Wrinkles on Everest: Persistence and Stability in an Omniscalar World

SpeakerDr. Dmitriy Morozov
Organization Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
LocationEBII 1230
DateApril 19, 2013 12:50 PM

 Abstract:

In the last decade, persistent homology emerged as a particularly active topic within the young field of computational topology.  Homology is a topological invariant that counts the number of cycles in the space: components, loops, voids, and their higher-dimensional analogs. Persistence keeps track of the evolution of such cycles and quantifies their longevity. By encoding physical phenomena as real-valued functions, one can use persistence to identify their significant features.

This talk is an introduction to the subject, discussing the settings in which persistence is effective as well as the methods it employs. As examples, we consider problems of scalar field simplification and non-linear dimensionality reduction. The talk will sketch the budding field of topological data analysis and its future directions.

Bio:

Dmitriy is a postdoctoral scholar in the Computational Research Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before coming to LBNL he was a postdoctoral scholar in the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics at Stanford University. Dmitriy received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Duke University in 2008; his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science are from North Carolina State University. Dmitriy's primary research interests are in computational topology and geometry, especially as these fields apply to data analysis.

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