Probability Seminar

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Fall 2021

Thursdays at 2:30 PM either in 901 Van Vleck Hall or on Zoom

We usually end for questions at 3:20 PM.

ZOOM LINK. Valid only for online seminars.

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September 16, 2021, in person: Hanbaek Lyu (UW-Madison)

Scaling limit of soliton statistics of a multicolor box-ball system

The box-ball systems (BBS) are integrable cellular automata whose long-time behavior is characterized by the soliton solutions, and have rich connections to other integrable systems such as Korteweg-de Veris equation. Probabilistic analysis of BBS is an emerging topic in the field of integrable probability, which often reveals novel connection between the rich integrable structure of BBS and probabilistic phenomena such as phase transition and invariant measures. In this talk, we give an overview on the recent development in scaling limit theory of multicolor BBS with random initial configurations. Our analysis uses various methods such as modified Greene-Kleitman invariants for BBS, circular exclusion processes, Kerov–Kirillov–Reshetikhin bijection, combinatorial R, and Thermodynamic Bethe Ansatz.

September 23, 2021, no seminar

September 30, 2021, in person: Marianna Russskikh (MIT)

Lozenge tilings and the Gaussian free field on a cylinder

We discuss new results on lozenge tilings on an infinite cylinder, which may be analyzed using the periodic Schur process introduced by Borodin. Under one variant of the $q^{vol}$ measure, corresponding to random cylindric partitions, the height function converges to a deterministic limit shape and fluctuations around it are given by the Gaussian free field in the conformal structure predicted by the Kenyon-Okounkov conjecture. Under another variant, corresponding to an unrestricted tiling model on the cylinder, the fluctuations are given by the same Gaussian free field with an additional discrete Gaussian shift component. Fluctuations of the latter type have been previously conjectured for tiling models on planar domains with holes.

October 7, 2021, ZOOM: Barbara Dembin (ETH Zurich)

October 14, 2021, in person: Evan Sorensen (UW-Madison)

October 21, 2021, ZOOM: Sumit Mukherjee (Columbia)

October 28, 2021, ZOOM: Wei-Kuo Chen (Minnesota)

November 4, 2021, ZOOM: Mackenzie Simper (Stanford)

November 11, 2021, in person: Lingfu Zhang (Princeton)

November 18, 2021, in person Mariya Shcherbina (Kharkov)

November 25, 2021, no seminar

December 2, 2021, TBA

December 9, 2021, TBA

Past Seminars