Prof. Bernd Sturmfels (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig and University of California, Berkeley)
Video release
18 November 2020, 18:00
Interactive session
07 December 2020, 18:00 to 18:45
Virtual colloquium
Pre-recorded video

This seminar spans a bridge between 19th century geometry to 21st century computing. We start with a classical theme that was featured in the January 2020 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, namely the 3264 conics that are tangent to five given conics in the plane. We discuss the computation of these conics, by solving a system of polynomial equations with numerical methods that are fast and reliable. In our discussion we will focus on the role of applied algebraic geometry in statistics and optimization, starting from the role of linear spaces of symmetric matrices (LSSM) for Gaussian models and semidefinite programming.

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This colloquium is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) organized by The (Indian) Mathematics Consortium (TMC), and co-hosted by IIT-B and ICTS-TIFR. For more information about this lecture series, and to register, please visit the homepage of the TMC DLS.