Mathematics Seminar

The Mathematics Seminar is the venue where Towson faculty and students report on their research activities. The Graduate Seminar hosts expository talks by faculty that introduce graduate students in the departmental APIM Master's program to topics that present opportunities for graduate research projects. 

Upcoming Seminar Meetings

The latest meeting of the Graduate Seminar took place on Wednesday, November 16, at 5:30 pm in Room 320 of 7800 York Road. Dr. Vincent N. Guingona presented a talk on Notions of Learnability.

Abstract: In the field of machine learning theory, there are several notions of learnability that one typically studies.  We will look at two examples: Probably Approximately Correct (PAC) learning and sequence compression schemes.  We start with a collection of concepts.  Then, given a particular concept, the machine samples points and a human tells the machine whether or not the point is within the concept.  Given enough samples, the machine should be able to understand the particular concept.

The latest meeting of the Mathematics Seminar took place on Thursday, November 17, at 3:30 pm in Room 320 of 7800 York Road. Dr. Ming Tomayko presented a sabbatical talk on Collaborating with the Office of Academic Innovation to create an interactive learning object for research purposes.

Abstract: In this presentation, Dr. Tomayko provides an overview of the Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework and discusses a research project on a new visual representation of the framework. The research includes a pilot study on the efficacy of the representation to foster professional growth in pre-service teachers. Feedback from the pilot study led to a significant revision of the research instrument. The presentation will detail how a collaboration with the Office of Academic Innovation resulted in a more interactive survey instrument.

Recent Mathematics Seminar Talks

  • On October 26, 2016,  Dr. Seth Chart presented a graduate seminar on Dynamical systems: Describing deterministic behavior with the language of randomness.
  • On October 12, 2016, Dr. Christopher R. Cornwell presented a graduate seminar on Analysing high-dimensional data.
  • On September 29, 2016, Dr. Sergiy N. Borodachov gave a sabbatical talk on Application of function theory to different optimization problems.
  • On December 9, 2015, Dr. Russel J. Hendel presented a seminar on A new cybernetic interdisciplinary approach to pedagogic challenge.
  • On April 30, 2015, Dr. Wei Sun gave a sabbatical lecture on What is happening in the middle school mathematics class in Shanghai.
  • On April 23, 2015,  Dr. Mircea D. Voisei gave a sabbatical talk on Lecture videos for calculus classes and recent progress on the Rockafellar Conjecture.
  • On April 16, 2015,  Dr. T Elizabeth Goode gave a sabbatical lecture on DNA splicing systems: Rules for wet splicing.
  • On November 20, 2014, Dr. Stanley Max presented a lecture on A geostatistical study of the Towson University campus: A tool for teaching mathematics and statistics.
  • On October 23, 2014, Dr. Ge Han gave a sabbatical lecture on Managing longevity risk via mortality-linked securities.