**Alan Lindsay**

**Assistant Professor**

**Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics**

**3:30 PM**

**127 Hayes-Healy**

**First passage time problems in heterogeneous and dynamic environments **

Random dispersal is a fundamental transport mechanism in many physical, biological and social systems. An important statistic associated with such systems is the first passage time (FTP) - the distribution of times for which reacting components come into contact. In this talk I will discuss mathematical aspects and results pertaining to this problem and in particular treatment of factors such as heterogeneity and dynamics of the environment. Typically, the focus is on factors which combine to result in the lowest possible first passage time. This gives rise to many interesting optimizations problems.

**List of Speakers:**

Apr. 30 | Alan Lindsay - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Apr. 23 | Jason MacLean - Department of Neurobiology, University of Chicago |

Apr. 16 | Daniel Molzahn - Dow Sustainability Fellow, University of Michigan |

Apr. 9 | Zoltan Toroczkai - Physics |

Apr. 2 | Martina Bukač - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Mar. 19 | Daniel Brake - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Feb. 19 | Dhagash Mehta - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Feb. 12 | Holly Goodson - Chemistry and Biochemistry |

Feb. 5 | Joseph Powers - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering |

Jan. 27 | Yunhua Xue - Nankai University and University of Dartmouth, Massachusetts |

Jan. 22, 2015 | Ava Mauro - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Dec. 10 | Nicolas Brunel - Department of Statistics and Neurobiology, University of Chicago |

Dec. 3 | Amy Buchmann - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Nov. 19 | Pinar Zorlutuna - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering |

Nov. 12 | Ling Xu - Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics |

Oct. 29 | Joel Boerckel - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering |

Oct. 15 | Zhangli Peng - Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering |

Oct. 8 | Tim Weninger - Computer Science and Engineering |

Oct. 1, 2014 | Dervis Can Vural - Physics |