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February 28, 2023 Ara Balaki (University of Ostrava) Introduction to cryptography Abstract: In this presentation we will first have a brief introduction to the history of cryptography with an emphasis of what is good cryptography and what makes a good cryptographic system, and then an overview of publickey cryptography with examples, and finishing with some notes about the importance of group theory in the study of such cryptosystems. Slides 

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April 14, 2023 Ivan Kaygorodov (University of Beira Interior, Portugal) Transposed Poisson algebras Abstract: Recently (2020), a dual notion of the Poisson algebra (transposed Poisson algebra), by exchanging the roles of the two binary operations in the Leibniz rule defining the Poisson algebra, has been introduced in the paper of Bai, Bai, Guo, and Wu. They have shown that the transposed Poisson algebra defined in this way not only shares common properties with the Poisson algebra, including the closure undertaking tensor products and the Koszul selfduality as an operad but also admits a rich class of identities. More significantly, a transposed Poisson algebra naturally arises from a NovikovPoisson algebra by taking the commutator Lie algebra of the Novikov algebra. The talk is about new results related to transposed Poisson algebras and their relations with other types of algebraic systems. Slides 

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April 24, 2023 Dmitry Gromov (University of Latvia) Ranking nodes in signed networks: an algebraic perspective Abstract: This study is devoted to the problem of network ranking, which consists in determining the node hierarchy in a network. A number of algorithms have been proposed for the unsigned networks, i.e., networks whose edges have only positive weights. We mention the eigenvector centrality, the PageRank, and HITS, as well as their variants such as the weighted PageRank and others. These algorithms typically admit a neat algebraic formulation and can be studied using the methods from linear algebra and matrix analysis. We are particularly interested in the convergence properties of the algorithms, the existence of invariants, and the qualitative behavior of the solutions under the (structured) variation of parameters. The situation becomes more involved if we wish to rank the nodes in a signed network, i.e., the network, whose edges can have both positive and negative weights taken from a finite set. The most common case is the binary set {1,1}. Such networks describe not only the structure of interactions between different agents, but they also reflect the positive or negative relations between them. Because of this additional feature, signed networks are indispensable for analyzing social interactions in politically, religiously, racially or otherwise divided societies, the voting processes, and the competition/cooperation relations between companies, to mention just a few. In the presentation, an overview of the previously obtained results will be given, and the novel results will be presented. In doing so, a main emphasis will be put on the algebraic structure of the considered methods. Slides 

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April 25, 2023 Dmitry Gromov (University of Latvia) Optimal control and value of information: theory and applications Abstract: Optimal control theory is an indispensable tool for the computation and analysis of optimal strategies in various applications, ranging from economics to technics. However, the optimal control methods can lead to wrong conclusions when applied to uncertain models. This particularly concerns the models that describe natural, social, or economical processes. In contrast to models built upon physical laws, the former models unavoidably incorporate uncertainties. These uncertainties result from the incomplete knowledge of the underlying dynamics of natural processes, the simplifying assumptions we have to make when describing complex phenomena, and our inability to measure the parameters of the considered models. Understanding and quantifying the model uncertainty is vital for making wellinformed decisions. Value of information (VoI) is a quantitative tool to analyze decisionmaking in the face of uncertainty. The first step of VoI analysis consists of formalizing the process of obtaining new information about the structure of the model, resp. values of parameters and quantifying the contribution of this new information toward obtaining better prediction of the model behavior. In the second stage, we carry out a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the profit acquired through the use of the new information. The estimation of the potential gain in profit is thus used to make an informed decision about the need for procuring more information. In the presentation, a formal overview of different approaches aimed toward formalizing the value of information will be given. We will consider formal properties of the value of information and present several examples of the practical application of VoI. Slides 