Primes Logo 2015 PRIMES Conference

Fifth Annual PRIMES Conference, May 16-17, 2015

Room 4-370 , MIT

Open to the public

Conference abstracts booklet

Download conference posters ( 8x11 , 11x17 , or 24x36 )

See also the materials of 2011 , 2012 , 2013 , and 2014 PRIMES conferences

Saturday, May 16

Mathematics

8:30 am Welcoming Remarks

  • Prof. Tomasz Mrowka, Head of the MIT Mathematics Department
  • Prof. Pavel Etingof, PRIMES Chief Research Advisor
  • Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director
Math students with Prof. Pavel Etingof and Dr. Tanya Khovanova
Math students with Prof. Pavel Etingof and Dr. Tanya Khovanova

9:00 am Session 1

  • Varun Jain, Circular planar graphs and electrical networks (mentor Carl Lian) ( slides )
  • Alok Puranik, Limitations of semidefinite programming for certifying RIP (mentor Adrian Vladu) ( slides )
  • Kavish Gandhi and Noah Golowich, Analysis of Boolean functions (mentor Yufei Zhao) ( slides )
Caleb Ji, Angela Song, and Robin Park
Caleb Ji, Angela Song, and Robin Park

10:25 am Session 2

  • Dhruv Medarametla, Bounds on the norms of locally random matrices (mentor Aaron Potechin) ( slides )
  • Karan Sarkar, On modular extensions to Nim (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) ( slides )
  • Caleb Ji, Robin Park, and Angela Song, Combinatorial games of no strategy (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) ( slides )
Mehtaab Sawhney
Mehtaab Sawhney

11:45 am Session 3

  • Mehtaab Sawhney, A study of bar and arc k-visibility graphs (mentor Jonathan Weed) ( slides )
  • Richard Yi, Continuous model for two-lane traffic flow (mentor Prof. Gabriele LaNave, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) ( slides )
  • Daniel Guo, An infection spreading model on trees (mentor Prof. Partha Dey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) ( slides )
Daniel Guo
Daniel Guo

1:45 pm Session 4

  • Girishvar Venkat, Signatures of the contravariant form on Specht modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras (mentor Siddharth Venkatesh) ( slides )
  • Samuel Rush, Signatures in representations of rational Cherednik algebras (mentor Gus Lonergan) ( slides )
  • Luke Sciarappa, Algebras in representations of the symmetric group S t , when t is transcendental (mentor Nate Harman) ( slides )
Luke Sciarappa
Luke Sciarappa

3:00 pm Session 5

  • Brandon Epstein, The defect angle and the relation to the Laplacian matrix (mentor Prof. Martin Rocek, SUNY at Stony Brook) ( slides )
  • Rachel Zhang, Statistics of intersections of curves on surfaces (mentor Prof. Moira Chas, SUNY at Stony Brook) ( slides )
  • Arthur Azvolinsky, Explicit computations of the frozen boundaries of rhombus tilings (mentor Alisa Knizel) ( slides )
Meghal Gupta
Meghal Gupta

4:15 pm Session 6

  • Meena Jagadeesan, The exchange graphs of maximal weakly separated collections (mentor Miriam Farber) ( slides )
  • Meghal Gupta, Extremal functions of forbidden matrices (mentor Jesse Geneson) ( slides )
  • David Amirault, Better bounds on the rate of non-witnesses of Lucas pseudoprimes (mentor David Corwin) ( slides )
Nick Diaco
Nick Diaco

5:25 pm Session 7

  • Jacob Klegar, Tiling-harmonic functions (mentor Prof. Sergiy Merenkov, CCNY-CUNY) ( slides )
  • Ahaan Rungta, Mathematically modeling the motion of cells in porous media (mentor Andrew Rzeznik) ( slides )
  • Nick Diaco, A new coin weighing problem and concealing information (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) ( slides )
Prof. Pavel Etingof
Prof. Pavel Etingof

Sunday, May 17

Computer Science and Computational Biology

Computer Science and Computational Biology students
Computer Science and Computational Biology students

8:30 am Welcoming Remarks

  • Prof. Srini Devadas, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director
Kara Luo
Kara Luo

8:45 am Session 8: Medical Informatics

  • Mingjie Chen, Medical informatics group: An introduction ( slides )
  • Ashay Athalye, Machine learning characterization and prediction of intrinsically disordered protein interactions: A focus on BRCA 1 (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) ( slides )
  • Arul Prasad, The significance of disordered residues in bacterial drug resistance and SNP interactions in relation to disease associations (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) ( slides )
  • Kara Luo, Computer simulation of biosynthetic drug modifications to improve binding activity (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) ( slides )
Prof. Srini Devadas and Daniel Lu
Prof. Srini Devadas and Daniel Lu

10:00 am Session 9: Medical Informatics and Computational Biology

  • Andrew Li, Exploring multi-conformational modeling and flexibility of molecular recognition features in improving drug docking (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) ( slides )
  • Daniel Lu, Investigating drug synergy mechanisms of disordered protein-related diseases (mentor Dr. Gil Alterovitz) ( slides )
  • Laura Braverman and Betsy Pu, Genomic and epigenomic signatures of chromosomal domains (mentors Maxim Imakaev and Boryana Doyle) ( slides )
Betsy Pu, Laura Braverman, and two camels
Betsy Pu, Laura Braverman, and two camels

11:15 am Session 10: Computer Science

  • Amy Chou and Justin Kaashoek, Automating generation of programming problems (mentor Rohit Singh) ( slides )
  • Harshal Sheth and Aashish Welling, A garbage collected network stack with CSP threads (mentor Cody Cutler) ( slides )
  • Gregory Barboy, Albert Gerovitch, and Andrew Gritsevskiy, Mobile health surveillance: The development of software tools for monitoring the spread of disease (mentor Dr. Natasha Markuzon, Draper Lab) ( slides )
Michael Colavita
Michael Colavita

1:30 pm Session 11: Computational Biology

  • Michael Colavita, Clustering of pathogenic genes in human coregulatory network (mentor Soheil Feizi) ( slides )
  • Allison Paul, The inference of directed acyclic graphs using spectral clustering (mentor Soheil Feizi) ( slides )
  • Lalita Devadas, Modelling changes in gene expression using five histone modifications (mentor Angela Yen) ( slides )
Allison Paul
Allison Paul

2:45 pm Session 12: Computer Science

  • Diana Ding and Cristian Gutu, SecretRoom: An anonymous chat client (mentor Albert Kwon) ( slides )
  • Akiva Gordon and Krishna Suraj, Improving oblivious RAM protocol through novel eviction and access strategies (mentor Ling Ren) ( slides )
  • Henry Liu and Ethan Zou, Time traveling in multicore processors (mentor Xiangyao Yu) ( slides )
Uma Roy
Uma Roy

4:15 pm Session 13: Mathematics

  • Uma Roy, Infinity crystals for certain generalized quantum groups (mentor Seth Shelley-Abrahamson) ( slides )
  • Niket Gowravaram, XYX Algebras (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) ( slides )
  • Eric Nie, Dual Schubert polynomials (mentor Pavel Galashin) ( slides )
Niket Gowravaram
Niket Gowravaram

5:25 pm Session 14: Mathematics

  • Kenz Kallal, Matt Lipman, and Felix Wang, Equal compositions of rational functions (mentors Thao Thi Thu Do and Prof. Michael Zieve (University of Michigan)) ( slides )
  • Arjun Khandelwal and Joshua Xiong, Linear algebra methods in combinatorics (mentor Chiheon Kim) ( slides )
Felix Wang, Kenz Kallal, and Matt Lipman
Felix Wang, Kenz Kallal, and Matt Lipman