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Wednesday, 26.06.2019, 10:00 (WIAS-405-406)
Forschungsseminar Mathematische Statistik
Dr. A. Suvorikova, Universität Potsdam:
On CLT in Bures-Wasserstein space and beyond
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, 4. Etage, Raum: 405/406

Abstract
In the first part of the talk we present some concentration and convergence properties of Bures-Wasserstein (BW) barycenters of hermitian finite-dimensional matrices, and explain how they can be used for investigation of geometry of DNA molecules modelled as a union of ridgid bodies. In the second part we show how the framework of classical resampling techniques can be extended to the case of the BW space, and introduce some geometrical intuition behind the construction of non-asymptotic confidence sets for BW barycenters.

Host
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Universität Potsdam
WIAS Berlin
Thursday, 27.06.2019, 16:00 (WIAS-ESH)
Forschungsseminar Mathematische Modelle der Photonik
Dr. M. Kantner, WIAS Berlin:
Non-isothermal generalization of the Scharfetter--Gummel scheme for degenerate semiconductors
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

Host
WIAS Berlin
Tuesday, 02.07.2019, 13:30 (WIAS-ESH)
Seminar Numerische Mathematik
Dr. A. K. Giri, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee:
Recent developments in the theory of coagulation-fragmentation models
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

Abstract
The coagulation-fragmentation equations describe the kinetics of particle growth in which particles can coagulate via binary interaction to form larger particles or fragment to form smaller ones. These models arise in many fields of science and engineering: kinetic of phase transformations in binary alloys such as segregation of binary alloys, aggregation of red blood cells in biology, fluidized bed granulation processes, raindrop breakup in clouds, aerosol physics, i.e. the evolution of a system of solid or liquid particles suspended in a gas, formation of planets in astrophysics, polymer science and many more.
The coagulation is in general a nonlinear process where the fragmentation is classified into two major categories, one of them is the linear fragmentation and another one is the nonlinear fragmentation. The linear fragmentation may occur due to the external forces or spontaneously (that depends on the nature of particles). However, the nonlinear fragmentation takes place due to the collision between a pair of particles. Therefore, it is also known as collision-induced fragmentation or collisional breakage.
In general, the non-conservative approximation of coagulation and linear fragmentation equations may lead to the occurrence of gelation phenomenon i.e. the breakdown of mass conservation property of the solution. In the first half of this talk, it is shown that the non-conservative approximation of coagulation and linear fragmentation equations can also provide the existence of mass conserving solutions for large classes of unbounded coagulation and fragmentation kernels.The fragmentation kernel may have a singularity near the origin. Later on, this result is further generalized by including the singular coagulation kernels in the existence theory of mass-conserving solution to the nonlinear coagulation equation using non-conservative approximations.
In the second half, we introduce an existence result on weak solutions to the continuous coagulation equation with collision-induced fragmentation for certain classes of unbounded collision and breakup distribution kernels. The breakup kernel may have a possibility to attain a singularity at the origin. The proof is based on the weak compactness methods applied to suitably chosen conservative approximating equations. The question of uniqueness is also considered under additional growth conditions on the kernels which mainly relies on the integrability of higher moments. Moreover, It is observed that the unique solution is mass-conserving.

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WIAS Berlin
Wednesday, 03.07.2019, 10:00 (WIAS-ESH)
Forschungsseminar Mathematische Statistik
Dr. C. Strauch, Universität Mannheim:
Concentration and nonparametric learning of diffusion processes
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

Abstract
We start by discussing uniform concentration inequalities for continuous-time analogues of empirical processes and related stochastic integrals of ergodic diffusion processes. Our approach substantially relies on combining the device of martingale approximation and moment bounds which are obtained by the generic chaining method. As a concrete statistical application, we consider the question of estimating the drift function for a large class of ergodic diffusion processes. The unknown drift is supposed to belong to a nonparametric class of smooth functions of unknown order. We suggest a fully data-driven procedure which allows for rate-optimal drift estimation (with respect to sup-norm risk) and, at the same time, yields an asymptotically effiient estimator of the invariant density of the diffusion. In the last part of the talk, we sketch applications of our results to problems from stochastic control theory. One of the fundamental assumptions in stochastic control of continuous time processes is that the dynamics of the underlying (diffusion) process is known. This is, however, usually not fulfilled in practice. We study a toy model for harvesting and natural resource management, mathematically described as an impulse control problem. In variants of this model, we suggest ways to both learn the dynamics of the underlying process and control well at the same time. In particular, the combination of results from stochastic control and our previous analysis of the sup-norm risk allows to derive mathematical results for reinforcement learning.

Host
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Universität Potsdam
WIAS Berlin
Tuesday, 09.07.2019, 13:30 (WIAS-406)
Seminar Materialmodellierung
Prof. C. Gräser, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik:
Truncated nonsmooth Newton multigrid for nonsmooth minimization problems
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, 4. Etage, Weierstraß-Hörsaal (Raum: 406)

Abstract
Many problems originating from continuum mechanics and material sciencelead to large scale nonsmooth optimization problems after discretization in time and space. Examples are classical binary or multi-component phase field models for phase transition and separation, frictional contact problems, plasticity, and phase field-like approaches for brittle and ductile fracture. Since standard numerical methods like, e.g., multigrid are not directly applicable due to the nonsmoothness, generic nonsmooth optimization methods are frequently used for such problems which often comes at the price of reduced efficiency. In the talk we present the Truncated Nonsmooth Newton Multigrid (TNNMG) method which combines techniques from nonsmooth optimization with multigrid and domain decomposition ideas. Instead of a black box approach this is done in a structure aware fashion leading to iterative methods whose efficiency is comparable to state of the art methods for smooth problems while being robust with respect nonsmoothness. In the talk we will introduce the algorithm, discuss convergence, and present numerical examples for various applications illustrating the efficiency of the presented approach.

Host
WIAS Berlin
Friday, 02.08.2019, 15:15 (WIAS-ESH)
MATHEON Special Guest Lecture
Prof. Y.-X. Yuan, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China:
Efficient optimization algorithms for large scale data analysis
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

Abstract
In this talk, two classes of problems in large scale data analysis and their optimization algorithms will be discussed. The first class focuses on composite convex program problems, where I introduce algorithms including a regularized semi-smooth Newton method, a stochastic semi-smooth Newton method and a parallel subspace correction method. The second class is on optimization with orthogonality constraints, particularly on parallelizable approaches for linear eigenvalue problems and nonlinear eigenvalue problems, and quasi-Newton type methods. Numerical results of applications, e.g., electronic structure calculations, $l_1$-regularized logistic regression problems, Lasso problems and Hartree-Fock total energy minimization problems, will be highlighted.

Further Informations
Special Guest Lecture

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WIAS Berlin
Saturday, 03.08.2019, 09:00 (TU-Berlin)
6th International Conference on Continuous Optimization
6th International Conference on Continuous Optimization
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Technische Universität, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin, Main building (H)

Further Informations
https://iccopt2019.berlin/

Host
WIAS Berlin
Technische Universität Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Mathematical Optimization Society
September 9 – 13, 2019 (WIAS-ESH)
Workshop/Konferenz: PDE 2019: Partial Differential Equations in Fluids and Solids
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

Abstract
This workshop fuses expertise on the analysis of PDEs in solids, fluid dynamics, complex fluids, and interaction of fluids with solid structure. Its goal is to create new synergies among these fields in order to advance analytical methods for current research related to systems with bulk-interface interaction, geometrically nonlinear materials, and fluid-structure interaction. This concerns, e. g., Lagrangian and Eulerian descriptions, free boundaries and moving domains, and variational approaches via energy/entropy methods.

Host
WIAS Berlin
September 18 – 20, 2019 (WIAS-ESH)
Workshop/Konferenz: Optical Solitons and Frequency Comb Generation
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

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WIAS Berlin
Wednesday, 23.10.2019, 14:00 (WIAS-ESH)
Berliner Oberseminar „Nichtlineare partielle Differentialgleichungen” (Langenbach-Seminar)
Prof. Dr. A. Jüngel, Technische Universität Wien, Österreich:
Cross-diffusion systems: from spin semiconductors to biological populations with stochastic forcing
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Weierstraß-Institut, Mohrenstr. 39, 10117 Berlin, Erdgeschoss, Erhard-Schmidt-Hörsaal

Abstract
Many real-world applications consist of multiple components, leading on the macroscopic scale to cross-diffusion systems which consist of strongly coupled parabolic equations. The applications may be very diverse and range from spin-polarized transport in semiconductors and ion transport in cell membranes to population dynamics. In this talk, some existence results for global-in-time weak solutions is proved, based on entropy methods. This technique was already used by Herbert Gajewski, and we detail some of his ideas to prove the large-time behavior and uniqueness of weak solutions, followed by some extensions like boundedness-by-entropy and martingale solutions to stochastic cross-diffusion systems.

Host
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
WIAS Berlin