### Talks in 2012

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**Random Walks on critical Percolation-Trees

**Speaker:**Florian Sobieczky (University of Denver)

**Date:**18.12. 2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

Bounds for the expected return probability of the delayed random walk on

finite clusters of an invariant percolation on transitive unimodular

graphs are derived. They are particularly suited for the case of critical

Bernoulli percolation and the associated heavy-tailed cluster size

distributions. The upper bound relies on the fact that cartesian products

of finite graphs with cycles of a certain minimal size are Hamiltonian.

For critical Bernoulli bond percolation on the homogeneous tree this bound

is sharp. The asymptotic type of the expected return probability for large

times t in this case is of order of the 3/4'th power of 1/t.

#### Joint Seminar

**Title:**Lumped Markov chains and entropy rate preservation

**Speaker:**Bernhard Geiger and Christoph Temmel (TU Graz)

**Date:**10 Dez, 16:00

**Room:**IDEG134

**Abstract:**

A lumping of a Markov chain is a coordinate-wise projection of the chain. We characterize the entropy rate loss of a lumping of a stationary Markov chain on a finite state space in two ways. First, by the asymptotic ratio of the number of trajectories with positive weight between the original and the lumped chain. Second, by the reconstructability of original trajectories from their images under the lumping. Every non-trivial lumping of a Markov chain with positive transition matrix incurs an entropy rate loss. We give sufficient conditions on the non-positive transition matrix and the lumping to preserve the entropy rate. In the sparse setting we state sufficient conditions on the lumping to both preserve the entropy rate and result in a k-th order homogeneous Markov chain.

#### Kolloquium: Mathematische Methoden in den Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften

**Title:**Gauss, Jacobi, Seidel, Richardson, Krylov: The Invention of Iterative Methods

**Speaker:**Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin J. GANDER (Universität Genf)

**Date:**Freitag, 7.12.2012, 16:00 Uhr

**Room:**TU Graz, Steyrergasse 30, 3. Stock, Seminarraum C307

**Abstract:**

#### Vortragseinladung

**Title:**Optimal Transport, Model-Indepedence, and Trajectorial Inequalities.

**Speaker:**Mathias Beiglböck (Universität Wien)

**Date:**Freitag, 7.12.2012, 14:15 Uhr

**Room:**Seminarraum A206, Steyrergasse 30, 2.Stock, Geodäsie

**Abstract:**

Abstract:

We will explain a recently discovered connection between Optimal

Transport and the areas of model independence / martingale

inequalities in probability. This link has a number of fruitful

consequences. For instance, the duality theorem from optimal transport

leads to new super-replication results. Optimality criteria from the

theory of mass transport can be translated to the martingale setup and

allow to characterize minimizing/maximizing models in finance.

Moreover, the dual viewpoint provides new

insights to the classical inequalities of Doob and Burkholder-Davis-Gundy.

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar

**Title:**The Bee in the Balloon: Recurrence on Growing Subgraphs

**Speaker:**Florian Sobieczky (University of Denver)

**Date:**6.12.2012, 15:00

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

What is the rate at which the radius of a ball has to be continuously increased such that a diffusing particle, reflected back inside when hitting the boundary, becomes transient? It is shown that the question has the same answer for brownian motion in three-dimensional euclidean space and for simple random walk on the euclidean lattice: $\sim t^{1/d}$.

#### DK Seminar

**Title:**Discretized rotation has infinitely many periodic orbits

**Speaker:**Attila Pethoe (Debrecen)

**Date:**21.12.2012, 10:30

**Room:**HS Thermoprozesstechnik, Montanuniversität Leoben

**Abstract:**

After the lecture of Attila Petho in Leoben, there will be a lunch in a nearby

restaurant.

#### Minikurs/Intensivseminar

**Title:**Fortsetzungen von Quasirandtripeln

**Speaker:**Till Micheler (Institut für Mathematik, TU Berlin)

**Date:**4.12. 13:00-14:00 im A206, 5.12. 8:15-9:45 im A111

**Room:**und 6.12. 13:00-16:00 im A306

**Abstract:**

Quasirandtripel sind ein modernes Werkzeug in der

Erweiterungstheorie von symmetrischen Operatoren in Hilberträumen

mit vielen konkreten Anwendungsmöglich- keiten, z.B. im Bereich der

elliptischen partiellen Differentialgleichungen.

In diesem Intensivseminar diskutieren wir

Fortsetzungen und Fortsetzbarkeit von Quasirandtripeln, das heisst

wir betrachten hinreichende und notwendige Bedingungen, unter welchen

sich die Randabbildungen eines Quasirandtripels

auf den maximalen Definitionsbereich des zugrundeliegenden Operators

fortsetzen lassen. Dadurch werden in natürlicher Weise

auch das gamma-Feld und die Weylfunktion des Quasirandtripels

fortgesetzt, und es gelten erweiterte Krein'sche Formeln.

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar

**Title:**Rate of convergence and Edgeworth-type expansion in the entropic central limit theorem

**Speaker:**Gennadii Chistyakov (Universität Bielefeld)

**Date:**29.11.2012, 15:00

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

An Edgeworth-type expansion is established for the entropy distance to the class of normal distributions of sums of i.i.d. random variables or vectors, satisfying minimal moment conditions.

#### Kolloquium

**Title:**Festkolloquium anlässlich des 80. Geburtstages von em. Univ. Prof. Dr. Ulrich DIETER

**Speaker:**()

**Date:**Freitag, 30. November 2012, 14.00 Uhr

**Room:**HS D, Kopernikusgasse 24/III

**Abstract:**

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**The H-elimination random graph process

**Speaker:**Tamas Makai (Institut für Optimierung und Diskrete Mathematik, TU Graz)

**Date:**27.11. 2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

Consider the random graph process which starts out from the complete graph on $n$

vertices and in every step of the process an edge, selected uniformly at random from

the set of edges which are contained in a copy of a fixed graph $H$, is removed. The

process stops after no more copies of $H$ are present. This process is called the

$H$-elimination random graph process. In 1990 Bollob\'as and Erd\H{o}s asked for the

typical number of edges present in the graph created by this process when $n$ is

large. We answer this question in case $H$ belongs to a special class of graphs,

namely the strictly 2-balanced graphs.

#### Mathematisches Kolloquium

**Title:**Integral Geometry and Isoperimetric Inequalities

**Speaker:**Franz Schuster (TU Wien)

**Date:**23.11.2012, 14:30 (Kaffee Institut f. Geometrie), 15:00 (Vortrag Hörsaal A)

**Room:**HS A, Kopernikusgasse 24, 1. Stock

**Abstract:**

This lecture presents some of the fascinating developments which happened in Integral Geometry in the last years, establishing connections to Differential Geometry and Functional Analysis. The concept of {\em valuation} is central to this development, which means functions $\phi$ on the set of convex bodies (or of more general subsets of ${\mathbb R}^n$) which have values in a certain abelian semigroup and which enjoy the property \[\phi(K) + \phi(L) = \phi(K \cup L) + \phi(K \cap L)\] whenever all of $K$, $L$, $K \cup L$ are convex. Valuations, as generalizations of measures, have long played an important role in geometric analysis, starting with Dehn's solution of Hilbert's third problem and the theory of dissections of polytopes. In the last 5 to 10 years strong connections between affine geometry and valuations emerged: A series of fundamental operators on convex bodies, like the projection body and intersection body, could be classified in terms of the valuation property and compatibility with affine mappings. These results have been applied to the theory of affine isoperimetric inequalities and in particular were used to significantly sharpen several classical inequalities of Euclidean geometry.

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar (Korrektur)

**Title:**HIERARCHICAL LAPLACIANS: TWO EXAMPLES

**Speaker:**Prof Alexander Bendikov (Univ. Wroclaw, Polen)

**Date:**Donnerstag, 22.11.2012, 15 Uhr

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

We consider two examples of Markov generators defined on a discrete group which is an infinite sum of cyclic groups and give the precise asymptotic behavior at

infinity of the corresponding return probability functions. These results,

in turn, give sharp bounds on the corresponding heat kernels.

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**Higher Inclusion Matrices

**Speaker:**Yury Person (Institut für Mathematik, FU Berlin)

**Date:**20.11.2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

Abstract:

Let $n\ge r \ge s \ge 0$. The higher inclusion matrix $M_s^r({ \left[n\right]\choose r})$ is a $\{0,1\}$-matrix whose

rows are indexed by all $r$-element subsets of $\left[ n\right]:=\{1,2,\ldots, n\}$ and and columns

are indexed by all $s$-subsets of $\left[n\right]$ and the entry corresponding to an $r$-set $R$ and an $s$-set $S$ is $1$ if $S \subseteq R$ and $0$ otherwise.

Gottlieb's theorem from 1966 states that $M_s^r({\left[n\right]\choose r})$ has the rank

$\min\{{n\choose r}, {n \choose s}\}$ over $\mathbb{Q}$.

Keevash asked how many rows one has to delete from $M_s^r({\left[n\right] \choose r})$ to reduce its rank by $1$. We answer his

question for large $n$ and study some generalizations of this problem. Joint work with Codru{\c t} Grosu and Tibor Szab\'o.

#### Vortrag

**Title:**Subdivision in shift-invarianten Räumen

**Speaker:**Kurt Jetter (Univ. Hohenheim, Stuttgart)

**Date:**Montag 19.11.2012, 11:00 Uhr

**Room:**Seminarraum 2, Kopernikusgasse 24, 4. Stock

**Abstract:**

Shift-invariante Räume und ihre Approximationseigenschaften in Bezug auf

wichtige Klassen von Funktionenräumen spielen in der Angewandten Mathematik

und in der Signalverarbeitung eine zentrale Rolle. Erfüllen die Generatoren

solcher Räume zusätzlich eine Zwei- oder Mehr-Skalen-Gleichung, so sind

diese Räume und ihre skalierten Versionen die Grundlage für

Multiskalen-Analysen, wie sie z.B. bei Wave\-let-Zerlegungen oder bei

allgemeineren Frame-Darstellungen sehr effizient eingesetzt werden.

Der Vortrag führt zunächst in die Struktur shift-invarianter Räume und

deren Approximationseigenschaften ein. Anschließend wird der Spezialfall

des Vorliegens einer Zwei-Skalen-Gleichung behandelt und der Zusammenhang

mit dyadischen Subdivisionsverfahren aufgezeigt.

Anschließend werden zwei Themenbereiche herausgegriffen, in denen der

Vortragende --- zusammen mit Koautoren --- in letzter Zeit spezielle Fragen zur

Subdivision aufgegriffen und abschließend bearbeitet hat:

-- Polynomiale Reproduktion und Box-Spline-Generatoren für gewisse

bivariate Varietäten.

-- Nichtnegative Subdivision und ihr Bezug zu endlichen nichtstationären

Markov-Prozessen.

\begin{enumerate}\itemsep-\parsep\footnotesize

\item K. Jetter und G. Plonka, A survey on $L_2$-approximation orders from

shift-invariant spaces, in: {\it Multivariate Approximation and

Applicatons}, N. Dyn et al., eds., pp.

73--111, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

\item M. Charina, C. Conti, K. Jetter und G. Zimmermann, Scalar multivariate

subdivision schemes and box splines, {\it Computer Aided Geometric Design}

{\bf 28} (2011), 285--306.

\item K. Jetter und X. Li, SIA matrices and non-negative subdivision, {\it

Results Math.} (2012).

\end{enumerate}

#### Zahlentheoretisches Kolloquium

**Title:**

**Speaker:**()

**Date:**Freitag, 16.11.2012

**Room:**Seminarraum C 208, 2. Stock, Steyrergasse 30, TU Graz

**Abstract:**

{\bf 14:15: Daniel Dombek} (Czech Technical Univ. Prag)

{ On the generalizations of the unit sum number

problem (joint work with Lajos Hajdu, Attila Pethõ)}[3mm]

Abstract: In this contribution we consider representations of algebraic

integers of a number field as linear combinations of units with

coefficients from a fixed small set, and as sums of elements with

bounded norms. Presented theorems can be viewed as results

concerning a generalization of the so-called unit sum number

problem. Extending previous related results we also give an upper

bound for the length of arithmetic progressions of $t$-term sums of

algebraic integers with bounded norms.

{\bf 14:45: Tomás Vávra} (Czech Technical Univ. Prag)

{ Arithmetics in number systems with negative

quadratic Pisot base}[3mm]

Abstract: We study $(-\beta)$-numeration systems as introduced by S. Ito and

T. Sadahiro in 2009. We are interested in the set $\mathbb

Z_{-\beta}$ of $(-\beta)$-integers, i.e. the numbers whose

$(-\beta)$-expansion does not contain fractional digits. The

results about the number of fractional digits arising when summing

$(-\beta)$-integers can be extended from the class of quadratic

Pisot units $\beta$ to the non-unit case. We also comment on

exceptional arithmetic and geometric properties of a class of bases

$-\beta$ where $\beta^r=m\beta^{r-1}+\cdots + m\beta+m$, $r\geq 2$,

$m\geq 1$.

{\bf 15:15: Manfred Madritsch} (Université de Lorraine, Nancy)

{ Van der Corput sets}[3mm]

Abstract: A set $H$ of positive integers is a van der Corput set (or a vdC set)

if for any sequence $(x_n)_{n\in\mathbb{Z}}$ of real numbers, and for each

$h\in H$, the sequence $(x_{n+h}-x_n)_{n\in\mathbb{Z}}$ is uniformly

distributed mod 1, in which case the sequence $(x_n)_{n\in\mathbb{Z}}$ is

uniformly distributed mod 1. The aim of the present talk is on the one

hand to link this notion to others like recurrent sets or sets forcing

continuity. On the other hand constructions of vdC sets are

given. Finally extensions of this questions to sets in $\mathbb{Z}^d$ are considered.

#### Zahlentheoretisches Kolloquium

**Title:**

**Speaker:**()

**Date:**Donnerstag, 15.11.2012

**Room:**Seminarraum C 208, 2. Stock, Steyrergasse 30, TU Graz

**Abstract:**

{\bf 16:15: Andrej Dujella} (Univ. of Zagreb)

{ Elliptic curves with large torsion and positive rank

over number fields of small degree}

{\bf 16:45: Tomislav Pejkovic} (Univ. of Zagreb)

{ An inequality for values of Koksma's function of two

algebraically dependent p-adic numbers}

{\bf Kaffeepause}

{\bf 17:30: Vinko Petricevic} (Univ. of Zagreb)

{ Householder's approximants and continued fraction expansion

of quadratic irrationals}

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar

**Title:**Convergence in Norm for Non-Commutative Central Limit Theorems

**Speaker:**Octavio Arizmendi (Universität des Saarlandes)

**Date:**15.11.2012, 15:00

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30/II

**Abstract:**

In this the talk I will explain how to use cumulants to give a simple proof of an instance of the so-called superconvergence of normalized sums of free random variables. Namely, that the operator norm of normalized sums of bounded free random variables with mean 0 and variance 1, converge to 2. Moreover, our approach generalizes in a straightforward way to monotone and boolean independence and q-convolution. This is a joint work with Carlos Vargas.

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar

**Title:**Self-similar groups: constructions, applications and open problems

**Speaker:**Dr. Daniele D'Angeli (Vila Real, Universidade UTAD, Portugal)

**Date:**Dienstag, 13.11.2012, 10:45

**Room:**SR C307, Steyrergasse 30, 3. Stock

**Abstract:**

Self-similar groups act by automorphisms on rooted trees or, equivalently, are generated by (finite) automata. Such groups have been used to find groups with exceptional and exotic properties, for example the Grigorchuk group, the first group with intermediate growth, is self-similar. In this talk I want to describe some constructions related to such groups that have applications in combinatorics, dynamics and probability. I also plan to present a list of new developments and open problems.

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**On the tree-packing conjecture of Gyarfas and Lehel

**Speaker:**Anusch Taraz (Zentrum Mathematik, TU München)

**Date:**13.11. 2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

In 1976, Gyarfas and Lehel made the somewhat stunning conjecture that any family of trees $T_1,T_2,\ldots T_n$, with

$1,2,\ldots, n$ vertices respectively, can be packed in an edge-disjoint manner into the complete graph on n vertices.

This conjecture is still open.

In this talk I will sketch a proof for a slightly weakened version of this conjecture, where we only consider

trees of bounded maximum degree and allow the complete graph to have an additional $o(n)$ vertices.

The proof uses tree-indexed random walks controlled by the nibble method and is joint work with J.Böttcher, J.Hladky and D.Piguet.

#### Seminar of the Doctoral School

**Title:**Doctoral Day

**Speaker:**()

**Date:**9.11.2011, 10:13-12:30

**Room:**Seminarraum 2, Inst. f. Geometrie

**Abstract:**

10:30 T. T. Luong: On a class of pseudo-analytic functions: representations, generalizations and applications

11:00 M. Juhos: Contributions to a mathematically stringent stochastics course in High School (AHS-Oberstufe)

11:30 coffee and refreshments

12:00 G. Peralta: Smooth Global Solution to a 2 × 2 Hyperbolic System on a Bounded Interval with Damping

#### Zahlentheoretisches Kolloquium

**Title:**

**Speaker:**()

**Date:**Freitag, 9.November 2012

**Room:**Seminarraum C 208, 2. Stock, Steyrergasse 30, TU Graz

**Abstract:**

{\bf 14:15: Hansjörg Albrecher} (Université de Lausanne)

{ Connecting ruin theory and queueing theory}

{\bf 15:15: Petra Tadic} (TU Graz)

{ Injectivity of the specialization homorphism of elliptic curves over fields of rational functions over number fields

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**Knapsack Problems with Conflict and Forcing Constraints on Special Graphs

**Speaker:**Ulrich Pferschy (Institut für Statistik und Operations Research, Universität Graz)

**Date:**6.11. 2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

We consider the classical 0-1 knapsack problem and add binary constraints for

pairs of items. These can be either conflict constraints stating that certain pairs of items cannot be simultaneously contained in a feasible solution, or forcing constraints requiring that at least one of the two items of each given pair must be included in the knapsack. These constraints can be represented by a conflict resp.\ forcing graph $G=(V,E)$, where each item $j$ corresponds to a vertex $v_j\in V$ and an edge $e=(v_i,v_j)\in E$

indicates a binary constraint between items $i$ and $j$.

Note that our model can be seen as a weighted independent set resp.\ vertex cover problem with an additional budget constraint.

In this talk we will concentrate on the identification of special graph classes

as conflict resp.\ forcing graphs which permit

(Fully) Polynomial Approximations Schemes ((F)PTASs).

In particular, we will show that chordal graphs and graphs of bounded treewidth

allow an FPTAS for both problem versions.

Then we present a PTAS for planar conflict graphs based on the method by Baker.

In contrast to this positive approximability result,

the knapsack problem with a planar forcing graph is inapproximable.

Finally, we also develop dynamic programming schemes

allowing an FPTAS for a number of other graph classes defined

by the exclusion of certain induced subgraphs.

(Joint work with Joachim Schauer)

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**Improving Christofides' Algorithm for the s-t Path TSP

**Speaker:**Hyung-Chan An ( Theory of Computation Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne)

**Date:**30.10. 2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

Abstract:

We present a deterministic (1+sqrt(5))/2-approximation algorithm for the s-t path TSP for an arbitrary metric. Given a symmetric metric cost on n vertices including two prespecified endpoints, the problem is to find a

shortest Hamiltonian path between the two endpoints; Hoogeveen showed that the natural variant of Christofides' algorithm is a 5/3-approximation algorithm for this problem, and this asymptotically tight bound in fact had

been the best approximation ratio known until now. We modify this algorithm so that it chooses the initial spanning tree based on an optimal solution to the Held-Karp relaxation rather than a minimum spanning tree; we prove this simple but crucial modification leads to an improved approximation ratio, surpassing the 20-year-old barrier set by the natural Christofides' algorithm variant. Our algorithm also proves an upper bound of (1+sqrt(5))/2 on the integrality gap of the path-variant Held-Karp relaxation. The techniques devised in this

paper can be applied to other optimization problems as well: these applications include improved approximation algorithms and improved LP integrality gap upper bounds for the prize-collecting s-t path problem and the unit-weight graphical metric s-t path TSP.

This is joint work with Bobby Kleinberg and David B. Shmoys.

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar

**Title:**Spectral properties of differential operators on metric graphs

**Speaker:**Prof. Jussi Behrndt (TU Graz)

**Date:**25.10.2012, 15:00 Uhr

**Room:**Seminarraum C208 (Steyrergasse 30/III)

**Abstract:**

We discuss some elementary spectral properties of differential operators on metric graphs. Our point of view is inspired by abstract methods from extension and perturbation theory of symmetric and selfadjoint operators in Hilbert spaces. We also plan to discuss a related inverse problem: Does the Dirichlet-to-Neumann map (defined on the boundary of a compact metric graph) contain the complete spectral information of the Kirchhoff Laplacian, and hence determines this operator uniquely up to unitary equivalence?

#### Kolloquiumsvortrag

**Title:**Der Zauberer von Budapest -- Paul Erd\H{o}s and the Rise of Discrete Mathematics

**Speaker:**Joel Spencer (Courant Institute, New York University)

**Date:**19.10.2012, 14:30

**Room:**Hörsaal BE01, Steyrergasse 30, Parterre

**Abstract:**

Abstract:

The twentieth century saw the elevation of Discrete Mathematics from ``the slums of topology'' (one of the more

polite expressions!) to its current highly regarded position in the mathematical pantheon. Paul Erd\H{o}s played

a key role in this transformation. I will discuss some key results, possibly including:

(i) Ramsey Theory.

In 1946 Erd\H{o}s showed that you could two-color the complete graph on $n$ vertices so as to avoid a

monochromatic clique of size $k$, when $n$ was exponential in $k$. To do it, he introduced the Probabilistic

Method.

(ii) Random Graphs.

In 1960 Erd\H{o}s, with Alfr\'ed R\'{e}nyi, showed that the evolution of the random graph undergoes (in modern

language) a phase transition when the number of edges approaches half the number of vertices.

(iii) Number Theory.

In 1940 Erd\H{o}s, with Marc Kac, showed that the number of prime factors of $n$ satisfies (when appropriately

defined) a Gaussian distribution, Amazing!

Anecdotes and personal recollections of Paul Erd\H{o}s will be sprinkled liberally throughout the presentation.

#### Mathematisches Seminar Leoben

**Title:**Rauzy fractals with countable fundamental group

**Speaker:**MSc. Timo Jolivet (LIAFA, Université Paris Diderot)

**Date:**16.10.2012, 11:30-12:30

**Room:**HS Thermoprozesstechnik, Leoben

**Abstract:**

#### Mathematisches Seminar Leoben

**Title:**A review on Pisot conjecture, coincidence conditions and related graphs

**Speaker:**Prof. Anne Siegel (IRISA, CNRS, Université de Rennes)

**Date:**16.10.2012, 10:30-11:30

**Room:**HS Thermoprozesstechnik, Leoben

**Abstract:**

#### Vortrag beim NAWI-Tag

**Title:**Evolutionary Game Theory and the Emergence of Cooperation

**Speaker:**Karl Sigmund (Univ. Wien)

**Date:**2.10.2012, 14:30

**Room:**Alte Univ., Hofgasse 14

**Abstract:**

{\bf Programme of NAWI Day}

13:00 Registration and Welcome

14:00 Opening

14:30 Invited lecture by Karl Sigmund

15:30 NAWI Graz Highlights

16:00 Coffee Break

16:30 NAWI Graz Highlights

17:45 Poster Session

Registration until September 17 under info@nawigraz.at!

#### Zahlentheoretisches Kolloquium

**Title:**Counting lattice points and o-minimal structures

**Speaker:**Fabrizio Barroero (TU Graz)

**Date:**Montag, 1. 10. 2012, 16:15 Uhr (ACHTUNG: geänderte Beginnzeit!!)

**Room:**Seminarraum A206, Steyrergasse 30, 2.Stock, Geodäsie

**Abstract:**

Let $\Lambda$ be a lattice in $\mathbb{R}^n$ and $Z\subseteq

\mathbb{R}^{m+n}$ a parameterized family of subsets $Z_T$ of

$\mathbb{R}^n$. Using o-minimal structures we give an estimate for the

number of points of $\Lambda$ in $Z_T$ for a quite general class of

families $Z$.

This is joint work with Martin Widmer.

#### Mathematisches Kolloquium

**Title:**Connectivity of random discrete structures

**Speaker:**Tomasz \L uczak (Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna\'n, Poland)

**Date:**27.9. 2012, 11:30, davor Kaffeepause ab 11:00 im SR C208

**Room:**Hörsaal BE01, Steyrergasse 30, Parterre

**Abstract:**

\vspace{2cm}

How to measure the connectivity of a discrete structure,

in particular, how the connectivity of a structure which is obtained

as a result of a random process changes when its density grows?

In the talk we discuss this problem presenting some old and

a few recent results on different models of random graphs, random groups,

and random simplicial complexes.

\vspace{2cm}

#### Strukturtheorie-Seminar

**Title:**Ricci curvature, local clustering and spectrum of finite graphs

**Speaker:**Shiping Liu (MIS MPI Leipzig)

**Date:**Dienstag, 18. September 2012, 10:30

**Room:**Seminarraum C307, Steyrergasse 30, 3. Stock

**Abstract:**

In this talk, I will introduce the Ricci curvature notion defined by Ollivier using transportation distance on the graph setting. Then I discuss its relation with local clustering coefficient of a graph, or the number of triangles, and further the number of cycles. This relation leads us to an estimate of the spectrum of the normalized Laplace operator in terms of Ollivier's Ricci curvature.

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**Non-commutativity and Rota's bases conjecture

**Speaker:**Martin Loebl (Charles University Prague)

**Date:**4.9. 2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

I plan to present a reason why Rota's bases conjecture 'should' be true

also for n odd. For n even such reason is Alon-Tarsi latin squares

conjecture.

(Joint work with Ron Aharoni)

#### Vortrag im Seminar Diskrete Mathematik und Optimierung

**Title:**Submodular Optimization and Approximation Algorithms

**Speaker:**Satoru Iwata (Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University)

**Date:**14.8.2012, 14:15

**Room:**Seminarraum C208, Steyrergasse 30, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

Submodular functions are discrete analogue of convex functions, arising in various fields of applied

mathematics including game theory, information theory, and queueing theory. This talk aims at providing

an overview on fundamental properties of submodular functions and recent algorithmic developments of

their optimization and approximation. Most efficiently solvable combinatorial optimization problems are

closely related to submodular function minimization, for which the ellipsoid method had been the only

polynomial algorithm until combinatorial strongly polynomial algorithms appeared. In contrast, for

submodular function maximization, which is NP-hard and known to refuse any polynomial algorithms,

constant factor approximation algorithms have been developed with applications to combinatorial auction,

machine learning, and social networks. An efficient method for approximating submoduar functions

everywhere leads to a generic framework of designing approximation algorithms for combinatorial

optimization problems with submodular costs. In some specific cases, however, one can devise better

approximation algorithms.

#### Vortrag

**Title:**On the Structure of Anisotropic Frames

**Speaker:**Prof. Philipp Grohs (Seminar für angewandte Mathematik, ETH Zürich)

**Date:**19.7.2012, 14:30 Uhr

**Room:**Chemie-Hörsaal M, Kopernikusgasse 24, 2. Stock

**Abstract:**

Anisotropic frame systems such as shearlets and curvelets have had a profound impact on applied mathematics in the last decade, the main reason being their superior ability to optimally resolve anisotropic structures such as edges in images. By now there exists a whole zoo of such constructions among which we mention second generation curvelets, bandlimited shearlets and compactly supported shearlets, all based on a parabolic dilation operation.

These systems share similar properties; this is usually proven in a case-by-case study for each different construction. In this talk I will introduce the concept of parabolic molecules which allows for a unfied framework encompassing all known anisotropic frame constructions based on parabolic scaling. The main result is that, roughly speaking, all such systems share the same approximation properties. A consequence is that we can at once deduce all the desirable approximation properties of curvelets for virtually any other system based on parabolic scaling.

This is joint work with Gitta Kutyniok.

#### Focussed meeting

**Title:**The Shape of Branching Random Walk

**Speaker:**Daniela Bertacchi (Univ. Milano - Bicocca) Elisabetta Candellero (TU Graz) Steven P. Lalley (Univ. Chicago) Francois Ledrappier (Univ. Notre Dame) Sebastian Müller (Univ. Aix - Marseille) Maura Salvatori (Univ. Milano) Fabio Zucca (Politecnico di Milano) ()

**Date:**9.-13. Juli 2012

**Room:**Seminarraum C307, Steyrergasse 30, 3. Stock

**Abstract:**

Talks on Monday - Wednesday (9-11 July)

More details will follow.

#### Vortrag

**Title:**Geometric Curve Subdivision

**Speaker:**Prof. Kai Hormann (Univ. Lugano)

**Date:**6.7.2012, 09:00 Uhr

**Room:**Seminarraum 2, Kopernikusgasse 24/4

**Abstract:**

While linear subdivision schemes for curves and surfaces are well-understood by now, we still have but a few tools for analyzing the non-linear setting, although non-linear schemes often yield better results than their linear counterparts. In this talk we discuss a geometric condition which guarantees that a nonlinear interpolating subdivision scheme produces tangent continuous limit curves. As an example, we present two non-linear variants of the classical 4-point scheme which satisfy this condition. We further demonstrate some ideas for generating limit curves with higher orders of smoothness.