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Elisenda Feliu: Positive solutions of parametric polynomial systems and biochemical reaction networks

Time: Wed 2023-10-11 15.15 - 17.00

Location: Albanova, FD5

Participating: Elisenda Feliu (University of Copenhagen)

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FD5, Albanova


14:15–15:00 Pre-colloquium  by Lukas Gustafsson in FB51.

15:15–15:30 SMC prizes for the academic year 2022/2023 will be announced and awarded.
15:30–16:30 Colloquium lecture by Elisenda Feliu.
16:30–17:00 SMC social get together with refreshments.


This talk is centered on the development of tools within the framework of applied algebra for the analysis of mathematical models arising in the study of biochemical reaction networks. In this context, the dynamics of the concentrations of the chemical species over time are often modelled by a system of parameter-dependent ordinary differential equations, which are typically polynomial or described by rational functions. Problems such as the determination of the possible number of equilibria for varying parameters, the stability of equilibria, and the existence of bifurcation parameters, can be translated into the study of the solutions to a (huge) system of polynomial equalities and inequalities.
I will start by presenting the challenges within applied algebra of the study of solutions to polynomial systems of equalities and inequalities, and by introducing the formalism of the theory of reaction networks. Afterwards I will focus on the problem of counting equilibria by showing recent results that exploit the connection between the Newton polytope of a multivariate polynomial and the signs the polynomial attains over the positive orthant. many areas, we will emphasize the more accessible parts.