Geometric and dynamical properties of rational maps (GrandDrm)
About the project
This project touches several both classical and newly formulated questions and topics in mathematics. It aims to achieve a better understanding of open Riemann surfaces (such as open proper subsets of spheres and torus, or many other physical objects which one can see around oneself), specifically on the longstanding question (Forster's conjecture) of whether such open surfaces can be nicely embedded into the complex space of dimension 2. This topic is relevant to recent joint work by the PI on an algebraic analog of Oka's theory. The project also aims to detect whether some special constructed geometric objects (such as finite quotients of Abelian varieties) could be rational varieties, the latter being developed by the masters of geometry in the 19th century. This topic will be used to construct pathological examples of very nice algebraic varieties with transformational groups having very strong properties. The study of transformational groups on rational varieties is used also to construct other pathological examples of selfmaps having less periodic points than expected. One other major question considered in the project is a fairly recent conjecture (based on advancement in dynamical systems in Several Complex Variables) by the PI generalising Weil's Riemann hypothesis. The latter is an algebraic analog of the famous unsolved Riemann hypothesis, and itself has been crucial for the development of Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory since 1960s, and work on its proof has been recognised by Fields medal and Abel's prize to Deligne. The PI has solved a weaker version of the mentioned conjecture in the affirmative, and recently the conjecture has been solved (also in the affirmative) for the special case of Abelian varieties. The knowledge from Dynamical Systems and Geometry aspects of the project can be beneficial to understanding the convergence behaviour of Gradient Descent, a very popular and effective method in optimisation  with many applications.
Objectives and Potential Impacts
The project encompasses the following fields: Dynamical Systems, Several Complex Variables and Algebraic Geometry. It will use Computer Algebra (both formally such as Groebner basis or numerically such as homotopy method in Bertini) in helping to solve large systems of polynomial systems. It can be benefited from and beneficial to Deep Learning. On the one hand, Deep Learning techniques have been now used in Algebraic Geometry to help with giving a first good indication what should be the correct answer in case a precise answer is difficult to obtain (for example, a polynomial system is too big that formal algorithms cannot terminate in a reasonable time). There is also now growing interest in applying Deep Learning to Automated Proof Checking  which when successful will surely influence the whole mathematics and has reciprocal effect to computations and applications (via Curry  Howard correspondence, which roughly says that checking the correctness of mathematical proofs are is the same as programming verification). On the other hand, Deep Learning uses crucially numerical (= iterative) optimisation methods, which are essentially the same as random dynamical systems, and the behaviour of sequences constructed by such numerical methods could be understood by researching the relevant geometric features of the space and the optimisation method under consideration.
PhD student and Postdoc recruited
Fall 2020  current: Fei Hu (postdoc).
Fall 2020  current: Viktor Balch Barth (PhD student).
Conferences/Workshops organised
Spring 2021: Seminar series on (Weil)'s Riemann hypothesis, Standard conjectures (including Hodge's conjecture) and Dynamical systems. Coorganised by Fei Hu and Tuyen Trung Truong. [Seminar's website]
June 2022: Conference on Dynamical systems and systems of equations, at Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi, Pisa, Italy. Coorganised by Cinzia Bisi, Viktor Balch Barth, Fei Hu, Stefano Luzzatto and Tuyen Trung Truong. [Conference's website]
Talks (seminars, conferences...)
Tuyen Trung Truong presents a talk at the Complex Geometry, Dynamical Systems and Foliation theory conference, CIRM Luminy (France), October 2022.
Viktor Balch Barth presents a seminar talk at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), October 2022.
Tuyen Trung Truong presents a talk at the Workshop in Complex Geometry, University of Bochum (Germany), September 2022.
Tuyen Trung Truong presents a talk at the special session on Complex Analysis and Geometry, the 28th Nordic Congress of Mathematicians, Helsinski (Finland), August 2022.
Tuyen Trung Truong presents a talk at the semialgebraic geometry seminar University of Dalat (Vietnam), May 2022.
Fei Hu presents at Informal Workshop in Arithmetic and Algebraic Dynamics, Harvard University, Cambridge, US, May 2022.
Fei Hu presents at Algebra/Number Theory Seminar, Brown University, Providence, US, April 2002.
Fei Hu presents at HarvardMIT Algebraic Geometry Seminar, Cambridge, US, December 2021.
Fei Hu presents at Algebraic Dynamics Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, US, October 2021.
Tuyen Trung Truong presents at the VinAI Research seminar about Deep Learning, August 2021 (online).
Tuyen Trung Truong presents at SCV conference, University of Oslo, December 2020.
Tuyen Trung Truong presents at the Logics seminar, University of Oslo, November 2020.
Research visits (university visits, conference attendances,...)
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Publications/Preprints (partially) supported by the project
Tuyen Trung Truong, Backtracking New QNewton's method: a good algorithm for optimization and solving systems of equations, arXiv:2209.05378. This paper supersedes the 3 previous ones: arXiv:2108.10249, arXiv: 2109.11395, and arXiv:2110.07403. Source code is available at GitHub's link: [Link]
Cinzia Bisi, Jonathan D. Hauenstein and Tuyen Trung Truong, Some interesting birational morphisms of smooth affine quadric 3folds, arXiv:2208.14327
Fei Hu and Chen Jiang, Polynomial logvolume growth of quasiunipotent automorphisms of abelian varieties (with an appendix in collaboration with Chen Jiang), arXiv:2208.11120.
Charles Favre, Tuyen Trung Truong and Junyi Xie, Topological entropy of a rational map over a complete metrized field, arXiv:2208.00668
Fei Hu and Tuyen Trung Truong, An inequality for polarized endomorphisms, arXiv:2104.12660.
Fei Hu and Tuyen Trung Truong, A dynamical approach to generalized Weil's Riemann hypothesis and semisimplicity, arXiv:2102.04405 (The older version contains also other results which will be developed in another paper later)
Tuyen Trung Truong, Some observations on the properness of Identity plus linear powers: parts 1 and 2, arXiv:2004.03309 and arXiv:2005.02260.
Tuyen Trung Truong, Unconstrained optimisation on Riemannian manifolds, arXiv:2008.11091.
Tuyen Trung Truong, Tat Dat To, (Tuan Hang) HangTuan Nguyen, Thu Hang Nguyen, Hoang Phuong Nguyen and Maged Helmy, A modification of quasiNewton's methods helping to avoid saddle points, arXiv:2006.01512. Source code is available on GitHub (Link)
Tuyen Trung Truong and (Tuan Hang) HangTuan Nguyen, Backtracking gradient descent method and some applications in Large scale optimisation. Part 1: Theory, accepted in Minimax Theory and its Applications. This is the more theoretical part of arXiv: 1808.05160, with some additional experiments. Accompanying source codes are available on GitHub: [Link]
Tuyen Trung Truong. Strong sub measures and applications to noncompact dynamical systems, (this is the more dynamical part of arXiv: 1712.02490), accepted in Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems. The paper is Open Access. doi.org/10.1017/etds.2020.132
Tuyen Trung Truong, When will a sequence of points in a Riemannian submanifold converge? (Mostly a survey paper, invited submission.) Special issue "Riemannian geometry of submanifolds", journal: Mathematics (MDPI), 2020, 8 (11), 1934. This is open access [Link to the paper] .
Tuyen Trung Truong and (Tuan Hang) HangTuan Nguyen, Backtracking Gradient Descent method and some applications in Large scale optimisation. Part 2: algorithms and experiments. The main part of the paper is based on the more experimental part of arXiv:1808.05160, together with arXiv:2001.02005 and arXiv:2007.03618. Accompanying source codes are available on GitHub: [Link] Published online in Applied Mathematics and Optimization. The paper is Open Access. doi:10.1007/s00245020097188.
Tuyen Trung Truong, Some new theoretical and computational results around the Jacobian conjecture, Vol. 31, No. 7 (2020) 2050050, 27 pages. A Mathematica file is available on the arXiv version of the paper.
Source codes
An implementation of Backtracking Gradient descent for Deep Neural Networks: available on GitHub: [Link]
A Mathematica file for some computations around the Jacobian conjecture is in the appendix here: [Mathematica's source code]
Financing
Research Council of Norway, Independent projects  Young research talent. Project number 300814, total budget 9,8 mill NOK.
Cooperation
Tools
Publications

Truong, Tuyen Trung & Nguyen, HangTuan (2022). Backtracking gradient descent method and some applications in Large scale optimisation. Part 1: Theory. Minimax Theory and its Applications. ISSN 21991413. Show summary

Truong, Tuyen Trung & Nguyen, HangTuan (2020). Backtracking Gradient Descent Method and Some Applications in Large Scale Optimisation. Part 2: Algorithms and Experiments. Applied Mathematics and Optimization. ISSN 00954616. doi: 10.1007/s00245020097188. Full text in Research Archive

Truong, Tuyen Trung (2020). Strong submeasures and applications to noncompact dynamical systems. Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems. ISSN 01433857. doi: 10.1017/etds.2020.132. Full text in Research Archive

Truong, Tuyen Trung (2020). When will a sequence of points in a Riemannian submanifold converge? Mathematics. ISSN 22277390. 8(11). doi: 10.3390/math8111934. Full text in Research Archive

Truong, Tuyen Trung (2020). Some new theoretical and computational results around the Jacobian conjecture. International Journal of Mathematics. ISSN 0129167X. 31(7). doi: 10.1142/S0129167X20500500. Full text in Research Archive