Fall Meeting 2012

The Fall meeting will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, in the Clipper Room in Shriver Hall on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University.

Our speaker will be Wojciech Czaja, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Professor Czaja will present a lecture entitled "Modern Harmonic analysis and its Biomedical applications."  An abstract is below.

You are also cordially invited to attend the pre-lecture dinner with the speaker.

Fall Meeting Poster [PDF, 18KB]


The pre-lecture dinner will be held at Gertrude's Restaurant in the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is next to the Johns Hopkins campus.  Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Four entrees are available for your selection: Gertie's Crab Cake, Salmon alla Bella, Five-Spice Chicken, and Southeast Asian Vegetable Curry. A set price of $36.00 is inclusive of an appetizer (choice of soup or salad), entree choice, all soft beverages (sodas, coffee, tea, etc.), choice of dessert, tax and gratuity.

To attend the dinner, please send your entrée choice along with your check for the appropriate amount (made out to SIAM Washington-Baltimore Section) early enough to be received by Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to our President, Jeff Sieracki, PO Box 1011, College Park, MD, 20741.

PLEASE include your full name, email address and phone number with your check so that we can send you a confirmation of your reservation and may contact you in the event of any unexpected changes. If you cannot get your check to him by that date and you still want to come to dinner, then please email either the President or the Treasurer by Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at [email protected] or [email protected], respectively. We can accommodate at most fifteen diners on this occasion, so please be sure to reserve in advance.

Our events attract both members and non-members of SIAM and are always lively, friendly, and informative. We look forward to seeing you there.


Title: Modern Harmonic Analysis and its Biomedical Applications

Wojciech Czaja
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Abstract:  Harmonic analysis is constantly changing and redefining itself. In this talk we shall present some of the most recent novel concepts and ideas that have shaped this field since the advent of the 21st century. The topics we shall cover include directional representations, nonlinear dimension reduction and manifold learning, compressive sensing, and heterogeneous data fusion. We shall illustrate the strength and beauty of these developments by presenting some of their applications in the field of biomedical sciences. We will see how harmonic analysis helps solve problems that arise in various modes of medical imaging or computed tomography, as well as those from genetic analysis.

Location & Parking

The Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University is in Baltimore near 33rd and Charles Streets. The lecture will be held in the Clipper Room in Shriver Hall. Gertrude's Restaurant is in the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), which is next to the campus. You may refer to the Homewood Campus and Parking Map, available at http://www.parking.jhu.edu/general_maps.html, for the exact location of both venues.

Driving to BMA from I-695 (points East, North, and West): Take exit #23 to I-83 South (Jones Falls Expressway). Follow I-83 several miles to 28th Street eastbound exit. On 28th Street, go to the fourth traffic light, and turn left onto North Howard Street. Go one block on Howard Street, crossing 29th Street, and bear right at the fork onto Art Museum Drive. The BMA will be on your left.

Driving to BMA from I-95 or MD-295 (points South): If coming on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD-295), follow it to the end and you'll be on Russell Street. If coming on I-95, take the Russell Street exit. On Russell Street go over the bridge, exit into the right lane, and follow the signs onto Martin Luther King Boulevard. On Martin Luther King Boulevard go past U.S. 40; get into the center lane. After passing Druid Hill Avenue stay in your lane and bear left onto North Howard Street. Go past North Avenue and continue until you pass 29th Street. Bear around to the right at the fork onto Art Museum Drive. The BMA will be on your left.

There are three parking options:
  1. On-Street metered parking along Art Museum Drive --
    E-Z Park Meters accept coins, debit cards, and credit cards. After pre-paying, simply display the printed parking receipt on the dashboard of your vehicle. The rate is $0.50 per hour.

  2. BMA-Gated Parking Lots--
    There is a flat parking rate of $6 from 5 p.m. until midnight.

  3. JHU Homewood Campus (South Parking Garage and Metered Faculty Lots)--
    You may refer to http://www.parking.jhu.edu/general_maps.html, for visitor parking locations. There is a flat parking rate of $6 from 3:45 p.m. until midnight at the garage, and $2 per hour at the meters with a maximum charge of $6, valid until the end of the day. You may refer to the website below for updated parking information: http://www.parking.jhu.edu/parking_visitors.html#meterfac.

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