• May 16, 2023 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: GRAMSIA: Graphical Models, Statistical Inference, and Algorithms
Venue: CMSA Room G10

On May 16 – May 19, 2023 the CMSA will be hosting a four-day workshop on GRAMSIA: Graphical Models, Statistical Inference, and Algorithms. The workshop will be held in room G10 of the CMSA, located at 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. This workshop is organized by David Gamarnik (MIT), Kavita Ramanan (Brown), and Prasad Tetali  (Carnegie Mellon). Location: Room G10, CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138 Directions and Recommended Lodging Registration is required. Register here to attend in-person.   Speakers: Bhaswar Bhattacharya (U Penn) Guy Bresler (MIT) Florent Krzakala (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) Lester Mackey (Microsoft Research New England) Theo McKenzie (Harvard) Andrea Montanari (Stanford) Cris Moore (SFI) Elchanan Mossel (MIT) Patrick Rebeschini (Oxford) Subhabrata Sen (Harvard) Devavrat…

  • May 08, 2023 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Workshop on Global Categorical Symmetries
Venue: CMSA Room G10

The CMSA will be hosting a Workshop on Global Categorical Symmetries from May 7 – 11, 2023. Location:  G-10, CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138 Participation is limited.

  • April 07, 2023 02:00 PM
Speaker:
Title: Current Developments in Mathematics Conference
Venue: Harvard Science Center

Current Developments in Mathematics Conference 2023 Details TBA Organizers: David Jerison, Paul Seidel, Nike Sun (MIT); Denis Auroux, Mark Kisin, Lauren Williams, Horng-Tzer Yau, Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard) Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Harvard University Mathematics, Harvard University Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

  • March 30, 2023 04:00 PM
Speaker: Andrea L. Bertozzi
Title: Math Science Lectures in Honor of Raoul Bott
Venue: Harvard Science Center

(Dates TBA) In March 2023 Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA) will give two lectures hosted by the Harvard CMSA. Andrea Bertozzi is the UCLA Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Betsy Wood Knapp Chair for Innovation and Creativity, and Director of Applied Mathematics,  as well as a member of the California NanoSystems Institute. This will be the fourth annual Math Science Lecture Series held in Honor of Raoul Bott. The lectures will take place in the Science Center & via Zoom Webinar. Directions and Recommended Lodging   Talk Chairs: Cliff Taubes (Harvard Mathematics) and Horng-Tzer Yau, (Harvard Mathematics & CMSA) Moderator: Freid Tong (Harvard CMSA)   Raoul Bott (9/24/1923 – 12/20/2005) is known for the Bott periodicity theorem, the Morse–Bott…

  • March 24, 2023 04:30 PM
Speaker:
Title: CMSAMATH Bi-Annual Gathering
Venue: Common Room, CMSA

On Friday, March 24th, 4:30PM – 6PM, the CMSA will host the CMSA/MATH Bi-Annual Gathering in the Common Room at 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138.

  • March 21, 2023 03:00 PM
Speaker:
Title: Ding Shum Lecture
Venue: Virtual

On March 21, 2023, the CMSA will host the fourth annual Ding Shum Lecture, given by Cynthia Dwork (Harvard SEAS). Time: 5:00-6:00 pm ET Location: Harvard University Science Center (to be confirmed) This event will be held in person and via Zoom webinar. Registration is required. In-person registration Zoom Webinar Professor Cynthia Dwork is Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School and Department of Statistics.   Talk Chair: Horng-Tzer Yau (Harvard Mathematics & CMSA) Moderator: Faidra Monachou (Harvard CMSA) The 2020 and 2021 Ding Shum lectures were postponed due to…

  • February 27, 2023 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Conference on Geometry and Statistics
Venue: CMSA Room G10

On Feb 27-March 1, 2023 the CMSA will host a Conference on Geometry and Statistics. Location: G10, CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138 This conference will be held in person. Directions and Recommended Lodging Registration is required. Register here to attend in-person. Organizing Committee: Stephan Huckemann (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), Ezra Miller (Duke University) Zhigang Yao (Harvard CMSA and Committee Chair) Scientific Advisors: Horng-Tzer Yau (Harvard CMSA) Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard CMSA) Speakers: Tamara Broderick (MIT) Ian Dryden (Florida International University in Miami) David Donoho (Stanford) David Dunson (Duke) Charles Fefferman (Princeton) Susan Holmes (Stanford) Stefanie Jegelka (MIT) Sebastian Kurtek (OSU) Lizhen Lin (Notre Dame) Steve Marron (U North Carolina) Ezra Miller (Duke) Hans-Georg Mueller (UC Davis) Wolfgang Polonik (UC…

  • February 09, 2023 03:30 PM
Speaker: Nazim Bouatta
Title: Special Lectures on Machine Learning and Protein Folding
Venue: CMSA Room G10

The CMSA will host a series of three 90-minute lectures on the subject of machine learning for protein folding. Location: G10, CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138 Directions and Recommended Lodging Speaker: Nazim Bouatta, Harvard Medical School Abstract: AlphaFold2, a neural network-based model which predicts protein structures from amino acid sequences, is revolutionizing the field of structural biology. This lecture series, given by a leader of the OpenFold project which created an open-source version of AlphaFold2, will explain the protein structure problem and the detailed workings of these models, along with many new results and directions for future research. Thursday, Feb 9, 2023 3:30–5:00 pm ET Lecture 1: A brief intro to protein biology. AlphaFold2 impacts on experimental…

  • February 02, 2023 07:00 PM
Speaker: Andrew Strominger
Title: Third Annual Yip Lecture
Venue: Harvard Science Center

Andrew Strominger will give the Third Annual Yip Lecture on February 2, 2023. Time: 7:00-8:00 pm ET Location: Harvard Science Center (to be confirmed) Registration is required. In-person Registration Zoom Webinar Registration The Yip Lecture takes place thanks to the support of Dr. Shing-Yiu Yip. Andrew Strominger is the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics and a senior faculty member at the Black Hole Initiative at Harvard University. Moderator: Daniel Kapec (Harvard CMSA)   Further details TBA The previous Yip Lecture featured Avi Loeb (Harvard), who spoke on Extraterrestrial Life.

  • November 28, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Representation Theory, CalabiYau Manifolds, and Mirror Symmetry
Venue: CMSA Room G10

On November 28 – Dec 1, 2022, the CMSA will host a Workshop on Representation Theory, Calabi-Yau Manifolds, and Mirror Symmetry. Organizers: An Huang (Brandeis University) | Siu-Cheong Lau (Boston University) | Tsung-Ju Lee (CMSA, Harvard) | Andrew Linshaw (University of Denver) Scientific Advisor: Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard, Tsinghua) Location: Room G10, CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138 Directions and Recommended Lodging The conference will be hybrid:  it will be both in-person and online. Registration is required. In-person registration Zoom webinar registration form: Zoom Webinar. The workshop is partially supported by Simons and NSF Grant DMS-2227199. There are funds available for participant support, which will be allocated in keeping with guidelines – students, recent PhDs, underrepresented groups, and people with…

  • November 09, 2022 09:30 AM
Speaker: Hugh Woodin
Title: CMSATsinghua Math-Science Literature Lecture: Large cardinals and small sets: The AD+ Duality Program
Venue: CMSA Room G10

CMSA/Tsinghua Math-Science Literature Lecture Prof. Hugh Woodin will present a lecture in the CMSA/Tsinghua Math-Science Literature Lecture Series. Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am ET Location: Via Zoom Webinar and Room G10, CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138 Directions and Recommended Lodging Registration is required. Register here to attend virtually:  Zoom Webinar Registration Register here to attend in-person: In-Person Registration   Title: Large cardinals and small sets: The AD+ Duality Program Abstract: The determinacy axiom, AD, was introduced by Mycielski and Steinhaus over 60 years ago as an alternative to the Axiom of Choice for the study of arbitrary sets of real numbers.  The modern view is that determinacy axioms concern generalizations of the…

  • September 23, 2022 04:30 PM
Speaker:
Title: CMSAMATH Fall Gathering
Venue: Harvard Science Center

CMSA/MATH Fall Gathering Friday, Sep 23, 2022 4:30–6:00 pm All CMSA and Math affiliates are invited.

  • August 26, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Big Data Conference
Venue: virtual

On August 26, 2022 the CMSA hosted our eighth annual Conference on Big Data. The Big Data Conference features speakers from the Harvard community as well as scholars from across the globe, with talks focusing on computer science, statistics, math and physics, and economics. The 2022 Big Data Conference took place virtually on Zoom. Organizers: Scott Duke Kominers, MBA Class of 1960 Associate Professor, Harvard Business Horng-Tzer Yau, Professor of Mathematics, Harvard University Sergiy Verstyuk, CMSA, Harvard University Speakers: Xiaohong Chen, Yale Miles Cranmer, Princeton Jessica Jeffers, University of Chicago Dan Roberts, MIT Schedule 9:00 am Conference Organizers Introduction and Welcome 9:10 am – 9:55 am Xiaohong Chen Title: On ANN optimal estimation and inference for policy…

  • August 02, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Phase Transitions and Topological Defects in the Early Universe
Venue: CMSA Room G10

On August 2–5, the CMSA hosted a workshop on Phase Transitions and Topological Defects in the Early Universe. The workshop was held in room G10 of the CMSA, located at 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA and online via Zoom webinar. The next decade will see a wealth of new cosmological data, which can lead to new insights into fundamental physics. Upcoming facilities (such as LISA) will be able to probe signals of fascinating phenomena in the early universe. These include signals from “Phase Transitions and Topological Defects,” which are ubiquitously given rise to in well-motivated UV models. In-depth studies of such signals requires cross-talks between experts from a wide spectrum of fields. The workshop aims to provide a platform for efficient exchange of…

  • July 30, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Advances in Mathematical Physics
Venue: Harvard Science Center

A Conference in Honor of Elliott H. Lieb on his 90th Birthday On July 30 – Aug 1, 2022 the Harvard Mathematics Department and the CMSA co-hosted a birthday conference in honor of Elliott Lieb. This meeting highlights Elliott’s vast contribution to math and physics. Additionally, this meeting features Prof. Lieb’s more recent impact in strong subadditivity of entropy and integrable systems (ice model, Temperley-Lieb algebra etc.). Venue: July 30–31, 2022: Hall B, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138 August 1, 2022: Hall C, Science Center, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138 Schedule (pdf) Organizers: Michael Aizenman, Princeton University Joel Lebowitz, Rutgers University Ruedi Seiler, Technische Universität Berlin Herbert Spohn, Technical University of Munich Horng-Tzer Yau,…

  • June 21, 2022 07:00 PM
Speaker:
Title: Joint BHICMSA Conference on Flat Holography
Venue: Virtual

On June 21–24, 2022, the Harvard Black Hole Initiative and the CMSA hosted the Joint BHI/CMSA Conference on Flat Holography (and related topics). The recent discovery of infinitely-many soft symmetries for all quantum theories of gravity in asymptotically flat space has provided a promising starting point for a bottom-up construction of a holographic dual for the real world. Recent developments have brought together previously disparate studies of soft theorems, asymptotic symmetries, twistor theory, asymptotically flat black holes and their microscopic duals, self-dual gravity, and celestial scattering amplitudes, and link directly to AdS/CFT. The conference was held in room G10 of the CMSA, 20 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA. Organizers: Daniel Kapec, CMSA Andrew Strominger, BHI Shing-Tung Yau, Harvard &…

  • June 06, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC)
Venue: CMSA Room G10

On June 6-8, 2022, the CMSA hosted the 3rd annual Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC). The Symposium on Foundations of Responsible Computing (FORC) is a forum for mathematical research in computation and society writ large.  The Symposium aims to catalyze the formation of a community supportive of the application of theoretical computer science, statistics, economics and other relevant analytical fields to problems of pressing and anticipated societal concern. Organizers: Cynthia Dwork, Harvard SEAS | Omer Reingold, Stanford | Elisa Celis, Yale Schedule DOWNLOAD PDF June 6, 2022 9:15 am–10:15 am Opening Remarks Keynote Speaker: Caroline Nobo, Yale University Title: From Theory to Impact: Why Better Data Systems are Necessary for Criminal Legal Reform Abstract: This talk will dive into…

  • May 21, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Summer Introduction to Mathematical Research
Venue: virtual

The Math Department and Harvard’s Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA) will be running a math program/course for mathematically minded undergraduates this summer. The course will be run by Dr. Yingying Wu from CMSA. Here is a description: Summer Introduction to Mathematical Research (sponsored by CMSA and the Harvard Math Department) In this course, we will start with an introduction to computer programming, algorithms, and scientific computing. Then we will discuss topics in topology, classical geometry, projective geometry, and differential geometry, and see how they can be applied to machine learning. We will go on to discuss fundamental concepts of deep learning, different deep neural network models, and mathematical interpretations of why deep neural networks are effective from a calculus…

  • May 17, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: SMaSH: Symposium for Mathematical Sciences at Harvard
Venue: Science and Engineering Complex (SEC)

SMaSH: Symposium for Mathematical Sciences at Harvard On Tuesday, May 17, 2022, from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Harvard Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications (CMSA) held a Symposium for Mathematical Sciences for the mathematical sciences community at Harvard. Organizing Committee Michael Brenner, Applied Mathematics (SEAS) Michael Desai, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (FAS) Sam Gershman, Psychology (FAS) Michael Hopkins, Mathematics (FAS) Gary King, Government (FAS) Peter Koellner, Philosophy (FAS) Scott Kominers, Economics (FAS) & Entrepreneurial Management (HBS) Xihong Lin, Biostatistics (HSPH) & Statistics (FAS) Yue Lu, Electrical Engineering (SEAS) Susan Murphy, Statistics (FAS) & Computer Science (SEAS) Lisa Randall, Physics (SEAS) Eugene Shakhnovich, Chemistry…

  • May 09, 2022 09:00 AM
Speaker:
Title: Conference in Memory of Professor Masatake Kuranishi
Venue: Science and Engineering Complex (SEC)

On May 9–12, 2022, the CMSA hosted the conference Deformations of structures and moduli in geometry and analysis: A Memorial in honor of Professor Masatake Kuranishi. Organizers:  Tristan Collins (MIT) and Shing-Tung Yau (Harvard and Tsinghua) Videos are available on the conference playlist.   Speakers: Charles Fefferman (Princeton University) Teng Fei (Rutgers University) Robert Friedman (Columbia University) Kenji Fukaya (Simons Center, Stony Brook) Akito Futaki (Tsinghua University) Victor Guillemin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Nigel Hitchin (Oxford University) Blaine Lawson (Stony Brook University) Yu-Shen Lin (Boston University) Melissa C.C. Liu (Columbia University) Takeo Ohsawa (Nagoya University) Duong H. Phong (Columbia University) Sebastien Picard (University of British Columbia) Paul Seidel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Gabor Szekelyhidi (University of Notre Dame) Claire Voisin…