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Keri Kornelson, Oklahoma.

Friday, September 21 at 4:00pm in Ritter 231 with refreshments beforehand in the Ritter Hall Lobby.

Norm retrieval via spatiotemporal samples

Abstract: There is a relaxation of the problem of phase retrieval in which the magnitude of a signal is computed from phaseless measurements. We require less information, so can be possible with fewer measurements than phase retrieval. As a ready example, an orthonormal basis yields norm retrieval measurements. In this talk, we introduce the concepts and earlier results about performing phase and norm retrieval in real, finite-dimensional space. We then present recent work with Fatma Bozkurt in which we do norm retrieval with dynamical samples, i.e. samples obtained at selected measurement points but repeated over time.

Geometry-Topology Seminar

Qayum Khan, Saint Louis U.

Tuesday, September 25, 4:10pm-5:00pm in Ritter Hall 216

Compact Hausdorff groups are pro–Lie

Abstract: This is a learning talk. We go through the Pontrjagin–Weil proof of von Neumann's 1933 theorem, that any compact Hausdorff group is the projective limit of Lie groups, using the Peter–Weyl theorem from classical harmonic analysis. Graduate students who have taken or are taking General Topology I (point-set topology) are encouraged to attend. Graduate students are also encouraged to give a later talk about their research or about an interesting fact in geometry or topology.

Statistics Seminar

Tim Keller, Saint Louis U.

Thursday, September 27 at 3:00-4:00pm in Ritter 204

Stratified Simple Random Sampling with Multiple Estimation Objectives

Abstract: Non-response is the greatest challenge facing establishment surveys. A major contributing factor for survey non-response is respondent burden. To meet this challenge survey establishments must therefore strive to meet estimation goals with the smallest possible sample size.
A common and basic survey design is the stratified simple random sample, and a common estimate of interest is the population total for a survey item. For this special case, the problem of meeting multiple estimation objectives is formulated as a convex optimization problem, and a numerical method for determining the optimal allocation of a fixed overall sample size is presented.


Elodie Pozzi, Saint Louis U.

Friday, October 5 at 4:00pm in Ritter 231 with refreshments beforehand in the Ritter Hall Lobby.

A 2D inverse problem in magnetism

Abstract: Inverse problems have known a recent development in many fields like signal processing, medical imaging and more recently paleomagnetism. Broadly speaking, an inverse problem consists in reconstructing from a set of measurements the original source. We consider a 2D inverse problem in magnetism to estimate the net moment represented by the mean value of a function supported on an interval K of the real line from the partial knowledge of the magnetism on an another interval S located on the parallel line to K at height h>0. We will see how this question can be rephrased using complex analysis, harmonic analysis and operator theory. To estimate the mean value, we will construct and solve a constrained approximation problem. This talk is based on a joint work with Juliette Leblond, INRIA, France.

Colloquium Schedule

The Math/Stat Colloquium this semester will meet at 4:00pm in RH 231 with refreshments beforehand at 3:30 in the Ritter Lobby.
Our current schedule:

  • Friday, September 7, Haiyan Cai, UMSL (Analysis)
  • Friday, September 21, Keri Kornelson, Oklahoma Univ. (Analysis)
  • Friday, October 5, Elodie Pozzi, Saint Louis University
  • Friday, October 19, Ken Jacobs, Northeastern Univ. (Algebra)
  • Friday, November 2, Chris Connell, Indiana Univ. (Topology)
  • Wednesday, November 14, Shmuel Wienberger, Univ. of Chicago (Topology)