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An NSF/CBMS Regional Conference in the Mathematical Sciences

Applications of Polynomial Systems

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, Texas
June 4 - 8, 2018

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Conference Information


Requests for financial support: April 15
Rooms on TCU campus: May 1 David Cox

Principal Speaker

The principal lecturer is David A. Cox the William J. Walker Professor of Mathematics at Amherst College. Professor Cox will present 10 one-hour lectures.

Professor Cox is a world-renowned master expositor and award-winning author of several popular and highly-cited books in applied algebraic geometry. While this field of mathematics dates back at least as far as the 18th century, modern developments in the affordability of computers with substantial memory and parallel processing power have led to a modern renaissance in both practical applications and new computational questions. Professor Cox’s lectures will discuss historical developments of the area in light of modern perspectives, leading right up to current research and applications to such diverse fields as computer aided design, rigidity of mechanical linkages, and chemical reaction networks. Each pair of lectures by Professor Cox will develop a chosen topic and be followed by a further lecture by a specialist he has hand-picked to provide a deeper look at the forefront of current research on that topic. Additional conference activities will help participants develop a broad and deep understanding of current research problems while also providing opportunities for participants to interact with leaders in the area and with each other.

Professor Cox will lecture on the study of polynomial systems via methods of algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, including 1) a history of results underpinning computational methods in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra; 2) modern computational approaches to solving polynomial systems and recent advances; and 3) a selection of current applications, with an eye toward helping participants solve their own applied problems. Specific lecture pair topics will include Elimination Theory, Polynomial Systems in the Real World, Geometric Modeling, Geometric Constraint Theory, and Chemical Reaction Networks. Supplementary conference activities will include a poster session, a software demonstration, a panel discussion, and a problem session designed to help new researchers enter the field through active participation.

Lecture Guide (2018)
Abstracts of Professor Cox's talks (2017)
Slides of Professor Cox's talks (2018)

Additional Speakers

Abstracts of additional talks

Poster session abstracts

Software demo slides

Jon's slides on alpha-theory
File describing the examples from Jon's Bertini demonstration
Files for Jon's examples
Jose's code
Margaret's slides
Dani's slides


David Cox: Introduction
David Cox Lecture 1: Elimination Theory in the 18th and 19th Centuries
David Cox Lecture 2: Elimination Theory in the 20th Century
Carlos D'Andrea: Elimination Theory in the 21st century
David Cox Lecture 3: Numerical Polynomials via Linear Algebra
David Cox Lecture 4: Homotopy Continuation and Applications
Jon Hauenstein: Applications of Sampling in Numerical Algebraic Geometry
David Cox Lecture 5: Geometric Modeling: Geometry
David Cox Lecture 6: Geometric Modeling: Algebra
Hal Schenck: Rees algebras, syzygies, and computational geometry
David Cox Lecture 7: Geometry of Rigidity
David Cox Lecture 8: Combinatorics of Rigidity
Jessica Sidman: Polynomial methods and rigidity theory
David Cox Lecture 9: The Classical Theory of Chemical Reactions
David Cox Lecture 10: Toric Dynamical Systems
Alicia Dickenstein: Algebraic methods for the study of biochemical reaction networks

Group photo Photo of female participants


The conference is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DMS-1741730), by the TCU College of Science and Engineering, and by the TCU Department of Mathematics. Financial support is available to help defer the travel and living expenses of some participants. Such support can be requested on the registration form. Requests for support must be received by April 15 to be given full consideration, and funding decisions will be announced by May 1. Graduate students, recent PhDs, and members of underrepresented groups in mathematics are especially encouraged to apply.


José Carrión
Greg Friedman
Eric Hanson
Scott Nollet
Efton Park

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