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UW-Eau Claire Mathematics Workshop to Feature
Expert and Student Presentations

RELEASED: July 7, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — Thirteen mathematics students will give presentations on their summer research projects when the department of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire holds its 2009 summer mathematics workshop July 10-11 in Room 309 of Hibbard Hall.

Five students presenting are UW-Eau Claire students, and two are from the University of Minnesota Research Experience for Undergraduates program. The other six students are from UW-River Falls, the University of Chicago, Dickinson College, Williams College, Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

The workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs, as well as UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, College of Arts and Sciences, and department of mathematics.

Featured speakers at the mathematics workshop will be Dr. Michael Frazier, professor and head of the department of mathematics at the University of Tennessee; Dr. Amir Assadi, professor in the department of mathematics and biomedical engineering at UW-Madison; and Dr. Jonathan Simon, professor of mathematics at the University of Iowa.

The title of this year's workshop is "Analysis, Topology and Applications." UW-Eau Claire mathematics professor and program organizer Dr. Mohamed Elgindi noted he typically plans the workshop around the interests and expertise of the main speakers.

The mathematical theory of wavelets, introduced less than 15 years ago, has become a fundamental tool in many areas of applied mathematics and engineering. Frazier, author of the textbook "An Introduction to Wavelets through Linear Algebra," will present three lectures at the workshop on the following topics:

  • "An Introduction to Wavelets" (9-9:50 a.m. July 10)
  • "Wavelets and Time-Frequency Analysis" (1-1:50 p.m. July 10)
  • "Stability of the Wavelet Expansion" (9-9:50 July 11)

Assadi will give two talks at 10:10 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. July 10. The titles of the talks have not yet been announced, but his research interests include differential topology and geometry in abstract mathematics; scientific computation and inverse problems in applied mathematics; and the cross-disciplinary topics of computational neuroscience, vision, image science and learning theory.

Simon also will give two presentations on topics yet to be announced, but his research interests include knot theory (recently, "energy" of knots), physical knots (e.g., DNA or other polymers), stereochemical topology (e.g., topological chirality), and topology of three-dimensional manifolds.

Dr. William Sethares, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at UW-Madison, has been invited as a late afternoon/evening colloquium speaker and will present "Detecting and Manipulating Musical Rhythms" at 4:30 p.m. July 10. He also will present "Modeling Repetitions in Time, in Space, and in Symbolic Sequences" at 11:10 a.m. July 11.

The two-day workshop has been a highlight of the longer Summer Research in Pure and Applied Mathematics program at UW-Eau Claire since 2004. One goal of the workshop is to give the students involved in the SUREPAM program a chance to collaborate on research with career mathematicians and get experience in presenting and discussing their research, Elgindi said.

Other presenters at the workshop will include SUREPAM faculty members Dr. Simei Tong, Dr. Michael Howe, Dr. James Walker and Elgindi of UW-Eau Claire's mathematics department; Dr. Magdalena Stolarski and Dr. Eric Rawdon from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul; Dr. Ahmed El-Guindy of Cairo University, Egypt; and Dr. Wafik Lotfallah of the German University in Cairo, Egypt.

More details on the workshop and presenters is available on the UW-Eau Claire mathematics department Web site.

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