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Friday, January 25, 2019

2:00 pm in 141 Altgeld,Friday, January 25, 2019

A potential theoretic approach to box counting and packing dimensions

Fernando Roman-Garcia (Illinois Math)

Abstract: In 1968 Robert Kaufman introduced a potential theoretic approach to Hausdorff dimension. This approach allowed the use of Fourier analytic tools to answer questions about fractal Hausdorff dimension. In the late 90's Kenneth Falconer introduced a similar approach to packing and box counting dimensions. This allowed further developments on this area of geometric analysis such as Marstrand-Mattila type projection theorems for these different notions of fractal dimension. In this talk we will go through the development of this approach and (if time permits) go over the proof of the projection theorem for box and packing dimensions.

4:00 pm in 141 Altgeld Hall,Friday, January 25, 2019

Symmetric functions and Hilbert schemes

Joshua Wen (UIUC)

Abstract: One source of applications of geometric and topological methods to combinatorics and representation theory is to proving various numbers are positive integers by showing that said numbers are dimensions of some vector space. A big example of this from more than a decade ago is Haiman’s proof of the Macdonald positivity conjecture, which further cemented an already tight connection between symmetric functions and the topology of Hilbert schemes of points in $\mathbb{C}^2$. I want to go through this story while highlighting two lessons that nobody taught me in grad school—that generating series are awesome for geometers and how to do geometry on a moduli space.