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Seminars and Colloquiums
for the week of November 9, 2015


Mark Bly, UTK, Monday
Andrew Marchese, UTK, Tuesday
Richard Schugart, Western Kentucky University, Tuesday
Rachel Radom, Scholarly Communication Librarian UTK Libraries, Wednesday
Pengtao Yue, Virginia Tech, Wednesday
Kevin Sonnanburg, UTK, Thursday
Brian Allen, UTK, Thursday
Rebecca Pettit, UTK, Friday
James Sunkes, UTK, Friday

Tea Time, Monday - Wednesday, 3:00 pm
Hosted by Jenny Fowler

Monday, November 9th

Cancelled this week

TITLE: Projective modules and Hermite rings
TIME: 3:35-4:25
ROOM: Ayres 114
This and the next few talks explain Suslin's proof of Serre's conjecture on projective modules and elaborate on some related topics.

Tuesday November 10th

TITLE: Machine Learning: A Stochastic Point of View
SPEAKER: Andrew Marchese, UTK
TIME: 2:10 – 3:10pm
ROOM: Ayres 114
I will talk about machine learning and how we can apply statistic and probabilistic methods to model selection. I will introduce the Vapnik-Chervonenkis dimension and the Rademacher Complexity and show how they can be used in analyzing and bounding generalization error rates for both balanced and unbalanced data. 

TITLE: Can mathematics heal all wounds?
SPEAKER: Richard Schugart, Western Kentucky University
TIME: 3:30 pm, refreshments at 3pm
ROOM: Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, NIMBioS, Claxton Education Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd
In this talk, I will present multiple wound-healing problems. The first problem uses optimal control theory to analyze the treatment of a bacterial infection in a wound with oxygen therapy. Two types of oxygen therapies (hyperbaric and topical) will be presented and preliminary results will be presented. The second problem uses patient data to formulate a mathematical model for proteolytic enzyme interactions and their effects on the healing response of a wound. Curve fitting of the model and sensitivity analyses will be presented with some interesting results when comparing different sensitivity analyses. Extensions of both problems will also be discussed.

Richard Schugart (Mathematics, Western Kentucky University, 2015) is a sabbatical fellow at NIMBioS. Schugart has developed preliminary optimal control models using ordinary and partial differential equations for the treatment of bacterial infection with either topical or hyperbaric oxygen therapy. At NIMBioS, he is analyzing models for existence of weak solutions and is developing numerical methods for solving the systems of differential equations. Analysis of the simulation results will suggest optimal treatment strategies for bacterial removal in wounds.

Wednesday November 11th

SPEAKER: Rachel Radom, Scholarly Communication Librarian UTK Libraries
TIME: 9:05-9:55am
LOCATION: Ayres 405
Why do some journals use a CC-BY license and others ask authors to transfer copyright?  What are the differences and similarities between ResearchGate,, ORCID, and Trace?  What is open access and why do librarians often, but not always, support it?  Can you include tables and graphs in your publications, theses and dissertations?  How do you seek copyright permissions?

These questions and others are some of the topics that will be covered in the presentation.  As part of the Scholars’ Collaborative, the Scholarly Communication Librarian helps all UT researchers with publishing, copyright, and author rights questions.

TITLE: ALE-Phase-field simulations of moving contact lines on moving particles
SPEAKER: Pengtao Yue, Virginia Tech
TIME: 3:35 – 4:35 pm
ROOM: Ayres 112
In this talk, I will present a hybrid Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian(ALE)-Phase-Field method for the direct numerical simulation of multiphase flows where fluid interfaces, moving rigid particles, and moving contact lines coexist. Practical applications include Pickering emulsions, froth flotation, and biolocomotion at fluid interface. An ALE algorithm based on a Galerkin finite element method and an adaptive moving mesh is used to track the moving boundaries of rigid particles. A phase-field method based on the same moving mesh is used to capture the fluid interfaces; meanwhile, the Cahn-Hilliard diffusion automatically takes care of the stress singularity at the moving contact line when a fluid interface intersects a solid surface. To fully resolve the diffuse interface, mesh is locally refined at the fluid interface. All the governing equations, i.e., equations for fluids, interfaces, and particles, are solved implicitly in a unified variational framework. As a result, the hydrodynamic forces and moments on particles do not appear explicitly in the formulation and an energy law holds for the whole system. The three-phase flow is essentially free of parasitic currents if the surface tension term is properly formulated. In the end I will present some results on the water entry problem and the capillary interaction between floating particles (a.k.a. the Cheerios effect), with a focus on the effect of contact-line dynamics.

Thursday November 12th

TITLE: Type-I Singularities for a Semilinear Parabolic Equation
SPEAKER: Kevin Sonnanburg, UTK
TIME: 2:10–3:25pm
ROOM: Ayres 114
For the equation ut = ?u + |u|p?1u, (p > 1), a type-I blow-up solution is one for which we can say ?u(·, t) ?L? ? C(T ? t)?1/(p?1) for some C > 0, where T is the blow-up time. Solutions satisfying this property are well understood and generally behave nicely. Following work by Kammerer, Merle, and Zaag, we will see that in the right conditions, the set of initial which have type-I solutions is an open set.

TITLE: Ironing Out the Wrinkles in a Black Hole Horizon
SPEAKER: Brian Allen, UTK
TIME: 3:40pm - 4:30pm
ROOM: Ayres 405
The idea of "ironing out", or "smoothing" mathematical objects has been an exciting topic over the last forty years. These ideas are known as "parabolic partial differential equation techniques" and they have been applied to the distribution of heat in a room, the solution to the Millenium Prize Problem on the Poincaré conjecture, and even the study of black holes. As we explore the intuition of heat flow together we will see how this simple concept, in the context of geometric evolution equations, can yield a remarkable result about black holes.

Friday November 13th

TITLE:  A discrete model of invasion with surveillance and removal
SPEAKER: Rebecca Pettit, UTK
TIME: 10:10-11am
ROOM: Ayres 405

TITLE:  The Interplay of Operator Theory and Function Theory
SPEAKER: James Sunkes, UTK
TIME: 2:30
ROOM: BU 476
In this introductory talk, I will motivate and discuss the technique of modeling operators on arbitrary Hilbert spaces as operators on Hilbert spaces of holomorphic functions. This technique allows us to take questions about operators and translate them into problems regarding functions. I will give a sketch of the proof of Beurling's Theorem (1949), which characterizes the invariant subspaces of the unilateral shift. Then I will discuss a dilation theorem proven by Drury (1978), which serves as the genesis of the Drury-Arveson space. This will be the first of two talks.

COLLOQUIUM - Cancelled this week

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