The Department of Mathematics sponsors a regular colloquium that hosts several talks by external speakers every year and a general faculty seminar for talks by faculty and students. Seminars are listed below after the colloquia.

Mathematics Colloquium

On Friday, April 7, 2023, Dr. Emiliano A. Valdez, Professor of Actuarial Science at the University of Connecticut, will present a colloquium lecture on Improving Business Insurance Loss Models by Leveraging InsurTech Innovation. This lecture is co-organized jointly with TU's Actuarial Science Seminar. It will take place at 10 am in 7800 York Road, Room 205.

Abstract: Recent transformative and disruptive developments in the insurance industry embrace various InsurTech innovations. Particularly with rapid advances in data science and computational infrastructure, InsurTech has the capacity to incorporate multiple emerging sources of data and reveal implications for value creation on business insurance. This helps strengthen current insurance operations. In this paper, we unprecedently blend real-life proprietary insurance claims information and features, empowered by InsurTech, describing insured businesses to produce enhanced tree-based loss models. Our empirical investigation shows that the supplemental data sources created by InsurTech innovation help significantly improve the underlying insurance company's in-house or internal pricing models. The results of our work demonstrate how InsurTech proliferates firm-level value creation and can affect insurance product development, pricing, underwriting, claim management, and administration practice. This is joint work with Z. Quan, C. Hu, and P. Dong of the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recent Mathematics Colloquium Talks

Date Topic Speaker
Mar 10, 2023 Federal funding to improve STEM education research and practice

Dr. Asli Sezen-Barrie,

Feb 3, 2023 Squirming through biological fluids

Dr. Ebru Demir,
Lehigh University

May 20, 2022 Valuation and optimal surrender policy for reverse mortgage guarantees  Dr. Junsen Tang,
University of St. Thomas
Apr 15, 2022 The mathematics of how HIV/AIDS defeats the immune system and how to defeat the virus Dr. Cameron Browne,
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Apr 8, 2022 Numerical methods for solving polynomial systems Dr. Dan Bates,
US Naval Academy
Mar 4, 2022 The topological symmetry groups of the Heawood graph Dr. Robin Wilson,
Cal Poly Pomona
Oct 29, 2021 The value of a pension buyout: An employee (retiree) perspective Dr. Tianxiang Shi,
Temple University
Oct 15, 2021 Learning nonlinear operators using deep neural networks for diverse applications Dr. Lu Lu,  
University of Pennsylvania

Seminar Meetings

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 Seminars

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Recent Mathematics Seminar & Sabbatical Talks

  • On November 4, 2022, Dr. Tatyana Sorokina presented a sabbatical lecture on Bernstein-Bezier Techniques.
  • On May 6, 2022, Dr. Leonid Stern presented a sabbatical lecture on the Distribution of norm groups of algebraic number fields.
  • On April 29, 2022, Dr. Yunwei Cui presented a sabbatical lecture on the Estimation of a semi-parametric trend model: Theory and practice.
  • On June 8, 2021, Dr. Min Ji presented a sabbatical lecture on Modeling mortality dependence: An application of dynamical vine copula.
  • On May 14, 2021, Dr. Angel Kumchev presented a sabbatical lecture on Recent results in discrete harmonic analysis.