SoCG Young Researcher’s Forum

Computational Geometry: Young Researchers Forum 2021

Second Call for Submissions

Online, June 7-11, 2021

The 37th Symposium on Computational Geometry (SoCG) will be held virtually June 7-11, 2021 (originally scheduled in Buffalo, USA). It brings together the global community of researchers who work on a large variety of aspects that combine geometry, algorithms and applications. To allow a broad audience to actively participate in the community’s major scientific event, this year SoCG will again be accompanied by a series of satellite events, which together constitute “CG Week 2021”. See https://cse.buffalo.edu/socg21/index.html for details.

One of these satellite events will be the “Computational Geometry: Young Researchers Forum” (CG:YRF), which is aimed at current and recent students. The active involvement by students and recent graduates in research, discussions, and social events has been longstanding tradition in the CG community. Participation in a top-level event such as SoCG can be educating, motivating, and useful for networking, both with other students and with more senior scientists.

The YRF presents young researchers (defined as not having received a formal doctorate before January 1, 2019) an opportunity to present their work (in progress as well as finished results) to the CG community in a friendly, open setting. Just like in the main event, presentations will be given in the form of talks. A pre-screening (but no formal review process) will ensure appropriate quality control.

Due to COVID-19, it has been decided that the entire CG Week 2021 (including YRF) will be online-only. Specific details about the format will be announced later.

Submission guidelines:

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– The idea of the event is for young researchers to present new and ongoing work. Therefore, the work should not have appeared in print in a formally reviewed proceedings volume or journal by the time of submission deadline, and at least one author must be a young researcher.

– Topics must fit into the general context of SoCG, as described in the call for SoCG submissions.

– Submissions must be formatted in accordance with the LIPIcs proceedings guidelines (https://submission.dagstuhl.de/documentation/authors#lipics) and not exceed 80 lines, excluding front matter, references.  To ensure an accurate line counting, authors must use the LaTeX class file socg-lipics-v2019, which is a wrapper around the standard class (available at http://www.computational-geometry.org/guidelines/socg-lipics-v2019.cls). Authors should refrain from putting excessive amounts of texts in parts in which lines are not counted automatically.

– Submissions can contain an appendix of arbitrary length to provide further details for the screening process, but the main body of the text should be understandable without reading the appendix. Appendices will also not be contained in the booklet (see below).

– The EasyChair submission link is https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cgweek2021

– Accepted abstracts will be compiled in a booklet of abstracts that will be distributed among the participants; this should not be considered a formal publication. In particular, participants are encouraged to submit (an extended version of) their presented work to a conference with formal proceedings and/or to a journal. Booklets of abstracts from previous years’ YRF are available here: http://www.computational-geometry.org/

– The work must be presented at CG:YRF by an author who is a young researcher. Otherwise, it will be removed from the program.

We will employ a two-phase screening process. After the first review phase, there will be a notification of either rejection (if the result is clearly out of scope, or technically incorrect), or conditional acceptance, accompanied with a description of required changes to be made (either with respect to content or format). In the second phase, we will check whether the changes have been implemented satisfactorily. The screening process is intended to ensure the technical quality of the presented work. Submissions that are not well-written risk rejection, irrespective of correctness. Authors are strongly encouraged to have their submissions proofread by their advisor or another experienced scientist.

Important dates (deadlines are 23:59 Anywhere on Earth):

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– March 14, 2021: Deadline for submissions

– April 7, 2021: Notification of conditional acceptance

– April 14, 2021: Deadline for revisions

– April 24, 2021: Notification of acceptance

– June 7-11, 2021: CG-Week 2021

Program Committee

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Mikkel Abrahamsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Paz Carmi, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Isreal

Brittany Terese Fasy, Montana State University, USA

Eunjin Oh, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

Marcel Roeloffzen, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Don Sheehy, North Carolina State University, USA

Haitao Wang (Chair), Utah State University, USA

Jie Xue, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

TDA Postdoc and PhD positions at Dioscuri Center in TDA

A two-year postdoctoral position in Topological Data Analysis /
Computational Topology is available in the newly established Dioscuri
Centre in Topological Data Analysis located within the Institute of
Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The Centre is led by Pawel Dlotko. To find out more about us, please visit:
https://dioscuri-tda.org/
https://www.facebook.com/Dioscuri.Centre.TDA

The deadline for applications is April 15 2021, or later subject to
place availability. The whole announcement is available here:
https://www.impan.pl/wydarzenia/konkursy/2021/postdok-dioscuri-2021-eng.pdf

We also have multiple PhD positions available within the Centre. If
you are interested, please contact me directly. To get enrolled in the
PhD program, you need to pass the exam to the Doctoral School of Exact
and Natural Sciences:
https://szkolydoktorskie.uw.edu.pl/en/sdnsip-2/
The standard PhD scholarship offered here is greatly extended from the
Centre’s budget.

NASA Internships in TDA

This summer, NASA Glenn Research Center is hosting several internship opportunities for topology students.  The past several years, we have had interns working on a variety of projects in applied topology.  Past topics have included networking, machine learning, and robotics.

This year, we are hoping to continue several existing research and start some new exciting projects.  We are open to suggestions, and the following list of topics should be considered more for inspiration than as a prescription:

  • Applications of sheaves to communications networks in space
  • Schedule optimization for networks using tropical geometry
    • Develop parallel tools for computing shortest paths (i.e. PyCUDA)
    • Leverage matrices over tropical min-plus semirings
    • Possibly explore the deformation theory of tropical schemes
    • New project for 2021
  • Derive the coordinate-free Vlasov equation using differential forms

Please encourage your students to apply at https://nasa.force.com (Note – the opportunities might not be visible without an account).  Applications are due by March 5, 2021.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me (robert.s.short@nasa.gov) or Alan Hylton (alan.g.hylton@nasa.gov).

Bedlewo rescheduled: July 2022

There were plans to have an Applied Topology Conference in Bedlewo scheduled for 27 June-3 July 2021. Unfortunately moving forward with the meeting is no longer feasible due to the current  pandemic situation. We are unable to ensure the safety of our participants during the conference time. Moreover, it is very likely that we will have a series of lockdowns in 2021 that may prevent hosting of and participation in the conference impossible without any notice. At the same time we believe that an in person meeting has a key added-value and therefore we are opposed to converting it into a video-conference format.

For these reasons we would like to postpone the conference to 2022, when hopefully we are all able to meet and have a proper scientific event. The new dates for the conference are 3-8 July 2022 for which we pre-booked the same place. In addition to plenary and contributed talks we are planning to have a Young Researcher Forum as well as a poster session. We also plan a sequence of theoretical and software tutorials in Applied Topology on Sunday before the conference (or Saturday just after the main conference).

The accommodation cost in Bedlewo Conference Center is EUR 400 (including accommodation, meals, local transportation, excursion and coffee breaks). A conference fee of  EUR 50 covers the cost of additional social events and the general organization expenses.
We have limited support to partially cover the accommodation fee for participants without sufficient aid from their respective institutions. If you would like to apply for support, please let us know in the “additional information” section of the registration webpage.

The new webpage of the conference is available here: 
https://www.impan.pl/en/activities/banach-center/conferences/22-appliedtop
The pre-registration is open now. Please feel free to register at your earliest convenience, as the number of participants is limited by the capacity of the Bedlewo Conference Center, and we may not be able to accommodate everyone.
If you would like to apply for support or take part in the Young Researcher Forum, please let us know in the “Additional Information” box. Also, please ignore the two tick boxes requesting hotel booking and refunds.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Bedlewo in 2022!
Pawel Dlotko
Waclaw Marzantowicz

Postdoc, TDA in plant morphology, Michigan State University

Application Review is about to start for a postdoc position here at MSU to study plant morphology and gene networks through the lens of topological data analysis. The successful candidate will be housed in the Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, but the project includes collaborators from multiple departments including

The official job posting is here: https://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/503667/research-associatefixed-term

Postdoc, Topology of Motion Planning, London

We invite applications for the position of Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the EPSRC funded project “Topology of automated motion planning” led by Professor Michael Farber. The research will be conducted in coordination with a team from the University of Chicago led by Professor Shmuel Weinberger. We shall use topological tools (and in particular methods of cohomology theory) to analyse algorithms of making decisions in situations when the outcome is a choice made from a continuum of possibilities rather than from a discrete set of values. Duration of appointment 30 months, the start date is negotiable. Salary £31,613 – £36,098 (Grade 4). More information can be found at 

https://webapps2.is.qmul.ac.uk/jobs/job.action?jobID=5464

TDA Postdocs at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

The Mathematics department at KTH is offering three postdoc positions within the Brummer & Partners MathDataLab.
This lab conducts exciting mathematical research in various fields of mathematics linked to data and A.I, including Topological Data Analysis. This is an excellent opportunity for young researchers in our community. When applying the candidate will have to choose a project among these:

https://www.kth.se/math/datalab

Successful applicants who have chosen the TDA project, will be working in collaboration with the TDA group at KTH. 
More information on how to apply  and a link to the application form can be found here:

https://www.kth.se/en/om/work-at-kth/lediga-jobb/what:job/jobID:369575/where:4/

Note that the deadline is Jan 20-th. Don’t hesitate to contact Martina Scolamiero at scola@kth.se for further information.

Topological Data Analysis – Theory and Applications

Workshop: Topological Data Analysis – Theory and Applications

School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

Western University

May 1-3, 2021

The following mathematical scientists have agreed to speak:

Henry Adams (Colorado State)

Gunnar Carlsson (Stanford/Ayasdi)

Mark Daley (Western University)

Maia Fraser (Univ of Ottawa)

Robert Ghrist (Univ of Pennsylvania)

John Healy (Tutte Institute)

Michael Lesnick (SUNY/Albany)

Facundo Memoli (OSU)

Amit Patel (Colorado State)

Jose Perea (Michigan State)

Emilie Purvine (Pacific Northwest National Lab)

Luis Scoccola (Michigan State)

There will be 4 lectures per day, for each of the three days of the meeting. Precise dates, times, titles and abstracts for the lectures will be posted on the meeting website:

http://jardine.math.uwo.ca/TDA-2021.html

This meeting will be a zoom event, and will be supported by one or more slack channels.

There will be a registration process for participants, by a method that is to be announced.

For further information, please contact Rick Jardine:

     jardine@uwo.ca

This meeting is supported by the Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing, and by Western University.

REU Spatial Models and Electoral Districting

The Spatial Models and Electoral Districting Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site is seeking applications for its 2021 Summer program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the REU is an 8-week summer research program located in Tacoma, Washington and will take place from June 20, 2021 through August 14, 2021.

This is a paid opportunity – participants receive a $575 a week stipend, housing, and one meal a day. There is additional funding for travel available.

The Spatial Models and Electoral Districting REU offers the opportunity for a diverse set of students to work collaboratively on a topic of immense societal and political importance – electoral districting in the United States. With the 2020 census, new electoral and representational districts will be drawn across the country and this program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to engage directly at the forefront of complex research questions and public communication of results. The REU sits at the intersection of math, CS, geography, and data science, and we encourage students with background in any of these fields to apply.

NOTE: One of the projects will have a mapper component again this summer, so computational topology students would be great, but math, CS, and data science students are also encouraged to apply (along with geography, GIS, and political science students).

At this time, the REU is planning to run in person for the summer of 2021; however, we will follow public health best practices and may run remotely as needed. If run remotely, the stipend will remain the same and all additional funding will be repurposed in direct support of students both during and after the REU’s completion.

Additional information, and how to apply, can be found here: https://tacoma.uw.edu/smed. Application review begins February 14th, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Courtney M Thatcher <cthatcher@pugetsound.edu>

Two TDA postdocs in Singapore

Postdoc Position on Topological data analysis (TDA) based machine learning at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Two postdoc positions are available at the School of Physics and Mathematics, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

The annual salary will be about 60000-70000 SGD/year (dependent on previous qualifications and experience) with an additional performance bonus of up to 3 months (Income tax rate is ~4%).  The position will start at about May 2021. It will be 2 years and can be extended to 3 years. 

The research areas of the candidate should be on applied topology, computational topology, computational geometry, and machine learning. The ideal applicants should have good training on computation, algorithm design and modeling. Previous experience on molecular data analysis, chemical or biological modeling are preferred but not necessary.

For those interested, please send CV, research statement, and contact information for three references to Prof. Kelin Xia at xiakelin@ntu.edu.sg.