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.
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.
Event start date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Martin Hairer will visit the department in the period November 28 – December 3. He will deliver the Fall 2022 installment of our VML series which will consist of 3 lectures on November 29, 30 and December 1. Details TBA.
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Event start date: Monday, April 18, 2022
- Lecture 1 - “Universal construction and TQFTs: from Frobenius algebras to finite state automata”. Monday, April 18, 5:00-6:00pm, Nau 101. Notes
- Lecture 2 - “Homological algebra of link homology: categorification of the Jones polynomial and the Kuperberg bracket”. Tuesday, April 19, 5:00-6:00pm, Nau 101. Notes
- Lecture 3 - “Foams, categorification of Reshetikhin-Turaev link invariants: GL(N) link homology and the 4-color theorem”. Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-6:00pm, Ridley G006. Notes
The lectures will be in-person, and they will be preceded by the Workshop on Categorical Methods in Representation Theory and Quantum Topology.
Event start date: Monday, November 8, 2021
- Lecture 1 - “Solving the quintic by iteration”. Monday, November 8, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm, Nau 101.
- Lecture 2 - “Billiards and moduli spaces”. Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:00-6:00pm, Clark 108
- Lecture 3 - “Rigidity for planes in flexible 3-manifolds”. Wednesday, November 10, 5:00-6:00pm, Clark 108
The lectures are preceded by the Virginia Topology Conference.
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Event start date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Greg Lawler (University of Chicago)
- Lecture 1 - “Random walks: Simple and Self-avoiding”. Wednesday, February 12, 2020. 5:15-6:15pm, Nau 101
- Lecture 2 - “Conformal Invariance and the Two-Dimensional Critical Phenomenon”. Thursday, February 13, 2020. 5-6pm, Monroe 124
- Lecture 3 - “Loop Measures and the Loop-Erased Random Walk”. Friday, February 14, 2020. 4-5pm, Monroe 124
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Event start date: Monday, November 4, 2019
- Lecture 1 - “Integral Quadratic Forms and Applications”. November 4, 5-6pm, Nau 101
- Lecture 2 - “Integer points on affine cubic surfaces”. November 5, 5-6pm, Monroe 124
- Lecture 3 - “Applications of points on subvarieties of tori”. November 6, 5-6pm, Nau 101
Event start date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Van Vu (Yale University)
The (random) matrix
- Lecture 1 - “Random matrices: Global distributions”. April 15, 5-6 pm, Monroe 124
- Lecture 2 - “Random matrices: Local distributions”. April 15, 6-7 pm, Monroe 124
- Lecture 3 - “Random matrices in Data Science”. April 16, 5-6 pm, Nau 101
This series of talks is devoted to modern aspects of random matrix theory.
Event start date: Monday, October 22, 2018
New worlds for Lie theory
- Lecture 1 - October 22, 5-6pm, Nau 101
- Lecture 2 - October 23, 5-6pm, Nau 101
- Lecture 3 - October 24, 5-6pm, Nau 101
Preceded by the Workshop on Representation Theory, Combinatorics, and Geometry
Event start date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
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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Event start date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Hyperbolic 3-manifolds, their structure and deformations
Between 2 and 3 dimensions: Teichmuller theory, pleated surfaces, and the complex of curves
Quantitative models, Thurston's skinning map, and beyond
Event start date: Monday, March 27, 2017
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
Event start date: Monday, November 14, 2016
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
Event start date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Karen Smith (University of Michigan)
Algebra, Geometry and Analysis over Finite Fields
Event start date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
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
Event start date: Monday, April 6, 2015
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?
Event start date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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