Draft book: “Algebra and Topology for Data Analysis”

Hal Schenck from Auburn University would like to share his draft book Algebra and Topology for Data Analysis with the community:

http://webhome.auburn.edu/~hks0015/data.pdf

The book goes from linear algebra to spectral sequences, containing data applications interspersed throughout. The author is interested in any comments or feedback, so please shoot him an email after checking it out!

AATRN Topological Complexity Seminar

Dear colleagues,

With great pleasure we announce the launch of the AATRN Topological Complexity Seminar (AATRN-TCS).

The AATRN-TCS Fall session talks will be held once a month, on a Thursday, starting Thursday, Oct 22 at 10:30am Eastern. We will use the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please take a look at the seminar web page for the schedule and speakers:

https://sites.google.com/view/aatrn-tc-seminar/home

We are grateful to the Applied Algebraic Topology Research Network (AATRN) for supporting this online seminar. Regular reminders (and Zoom coordinates) for AATRN-TCS will be distributed through the AATRN mailing list, so please register as an AATRN member at
https://topology.ima.umn.edu/

(if you have not already done so) to ensure receiving these reminders. As with regular AATRN activities, AATRN-TCS talks will also be available through the AATRN YouTube Channel.

Best wishes from the organizers,

Dan Cohen
Jesus Gonzalez
John Oprea

Instructorship in applied and/or computational mathematics at EPFL

There is a two-year instructorship in applied and/or computational mathematics available at EPFL, with an open starting date. Applications from specialists in applied topology are welcome.

The official job announcement can be found at this link.

The application deadline is December 1.

Professor in Applied Geometry and Topology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

The Division of Mathematical Sciences, a division of School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences is aiming to build up a research group in Applied Geometry and Topology and is looking for an outstanding senior researcher who is able to lead the research group. This group is envisioned to employ methods from Geometry, Topology, Dynamical Systems, and Stochastics to problems in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mechanical Control, Shape Analysis, and Robotics. NTU provides a rich environment for interdisciplinary collaborations in these areas, including the Robotics Research Centre and the Computational Intelligence research lab at the School of Computer Science and Engineering.

We are looking for candidates with Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics, Applied Mathematics or closely related fields. Researchers with interests in the following field are especially encouraged to apply:

• Mathematical foundations of learning theory and artificial intelligence

• Topological and geometric data analysis

• Applications of geometry, topology, and learning theory in biomedical sciences, robotics, mathematical finance, and shape analysis

• Numerical methods for mechanical systems, variational integrators

• High dimensional methods for nonlinear systems

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/15959

Professorships at NCSU

The Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University seeks applications from highly qualified individuals for multiple junior tenure-track faculty positions, to begin Fall 2021. Appointments to more senior positions may also be considered. All areas of mathematics are welcome, with special attention given to combinatorics, topology, and applied algebra.

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/15914

AATRN Inaugural Interview Series

AATRN is trying something new! Please see the attached poster advertising our inaugural interview series, featuring:

Herbert Edelsbrunner interviewed by Dmitriy Morozov, September 30, 2020, 1pm Eastern

Vanessa Robins interviewed by Elizabeth Bradley, November 18, 2020, 5pm Eastern

Gunnar Carlsson interviewed by Vin de Silva, February 3, 2021, 11am Eastern

Massimo Ferri interviewed by Claudia Landi, April 21, 2021, 11am Eastern

For the zoom coordinates, please become an AATRN member at https://topology.ima.umn.edu, or else email the AATRN directors at aatrn.director@gmail.com. You may find recordings of our prior videos at https://www.youtube.com/c/AppliedAlgebraicTopologyNetwork

Best, Henry Adams, Sara Kalisnik, and Elchanan Solomon

Giotto-TDA Challenge 2020

Giotto-TDA announces the Giotto-tda use-cases challenge 2020. The purpose of this challenge is to create the best use-case of applied topology of the year! In order to participate to this challenge and have a chance to win, you have to submit a Jupyter Notebook to their repo with the following structure:

  1. Introduction, i.e. where the problem is explained
  2. Dataset, i.e. where the dataset is described
  3. Analysis, i.e. where the steps of the analysis are highlighted and the central role played by Giotto-tda is explained
  4. Short benchmark with comparable non-topological methods

Deadline

The final PR submission date and hour will have to take place before the 30th of October 2020 at 23:59 CET.

Winner announcement and prizes

On the 9th of November the evaluation phase will end and the first three winners will be announced. A Condorcet method will be used to preapre the final classification. The prizes will be the following:

  1. for the winner, 4000CHF
  2. for the second, 1000CHF
  3. for the third, 500CHF

The best three use-cases will be announced on the L2F SA social media and advertised through the web. The winner will also be contacted directly via email.

TDA Open Rank Professorship, Auburn University

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Auburn University is seeking to fill a nine-month tenure-track Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor position to begin August 16, 2021. We seek applicants with research specialization in Topological Data Analysis. The successful candidate will be able to work closely with the research groups in Algebra, Statistics, and Topology. The department has a PhD program and various MS programs, including a new MS program in Data Science. It has over 50 mathematicians/statisticians and more than 120 graduate students engaged in research in a wide variety of areas in mathematics and statistics. Auburn University’s strong research programs in a variety of areas present many opportunities for interdisciplinary research and for participation in its various multidisciplinary programs. Auburn University is an R1 University and one of the nation’s premier land, sea, and space grant institutions. It maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence. For more information on faculty life at Auburn University, please visit: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/facultyjobs/. Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Please visit the following link for more information: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/pdf/guidelines-dual-career-services.pdf

Applications must include a cover letter, transcript(s), curriculum vitae, a statement of research, a statement of teaching (and teaching evaluations if available), and a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion. Candidates should also submit the names and contact information for three professional references. One reference must address teaching experience and abilities. For additional information contact: Dr. Luke Oeding, Chair, Search Committee, e-mail: oeding@auburn.edu.

Tenure-track positions in machine learning and statistical learning at Umeå University

We are advertising two similar positions, one broad position in machine learning and one more focused position in nonconvex inference and learning. Both positions allow for independent research and come with generous start-up packages for setting up a research group. See:

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/16024

and

https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/16023

We very much welcome applicants with mathematical/statistical backgrounds and interests.

With our very best wishes,

Åke Brännström & Jun Yu