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Friday, April 21, 2017

2:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 21, 2017

Baire measurable colorings of group actions: Part Ⅲ

Anton Bernshteyn (UIUC Math)

Abstract: Suppose that a countable group $\Gamma$ acts continuously on a Polish space $X$ and denote this action by $\alpha$. Does there exist a Baire measurable coloring $f \colon X \to \mathbb{N}$ satisfying certain local constraints? Or, better to say, can we characterize the coloring problems which admit Baire measurable solutions over $\alpha$? We will show that, on the one hand, there is no such Borel characterization—the problem is complete analytic. On the other hand, when $\alpha$ is the shift action, we prove that, roughly speaking, a Baire measurable coloring exists if and only if it can be found by a greedy algorithm.

3:00 pm in 243 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 21, 2017

Maximal tori in the symplectomorphism groups of Hirzebruch surfaces

Hadrian Quan (UIUC Math)

Abstract: In this talk, I'll discuss some beautiful results of Yael Karshon. After introducing the family of Hirzebruch surfaces, I'll highlight how certain toric actions identify these spaces with trapezoids in the complex plane. Finally, I'll describe the necessary and sufficient conditions she finds to determine when any two such surfaces are symplectomorphic. No knowledge of symplectic manifolds or toric varieties will be assumed.

4:00 pm in 345 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 21, 2017

The logical complexity of finitely generated commutative rings

Matthias Aschenbrenner (UCLA)

Abstract: Since the work of G\"odel we know that the theory of the ring $\mathbb Z$ of integers is very complicated. Using the coding techniques introduced by him, every finitely generated commutative ring can be interpreted in $\mathbb Z$ and therefore has a theory which is no more complicated than that of $\mathbb Z$. It has also been long known that conversely, every infinite finitely generated commutative ring interprets the integers, and hence its theory is at least as complex as that of $\mathbb Z$. However, this mutual interpretability does not fully describe the class of definable sets in such rings. The correct point of view is provided by the concept of bi-interpretability, an equivalence relation on the class of first-order structures which captures what it means for two structures to essentially have the same categories of definable sets and maps. We characterize algebraically those finitely generated rings which are bi-interpretable with $\mathbb Z$. (Joint work with Anatole Kh\'elif, Eudes Naziazeno, and Thomas Scanlon.)

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, April 21, 2017

Itís hard being positive: symmetric functions and Hilbert schemes

Joshua Wen (UIUC Math)

Abstract: Macdonald polynomials are a remarkable basis of $q,t$-deformed symmetric functions that have a tendency to show up various places in mathematics. One difficult problem in the theory was the Macdonald positivity conjecture, which roughly states that when the Macdonald polynomials are expanded in terms of the Schur function basis, the corresponding coefficients lie in $\mathbb{N}[q,t]$. This conjecture was proved by Haiman by studying the geometry of the Hilbert scheme of points on the plane. Iíll give some motivations and origins to Macdonald theory and the positivity conjecture and highlight how various structures in symmetric function theory are manifested in the algebraic geometry and topology of the Hilbert scheme. Also, if you like equivariant localization computations, then youíre in luck!