Virginia Mathematics Lectures

In 2014, the IMS established the Distinguished Lecture Series "Virginia Mathematics Lectures." The inaugural speaker was Professor Alex Lubotzky from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Each semester thereafter brought us another speaker in the series, including Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt), Ian Agol (UC Berkeley), and – most recently – Benedict H. Gross (Harvard).

These lecture series were enthusiastically met by the audience which included undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members and guests from other departments and institutions. Given the success of the lectures, the IMS will continue to organize two such series every year.

Upcoming and past lectures

Irene Fonseca - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - March 15 and 16, 2018

Event start date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Irene Fonseca
Irene Fonseca (Carnegie Mellon University)

Variational Methods for Materials and Imaging Sciences

Abstract: Recently developed methods and a deep articulation of ideas from the Calculus of Variations, Geometric Measure Theory, and nonlinear Partial Differential Equations (PDEs), have been instrumental in the mathematical rigorous understanding of nonlinear phenomena in a plethora of physical and technological applications, ranging from analyzing instabilities in novel advanced materials to the denoising of medical images. This leads to the two talks of this series: Variational Problems in Materials Science and Variational Problems in Imaging Science.

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Yair Minsky - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - November 13-15, 2017

Event start date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Yair Minsky Poster
Yair Minsky (Yale University)
  • Lecture 1. Hyperbolic 3-manifolds, their structure and deformations
  • Lecture 2. Between 2 and 3 dimensions: Teichmuller theory, pleated surfaces, and the complex of curves
  • Lecture 3. Quantitative models, Thurston's skinning map, and beyond

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Benedict Gross - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - March 27-29, 2017

Event start date: Monday, March 27, 2017
Benedict H. Gross Poster
Benedict H. Gross (Harvard)
  • Lecture 1: The rank of elliptic curves
  • Lecture 2: The arithmetic of hyperelliptic curves
  • Lecture 3: Heegner points on modular curves

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James Arthur - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - November 14-16, 2016

Event start date: Monday, November 14, 2016
James Arthur Poster
James Arthur (University of Toronto)
  • Lecture 1: L-functions and Number Theory
  • Lecture 2: The Trace Formula and Automorphic Forms
  • Lecture 3: Beyond Endoscopy and Functoriality

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Karen Smith - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - February 29 - March 2, 2016

Event start date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Karen Smith Poster
Karen Smith (University of Michigan)
Algebra, Geometry and Analysis over Finite Fields

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Ian Agol - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - October 14-16, 2015

Event start date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ian Agol Poster
Ian Agol (Berkeley)
The Virtual Haken Conjecture
  • Lecture 1: An overview of 3-Manifold Topology
  • Lecture 2: What is Geometric Group Theory?
  • Lecture 3: Geometric Group Theory and the Virtual Haken Conjecture

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Vaughan Jones - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - April 6-8, 2015

Event start date: Monday, April 6, 2015
Vaughan Jones Poster
Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University)
  • Lecture 1: Knots and Groups
  • Lecture 2: Lecture 2: Von Neumann Algebra and Physics
  • Lecture 3: Do all Subfactors arise in Conformal Field Theory?

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Alex Lubotzky - Virginia Mathematics Lectures - November 18-20, 2014

Event start date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Alex Lubotzky Poster
Alex Lubotzky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Expanders: From One-Dimensional to Multi-Dimensional
  • Lecture 1: Expander Graphs and Geometric/Topological Expanders
  • Lecture 2: From Ramanujan Graphs to Ramanujan Complexes
  • Lecture 3: Coboundary Expanders and Property Testing

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