## Contact Info

Pure MathematicsUniversity of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

N2L 3G1

Departmental office: MC 5304

Phone: 519 888 4567 x43484

Fax: 519 725 0160

Email: puremath@uwaterloo.ca

Monday, September 30, 2019 — 11:30 AM EDT

**Brett Nasserden, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"The valuative tree at infinity"

To study the dynamics of a polynomial map on the complex affine plane we must be able to study the behavior of the mapping near the origin and near infinity. The study of the dynamics near a point leads to the notion of the valuative tree at the origin of the affine plane. To study the dynamics near infinity, we introduce a new but analogous object,the valuative tree at infinity, which will be the subject of this lecture.

MC 5403

Friday, September 27, 2019 — 11:00 AM EDT

**Sylvie Davies, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"Algebraic Approaches to State Complexity of Regular Operations"

Thursday, September 26, 2019 — 11:00 AM EDT

**Wilson Poulter, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"NIP II"

We finish up section 2.1 and begin section 2.2 of Simon's Guide to NIP theories.

MC 5413

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 — 3:30 PM EDT

**Mizanur Rahaman, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"Bisynchronous games and factorizable maps"

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT

**Dino Rossegger, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"The complexity of Scott sentences of scattered linear orders -- Part II"

Monday, September 23, 2019 — 4:00 PM EDT

**Alex Iosevich, University of Rochester**

"Analytic, geometric and combinatorial aspects of the Falconer distance conjecture"

Monday, September 23, 2019 — 2:30 PM EDT

****Note time and room change****

**Ehsaan Hossain, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"Introduction to the valuative tree"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 — 1:00 PM EDT

**Adam Humeniuk, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"C*-covers of semicrossed products"

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 — 3:30 PM EDT

**Aasaimani Thamizhazhagan, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"On the structure of invertible elements in Fourier-Stieltjes algebras"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 2:00 PM EDT

**Dino Rossegger, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"The complexity of Scott sentences of scattered linear orders"

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 1:30 PM EDT

**J.C. Saunders, Ben Gurion University of Negev**

"Diophantine equations involving the Euler totient function"

We deal with various Diophantine equations involving the Euler totient function. In particular, for $a,b,c,m,n\in\mathbb{N}$ with $m\geq 2$ we study the equations $\varphi(ax^m)=\frac{b\cdot n!}{c}$ and $\varphi\left(\frac{b\cdot n!}{c}\right)=ax^m$ where $\varphi(x)$ is the Euler totient function. We also deal with similar equations involving Lucas sequences of the first kind and second kind, generalising the work of Luca and Stanica.

Thursday, September 12, 2019 — 4:30 PM EDT

**Adina Goldberg, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo**

"This title contains information"

How can we mathematically test the claim made in the title? In this talk, we will learn about Claude Shannon's entropy and determine if it gives us the best measure of informativeness. If you can picture the graph of a logarithm, you are well prepared.

MC 5501

Monday, September 9, 2019 — 4:00 PM EDT

**Shai Ben-David, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo**

"A basic machine learning problem is independent of set theory"

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

N2L 3G1

Departmental office: MC 5304

Phone: 519 888 4567 x43484

Fax: 519 725 0160

Email: puremath@uwaterloo.ca

University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo

43.471468

-80.544205

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo,
ON,
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N2L 3G1

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.