Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar

The seminar aims to introduce research topics in geometry, topology and dynamics and its interactions with other sciences on a simple level. Some topics are discussed over a two ot three-week period led by the same speaker (as a mini-course). Anyone interested in mathematics is welcome to attend.

Fall 2018

The seminar will meet at 4:00 pm on Wednesday at Lab 3, B700 unless otherwise noted. 

Date Speaker Title
2 October (Tuesday, 11:00-12:00, Lab 3 B717) Makoto Narita (Okinawa National College of Technology) Spacetime Singularities -An Introduction-
10 October   No seminar
17 October   No seminar
24 October Kenta Hayano (Keio University)  On Diagrams of Simplified Trisections and Mapping Class Groups
31 October Osamu Saeki (Kyushu University)  
7 November Kazuto Takao (Kyoto University)  
14 November John Loftin (Rutgers University, Newark)  
21 November   Likely no seminar
28 November   Likely no seminar
5 December Scott Carter (Osaka City University)  
12 December   Likely no seminar
16 January   Likely no seminar
23 January

David Gabai (Princeton University)

The General 4 dimensional Light Bulb Theorem
30 January Shinpei Baba (Osaka University)  
6 February    
13 February   Likely no seminar
20 February    
27 February    


Summer 2018

The seminar will meet at 3:00 pm on Wednesday at Lab 3, B700 unless otherwise noted. 

Date Speaker Title (click for abstract)
 9  May

Linling Ru (OIST)

Motoko Kato (Tokyo University)

(1) A suspension flow with a Plykin attractor

(2) On groups whose actions on finite-dimensional CAT(0) spaces have global fixed points

(Lab2, B662)

16 May   No Seminar
21 May Jessica Purcell (Monash University) Cusp shape and tunnel number (part 1
22 May Jessica Purcell (Monash University) Cusp shape and tunnel number (part 2)
23 May Jessica Purcell (Monash University) Cusps and alternating knots

24 May

Joel Hass (UC Davis)

Comparing shapes of genus zero [public lecture, no topology background expected]

(4-5pm, Room B250)

30 May

Anastasiia Tsvietkova (OIST)

The number of surfaces of fixed genus in a link complement

6   June Josh Howie (Monash University) Coiled Surfaces And The Slope Conjectures
13 June-August 1   Conferences/Research Travel/Summer Break
1 August, (Thursday) Dale Koenig (OIST) Computational complexity and knot theory
9 August (Thursday) Robert Tang (OIST) Solving word problems in finitely presented groups
16 August (Thursday) Tirasan Khandhawit (OIST) Stable Homotopy and Differential Topology
22 August   No Seminar
29 August   No Seminar


Spring 2018

Date Speaker Title (click for abstract)
10 January  Dale Koenig (OIST) A hands on introduction to Morse theory and handle decompositions
17 January  Gudrun Szewieczek (TU Wien/Kobe) Conformally flat hypersurfaces and Guichard nets 
24 January  Dale Koenig (OIST) Heegaard splittings and an introduction to 3-manifold theory
31 January  Dale Koenig (OIST)  Trisections of 4-manifolds
 7  February   Luca Lussardi (Politecnico di Torino) The Kirchhoff-Plateau problem
14 February   Linling Ru (OIST)  An introduction to uniformly hyperbolic attractors
21 February  Linling Ru (OIST)  Plykin attractor on the plane
28 February    No seminar 
  7 March Tirasan Khandhawit (OIST) Gauge theory and topology of manifolds
14 March Mini-symposium (12-14 March) Computational Problems in Low-dimensional Topology
21 March    No seminar (National holiday)
28 March Tirasan Khandhawit (OIST) Introduction to Seiberg-Witten invariant
4   April Yasha Neiman (OIST) Geometric Algebras: from the wedge produce to higher-spin Holography
11 April Dale Koenig (OIST) 3-manifolds in trisections
18 April Johannes Schönke (OIST) Möbius Kaleidocycles --- A New Family of Ring Mechanisms