Plancherel lecture 2015

Monday December 7, 2015, 17:30
Reception-apéro starts at 17:00
University of Fribourg, Pérolles II, Auditorium G120

Bernd Sturmfels
UC Berkeley
Beyond Linear Algebra

Linear algebra is the foundation of scientific computing and its numerous applications. Yet, the world is nonlinear. In this lecture we argue that it pays off to work with models that are described by nonlinear polynomials, while still taking advantage of the power of numerical linear algebra. We offer a glimpse of applied algebraic geometry, by discussing current trends in tensor decomposition, polynomial optimization, and algebraic statistics.
Students will especially enjoy the illustrations of these concepts by many colourful pictures.

There will be a dinner after the lecture at brasserie du boulevard
(click for [menu options] and a [location map]).
Please register before December 1st by e-mail at

Directions to the lecture hall: from Fribourg/Freiburg train station take bus number 1 or 3 to "Pérolles Charmettes'', then refer to this [map], see also
a [map of the building]

For any additional information please e-mail