2020 Department of Mathematics Events



Thurs., September 24, 2020
4:00-7:00 p.m.


Hopin Virtual Event Platform

At the annual Graduate College Open House, you will have the opportunity to learn why FAU should be your first choice for graduate education. The Fall 2020 Open House will take place Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. via Hopin Virtual Event Platform. During the Open House, attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore 100+ nationally ranked Master's, Specialist, and Doctorate graduate programs with flexible options for evening, weekend, and online courses

  • Interact with distinguished faculty and admissions representatives

  • Learn about fellowships, assistantships, and financial aid

  • Learn about graduate student services and support



AUGUST, 2020

Fri., August 21, 2020

2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Maira Verner will present: 

Title: Krull’s Principal Ideal Theorem and Systems of Parameters for a Local Ring 

Abstract: In this presentation we prove Krull’s principal ideal theorem, one of the workhorses of commutative algebra. This theorem can be generalized to ideals that are not principal, and the result is often called Krull's height theorem, which is a cornerstone of the dimension theory of Noetherian rings. It states that any minimal prime ideal of an ideal generated by n elements in a Noetherian ring has height at most n. As corollaries, we obtain the existence of systems of parameters of Noetherian local rings, and the fact that every Noetherian local ring has finite dimension. Along the way, important lemmas are proved, such as Nakayama’s lemma.  

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Time: Aug 21, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Friday, August 28, 2020

8:00 a.m.

Yuganthi Liyanage will present: 

Title: The Dual Space of the Classical Sequence Spaces in Functional Analysis 

Abstract: The dual space of a Banach Space plays a central role in functional analysis which deals with the space of all continuous linear functionals on real or complex Banach Space. In this presentation, we introduce the classical sequence spaces with their dual spaces and obtain some relations between them. 

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JULY, 2020

Mon., July 27, 2020
4:00 p.m.

M.S. Student Presentation

Speaker: Bishal Dhakal

Title: Existence of Solutions of Initial Value Problems

Abstract: In the beginning of the study of differential equations, the focus is on finding explicit solutions, focusing on solving the underlying physical problems. Then immediately after multiple questions arises, such as – if a starting point for a solution of differential equations is given, does the solution always exist? If it exists, how long does it exist and is there only one such solution? In this presentation, we are going to answer some of the above questions. We are studying this because its importance grew more and more over time then the beginning of the nineteenth century when it was first introduced by Cauchy. It is useful significantly to delay equations, functional differential equations, partial differential equations or stochastic differential equations and finite- and infinite dimensional dynamical systems.

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Mon., July 20, 2020

4:00 p.m.

PhD Dissertation Defense 

Speaker: Sunil Giri

Title: Infection Age Structured Vector Borne Disease Model with Direct Transmission

Advisor: Dr. Necibe Tuncer


Mathematical modeling is a powerful tool to study and analyze the disease dynamics prevalent in the community. This thesis studies the dynamics of two time since infection structured vector borne models with the direct transmission. We have included disease induced death rate in the first model to from the second model. The aim of this thesis is to analyze whether these two models have same or different disease dynamics. An explicit expression for the reproduction number denoted by R0 is derived. Dynamical analysis reveals the forward bifurcation in the first model. That is when the threshold value R0 < 1, disease free equilibrium is stable both locally and globally implying disease dies out from the population. When R0 > 1 existence of unique endemic equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable.

For the second model, analysis of the existence and stability of equilibria reveals the existence of backward bifurcation i.e. where the disease-free equilibrium coexists with the endemic equilibrium when the reproduction number R02 is less than unity. This aspect shows that in order to control vector borne disease, it is not sufficient to have reproduction number less than unity although necessary. Thus, the infection can persist in the population even if the reproduction number is less than unity. Numerical simulation is presented to see the bifurcation behavior in the model. By taking the reproduction number as the bifurcation parameter, we find the system undergoes backward bifurcation at R02 = 1. Thus, the model has backward bifurcation and have two positive endemic equilibrium when R02 < 1 and unique positive endemic equilibrium whenever R02 > 1. Stability analysis shows that disease free equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable when R02 < 1 and unstable when R02 > 1. When R02 < 1, lower endemic equilibrium in backward bifurcation is locally stable

Please contact Dr. Hongwei Long <hlong@fau.edu>  for an electronic copy of the dissertation. A hard copy of the dissertation is not displayed in the departmental office in order to avoid multiple people touching the same hard copy at this pandemic time.

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Monday, July 20, 2020; 4:00 p.m.

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Thurs., July 20. 2020

1:00 p.m.

Speaker: Kenneth Alex Dowling will present:

Title: Continuation in Dynamics

Authors: K. Alex Dowling, William Kalies, Robert Vandervorst

Abstract: In this work, we describe continuation of structure in families of dynamical systems using category, sheaf, and lattice algebras. We start by framing many well-known concepts in dynamics, such as attractors or invariant sets, as functors on a category of dynamical systems into a category of lattices or posets. Then, we construct sheaves from such functors, which encode data about the continuation of structure as system parameters vary. Similarly, we build morphisms for these sheaves from natural transformations. This framework is then applied to a variety of lattice algebras associated to dynamical systems, whose algebraic properties carry over to their respective sheaves. Furthermore, we show the cohomology groups of these sheaves contain information about bifurcations of the system. We give several examples relating the structure of these groups to information about the type of bifurcation.


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Wed., July 15, 2020
10:00 a.m.

Speaker: Amir Alipour Yengejeh 

Title: Survival Analysis with Cox Proportional Hazard Deep Learning Neural Networks

Abstract: Survival models are used to explore and understand the relationship between individuals’ covariates (e.g. clinical and genetic features) and the effectiveness of various treatment options. There are two types of models:

1. Standard survival models: Cox proportional hazards model.

2. Nonlinear survival models: Neural network and survival forest.

The main problem of standard models is that they need extensive feature engineering, prior (medical) knowledge, or pre-assumptions to model treatment interaction at individual level, while nonlinear can inherently model these high-level interaction terms. One of the conspicuous nonlinear models is DeepSurv: A Cox proportional hazards deep neural network.

In this work, through the results of training DeepSurv on the simulated and real survival data, we will show that the performance of DeepSurv in modeling highly complex relationships between an individual’s covariates and their risk of failure is as well as or better than others. The capabilities of DeepSurv in the prediction and modeling can enable researchers to use deep neural network as a tool in their exploration, understanding, and prediction of the effects of a individuals' characteristics on their risk of failure. 

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Wed., July 15, 2020
1:00 p.m.

PhD Dissertation Defense 

Speaker: Shaun Miller

Title: Algorithms in Lattice-Based Cryptanalysis

Co-Advisors: Dr. Shi Bai and Dr. Rainer Steinwandt


An adversary armed with a quantum computer has algorithms at their disposal, which are capable of breaking our current methods of encryption. Even with the birth of post-quantum cryptography, some of the best cryptanalytic algorithms are still quantum. This thesis discusses the cryptanalysis of lattice-based cryptography using classical and quantum algorithms. Several experiments are conducted concerning the efficacy of lattice reduction algorithms, BKZ and LLL. In particular, the difficulty of solving Learning With Errors is assessed by reducing the problem to an instance of the Unique Shortest Vector Problem. The results are used to predict the behavior these algorithms may have on actual cryptographic schemes with security based on hard lattice problems. Lattice reduction algorithms may require several floating-point operations including multiplication. In this thesis, I consider the resource requirements of a quantum circuit designed to simulate floating-point multiplication with high precision. 

Please contact Dr. Hongwei Long <hlong@fau.edu>  for an electronic copy of the dissertation. A hard copy of the dissertation is not displayed in the departmental office in order to avoid multiple people touching the same hard copy at this pandemic time.

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Meeting number (access code): 120 790 1846
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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JUNE, 2020

Tues., June 23, 2020

5:00 p.m.

FAU's Student Chapter of the American Women IN Mathematics (AWM) presents:

'Going Virtual' Live Q & A Tea 

The FAU AWM Graduate Student Chapter has considered the drastic changes that COVID-19 has had on the education as well as professional standards. The requirements to transit to an all-virtual learning environment can be inconvenient even for non-beginners. This live question and answer session is to raise solutions and have an open discussion on the various resources known and used by experts to alleviate the burden on students and academic professionals working within the mathematical sciences to adjust to these changes. We hope to enhance a smoother transition to virtual learning environments and that the information will be vital for everyone involved.

Tuesday Tea's are an on-going initiative that the FAU AWM Chapter has practiced in order to promote functional and meaningful conversations within mathematics and the STEM communities, to continue building professional and social networks amongst student-to-student relations, academic faculty, as well as industry professionals.

This event is open to anyone interested in mathematics at FAU and neighboring institutions! Please sign up so that we can contact you with relevant information in the future. We would love to connect with you!


MAY, 2020

 Wed., May 20, 2020

3:00 pm

MS Presentation:

Speaker: Leila Mirsaleh Kohan (via WebEx):


Abstract:  Autoimmune diseases can be developed by exposure to radiation. Ionizing radiation modifies the immune system and diminishing its normal ability to fight diseases.  The extents of the modifications depend on the dose rate and duration of radiation exposure.  This work employs mathematical simulations of autoimmune process dynamics under irradiation. The mathematical model employed in this work consists of four non-linear differential equations.  The variables used in the modeling are the concentration of target cells of the tissue, concentration of cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, the concentration of tissue-specific antigen, and the concentration of T-suppressor cortical thymus.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020 3:00 PM

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Thurs., May 21, 2020
10:50 am-12:30 pm

FAU SIAM Student Chapter Presents

Speaker: Dr. Christopher Tralie, Ursinus College
Title: TDALabs: (Some of) TDA's Greatest Hits in Interactive Python
Abstract: Abstract: TDA software is becoming more mainstream and accessible to both mathematicians in the field and to data scientists at large. Recently, I worked as part of a small team of open source software developers to create a Python library known as scikit-tda (https://scikit-tda.org/). In addition to using this library in myriad research applications, I have also been developing a compendium of examples for pedagogical purposes, some of which are in a repository I call "TDALabs" (https://github.com/ctralie/TDALabs). In this talk, I will interactively go through a number of these examples, including a demo of the stability theorem, sliding windows in time series and video, the natural space of image patches, diffusion maps and TDA, lower star image filtrations for cell segmentation in images, mesh reconstruction via alpha shapes, and isometry blind 3D shape clustering. It is the hope that people will be inspired to use these materials in their own courses and workshops, and it is also the hope that some will help me build on them and contribute additional concise examples that showcase their work. Pull requests are welcome!

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 January 24 - 25, 2020
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Florida GeoGebra Conference

Friday, Jan 24  - Pompano Beach High School

Saturday, Jan 25 - Florida Atlantic University

 Thurs, January 30, 2020
1:00 pm

American Mathematics Competition 10/12A

Annual AMC Contests for Middle and High School Students

FAU Boca Raton Campus

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Florida Women in Mathematics Day

FAU, Boca Raton Campus

 Weds, February 5, 2020
2:00 pm

American Mathematics Competition 10/12A

Annual AMC Contests for Middle and High School Students

FAU Boca Raton Campus

Wed, February 12, 2020                                   
4:00 pm; SE 215  

Algebra Seminar: Dr. Warren McGovern: Possible Theorem About Semi-Clean Group Rings

Thurs, February 13, 2020
11:00 am; SE-215

Dr. Jason Mireles-James, Florida Atlantic University

Title: Collision dynamics in some gravitational N-body problems
Abstract: The equations of motion for gravitating bodies have singularities when any two of the bodies occupy the same point in space, i.e. when there is a collision.  It is well known, but still quite interesting, that one can make sense of orbits that ``go through'' collisions by a process called regularization.  I'll introduce the idea of regularization and illustrate its use in some numerical calculations

Mon, February 17, 2020
11:00 am; SE-215

Dr. Yan Zhang; Functional annotation of genomic elements using deep learning techniques

Wed, February 19, 2020
4:00 pm. SE-215

Algebra Seminar with Dr. Zvi Rose, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Florida Atlantic University

Title: Oriented Matroids and Combinatorial Neural Codes.
Abstract: A combinatorial neural code is convex if it arises as the intersection pattern of convex open subsets of Euclidean space. We relate the emerging theory of convex neural codes to the established theory of oriented matroids, in both a category-theoretic sense and with respect to feasibility and complexity. By way of this connection, we prove that all convex codes are related to some representable oriented matroid, and we show that deciding whether a neural code is convex is NP-hard.

Thurs, February 20, 2020
11:00 am; SE 215

Dr. Yang Li: Modeling Spatial and Spatio-temporal Process on the Sphere with Convolution

Mon, February 24, 2020
4:00 pm; SE-215

Crypto Café with Floyd Johnson, Florida Atlantic University

Title: An Introduction to Quantum Key Distribution
Abstract: Quantum mechanics was one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of the last century with applications still being found.  Since the 1970’s mathematicians and physicists have been exploring how quantum mechanics can be used in cryptography to achieve previously thought impossible results.  In this talk, we will give an overview of the problem of key establishment and how quantum phenomena can be used to achieve secure key establishment

Wed, February 26, 2020
4 pm; SE-216

Algebra Seminar with Zvi Rose, Florida Atlantic University

Title: Oriented Matroids and Combinatorial Neural Codes
Abstract: A combinatorial neural code is convex if it arises as to the intersection pattern of convex open subsets of Euclidean space. We relate the emerging theory of convex neural codes to the established theory of oriented matroids, in both a category-theoretic sense and with respect to feasibility and complexity. By way of this connection, we prove that all convex codes are related to some representable oriented matroid, and we show that deciding whether a neural code is convex is NP-hard.

Fri, February 28, 2020
4 pm; SE-215

Title: Combinatorial Game Theory
Abstract: This will be a talk which begins with the game of Nim and Sprague-Grundy numbers. We will then discuss a few newer games and some recent results.  The level of the talk should be suitable for graduate students and even some interested undergraduates.

Wed, March 4, 2020
4 pm; 5:00 p.m.
Jupiter Campus 

Algebra Seminar with Robert Raphael, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Concordia

Title: The countable lifting problem and the reduced-ring partial order.
Abstract: The origins of the countable lifting problem, the work of Topping and Conrad. The case of C(X) by Hager and the speaker. The RR-order on reduced rings. What it means for Boolean rings and for domains.  The algebraic results. Weakly Baer rings and almost weakly Baer rings. The topological results. RR-good spaces. When are products of rr-good spaces rr-good?

 March 9 - 13, 2020
 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Computing, and Graph Theory

Student Hospitality Center

 Sat, March 14, 2020
8:00 am - 3:30pm

FAU Math Day

16th Annual FAU Math Day - RESCHEDULED

FAU Boca Campus

Wed., April 15, 2020
2:00  p.m.

Master's Presentation with Melissa De Jesus

Title: Stability Analysis of the SIR model
Abstract:  The SIR model is one way that we can analyze how the spread of a disease effects a population overtime.  In this model, the spread of a disease divides our population into 3 non-intersecting classes: susceptible, infected, and recovered.  By studying the dynamics of this system, we are able to predict how the disease will behave in the population. We are interested in the stability of the equilibria points which will help us decide whether a disease will die out, or if it will stabilize itself.

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Fri., April 17, 2020
1:00 p.m.

Virtual Student Presentation with Noah Corbett

Title: The Stable Manifold Theorem
Abstract:  In this talk, we set up the necessary framework to state the Stable Manifold Theorem for a hyperbolic fixed point.  We then proceed to prove the theorem in detail.  

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Meeting number (access code): 472 811 477
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Fri., April 17, 2020
3:00 p.m.

Ph.D. Dissertation Defense with Jorge Gonzalez 

Meeting number (access code): 478 231 370
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Tue., May 5, 2020
4:00 p.m.

FAU's Student Chapter of the AWM Care To BEE Event

Dr. Nina Fefferman will be joining us live on Webex for a problem-solving session based on topics from a pre-recorded webinar from NIMBioS,  "The Role of Applied Math in Real-time Pandemic Response How Basic Disease Models Work"

Dr. Nina Fefferman is a mathematical biologist with a long history of work on biosecurity and pandemic preparedness and response. She has consulted in this area for state and federal agencies and departments on threats including TB, Ebola, Zika virus, H1N1 2009, and many others, now including COVID-19. She is a professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Fefferman directs the Mathematical Modeling Center at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

Abstract: It's not normally instantly obvious what mathematicians do. It's also not normal to be able to use middle-school math to help try to save the world. Right now, things are not normal. Join us for "The role of applied math in real-time pandemic response: How basic disease models work" for a presentation about how very simple, middle-school math (and much fancier versions of the same thing) can help us fight COVID-19.

Be sure to register online. This conference is open to anyone interested in mathematics at FAU and neighboring institutions! Please sign up so that we can contact you with relevant information. Also, if you would like to provide a mailing address, we will be sending out promotional items (note this is optional). 

This initiative was made possible by the generous support of Lisa Simonyi, the IAS Women and Mathematics Program, and the FAU Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Mon, May 11, 2020

Order in Algebra and Logic Conference 2020


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