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Friday, September 29, 2017

12:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 29, 2017

Unrectifiability Via Projections

Fernando Roman Garcia (UIUC)

Abstract: In the study of analysis on metric spaces, rectifiable sets are the appropriate analogue of smooth manifolds. Due to a celebrated theorem of Rademacher, we know rectifiable sets have a "sort of" almost-everywhere-differentiable structure with respect to which one can define approximate tangent planes and do calculus at almost every point. Classifying rectifiable or, on the other end of the spectrum, purely unrectifiable sets is not an easy task. In this talk we will see a certain classification of purely unrectifiable sets via orthogonal projections, will see how Fourier analysis plays a key role in this subject and will talk about how (if at all) similar classification can be apply to more general metric spaces, specifically the Heisenberg Group. Note: This talk will be expository, introductory and for the most part self-contained. No knowledge beyond a basic understanding of metric spaces and measure theory will be needed to follow along.

3:00 pm in 341 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 29, 2017

Bott-Samelson varieties and combinatorics

Laura Escobar (UIUC)

Abstract: Schubert varieties parametrize families of linear spaces intersecting certain hyperplanes in C^n in a predetermined way. In the 1970’s Hansen and Demazure independently constructed resolutions of singularities for Schubert varieties: the Bott-Samelson varieties. In this talk I will describe their relation with associahedra. I will also discuss joint work with Pechenick-Tenner-Yong linking Magyar’s construction of these varieties as configuration spaces with Elnitsky’s rhombic tilings. Finally, based on joint work with Wyser-Yong, I will give a parallel for the Barbasch-Evens desingularizations of certain families of linear spaces which are constructed using symmetric subgroups of the general linear group.

4:00 pm in 345 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 29, 2017

"Borel circle squaring" by Marks and Unger: Part 3

Anush Tserunyan (Illinois Math)

Abstract: In the previous talk of this series, we built a real valued Borel flow by taking the average of the "relative" matchings over each connected component. In the current talk, I'll describe how to obtain an integer valued Borel flow out of a real valued one, which is the main difficulty of the whole proof.

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 29, 2017

Framed cobordisms in algebraic topology

Pedro Mendes De Araujo (UIUC)

Abstract: The Thom-Pontryagin construction was the first machinery developed to compute homotopy groups of spheres, in terms of framed cobordism classes of manifolds embedded in Euclidean space. Although much less successful at that than the algebraic machinery developed later, it has the advantage of being highly geometric and intuitive. In this talk, which will hopefully be fun, full of pictures, and requiring little more than an acquaintance with manifolds (and a high tolerance to geometric hand waving), we'll look at how it can be used to compute pi_{n+1} S^n. On the way, we'll give a very explicit proof of the Freudenthal suspension theorem.