Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis



The Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis organizes regular colloquia on topics in mathematics and systems analysis for a non-specialist audience. Informal discussion continues after the colloquium in the common room.


  • 14.2. 15:15  Prof. Anita Schöbel (RPTU Kaiserslautern and Fraunhofer ITWM): Robust multi-objective optimization – U6 (U149)

    Most real-world optimization problems contain parameters which are not known at the time a decision is to be made. In robust optimization one specifies the uncertainty in a scenario set and tries to hedge against the worst case. Classical robust optimization aims at finding a solution which is best in the worst-case scenario. It is a well-studied concept but it is known to be very conservative: A robust solution comes with a high price in its nominal objective function value. This motivated researchers to introduce less conservative robustness concepts in the last decade. Moreover, many real-world problems involve not only one, but multiple criteria. While robust single-objective optimization has been investigated for 25 years, robust multi-objective optimization is a new field in which already the definition of "robust" is a challenge. In the talk, several robustness concepts will be discussed and illustrated at applications from public transport.

Titles and abstracts of colloquia before 2023

Spring semester 2020

  • February 25, 15:15-16:15, hall U5: Prof. Tuomas Hytönen (University of Helsinki) “Commutators and Jacobians
  • January 28, 15:15-16:15, hall U5: Prof. Volker Mehrmann (TU Berlin) "Stability analysis of energy based dynamical system models"

Fall semester 2019

  • November 26, 15:15-16:15, hall U6: Prof. Kaisa Nyberg (Aalto University) "Cryptographic nonlinearity criteria"
  • October 29, 15:15-16:15, hall U6: Prof. Elina Robeva (University of British Columbia) "Maximum Likelihood Estimation of Totally Positive Densities"
  • October 15 (postponed from September 24), 15:15-16:15, hall M1: Prof. Fabricio Oliveira (Aalto University) "Optimisation under uncertainty for real-world production systems: theoretical aspects and practical challenges"

Spring semester 2019

  • May 15th, 15:15 -16:15, hall M1: Professor Aldo Conca (University of Genova, Italy) "Introduction to Gröbner bases."
  • April 23rd, 15:15 -16:15, hall M1: Professor Vitaly Skachek (Tartu University)  "Constructing Asynchronous Batch Codes using Hypergraphs."
  • March 26th, 16:15-17:15, hall M1: Prof. Paavo Pylkkänen (University of Helsinki): "Explaining consciousness in terms of information."
  • February 26th, 15:15-16:15, hall M1: Prof. Marcus Greferath (Aalto University): "Spectral Methods for Coding Theory in a non-commutative Setup."
  • January 29th, 15:15 - 16:15, hall A2: Prof. Jaakko Lehtinen (Aalto University): "Simulation + machine learning = interpretable, less data hungry AI?"

Fall semester 2018

  • November 27th, 15-16, hall E: Prof. Tuomo Kuusi (University of Helsinki): "Quantitative Stochastic Homogenization and Large-Scale Regularity"
  • October 30th, 15-16, hall E: Prof. Chris Brzuska (Aalto University): "Proof Theory for Cryptography"
  • September 25th, 15-16, hall E: Prof. Matthieu Jonckheere (University of Buenos Aires): "Distance learning using Euclidean percolation: Following Fermat's principle"

Spring semester 2018

  • January 30th, 15-16, hall D : Prof. Petteri Kaski (Aalto Univeristy) : "Proofs and computation"
  • February 27th, 15-16, hall D : Acadamy Research Fellow Kaisa Matomäki (University of Turku) : "Correlations of arithmetic functions"
  • March 27th, 15-16, hall D : Prof. Heikki Haario (Lappeenranta University of Technology): "Statistical invariance in chaos and random patterns"
  • April 24th, 15-16, hall D : Prof. Clément Hongler (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne): "Statistical Field Theory and the Ising Model"

Fall semester 2017

  • September 26th, 15-16, hall M1 : Prof. Daniele Boffi ( Università di Pavia, Aalto University ) : "Finite element approximation of resonant modes for the Maxwell cavity problem"
  • October 31st, 15-16, hall U1 : Prof. Lothar Nannen (TU Wien) : "Numerical methods for resonance problems in open systems"
  • November 28th, hall U1 : Prof. Kari Astala (Aalto University) : "Random tilings, variational problems and the Beltrami equation"

Spring semester 2017

  • January 31st, 15-16, hall U1 : Jarkko Kari (University of Turku) : "An Algebraic Geometric Approach to Multidimensional Symbolic Dynamics"
  • February 28th, 15-16, hall M1 : Eero Saksman (University of Helsinki) : "The Riemann zeta function meets Gaussian  multiplicative chaos"
  • March 28th, 15-16, hall M1 : Christian Haase (Freie Universität Berlin) : "Finiteness Theorems for Lattice Polytopes"
  • April 25th, 15-16, hall M1 : Thomas Britz (UNSW Sydney) : "A Nice Proof of Wei's Duality Theorem"
  • May 2nd, 15-16, hall M1 : David Rios Insua (ICMAT-CSIC and Royal Academy of Sciences, Spain) : "Adversarial Risk Analysis: Concepts, Applications and Challenges"

Fall semester 2016

Spring semester 2016

  • January 26th, 15-16, hall M1:Prof. Davy Paindavei (Université Libre de Bruxelles) : Inference on the mode of weak directional signals: a Le Cam perspective on hypothesis testing near singularities
  • February 23rd, 15-16, hall M1: Prof. Jeffery M. Keisler (Aalto University, University of Massachusetts Boston) : A decision analytic modification to deal with uncertain targets in project management
  • March 31th, 15-16, hall M1 : Prof. René Scoof (Università di Roma “Tor Vergata”) : Lagrange's theorem for finite algebraic groups
  • April 26th, 15-16, hall M1 : Prof. Giuseppe Mingione (Università di Parma) : Some regularity problems in the calculus of variations

Fall semester 2015

  • September 29, 15-16, hall M1: Prof. Raimo P. Hämäläinen (Aalto University) : Behavioural operational research. 
  • October 27, 15-16, hall U1: Prof. David Radnell (Aalto University) : Some new developments in quasiconformal Teichmueller theory.
  • November 24th, 15-16, hall U1:  Ph.D Jukka Keränen (Aalto Univerisity) : Group Representations in Number Theory: An Introduction to the Langlands Program

Spring semester 2015

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