2019-2021 Seminar Series

Spring 2021

Monday, March 29th

Speaker: Dr. Hayley Iben, Duquesne computer science alumna, Director of Engineering at Pixar
Time: 4:30pm presentation; 5:30pm: Learn about Dr. Iben's career path + Q&A
Virtual, Zoom information available upon request (rebholzb@duq.edu)

Title: Simulating Hair for Animated Films

Abstract: Hair simulation in animated feature films presents many challenges, ranging from incorporating artistic control to dealing with extreme, non-physical character motion. In a production environment, hair simulation needs to be fast, stable, and usable without excessive parameter tuning in order to produce content efficiently. These challenges only increase when simulating a variety of hair styles on numerous characters in the film. In this talk I will present our method for stably simulating stylized hair that addresses these artistic needs and performance demands. In addition to the underlying hair model that defines the physical motion, I will discuss various artistic controls and approaches used to produce our final hair simulations in several feature films.

Monday, March 8th

Speaker: James Matuk, Duquesne Mathematics alumni and Ph.D. Candidate in Statistics at Ohio State University
Time:  2pm presentation, 3pm Q&A with students about graduate school
Virtual presentation, Zoom information available upon request (rebholzb@duq.edu)

Title: Shape-Based Classification of Curves

Abstract: Functional Data Analysis and Statistical Shape Analysis are research areas in statistics that are concerned with the summarization, visualization, classification, prediction, and inference for data that vary over a continuum. Of particular interest are planar curves which are useful in describing boundaries of objects in images. In this talk, I will begin with an overview of the primary challenges for analysis of planar curves and the Elastic Shape Analysis (ESA) framework which provides tools for working with these data. Then, I will present a Bayesian model within the ESA framework for shape-based classification of curves that is motivated by an application from environmental anthropology.

Spring 2020

Wednesday, February 19th

Speaker: Ms. Coralyn McCauley
Time:  2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Location:  College Hall 449

Refreshments will be provided

Title: Employment opportunities for math majors

During the seminar, Coralyn McCauley (DU Career Development Seminar) will provide an overview of Handshake, an online tool for finding internships and jobs. We will also discuss what job titles you might look for when searching for employment opportunities and how to create a resume that highlights your skills as a math major.

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Fall 2019

Wednesday, December 4th

Speaker: Dr. Frank D'Amico
Time:  2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Location:  College Hall 449

Refreshments will be provided

Title: " Data Science : Review and Application "

Wednesday, October 23rd

Speaker: Amanda Sgroi
Time:  2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Location:  College Hall 449

Refreshments will be provided

Title: Towards Autonomy

Monday, October 7th

Speaker: Brittany Auld
Time:  10:00 am - 10:50 am 
Location:  COLH 446

Refreshments will be provided

Title:  Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education

Brittany Auld, senior at Duquesne University who is dual majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education-Mathematics will share her summer experience participating in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education program (summer@BSME).

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