MICCAI Workshop on Topology- and Graph-Informed Imaging Informatics (TGI3)

All are welcome to submit and attend our workshop on Topology- and Graph-Informed Imaging Informatics (TGI3). It will be held during the upcoming MICCAI 2024 (Morocco, October). The deadline is coming soon but we are considering extending it for a couple of more weeks. Please reach out if you have any questions.

https://topology-miccai.github.io/First_TGI_2024.html

Best,

Chao Chen

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Stony Brook University

Special Session on Computational Topology at the AMS-UMI Meeting in Palermo, July 2024

It is a pleasure to announce the special session “Computational Topology: Foundations, Algorithms, and Applications” (https://sites.google.com/view/ams-umi-computationaltopology/home-page), which will be held at the University of Palermo (Italy) from the 23rd to the 24th of July 2024 as a part of the “AMS-UMI International Joint Meeting” (https://umi.dm.unibo.it/jm-umi-ams/) taking place from the 23rd to the 26th of July 2024.

On that occasion, we want to valorize three distinct, but tightly intertwined directions within computational topology: the investigation of the mathematical foundations of the subject, the quest for creating higher-performance algorithms, and the paths for new applications that those tools have opened. On the other hand, we intend to bring together well-established researchers and early-career mathematicians, enhancing the exchange of ideas and promoting collaborations between different communities.

The confirmed speakers are:
Clemens Bannwart (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Ulrich Bauer (Technical University of Munich)
Bruno Benedetti (University of Miami)
Håvard Bakke Bjerkevik (University at Albany)
Thomas Chaplin (University of Oxford)
Patrizio Frosini (University of Bologna)
Barbara Giunti (University at Albany)
Maria Antonietta Pascali (ISTI-CNR)
Matteo Pegoraro (Aalborg University)
Jose Perea (Northeastern University)
Érika Roldán Roa (Max Planck Institute)
Stefania Sardellitti (Sapienza University of Rome)
Nicholas Scoville (Ursinus College)
Francesca Tombari (Max Planck Institute)
Francesco Vaccarino (Polytechnic University of Turin)
Žiga Virk (University of Ljubljana)
Bei Wang (University of Utah)
Lori Ziegelmeier (Macalester College)

Participants are required to register for the main conference at this link: https://umi.dm.unibo.it/jm-umi-ams/registration/.

We hope to see you in Palermo!

The organisers:
Henry Adams (University of Florida)
Claudia Landi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)
Nicolò Zava (Institute of Science and Technology Austria, ISTA)

Second call for applications – AMS MRC 2024 on Climate Science at the Interface between Topological Data Analysis and Dynamical Systems Theory

Dear colleagues,

This is the second and last call for applications for this MRC. Please share the advertisement below with anyone you think might be interested.  

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2024.

Best wishes,

Nina

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AMS MRC 2024 on Climate Science at the Interface between Topological Data Analysis and Dynamical Systems Theory

Are you an early-career scientist/mathematician interested in using topological data analysis and dynamical systems to study climate change? Our AMS Summer Conference might be for you!

https://www.ams.org/programs/research-communities/mrc-24

https://www.ams.org/programs/research-communities/2024MRC-ClimateScience

Our AMS MRC titled “Climate Science at the Interface Between Topological Data Analysis and Dynamical Systems Theory” will take place in July 2024 at the Beaver Hollow Centre, New York (USA). 

The goal is to involve participants in research projects on exciting and novel applications of topological data analysis and dynamical systems theory to climate science. The MRC includes practical projects, like improving algorithms and software, applications to the study of weather regimes, and theoretical considerations in persistent homology and dynamical systems. Interactions between topological data analysis and these fields are still very new, so this is an ideal opportunity for early-career academics to make new contributions. The MRC will also include career guidance sessions, as well as plenty of socialising and enjoyment of the beautiful nature. Tutorials and reading material on topological data analysis and relevant climate/weather analysis will be provided in advance of the MRC.

You can read more about the theme of the MRC in our article published in the February 2024 issue of the AMS Notices: 

https://community.ams.org/journals/notices/202402/rnoti-p267.pdf

Please consider applying! We encourage applications from early-career (advanced undergraduate up to postdoc level) mathematicians with a background in applied algebraic topology and scientists working on climate or meteorology, both from academia and industry.

The organisers,

Kristian, Nina, Davide and Theo

Mid-Atlantic Topology Conference 2024

Dear colleagues,

We’re excited to announce the return of the Mid-Atlantic Topology Conference, to be held at Northeastern University the weekend of March 23–24, 2024. In addition to a poster session for graduate students, the conference will feature the following speakers.

Henry Adams (Florida)

Christin Bibby (Louisiana State)

Elden Elmanto (Toronto)

Hana Kong (Harvard)

Piotr Pstragowski (Harvard)

Martina Rovelli (UMass Amherst)

Nick Salter (Notre Dame)

Maru Sarazola (Minnesota)

Lori Ziegelmeier (Macalester)

Registration and further information can be found here:

https://sites.google.com/northeastern.edu/matc2024/home

Please note the funding deadline of January 19. We hope to be able to cover travel and lodging for graduate students and early career researchers. We particularly encourage members of historically underrepresented demographic and gender groups to apply.

Best wishes,

Thomas Brazelton

Iva Halacheva

Ben Knudsen

Jose Perea

CSC PhD Studentship in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London

Project title: The shape of words

The ability of Large Language Models (LLMs) (AKA Pretrained Foundation Models) to capture essential linguistic features, whether it is syntactic, semantic, or others, remains largely mysterious. This is in part because the tools currently used to investigate LLMs are too basic to analyze the intricate geometry of the embeddings produced by the models’ huge number of parameters. We therefore propose to re-think the way we analyze the embedding spaces and to develop tools that are better suited for the task.

Topological Data Analysis (TDA) is a collection of data-driven methods based on algebraic topology. Persistent Homology (PH) is the most popular TDA method, representing structural information related to connected components in the embedding space (holes, bubbles, etc.), and is commonly used to extract topological features underlying point-clouds.

We plan to analyze embedding spaces using PH and other TDA techniques, and to develop new methods and measures to better describe embedding spaces and extract the information they encode.

This endeavour is likely to shed light on the inner-working of LLMs, their training regimes, and the type of information they encode in their topological structures, linguistic or otherwise, and will provide novel topological approach that describes the “shape of words”.

This project will be co-funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). CSC is offering a monthly stipend to cover living expenses and QMUL is waving fees and hosting the student. These scholarships are available only for Chinese candidates. 

For more information, please contact us:

Haim Dubossarsky h.dubossarsky@qmul.ac.uk

Omer Bobrowski o.bobrowski@qmul.ac.uk

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Queen Mary University of London

We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) in the School of Mathematical Sciences for the project “Universality in Topological Data Analysis”, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The successful applicant will work with Dr. Omer Bobrowski and Dr. Primoz Skraba, on developing the theory required to prove a series of conjectures on the universality properties of topological descriptors. A second goal is a fundamental challenge in Topological Data Analysis (TDA) – assessing the statistical significance of topological structures detected in data. The position comes with opportunities for attending workshops and conferences as well as establishing additional collaborations.

The successful applicant will have, or soon obtain, a PhD degree in mathematics, or equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience, in a field closely related to probability theory and/or applied topology, plus experience in writing high quality research papers.

The positition is up to 3 years. 

The job is listed at https://www.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/vacancies/items/9041.html

For further inquiries please contact o.bobrowski@qmul.ac.uk or p.skraba@qmul.ac.uk

The School of Mathematical Sciences is committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. As holders of a Bronze Athena SWAN award we offer family friendly benefits and support part-time study.

Postdoctoral position in TDA for personalized medicine at CRESS

Postdoctoral position in TDA for personalized medicine at CRESS (Paris, FRANCE)

The team METHODS of the Centre de Recherche Epidémiologie et
Statistiques/Université Paris Cité-INSERM (CRESS-U1153) is looking for a
post-doctoral fellow for the ToROTR project lead by Francois Petit.

The aim of the ToROTR project is to develop and study topological,
geometric and statistical methods to develop optimal treatment rules and
evaluate their robustness. This interdisciplinary project encompasses a
diverse range of domains, including topological data analysis, causal
inference, and machine learning. We warmly welcome applicants from
various backgrounds who are eager to learn and explore new topics.

Various questions may be studied within this project, depending on the
candidate’s expertise.

We are searching for a dedicated candidate with a strong mathematical
background and a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics, or machine
learning, who possesses a keen interest in applying their skills to
health sciences. Candidates with strong expertise in topological data

analysis and experience in coding and working with real data are very welcome.

Team and location: The team METHODS of CRESS, located at Hôtel-Dieu hospital in the
center of Paris, is affiliated to Université Paris-Cité and Inserm.

Duration: 12 months

Contact: francois.petit@inserm.fr

How to Apply: Your application should include a cover letter with a
brief account of your research interests and motivation for applying for
the position, a resume and a complete list of publications, the name,
and email address of 2 references.

More info at http://www.fpetit.org/Postdoc/Postdoc_ToROTR.pdf

The deadline to apply is the 15h of September 2023.

Invitation to a workshop on synergies between topological data analysis and life sciences

Dear all,

from the 19th to 21st of September the Fourth Workshop on Topological Methods in Data Analysis will take place within the cluster of excellence STRUCTURES at Heidelberg University. The main part of the workshop will be a lecture and tutorial series by Dr. Andreas Ott (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie) on synergies between topological data analysis and life sciences. This workshop is designed for both mathematicians and life scientists with or without prior knowledge in TDA and relevant biology.

As a supplement, participants will have the opportunity to give short lightning talks on their own TDA-related work. The workshop will be in hybrid format with opportunities for on-site get-togethers in Heidelberg. More information can be found in the attached flyer and on the workshop’s webpage (tda.mathi.uni-heidelberg.de).

Registration is now OPEN. Please register via

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3mZAMjud6FBSUaEWdakbKOdpf-Gyu0B-htFLCzr17C2PKGw/viewform

Registration deadline for participants who want to apply for giving a lightning talk is the 11th of September.

For participation only, the deadline is the 15th of September.

Feel free to share this information with interested colleagues.

We are looking forward to your participation. Do not hesitate to contact us in the case of questions.

Best regards

The organisation committee consisting of Freya Jensen, Viktoria Noel and Daniel Spitz

Geometry/topology TT jobs at the University of Missouri-Columbia

Hello,

Adam Helfer has asked to share the following message, and anybody with questions can contact him at helfera@missouri.edu.

Best, Henry Adams

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The Math Department at the University of Missouri-Columbia will hire two assistant professor TT positions to start in AY2024-25.  They are both designated geometry/topology, and one of them requires also an emphasis on applications.

The particular sub-areas (within geometry/topology) are less important than the strengths of the candidates.  People working in AI or topological data analysis, for instance, provided they do so using geometric and/or topological tools, would certainly be good candidates for the “emphasis on applications” position.  They would be important to our graduate program, and so they should be comfortable teaching standard math grad courses.

Review of applications will begin 1 October.  For more information, and to apply, see https://www.mathjobs.org/jobs/list/22708.

FoQaCiA Summer School

FoQaCiA Summer School is a two-week program taking place at Bilkent University focused on theoretical aspects of quantum computing aimed primarily at senior undergraduate and graduate students. During the school, participants will have an opportunity to learn the foundations of quantum computing theory from leading experts and work intensively under the guidance of active researchers in the field.
Location: Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Organizers: Rui Soares Barbosa and Cihan Okay

Registration is now open: https://foqaciasummerschool.com
Deadline for registration: May 1, 2023