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Tenth Annual PRIMES Spring Term Conference, June 6-7, 2020

Note: Tenth Annual Fall Term Conference will be held in October 2020

Zoom webinar

Open to the public

Conference abstracts booklet

Saturday, June 6


10:00 am Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Michel Goemans, Head of the MIT Mathematics Department
Prof. Pavel Etingof, PRIMES Chief Research Advisor
Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director

10:15 am Session 1: PRIMES STEP

Isha Agarwal, Matvey Borodin, Aidan Duncan, Kaylee Ji, Shane Lee, Boyan Litchev, Anshul Rastogi, Garima Rastogi, and Andrew Zhao (PRIMES STEP Senior group), A Penney for our thoughts: A story of a series of games and an Avaricious Duo (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) (slides)
Eric Chen, William Du, Tanmay Gupta, Alicia Li, Srikar Mallajosyula, Matthew Qian, Rohith Raghavan, Arkajyoti Sinha, Maya Smith, and Samuel Wang (PRIMES STEP Junior group), Hidden dimension of SET: The classification of magic SET squares (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova) (slides)

Hawa Hamidou Tabayi

11:00 am Session 2: PRIMES Circle

Peter Haine, PRIMES Circle Coordinator, Introduction
Anya Ditkoff and Arshia Verma, Random numbers (mentor Natalya Ter-Saakov)
Kaylee Chen, Hawa Hamidou Tabayi, and Alice Zhou, Game theory: A playful presentation (mentor Marisa Gaetz) (slides)
Diego González Gauss and Anthony Zhao, Dynamic programming and applications (mentor Jung Soo (Victor) Chu) (slides)

Kaylee Chen

Diego González Gauss

12:10 pm Session 3: PRIMES Circle

Joaquín Pischner Gutierrez and Jessica He, On group automorphisms (mentor Zhuofan Xie)
Zoe Shleifer and Elena Su, π-ish: Continued fractions (mentor Maya Sankar) (slides)
William Ayinon, How Knot Theory is important to DNA Biology (mentor Kenneth Cox) (slides)
Benjamin Ratin, Surfaces in Knot Theory (mentor Kenneth Cox)

William Ayinon

1:15 pm Session 4: PRIMES Circle

Akhil Kammila and Anshul Rastogi, Evolution of curves via curve shortening flow (mentor Bernardo Hernández Adame) (slides)
Divya Rajaraman and Henry Serrano-Wu, Puzzles in graph theory (mentor Agustin Garcia)
Minghan Sun, Andrew Weinfeld, and Christopher Zhu (PRIMES reading group), Homomorphisms of Graphs: Colorings, Cliques and Transitivity (mentor Younhun Kim) (slides)

Sunday, June 7

Computer Science and Computational Biology

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Slava Gerovitch, PRIMES Program Director
Prof. Srini Devadas, PRIMES Computer Science Section Coordinator

Sanath Govindarajan

9:15 am Session 5

Sanath Govindarajan, Integrating fully homomorphic encryption into the MLIR compiler framework (mentor William Moses) (slides)
Walden Yan, Improvements on description-based neural program synthesis models (mentor William Moses) (slides)
Neel Bhalla, Constructing workflow-centric traces in close to real time for the Hadoop file system (mentor Prof. Raja Sambasivan, Tufts University) (slides)

Neel Bhalla

10:20 am Session 6

Yuxuan (Jason) Chen, Real world application of event-based end to end autonomous driving (mentors Dr. Igor Gilitschenski and Alexander Amini) (slides)
Michael Gerovitch, Visualizing and enhancing environment-aware pedestrian trajectory prediction for autonomous driving (mentor Dr. Igor Gilitschenski) (slides)
Ethan Mendes, Towards a robust defense for imperceptible audio adversarial examples (mentor Kyle Hogan) (slides)

Yuxuan (Jason) Chen

11:25 am Session 7

Patrick Zhang, Privacy-preserving online advertising (mentor Sacha Servan-Schreiber) (slides)
Andrew Shen, Towards verifying application isolation for cryptocurrency hardware wallets (mentor Anish Athalye) (slides)
Alek Westover, The variable-processor cup game (mentor William Kuszmaul) (slides)

Ethan Mendes

12:30 pm Session 8

Jonathan Yin, Predicting receptor activity from structural features of chemical ligands (mentor Dr. Hattie Chung, Broad Institute) (slides)
Aditya Saligrama, Revisiting ensembles in an adversarial context: Improving natural accuracy (mentors Guillaume Leclerc and Prof. Alexander Madry) (slides)

From top left: Srini Devadas, Slava Gerovitch, Ethan Mendes, Alek Westover, Michael Gerovitch, Walden Yan, and Andrew Shen


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