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Seminars and Colloquia 2019-2020

Title of Talk Actuarial Science at Allstate
Speaker/Institution Allstate

Thursday, Nov. 21st



Agenda Come learn about careers in Actuarial Science at Allstate.
  • Pizza and Meet & Greet at 12:00pm
  • The presentation will take place 12:15-1:15pm.
Title of Talk Graduate Programs at University of Central Florida
Speaker/Institution Dr. Sun and Dr. Brennan/UCF

Thursday, November 7th



Abstract The graduate program at the UCF Math Department provides broad-based training in Pure, Applied, Industrial and Financial Mathematics. It admits about 18 new students with Graduate Teaching Assistantships or Graduate Research Assistantships and/or various fellowships at university level every year. Their recent students express that a strong academic atmosphere made UCF a great place to pursue an advanced degree in Mathematics, and some of them continue their math training as postdocs or have taken positions in academia.
Title of Talk Persistence and Extinction of Stochastic Kolmogorov Systems
Speaker/Institution Dr. Hai Dang Nguyen/Univ. Alabama

Friday, November 1st

1:15 – 2:15 PM


Abstract This talk is concerned with long-term properties of stochastic Kolmogorov systems which are used to model the dynamics of interacting populations in fluctuating environments. The environmental variation is modeled by white noise and/or coler noise. Sharp conditions for extinction and persistence are given based on analyzing invasion rates of each species when its density is rare. Examples are also given to illustrate how stochasticity can facilitate or inhibitpersistence of populations.
Title of Talk Shape Analysis
Speaker/Institution Dr. Anuj Sritavastava/FSU

Friday, October 18th

2:00 – 3:00 PM

BuildingBuilding 4/1703

Abstract Ever since D'Arcy Thompson's monumental work "On Growth and Form", scientists have sought techniques to quantify the shapes of biological objects and to help understand their roles in larger biological systems. This quest has been accelerated by a revolution in techniques that probe the chemical, structural, and dynamical nature of molecules, cells, tissues, and organs across scales. Such structured data defies past techniques from Euclidean statistics, and requires careful constructions of representations, models, and analyses. I will provide some examples of modeling and analyzing biological structures using a combination of geometry, statistics, and computational solutions.
Title of Talk An Introduction to Industrial Engineering at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering: Research Highlights and Educational Opportunities
Speaker/Institution Drs. Rebekah Sweat and Yanshuo Sun/FSU

Thursday, October 17,



Abstract As a rapidly growing engineering field, Industrial Engineering (IE) is concerned with the optimization of complex processes, systems, or organizations by developing, improving and implementing integrated systems of people, information, equipment, energy and materials. This research seminar will provide a brief introduction to IE with a focus on the exciting IE education and research programs at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The following research topics will be presented:
  • Innovative applications of integer programming in emerging shared mobility systems;
  • Anomaly detection in temporal, network and geographical data balancing the probabilities of false alarms and misdetections;
  • Advanced predictive analytics for the determining the lifespan and maintenance schedule of composite structures that are sensitive to cracking and damage;
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) developments for collaborative robotic 3D printing.
In addition to research highlights, graduate scholarship/fellowship opportunities, especially for minority applicants, are shared. Job placements of recent graduates (faculty, research scientist, process engineer, data scientist, etc.) will be discussed to demonstrate the competitiveness of a Ph.D. degree in IE from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Speakers: Drs. Rebekah Sweat (Downes) and Yanshuo Sun are assistant professors in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME) at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Rebekah graduated from the math department at UNF in 2011 before pursuing her PhD in Industrial Engineering.
Title of Talk Basics of Quantum Information Theory
Speaker/Institution Dr. Dumitru and Dr. Franco/UNF


10 am


Abstract This semester we will be covering the basics of Quantum Information and Quantum Computation. Our goal is to cover the physical aspects of Quantum computation up to Schrof's algorithm