Abstract : What are the possible limits of smooth curvatures with uniformly bounded $L^p$ norms ?
We shall see that the attempts to give a satisfying answer to this natural question from the calculus of variation of gauge theory brings us to numerous analysis challenges.
I will talk about a recent result showing that some well-studied polynomial-based error-correcting codes
(Folded Reed-Solomon Codes and Multiplicity Codes) are "list-decodable upto capacity with constant
At its core, this is a statement about questions of the form: "Given some points in the plane,
how many low degree univariate polynomials are such that their graphs pass through 10% of these points"?
This leads to list-decodable and locally list-decodable error-correcting codes with the best known parameters.
Abstract: I will talk about periodic geodesics, geodesic loops, and geodesic nets on Riemannian manifolds. More specifically, I will discuss some curvature-free upper bounds for compact manifolds and the existence results for non-compact manifolds. In particular, geodesic nets turn out to be useful for proving results about geodesic loops and periodic geodesics.
Abstract: Functional Determinants are quantities constructed out of spectra of conformally covariant operators, and are explicit in dimension two and four, due to formulas by Polyakov and Branson-Oersted. Extremizing them in a conformal class amounts to solving Liouville equations with principal parts of different order but all scaling invariant. We discuss some existence, uniqueness, non-uniqueness results and some open problems. This is joint work with M.Gursky and P.Esposito.
Abstract: The spacetime positive mass theorem says that an asymptotically flat initial data set with the dominant energy condition must have a timelike energy-momentum vector, unless the initial data set is in the Minkowski spacetime. We will review backgrounds and recent progress toward this statement.
The emerging theory of High-Dimensional Expansion suggests a number of inherently different notions to quantify expansion of simplicial complexes. We will talk about the notion of local spectral expansion, that plays a key role in recent advances in PCP theory, coding theory and counting complexity. Our focus is on bounded-degree complexes, where the problems can be stated in a graph-theoretic language:
Abstract: We discuss singularities of Teichmueller harmonic map flow, which is a geometric flow that changes maps from surfaces into branched minimal immersions, and explain in particular how winding singularities of the map component can lead to singular behaviour of the metric component.