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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

IGL/AWM Seminar
3:00 pm   in 245 Altgeld Hall,  Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Submitted by tyson.
Loredana Lanzani (Syracuse University)
Practical Applications of Complex Analysis
Abstract: The notion of conformal mapping is of fundamental importance in complex analysis. Conformal maps are used by mathematicians, physicists and engineers to change regions with complicated shapes into much simpler ones, and to do so in a way that preserves shape on a small scale (that is, when viewed up close). This makes it possible to `transpose’ a problem that was formulated for the complicated-looking region into another, related problem for the simpler region (where it can be easily solved) -- then one uses conformal mapping to `translate' the solution of the problem over the simpler region, back to a solution of the original problem (over the complicated region). The beauty of conformal mapping is that its governing principle is based on a very simple idea that is easy to explain and to understand (much like the statement of Fermat's celebrated last theorem). In the first part of this talk I will introduce the notion of conformal mapping and will briefly go over its basic properties and some of its history (including a historical mystery going back to Galileo Galilei). I will then describe some of the many real-life applications of conformal maps, including: cartography; airplane wing design (transonic flow); art (in particular, the so-called `Droste effect’ in the work of M. C. Escher). Time permitting, I will conclude by highlighting a 2013 paper by MacArthur fellow L. Mahadevan that uses the related notion of quasi-conformal mapping to link D'Arcy Thompson's iconic work On Shape and Growth (published in 1917) with modern morphometric analysis (a discipline in biology that studies, among other things, how living organisms evolve over time). No previous knowledge of complex analysis is needed to enjoy this talk.

Doob Colloquium
3:00 pm   in 243 Altgeld Hall,  Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Erik Walsberg (UIUC)
First order logic and Sub-riemannian spheres.
Abstract: I will discuss a connection between sub-riemannian geometry and first order model theory. Researchers in sub-riemannian geometry have essentially been working on the following: are sub-riemannian spheres definable in an o-minimal expansion of the ordered field of real numbers? (O-minimality is an important and popular topic in model theory developed in large part by UIUC's own Lou van den Dries). It also seems that some model theorists have been trying to construct the kind of structure that the geometers are looking for. As far as I can tell neither side was really aware of what the other was doing until now. I will try to explain some of this. No knowledge of logic or sub-riemannian geometry is necessary.