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September 4: Student Research Presentations
Team mentored by Jory Denny: Ryan Jennings, Tracy Nguyen, Are Oelsner
Team mentored by Jory Denny: David Qin and Aaqil Zakarya
Team mentored by Bill Ross: Raymond Cao, Tongzhou Wang
Team mentored by Mike Kerckhove: Devin Chen and Finnegan Hu
Team mentored by Mike Kerckhove: Hassan Naveed and Ran Yan

September 18: Student Research Presentations
Team mentored by Lewis Barnett: Guanlin He, Ruojing Jia, Yuetong Li, Lillie Mucha, and Tianchang Yang
Team mentored by Lewis Barnett: Thang Le and Bilawal Saikh
Mentored by Doug Szajda: Alec Justice
Mentored by Doug Szajda: Rachel Culpepper
Team mentored by Doug Szajda: Nicholas Wan and Rishabh Jain
Mentored by Prateek Bhakta: Michael Del Casino

October 9: Dr. Rachel Cummings, Georgia Institute of Technology
The Price of Privacy: Experimental Evidence for the Value of Privacy

October 30: Craig Larson, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
The Graph Brain Project

November 13: Suzanne Robertson, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
Modeling and Control of Enzootic West Nile virus Transmission: Incorporating Avian Stage-dependent Vector Exposure

November 27: Robin Givens '06, Professor of Computer Science, Randolph Macon College
Sensor Placement Problems: Mixed-Weight OLD-sets

February 28: Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English, and David Smith, Assistant Professor of Computer & Information Science, Northeastern University
Speculative Bibliography: Probabilistic Texts, Page Maps, and Propagation Networks

March 5: Bernadette Mullins, Professor of Mathematics, Chair of Wadsworth Area, Birmingham-Southern College
The Josephus Problem

March 19: Peter Hastings, Associate Professor, School of Computing, DePaul University
Identifying Causal Structure in Scientific Explanatory Essays

March 26: Jyh-Ming Lien, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, George Mason University
Making Shapes Easily Foldable

April 23: Student Research: David Clayton, Format Transforming Encryption
Mentor: Dr. Doug Szajda


August 29: Student Research Presentations
Team mentored by Dr. Kathy Hoke and Dr. Joanna Wares: Shuyi Chen, Tatum Dam, Devika Jhunjhunwala, Sinong Li, Quinn McDonough, Harrison Wenzel, Tianyuan (Patty) Zhang, Xinyi (Julie) Zhu, Chong Hui (Devin) Chen, Camryn Travis
Team mentored by Dr. Paul Kvam: Tongyu (Stephanie) Wang and Zezhong Chen
Team mentored by Dr. Michael Kerckhove: Ying Wu, Yiwen Wang, Xiaoting (Cecelia) Sun, Joshua Hayes, Nasheya Rahman, Solomon Quinn

August 30: Student Research Presentations
Team mentored by Dr. Lester Caudill: Ashley Alex and Rachel Lantz
Mentored by Dr. James Davis: David Clayton
Mentored by Dr. Arthur Charlesworth: Anh Tran
Team mentored by Dr. Doug Szajda: Salar Ather, Joseph Mugisha, Rachel Culpepper, Renae Taylor, Tanner Bina, Alec Justice, & Yunwen "Nicholas" Wan

September 2: Brett Csorba ’14, Information Security Software Engineer at GE, and Jake Kurzer ’10, Lead Software Engineer at Leidos
Title: System and Method for Determining String Similarity

October 3: Patrick G. Traynor, R'02, associate professor of computer and information science and engineering, University of Florida
Title: Who Do I Think You Are? Challenges and Opportunities in Telephony Authentication 

October 5: All About Computer Science Internships
Presenters: Kevin Chen, Dinc Ciftci, and Kelly Farley

October 17: Ami Radunskaya, visting professor of mathematics from Pomona College
Title: Of Mice and Math

October 24: Christian Fong, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Title: Limited Obstruction with Monopoly Agenda Setting

November 4: Gieri Simonett, professor of mathematics, Vanderbilt University
Title: Moving Surfaces in Geometry and Physics

November 7: Bill Ross, professor, Richardson Chair of Mathematics, University of Richmond
Title: Matrices and the Shadows of Plato’s Cave

November 14: Nathan Alexander, assistant professor of teacher education, University of San Francisco
Title: Inclusive Pedagogies in STEM+C

November 21: Ami Radunskaya, visiting professor of mathematics from Pomona College
Title: The Sound of Chaos

January 30: Eric Brunvand, associate professor, School of Computing, University of Utah 
Title: A Tale of Two Rendering Algorithms: Ray Tracing, Rasterization, and their Supporting Hardware

March 20: Ivan Blank, associate professor of mathematics, Kansas State University
Title: The Obstacle Problem and Connections to Mean Value Theorems in Elliptic PDEs

March 22: Sara Krehbiel, assistant professor of computer science, University of Richmond
Title: Privacy and Randomness: Defense Against the Dark Arts

March 27: Barry Lawson, professor of computer science, and Malcolm Hill, professor of biology, University of Richmond
Title: An Agent-Based Simulation Model of Sponge: Algae Symbiotic Relationships  

April 10: Sommer Gentry, professor of mathematics, United States Naval Academy
Talk title: Faster, Safer, Healthier: Adventures in Operations Research

April 17: Student Research Presentations

David Clayton, Almost Difference Sets
Gi Heung “Robin” Kim, Differential Privacy for Growing Databases

April 19: Student Research Presentations

Greg Hamilton, Quantum Groups and Knot Invariants
Anh Tran, Toward a Scientific Investigation of Convolutional Neural Networks
Fiona Lynch, Differential Equations Models of Single- and Multi-Organ Tissue Damage


August 31:  Math Summer Research Presentations
Presenters: Ashley Alex, Sam Bell, Matthew Brinard, Becky Chen, Zezhong Chen, David Clayton, John Clikeman, Nicole Devine, Becca Funke, Mark (Minuk) Kim, Fiona Lynch, Sami Malik, David Painter, Alexandru Pana, Nasheya Rahman, Utaipon Tantipongpipat, Shiv Toolsidass, Edison (Zhixiang) Wang, Sihan Wang, Tongyu (Stefanie) Wang, Ningxi Wei, Bannong Zhang

September 7:  Computer Science Summer Research Presentations
Presenters: Hadi Abdullah, Alex Beman, Guanyu (Robin) Chen, Andy Choi, Dinc Ciftci, Michael Dombrowski, Omar Farooq, Will Gross, Yuxuan (Jennifer) He, John Keto, Dong (David) Kim, Robin Kim, Kyong Lee, Christian Olaya, Lingmiao Qiu, Anh Tran, Radha Venkatesan

September 14: Internships Panel
Presenters: Georgi Lekov, Amy Shick, and Jackson Taylor

October 5: Dr. C. Allen Butler Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc.
Title: Bayes' Theorem-Making Rational Decisions in the Face of Uncertainty

November 2: Dr. Isabelle Chalendar, Maître de Conférence in the Institut Camille Jordanat the University of Lyon I
Title:Phragman-Lindelof Principles and Applications

February 29: Dr. Oliver Dasbach, Louisiana State University, Mathematics
Title: Dimers and Knot Theory

March 14: Dr. Jonathan Jedwab, Simon Fraser University, Mathematics
Title: What is a Research Mathematician?

March 25: Dr. Margaret Martonosi, Princeton University, Computer Science
Title: Internet of Things: The History, The Hype, and The Hope

March 28: Dr. Jana Gevertz, The College of New Jersey, Mathematics & Statistics
Title: Using Mathematics to Understand Anti-Cancer Drug Resistance at Metastatic Sites 

April 11: Dr. Mohammed Abouzaid, '02, Columbia University, Mathematics
Title: Polynomials, Polyhedra, and Algebraic Varieties 

April 18: Honors Students Presentations
Presenters: Becca Funke, Jackson Taylor, and John Clikeman

April 20: Honors Students Presentations
Presenters: Minuk "Mark" Kim & Uthaipon "Tao" Tantipongpipat


September 1: Student Summer Research Presentations-Mathematics

Presenters include:

Hilary Briggs, Cathy Shi, Xiwen Zhou, Weizhi Wu, Melisa Quiroga-Herra, Amber Young (Mentors Dr. Kathy Hoke & Dr. Joanna Wares)
Tedi Aliaj, Sam Bell, John Clikeman, Hayu Gelaw, Uthaipon Tantipongpipat (Mentor Dr. Jim Davis)
Fiona Lynch (Mentor Dr. Lester Caudill)
Yi Guo and Zezhong Chen (Mentor Dr. Bill Ross)
Ningxi Wei and Xinchun Liu (Mentor Dr. Della Dumbaugh)

September 8: Student Summer Research Presentations-Computer Science

Presenters include:

Ahn Tran (Mentor: Dr. Charlesworth)
Marie Fernandez (Mentor: Dr. Lawson)
Francisco Cuevas and Lingmiao Qui (Mentor: Dr. Shaw)
Jennifer He, Andy Choi, Hadi Abdullah, Omar Farooq, John Keto, Alex Beman (Mentor: Dr. Szajda)

October 27: Dr. Craig Larson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University

November 3: Dr. John Conway, Professor of Mathematics, George Washington University
Title: Matrices and Topology

November 10: Dr. Laura Miller, Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Department of Applied Math and Biology
Title: The Fluid Dynamics of Jellyfish Swimming and Feeding

March 2: Dr. Sean Barnes, Assistant Professor of Operations Management, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Title: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach to Reducing the Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Healthcare Facilities

March 23: AfterMaths: Perspectives on Education & Careers

Erin Abouzaid, W ‘02
Chief Investment Officer, Stony Brook Foundation

James Tripp, R’01
Technical Director, Department of Defense

March 30: Dr. Edward Saff, Professor of Mathematics, Director of Center for Constructive Approximation, Vanderbilt University
Title: Minimal Energy, Soccer Balls, and Bagels

April 6: Dr. Ryan Vinroot, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, College of William and Mary
Title: Counting in Finite Vector Spaces

April 13: Taylor Applebaum '13 and Keefer Taylor '13, Software Engineers at Google

April 24: Dr. Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond
Title: It's possible: The Biography of a Book


September 9: Student Summer Research Presentations

Students: Becca Funke, Ningxi Wei, John Clikeman, and Gavin McGrew (Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Davis)
Title: Constructions of Bent functions on 8 variables

Students: Natalie Pollard and Jackson Taylor (Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barry Lawson)
Topic: Investigating the "Consistent Programmer Hypothesis".

Students: Erin Geoghan, Kevin Erb, Richuan Hu (Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Davis)
Title: Difference sets in groups of order 256

September 16: Student Summer Research Presentations

Student:  Jocelyn Xue (Faculty mentor:  Dr. William Ross)
Title:  Smashing Algebras of Toeplitz Matrices

Student:  Josh Fagan (Faculty mentor:  Dr. Arthur Charlesworth)
Title:  Deep Neural Nets Containing Restricted Boltzmann Machines

Student:   Georgi Lekov (Faculty mentor:  Dr. Kelly Shaw)
Title:  Software Optimization:  Determining the Best Processor Architecture for an Application

Student:  Nicholas Taylor (Faculty mentor: Dr. Lewis Barnett)
Title:  Identifying Bird Species from Digital Images

September 23: Deloitte Consulting
Maria Nazareth, Senior Manager - Information Systems Management
Adam McCann, Specialist Master - Information Systems Management

Supporting Presenters:
Pete Holland, Consultant, UR Class of 2010 – Business Administration (Finance and Economics)
Sarah Gehrke, Consultant, UR Class of 2011 – Political Science; Economics
Danielle Taylor, Analyst, UR Class of 2013 – Chemistry; Leadership Studies

Title:  A Data Driven Future - Deloitte Analytics

September 30: Student Summer Research Presentations

Student:     Beknazar Abduvaliev (Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Michael Kerckhove)
Title:           Mathematical Models of Bounded Rationality.

Student:      Nianchen Han (Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Joanna Wares)
Title:           “Collectivism” or “Individualism”?  The Differential Equation Model vs the Agent Based Model

Student:      Uthaipon (Tao) Tantipongpipat (Faculty Mentor:  Dr. James Davis)
Title:            Ebert's Hat Game with More Than Two Colors

October 28: Van Nall, professor of mathematics at UR
Title:  Topology and Dynamical Systems

November 4: Karen Saxe, AAAS/AMS Congressional Science and Technology Policy, professor of mathematics at Macalester College
Title:  A Mathematical Adventure through the Census, Reapportionment, and Re-districting

November 11: How to land and succeed in an internship at Google or Goldman and Sachs
Taylor Applebaum and Andreea Iovan will talk about their experiences this summer as a Software Engineering Intern at Google and Technology Analyst Intern at Goldman Sachs.

November 18: Ann Oberg, professor of biostatistics at the Mayo Clinic

February 13: Duo Jiang, University of Chicago
Title: Linking genes to diseases: how statistics come into the game

February 24: Dr. Karen Parshall, UVA
Title: Toward Algebra as a General Problem-Solving Technique: Renaissance Developments from Rafael Bombelli to François Viète

March 3: Judy Kennedy, professor of mathematics at Lamar University

March 26: Jim Yorke

April 14: Judy Kennedy, professor of mathematics at Lamar University

April 21: Jocelyn Xue and Hershey He
Title: Algebras of Toeplitz operators and matrices  


September 4: Dr. James A. Davis, Professor of Math and Computer Science (University of Richmond)
Topic: Patent Lawsuit of the Century (Apple vs. Samsung):  A Personal Story

September 10: Student Summer Research Presentations
Student presenters include Andreea Iovan (CMSC/MATH), Brett Csorba (CMSC), Dayton Steele (MATH), and Garrett Steele (MATH).

October 1: Mary Ann Horn, National Science Foundation & Vanderbilt University
Topic:  Using Mathematical Modeling to Understand the Role of Diacylglycerol (DAG) as a Second Messenger

October 8:  Student Summer Research Presentations

"Detecting Malicious Javascript," Taylor Applebaum, Tyler Barnett, Nunzio Cicone, Mark Dacek, Nick Daniel, Richuan Hu, Tyler Morgan, Nate Swanson, and Victor Yang

"Turing Patterns via Agent-Based Models," Josh Armstrong, Josh Fagan, Kirstin Ladas, Gavin McGrew, and Rosa Romano

November 6: Raymond Cheng, Old Dominion University
Title: Mate Search Strategies

November 12: Michael Dorff, Brigham Young University
Title: Shortest paths, soap films, and mathematics

February 11: Jim Cogdell, Ohio State University
Title: Zeta Functions!

February 18: Mike Pohl, Google
Title: Do Cool Things That Matter: Detecting Adversarial Ads in the Wild

March 4:  Dr. Tihomir Kostadinov, UR Department of Geography and the Environment
Title:  A 3-D Earth Orbit Model:  Visualization and Analysis of Milankovitch Cycles and Insolation

April 1:  Professors Jim Davis and Bill Ross (UR Department of Mathematics and Computer Science)
Title:  Almost True: Two Tales of Failure in Mathematics

April 17: Student Honors Thesis Presentations
Natalie Clark: "Mathematical Models of Plasmid Dynamics"  
Dayton Steele: "Power Distribution in the European Union"

April 22: Student Honors Thesis Presentations
Taylor Applebaum: "Difference Sets"
Gage Holden: "PyAM:  Investigating Analogic Reasoning"


September 19: Employee Panel, Capital One

October 17: David Sherman, University of Virginia (math)

October 24: Richard Hammack, Virginia Commonwealth University (math)

November 4: Reza Sarhangi, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Towson University

November 7: Avis Cohen, The Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park

November 14: Josh Ducey, James Madison University

November 22: Evamaria Terzi, Boston University

November 28: Andrew White, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

January 30: David Evans, UVA Department of Computer Science
Title: Computing Cooperatively with People You Don't Trust

February 13: Ross Gore, UVA Department of Computer Science
Title: Statistical Debugging for Scientific Exploration Software

February 20: Stephen R. Wassell, Sweet Briar College Department of Mathematical Sciences
Title: Edge-length ratios between dual Platonic solids

February 29: Ken W. Smith, Sam Houston State University Department of Mathematics & Statistics


September 6: Student Summer Research Reports
“Application of Wavelet Transforms,” Patty Laverty, Will Lambdin, Sadia Gado Alzouma
“Data Communication in Single-Chip Multi-Processors,“ Toma Pigli
“Graphics-Based, Event-Driven Simulation Programming,“ Emily Nelson
“Streamlining Homology Assignment Using Maximum Likelihood Phylogenies,” Gage Holden, Rachael Gunn

September 13: Student Summer Research Reports
“Game Theory and Network Defense,” Linghan Song, Winston West
“Coding Theory: Second Order Nonlinearity,” Matt Der, Alex Martin, Gavin McGrew, Kate Pitchford, Taryn Smith, Francesco Spadaro, Joshua Wilson, Kathryn Utz
“From Graphs to Determinants to Matrices,” Samantha Campbell, Yiran Duan, Max Grinchenko, Hristiyan Hristov,
“Choosing Courses through a Collaborative Recommendation System,” Keefer Taylor

September 20: Andreas Hartmann, Université Bordeaux and Gaines Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond
Title: Signals, Interpolation and Sampling

October 4: Andreas Hartmann, Université Bordeaux and Gaines Visiting Professor at the University of Richmond
Title: Interpolating infinitely many values

October 13: Holly Gaff, Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center, Old Dominion University
Title: Modeling Control of Tick-Borne Diseases

October 27: Jennifer Steele, York University
Title: Stereotype threat: What is it? Can it be overcome? And what does it mean for women – and men – pursuing careers in math and science?

November 3: Frédéric Gaunard, Université Bordeaux
Title: Control Theory and links with Paley-Wiener Spaces

November 8: Frédéric Brechenmacher, CNRS - Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu, Paris & Laboratoire de Mathématiques Lens. Univ. Lille-North of France
Title: The 1874 Controversy between Camille Jordan and Leopold Kronecker

March 14: Katybeth Lee, Career Development Center and Dr. Mike Kerckhove, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond
Title: Pi Day Celebration: When Will I Use Math?

March 21: Eve Torrence, Randolph-Macon College
Title: Plugging the Holes in Lewis Carroll's Condensation Method

March 28: Mike Pohl, Google
Title: Detecting Adversarial Advertisements in the Wild

April 11: Eric Marland, Appalachian State University
Title: The Value of Carbon: A Hoppameleon Study

April 18: Jeff Zheng, '11
Title: Rank One Perturbations of Self-Adjoint Operators and Applications


September 7: Summer 2009 Research Students

September 28: Stephan Garcia, Pomona College, Claremont, California
Title: Hidden Symmetries in Everyday Operators

October 19: Sara Sprenkle, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia
Title: Customized Oracles to Automatically Detect Faults in Web Applications

November 5: Andy Dorsett, Wolfram Research, Inc.
Title: Mathematica

January 18: LURE Summer 2010 Research Informational Meeting

February 15: Alex Dugas, University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia
Title: Representations, Quivers and Dynkin Diagrams

March 1: Barry Cobb and Atin Basu Choudhary, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia
Title: A Decision Analysis Approach to Solving the Signaling Game

March 15: Rebecca Weber, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Title: What is Computability Theory?

March 22: Kim Hazelwood, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Title: A Case for Runtime Adaptation Using Cross-Layer Approaches


March 16: Raina Robeva, Sweet Briar College
Title: Mathematical Models for Systems Biology and Gene Regulation

March 25: David Nicol, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Title: Tradeoffs Between Model Abstraction, Execution Speed, and Accuracy in Simulation

March 30: Paul Huray, University of South Carolina
Title: Signal Integrity: The secret to making computers more reliable, faster and cooler

Monday, April 13: Simon Levy, Washington and Lee University
Title: Hyperdimensional Cognitive Computing: A New Approach to Some Very Old Problems

Tuesday, April 21: Hannah Callender, University of Minnesota, Institute for Mathematics & Its Applications
Title: Adventures in Biomath: From Cell Signaling to Motility