Applied Mathematics

Reconstructing carbon dioxide for the last 2000 years: a hierarchical success story

Speaker: 
Doug Nychka,
Date: 
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
SCAIM Seminar
Abstract: 

Knowledge of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the past are important to provide an understanding of how the Earth's carbon cycle varies over time. This project combines ice core CO2 concentrations, from Law Dome, Antarctica and a physically based forward model to infer CO2 concentrations on an annual basis. Here the forward model connects concentrations at given time to their depth in the ice core sample and an interesting feature of this analysis is a more complete characterization of the uncertainty in "inverting" this relationship. In particular, Monte Carlo based ensembles are particularly useful for assessing the size of the decrease in CO2 around 1600 AD. This reconstruction problem, also known as an inverse problem, is used to illustrate a general statistical approach where observational information is limited and characterizing the uncertainty in the results is important. These methods, known as Bayesian hierarchical models, have become a mainstay of data analysis for complex problems and have wide application in the geosciences. This work is in collaboration with Eugene Wahl (NOAA), David Anderson (NOAA) and Catherine Truding.

Imaging with Waves in Complex Environments

Speaker: 
Liliana Borcea
Date: 
Fri, Oct 31, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
PIMS/UBC/IAM Distinguished Colloquium
Abstract: 

The talk is concerned with the application of sensor array imaging in complex environments. The goal of imaging is to estimate the support of remote sources or strong reflectors using time resolved measurements of waves at a collection of sensors (the array). This is a challenging problem when the imaging environment is complex, due to numerous small scale inhomogeneities and/or rough boundaries that scatter the waves. Mathematically we model such complexity (which is necessarily uncertain in applications) using random processes, and thus study imaging in random media. I will focus attention on the application of imaging in random waveguides, which exhibits all the challenges of imaging in random media. I will present a quantitative study of cumulative scattering effects in such waveguides and then explain how we can use such a study to design high fidelity imaging methods.

The Mathematics of Bats

Speaker: 
Cédric Villani
Date: 
Fri, Nov 14, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of Victoria
Conference: 
Hugh C. Morris Lecture
Abstract: 

2010 Fields Medal recipient, Cédric Villani, Director of the Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris, France, will give a Friday evening talk entitled The Mathematics of Bats.

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 7 - Final Report

Speaker: 
TBA
Speaker: 
TBA
Date: 
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 6 - Final Report

Speaker: 
Nathaniel Richmond
Date: 
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 4 - Final Report

Speaker: 
Jia Gou
Speaker: 
Aritra Dutta
Date: 
Fri, Sep 5, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 3 - Final Report

Speaker: 
Nicole Olivares
Speaker: 
Michael Jenkinson
Date: 
Fri, Aug 15, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 7 - Intrim Report

Speaker: 
Matthew Hassell
Date: 
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 6 - Intrim Report

Speaker: 
Nathaniel Richmond
Date: 
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA
 

Math Modeling in Indudustry Team 4 - Intrim Report

Speaker: 
Jeremy Chiu
Date: 
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop
Abstract: 

TBA

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