In addition to student presentations, the conference features two invited faculty
plenary talks, a panel on career opportunities in government, industry, and academia, networking opportunities at lunch (provided to all participants) and a drawing for door prizes at the end.
Location: 7800 York Road, on the campus of Towson University in Towson Maryland.
Time:10 am -- 5:30 pm
Registration starts at 9:30am, along with coffee and pastry refreshments.
Free lunch provided for all registered participants. Stay until after the final plenary talk for a chance to win one of 5 door prizes (including board games and, like every year, a flying drone!)
Please fill out the online registration form if you are planning to attend.
Organizers: Sergiy Borodachov (firstname.lastname@example.org), Alexei Kolesnikov (email@example.com), Nathan McNew (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hervé Nganguia (email@example.com)
Title: Discrete Morse theory as an introduction to topology
Abstract: Like algebra, geometry, and number theory, topology is one of the main branches of mathematics today. Yet unlike algebra, geometry, and number theory, most people are not aware of what topology is. Because of its abstract nature, explaining the main concepts found in topology can be challenging. In this talk, we will discuss some of the main ideas in topology via an introduction to discrete Morse theory. Discrete Morse theory is a tool used in topology, but viewing this tool from the right point of view can shed great light on the important ideas in topology. We will also look at two original research problems, one relating to persistent homology and one relating to merge trees.
Amy Chapman, Virginia Military Institute
Title: The Power of Lines
Abstract: Lines are often seen as simple, easy to work with functions. But what can you do using only lines? In operations research, there's an entire class of problems, linear programming problems, that use only lines to optimize complex systems. In this talk, I will provide a brief introduction to linear programming, and then discuss a humanitarian relief application that approaches the problem of locating relief centers, not just from an operational point of view. This approach takes into account social costs in order to more fairly relieve the suffering of the impacted population.
- William Logan, Transamerica (actuary).
- Ahmad Harvey, Census Bureau
- Colin Zimmerman, Franklin Templeton Investments (Senior Data Scientist).
Parts of the conference will also be available on Zoom. Links to participate will be emailed to registered participants.