## Rice Fall 2006 Research Seminars in the Mathematical Sciences |
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The CAAM, MATH and STAT departments will offer 14 research seminars this semester.

These seminars bring

together around a research topic of common interest.Postdocs,Faculty,Undergraduate, andGraduate students

Each ensemble is
referred to as a **PFUG**, pronounced *fugue*:
a composition in which a subject is announced by one voice and then
developed contrapuntally by each of usually two or three other voices.

In the following three sections, STAT, MATH and CAAM, we list

The name of the PFUG The contact person with email address The time and place of the PFUG's first meetingand in some cases we link to a PFUG page or a short description of its intent.

Each seminar is offered for variable credit, and a number of the them have spawned a 699 appendage. Query the PFUG contact person for details.

- Physics of Strings,
Mark Embree
T 4-5pm DH 2014.
- Neuronal Networks of the Hippocampus,
Steve Cox,
W 5-6pm KH 105
- Computational Mathematics of Curves and Surfaces,
Matthias Heinkenschloss,
F 3pm DH 2014.
- Computational Medical Image Processing,
Yin Zhang
Th 4-5pm DH 2014.
- Continuum Mechanics and Inverse Scattering, Bill Symes, Th 9:25 KH 105.

- Edge Length Minimizing Polyhedra,
Dan Cole,
F noon, HB 453
- Introduction to P-Adic Numbers,
Brendan Hassett,
W noon HB 453.
- Geometric Computational Methods in PDE: Level Set Methods, Rolf Ryham T 4pm HB 453.

- Decision Analysis,
Kalatu Davies,
F 11:10-12 DH 2090
- Computational Finance: Co-volatility Across Markets,
Kathy Ensor, F 1 DH 2090
- Computational Finance: Dynamics of Electronic Markets,
Rolf Riedi
T 2-3 DH 2090
- Statistical Bioinformatics & Genetics: Applications in Cancer,
Rudy Guerra
T 12-1 DH 3076
- Stochastic Simulation: Intracellular Signaling, Josue Martinez , W 2pm DH 2076.

Courses: The courses, Stat 499 and 699, will introduce students to basic genetics, cancer biology, biotechnology in cancer research, and statistical methods applied to ongoing research problems with Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson collaborators. The format of the course will be a research style seminar in which the first half of the term will be devoted to the biological background and the second half to research presentations by group members. Course credit is variable from 1-3 hours depending on level of participation.

Our premise states that an informational advantage is in fact always a temporal advantage. Eventually, information becomes available to anyone; having it firs, however, creates an advantage. With electronic communication becoming prevalent, information flows quicker and is more readily available. Few models are known to explicitly incorporate information. During this semester we focus on trading models, reviewing existing ones and building appropriate ones, which allow us to study temporal aspects of trading with a view on one-sided information. We will study models from the point of view of analysis, estimation, prediction, and simulation.

499 (section 6) - Additional topics and in-depth exploration of the issues addressed in CAAM 436. Will likely start with an overview of the elastic string, of possible interest to those drawn to the Physics of Strings PFUG, then introduction to viscoacoustics and viscoelasticity, along with extended discussion of CAAM 436 topics. Possible additional topics are TBD according to the taste of the participants; possibilities include the theory of elastic shells, thermoelasticity, reacting flows, and magnetohydrodynamics.

699 (6) - Seminar on mathematics of reflection seismology. Will work through and expand on the notes "Mathematical Foundations of Reflection Seismology" available on the TRIP page.

Postdoc fellow: Rolf Ryham (Math)

Faculty: Robert Hardt (Math) and Steve Cox (CAAM)