Seminars in Algebra (Fall 2020)

Seminar talks this semester will be held primarily in Sentralbygg 1 S1 on Tuesdays at 14:15, with the option to participate digitally on Zoom. Links to participate remotely will be posted on this page. If you have any questions or comments about the seminar, please contact Peder Thompson.

Upcoming seminar talks

(previous Fall 2020 talks can be found below)

NEXT TALK: November 10th, 2020, at 14:15, digital only on Zoom

Title: Cryptographic voting and lattices

Speaker: Kristian Gjøsteen

Abstract: Cryptographic voting systems often need some way to prove that a given collection of ballots is the decryption of a collection of ciphertexts, without revealing which ciphertext decrypts to which ballots. How to do this is well-known with classical methods, but these are not quantum-safe. We explain how this can be done using simple linear algebra and lattice-based cryptography.

Update Friday 6/11: Due to new infection control guidelines, we have decided to move this talk digital on Zoom. We will not meet in person. The Zoom meeting ID is 997 5743 6542. You will need the password which will be included in the email (or just click the link there).

November 17th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1


Speaker: ICRA 2020 talks this week


November 24th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1


Speaker: ICRA 2020 talks this week


(no meeting) December 1st, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1


Speaker: Torkil Stai (postponed until January)


December 8th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1

Title: The classification of cluster-tilting modules of trivial extensions of algebras of Dynkin type (tentative title)

Speaker: Tor Kringeland


December 15th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1


Speaker: Erlend Due Børve


Previous Fall 2020 seminar talks

September 29th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1

Title: Support varieties for finite tensor categories

Speaker: Petter Andreas Bergh

Abstract: Tensor categories appear naturally in several settings, such as group representations, representations of Hopf algebras (quantum groups), fusion categories and conformal field theory. This talk is a report on recent joint work with Julia Plavnik and Sarah Witherspoon, where we develop a theory of cohomological support varieties for finite tensor categories.

October 6th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1

Title: Representations which are realizable over Set

Speaker: Steffen Oppermann

Abstract: A representation of a quiver (poset, category) in the category of sets can be turned into a linear representation by turning any set into a free vector space. In my talk I will discuss the question which linear representations arise in this way. This is part of an ongoing discussion with Ulrich Bauer, Magnus Botnan, and Johan Steen.

October 13th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1

Title: Support theory for triangulated categories in algebra and topology

Speaker: Drew Kenneth Heard

Abstract: We will survey the support theory of triangulated categories through the machinery of tensor-triangulated geometry. We will discuss the stratification theory of Benson—Iyengar—Krause for triangulated categories, the construction by Balmer of the spectrum of a tensor-triangulated category, and the relation between the two.

October 20th, 2020, at 14:15, digitally on zoom (not in person)

Title: d-abelian categories are d-cluster tilting

Speaker: Sondre Kvamme

Abstract: In 2014 Jasso introduced d-abelian categories as an axiomatization of d-cluster tilting subcategories, and he showed that any projectively generated d-abelian category is d-cluster tilting. In this talk we will explain how any d-abelian category is d-cluster tilting, without the assumption on the projective objects. If time permits, we will also explain how the proof can be adapted to give axiomatization of more general subcategories of abelian categories.

This talk will be held digitally on Zoom (no in-person meeting). The Zoom meeting ID is 935 3915 4938. You will need the password which will be emailed Tuesday morning (or just click the link there).

October 27th, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1

Title: From Linear Algebra to Zero-Knowledge Proofs (and More)

Speaker: Jiaxin Pan

Abstract: In this talk, we will start with basic linear algebra facts and then, by combining them with computationally hard problems in number theory, we will survey some of the current advanced cryptography in a "simple" yet intuitive way. We will focus on zero-knowledge proof systems which is the goldmine of cryptography (and theoretical computer science).

November 3rd, 2020, at 14:15 in room S1

Title: Tau-exceptional sequences

Speaker: Aslak Bakke Buan

Abstract: I will review some classical results about exceptional sequences for hereditary algebras, and discuss a possible generalization of such to general finite dimensional algebras. This is (partly ongoing) joint work with Marsh. It builds on recent work by Igusa-Todorov on signed exceptional sequences and also on work by many, including Adachi-Iyama-Reiten and Jasso, on tau-tilting theory.

2020-11-23, Peder Thompson