Women in Computational Topology 3

We are happy to announce the third Women in Computational Topology workshop, which will take place in July 2023.

For further information, in particular concerning how to apply to participate, please see the detailed description below.

Best wishes,

Heather Harrington, Kathryn Hess, Claudia Landi, and Erin Wolf Chambers


WinCompTop: Women in Computational Topology 3

at EPFL, Lausanne (Switzerland)
JULY 17-21, 2023

Deadline for application: 1 Dec 2022
Application form: link

Scientific Overview
The Bernoulli Center at EPFL (Switzerland) will host the third workshop for Women in Computational Topology. These workshops are designed to strengthen the computational topology community by bringing together women as well as gender-diverse researchers at various stages in their careers (from graduate students to senior researchers) and from across the world, fostering research, collaboration, and mentorship between members of gender minorities in computational topology, offering them networking and research opportunities in mathematics and computer science.
Participants will spend one week working together in small groups to solve one of a selection of open questions in computational topology: WinCompTop participants will begin generating new results in collaboration with other participants. To achieve this goal, participants will start working together remotely before the workshop itself to prepare the background and, following the workshop, the research network will be maintained and strengthened by publishing a proceedings volume and organizing follow-up conferences or reunions for participants and other researchers in the area. Mentoring and professional development will happen both formally and informally. Preference for covering local expenses will be given to graduate students and early career researchers.

Organizers and contacts:
Erin Wolf Chambers (St. Louis University), erin.chambers@gmail.com
Heather Harrington (University of Oxford), harrington@maths.ox.ac.uk
Kathryn Hess (EPFL), kathryn.hess@epfl.ch
Claudia Landi (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia) clandi@unimore.it

Selected topics and group leaders:

The specific research groups, along with the group leader submitting the idea, are:

  • Project 1: Decompositions of the persistent homology transform, led by Katharine Turner (Australian National University)
  • Project 2: Multilevel sparsification of higher-order data, led by Bei Wang (University of Utah)
  • Project 3: Studying self-similarity of complex networks with persistent magnitude, led by Nina Otter (Queen Mary University London)
  • Project 4: Differential forms for TDA, led by Anthea Monod (Imperial College London)
  • Project 5: Directed topology and multidimensional persistence, led by Lisbeth Fajstrup (Aalborg University) and Brittany Fasy (Montana State)

Two postdocs at EPFL

The algebraic topology group of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) invites applications for two full-time postdoctoral positions in algebraic topology, both pure and applied.

These two-year positions have a starting date of 1 September 2021 and are open to all candidates with a PhD from no earlier than 2017 who have shown promise of research excellence in pure or applied topology.

In addition to research, duties of the future postdoc will include teaching within the framework of the Mathematics Section of the EPFL.

EPFL salaries are highly competitive.  The topology group has considerable travel money available for postdocs, as well as a generous budget for inviting guests throughout the year.

Applications, including curriculum vitae, publication list, research plan, and three reference letters, must be submitted by April 1 via the on-line application form.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Hess or Jérôme Scherer.

MSRI Hot Topics workshop: Topological Insights in Neuroscience

A virtual Hot Topics workshop on Topological Insights in Neuroscience will be hosted by MSRI, May 3 – 7, 2021.  The talks in this workshop will present a wide array of current applications of topology in neuroscience, including classification and synthesis of neuron morphologies, analysis of synaptic plasticity, algebraic analysis of the neural code, topological analysis of neural networks and their dynamics, topological decoding of neural activity, diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries, and topological biomarkers for psychiatric disease. Some of the talks will be devoted to promising new directions in algebraic topology that have been inspired by neuroscience.

Speakers include: 
• Ann Blevins (University of Pennsylvania)
• Benjamin Dunn (NTNU)(TBC)
• Daniela Egas Santander ( EPFL)
• Tim Gentner (Univ. California, San Diego)(TBC)
• Vladimir Itskov (Pennsylvania State University)
• Lida Kanari (EPFL)
• Matilde Marcolli (California Institute of Technology)
• Ezra Miller (Duke University)
• Konstantin Mischaikow (Rutgers University)
• Alice Patania (Indiana University)
• Jose Perea (Michigan State University)
• Xaq Pitkow (Rice University)(TBC)
• Manish Saggar (Stanford University School of Medicine)
• Martina Scolamiero (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH))
• Tatyana Sharpee (The Salk Institute for Biological Studies)
• Katharine Turner (Australian National University)
• Bei Wang (University of Utah)
• Yusu Wang (Univ. California, San Diego)

Registration is now open, on the workshop webpage.  This workshop will be held online, in Pacific Standard Time.  The Zoom link will be provided at a later time. You must register for the workshop to receive the password. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the workshop!

Best wishes,
Carina Curto, Chad Giusti, Kathryn Hess, and Ran Levi

IMSI workshop on Topological Data Analysis

virtual workshop on Topological Data Analysis will be hosted by the new Institute for Mathematical and Statistical InnovationApril 26 – 30, 2021.  This workshop will consist of a small number of plenary one-hour lectures by leading researchers in the field, a larger number of contributed short talks from early-career researchers, live demos of software, a problem session, and a poster session.  The speakers will cover a wide range of topics, from theory to concrete applications of TDA in science and engineering. 
The goals of the workshop are to foster scientific interactions across the growing breadth of the applied topology community and to provide an opportunity for algebraic topologists, statisticians, and data scientists curious about this dynamic new field to learn more about it.

Confirmed speakers include: 
• Lorin Crawford (Microsoft Research New England)
• Sara Kalisnik (Bentley University)
• Facundo Memoli (Ohio State)
• Ezra Miller (Duke University)
• Anthea Monod (Imperial College London)
• Elizabeth Munch (Michigan State University)
• Vidit Nanda (University of Oxford)
• Katharine Turner (Australian National University)
• Yusu Wang (UC San Diego)

Registration is now open, on the workshop webpage.  

We look forward to welcoming you (virtually only, sadly) to the workshop.

Best wishes,
Brittany Fasy, Kathryn Hess, Matt Kahle, Sayan Mukherjee, and Jose Perea

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.

Thematic Einstein semester in 2020


We wish to announce the upcoming


  Thematic Einstein Semester

      “Geometric and Topological Structure of Materials”

  TU Berlin, Summer 2020



This third Berlin Thematic Einstein Semester is devoted to recent
developments in the field of computational materials science.
It aims to bring together experts from the sciences with experts
from computational topology, computational algebraic, discrete
differential and stochastic geometry working on the structure
and function of materials.

The semester is organized within the framework of the Berlin Mathematics
Research Center MATH+ and is supported by the Einstein Foundation Berlin.


Phase I, Spring 2020:

  * TES block course “Stochastic Topology”
    (March 16-20, 2020).

  * TES conference “Structure of Materials”
    (March 23-27, 2020).

Phase II, Summer 2020:

  * Meeting of Women in Computational Topology (WinCompTop)
    (August 19-21, 2020).

  * TES conference “Geometric and Topological Structures”
    (August 24-28, 2020).

  * TES block course “Computational Topology and Machine Learning”
    (August 31 – September 4, 2020).

  Myfanwy Evans (TU Berlin)
  Kathryn Hess Bellwald (EPFL)
  Frank Lutz (TU Berlin)
  Dmitriy Morozov (LBNL)
  Ileana Streinu (Smith College)

PhD position in TDA/computational biology at EPFL

With the framework of the International Training Network CANCERPREV, I will supervise a PhD student to work on a project concerning “Detection of cyclic changes in gene expression by topological data analysis”. The student will most probably be affiliated with our new PhD program in computational biology.

Interested potential candidates are encouraged to contact me for more information. The application deadline is December 15. Further information about how to apply can be found here.

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  https://phdsummit.epfl.ch/intelligent-systems/

  • 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: https://phdsummit.epfl.ch/

More details about the application process: https://phdsummit.epfl.ch/application-process/