Topology and Geometry Seminar

The seminar aims to introduce research topics in topology, geometry and its interactions with other sciences on a simple level. Some topics are discussed over a 3-week period led by the same speaker (as a mini-course). Anyone interested in mathematics is welcome to attend.

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)

6   June    
13 June    
20 June    
27 June    


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