Workshop on Contemporary Topics in Analysis, Algebra and Geometry (August 15-19, 2017)

Week: April 17 — April 22, 2017
Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
Friday, April 21 at 3:00 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Amer Iqbal (AS-SMS & LUMS)
Title: Topological Strings-I (Spinors in various Dimensions)
Abstract:  Spanning over a few lectures, Amer Iqbal will introduce the world of topological strings which are some extremely useful and fascinating objects in a theoretical physicist’s inventory.
In our quest to understand topological strings, their properties and applications we will begin with a review of spinors in various dimensions.We will discuss the spin groups, their relation with orthogonal groups and irreducible spin representations. We will pay special attention to spinors in two dimensions.
Week: April 10 — April 14, 2017
SMS Weekly Talk
Tuesday, April 11 at 2:30pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker:  Ambreen Ahmed (AS-SMS)
Title: Riemann Surfaces and its Triangulation
Abstract:  A Riemann surface is a one dimensional complex manifold. It arises naturally in the study of complex functions. The study of maps from Riemann surfaces to other spaces is a rich and very active field. In this talk we will discuss examples of Riemann surfaces and holomorphic maps on them. We will also discuss the triangulation of Riemann surfaces, Hurwitz formula, the construction of Riemann surface associated with $\sqrt{z}$ and the one with genus one.
SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, April 13 at 2:30pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Shamsa Kanwal (AS-SMS)
Title: On Standard Basis of an Ideal
Abstract: A standard basis of an ideal is nothing but a special set of generators, which allows the computation of many invariants of the ideal just from its leading monomials. In this talk I will give a brief introduction about the importance and inception of the concept of standard basis in commutative algebra. I will discuss different algorithms to compute standard basis.
Week: March 27 — March 31, 2017
Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
Tuesday, March 28 at 5:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Pervez Hoodbhoy (FCCU & QAU)
Title: Instantons and Quantum Tunneling
Abstract:  This lecture will be on a fairly simple but surprisingly rich topic – tunneling in a double well potential using the method of pseudoparticles or instantons. Although instantons are crucial in quantum field theory, even in quantum mechanics they are an important means of systematically improving non-perturbative calculations. It turns out that there are tunneling phenomena in condensed matter physics that people seem not to have paid attention to but with possibly important consequences. Students will benefit from this lecture only if they read about Feynman’s path integral method before coming to the lecture.
SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, March 30 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Asma Khalid (AS-SMS)
Title: Completeness and Morphisms of Algebras
Abstract: A completion is any of several related functors on rings and modules that result in complete topological rings and modules. It is among the most basic tools in analysing commutative rings. The completion of a ring is useful in commutative algebra because it sometimes allows us to bring methods of analysis to bear on problems in algebra. One of the main aim of this talk is to explain smooth morphisms of rings which are one of the main ingredients in Desingularization. Moreover, we will also discuss number of morphism and regular morphisms of Noetherian rings and some of their interesting properties.
Week: March 20 — March 24, 2017
SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, March 21 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Numan Amin (AS-SMS)
Title: Introduction to Tropical Geometry
Abstract: Tropical geometry is a fascinating area of mathematics that is relatively
new with connection to various other fields including physics and
geometry. It has been studied quite vigorously in the last few years. I will
discuss the basics of tropical geometry by explaining the arithmetic in
tropical. I will define tropical polynomial, its hypersurface and explain the
connection between the newton polygon and the hypersurface of tropical
polynomial. We will also see the relation between the tropical variety with
variety in classical geometry.
Week: March 13 — March 17, 2017
SMS Weekly Talk
Tuesday, March 14 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Azeem Khadam (AS-SMS)
Title: Grothendieck’s Local Cohomology — II
Abstract: I will continue my discussion of local cohomology which was introduced by Grothendieck in the early sixties. Local cohomology modules can be used to measure the depth of a module on an ideal, and as a way to test the Cohen-Macaulay properties. Moreover, the cohomology of coherent sheaves on projective varieties can be recovered from graded components of local cohomology modules, providing useful insights into theorems about projective varieties that were originally proved in other ways.
SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, March 16 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Shamsa Kanwal (AS-SMS)
Title: Introduction to Border Bases
Abstract: Gröbner bases has become an essential tool in algebra in the last few decades. Theory of Border bases is an extension of the theory of Gröbner bases in the case of zero-dimensional ideals. I will give a brief introduction to Border bases, its importance and some of its applications. Moreover, I will discuss the algorithm for the calculation of Border bases using some examples.
Week: March 06 — March 10, 2017 

 

SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, March 07 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Seyedeh Zahra Rezaei Lalami (University of Leicester)
Title: Actuarial Science: A Success Story

Abstract: This talk aims at discussing the actuarial science as an emerging academic discipline. Actuarial science couples mathematics with other fields of science to consider real world scenarios. Part of the talk will be aimed at advertising the university of Leicester actual sciences program. I will discuss actuarial qualifications a student enrolled in the program can get. I will also discuss its wider scope in industry since university of Leicester has many top employers on its panel for student placement.

SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, March 07 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker:  Itrat Abbas (AS-SMS)
Title: Introduction to Fractional Order Viscoelasticity
Abstract:  The fractional calculus and fractional differential equations are used quiet often to describe many physical phenomena. I will explain, using some examples, the use of fractional calculus to model some materials which lie between Hook’s solid and Newtonian fluids.

Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
Friday, March 10 at 3pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Babar Qureshi (LUMS)
Title: Lorentz Invariance in Quantum Field Theory-II
Abstract: In the second lecture on the topic, I will discuss Dirac, Weyl and Majorana Lagrangians, coupling of electromagnetic field to matter, equations of motion,
discrete symmetries, Noether’s theorem and conserved currents associated with various symmetries of these Lagrangians.

Week: February 27 — March 03, 2017

SMS Weekly Talk
Tuesday, February 28 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Azeem Khadam
Title: Grothendieck’s Local Cohomology
Abstract: Local cohomology was introduced by Grothendieck in the early sixties, in part to answer a conjecture of Pierre Samuel about when certain types of commutative rings are unique factorization domains. Local cohomology modules can be used to measure the depth of a module on an ideal, and as a way to test the Cohen-Macaulay properties. Moreover, the cohomology of coherent sheaves on projective varieties can be recovered from graded components of local cohomology modules, providing useful insights into theorems about projective varieties that were originally proved in other ways.

SMS Weekly Talk
Thursday, March 02 at 2:30 pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Laila Naqvi
Title: Mesh-free Methods in Numerical Analysis

 

Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics
Friday, March 03 at 3pm in the SMS Seminar Room
Speaker: Babar Qureshi
Title: Lorentz Invariance in Quantum Field Theory
Abstract: In this lecture, I will discuss implementation of Lorentz symmetry in field theories. I will discuss action principles in general, Lorentz symmetry and its representations and construction of Lorentz invariant Lagrangians containing scalar, spinor and vector fields.

 

For more details about the talks please contact:
Dr. Imran Anwar
Email: imrananwar@sms.edu.pk
Tel: +92-42-99231859 Ext-104