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 Graduate Seminar will take place on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Dr. Mike O’Leary, Professor of Mathematics & Computer Science and Chair of the Department of Mathematics, will open the seminar series for this semester with a talk entitled Models for Offender Target Location Selection with Explicit Dependency Structures. The talk will take place in YR 320 from at 5:30 pm. All graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Abstract: The geographic profiling problem is the one of estimating the home base of a serial criminal from the known crime site locations. One approach to the problem is to construct a mathematical model for offender behavior, and then estimate the home base by performing Bayesian analysis. There is evidence that shows that the distance between the offender’s home base and the crime sites can be well modeled by a Rayleigh distribution, but that the underlying two-dimensional distribution is not bivariate normal. In 2011-2012 I worked with a graduate student to develop models for offender behavior with explicit dependency structures. These models were tested for effectiveness against historical data from Baltimore county.

Recent Mathematics Seminar Talks

  • On May 18, 2018, Dr. Gail Kaplan presented a sabbatical talk on Innovative approaches to promote student success in AP Calculus.
  • On May 13, 2018, Dr. Xiaoyin Wang presented a sabbatical lecture on Bayesian dominance analysis on math placement policy.
  • On Novemner 10, 2017, Dr. Sandy M. Spitzer presented a sabbatical talk Exploring prospective teachers’ mathematics knowledge for teaching and ability to notice student thinking.
  • On November 3, 2017, Dr. Alexei S. Kolesnikov  presented a sabbatical lecture on Homology groups in model theory.
  • On October 30, 2017, Dr. Sergiy N. Borodachov presented a graduate seminar on Optimal reconstruction of differentiable functions based on discrete data.
  • On October 16, 2017, Dr. Christopher R. Cornwell presented a graduate seminar on Analysing high-dimensional data.
  • On October 2, 2017, Dr. Jing Tian presented a graduate seminar on the Mathematics of turbulance.
  • On September 18, 2017,  Dr. Nathan G. McNew presented a graduate seminar on Applying probability and SAT solvers to geometric progression-free sets.
  • On May 11, 2017, Dr. Diana Cheng and Ms. Rachael Talbert presented a lecture on Students’ sense-making about climate change in SEMS 250: Perspectives in science and mathematics.
  • 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  presented a sabbatical talk on Application of function theory to different optimization problems.