Events

Thursday, September 26, 2019 — 4:15 PM EDT
Hans Follmer

Optimal Transport, Entropy, and Risk Measures on Wiener space

We discuss the interplay between entropy, large deviations, and optimal couplings on Wiener space.

In particular we prove a new rescaled version of Talagrand’s transport inequality. As an application, we consider rescaled versions of the entropic risk measure which are sensitive to risks in the fine structure of Brownian paths. 

Friday, September 27, 2019 — 3:30 PM EDT
Carsten Thomassen

Carsten Thomassen from the Technical University of Denmark will be presenting "Countable weighted graphs with no unfriendly partitions".

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (all day)
lock graphic

On October 2, the Waterloo Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute annual conference will highlight innovative cybsersecurity research and collaborations with keynote speakers, panel discussions, and industry talks. This conference is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, entrepreneurs, start ups, government, sponsors, and local businesses. Additional details will be posted in the near future. 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 — 8:00 AM to Sunday, October 6, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
blockchain graphic

Blockchain technologies will greatly impact all aspects of business, government, and society. Before blockchains can be widely adopted and accepted however, academia and industry need to consider and address the security challenges associated with blockchain technologies. 

Friday, October 18, 2019 — 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 19, 2019 — 5:00 PM EDT
conference title

This two day conference will provide graduate students in statistics, actuarial science and finance with the opportunity to share their research results and experiences, discuss career opportunities, and network with prominent researchers and fellow graduate students. 

If you are a graduate student or a postdoctoral research fellow and are interested in providing a talk on your research, be sure to submit your abstract on the registration page. 

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 7:03 PM EDT
Smartphones with broken glass screen

Changing and Challenging Material Definitions

Despite thousands of years of history, glass still challenges our perceptions and definitions.

In this lecture, Drs. Charbonneau and Larson tackle “the glass problem”, to explore and understand the mutable properties of a material which is, by definition, disorderly.

Friday, November 8, 2019 — 7:30 PM EST
zombie images

What is it that makes us so scared of, and yet so attracted to, the living dead? Why is it that shambling or sprinting corpses still retain such relentless power?

Dr. Arnold T. Blumberg presents a whirlwind look back at 100 years of cinematic zombies and their evolution into a modern pop culture icon, with special attention to the ways in which Night of the Living Dead permanently impacted the media landscape.

Friday, February 7, 2020 — 7:30 PM EST
Spaceship taking off into space

Fifty years after the first lunar landing again we find the exploration of space to be inviting.

Our quest to open new spaces that extend wider and further than ever before promises immense scientific and technological milestones to be met. It is also an occasion to converse about vexing and relatively unexplored socio-political issues which such discoveries entail. Does an expansion into space carve opportunities to improve or, rather, exacerbate our currently polarizing Earth-related physical and social difficulties?

Friday, March 13, 2020 — 7:30 PM EDT
Sheet music

After rapidly presenting how symmetries play an interesting role in nature, art, and science, François Bergeron and Members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony will explain and illustrate how Bach mathematical symmetries in writing the scores for his music. This will partly be done via an interplay between a pictoral description of the symmetries of the scores, and a live rendition by musicians of the result for the audience.

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