SPRING 2010
Tuesday April 6, 2010 at 1:40 in Room C620 
Sebastian Hanlon
Gameplay Programmer, BioWare, a division of EA
BSc 2004 and MSc 2006
Computer Science
University of Lethbridge

There Is No Done, Only Convergence: Agile Development In Practice
Video game development is challenging under any methodology: the marketplace moves fast, and responding to changes is critical.
Is there a risk of being "too agile" and getting caught in an endless cycle of changes?
Sebastian Hanlon shares lessons learned at a AAA game studio.
Sebastian has been a gameplay engineer at BioWare Edmonton (part of Electronic Arts) since 2006.
He has worked on a number of AAA game development projects including the critically acclaimed and awardwinning "Dragon Age: Origins" and "Mass Effect 2".
His interests include bringing visceral action gameplay to engaging storydriven games, and tools that unlock rapid iteration and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Friday March 19 11:0011:50 Room B775 
Micah B. Milinovich
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Mississipi
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2008
Research interests: Analytic Number Theory

The vertical distribution of the zeros of the Riemann zetafunction
Understanding the distribution of the zeros of the Riemann zetafunction has been important goal of mathematics over the last century. It believed that all the nonreal zeros of the zetafunction lie on a vertical line, called the critical line. The conjecture is known as the Riemann Hypothesis (RH). Assuming the RH, it is not hard to compute the average spacing between consecutive zeros of the Riemann zetafunction on the critical line. In this talk I will describe various methods that show these zeros are not regularly spaced. In particular, I will describe some methods that show there are in finitely many pairs of consecutive zeros that are significantly farther apart than average and that there are infinitely many pairs of zeros that are closer together than average.

Friday Jan 08 12:0012:50 Room C640 
Daya Gaur
University of Lethbridge
Research interests:
approximation algorithms
Member of the MITACSNCE project on Facility Location Optimization.

A primaldual algorithm for the unconstrained fractional matching problem
We consider a variant of the maximum cardinality matching
problem. In which negative edge values and arbitrary positive
capacities on the vertices are allowed. We use the primaldual
approach. We characterize the optimal solution to the dual of the
restricted primal (DRP) and give a combinatorial algorithm for
solving the DRP.
This is joint work with Bobby Chan and Ramesh Krishnamurti.

FALL 2009 Mondays, 12:0012:50, room W565
Wednesday Oct. 21 Room A580 
Michael P. Lamoureux
Professor, Mathematics and Statistics
Adjunct Professor, Geoscience
University of Calgary
Research interests:
Functional analysis, C*algebras, noncommutative geometry
Nonselfadjoint operator algebras, C*dynamical systems
Mathematics of wave propagation and seismic imaging
Numerical methods and applications to geophysics.

Properties of Gabor multipliers for physical modeling
We present techniques developed for numerical modeling of wave propagation, and sourcesignature removal in seismic imaging, based on a class of linear operators known as Gabor multipliers. These operators are localized Fourier multipliers, whose actions is selectively localized by an element of a partition of unity. We discuss boundedness and stability properties for these operators, approximations to PDEs and pseudodifferential operators, and an approximate functional calculus.

Nov. 02 
Habiba Kadiri
University of Lethbridge
Research interests:
Analytic Number Theory, Lfunctions, distribution of primes.

Celebrating 150 years of the Riemann Hypothesis.
The Riemann Hypothesis is a conjecture that was formulated in 1859 by the German mathematician Bernhard Riemann.
It is widely considered to be the most important open problem in pure mathematics today.
A correct solution to this problem would result in a US $1,000,000
prize awarded by the Clay Mathematics Institute.
This conjecture establishes the location of the zeros of a specific
complex variable function. We will discuss the history of this problem and how it is intimately related to the distribution of prime numbers.

Nov. 16 
Amir Akbary
University of Lethbridge
Research interests:
Number Theory, Lfunctions, Reduction mod p of elliptic curves, Polynomials over finite fields.

Highly Composite Numbers
A number is called highly composite if it has more divisors than any smaller number. The first 10 highly composite numbers are
2, 4, 6, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 120, 180. These numbers were introduced and studies by Ramanujan in 1915.
In this talk we describe some elementary properties of these numbers as given in Ramanujan's paper. We also discuss the relation
of these numbers to some deep results and conjectures in the analytic theory of numbers.
I will try my best to make the talk accessible.

Nov. 23 
Masami Tatsuno
Department of Neuroscience
Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge
Research Interests:
Information processing in brain like systems, modeling brain functions with neural networks, brain signal analysis.

Introduction to computational neuroscience
Computational neuroscience is a field of neuroscience that aims to understand how information is represented and processed in the brain by modeling the nervous systems.
In this talk,
I will give an overview of computational neuroscience and discuss how it provides useful concepts for understanding brain information processing, which is based on different computational principles than siliconebased computers.

Nov. 30 
Shahadat Hossain
University of Lethbridge
Research interests:
numerical optimization and its applications, design of efficient algorithms for sparse matrix problems.

Computing with Pascal's Triangle
Many interesting combinatorial identities can be derived from the ''Pascal's
arithmetic triangle", the triangle of binomial coefficients named after Blaise
Pascal. In this introductory talk I will emphasize the computational aspects of this famous triangle of numbers.
I will first discuss the LU factorization of the Pascal's matrix and review some related calculations.
I will then introduce a sparse matrix determination problem in numerical optimization whereby the nxr real matrix with r<< n defining a compression
reconstruction procedure must satisfy the Haar condition. Properties of this
Pascallike compressionreconstruction matrix will be presented.

Dec. 07 
Dennis Connolly
University of Lethbridge
Research interests:
probability and applied statistics.

The life and works of Alexander Craig Aitken
He was one of New Zealand's greatest mathematicians, considered as ``the greatest algebraist of the century'' (Sir Edmund Whittaker) and ``the greatest mental calculator officially recorded'' (Martin Gardiner).
He was elected to the prestigious Royal Society of London in 1936 for his work in mathematics.
Some of his notable publications are:
Statistical Mathematics, Determinants and Matrices, Theory of Canonical Matrices, From Gallipoli to the Somme,
along with approximately 70 research papers in:
Algebra, Statistics, Economics, Actuarial Science, Numerical Analysis.

Everybody is welcome !
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Student Seminar (Please email me to the above address if you wish to come visit us and give a talk).
Contact: Habiba Kadiri (kadiri@cs.uleth.ca)
 