# Scientific

## Sums of Fibonacci numbers close to a power of 2

**Elchin Hasanalizade (University of Lethbridge, Canada)**

The Fibonacci sequence \(F(n) : (n\geq 0) is the binary recurrence sequence defined by

$$

F(0) = F(1) = 1 \qquad \mbox{and} \\

F(n+2) = F(n+1) + F(n) \qquad \forall n \geq 0.

$$

There is a broad literature on the Diophantine equations involving the Fibonacci numbers. In this talk, we will study the Diophantine inequality

$$

\left\lvert F(n) + F(m) − 2a\right\rvert < 2a/2

$$

in positive integers n,m and a with $n \geq m$. The main tools used are lower bounds for linear forms in logarithms due to Matveev and Dujella-Petho version of the Baker-Davenport reduction method in Diophantine approximation.

## Quadratic Twists of Modular L-functions

The behavior of quadratic twists of modular L-functions at the critical point is related both to coefficients of half integer weight modular forms and data on elliptic curves. Here we describe a proof of an asymptotic for the second moment of this family of L-functions, previously available conditionally on the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis by the work of Soundararajan and Young. Our proof depends on deriving

an optimal large sieve type bound.

This event is part of the PIMS CRG Group on L-Functions in Analytic Number Theory. More details can be found on the webpage here: https://sites.google.com/view/crgl-functions/crg-weekly-seminar

## AI for Science; and the Implication for Mathematics

Modern machine learning has had remarkable success in all kinds of AI applications, and is also poised to change fundamentally the way we do research in traditional areas of science and engineering. In this talk, I will give an overview of some of the recent progress made in this exciting new direction and the theoretical and practical issues that I consider most important.

## Moments and Periods for GL(3)

In the past century, the studies of moments of L-functions have been important in number theory and are well-motivated by a variety of arithmetic applications. This talk will begin with two problems in elementary number theory, followed by a survey of techniques in the past and the present. We will slowly move towards the perspectives of period integrals which will be used to illustrate the interesting structures behind moments. In particular, we shall focus on the “Motohashi phenomena”.

## Extreme Values of the Riemann Zeta Function and Dirichlet L-functions at the Critical Points of the Zeta Function

We compute extreme values of the Riemann Zeta function at the critical points of the zeta function in the critical strip. i.e. the points where $\zeta'(s) = 0$ and $\mathfrak{R}s< 1.$. We show that the values taken by the zeta function at these points are very similar to the extreme values taken without any restrictions. We will show geometric significance of such points.

We also compute extreme values of Dirichlet L-functions at the critical points of the zeta function, to the right of $\mathfrak{R}s=1$. It shows statistical independence of L-functions and zet function in a certain way as these values are very similar to the values taken by L-functions without any restriction.

## Learning Tasks in the Wasserstein Space

Detecting differences and building classifiers between distributions, given only finite samples, are important tasks in a number of scientific fields. Optimal transport (OT) has evolved as the most natural concept to measure the distance between distributions and has gained significant importance in machine learning in recent years. There are some drawbacks to OT: computing OT can be slow, and it often fails to exploit reduced complexity in case the family of distributions is generated by simple group actions.

If we make no assumptions on the family of distributions, these drawbacks are difficult to overcome. However, in the case that the measures are generated by push-forwards by elementary transformations, forming a low-dimensional submanifold of the Wasserstein manifold, we can deal with both of these issues on a theoretical and on a computational level. In this talk, we’ll show how to embed the space of distributions into a Hilbert space via linearized optimal transport (LOT), and how linear techniques can be used to classify different families of distributions generated by elementary transformations and perturbations. The proposed framework significantly reduces both the computational effort and the required training data in supervised learning settings. We demonstrate the algorithms in pattern recognition tasks in imaging and provide some medical applications.

This is joint work with Alex Cloninger, Keaton Hamm, Harish Kannan, Varun Khurana, and Jinjie Zhang.

## Effect of Dependence on the Convergence of Empirical Wasserstein Distance

The Wasserstein distance is a powerful tool in modern machine learning to metrize the space of probability distributions in a way that takes into account the geometry of the domain. Therefore, a lot of attention has been devoted in the literature to understanding rates of convergence for Wasserstein distances based on i.i.d data. However, often in machine learning applications, especially in reinforcement learning, object tracking, performative prediction, and other online learning problems, observations are received sequentially, rendering some inherent temporal dependence. Motivated by this observation, we attempt to understand the problem of estimating Wasserstein distances using the natural plug-in estimator based on stationary beta-mixing sequences, a widely used assumption in the study of dependent processes. Our rates of convergence results are applicable under both short and long-range dependence. As expected, under short-range dependence, the rates match those observed in the i.i.d. case. Interestingly, however, even under long-range dependence, we can show that the rates can match those in the i.i.d. case provided the (intrinsic) dimension is large enough. Our analysis establishes a non-trivial trade-off between the degree of dependence and the complexity of certain function classes on the domain. The key technique in our proofs is a blend of the big-block-small-block method coupled with Berbee’s lemma and chaining arguments for suprema of empirical processes.

## Influence of the endothelial surface layer on the motion of red blood cells

The endothelial lining of blood vessels presents a large surface area for exchanging materials between blood and tissues. The endothelial surface layer (ESL) plays a critical role in regulating vascular permeability, hindering leukocyte adhesion as well as inhibiting coagulation during inflammation. Changes in the ESL structure are believed to cause vascular hyperpermeability and induce thrombus formation during sepsis. In addition, ESL topography is relevant for the interactions between red blood cells (RBCs) and the vessel wall, including the wall-induced migration of RBCs and formation of a cell-free layer. To investigate the influence of the ESL on the motion of RBCs, we construct two models to represent the ESL using the immersed boundary method in two dimensions. In particular, we use simulations to study how lift force and drag force change over time when a RBC is placed close to the ESL as thethickness, spatial variation, and permeability of the ESL vary. We find that spatial variation has a significant effect on the wall-induced migration of the RBC when the ESL is highly permeable and that the wall-induced migration can be significantly inhibited by the presence of a thick ESL.

## Siegel-Veech transform

In this talk, I will talk about the Siegel-Veech transform, and how it can be used to count the number of cylinders (of bounded length) on a translation surface. This counting result relies amongst other tools, on the ergodicity of the SL(2, R) action on the moduli space of translation surfaces. This talk will not assume prior knowledge of translation surfaces, and most of the techniques used will be techniques coming from homogeneous dynamics.

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## Pointwise ergodic theorem along a subsequence of integers

After Birkhoff’s Pointwise Ergodic Theorem was proved in 1931, there have been many attempts to generalize the theorem along a subsequence of the integers instead of taking the entire se- quence (n). In this talk, we will present the following result of Roger Jones and Máté Wierdl:

If a sequence (an) satisfies an+1/an ≥ +1 + 1/(log n)12−ε , for some ε > 0, then in any aperiodic dynamical system (X, Σ, μ, T), we can always find a function f ∈ L2 such that the Cesàro averages along the se- quence (an) which is defined by An∈[N] f (Tan x) := N1 ∑ f (Tan x) (0.1) n∈[N] fail to converge in a set of positive measure.