Analysis and PDE Seminar

TITLE:  A hybrid inverse source problem for radiative transport

ABSTRACT:  The radiative transport equation (RTE) is a model for light propagation inside a scattering medium. A classic inverse problem for the RTE is as follows.  Suppose we have an object where light propagation is modeled by the RTE, which contains a source of light. Given the ability to measure light intensity on the boundary, can we recover the light source exactly? In this talk I will give a brief introduction to the RTE and its inverse source problem, and discuss recent work on improving the stability of the problem using so-called hybrid methods. This is joint work with John Schotland and Guillaume Bal.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
745 Patterson Office Tower
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Monday, September 28, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Common Reading Experience Author Lecture - "Picking Cotton"

Come hear the authors of the Common Reading Experience Book Picking Cotton! 

This will count as a Wired event!  Look for Peer Mentors in the Lobby in order to sign in!!

About the Book Picking Cotton:

Please note that the following book carries a trigger warning: The content deals with an account of a sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.

Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face-to-face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.

In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and they challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness.



About the Authors:

Jennifer Thompson-Cannino lives in North Carolina with her family. She speaks frequently about the need for judicial reform and is a member of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, the advisory committee for Active Voices, and the Constitution Project. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, the Durham-Herald Sun, and the Tallahassee Democrat.

Ronald Cotton lives with his wife and daughter in North Carolina. He has spoken at various schools and conferences including Washington and Lee University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Georgetown Law School, and the Community March for Justice for Troy Anthony Davis in Savannah, GA.

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Memorial Coliseum

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: Physics and Computation

There is a deep connection between Physics and Computation. Indeed, any computation can be represented as a physical process. In 1981, Richard Feynman rasied some provocative question in connection to the simulation of physical phenomena using a special device called a "Quantum Computer". Such a device was intended to mimic physical processes exactly the same as Nature, and thus shared those "spooky" features of quantum physics. Remars coming from such an influential figure generated widespread interest in these ideas, and today, more than three decades after, there are still open questions. What kind of physical phenomena can be mimicked? How? And what are its limitations? I will address these questions in the broader context of what is currently known as quantum information science.


Refreshments will be served in CP179 at 3:15 PM

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

EGSO Meeting

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 4:30pm
POT 1345

MFA Job Seekers Meeting

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
POT 1245


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