Mathematics Colloquium

Calendar of upcoming talks available here

The Mathematics Colloquia is a series of talks by the Willamette University Math Department and visiting speakers. These talks are aimed at faculty and undergraduate math students and will introduce the audience to fun, interesting applications of undergraduate mathematics, as well as more advanced topics in mathematics research. Unless otherwise noted, Colloquium talks will be held Thursdays at 4:00pm in Ford Room 102. Refreshments will be provided. We hope you can join us! If you would like more information, please contact Prof. Erin McNicholas.


Colloquium Schedule 2013-2014

Thursday, April 24th, Ford Hall 102 at 3:30pm  (NOTE TIME CHANGE!)

Glencora Borradaile, Oregon State University, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Min Cuts, Shortest Cycles and Planar Graphs, oh my!

A min st-cut is a minimum (weight) set of edges whose removal disconnects the graph, such that the vertex s is in one component and vertex t is in another.  Now suppose you want to find many min cuts in the same graph.  Can you do this more efficiently than simply computing a min cut for every pair of nodes that you are interested in?  It turns out that you can, and we'll see a very elegant solution to this problem, dating to the 60s.  We'll also see how, if your input graph is a planar graph, you can find a particular set of min cuts very, very quickly.

Abstracts Archive

Past 2013-14 Talks

April -

4/17 Liz McMahon, Lafayette College
Mathematics in the Game of Set

4/10 Gary Gordon, Lafayette College
Pick a Tree, Any Tree

March -

3/13 Paul Cull, Computer Science, Oregon State University
Solving Towers of Hanoi and Related Puzzles

3/7 Matt Anderson
A Prime Producing Polynomial

February -

2/20 K. Tucker (a.k.a k-TUCK)
Enumeration and Projection Dependence of 1-Singular Knots

2/20 R. Robinson (a.k.a Ray-Robins)
Convergence of Sequences of Polygons

December -

12/5 Jordan Purdy, Mathematics Dept
Spatial Statistics - Logistic Regression, the Autologistic Model and Mountain Pine Beetle

12/4 Samantha Reynolds, Willamette University '14
College Entrance Exam Firms, Nonprofit Efficiency, and Testing Fees

November - 

11/14 Professor Inga Johnson, Mathematics Dept
Topology, Homology and Applications to Data

October - 

10/31 Jeff Schreiner-McGraw and Will Agnew-Svoboda
Unipancyclic  Matroids

10/24 Nancy Ann Neudauer, Pacific University 
What is a Matroid? Investigations of asymptotic enumeration in matroids

10/3 Yumi Li, Math Major
Put Your Thinking CAPS On (Exploring Finite Geometry in the Card Game SET®) 

September - 

9/19 Ryan Wright, Janrain Inc.
Computing the Coming Robot Apocalypse: The math behind Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning