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1. Spectral Theory of Graph 1-Laplacian (CHANG KungChing)

The spectrum of discrete Laplacian plays an important role in graph theory, machine learning and image processing. Likewise, one can define 1-Laplacian of a graph and study its spectrum. From the point of view of calculus of variation, the eigenvalue problem is closely related to the critical point of a corresponding Lipschitz function on a piecewise linear manifold. Using the critical point theory for Lipschitz functions, Kung-Ching Chang obtained that the eigenvectors of 1-Laplacian coincide with the critical points of such Lipschitz function [Chang, J. Graph Theory (2016)]. Unlike the linear operator, the set of eigenvectors with the same eigenvalue may be very large. To understand this set, He developed a nodal domain decomposition and proved the related Courant nodal domain theorem [Chang, J. Graph Theory (2016); Chang-Shao- Zhang, Adv. Math. (2017)]. Recently, Chang and his collaborators introduced the signless 1-Laplacian of graphs and discovered new phenomena on structure of eigenvectors for 1-Laplacian. They proved that the second eigenvalue of 1-Laplacian equals to the Cheeger constant and the corresponding eigenvector provides the Cheeger cut, while the first eigenvalue of signless 1-Laplacian equals to the dual Cheeger constant [Chang, J. Graph Theory (2016); Chang-Shao-Zhang, Adv. Math. (2017); Chang-Shao-Zhang, arXiv (2016)]. Comparing with the Laplacian, these equalities give better estimates.

Another progress is made in the study of the Lovasz extension. They established a set-pair Lovasz extension to construct equivalent continuous optimization problems for graph cut including the maxcut, Cheeger cut, dual Cheeger cut, max 3-cut, anti-Cheeger cut problems, etc [Chang-Shao-Zhang, arXiv (2016); Chang-Shao- Zhang-Zhang, preprint (2017)]. In particular, the related eigenvalue problem for maxcut involving set-valued functions in nonlinear systems was studied since the continuous optimization for maxcut is very important and useful in solving the maxcut [Chang-Shao-Zhang-Zhang, preprint (2017)].

2. Self-similar Solutions of Curve Shortening Problem (JIANG Meiyue )

The generalized curve-shortening flow has been extensively studied in the literature. Self-similar solutions of the flow are solutions whose shapes change homothetically during the evolution. Such solutions are important in understanding the long time behaviors and the structure of singularities. A case which is called the affine curve shortening problem, has special interest in geometry. In terms of the support function, self-similar solutions reduce to an important 2-th order equation which also appears in image processing, 2-dimensional L^p-Minkowski problem, etc. Such equation with special parameter function is invariant with respect to affine transformations of R^2, which leads to some special features of the problem, for instance, there are obstructions for the solvability, and there is no a priori estimates for the solutions without additional assumption. This problem has been studied for the pi-periodic function. However, the method does not work for 2pi-periodic functions, which is more natural from the geometric point of view.

Meiyue Jiang and his collaborators developed a new approach for the a priori estimate and existence of solutions, and proved the existence of solutions of the anisotropic affine curve shortening problem under some basic conditions [Jiang- Wang-Wei, Calc. Var. Partial Differential Equations (2011); Jiang-Wei, Discrete Contin. Dyn. Syst. (2016)].

3. Harmonic Analysis and Its Applications in PDE (TANG Lin)

Lin Tang obtained some important results on pseudo-differential operators, Schrodinger equations and parabolic Monge-Ampère equations.

Tang [Tang-Zhang, J. Funct. Anal. (2016)] obtained weighted norm inequalities for pseudo- differential operators with smooth symbols and their commutators and introduced a new non-double weighted class, which generalizes essentially the classical Munckenhoupt weighted class, which also give a direction for studying pseudo- differential operators in the future.

Lin Tang and his collaborators [Pan-Tang, J. Funct. Anal. (2016)] established the L^p boundedness of Schrodinger equations with discontinuous coefficients by using new method.

Parabolic Monge-Ampère equations have some important applications in Ricci flow. Tang [Tang, J. Differential Equations (2013)] obtained the interior regularity for two type parabolic Monge-Ampère equations with VMO type data. In addition, Tang [Tang, J. Differential Equations (2015)] also solved the boundary regularity problem on parabolic Monge-Ampère equations.

4. Solutions of L2 Extension Problem and Strong Openness Conjecture (GUAN Qi-an )

Qi'an Guan and Xiangyu Zhou (joint with Prof. Xiangyu Zhou) gave a solution of an L2 extension problem with an optimal estimate. As applications, we give proofs of a conjecture of Suita on the equality condition in Suita’s conjecture, the so-called L-conjecture, and the extended Suita conjecture. As other applications, they gave affirmative answer to a question by Ohsawa about limiting case for the extension operators between the weighted Bergman spaces, and they presented a relation of our result to Berndtsson’s important result on log-plurisubharmonicity of the Bergman kernel. These works were called “Guan-Zhou Method” as the title of a subsection in Ohsawa’s book “L2 Approaches in Several Complex Variables. Springer Japan, 2015” and “Their work gave the author a decisive impetus to start writing a survey to cover these remarkable achievements” in the preface of the book.

Guan and Zhou gave a proof of Demailly's strong openness conjecture. As direct consequences, they solved that: a conjecture about minimal singularities and linear system posed by Demailly-Ein-Lazarsfeld, a conjecture about Proper modications, multiplier ideal sheaves and Lelong numbers posed by Boucksom-Favre-Jonsson, establisheh a Nadel type vanishing theorem on compact Kähler manifolds and multiplier ideal sheaves is essentially with analytic weights, etc. Their proof of Demailly’s strong openness conjecture was called “important features” in Demailly’s paper “On the cohomology of pseudoeffective line bundles”, “opened the door to new types of approximation techniques” in the recently published survey “L2 estimate for the d-bar operator” and “among the greatest achievements ‘in the intersection of’ complex analysis and algebraic geometry in recent years” in AMS MathReview (MR3418526).

Continuing their solution of Demailly’s strong openness conjecture, they discuss conditions to guarantee the effectiveness of the conjecture and establish such an effectiveness result. They give a lower semicontinuity property of plurisubharmonic functions with a multiplier. They also proved two conjectures of Demailly-Kollár and Jonsson-Mustata respectively.

Recently, as an application of the strong openness conjecture, they characterized the multiplier ideal sheaves with weights of Lelong number one, which was called “a basic result on Lelong numbers” in the Ohsawa’s book “L2 Approaches in Several Complex Variables. Springer Japan, 2015”, and “an important theorem” in AMS MathReview (MR3406538). Distinguished Lectures Summer School Positions