ACMS Seminars 2015 - 2016

I led the Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Department Student Seminars until the ACMS Graduate Student Organization became established in 2016. In the Spring of 2015, I taught a course on Probability and Statstics for Computer Scientists and Engineers.

ACMS Student Organization & SIAM Chapter at Notre Dame have taken over the ACMS Seminars as of 2016. Please go to their website here.

ACMS Seminars from 2015

The Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS) Graduate Student Seminars are for graduate students and postdocs to share their work or ideas they have learned to one another. It is highly encouraged that the more senior graduate students (4th year and above as well as post docs) to present either their research or a topic they believe will benefit the ACMS graduate student population for the first few sessions. Possible topics could be:

  • Current research
  • Internship
  • Resources student found useful
  • Practicing for a talk (conference, candidacy, etc.)

The presentations can be any length (4 minutes - 50 minutes). Please sign up by emailing Claire Bowen (claire.mckay.bowen at, listing your name, topic, and details of your topic.

Date Presenter Topic Abstract
September 16th, 2015 Alan Liddell Introduction to the CRC
  • What is a CRC frontend? How do I login? What can you run on them? What should you not run on them?
  • What software is available? How do I use a different version? module load/avail/etc
  • How do I submit a job to run on a compute node? Queue? Maximum runtime?
  • How do I use Matlab on the CRC? How do I get Matlab to run in parallel on the CRC?
  • Can I run Matlab interactively?"
September 30th, 2015 Daniel Brake Applications of Monodromy

Monodromy action plays an important role in a number of mathematical theories. Stemming from a fundamental principle in complex analysis, the Cauchy integral formula, monodromy loops give all sorts of information about the interior of a region given boundary data. The uses include computing whether a pole is contained in the interior, and determining the breakup of the sheets coming together at a pole. As a consequence, monodromy is used in numerical algebraic geometry to decompose a pure-dimensional set into its irreducible components.

This talk will give an overview of monodromy, and some new connections to algebraic geometry. In particular, we will discuss how to use it to compute some local properties of algebraic varieties, as in the Numerical Local Irreducible Decomposition, and a new method for computing real tropical curves.

October 14th, 2015 Claire Bowen Interning at Los Alamos National Laboratory A causal talk on my internship at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Topics Covered
  • How Did I Apply and How Should You Apply
  • Day to Day Work
  • Opportunities within LANL
  • Fun Activities Provided by LANL
  • Q & A
November 4th, 2015 Shant Mahserejian Projects in Industrial Mathematics Project 1: Industrial Math/Stats Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students - Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute - (IMSM @ SAMSI)
"Investigating the Relationship Between the Microbiome and Environmental Characteristics" - Mentored by Rho Inc. Dealt with identifying which bacteria in the microbiome found in a household during the first year of development that helps resist the future onset of asthma or allergies.

Project 2: Mathematical Modeling in Industry Workshops for Graduate Students -Institude for Mathematics and its Applications - (MathModeling@IMA)
"Is this a compressed sensing application?" - Mentored by CyberOptics Corp. Dealt with optimizing the process used in 3D profilometry and and height map acquisition, typically used for quality control when manufacturing intricate circuit boards.