MIT PRIMES (Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students) Conference

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Virtual Event

Tenth Annual Fall Term Conference, October 17-18, 2020

Open to the public

Saturday, October 17


10:20 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

10:35-11:55 am: Session 1

Yunseo Choi, "Racial impact on infections and deaths due to COVID-19 in New York City" (mentor Prof. James Unwin, University of Illinois at Chicago)
William Li, "Lebesgue measure preserving Thompson's monoid" (mentor Prof. Sergiy Merenkov, CCNY – CUNY)
Joshua Guo, Karthik Seetharaman, and Ilaria Seidel, "Upho posets" (mentor Yibo Gao)
Quanlin (Andy) Chen, Tianze (Peter) Jiang, and Yuxiao (Tom) Wang, "On the Generational Behavior of Gaussian Binomial Coefficients at Root of Unity" (mentor Calder Morton-Ferguson)
Quanlin (Andy) Chen, "The Center of the 
-Weyl Algebra over Rings with Torsion" (mentor Calder Morton-Ferguson)
Yuxiao (Tom) Wang, "Asymptotics for iterating the Lusztig-Vogan Bijection for 
GLn on Dominant Weights" (mentor Calder Morton-Ferguson)

12:00-1:00 pm: Session 2

Alexander Zhang, "On quasisymmetric functions with two bordering variables" (mentor Andrey Khesin)
Holden Mui, "Generating symmetric functions of every arity" (mentor Dr. Zeb Brady)
Ankit Bisain, "The Bernardi formula for non-transitive deformations of the braid arrangement" (mentor Eric Hanson, Brandeis University)
William Shi, "Refinements of product formulas for volumes of flow polytopes" (mentor Prof. Alejandro Morales, UMass Amherst)

1:15-1:45 pm: Virtual Chat with PRIMES Chief Research Advisor Prof. Pavel Etingof and Head Mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova (for students and parents)

2:00-2:50 pm: Session 3

Vishaal Ram, "Applications of a modified age-structured SIR model" (mentor Prof. Laura Schaposnik, University of Illinois at Chicago)
Srinath Mahankali, "Velocity inversion using the quadratic Wasserstein metric" (mentor Dr. Yunan Yang, Courant Institute, New York University)
Samuel Florin, Matthew Ho, and Rahul Thomas, "Group testing via zero-error channel capacity" (mentor Dr. Zilin Jiang)

3:00-4:00 pm: Session 4

Justin Wu, "Borel cohomology of Sn mapping spaces" (mentor Ishan Levy)
Alvin Chen, "K-semistability of smooth toric Fano varieties" (mentor Kai Huang)
Honglin Zhu, "Irreducible characters for Verma modules for the orthosymplectic Lie superalgebra osp(3|4)" (mentor Arun Kannan)
Kenta Suzuki, "Value sharing of meromorphic functions" (mentor Prof. Michael Zieve, University of Michigan)

4:15-5:10 pm: Session 5

Brian Liu, "The geometry of harmonic maps in genus one" (mentor Prof. Dhruv Ranganathan, Cambridge, UK)
Fiona Abney-McPeek, Serena An, and Jakin Ng, "The Stembridge equality for skew dual stable Grothendieck polynomials" (mentor YiYu (Adela) Zhang)
Adithya Balachandran, Andrew Huang, and Simon Sun, "Product expansions of q-character polynomials" (mentor Dr. Nir Gadish)

Sunday, October 18

Computer Science

9:25 am: Welcoming Remarks

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

9:35-10:35 am: Session 6

Beining (Cathy) Zhou, "A High-order cumulant-based sparse ruler for improved lag generation" (mentor Hanshen Xiao)
Matthew Ding, "Relay protocol for approximate Byzantine consensus" (mentor Hanshen Xiao)
Linda Chen, "Reducing round complexity of Byzantine broadcast" (mentor Jun Wan)
Jason Yang, "On updating and querying submatrices" (mentor Jun Wan)

10:50-12:00 pm: Session 7

Benjamin Chen, "Towards practical ambiguity sets" (mentor Kyle Hogan)
Yavor Litchev and Abigail Thomas, "Hybrid privacy scheme" (mentor Yu Xia)
Ho Tin (Alex) Fan and Alvin Lu, "Parallel batch-dynamic subgraph maintenance" (mentor Jessica Shi)
Kevin Zhao, "Text is an image: Augmentation via embedding mixing" (mentors Prof. Anna Rumshisky and Vladislav Lialin, UMass Lowell)

12:15-12:45 pm: Virtual Chat with PRIMES Computer Science Section Coordinator Prof. Srini Devadas and mentors (for students and parents)

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

1:00-2:05 pm: Session 8

Anish Mudide, "SARS-CoV-2 drug discovery based on intrinsically disordered regions" (mentor Prof. Gil Alterovitz)
Varun Suraj, "Developing clinical decision support systems for cancer and COVID-19 precision medicine" (mentor Prof. Gil Alterovitz)
Daniel Xu, "Network based digital contact tracing and testing strategies for the COVID-19 pandemic" (mentor Dr. Jesse Geneson, Iowa State University)
Tanisha Saxena and Daniel Xu, "Graph alignment-based protein comparison" (mentor Younhun Kim)

2:20-3:20 pm: Session 9

Sarah Chen, "In silico prediction of retained intron-derived neoantigens in leukemia" (mentors Dr. Nicoletta Cieri, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Kari Stromhaug)
Mikhail Alperovich, "Data driven quality control for single-cell RNA sequencing analysis" (mentor Dr. Ayshwarya Subramanian, Broad Institute)
Neil Chowdhury, "Modeling the effect of histone methylation on chromosomal organization in colon cancer cells" (mentor Dr. Maksim Imakaev)
Vishnu Emani, "Statistical ranking model for candidate genes in rare genetic disorders" (mentor Dr. Pankaj Agrawal, Boston Children's Hospital)


3:35-4:45 pm: Session 10

Jessica Zhang, "Tight contact structures on the solid torus" (mentor Prof. Zhenkun Li, Stanford University)
William Qin, "Colored HOMFLY polynomials of genus-2 pretzel knots" (mentor Yakov Kononov, Columbia University)
Daniel Hong, Hyunwoo (David) Lee, and Alex Wei, "Optimal solutions and ranks in the max-cut SDP" (mentor Dr. Diego Cifuentes)
Richard Chen, Jason Tang, and Nathan Xiong, "Few distance sets in p spaces and p product spaces" (mentor Feng Gui)

5:00-6:15 pm: Session 11

Katherine Tung, "The Sperner property for 132-avoiding intervals in the weak order" (mentor Christian Gaetz)
Andrew Cai, "Ratios of Naruse-Newton coefficients obtained from descent polynomials" (mentor Pakawut Jiradilok)
Sean Li, "The Penney's Game with group action" (mentor Dr. Tanya Khovanova)
Tae Kyu Kim, "On generalized Carmichael numbers" (mentor Yongyi Chen)
William Wang, "Planar embeddings of periodic time-dependent graphs" (mentor Dr. Jesse Geneson, Iowa State University)

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