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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 18 October 2017

Research Seminar: Out of Our Minds: Hacker, Heidegger and Wittgenstein contra Neuroscience

1:00pm to 2:00pm, ED 134, Dr Emma Williams, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick

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Neil O'Connell : From longest increasing subsequences to Whittaker functions and random polymers

2:00pm, CM221

The Robinson-Schensted-Knuth (RSK) correspondence is a combinatorial bijection which plays an important role in the theory of Young tableaux and provides a natural framework for the study of longest increasing subsequences in random permutations and related percolation problems. I will give some background on this and then explain how a birational version of the RSK correspondence provides a similar framework for the study of GL(n)-Whittaker functions and random polymers.

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Sam Fearn: Introduction to Mathematica

2:00pm, CM 219

A short talk about Mathematica, how it can be used, and some tricks to help solve problems.

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Prof Douglas MacMillan: Ruination, Conservation & Renewal Lecture

3:00pm, Palatine Centre Lecture Hall PCL048

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Dr Norvald Instefjord (University of Essex): Loan Monitoring and Bank Risk

3:30pm to 5:00pm, Room 223, Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham

Kurt Johansson: The two-time distribution in last-passage percolation

3:50pm, CM221

I will discuss a new approach to computing the two-time distribution in last-passage percolation with geometric weights. This can be interpreted as the correlations of the height function at a spatial point at two different times in the equivalent interpretation as a discrete polynuclear growth model. I will also discuss the problem of multiple spatial points at the two times. The new approach is closer to standard random matrix theory (or determinantal point process) computations compared to the one in my paper "Two time distribution in Brownian directed percolation", Comm. Math. Phys. 351 (2017).

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Dr Simeon Zahl: Devices and Desires: Affect Theory and the Plausibility of Sin in Late Modernity

4:00pm, Seminar Room C (D/TH107), Dept. of Theology & Religion, Abbey House, DH1 3RS, Durham

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History Department Research Seminar

4:30pm, Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral, Professor William Beinart, Oxford

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Sunil Chhita: The two-periodic Aztec diamond

4:50pm, CM221

Simulations of uniformly random domino tilings of large Aztec diamonds give striking pictures due to the emergence of two macroscopic regions. These regions are often referred to as solid and liquid phases. A limiting curve separates these regions and interesting probabilistic features occur around this curve, which are related to random matrix theory. The two-periodic Aztec diamond features a third phase, often called the gas phase. In this talk, we introduce the model and discuss some of the asymptotic behavior at the liquid-gas boundary. This is based on joint works with Vincent Beffara (Grenoble), Kurt Johansson (Stockholm) and Benjamin Young (Oregon).

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