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Jason Parker

Date: September 27, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Enriched algebraic theories, monads, and varieties

Abstract: In this talk, I will summarize the research on enriched algebraic theories, monads, and varieties that I produced with Rory Lucyshyn-Wright during my previous postdoctoral fellowship at Brandon University. I will start by providing a historical overview of the subject, which originated with Birkhoff, Lawvere, and Linton in the 1930s and 1960s. Birkhoff initiated the study of universal algebra by defining the notion of an (equational) variety of algebras, which is a class of algebraic structures axiomatized by certain equations. Lawvere and Linton then established purely categorical formulations of Birkhoff’s varieties, in terms of Lawvere theories and finitary monads on Set. I will then describe the ways in which, over the next 50 years, various researchers generalized Lawvere theories and finitary monads to certain enriched settings, by developing enriched notions of Lawvere theory and monad. None of these frameworks developed an enriched notion of variety, and moreover they were largely formulated for locally presentable bases of enrichment, which exclude many important categories of a topological flavour. Moreover, there was no overarching framework that encompassed all of these works. To address these issues, Rory and I developed notions of enriched Lawvere theory, enriched monad, and enriched variety that encompassed all of these prior works and also extended their applicability to many new mathematical settings (especially in topology and analysis). I will conclude by mentioning some of my current and planned research on this topic, which I will talk about at future seminars.

Slides: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/oqfc2991wtp7uen81nwyp/Calgary_seminar_Sept27.pdf?rlkey=t8s6mju8hcgqc77e4ui7c7eqd&dl=0

Kristine Bauer

Date: September 20, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: CoCalculus from Monads

Abstract: This is a report from team Functor Calculus at the 4th Women in Topology conference.   In earlier work, K. Hess and B. Johnson invented a way of producing what they call “calculus towers” from comonads.  These calculus towers generalize functor calculus, and recover other important examples of towers in topology such as certain towers of localizations.  In joint work with R. Brooks, K. Hess, B. Johnson, J. Rasmusen and B. Schreiner we produced a dualization of the Hess-Johnson machinery.  The resulting “cocalculus towers” recover dual functor calculus, an important co-tower approximating homotopy functors to spectra.  Both types of functor calculus are used to approximate important functors in homotopy theory in a manner similair to the Taylor series approximations of functions, but an important distinction for functors is that it is not always possible to recover the entire series from it’s homogeneous parts.  Using dual calculus, R. McCarthy and several of his students (including me) produced a variety of results which indicated when one can recover the series from the homogeneous pieces.  In this talk, I will explain the generalization of dual calculus to “cocalculus” and explain what kind of results we hope this may lead to in the future.

Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/lmyejafcqe91a1nc52k9o/Peripatetic-Sep-20-2023.pdf?rlkey=lrszpdqdjwcztoa9xjouh5p22&dl=0

Mohamar Rios Flores

Date: September 13, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Counterfactual Logics via Comparative Possibility


In 1973, C. I. Lewis published a landmark text developing a theory of counterfactual logics. The primary goal of the text was in providing a logical framework where one could reason about sentences of the form: “if P were true, then Q would be true”. Such sentences were handled with a new connective and the majority of his text explores the semantics and behavior of this new connective. More general semantics and other connectives were introduced as well and briefly discussed, including a comparative possibility relation. It isn’t until the last chapter of his book that Lewis actually described the syntax for the logics, a reformulation of the semantics, soundness and completeness theorems, and a list of axioms, among other things. This final chapter is unusual for many reasons, the logic and semantics rely on the comparative possibility relation instead of the counterfactual relation and all of the proofs and definitions are written in extremely terse prose. Moreover, this chapter discusses a large family of logics as well as their related modal logics.
In this talk we’ll first go over the sort of counterfactual logic and semantics that Lewis is primarily interested in. Then we’ll discuss the semantics and logic in terms of the comparative possibility relation. Finally, we’ll give an overview of how the soundness and completeness proofs work and where the difficulties lie.

Florian Schwarz

Date: September 6, 2023
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: ICT 616

Title: Categorically generalizing bundles

Abstract: Vector bundles and principal bundles are important objects in differential geometry. Vector bundles over a manifold M are manifolds that are locally isomorphic to the Cartesian product M times V for some vector space V, while principal bundles over M are manifolds that are locally isomorphic to M times G for some Lie group G. I will explain some of the many ways to formulate these ideas categorically which generalize different aspects.
Tangent categories are the categorical generalization of the smooth structure giving rise to the tangent bundle. In them differential bundles generalize vector bundles.
On the other hand, join-restriction categories generalize the concept of locality from differential geometry and can be used to define principal bundles.
In the end I will give an outlook about how to generalize these concepts to infinity categories.

Slides: https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/ncc33lb61x8r53s9gnqdm/bundles_in_categories.pdf?rlkey=pyq8x8hc9tvy4y0f9q2ghv0t2&dl=0

Sacha Ikonicoff

Date: August 16, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: MS 325

Title: Quillen-Barr-Beck cohomology of divided power algebras over an operad

Abstract: Quillen-Barr-Beck (co)homology is a theory which studies the objects of a category where we can make sense of such notions as “modules” and “derivations”. More precisely, in his thesis, Beck defined a general notion of modules and derivations in a sufficiently nice category. These notions where popularised by Quillen, who introduced a cohomology theory for commutative rings, known as the André-Quillen cohomology, by studying something called the cotangent complex for these rings.

An operad is a device which encodes types of algebras. We can also use operads to define categories of divided power algebras, which have additional monomial operations. These divided power structures appear notably in the simplicial setting.

The aim of this talk is to show how André-Quillen cohomology generalises to several categories of algebras using the notion of operad. We will introduce modules and derivations, but also a representing object for modules – known as the universal envelopping algebra – and for derivations – known as the module of Kähler differentials – which will allow us to build an analogue of the cotangent complex. We will see how these notions allow us to recover known cohomology theories on many categories of algebras, while they provide somewhat exotic new notions when applied to divided power algebras.

Alexanna (Xanna) Little

Date: August 2, 2023
Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Semantics for Non-Determinism in Categorical Message Passing Language

Abstract: Categorical Message Passing Language (CaMPL) is a functional style concurrent programming language with a categorical semantics. In this talk, we explore the categorical semantics, programming syntax, and proof theory representations for CaMPL. This includes the sequential functions with input and output values (which become messages), concurrent processes, communication channels, message passing along channels between processes, and races which introduce non-determinism in CaMPL.

Slides: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rcwzh6lm9j41qt/Calgary_Peripatetic_Seminar_2023-08-02_Little.pdf?dl=0

Priyaa Srinivasan

Date: July 21, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Normalizing resistor circuits

Abstract: A classical Electrical Engineering problem is to determine whether two networks of resistors are equivalent. The standard solution is to use a process of eliminating internal nodes (the star/mesh transformation) which may be seen as a rewriting procedure. In the EE literature this is organized into a matrix problem which can be solved by a Gaussian elimination procedure. This approach essentially works for resistances taken from the positive reals while secretly using negatives. However,  it cannot handle negative resistances. Negative resistances, while counter-intuitive, arise in stabilizer quantum mechanics where networks of “resistors” over finite fields occur. The rewriting approach as compared to the matrix approach is more general and works for any positive division rig. We shall discuss how the rewriting theory can be modified to handle negatives. 

In this talk we shall start by introducing categories of resistors. These are “hypergraph categories” whose maps are generated by resistors. Resistors are then self-dual maps satisfying certain formal properties (including an infinite family of star-mesh equalities). The problem of network equivalence is, thus, the decision problem for maps in these categories. The fact that there is a terminating and confluent rewriting system not only solves the decision problem (up to certain equalities) but also has the effect of guaranteeing, very basically, the associativity of the composition. 

Work with: Robin Cockett and Amolak Kalra

Abstract courtesy: Robin (at FMCS ’23)

Florian Schwarz

Date: April 27, 2023
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Partial monoids

Abstract: A partial monoid is a set A with a multiplication and a unit, but the multiplication is only defined on a certain subset of pairs. This means the multiplication m:AxA -> A is a partial map, a map that is only defined on a certain subset of its domain. The category of finite commutative partial monoids is an important ingredient for the construction of tangent infinity categories where a bicategory of spans of partial monoids encodes a weakly commutative ring structure. As partial maps are generalized by restriction categories one can directly generalize the definition of a partial monoid in any restriction category.
I will present a certain restriction category B of bags (a.k.a. multisets) with a partial monoid in it. Any partial monoid in any join restriction category X is induced through a functor from B to X which means the partial monoid in B is the generic partial monoid. This characterization of partial monoids is analogous to the concept of a Lawvere theory of an algebraic structure.

Rachel Hardeman Morrill

Date: March 3, 2023
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Path Categories in A-Homotopy Theory

Abstract: A-homotopy theory is a discrete homotopy theory for graphs. While A-homotopy theory has many of the nice properties of the classical homotopy theory on topological spaces, we would like to know if it also has a nice structure to work with as well. We are pursuing this structure through path categories and homotopy type theory. In this talk, I will discuss why path categories might be the right option to get the structure that we are looking for in A-homotopy theory and how we can define a path category on the category of graphs (or something very close to it). This is joint work with Dr. Laura Scull.

Florian Schwarz

Date: February 23, 2023
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: ICT 616

Title: Principal bundles in Join restriction categories

Abstract: Principal bundles arise in different areas of matematics with different definitions. However, they all have in common some kind of local triviality. Here I will present some work in progress on generalizing these in terms of join restriction categories, a notion that means to capture properties of partial maps.
Most of the time we will spend on join-restriction categories and their properties. Then, abstracting concepts from differential geometry, we will consider fiber bundles and principal bundles and see that the existence of a global right action is a consequence and does not need to be demanded.

The slides can be found at https://www.dropbox.com/s/xaj48qzrtfvbvh6/Presentation_join_restriction_bundles.pdf?dl=0