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>

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

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.

ATMCS+AATRN Winter Edition

We are excited to announce a week-long series of online talks, from January 11th to 16th, in collaboration with ATMCS. These talks were contributed to and accepted by ATMCS in 2020, which was cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19. We emphasize that our week-long series will not be ATMCS itself.

Each talk will last 20 minutes, and there will be two talks a day, scheduled at 11am and 11:30 am EST. Schedule information can be found here:

Thanks to Claudia Landi, and the rest of the ATMCS team, for their work in moving these talks online.

If you want to attend these talks, then please become an AATRN member by clicking on the “members” tab at https://topology.ima.umn.edu/. Closer to the date, we will email AATRN members the information for how to join the talks on Zoom. If you have any difficulties joining or obtaining the Zoom details, then please send an email to aatrn.director@gmail.com.

Best,

The AATRN co-directors, Elchanan, Henry, and Sara

ATMCS+AATRN Talk Series: January 2021

Dear applied topologists

We are excited to announce a week-long series of online talks, from January 11th to 16th, in collaboration with ATMCS. These talks were contributed to and accepted by ATMCS in 2020, which was cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19. We emphasize that our week-long series will not be ATMCS itself.

Each talk will last 20 minutes, and there will be two talks a day, scheduled at 11am and 11:30 am EST. Schedule information can be found here:

Thanks to Claudia Landi, and the rest of the ATMCS team, for their work in moving these talks online.

If you want to attend these talks, then please become an AATRN member by clicking on the “members” tab at https://topology.ima.umn.edu/. Closer to the date, we will email AATRN members the information for how to join the talks on Zoom. If you have any difficulties joining or obtaining the Zoom details, then please send an email to aatrn.director@gmail.com.

Best,

The AATRN co-directors, Elchanan, Henry, and Sara

Tenure Track in TDA at Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University is searching for a tenure-track assistant professor.  All are welcome to apply, although preference will be given to those applicants who may contribute to our applied programs, including data science.  Those working in topological data analysis are encouraged to apply!

https://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/human-resources/employment-opportunities.php

Two postdocs at Oxford

Heather Harrington writes:

We are advertising two postdoc positions at Oxford’s mathematical institute to start October 2021. 
One is one year postdoc in algebraic systems biology, and I can cover some relocation costs. Closes 6 January.
The other postdoc is a two year position in topological data analysis for analysing single cell/genomic data. Closes 13 January.
https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/vacancies

Graduate Talks in Geometry and Topology

Graduate Talks in Geometry and Topology, (GT)^2, is an online symposium organised by and for graduate students, running fortnightly throughout Semester 1, 2021. The series will start on Tuesday 2 March 2021. The symposium is designed to provide an opportunity for Australian graduate students in geometry and topology to present their research to a diverse audience, as well as engage, network, and share ideas with other students in their field. Anyone interested in attending is welcome.

This will all be in an inclusive, supportive environment that assumes only undergraduate-level mathematical knowledge.

To register your interest in giving a talk and/or attending, please use this form. To give a talk, please register by Monday 15 February 2021. For more information, see the website. Supported by MATRIX and AMSI.


Ellena, Grace & Yossi,
Organising Committee
GTSquared@maths.usyd.edu.au