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 next meeting of the Mathematics Seminar will take place on Thursday, May 11, at 4 pm in Room 308 of 7800 York Road. Dr. Diana Cheng will present a lecture, jointly with Rachael Talbert, on Students’ sense-making about climate change in SEMS 250: Perspectives in science and mathematics.

Abstract: We plan to share our two-week unit to enhance UTeach students' understandings of climate change, developed with the support of an NSF grant with NGSS 3D standards in mind. Various perspectives were highlighted. These perspectives include scientific data providing evidence for climate change and ways to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. We will show student work and videos of our classwork.
This report is based on joint work with Dr. Jane Wolfson (Environmental Science) and Dr. Asli Sezen-Barrie (Science Education).

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.

Recent Mathematics Seminar Talks

  • On November 17, 2016, Dr. Ming Tomayko presented a sabbatical talk on Collaborating with the Office of Academic Innovation to create an interactive learning object for research purposes.
  • On November 16, 2016, Dr. Vincent N. Guingona presented a graduate seminar on Notions of Learnability.
  • 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.