Seminar Archive - 2010

Our regular seminar program covers a broad range of topics from applied mathematics, pure mathematics and statistics. All staff and students are welcome. A complete list of past seminars can be accessed via the left-hand menu.

A./Prof. Norman Wildberger - UNSW
Rotor coordinates provide a new algebraic alternative to polar coordinates for describing kinematic motion. Here we provide an introduction to this 'vector trigonometry', relating it to the usual '...

Alexandr Usachev - UNSW
Let {fn} be an orthogonal, uniformly bounded, normalised system. The classical Mercer theorem states that for every summable function the sequence of its 'Fourier' coefficients with respect to {fn}...

Guy Flint - UNSW
The classical result of the Dixmier approximation theorem states that the centre of a von Neumann algebra has a nonempty intersection with the norm-closure of the convex hull of every unitary orbit....

Johann S. Brauchart - UNSW
The question of "How to optimally arrange N repulsive particles on a spherical shell?" can be applied to problems such as virus-morphology, crystallization, discretization of manifolds (e.g. wings of...

Prof. Victor Gayral - Universite de Reims
Dixmier traces on semifinite von Neumann algebras play an important role in noncommutative geometry (spectral characterization of the dimension of a manifold, construction of Yang-Mills type...

Professor Don Percival - University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Course description: Wavelets have played a prominent role in the statistical analysis of time series since their introduction in the 1980s. This half-day workshop on wavelets will consist of two...

Associate Professor Stephane Heritier - University of Sydney
In biostatistics “robust” inference in the Cox model typically refers to the use of the Lin and Wei sandwich variance estimator (LW) in conjunction with the partial likelihood estimator (PLE). It...

Professor Robert Kohn - Australian School of Business, UNSW
We propose an approach to the regularization of covariance matrices that can be applied to any model for which the likelihood is available in closed form. The approach is based on using mixtures of...

Dr Gery Geenens - UNSW
Football (soccer) is certainly the most popular sport in Belgium. In 2008-2009, the Belgian premier league, the so-called Jupiler Pro League, consisted of 18 teams, each having played others twice,...

Dr Geoff Hosack - CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, Hobart
We develop a novel advanced Particle Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm that is capable of sampling from the posterior distribution of non-linear state space models for both the unobserved latent...

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