The Applied Algebra Seminar

A
Monday afternoon research seminar

The seminar is currently organized by Cesar Ceballos and Nantel Bergeron.

The seminar has been running since 1997. The topics of talks have typically been any mixture of algebra with any other field: combinatorics, geometry, topology, physics, etc. Further down this page you will find links to the seminar webpages for previous years. The audience usually consists of 6–12 people, including several graduate students and post-docs. For this reason, speakers are encouraged to devote a portion of their talk to the suggestion of open problems and the directions for research in their area. If you are interested in speaking at the seminar, contact Cesar Ceballos or Nantel Bergeron.

You may also be interested in the Algebraic Combinatorics Seminar at the Fields Institute.

Dates are listed in reverse-chronological order. Unless otherwise indicated, all talks will take place on Monday from 15:00-16:00 in N638 Ross Building (York University).

Date Speaker Title (click titles for abstract) 6 Apr. 2015 Jim Haglund

(U. of Pennsylvania)30 Mar. 2015 Hugh Thomas

(U. of New Brunswick)9 Feb. 2015 Ryan Kaliszewski

(Drexel U.)26 Jan. 2015 Greg Warrington

(U. of Vermont)1 Dec. 2014 Diana Ojeda

(U. of Toronto)24 Nov. 2014 Rafael S. Gonzalez

(U. of Kentucky)17 Nov. 2014 Yannic Vargas

(LaCIM, UQAM)10 Nov. 2014

3 Nov. 2014 Vincent Genest

(U. de Montréal)27 Oct. 2014 Kevin Dilks

(U. of Minnesota)20 Oct. 2014 Salvatore Stella

(North Carolina State U.)13 Oct. 2014

NO SEMINARThanksgiving 6 Oct. 2014 Suho Oh

(U. of Michigan)3 Oct. 2014* Christophe Hohlweg

(LaCIM, UQAM)29 Sep. 2014 Brendan Pawlowski

(U. of Minnesota)15 Sep. 2014 Joshua Hallam

(Michigan State U.)Factorization of the Characteristic Polynomial of a Poset The characteristic polynomial of a poset is the generating function for the Mšbius function of the poset. For some families of posets, the polynomial factors with nonnegative integer roots. We will present a new method which gives a combinatorial explanation for these factorizations. Additionally, we will see how this method can be used to explain a relationship between the generating function for the increasing forests of a graph and its chromatic polynomial. This is joint work with Bruce Sagan.8 Sep. 2013

Bruce Sagan

(Michigan State U.)Of antipodes and involutions, of cabbages and kings ... If H is a connected, graded Hopf algebra, then Takeuchi's formula can be used to compute its antipode. However, there is usually massive cancellation in the result. We show how sign-reversing involutions can sometimes be used to obtain cancellation-free formulas. We apply this idea to the Hopf algebras of polynomials, graphs, and noncommutative symmetric functions. This is joint work with Carolina Benedetti.

Below you will find links to the seminar webpages for previous years.