All posts by Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson

A selection of TDA Job Advertisements

There are some postings at MathJobs.org that specify Topological Data Analysis. These include:

Postdoc:

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12518 Florida State University; department interests include TDA

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12021 Several possible sites, including Florida State University where department interests include TDA

Faculty:

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12350 Hong Kong University, tenured or tenure track

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12666 Northeastern University, open rank

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12155 University of Luxembourg, expected to create a new research group

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12493 Florida State University, tenure track; department interests include TDA

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12102 North Carolina State University (Raleigh), tenure track

PhD positions at KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden)

There are several PhD positions available in Artificial Intelligence at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Deadline: September 30th 2018

Detailed information:

https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/lediga-jobb/what:job/jobID:219360/type:job/where:4/apply:1

Further information regarding project B):

Project B) may in particular be of interest also to students interested in Computational Topology/Geometry and Machine Learning as there are intriguing connections between e.g. computational geometry and recent machine learning approaches such as deep convolutional neural networks.

Data-Driven Foundations for Robust Deformable Object Manipulation

The project's goals are to develop new paradigms for machine learning under constraints imposed by physics. This is a key challenge with current approaches such as "Deep Learning" which often perform well empirically, but have to date few mathematical guarantees.

The student will in particular investigate how to combine approaches to rigorous mathematical modeling of deformable objects such as plastics and metal sheets with recent advances in machine learning for state estimation and prediction. The project will be conducted in collaboration also with Chalmers University where real-world experiments with industrial robots will be performed which will provide a possibility for validation of hypotheses and to test the applicability of the developed methods to controlling a robot's actions in deformable object manipulation tasks.

New ideas coming from geometry and topology, persistent homology and sheaf cohomology, etc may find application in developing new algorithms in this area and there is interest in candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds, including candidates with strong knowledge of computational geometry, algebraic geometry, topology, differential geometry, probability theory, etc.

For questions on project B), please contact:

Florian Pokorny,

Assistant Professor, KTH

http://www.csc.kth.se/~fpokorny

School on Topological Data Analysis, Guanajuato, Mexico

We are pleased to announce the 5th School on Topological Data Analysis and Related Topics, which will take place at the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas in Guanajuato, Mexico, on November 19th-23rd. The school is part of the joint effort between CIMAT, CINVESTAV, UNAM, and other institutions to promote the development of topological data analysis in Mexico and Latin America, and is structured to foster interaction and discussion among all participants, both researchers and students alike.

The school will consist of 3 mini-courses by the following speakers:

Jacek Brodzki, Southampton

Ezra Miller, Duke 

Sara Kalisnik, MPI - Wesleyan

as well as invited talks by:

Daniela Egas Santander, EPFL

Eduardo Saenz de Cabezón, La Rioja

Additionally, there will be contributed talks and a poster session.

If you would like to give a talk or present a poster, please send an abstract to antonio.rieser@cimat.mx and/or abraham.mx@cimat.mx.

Deadlines:

Application for financial support: September 30, 2018

Registration: October 26, 2018

Website: atd2018.eventos.cimat.mx

Contact: abraham.mc@cimat.mx, antonio.rieser@cimat.mx, rosa@cimat.mx

Upstate New York Topology Seminar (Nov 10-11 2018)

This is the first announcement for the Upstate New York Topology Seminar that will take place on Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2018, at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The Upstate New York Topology Seminar (UNYTS) started under the name Topology Day, on September 15, 2017, at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (https://www.buffalo.edu/cas/math/news-events/calendar/topology-17.html).

This weekend conference will feature plenary lectures on a broad range of topics in algebraic, geometric, and applied topology, as well as geometric group theory, given by:

Henry Adams (Colorado State University),

Julie Bergner (University of Virginia),

Ben Knudsen (Harvard University),

Elizabeth Munch (Michigan State University),

Pedro Ontaneda (Binghamton University, SUNY),

Timothy Riley (Cornell University),

Nick Salter (Columbia University),

Inna Zakharevich (Cornell University).

Talks will begin at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and end by 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and will be held in UAlbany’s Massry Center for Business, room BB-B012. The schedule and more details will be posted on the conference webpage at https://www.albany.edu/~mv312143/unyts/.

If you plan to attend, please fill out the registration form at https://goo.gl/forms/FXuw359rhnEvQwLt2 to help us in planning.

We have applied for NSF funding to cover travel expenses for some participants, particularly those in the early stages of their careers or from historically underrepresented groups. If you would like to be considered for funding, please indicate this on the registration form.

We have reserved a block of rooms at $104/night (before taxes) at the Marriott Courtyard across the street from UAlbany’s campus. Booking details are posted on the conference webpage at https://www.albany.edu/~mv312143/unyts/.

We hope to see you in Albany in November!

Ellen Gasparovic

Brenda Johnson

Marco Varisco

Save the date for WinCompTop 2: 1-5 July 2019

Hello all,

On behalf of the organizing committee, we would like to invite you to *save the date* for the second Women in Computational Topology Workshop!  WinCompTop 2 will take place from 1-5 July, 2019 at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. Further details are still pending, but we are reaching out now to inform the community of this exciting event next year. We will be applying for funding to hopefully provide some support for participants' travel. 

The idea behind this workshop, similar to its predecessor, is to bring women at various stages of their career together to begin work on a project in computational topology as posed by a senior group leader.  The week at ANU will provide the foundation for this collaboration which will hopefully extend past the workshop as happened after WinCompTop1 (https://www.ima.umn.edu/2015-2016/SW8.15-19.16).  This model has also worked very well for a number of other groups, including Women in Numbers (WiN), Women in Topology (WiT), and Women in Shape Analysis (WiSH), among many others.  

Applications will open sometime in the 2018-19 academic year. In the meantime, please save the date!

 

All the best,

Ellen Gasparovic, Vanessa Robins, and Kate Turner

Postdoc Opportunity in Florida

The recently announced NSF-Simons Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology will be hiring up to seven 3-year postdoctoral positions for recent PhD's to begin either August 2018 or Jan 2019. One is to work with Peter Bubenik at the University of Florida on Topological Data Analysis and another to work with Natasha Jonoska at the University of South Florida on topological models for dna-rna interactions. See www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/12021 for more details.

Applied algebraic topology jobs in Belfast

The Queen's University of Belfast (UK) is advertising multiple positions in applied mathematics and data science. We are particularly interested to receive applications from applied (algebraic) topology and related areas . They would be an excellent fit with our existing algebraic topologists and potentially with our statistics department, who are heavily involved in medical-data applications.

The positions are two lectureships (which means starting-level tenured position) in applied mathematics https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BJU108/lectureships-in-applied-mathematics/

and a lectureship/readership in data science. This position is joint with the Institute of Electronics, Communication and Information Technology, it is intended that more senior academics will also apply for this role https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BJU104/lecturer-reader-in-data-science/.

Applications should be made online at http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/QUBJobVacancies/AcademicOpportunities/ if anyone would like to get in touch, please contact our Head of Research Professor Ivan Todorov i.todorov@qub.ac.uk

The deadline is July 27, 2018.

TDA and Persistent Homology: summer school in Trento (Italy)

Topological Data Analysis and Persistent Homology - Second Announcement

A school devoted to Topological Data Analysis and Persistent Homology

will take place from Monday, June 11 to Friday June 15, 2018,

at the Hotel Bellavista in Levico Terme (Trento, Italy),

in the framework of the scientific activity of CIRM-FBK (cirm.fbk.eu/).

Topological Data Analysis (TDA) is a new research area that has recently attracted

the attention of various scientific communities, both from pure and applied mathematics.

The aim of this school is to provide a gentle introduction to TDA, starting from scratch,

providing concrete applications and getting to the state of the art. Lectures are given

by some of the most recognized specialists in this field and are addressed to a broad audience,

mixing PhD students and young Post-Docs with more experienced researchers from

different disciplines, among which Algebraic Topology and Algebraic Geometry.

The final program consists of three mini-courses delivered by John Harer

(Duke University), Steve Oudot (INRIA Saclay) and Christopher J. Tralie

(Duke University).

For details we refer to the updated official webpage of the school, published at the link

http://www.science.unitn.it/cirm/TDAPH2018.html

Some funds to cover living expenses for young participants are available.

The deadline for registration and application for financial support is April 30, 2018.

Looking forward to seeing you in Levico,

The organizers

Gilberto Bini and Claudio Fontanari

Tenure Track position at Cleveland State

Cleveland State University has an opening for a tenure track position in Topology—with a preference for applied topology, or Algebra, or Geometry. The closing date for applications is April 6.

The position is advertised on mathjobs https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/jobs/11768 however all applications must be made with Cleveland State’s own system, at https://hrjobs.csuohio.edu/postings/8733

If you have any questions please email me, Greg Lupton (G.Lupton@csuohio.edu) or the chair of the Department, Ivan Soprunov (I.Soprunov@csuohio.edu).