# Undergraduate Colloquium

The Undergraduate Colloquium in Mathematics is designed to introduce the undergraduate community at Illinois State to some of the more fascinating and exciting sides of mathematics. The colloquium will feature talks on a variety of topics in mathematics, from algebra, number theory and discrete mathematics to actuarial science, statistics and biomathematics. The talks promise to be interesting and accessible to undergraduates, whether they are math majors or not… yet ;).

The goal of the Seminar is to show students the beauty and power of some mathematical ideas that they might not encounter in their regular coursework. It is hoped that those same students will develop a better understanding of, and a keener interest in, what mathematics is and what it can do.

### NOTE: For the Spring 2021 semester, this colloquium will be conducted via Zoom. You can join the Colloquium by clicking on the date of the talk at the time and date indicated.

### Fall 2016

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

September 8 | Olcay Akman (ISU) | Machine Learning and Data Clustering |

September 22 | Alberto Delgado (ISU) | You Think You Have Problems? |

October 6 | Sunil Chebolu (ISU) | Cryptographic Protocols |

October 20 | Krrzysztof Ostaszewski (ISU) | The Darth Vader Rule |

November 3 | Fusun Akman (ISU) | Marvels of Linear Algebra, from XS to XXL |

November 17 | TBA | TBA |

### Fall 2016

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

September 8 | Olcay Akman (ISU) | Machine Learning and Data Clustering |

September 22 | Alberto Delgado (ISU) | You Think You Have Problems? |

October 6 | Sunil Chebolu (ISU) | Cryptographic Protocols |

October 20 | Krrzysztof Ostaszewski (ISU) | The Darth Vader Rule |

November 3 | Fusun Akman (ISU) | Marvels of Linear Algebra, from XS to XXL |

November 17 | TBA | TBA |

### Fall 2017

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

October 18 | Lucian Ionescu | Complex Analysis and Its Applications |

November 1 | Sunil Chebolu | Mathematics and Astronomy |

November 8 | Olcay Akman | What exactly is biomathematics and what exactly it is not |

November 16 | Volodymyr Melnykov (Univ of Alabama) | On the PhD program in applied statistics at the University of Alabama |

### Fall 2018

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

September 20 | Devin Akman (U of I) | The +C is a Lie |

October 11 | Tathagato Basak (Iowa State) | A complex ball quotient and the monster |

October 18 | Papa Sissokho (ISU) | Codes Everywhere |

October 25 | Andrew Shallue (Illinois Wesleyan) | The Mathematics of Secure Signatures |

October 31 (Wednesday at 10:00, STV 310) | Torrey Saxton (ISU) | Using Neural Networks to See Proton-Proton Collisions |

November 28 | Craig McLauchlan (ISU Chemistry) | Investigations into the coordination geometries of oxovanadates and enzymes |

December 6 | Maochao Xu (ISU) | Explore the Secrets of Data! |

### Fall 2019

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

Oct 17 in CVA 149 | Emily Stamm (Allstate) | Post-Quantum Cryptographyf |

Oct 24 at 2:00 in STV 121 | Darlayne Addabbo (Notre Dame) | Vertex Operator Algebras String Theory, and Number Theory |

Oct 31 | Wenhua Zhao (ISU) | "Black Holes" in Mathematics |

### Fall 2020

Date | Time | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|---|

Sept 10 | 4:00-5:00 | Anuj Mubayi (Arizona St Univ) | Testing Waters During COVID-19 Times: From Mathematical Modeling to Ground Realities and Story Telling |

Oct 15 | 4:00-5:00 | Christina Negley (Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc.) |
Mathematical Skills in Business |

### Spring 2016

Date | Speaker | University | Title |
---|---|---|---|

January 27 | Sunil Chebolu | ISU | Mathematics and Music |

February 10 | Fusun Akman | ISU | The Man Who Vandalized a Bridge in the Name of Science: Hamilton and His Quaternions (PowerPoint) |

February 24 POSTPONED |
Dan Robserts | IWU | Problems that defy computation |

March 16 | Saad El-Zanati | ISU | Math: What is it good for? |

March 30 | Dan Robserts | IWU | Problems that defy computation |

April 13 CANCELLED |
Krzysztof Ostaszewski | ISU | The Darth Vader Rule |

April 27 | ISU Math Fest 2016 |

### Spring 2017

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

February 2 | Allison Harris (ISU Physics) | Quantum Mechanical Scattering using Path Integrals |

February 16 | Devin Akman (UIUC) | The Futurama Theorem |

March 2 | Annual Student Event | Details TBA |

March 30 | Pruthikrai Mahatanankook (ISU, Information Tech) | TBA |

April 13 | Steve Juliano (ISU, Biological Sciences) | TBA |

### Spring 2018

Date | Room | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|---|

February 14 | STV 401 |
James Peirce (UW-La Crosse) | Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Love Affairs, Disease, and Differential Equations |

February 28 | CVA 149 |
Pam Ryan (Truman State) | Distinguishing Between Genetic Drift and Selection Using a Modification of Tajima’s D Statistic |

March 21 | Chung-Chih Li (ISU School of IT) | P versus NP, a Millennium Prize Problem | |

April 4 | Fusun Akman (ISU) | Basic Stuff | |

April 25 | Michael Plantholt (ISU) | Discrete Mathematics in the Movies | |

May 2 | STV 324 |
MAT 268 Students | Undergraduate Research Presentations |

### Spring 2019

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

February 21 | Bowei Xi (Purdue Univ) | A Game Theoretic Approach for Adversarial Machine Learning-- When Big Data Meets Cyber Security |

March 7 | Songling Shan (ISU) | Having fun with planar graphs |

March 21 | Peng Shi (Univ Wisconsin) | Dependent Frequency-Severity Modeling of Insurance Claims |

April 4 | Bruce Reznick (UIUC) | Combinatorial Properties of the Stern Sequence |

April 18 | Arka P. Ghosh (Iowa State U) | Queueing networks in heavy traffic: History and some recent results |

May 2 | Pei Geng (ISU) | Kernel smoothing: A nonparametric approach in regression analysis |

### Spring 2020

Date | Speaker | Title |
---|---|---|

Jan 30 | Òscar Chàvez (ISU) | Do not disturb my circles: Ancient Greek Mathematics and Dynamic Geometry Software |

Feb 12 at 4:00pm IWU |
Eugenia Cheng (Art Institute Chicago) | The Art of Logic |

Feb 12 at 6:30pm SCH 138 |
Euguenia Cheng (Art Institute Chicago) | Character vs Gender in Mathematics and Beyond |

Mar 5 | Leon Arrioloa (U of Wisconsin - Whitewater) | A Quantum Mechanics Paradigm: Bridging the Multiscale Divide in Single Species Population Dynamics |

### Spring 2021

*Talks will be from 12:00 - 12:50 unless indicated otherwise.*

Date |
Speaker |
Title |

Jan 21 | Carl J. Wenning (ISU Physics) | Mathematics of the Spheres |

Feb 11 | Atichart Kettapun (Chiang Mai University, Thailand) | Integrated Research and Mathematics Learning Activities at the Ancident Thai Temple of Wat Umong |