**Meetings**: Tuesdays 5-7pm, 959 Evans Hall.

** Schedule **

Date | Speaker | Topic |

9/5 | Nikhil Bansal2pm, second floor of Simons | Algorithmic Banaszczyk Theorem |

9/12 | Archit | Approximation Alg for Permanent of PSD Matrices |

9/19 | Satyaki | Stein's method, after Chatterjee's Thesis |

9/26 | Soumendu | Jerrum-Sinclair-Vigoda |

10/3 | Theo | Jerrum-Sinclair-Vigoda cont'd |

10/10 | Nick | Helton-Vinnikov, Spectral Factorization |

10/17 | Jonathan | Branden, Obstructions to determinantal representability |

10/24 | Jess | The Lovasz Theta Function for Random Regular Graphs, [arxiv] |

10/31 | Soumendu | The Method of Moments |

11/7 | Aaron | Random Spanning Trees |

11/14 | No seminar, MSRI talk at 3:30 | Matrix Valued Log-concave Functions |