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Beatrice Yormark Distinguished Visitor Lecture April 12, 2018 Frances Kirwan (Oxford) Distinguished Lecture Series
The Kai-Lai Chung Memorial Lecture November 9, 2017 James Norris (Cambridge) Distinguished Lecture Series
Henri Poincaré Distinguished Lecturer November 2, 2017 Dan Freed (University of Texas at Austin) Distinguished Lecture Series
Public Lecture October 5, 2017 Robbert Dijkgraaf (Institute for Advanced Study) "Quantum Mathematics and the Fate of Space, Time, and Matter"  Public Lecture
MRC Distinguished Lecturer Series May 23, 2017 Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institute, Bonn) Algebraic representations, constructible sheaves and higher representation theory:  “Higher representation theory” Distinguished Lecture Series
MRC Distinguished Lecturer Series May 18, 2017 Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institute, Bonn) Algebraic representations, constructible sheaves and higher representation theory:  “Constructible sheaves” Distinguished Lecture Series
MRC Distinguished Lecturer Series May 16, 2017 Geordie Williamson (Max Planck Institute, Bonn) Algebraic representations, constructible sheaves and higher representation theory:  “Algebraic representations” Distinguished Lecture Series
The Kai-Lai Chung Memorial Lecture March 9, 2017 Laurent Saloff-Coste (Cornell)  "Groups and random walks"The notion of group appeared explicitly in the nineteen century, and, in part because of the immense influence of Felix Klein on American mathematics, studied enthusiastically by many early American mathematicians including George Abram Miller who was successively professor at Cornell and Stanford before settling at the University of Illinois. More than a century later and after receiving much attention, finitely generated groups are still mysterious objects.Random walks, the process of partial sums of sequences of independent identically distributed random variables, are classical objects in probability theory and one of the main focuses in the work of Kai-Lai Chung during his time at Cornell around 1950. Fourier analysis is the classical tool of choice in this subject.In his Ph.D. thesis, in 1958, Harry Kesten proposed to study random walks on groups with an emphasis on how their behavior relates to the structure of the underlying group. In this lecture, I will describe some of the basic results relating volume growth to the behavior of random walk, what happens on free solvable groups, and some questions that remain open. Distinguished Lecture Series
Mathematicians helping Art Historians and Art Conservators February 2, 2017 Ingrid Daubechies (Duke) In recent years, mathematical algorithms have helped art historians and art conservators putting together the thousands of fragments into which an unfortunate WWII bombing destroyed world famous frescos by Mantegna, decide that certain paintings by masters were "roll mates" (their canvases were cut from the same bolt), virtually remove artifacts in preparation for a restoration campaign, get more insight into paintings hidden underneath a visible one,... The presentation will review these applications, and give a glimpse into the mathematical aspects that make this possible. Public Lecture
MRC Distinguished Lecturer Series November 14, 2016 Takashi Tsuboi (University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Mathematics) “Old and New problems on diffeomorphism groups” Part III Distinguished Lecture Series
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