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Seminars
Graduate Seminars of Colleagues Imparting Academic Lessons (Grad SOCIAL)
The Grad SOCIAL is a biweekly seminar and social event for SFU’s graduate math community.
Join us to connect with peers and faculty, and to get useful career advice from professionals. Each session consists of two 20minute talks and a break to connect with each other and indulge in the snacks provided.
Current organizer: Haggai Liu
Due to COVID19, the Grad SOCIAL is currently on hold.
Spring 2020 SOCIAL Lineup
DATE 
SPEAKER 
TOPIC 
February 12 
Haggai Liu 
An Irredundant Method to Count the Rationals 
February 26

Daniel Tarnu 
Introduction to Ergodic Theory and a (Partial) Proof of Roth's Theorem 
Peter Bradshaw 
Transversals in bipartite graph families 

March 11 
Vince Tao 
TSSU RA Update 
Fall 2019 SOCIAL Lineup
DATE 
SPEAKER 
TOPIC 
September 26 
Haggai Liu 
A Penalty Method for Stress Minimization with Box Constraints 
Alisa Stanton 
Health Services Presentation 

October 10 
Alexandra Wesolek 
Infecting graphs: Boostrap percolation 
October 24 
Tian Chen 
Black boxes and sparse polynomial interpolation 
Nilima Nigam 
How and where to find a job 

November 7 
Ivan Lau 
YangBaxter equation and Jacobson radicals 
November 21 
Benny Wai 
Data Science at Translink 
Summer 2019 SOCIAL Lineup
DATE 
SPEAKER 
TOPIC 
May 16 
Sasha Zotine 
Global Generation of Vector Bundles over Elliptic Curves 
June 6 
Yifan Jing (UIUC) 
On the structure of nonexpanders 
Brenda Badgero 
Exploring Careers in Math and Beyond 

July 11 
Qinghong (Jackie) Xu 
Compressive Imaging with Total Variation Regularization 
Daniel Lewis 
Rational points on curves 

August 8 
Garrett Paluck 
A new bivariate Hensel lifting algorithm for n factor 
Spring 2019 SOCIAL Lineup
DATE 
SPEAKER 
TOPIC 

January 24 
Garrett Paluck (SFU) 
Solving MultiDiophantine Polynomial Equations 
February 7 
Michael Monagan (SFU) 
The P = RP Conjecture 
March 7 
Reza Dastbasteh(SFU) 
Construction of Quantum Codes from Additive Codes 
Paul Tupper (SFU) 
How to Change Fields 

March 21 
Masood Masjoody (SFU) 
Cops and Robbers on Graphs with a Set of Forbidden Induced Subgraphs 
Amarpreet Rattan (SFU) 
Parking functions: a light introduction 

April 4 
Anton Iatcenko (SFU) 
A Model of Drag Force and GasDisk Interaction 
Nathan Ilten (SFU) & Steven Ruuth (SFU) 
Graduate Program: Questions and Concerns 
Fall 2018 SOCIAL Lineup
DATE 
SPEAKER 
TOPIC 

October 4 
Nicola Mulberry (SFU) 
HIV control strategies in sex workerclient contact networks 
Doris Li (Technical Safety BC)

Technical Safety in BC with AI and IoT 

October 18 
Avi Kulkarni (SFU) 
Aspects of the arithmetic of uniquely trigonal genus 4 curves 
Sophie Burrill (SFU) 
Teaching: there's something to learn 

November 1 
John Stockie (SFU) 
Careers in industry for mathematicians 
November 15 
Brandon Elford (SFU) 
Orthonormal Representations of Chordal Rings Graphs 
Ludvig af Klinteberg (SFU) 
Numerical integration of (nearly) singular integrals  why and how 

November 29 
Sepehr Yadegarzadeh (SFU) 
On density of the forms that produce primitive solutions for the Diophantine equation Ax^2+By^3+Cz^3=0 locally at a prime 
Manfred Trummer (SFU) 
Mathematics of Medical Imaging & 42 and other answers to life, the universe and everything 
Summer 2018 SOCIAL Lineup
DATE 
SPEAKER 
TOPIC 

May 31 
Jane Jian 
Game Theoretic Models of Clear versus Plain Speech

Stefan Hannie 
Strong embeddings of graphs on surfaces 

June 21 
Ian May 
Domain decomposition solvers and preconditioners for the

Tom Archibald 
User’s Guide to Conferences and Meetings 

July 12 
Daniel Messenger 
Modelling Self Organization in Domains with Boundaries 
Tony Botelho &

SFU Career Services Presentation 

August 9 
Charles Turo 
A combinatorial description of the cup product on

Ray Walsh 
An Accessible Introduction to Finite Difference
