Mathematics Seminar Series 2019

Year   2020    2019    2018

Title:    The History of Dirichlet’s Theorem on Primes in an Arithmetic Progression

Speaker:    Prof. Jeremy Avigad, Carnegie Mellon University

Date:    September 1, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief bio:     Prof. Jeremy Avigad is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Math- ematical Sciences, at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Penn- sylvania, United States. His research interests encompass Mathemati- cal Logic and Proof Theory; Formal Verification and Automated Rea- soning; and History and Philosophy of Mathematics. Prof. Avigad obtained his degrees in Mathematics from the University of Califor- nia, Berkeley (Ph.D.), and Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude). He has previously held multiple visiting positions with Microsoft Re- search at Redmond, Washington, United States and Orsay, France. His article “The Mechanization of Mathematics”, which originally ap- peared in the Notices of The American Mathematical Society, was fea- tured as one of the Best Writings on Mathematics in 2019 by Princeton University Press. He has also published on philosophy of mathematics in the long-form digital magazine Aeon.


Title:    Modelling Spatio-temporal Point Processes and Inferences Using Moran Statistics

Speaker:    Prof. Norou Diawara, Old Dominion University

Date:    August 18, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief bio:     Prof. Norou Diawara is Professor of Statistics in the Mathe- matics and Statistics Department at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Prof. Diwara received his B.S. at the University Cheick Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal; Maîtrise in Mathematics at Uni- versity of Le Havre, France; Master’s in Statistics at University South Al- abama; and Ph.D. in Statistics at Auburn University in Alabama in 2006. His research areas are in estimation techniques of time to event data anal- yses and neighborhood level causal effects. Such research interests may be included in discrete choice models, statistical pattern recognition us- ing copulas and spatial-temporal models.


Title:    Differential Equations and Optimization With High Order Polynomials.

Speaker:    Dr. Subhashree Mohapatra, Department of Mathematics, IIIT-Delhi

Date:    August 11, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief bio:     Dr. Subhashree Mohapatra is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. Her research interests include Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations, PDE Constrained Optimization Prob- lems, Optimal Control Theory, and Parallel Computing among others. Dr. Mohapatra has held positions at SRM University Andhra Pradesh, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Flordia at Gainesville, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, and Indian Institute of Technol- ogy Bhubaneshwar. She obtained her degrees in Mathematics from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (Ph.D.), and Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (M.A. and B.A.).


Title:    Square-free numbers: a poor substitute for primes

Speaker:    Timothy Trudgian, School of Science, UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Date:    July 28, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief bio:     Dr. Timothy Scott Trudgian is an Associate Professor in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at The University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. His research interests are in Analytic number theory encompassing the Riemann zeta-function, distribution of primes, and primitive roots. Dr. Trudgian is a prolific mathematician with over 50 publications already, and has been recognized with several awards. He was a University House Early Career Academic Fellow in 2017, a Future Fellowship at Australian Reseach Coucil (ARC) Future Fellow since 2017, ARC Early Career Research Fellow from 2012 to 2016. Prior to these, Dr. Trudgian obtained his D.Phil. in Mathematics from the University of Oxford and a B.Sc. (Hons.) from The Australian National University. He is particularly passionate about increasing the number of women in mathematics.


Title:    Subsets of two-dimensional integer lattice

Speaker:    Ashish Kumar Pandey, Department of Mathematics, IIIT-Delhi

Date:    July 21, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief Bio:     Dr. Ashish Kumar Pandey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi. Ashish is an applied mathematician and his current research interests are stability of solutions of nonlinear PDEs, estima- tion of track and intensity of tropical cyclones, and study of generalized visible lattice points. Ashish obtained his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an integrated B.Sc.- M.Sc. in Mathematics from National Institute of Science Education and Research, Bhubaneswar.


Title:    List Coloring Cartesian Products of Graphs: Criticality and the List Color Function

Speaker:    Hemanshu Kaul, Department of Applied Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology

Date:    July 14, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief bio:     Dr. Hemanshu Kaul is an Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, United States. Dr. Kaul’s research interests are broadly in Discrete Mathematics and Operations Research. This includes Graph Theory, Discrete and Net- work Optimization and related algorithms, and interdisciplinary appli- cations in Transportation Networks, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering (Power Networks and Optimization). He is the co-director of the graduate program in Computational Decision Science and Oper- ations Research (CDSOR), at IIT, Chicago, and an AMS Project NExT Fellow in 2007-08. His degrees in Mathematics were from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IIT Bombay, and St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi.


Title:    Algorithms for Dynamical Systems

Speaker:    Nikhil Balaji, Research Associate, Computer Science, University of Oxford

Date:    July 7, 2020 (Tuesday)

Brief bio:     Dr. Nikhil Balaji obtained his Ph.D. from the Chennai Mathematical Institue advised by Prof. Samir Datta. Subsequently, he has held postdoctoral positions at IIT Bombay, Ulm University, and the University of Oxford, where he is currently based. His research interests are broadly in theoretical computer science, and more specifically in au- tomata theory, quantitative verification, and computational complexity.


Title:    Distal Actions of Automorphisms of Nilpotent groups G on SubG and applications to Lattices in Lie Groups.

Speaker:    Rajdip Palit, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

Date:    March 6, 2020

Brief bio:     Rajdip Palit obtained an M.Sc. degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras in 2012. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. His area of interest is in Topology.


Title:    Arithmetic and the Foundations of Mathematics

Speaker:    Alakh Dhruv Chopra, alumnus, CSE department, IIIT-Delhi

Date:    March 5, 2020


Title:    From Calculus to Number Theory

Speaker:    Prof. Anantharam Raghuram, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

Date:    March 2, 2020

Brief Bio:     Prof. Raghuram obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur in 1992. He got a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, University of Mumbai in 1997. He is a Professor of Mathematics at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune. His research in- terests are at the interface of Number Theory, Representation Theory, Algebra, and Geometry. More specifically, he studies the special values of automorphic L-functions using analytic tech- niques from the Langlands program and geometric techniques concerning the cohomology of locally symmetric spaces.


Title:    Proving Unsatisfiability of Constraint Satisfaction Problems

Speaker:    Daya Gaur, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Lethbridge

Date:    February 19, 2020 (Monday)

Brief Bio:     Prof. Gaur obtained a Bachelor of Technology (Hons.) in Com- puter Science and Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and a Masters from Simon Fraser University. He got a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Si- mon Fraser University. He is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Lethbridge. His research interests are in Al- gorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, and Quantum Technologies. He has held visiting appointments at TIFR Mum- bai and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. He served as the founding Head, Department of Computer Science and Engi- neering, IIT Ropar, and as Head, Department of Mathematics, IIT Ropar.


Title:    What does a Mathematical Philosophy look like? : Notes from Catastrophe Theory

Speaker:    Ravi Chakraborty, Department of Philosophy, IIT Delhi

Date:    February 14, 2020

Brief Bio:     Ravi Sekhar Chakraborty is pursuing doctoral research in philos- ophy at IIT Delhi before which he studied English literature and mechanical engineering. He is working in the intersection of phi- losophy of mathematics and philosophy of literature.


Title:    Analytics in Healthcare

Speaker:    Mahesh Iyer, Co-founder, Sineflex Solutions

Date:    February 7, 2020

Brief Bio:     Dr. Mahesh Iyer is cofounder of Sineflex Solutions,LLP. He has more than 20 years of experience in R&D in healthcare. Before Sineflex, Dr. Iyer was at Novartis and worked on multiple roles including Site Head, Biostatistics at Hyderabad, and Global head for Exploratory Safety and Statistical Analytics. He has also worked at Bristol Myers Squibb and Boehringer Ingelheim. Dr. Iyer is constantly working on establishing industry academia col- laboration. He had set up one of the first part-time Ph.D. pro- gram in Statistics for Novartis associates and has taught at vari- ous institutes. He also helped start the BIRAC funded med-tech accelerator at the Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, IIIT Hyderabad and is now the domain mentor of it. He is a certified coach in the areas of emotional intelligence, assessment centers, and psychometric evaluations. He has been on various panels to discuss on mentoring and communication skills. He is actively involved in Statistical communities. Currently he is pres- ident of both the International Indian Statistical Association, In- dia chapter and Indian Association for Statistics in Clinical tri- als.


Title:    Shape and Spectra

Speaker:    Acushla Saraswat, Department of Mathematics, IIIT-Delhi

Date:    January 17, 2020

Brief Bio:     Dr. Acushla Saraswat is a Lecturer in the Department of Math- ematics at IIIT-Delhi. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of Mumbai. Her area of research is differential geom- etry, with specialization in shape calculus/ optimization.


Title:    Kant and Husserl on the Question of `Transcendental' Logic

Speaker:    Nishad Patnaik, Department of Social Sciences and Humanities

Date:    January 16, 2020


Title:    Reasoning about Knowledge

Speaker:    Sankha Basu, Department of Mathematics

Date:    January 16, 2020


Title:    Regular Bernstein Blocks

Speaker:    Manish Mishra, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune

Date:    January 10, 2020

Brief Bio:     Dr. Manish Mishra is an Assistant Professor of Math- ematics at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India. He previously held postdoctoral positions at the Heidelberg University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He com- pleted his B.Tech at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and his Ph.D at Purdue University, USA.


Title:    Variances of Counting Functions

Speaker:    Jayadev Athreya, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Washington

Date:    January 2, 2020

Abstract:     Dr. Jayadev Athreya obtained his B.Sc. in Math- ematics from Iowa State University in 2000, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Chicago in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Dr. Athreya is currently an Asso- ciate Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Wash- ington Experimental Mathematics Lab at the University of Washington, Seattle. Previously, he was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illi- nois, Urbana-Champaign where he was also instrumental in the setting up of and founding director of the Illinois Ge- ometry Lab. Dr. Athreya’s work broadly encompasses Dy- namical Systems, Ergodic Theory, and Geometry. He has been a recipient of NSF CAREER Grant and a Workforce Program Grant among other awards, and it is noteworthy to state that he obtained his Ph.D. before turning 23!