Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis


Lectures, seminars and dissertations

* Dates within the next 7 days are marked by a star.

Professor Vitaly Skachek (University of Tartu)
Constructing Asynchronous Batch Codes using Hypergraphs
* Tuesday 23 April 2019,   15:15,   M1 (M232)
Batch codes were first proposed by Ishai et al. as a means for balancing load in distributed storage systems. They are also of potential use in private information retrieval. In this talk, we present a new variant of batch codes termed "asynchronous batch codes", which are designed for parallel recovery of information symbols from the coded database, where different requests take different service time (i.e. the requests are served in an asynchronous manner). It turns out that the graph-based batch codes studied by Rawat et al. are asynchronous. By building on the ideas therein, we show that hypergraphs of Berge girth at least 4 yield graph-based asynchronous batch codes. We prove the hypergraph-theoretic proposition that the maximum number of hyperedges in a hypergraph of a fixed Berge girth equals the quantity in a certain generalization of the hypergraph-theoretic (6,3)-problem. We then apply the constructions and bounds by Erdos, Frankl and Rodl to obtain batch code constructions and bounds on the optimal redundancy of the graph-based asynchronous batch codes. We show that the optimal redundancy $\rho(k)$ of graph-based asynchronous batch codes of dimension $k$ with the query size $t=3$ is $2\sqrt{k}$. Moreover, for a general fixed value of $t \ge 4$, $\rho(k) = O\left({k}^{1/(2-\epsilon)}\right)$ for any small $\epsilon > 0$. For a general value of $t \ge 4$, $\lim_{k \rightarrow \infty} \rho(k)/\sqrt{k} = \infty$. (Joint work with Ago-Erik Riet and Eldho K. Thomas)
Department Colloquium

Prof Thomas Banchoff (Brown University)
Thursday 02 May 2019,   15:15,   Aalto hall
Mathematics and Arts Colloquium

Ida Keskimäki
Tason symmetriat (kandiesitelmä)
Tuesday 07 May 2019,   16:15,   M3 (M234)

Nicolas Dietrich (University of Salzburg)
Thursday 09 May 2019,   14:15,   M2 (M233)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Giovanni Comi (Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa)
Wednesday 15 May 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Past events

Saara Vestola
Pintojen luokittelu Conwayn vetoketjulla (kandiesitelmä)
Tuesday 16 April 2019,   16:15,   M3 (M234)

Karl Brustad (NTNU, Trondheim)
Segre's Theorem. An analytic proof of a result in differential geometry.
Wednesday 10 April 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Dr. Jie Li
High-Rate MDS Code Constructions for Distributed Storage Systems
Tuesday 02 April 2019,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
NOTE: TUESDAY! Distributed storage systems with high reliability have wide applications in large data centers, peer-to-peer storage systems, and storage in wireless networks. To ensure reliability, the redundancy is crucial for these systems. A popular option to introduce redundancy is to employ erasure codes such as MDS (Maximum Distance Separable) codes, which can efficiently store data and protect against node failures. In this talk, we will introduce several novel high-rate MDS code constructions which have optimal repair bandwidth and some other key properties. In addition, two generic transformations for MDS codes will also be given, one is to enable optimal repair in MDS code and the other is to reduce the sub-packetization level of existing MDS codes, which address two major concerns in high-rate MDS codes for DSSs.
ANTA seminar

Kristian Moring
Global higher integrability of weak solutions for systems of porous medium type
Wednesday 27 March 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Professor Paavo Pylkkänen (University of Helsinki)
Explaining consciousness in terms of information
Tuesday 26 March 2019,   16:15,   M1 (M232)
Conscious experience has become the focus of intensive interdisciplinary study over the past few decades. By now there are a number of candidate theories of consciousness, many of which make use of notions of information in their attempted explanations of consciousness. This talk provides first a brief overview of consciousness studies and then considers how consciousness can be understood in the light of two approaches that make an appeal to information: David Bohm’s “active information” approach, and Giulio Tononi’s mathematical “integrated information” theory of consciousness.
Department Colloquium

Dr Elena Magnanini (U Modena)
On the scaled cumulant generating function of the triangle observable in the dense Erdӧs-Rényi model
Thursday 21 March 2019,   10:15,   M3 (M234)
Further information
The computation of the probability of rare events is the main purpose of large deviations theory. For instance, in a simple case, one can consider the rare event in which a sum of i.i.d. Bernoulli variables attains a value which is larger than its average. A completely different and much more difficult problem, is the computation of large deviations probability of nonlinear functionals of the Bernoulli variables, e.g. cubic polynomials. A case in which such nonlinear problems arise is, for instance, the study of complex networks. In this talk I will present the behavior of the so-called scaled cumulant generating function of the number of triangles of an Erdӧs-Rényi random graph (dense case). The scaled cumulant generating function is strictly connected with the theory of large deviations since, when it is possible to apply the Gärtner-Ellis theorem, it turns out to be the Legendre transform of the rate function. More precisely, the aim of this talk is twofold. On one hand, to describe a modified version of a known Monte Carlo method, called Cloning algorithm, tailored for approximating the scaled cumulant generating function of an additive observable in the framework of random graphs. One the other hand, keeping the focus on the triangle observable, to present the numerical investigation performed in the region where the analytical expression of such function is not known (replica breaking regime).

Istvan Prause
Schwarz lemma, quasiconformal mappings and interpolation
Wednesday 20 March 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Prof. Christine Kelley (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Communicating over channels with partial erasures
Wednesday 13 March 2019,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
Channels with partial erasures were recently introduced to characterize erasure events in applications where some partial information about an erased symbol or packet is known. After some background on partial erasure channels, we will introduce a multilevel coding scheme for designing codes over these channels. We also characterize cases of channel parameters when capacity can be achieved using such a scheme. Time permitting, we will look at fountain codes over partial erasure channels as well as simple relay channels where at least one link is a partial erasure channel.
ANTA seminar

Olli Saari (University of Bonn)
On endpoint regularity of maximal functions
Wednesday 13 March 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Razane Tajeddine
Doctoral thesis defense: Private Information Retrieval from Coded Storage
Thursday 07 March 2019,   14:00,   M1 (M232)
Opponent: Prof. Simon Blackburn, Custos: Prof. Camilla Hollanti.

Prof. Simon Blackburn (Royal Holloway)
The Walnut Digital Signature Algorithm
Thursday 07 March 2019,   10:15,   M3 (M234)
NOTE different day and time! Walnut is a digital signature algorithm that was first proposed in 2017 by Anshel, Atkins, Goldfeld and Gunnells. The algorithm is based on techniques from braid group theory, and is one of the submissions for the high-profile NIST Post Quantum Cryptography standardisation process. The talk will describe Walnut, and some of the attacks that have been mounted on it. No knowledge of cryptography or the braid group will be assumed. Based on joint work with Ward Beullens (KU Leuven).
ANTA seminar

Cintia Pacchiano
The total variation flow
Wednesday 06 March 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Leah Schätzler (University of Erlangen)
Existence of variational solutions for doubly nonlinear equations of porous medium type
Wednesday 27 February 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Marcus Greferath
Spectral Methods for Coding Theory in a non-commutative Setup
Tuesday 26 February 2019,   15:15,   M1 (M232)
In many areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Applicable mathematics, and particularly in Algebraic Coding Theory, there are impressive examples, showing how a discrete Fourier calculus can be used in order to construct codes of prescribed minimum distance. Here, this spectral technique is basically restricted to cyclic codes over finite fields so far, however there are no strict reasons to keep it restrained to this case. This talk is particularly interested in the scenario, where a non-commutative finite group acts on the co-ordinate domain, while the alphabet of the desired code may be a finite ring. We will sketch the successful development of a Fourier Calculus for this setting and observe a few remarkable facts. This is work in progress! world.
Department Colloquium

Dr. Tefjol Pllaha (ELEC)
Equivalence of Quantum Stabilizer Codes
Wednesday 20 February 2019,   15:15,   M2 (M233)
In the first part of the talk we will describe basic notions in quantum computation with a view toward error-correction. We will describe in detail Shor's 9 qubit code, and then motivate an algebraic approach to the stabilizer formalism. In the second part of the talk we will define stabilizer codes over Frobenius rings and point out why MacWilliams Extension Theorem fails in this case. The latter motivates the study of isometry groups, for which we show how to construct stabilizer codes with predetermined isometry groups. If time permits, we will end with some remarks on the LU-LC conjecture.
ANTA seminar

Emma-Karoliina Kurki
Weighted norm inequalities by the sparse domination method
Wednesday 13 February 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Prof. Colin Boyd (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
Bitcoin, Blockchains and Smart Contracts: Understanding the Crypto in Cryptocurrencies
Wednesday 06 February 2019,   17:30,   Lumituuli Auditorium, Dipoli, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo
Cryptocurrencies and blockchains are the most widely publicized applications of cryptography today. Using the example of Bitcoin, we will aim to understand the cryptographic building blocks of cryptocurrencies and how they fit together to enable a distributed payment system. We will then explore why newer cryptocurrencies built on Bitcoin employ more advanced cryptography. In particular we will examine the contentious issue of anonymous payments. Finally we will discuss the concept of smart contracts, how they can be achieved using blockchains, and what kinds of applications they may be useful for.
HAIC Talks

Vincenzo Vespri (University of Firenze)
Some regularity problems concerning anisotropic operators
Wednesday 06 February 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Prof. Prabhu Manyem (Nanchang Institute of Technology)
An Optimization Model for Adaptive Rescheduling of Flights After Disruptions
Friday 01 February 2019,   14:15,   M1 (M232)
Further information

Kristian Moring
Global higher integrability of weak solutions for systems of porous medium type
Wednesday 30 January 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Jaakko Lehtinen
Simulation + machine learning = interpretable, less data hungry AI?
Tuesday 29 January 2019,   15:00,   A2
How do we make computers perceive the everyday world and deeply understand it just by looking at it? How do we build virtual agents and real robots that build on this perception and are able to move and interact with the world, including us humans, in a natural manner? In this talk, I’ll talk about the currently accelerating congruence of physically-based simulation and machine learning in solving very hard problems in artificial intelligence. I’ll argue that the classic approach of “merely” learning from human-labeled examples is doomed – there is simply no way for us to cover all the variability in the real world with annotated examples – and that making use of interpretable models (simulators!) in the learning process is the way forward. I’ll give examples of my own work, as well as that of my close colleagues and collaborators, and other highlights from around the world.
Department Colloquium

Dr. Justyna Szpond
Fermat-type configurations in projective spaces
Wednesday 23 January 2019,   15:00,   M2 (M233)
A Fermat arrangement of lines in the complex projective plane is given by linear factors of the polynomial $(x^n-y^n)(y^n-z^n)(z^n-x^n)$ for some $n\geq 3$. Singular points of these arrangements have appeared recently in commutative algebra, more precisely in the containment problem between symbolic and ordinary powers of homogeneous polynomials and in algebraic geometry in the theory of linear systems and unexpected hypersurfaces. I will explain these two appearances and present considerable generalizations which led to substantial, new results in both fields.

Dr. Tomasz Szemberg
Linear systems with assigned base loci
Wednesday 23 January 2019,   14:00,   M2 (M233)
I will report on special linear systems on complex projective spaces. Even though the topic is classical and studied for more than 100 years, many important questions are not answered in a satisfactory way.
Algebra Seminar

Julian Weigt
Almost-Orthogonality of Restricted Haar Functions
Wednesday 23 January 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Miska Rissanen
Estimates for the spherical maximal function (diploma thesis talk)
Tuesday 22 January 2019,   14:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Anastasia Molchanova (Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, Novosibirsk)
Wednesday 16 January 2019,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Christian Webb (Aalto University)
When is a random variable close to being normally distributed?
Wednesday 19 December 2018,   16:15,   U3
Further information
Stochastic Sauna 2018

Alexandre Proutiere (KTH, Stockholm)
Clustering in Block Markov Chains
Wednesday 19 December 2018,   15:15,   U3
Further information
Stochastic Sauna 2018

Stefan Geiss (University of Jyväskylä)
Approximation of stochastic integrals, Riemann-Liouville operators, and bounded mean oscillation
Wednesday 19 December 2018,   14:00,   U3
Further information
Stochastic Sauna 2018

Mari Myllymäki (Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke))
Global envelopes for testing with functional test statistics and functional data analysis
Wednesday 19 December 2018,   13:00,   U3
Further information
Stochastic Sauna 2018

Ioan Manolescu (Université de Fribourg)
Uniform Lipschitz functions on the triangular lattice have logarithmic variations
Wednesday 19 December 2018,   11:00,   U3
Further information
Stochastic Sauna 2018

Luis Alvarez Esteban (University of Turku)
A Class of Solvable Stationary Singular Stochastic Control Problems of Linear Diffusions
Wednesday 19 December 2018,   10:00,   U3
Further information
Stochastic Sauna 2018

Joonas Laihanen
A distribution-based subpopulation framework for statistic estimation
Tuesday 18 December 2018,   15:15,   M2 (M233)
MS-E1609 - Seminar on stochastics and statistics

Istvan Prause
Arctic curves beyond the arctic circle
Monday 17 December 2018,   15:00,   M3 (M234)
The dimer model studies random configurations of perfect matchings (dimer covers) of bipartite planar graphs. Through an associated height function such a configuration is encoded in a random surface. These random surfaces (with a fixed boundary) exhibit limit shape formation: a deterministic limit surface emerges in the macroscopic limit. The imposed boundary condition can have dramatic effect: in certain regions the dimers line up in an ordered fashion (form a frozen facet) and do not look random at all. A prime example of this phenomenon is the arctic circle of domino tilings of the Aztec diamond from 1995. We now have, mostly due to Kenyon et al., a general theory which describes these phenomena in unprecedented detail. The limit shape is described by a convex but singular and degenerate variational problem with a gradient constraint. These features are responsible for facet formation and the appearance of arctic curves. In the talk, I will use the lozenge tiling model (dimer model on the hexagonal lattice) to showcase these issues and address how one can analyse the variational problem.
Aalto Stochastics and Statistics seminar / Ilmonen, Kytölä, Leskelä

Johan Salmelin (Aalto)
Energy disaggregation of electric heating appliances (MSc thesis talk)
Friday 14 December 2018,   11:15,   M3 (M234)

Antti Pöllänen (Aalto)
Optimization of dense Wi-Fi networks via Markov chain models
Monday 10 December 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
MSc thesis presentation.

Michele Miranda (University of Ferrara)
Properties of convex sets in Wiener spaces
Wednesday 05 December 2018,   12:00,   M3 (M234)
We show some recent results on convex sets in Wiener spaces. We characterize the essential and reduced bound- ary of open convex sets and investigate integration by parts formulae. Of particular interest is the investigation of trace theorems for functions of bounded variation on boundaries of subsets in Wiener spaces.
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Eveliina Peltola (University of Geneva)
Crossing Probabilities of Multiple Ising Interfaces
Monday 03 December 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
Crossing Probabilities of Multiple Ising Interfaces The planar Ising model is one of the most studied lattice models in statistical physics. Exhibiting a continuous phase transition, it enjoys conformal invariance in the scaling limit, as has been verified recently in celebrated works initiated by S. Smirnov. In this talk, I discuss crossing probabilities of multiple interfaces in the critical Ising model with alternating boundary conditions. In the scaling limit, they are conformally invariant expressions given by so-called pure partition functions of multiple SLE(kappa) with kappa=3. I also describe analogous results for critical percolation and the Gaussian free field. Joint work with Hao Wu (Yau Mathematical Sciences Center, Tsinghua University)
Aalto stochastics and statistics seminar / Ilmonen, Kytölä, Leskelä

Razane Tajeddine
Private Information Retrieval from Coded Storage
Wednesday 28 November 2018,   13:30,   Tuuma
Mid-term PhD talk.
Mid-term PhD talk

Matthias Grezet
Application of Matroid Theory to Distributed Data Storage Systems
Wednesday 28 November 2018,   13:00,   Tuuma
Mid-term PhD talk.
Mid-term PhD talk

Taoufiq Damir
Well-rounded lattices in wireless communications
Wednesday 28 November 2018,   12:30,   Tuuma
Mid-term PhD talk.
Mid-term PhD talk

Carlos Mudarra (Complutense University of Madrid)
$C^1$ and $C^{1, \omega}$ Whitney's theorems for convex functions
Wednesday 28 November 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Prof Tuomo Kuusi (University of Helsinki)
Quantitative Stochastic Homogenization and Large-Scale Regularity
Tuesday 27 November 2018,   15:15,   E
One of the principal difficulties in stochastic homogenization is transferring quantitative ergodic information from the coefficients to the solutions, since the latter are nonlocal functions of the former. In our recent book, jointly with S. Armstrong and J.-C. Mourrat, we have addressed this problem from a new perspective. Essentially, we use recently developed regularity theory for stochastic homogenization to accelerate the weak convergence of the energy density, flux and gradient of the solutions as we pass to larger and larger length scales, until it saturates at the CLT scaling. I will discuss our approach and give, at the same time, an informal introduction to our book.
Department Colloquium

Negin Karimi
Generalized regenerating codes and security of distributed storage system
Wednesday 21 November 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
Traditional regenerating codes are efficient tools to optimize both storage and repair bandwidth in storing data across a distributed storage system, particularly in comparison to erasure codes and data replication. In traditional regenerating codes, the collection of any k nodes can reconstruct the information file and is called the reconstruction set, N_R. Also, a failed node can be regenerated from any d surviving nodes. These collections of d nodes are called the regeneration sets, N_H. The number of reconstruction sets and the number of regeneration sets satisfies N_R= C_n^k and N _H=C_{n-1}^d, where C_n^k denotes "n choose k". In generalized regenerating codes, we will have, 1 \le N_R \le C^k_n and 1 \le N_H \le C_{n-1}^d. In this talk, I address the problem of secure generalized regenerating codes and present a coding scheme by focusing on the features of the generalized regenerating codes that protect data in the distributed storage system in presence of an active omniscient adversary.
ANTA seminar

Aleksis Koski (University of Jyväskylä)
Sobolev homeomorphic extensions
Wednesday 21 November 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
In the mathematical theory of nonlinear elasticity one typically represents elastic bodies as domains in Euclidean space, and the main object of study are deformations (mappings) between two such bodies. The class of acceptable deformations one considers usually consists of Sobolev homeomorphisms between the respective domains, for example, with some given boundary values. It is hence a fundamental question in this theory to ask whether a given boundary map admits a homeomorphic extension in the Sobolev class or not. We share some recent developments on this subject, including sharp existence results and counterexamples.
Seminar on Analysis and Geometry

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Wednesday 14 November 2018,   15:29,   M3 (M234)

Karl Brustad (NTNU, Trondheim)
The dominative p-Laplacian and sublinear elliptic operators
Wednesday 14 November 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Olga Kuznetsova
MSc thesis presentation: Private information retrieval with arbitrary collusion patterns
Wednesday 07 November 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
In coded Private Information Retrieval (PIR), a user wants to download a file from a coded database without revealing the identity of the file. We consider the setting where certain subsets of servers collude to deduce the requested file. These subsets form an abstract simplicial complex called the collusion pattern. In this talk we will discuss the combinatorics of the general star product scheme for PIR under the assumption that the database is encoded using a repetition code. Advisor Ragnar Freij-Hollanti, supervisor Camilla Hollanti.
ANTA Seminar

Vito Buffa (University of Ferrara)
New insights into BV Functions and Integration by Parts Formulæ in Metric Measure Spaces
Wednesday 07 November 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
The starting point of our discussion is a notion of BV functions tailored for RCD(K,\infty) metric measure spaces, which makes use of suitable vector fields. This definition motivates both the study of integration by parts formulæ in terms of essentially bounded divergence-measure vector fields in diverse metric settings, and an investigation of the issue of traces of BV functions in the context of a doubling metric measure space supporting a Poincaré inequality. Based on joint works with G. E. Comi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa) and M. Miranda Jr (University of Ferrara).
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Vitaly Skachek (University of Tartu)
[NOTE the unusual time and place!] Batch and PIR Codes and Their Connections to Locally Repairable Codes
Monday 05 November 2018,   14:15,   M205
In this survey talk, we discuss two related families of codes: batch codes and codes for private information retrieval. These two families can be viewed as natural generalizations of locally repairable codes, which were extensively studied in the context of coding for fault tolerance in distributed data storage systems. Bounds on the parameters of the codes, as well as basic constructions, are presented. Connections between different code families are discussed.
ANTA Seminar

Mateo Rendon
An algebraic and combinatorial perspective on rank-one tensor completion
Thursday 01 November 2018,   15:15,   M2 (M233)
Master's thesis presentation

Ratan Kumar Giri (National Institute of Technology Rourkela)
Singular Nonlocal Problem Involving Measure Data
Wednesday 31 October 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Prof Chris Brzuska (Aalto University)
Proof Theory for Cryptography
Tuesday 30 October 2018,   15:15,   E
Most of our cryptography is not perfectly unbreakable. Given enough time, one could, theoretically, perform an exhaustive search over the key space and e.g., decrypt messages intended for another receiver. Modern cryptography, thus, relies on computationally hard problems that (are conjectured to) require an exorbitant amount of computation to solve. Complex systems such as TLS, the backbone of secure communication on the internet, rely on quite a number of such hard problems, and the protocol itself has a specification of over 100 pages. The relation between the protocol security (in a model) and the underlying assumptions needs to be established via a rigorous reduction proof. Due to the complexity of the protocols, the reduction proofs for modern protocols escape what a human can grasp. Therefore, in recent years, the proofs have been partially delegated to computers which, to be fair, also struggle with the tremendous complexity. We propose a new level of abstraction that allows to recover human understanding of security reductions for complex protocols and show how to apply it to the new TLS 1.3 standard (ongoing work). Joint work with Ben Dowling, Antoine Délignat-Lavaud, Cédric Fournet, Konrad Kohbrok & Markulf Kohlweiss
Department Colloquium

Prof. Luka Grubisic, University of Zagreb
Analysis of an eigenvalue problem on a metric graph
Friday 26 October 2018,   14:15,   M2 (M233)
We analyze a second order constrained eigenvalue problem on a metric graph. The underlying vector valued differential operator originates in the vibration analysis in the modelling of endovasular stents. We also study the dynamical problem for such a configuration and show that standard DAE integrators can solve the problem well. This is a joint work with V. Mehrmann and J. Tambaca.

Razane Tajeddine and Lukas Holzbaur
On private keyword and stream search
Wednesday 24 October 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
In the first part of the talk, we discuss private keyword search (PKS). Some work has been done to ensure privacy for the user when searching for keywords from a distributed storage system. In the second part of the talk, we discuss the concept of private search on streaming data (PSS), and its connection to PIR and PKS on the example of a scheme given by Ostrovsky et al. The problem of private search on streaming data (PSS) has been considered under various cryptographic assumptions, e.g. by means of homomorphic cryptosystems and public-key program obfuscation.
ANTA seminar

Hans Tylli (University of Helsinki)
Structural rigidity of generalised Volterra operators on Hardy spaces
Wednesday 24 October 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
will describe generalised analytic Volterra operators T_g on the Hardy spaces H^p over the unit disk D for 1 \le p < \infty, where T_gf(z) = \int_0^z f(w)g'(w) dw, for z in D and f in H^p. Above the analytic map g from BMOA is the symbol of T_g. The systematic study of this class of operators was initiated by Aleman, Cima and Siskakis around 1995. Earlier certain T_g were used by Pommerenke (1977) and the class contains e.g. a version of the classical Cesaro averaging operator, which is obtained with g(z) = - \log(1-z). I will focus attention on recent work on the structural rigidity of the class of non-compact operators T_g on H^p for p different from 2. The main result says that if T_g defines an isomorphism from M to T_g(M) for the infinite-dimensional closed subspace M of H^p, then M contains a subspace linearly isomorphic to the sequence space \ell^p. In particular, this implies that the non-compact Volterra operators T_g have a quite restricted range of linear qualitative behaviour compared to that of arbitrary bounded operators on H^p (for p different from 2). This is joint work with Santeri Miihkinen (Åbo), Pekka Nieminen (Turku) and Eero Saksman (Helsinki).
Seminar on Analysis and Geometry

Vasiliki Evdoridou (The Open University, UK)
Singularities of inner functions and entire maps of finite order
Wednesday 17 October 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Let f be a transcendental entire function of finite order and U an unbounded, invariant Fatou component of f. We can associate an inner function, g say, to the restriction of f to U. We will show that for two classes of entire functions whose set of singular values is bounded, the number of singularities of g on the unit circle is at most twice the order of f. This is joint work with N. Fagella, X. Jarque and D. Sixsmith.
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Arttu Karppinen (University of Turku)
Higher integrability of the gradient of a minimizer with generalized Orlicz growth
Wednesday 10 October 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
In this talk we prove global higher integrability of a minimizer of an obstacle problem with generalized Orlicz growth conditions. This recovers the similiar results of the special cases such as polynomial, variable exponent and double phase growth.
Seminar on Analysis and Geometry

Augusto Gerolin (University of Jyväskylä)
Kantorovich Duality in Optimal Transport Theory with repulsive costs
Wednesday 03 October 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
Seminar on Analysis and Geometry

Juha-Pekka Puska
Optimizing heating patterns in thermal tomography
Thursday 27 September 2018,   14:15,   M2 (M233)

Christoph Scheven (University of Duisburg-Essen)
The obstacle problem for the porous medium equation: Existence and regularity results
Wednesday 26 September 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
In the talk we will present some results on existence and regularity of solutions to the obstacle problem associated to the porous medium equation. In particular, we will report on recent results concerning the higher integrability of the spatial gradient of solutions.
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Prof Matthieu Jonckheere (University of Buenos Aires)
Distance learning using Euclidean percolation: Following Fermat's principle
Tuesday 25 September 2018,   15:15,   E
In unsupervised statistical learning tasks such as clustering, recommendation, or dimension reduction, a notion of distance or similarity between points is crucial but usually not directly available as an input. We discuss recent techniques to infer a metric from observed data. Then we propose a new density-based estimator for weighted geodesic distances that takes into account the underlying density of the data, and that is suitable for nonuniform data lying on a manifold of lower dimension than the ambient space. The consistency of the estimator is proven using tools from first passage percolation. After discussing its properties and implementation, we evaluate its performance for clustering tasks.
Department Colloquium

Verena Bögelein (University of Salzburg)
Higher integrability for doubly nonlinear evolution equations
Wednesday 19 September 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)
In this talk we establish the higher integrability of the spatial gradient of weak solutions to doubly nonlinear evolution equations.
Seminar on analysis and geometry

Jens Zumbrägel (Universität Passau)
Indiscrete Logarithms?
Thursday 13 September 2018,   15:15,   M2 (M233)
The modern public-key cryptography, as originated from the seminal work by Diffie and Hellman, is since connected with the difficulty of the discrete logarithm problem. However, for finite fields of small characteristic, this problem turns out to be not as intractable as thought for a long time. In fact, some striking observations have recently led to considerable record computations and severe consequences for the security of certain cryptosystems. This talk aims to illustrate the main mathematical ideas behind these rather new developments.
ANTA seminar

Prof. Stefano Giani (Durham)
High-Order/hp-Adaptive Multilevel Discontinuous Galerkin Methods
Tuesday 04 September 2018,   14:00,   M2 (M233)
After a brief introduction on discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods I describe the DG composite finite element (DGCFE) method, a DG multilevel method with hp-adaptivity. The main advantage of this multilevel method is that the number of degrees of freedom of the finite element space is independent of the presence of complicated or tiny features in the domain. In other words, even on a very complicated domain, an approximation of the solution can be computed with only a fistful of degrees of freedom. Unlikely other multilevel methods, this method does not perturb the problem, in the sense that the problem solved on the coarse mesh is always a discretization of the DG weak form of the problem, no matter how coarse the mesh is. The hp-adaptivity algorithm for the DGCFE method is completely automatic and capable of exploiting both local polynomial-degree-variation (p-refinement) and local mesh subdivision (h-refinement), thereby offering greater flexibility and efficiency than numerical techniques which only incorporate h-refinement or p-refinement alone. Two types of error estimators are used to drive the adaptivity: an explicit one and an implicit one based on a duality argument. In the latter case, the element residuals of the computed numerical solution are multiplied by local weights involving the solution of a certain dual or adjoint problem. The performance of the hp-refinement algorithm is demonstrated through a series of numerical experiments. DGCFE can also be used to solve problems on polygonal meshes. This will be shown for elliptic eigenvalue problems.

Veli Kangas
Informaatioteoreettinen tarkastelu neuroverkoista
Thursday 30 August 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)

Joona Savela
On Feature Extraction of Multispectral Mobile Laser Scanner Data
Thursday 30 August 2018,   14:15,   M3 (M234)

Jaakko Visti
Group theory in image classification
Thursday 30 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)

Jaakko Visti
Group theory in image classification
Thursday 30 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)
BSc presentation. Advised by Laia Amoros.

Mikko Karjalainen (Imaqen Ltd)
Time-series registration of thermal breast images
Thursday 30 August 2018,   13:15,   M2 (M233)
Master's thesis presentation

Onni Pohjavirta
Multi-p methods for the p-version of finite element method
Thursday 30 August 2018,   11:15,   M2 (M233)

Marco Fiorucci (Ca' Foscari U, Venice)
Graph Summarization Using Regular Partitions
Thursday 30 August 2018,   11:15,   M3 (M234)
The world we live in is becoming more and more interconnected and huge amounts of data are produced and stored every day by different interrelated entities. This high-throughput generation calls for the development of efficient algorithms to understand and process large and noisy network data. To address this challenging task, we develop a principled approach to summarize (compress) large graphs based on regular partitions, the existence of which was first established in a celebrated result proved by Endre Szemerédi in the mid-1970. A regular partition is defined as a partition of the vertex set into a bounded number of random-like bipartite graphs, called regular pairs. In particular, a regular pair is a highly uniform bipartite graph in which the density of any reasonably sized subgraphs is about the same as the overall density of the bipartite graph. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the regularity lemma and will discuss its potential usefulness in real-world applications.
Aalto Stochastics & Statistics Seminar

Tuukka Piipponen
Reitin estimointi Kalman-suotimen avulla
Thursday 30 August 2018,   10:15,   M2 (M233)

Tero Hyytiäinen
Kneser graphs that are Folkman
Tuesday 28 August 2018,   14:15,   M3 (M234)

Teemu Mäki
Betti Diagrams of Perfect Graphs
Tuesday 28 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)

Essi Rantanen
Quasi-Monte Carlo
Tuesday 28 August 2018,   12:15,   M3 (M234)

Jaakko Lehtonen
Diskreetti momenttiongelma stokastisen lohkomallin estimoinnissa
Thursday 23 August 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)

Kari Väisänen
Fatoun lause harmonisille funktioille ylemmässä puoliavaruudessa
Thursday 23 August 2018,   14:15,   M3 (M234)

Mikko Kaivola
Assessing the covariates of property and violent crime in Helsinki using spatial controls
Thursday 23 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)

Kévin Selänne
Funktionaalisen datan ryhmäkeskiarvojen yhtäläisyyden testaaminen bootstrapilla
Thursday 23 August 2018,   11:15,   M3 (M234)

Jaakko Pere
Asymptotic properties of the Hill estimator
Thursday 23 August 2018,   10:15,   M3 (M234)

Katri Ailus
On modeling train energy consumption (Master's thesis presentation)
Wednesday 22 August 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
Aalto Stochastics and Statistics Seminar

Tuomas Lebedeff
Tuesday 21 August 2018,   11:15,   M3 (M234)

Joel Himanen
Toiminnalisen neurokuvantamisen data-analyysi: konvolutiivinen lähestymistapa MEG:n design-matriisiin
Tuesday 21 August 2018,   10:15,   M3 (M234)

Elmer Bergman
Tikhonov regularization and a polynomial surrogate
Tuesday 21 August 2018,   09:30,   M3 (M234)

Topi Kuutela (Aalto University)
Beamforming in frequency division duplex cellular networks
Friday 17 August 2018,   11:15,   M2 (M233)

Sung Chul Park (EPFL)
Local correlations in the critical and near-critical planar Ising model
Wednesday 15 August 2018,   14:15,   M3 (M234)
The scaling limit of the 2D critical Ising model is expected to exhibit conformal invariance, which has been proved in the case of spin (Chelkak, Hongler and Izyurov 2015) and energy (local 2-point) correlations (Hongler and Smirnov 2013). We extend these results by giving a conformally covariant description for the local n-point correlations in the scaling limit. Then we will go on to discuss preliminary results and ongoing work in the near-critical (scaling towards criticality) setting and their significance from the viewpoint of Conformal Field Theory. Based on joint work with R. Gheissari (first part) and C. Hongler.
Stochastics seminar / Ilmonen, Kytölä, Leskelä

Patrik Muhojoki
Power Decoding of Reed-Solomon Codes
Wednesday 15 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)
BSc presentation. Advised by Oliver Gnilke and Razane Tajeddine.

Patrik Muhojoki
Power Decoding of Reed-Solomon Codes
Wednesday 15 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)

Rustam Latypov
Vastusverkon käänteisongelma
Wednesday 15 August 2018,   11:15,   M3 (M234)

Valtteri Helaakoski
Cohenin luokan aikataajuusjakaumat
Wednesday 15 August 2018,   10:15,   M3 (M234)

Kalle Kytölä [Math physics afternoon]
Probabilistic lattice models and conformal field theory
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   16:30,   M3 (M234)
A major conjecture in two-dimensional statistical mechanics is that scaling limits of lattice models are described by conformally invariant quantum field theories. The main ingredient of conformal field theories is a Virasoro algebra representation on local fields. In two lattice models, the critical Ising model and the discrete Gaussian free field, we find this exact structure even before passing to the scaling limit. The result is joint work with Clément Hongler (EPFL) and Fredrik Viklund (KTH).
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

Christian Webb [Math physics afternoon]
On the eigenvalues of a random Hermitian matrix
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   16:00,   M3 (M234)
I will discuss some recent work concerning rigidity of eigenvalues of a random Hermitian matrix: that is, how much can the eigenvalues of a large random Hermitian matrix fluctuate around certain deterministic quantities.
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

David Radnell [Math physics afternoon]
Moduli spaces in conformal field theory
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   15:30,   M3 (M234)
One of the standard axiomatic approaches to conformal field theory involves infinite-dimensional moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. The rigorous definition and study of these moduli spaces requires complex analysis and geometry, quasiconformal Teichmueller theory, functional analysis etc. I will outline the connection between these topics and state some recent results.
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

Alex Karrila [Math physics afternoon]
On the weak convergence of multiple plane curves
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   14:30,   M3 (M234)
In statistical mechanics, one often studies a random model on a fine-mesh lattice approximating a continuum domain. One descriptive feature of such models are interface curves, such as boundaries of magnetization clusters in a ferromagnetism model. Consider a situation where boundary conditions, for instance alternating +/- magnetizations on the boundary of the ferromagnet, force the existence of multiple macroscopic chordal interfaces. We derive criteria, valid for various random models, that guarantee the existence of a weak limit of such chordal interfaces as the lattice mesh turns finer.
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

Armando Gutierrez [Math physics afternoon]
On the metric compactification of Banach spaces
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   14:00,   M3 (M234)
I will explain a method that has recently appeared in metric geometry and has shown to be an effective technique to compactify metric spaces. Afterwards, I will present a complete description of the metric compactification of the classical Banach spaces Lp in finite and infinite dimensions.
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

Antti Suominen [Math physics afternoon]
Spin correlation functions of the 2D Ising model [MSc talk]
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   13:15,   M3 (M234)
I will discuss how discrete complex analysis and orthogonal polynomials can be used to study the spin correlation functions of the two dimensional Ising model.
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

Osama Abuzaid [Math physics afternoon]
Infinite self avoiding half space random walks [MSc talk]
Wednesday 08 August 2018,   12:30,   M3 (M234)
A self avoiding walk (SAW) is an injective walk in a lattice embedded in an Euclidean space. A random SAW of length n is a uniformly distributed random variable on all self avoiding walks of length n starting from origin. In this talk, we are mainly interested in random SAWs in a d-dimensional qubic lattice which are restricted to the upper half plane. These are called self avoiding half space random walks (SAHSW). I will present necessary tools to show the existence of an infinite random SAHSW which is defined as the limit of random SAHSWs of length n, as n tends to infinity.
Mathematical physics afternoon organized by Karrila & Kytölä

Pihla Karanko
MSc thesis presentation: Protocol verification in Tamarin in an access sharing application
Wednesday 25 July 2018,   15:15,   M3 (M234)
I study the use of formal methods in protocol verification, in particular Tamarin language. Tamarin ( is an automated symbolic verification tool for security protocols. It allows you to specify a protocol and its security properties using so called facts, rewrite rules and lemmas. You can then use it to check the validity of the security properties. In the talk I explain the theory and syntax of Tamarin and show how to use it to specify and validate a part of an access protocol. I work for a company called Bitwards that provides access sharing software for electronic locks and the protocol I am going to present is part of their access sharing system that we want to formally validate. MSc thesis presentation. Thesis work is carried out at Bitwards. Advisor Chris Brzuska, supervisor Camilla Hollanti.
ANTA seminar

Kanditöiden aihe-esittelyt, sessio 2
Tuesday 19 June 2018,   14:30,   M3 (M234)

Kanditöiden aihe-esittelyt, sessio 1
Tuesday 19 June 2018,   13:00,   M3 (M234)

Leo Tuhkanen
Differentiaaliyhtälöiden visualisointi verkko-opetuksessa
Monday 11 June 2018,   10:15,   M2 (M233)

Joonas Laukka (kandiesitelmä)
Satunnaiskävelyt ja niiden kasvattamat puut
Friday 08 June 2018,   14:00,   M3 (M234)

Departmental meeting
Tuesday 29 May 2018,   14:15,   Coffee room

Lauri Nyman (kandiesitelmä)
Binääristen luokitteluongelmien ratkaisu hypoteesitestauksen menetelmin
Monday 28 May 2018,   11:15,   M3 (M234)

Timo Takala (kandiesitelmä)
Elliptisen osittaisdifferentiaaliyhtälön heikko ratkaisu
Monday 28 May 2018,   10:15,   M3 (M234)

Summer School at Åbo Akademi on
Number Theory and Coding Theory: Contemporary Applications in Security"
Monday 28 May 2018,   09:00,   Turku

Ferenc Szöllösi (Aalto - Department of Communications and Networking )
Constructions of maximum few-distance sets
Wednesday 23 May 2018,   15:15,   M2 (M233)
Abstract: A finite set of distinct vectors X in the d-dimensional Euclidean space is called an s-distance set, if the set of mutual distances between distinct elements of X has cardinality exactly s. In this talk I will present a computer-aided approach for construction and classification of s-distances for small parameter values. In particular, I will discuss the largest 3-distance set in dimension 4.
ANTA seminar

Vedran Krčadinac (University of Zagreb)
Extensions of quasi-symmetric designs
Wednesday 16 May 2018,   15:15,   M2 (M233)
Let $D$ be a t-(v,k,\lambda) design. If there is a (t+1)-(v+1,k+1,\lambda) design E such that the derived design with respect to some point is D, then E is called an extension of D and D is called extendable. In 1973, P. Cameron classified the extendable symmetric designs. In this talk we shall look at extensions of quasi-symmetric designs. Although no parametric classification is in sight, there is a known infinite family and several sporadic examples. There are also numerous parameter sets for which extensions seem feasible, but it is not known whether the designs and their extensions exist.
ANTA seminar

Lauri Oksanen (University College London)
Teaching Demonstration
Wednesday 16 May 2018,   09:30,   M2 (M233)
Least squares problem/Numerical linear algebra

Vanni Noferini (University of Essex)
Teaching Demonstration
Wednesday 16 May 2018,   09:00,   M2 (M233)
Least squares problem/Numerical linear algebra

Jilu Wang (Florida State University)
Teaching Demonstration
Tuesday 15 May 2018,   09:30,   M1 (M232)
Least squares problem/Numerical linear algebra

Prof. Clément Hongler
Statistical Field Theory and the Ising Model
Tuesday 24 April 2018,   15:15,   D
The developments of statistical mechanics and of quantum field theory are among the major achievements of 20th century's science. In the second half of the century, these two subjects started to converge, resulting in some of the most remarkable successes of mathematical physics. At the heart of this convergence lies the conjecture that critical lattice models are connected, in the continuous limit, to conformally symmetric field theories. This conjecture has led to much insight into the nature of phase transitions and to beautiful formulae describing lattice models, which have remained unproven for decades. In this talk, I will focus on the planar Ising model, perhaps the most studied lattice model, whose investigation has initiated much of the research in statistical mechanics. I will explain how, in the last ten years, we have developed tools to understand mathematically the emerging conformal symmetry of the model, and the connections with quantum field theory. This has led one to the proof of celebrated conjectures for the Ising correlations and for the description of the emerging random geometry. I will then explain how these tools have then yielded a rigorous formulation of the field theory describing this model, allowing one to make mathematical sense of the seminal ideas at the root of the subject of conformal field theory.

Changsun Choi (Helsinki)
On the Lebesgue space of vector measures
Friday 20 April 2018,   15:15,   Kumpula Exactum C124
The Bochner integral, the integral of vector valued functions with respect to a measure, is well known. What if we integrate scalar functions with respect to a vector measure? In this talk we consider the Lebesgue space L^1(G) of scalar functions which are integrable with respect to a vector measure G in the sense of D. R. Lewis. First, we investigate simpler conditions on a scalarly integrable function f that guarantee f in L^1(G) Next, when a new vector measure F is obtained via the integral F(E)=/int_E f dG, we show that certain properties of the vector measure G are inherited to F; for instance, relative compactness or convexity of the range of vector measures. Along the presentation some of basic properties of vector measures will be explained.
Harmonic analysis and PDE seminar

Matias Vestberg (Aalto)
Local Boundedness of Shallow Water
Friday 20 April 2018,   14:15,   Kumpula Exactum C124
We show that weak solutions of the Diffusive Shallow Water Equation are locally bounded, and obtain an explicit estimate for the essential supremum. Also continuity w.r.t. time is considered. Joint work with Thomas Singer.
Harmonic analysis and PDE seminar

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