Primes Logo 2013 PRIMES Conference

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
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
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
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, Brandeis University) ( slides )
Head mentor Tanya Khovanova illustrates 
        the Cookie Monster 
        Problem
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
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
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
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
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
Ajay Saini

10:40 am Session 8/h4>
  • 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
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
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
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
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
  • 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
Hao Shen