GROW 2016 Talk Titles and Abstracts

Saturday, October 15, 9:45am-10:30am

Nancy Rodriguez-Bunn
Title: What calculus tells us about life

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss how we can use calculus to gain insight into complex social, ecological, and biological phenomena. We will focus on modeling urban crime and explore various important mathematical questions from the point of view of their applications.

Saturday, October 15, 2:00pm-2:45pm

Antonio Auffinger
Title: Self-driving cars and the Riemann hypothesis

Abstract: We will discuss a few statistical physical models and their complexity. Remarkably, these models allow us to scratch the surface of one of the most famous problems in mathematics while explaining some properties of artificial intelligence.

Sunday, October 16, 9:30am-10:15am

Teena Gerhardt
Title: Algebra in topology and topology in algebra

Abstract: How do we quantify the difference between the surface of a basketball and the surface of a doughnut? Algebraic objects, such as numbers, can be used to study objects in topology called spaces. But the tools of topology can also be used to study objects in algebra. In this talk we will explore the fascinating interplay between algebra and topology and see how it is manifested in a tool called Algebraic K-theory.