durst (University of Arizona)
Apr/15/2014Squarefree parts of polynomial valuesDavid Krumm (Claremont McKenna College)
Apr/22/2014Stabilization of invariant chains of polynomial idealsAnn Johnston (University of Southern California)
Apr/29/2014Automorphism groups of lattices, Minkowski reduction domain, and well-rounded retractLenny Fukshansky (Claremont McKenna College)

Fall 2013 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/10/2013Exact relative error distribution for estimating coin probabilitiesMark Huber (CMC)
Sep/17/2013Nowhere-zero flows in the linear latticeGhassan Sarkis (Pomona College)
Sep/24/2013Exploiting symmetries in polyhedral computationsAchill Schuermann (University of Rostock)
Oct/01/2013Equations mod p restricted to boxes and applicationsMei-Chu Chang (UC Riverside)
Oct/08/2013Weil sums of binomials and Helleseth's ConjectureDaniel Katz (Cal State Northridge)
Oct/15/2013Towards a computational theory of heightsDavid Krumm (CMC)
Oct/29/2013The MMS conjecture for vector spacesShahriar Shahriari (Pomona College)
Nov/05/2013Some results on the geometry of deformation quantizationJeremy Pecharich (Pomona College)
Nov/12/2013On stability of ideal lattices from quadratic number fieldsLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Nov/19/2013Lattices from elliptic curves over finite fieldsHiren Maharaj
Dec/03/2013Integer partitions from a geometric viewpointMatthias Beck (San Francisco State University)
Dec/10/2013Realizations of phased matroidsAmanda Ruiz (HMC)

Spring 2013 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Jan/29/2013Supercharacters on abelian groupsStephan Garcia (Pomona College)
Feb/12/2013Combinatorics and card shufflingSami Assaf (USC)
Feb/19/2013How Hot is Your Geometry? A Tropical ExcursionGizem Karaali (Pomona College)
Feb/26/2013Algorithms for the densest sub-lattice problemDaniele Micciancio (UC San Diego)
Mar/05/2013Some configurations of planes in projective spacesJohn Levitt (Occidental College)
Mar/12/2013Formal convolution Hecke algebras and oriented cohomology theoriesAlex Hoffnung (Temple University)
Mar/26/2013Shadows and intersectionsAmeerah Chowdhury (UCLA)
Apr/02/2013Locally finite z-homogeneous graphsWai Yan Pong (California State University Dominguez Hills)
Apr/09/2013Erdos-Rademacher problems in extremal set theoryShagnik Das (UCLA)
Apr/16/2013Cayley graphs in surprising placesRena Levitt (Pomona College)
Apr/23/2013Complexity of lattice problems on cyclic latticesLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Apr/30/2013Cyclotomic extensions of the rational function field over a finite fieldHiren Maharaj (CMC)
May/07/2013Double or nothingMark Huber (CMC)

Fall 2012 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/11/2012Shuffling with rules: drawing uniformly from linear extensions of a partial orderMark Huber (Claremont McKenna College)
Sep/18/2012Hall algebras are primitively generatedJacob Greenstein (UC Riverside)
Sep/25/2012Polynomial Birack Module EnhancementsSam Nelson (CMC)
Oct/02/2012On a counting problem in number theoryLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Oct/09/2012Jet schemes of determinantal varietiesAl Sethuraman (Cal State Northridge)
Oct/16/2012Abelian Pattern Avoidance in Partial WordsBen De Winkle (Pomona College)
Oct/30/2012Refinements of Craig’s lattices and new dense lattice packingsCarmelo Interlando (San Diego State University)
Nov/06/2012Semidirect products, group structure, and expander familiesMike Krebs (Cal State LA)
Nov/13/2012Harmonic analysis on finite groups using frequency spacesMichael Orrison (Harvey Mudd College)
Nov/27/2012Hypercube orientations with degree restrictions, or What color is my hat?Steve Butler (Iowa State University)
Dec/04/2012Algebraic geometric codes and spaces of modular formsHiren Maharaj (Clemson University)

Spring 2012 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Jan/24/2012A gadget for reducing the Ising model to matchingsMark Huber (CMC)
Jan/31/2012Bridging matrix recovery gaps using manifoldsDeanna Needell (CMC)
Feb/07/2012Lattices must be fat -- no skinny lattice for you!Lenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Feb/14/2012Birack projection invariantsSam Nelson (CMC)
Feb/21/2012The word problem for quandlesRena Levitt (Pomona College)
Feb/28/2012Doubly adapted bases for the symmetric groupMike Orrison (HMC)
Mar/06/2012Recent problems and results about heights of algebraic numbersJeffrey Vaaler (University of Texas at Austin)
Mar/20/2012Polite numbers and length spectraWai Yan Pong (California State University Dominguez Hills)
Mar/27/2012Topologies on spaces of subgroups and Schreier graphs, totally non-free actions, and IRS.Rostislav Grigorchuk (Texas A&M University)
Apr/03/2012Supercharacters and their superpowersGizem Karaali (Pomona College)
Apr/10/2012The q,t-Catalan numbers and Hyperplane ArrangementsMatt Davis (HMC)
Apr/17/2012The shape of sublattices of Z^mWolfgang Schmidt (University of Colorado at Boulder)
Apr/24/2012Introduction to Pipe Theory and certain Diophatine equationWillie Wu (CGU)

Fall 2011 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/13/2011Gromov-Witten Theory of P^1xP^1xP^1Dagan Karp (Harvey Mudd College)
Sep/20/2011The Stern SequenceBruce Reznick (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)
Sep/27/2011Invariant Ideals from the Alexander Virtual BiquandleSam Nelson (Claremont McKenna College)
Oct/04/2011Analytic Galois AutomorphismsGhassan Sarkis (Pomona College)
Oct/11/2011Algebraic Voting Theory: New Insights, Connections, and QuestionsMike Orrison (Harvey Mudd College)
Oct/18/2011The Prime Number Theorem for graphs and coveringsAudrey Terras (University of California at San Diego)
Oct/25/2011When is a variety a quotient of a smooth variety by a finite group?Anton Geraschenko (California Institute of Technology)
Nov/01/2011What are #P complete problems?Mark Huber (Claremont McKenna College)
Nov/15/2011Using Lexicographical Orderings to Find Automatic StructuresRena Levitt (Pomona College)
Nov/22/2011Diamond-Free Subsets of Linear LatticesShahriar Shahriari (Pomona College)
Nov/29/2011Search bounds with respect to height in linear and quadratic spacesGlenn Henshaw (Wesleyan University)
Dec/06/2011Strong nonnegativity and sums of squares on real varietiesMohamed Omar (California Institute of Technology)

Spring 2011 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Jan/25/2011On well-rounded ideal latticesLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Feb/01/2011Cohomology and support varieties for restricted Lie superalgebrasIrfan Bagci (UC Riverside)
Feb/08/2011Toric Symmetry of P^3 in Gromov-Witten theory and Donaldson-Thomas theoryDagan Karp (Harvey Mudd College)
Feb/15/2011Classical Kloosterman sums: Representation theory, magic squares, and Ramanujan multigraphsGizem Karaali (Pomona College)
Feb/22/2011Combinatorics of Surface DeformationsSatyan Devadoss (Williams College)
Mar/01/2011The Rack AlgebraSam Nelson (Claremont McKenna College)
Mar/08/2011Birack Modules, Kei modules and Shadow ModulesSam Nelson (Claremont McKenna College)
Mar/22/2011Solving all lattice problems in deterministic single exponential timeDaniele Micciancio (UC San Diego)
Mar/29/2011Partially recursive acceptance/rejectionMark Huber (Claremont McKenna College)
Apr/05/2011Solving the word problem with using formal languagesRena Levitt (Claremont McKenna College)
Apr/12/2011Diophantine equations of matching gamesWai Yan Pong (California State University Dominguez Hills)
Apr/19/2011Perturbed NimScott Garrabrant (Pitzer College)
Apr/26/2011The Jurassic Park of abelian functionsYaacov Kopeliovich (MEAG NY)
Apr/29/2011Recent Work on the Extremal Problems of Families of Subsets with a Forbidden SubposetWei-Tian Li (University of South Carolina)
May/03/2011Nonnegative k-sums, fractional covers, and probability of small deviationsHao Huang (UCLA)

Fall 2010 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/07/2010Generators for groups of units in orders in rational quaternion algebras and a problem in number theoryMehrdad Shahshahani (Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), Tehran, Iran)
Sep/14/2010Combinatorial Hopf algebras: A Common Playground for Algebra and CombinatoricsGizem Karaali (Pomona College)
Sep/21/2010Representations of the affine Hecke algebraMatt Davis (Harvey Mudd College)
Sep/28/2010How I learned to seeVin de Silva (Pomona College)
Oct/05/2010Cutsets in the Boolean and Linear LatticesShahriar Shahriari (Pomona College)
Oct/12/2010Global Weyl modules, BGG duality and the Catalan numbersNathan Manning (UC Riverside)
Oct/26/2010Integral bases for the universal enveloping algebra of g tensor ASam Chamberlin (UC Riverside)
Nov/02/2010Toric Symmetry of P^3 and Enumerative GeometryDhruv Ranganathan and Paul Riggins (Harvey Mudd College)
Nov/09/2010Denominator identities for Lie superalgebrasShifra Reif (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Nov/16/2010The etale index of division algebrasBenjamin Antieau (UCLA)
Nov/23/2010Representation Theory in Machine LearningRisi Kondor (Caltech)
Nov/30/2010Generalizing the Condorcet CriterionMichael Orrison (Harvey Mudd College)
Dec/07/2010Polytopes, Polynomials, and Picard-Fuchs EquationsUrsula Whitcher (Harvey Mudd College)

Spring 2010 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Jan/26/2010Organizational meetingEveryone
Feb/02/2010Revisiting the hexagonal lattice: on optimal lattice circle packingLenny Fukshansky (CMC)
Feb/09/2010Counting points on hypersurfacesDaqing Wan (UC Irvine)
Feb/16/2010Disjoint chains and matchings in posetsShahriar Shahriari (Pomona College)
Feb/23/2010Quadratic forms over number ringsLarry Gerstein (UC Santa Barbara)
Mar/02/2010Blackboard biracksSam Nelson (CMC)
Mar/09/2010Sums of triangular numbersWai Kiu Chan (Wesleyan University)
Mar/23/2010Incomplete character sums over finite fieldsMei-Chu Chang (UC Riverside)
Mar/30/2010Approximating the permanent of a matrix with nonnegative entriesMark Huber (Claremont McKenna College)
Apr/06/2010Random surfacesNicholas Pippenger (HMC)
Apr/13/2010Extremal and Probabilistic CombinatoricsChoongbum Lee (UCLA)
Apr/20/2010Faces of weight polytopes and a generalization of a result of VinbergTim Ridenour (UC Riverside)
Apr/27/2010The combinatorialization of linear recurrencesArt Benjamin (HMC)

Fall 2009 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/08/2009Organizational meetingEveryone
Sep/15/2009Simulation reductions for the Ising modelMark Huber (Claremont McKenna College)
Sep/22/2009The peculiar phase structure of random graph bisectionAllon Percus (Claremont Graduate University)
Sep/29/2009Khovanov homology and the Jones polynomialSam Nelson (CMC)
Oct/06/2009Generating an algebra from the probabilistic standpointBogdan Petrenko (SUNY Brockport)
Oct/13/2009Tests of uniformity for rank data, the symmetric group, and framesMichael Orrison (Harvey Mudd College)
Oct/27/2009Fourier analysis, linear programming, and densities of distance avoiding setsFrank Vallentin (TU Delft, Netherlands)
Nov/03/2009Fields of norms and p-adic dynamical systemsGhassan Sarkis (Pomona College)
Nov/10/2009The typical structure of graphs without given excluded subgraphsJozsef Balogh (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Nov/17/2009Neighborhood complexes and rational generating functionsKevin Woods (Oberlin College)
Nov/24/2009Ranks of polynomialsZach Teitler (Texas A&M University)
Dec/01/2009Real quadratic analogues of traces of singular moduliWilliam Duke (UCLA)
Dec/08/2009The Euclidean algorithm and primitive rootsKate Petersen (Florida State University)

Spring 2009 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

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Jan/27/2009Energy Minimizing Spherical Codes and DesignsAchill Schurmann (University of Magdeburg)
Feb/03/2009Toric Symmetry in Gromov-Witten Theory Dagan Karp (Harvey Mudd College)
Feb/10/2009Bulgarian solitaire and related operations on partitions Brian Hopkins (Saint Peter's College)
Feb/17/2009Non-Archimedean dynamics of power seriesGhassan Sarkis (Pomona College)
Feb/24/2009Card shuffling and connections to representation theoryLerna Pehlivan (University of Southern California)
Mar/03/2009On heights of algebraic numbersLenny Fukshansky (Claremont McKenna College)
Mar/10/2009Strong approximation for quadricsWai Kiu Chan (Wesleyan University)
Mar/24/2009The Distribution of the Zeros of Orthogonal Polynomials on the Unit CircleMihai Stoiciu (Williams College)
Mar/31/2009Iterated Partitions of TrianglesRonald Graham (University of California San Diego)
Apr/07/2009Simultaneous Diophantine equations with side constraints: an elementary methodStephan Garcia (Pomona College)
Apr/14/2009Achievable pebbling numbersCindy Wyels (Cal State University Channel Islands)
Apr/21/2009Combinatorial Representation Theory - Old and New (MSRI video)Georgia Benkart (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Apr/28/2009Two Million Dollars of Math: An Introduction to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer ConjectureChristopher Towse (Scripps College)
May/05/2009Fun with Cyclotomic PolynomialsGary Brookfield (California State University Los Angeles)

Fall 2008 Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminars

Date:sort iconTitle:Speaker:
Sep/09/2008Organizational meetingAll interested Claremont faculty invited!
Sep/16/2008Interlocking Linkages Julie Glass (California State University East Bay)
Sep/23/2008On Siegel's lemma Lenny Fukshansky (Claremont McKenna College)
Sep/30/2008A very brief introduction to fields of normsGhassan Sarkis (Pomona College)
Oct/07/2008Inconsistencies with Nonparametric Procedures and Statistics: Combinatoric and Asymptotic ResultsAnna E. Bargagliotti (University of Memphis)
Oct/14/2008More algebraic structures from knot theorySam Nelson (Claremont McKenna College)
Oct/28/2008The Applied Mathematics of the Nottingham Group Jonathan Lubin (Brown University - emeritus)
Nov/04/2008An introduction to Gromov-Witten theoryDagan Karp (Harvey Mudd College)
Nov/11/2008GroupoidificationAlex Hoffnung (University of California Riverside)
Nov/18/2008Bounds on self-dual codes and latticesEric Rains (Caltech)
Nov/25/2008Beyond MoonshineGeoffrey Buhl (California State University Channel Island)
Dec/02/2008Using Group Theory and Graph Theory to Build Fast CommunicationsNetworks: A Brief Introduction to Expanders and Ramanujan GraphMike Krebs (California State University Los Angeles)
Dec/09/2008Minimal Triangulations of Cubes and SimplotopesFrancis Su (Harvey Mudd College)