Mathematics Colloquium

The mathematics colloquium is a monthly scientific activity organised by the IRMP. It consists of a one-hour talk in which the speaker presents a theme related to research in mathematics. The target audience is general and includes all IRMP members: doctoral students, post-docs and professors from all research fields. Masters students are also welcome.

Colloquium coordinator : Prof. Tom CLAEYS

Upcoming events 

Thursday February 22 16h15 (CYCL01)

Speaker: Prof. Jean-Charles Delvenne (ICTEAM - UCLouvain)

Markov chains, transport theory and statistical physics

Abstract: We look at the following motivating problem: how to move an electronic memory from a 'zero' state to a 'one' state, at minimal energy cost? Mathematically, this amounts to design a Markov chain that drives a certain probability measure (encoding a 'zero') towards another one (a 'one') through an 'optimal' path --- an avatar of Gaspard Monge's so-called 'earth mover problem', at the core of transport theory. We explore various recent results and conjectures around this theme at the interface of statistical physics and Markov chain theory. We support these by illustrations on realistic simulations on electronic memories.