Category Archives: appliedtopology

Postdoc at Michigan State University

Two NSF/NIH funded postdoc positions are available in the following fields:

-Computational or applied topology/geometry/graph/algebra

-Machine learning/deep learning

-AI-based drug design and discovery

-Computational biophysics

Ideal candidates should have experience in code development, have demonstrated the potential for excellence in research, and hold a recent Ph.D. degree in either mathematics, computer science, computational biophysics, computational chemistry, or bioinformatics. The selected candidates will be teamed up with top performers in recent D3R Grand Challenges, a worldwide competition series in computer-aided drug design. Salary depends on experience but will be at least $47.5k. The positions enjoy standard faculty health benefit. Please send CV to

Union College Math Conference 2019

2019 Union College Math Conference to be held in Schenectady, NY on the dates Friday Sept 13 - Sunday Sept 15. There will be parallel sessions in: Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis, and Mathematical Physics; Applied Topology; History of Mathematics; and Number Theory. The plenary speakers are:

Robert Ghrist (University of Pennsylvania)

Carolyn Gordon (Dartmouth College)

Álvaro Lozano-Robledo (University of Connecticut)

John McCleary (Vassar College) 

The website for the conference can be found here: 

Registration is currently open, and the (first) deadline for abstract submission is July 19.

IEEE ICMLA Session on TDA in ML

Dr. Juan Ramirez wants to pass on a call for research papers to the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications.  He is the special session chair for a session called " Topological Data Analysis in Machine Learning". Below is a link of the special session solicitation. Conference papers for this session are due September 7th 2019 and carry a maximum page number of 8 pages.  (

PhD project in ML/TDA for weather and climate

Helwig Hauser writes:

Postdoc: Topology of Neural Networks

Research Fellowship in Topological Complexity of Neural Networks

We are currently advertising a one-year postdoctoral position to start on 1st September which will be based within the School of Mathematical Sciences. This project is supported by the Alan Turing Institute and the University of Southampton, and is devoted to the study of foundational questions regarding the quantification of the complexity of neural networks.

The successful candidate will work in a thriving interdisciplinary research group at Southampton and will have access to the Alan Turing Institute. The details of the position, requirements, and application procedure are given on, with the reference number 1153919PJ. Jacek Brodzki <> would be happy to answer any questions regarding the post. The deadline for applications is 24 July.

Persistence in PyTorch

Primoz Skraba writes:
Announcing a persistent homology layer for PyTorch. The layer takes in either a simplicial complex or a point cloud, computes the persistence diagram and given an energy function automatically backpropogates. This allows for simple integration with other PyTorch modules as well as continuous optimization over persistence diagrams. Our goal is to make experimentation combining topology and deep networks easier and more accessible.

The module along with installation instructions and several examples can be found at

The companion paper describing the examples can be found at

2019 Union College Mathematics Conference


Schenectady, New York

September 13-15, 2019

This year, the conference topics are applied topology; differential geometry, geometric analysis, and mathematical physics; number theory; and the history of mathematics. The plenary speakers of the conference are:

Justin Curry, Michael Lesnick, and I are co-organizing the special session on applied topology. We would like to encourage you to submit an abstract for a 20 minute talk in this special session.  We hope to have 10-12 speakers in total. The deadline for abstract submissions is July 19, 2019.For more information about the conference and to register, please visit our website at:

We hope to see you in Schenectady in September!

On behalf of the organizers,

Ellen Gasparovic

PhD summit on intelligent Systems, 2 - 4 October 2019 at EPFL

The School of Engineering of EPFL in Switzerland is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the annual Engineering PhD Summit, a workshop for final year PhD students. This year the summit will focus on "Intelligent Systems", i.e., software and/or hardware systems that can interact with their dynamic environments, process data, perform proper actions, and improve over time,  see

  • Workshop dates: October 2-4, 2019
  • Deadline for application: May 31st, 2019

Top final year PhD students from around the world are invited to apply. Up to 20 candidates will be selected on a very competitive basis and invited to EPFL Switzerland, where they will get the opportunity to present their research and get informal feedback from top faculty members. Each accepted student will be given the opportunity to visit EPFL laboratories related to the summit theme and have intensive exchange with the lab head and the students. The PhD Summit prize for the best presentation and research content will be awarded at the end of the workshop. Funds for travel and accommodation will be provided for the selected candidates.Visit the Engineering PhD Summit website:

More details about the application process:

Topology in data science - SUMTOPO 2019 - Johannesburg

We are reaching out to you on behalf the of the organizers of the 34th Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications. The NSF has just approved funding for some US participants to travel to the conference (July 1 - 4, 2019), especially students and early career faculty. This year, there is a session on topology in data science organized by Magnus Botnan (Vrije Univ.), Sara Kalisnik (Wesleyan), and Christian Lehn (TU Chemnitz).
If you know of any body that might be interested in attending our conference (particularly US based students, early career faculty, and members of under-represented groups), will you please pass along this information:
34th Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications
Johannesburg, South Africa, July 1 - 4, 2019

US based participants apply for funding here (decisions made by April 17)

Early registration by June 5, 2019Abstract submission by May 31, 2019
Thank you very much for your help. Information about sessions and speakers is copied below.


We inform you that registration is now open for the 34th Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications to be held 1-4 July 2019 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

We kindly invite you to participate in the conference by giving a 20-25 minutes talk. Abstract submission is open until May 31, 2019.

The conference will feature the following special sessions:

1.   Topological Algebra and Analysis

Lydia Aussenhofer

Ahmed Bouziad

Salvador Hernandez

2.   Asymmetric Structures and Order

Tom Richmond

Josef Slapal

3.   Dynamics and Continuum Theory

Paul Bankston

Sergio Macias

4.   Set-Theoretic Topology

Osvaldo Guzman

Michael Hrusak

Jonathan Verner

5.   Topology in Data Science

Magnus Botnan

Sara Kalisnik

Christian Lehn

Plenary speakers:

Topological Algebra and Analysis

Taras Banakh ( Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Ukraine)

Mahmoud Filali (University of Oulu, Finland)

Francesco Russo (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Asymmetric Structures and Order

Szymon Dolecki (Burgundy University, France)

Seithuti Philemon Moshokoa (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)

Michel Schellekens (University College Cork, Ireland)

Dynamics and Continuum Theory

Daron Anderson (NUI Galway, Ireland)

Judy Kennedy (Lamar University, USA)

Petra Staynova (University of Leicester)

Set-Theoretic Topology

Rodrigo Hernandez (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico)

Jan van Mill (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Dilip Raghavan (National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Topology in Data Science

Vladimir Itskov (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Yusu Wang (Ohio State University, USA)

Winner of the Mary Ellen Rudin Award

Osvaldo Guzman (University of Toronto, Canada)

PhD Positions in Applied Algebraic Topology in Aberdeen

PhD positions in Applications of Algebraic Topology to Neuroscience.

Applications are invited for a fully funded studentship in applied algebraic topology. The studentship is funded by a collaboration grant between the Blue Brain Project at EPFL and the University of Aberdeen. The project involves research in algebraic topology, interactions with and applications to neuroscience.

Consideration will be given to applicants who already have or are expecting to have a First Class degree in mathematics or equivalent by the end of this academic year. Preference may be given to candidates with an MSc in mathematics. Some familiarity with applied and computational topology is an advantage but is not formally required.

Applications should be submitted to the University of Aberdeen

Candidates are encouraged to send a CV, a transcript of prior study and a letter of intent by email to Ran Levi at, prior to formal application.