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Third Annual PRIMES Conference, May 18-19, 2013

Room 4-237, MIT

Open to the public

Conference abstracts booklet

Download conference posters: letter-size, 11x17, and 24x36

See also the materials of 2011 and 2012 PRIMES conferences


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Saturday, May 18

Section I. Mathematics


9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Michael Sipser, Head of the MIT Mathematics Department

Prof. Pavel Etingof, PRIMES Chief Research Advisor

Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director


Kavish Gandhi and Noah Golowich


9:15 am Session 1

Jonathan Tidor, Extremal functions of pattern avoidance in matrices (mentor Jesse Geneson) (slides)

Rohil Prasad, Investigating GCD in Euclidean domains (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) (slides)

Kavish Gandhi and Noah Golowich, Inequalities and partition regularity of linear homogenous equations (mentor Laszlo Lovasz) (slides)


Raj Raina


10:35 am Session 2

Jin-Woo Bryan Oh, Towards generalizing thrackles to arbitrary graphs (mentor Rik Sengupta) (slides)

Raj Raina, Minimum degrees of minimal Ramsey graphs (mentor Andrey Grinshpun) (slides)

Junho Won, Highly non-convex graph crossing sequences (mentor Chiheon Kim) (slides)


Leigh Marie Braswell


11:50 am Session 3

Leigh Marie Braswell, The Cookie Monster Problem (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) (slides)

Saarik Kalia and Michael Zanger-Tishler, Good functions and multivariate polynomials (mentor Tue Ly) (slides)


Head mentor Tanya Khovanova illustrates the Cookie Monster Problem


2:00 pm Session 4

Ying Gao, Depths of posets ordered by refinement (mentor Sergei Bernstein) (slides)

Vahid Fazel-Rezai, Equivalence classes of length-changing replacements of size-3 patterns (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) (slides)

William Kuszmaul, On q-enumeration of modular statistics (mentor Darij Grinberg) (slides)


Ying Gao


3:15 pm Session 5 

Gabriella Studt, Higher Bruhat order on Weyl groups of Type B (mentor Daniel Thompson) (slides)

Ravi Jagadeesan, Belyi functions with prescribed monodromy (mentor Akhil Mathew) (slides)

Ritesh Ragavender, q-analogues of symmetric polynomials and nilHecke algebras (mentor Alex Ellis) (slides)


Ravi Jagadeesan explains intricate aspects of his research


4:30 pm Session 6 

Jeffrey Cai, Orbits of the symplectic group on partial flag varieties of type A (mentor Vinoth Nandakumar) (slides)

Isaac Xia, Quotients of lower central series over Z with multiple relations (mentor Dr. Yael Fregier) (slides)


Discussion between Prof. Pavel Etingof and Prof. Jacob Fox


Sunday, May 20

Section II. Computer Science


9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Srini Devadas, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director


Patrick Long and Anish Athalye


9:15 am Session 7

Nicolaas Kaashoek and William Wu, How to teach a class to grade itself (mentors Christos Tzamos and Matt Weinberg) (slides)

Anish Athalye and Patrick Long, Performance analysis and optimization of skip lists for modern multi-core architectures (mentors Austin Clements and Stephen Tu) (slides)

Ajay Saini, Modeling the opinion dynamics of a social network (mentor Dr. Natasha Markuzon) (slides)


Ajay Saini


10:40 am Session 8

Istvan Chung and Nathan Wolfe, A collaborative editor in Ur/Web (mentor Benjamin Barenblat) (slides)

Oron Propp and Alex Sekula, Automating interactive theorem-proving with Coq and Ltac (mentor Drew Haven) (slides)

Nihal Gowravaram, Avoidance in (2+2)-free posets (mentor Wuttisak Trongsiriwat) (slides)


Oron Propp and Alex Sekula


12:05 pm Session 9

Steven Homberg, Finding enrichments of functional annotations for disease-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (mentor Dr. Luke Ward) (slides)

John Long, Evidence of purifying selection in humans (mentor Angela Yen) (slides)


Steven Homberg


2:00 pm Session 10

Dr. Gil Alterovitz, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Introductory remarks

Ben Zheng, Removing disorder in drug resistance-related proteins in tuberculosis through hill-climbing algorithms (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) (slides)

Peijin Zhang, Leveraging disordered-ordered interactions to yield new targets and drugs for tuberculosis (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz)


Jonathan Patsenker


3:00 pm Session 11

Jonathan Patsenker, Finding the binding sites of MoRFs on a partner protein (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) (slides)

Yishen Chen, SMART Genomics API (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) (slides)

Skanda Koppula, Prediction of disease by pathway-based integrative genomic and demographic analysis (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz and Dr. Amin Zollanvari) (slides)


Boryana Doyle


Section III. Computational and Physical Biology


4:10 pm Session 12

Prof. Leonid Mirny, Division of Health Sciences and Technology and Physics Department, Introductory remarks

Boryana Doyle, Chromatin organization: from polymer loops to topological domains (mentors Geoffrey Fudenberg and Maxim Imakaev) (slides)


Carolyn Lu


Carolyn Lu, Dynamic folding of chromatin domains by active SMC-mediated loops (mentors Geoffrey Fudenberg and Maxim Imakaev) (slides)

Ashwin Murali, Lineage-dependent properties of 16S ribosomal RNA nucleotide composition (mentors Geoffrey Fudenberg and Maxim Imakaev) (slides)

Hao Shen, The impact of gene order on evolution (mentor Anton Goloborodko) (slides)


Hao Shen



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