Time: Thursdays 3:30  5:00 PM, unless otherwise noted.
Location: CL 247.
This semester, we will have a few more talks in the lecture series on functor calculus, along with research talks on other topics.
Date  Speaker  Title and abstract  References 

January 17  Martin Frankland  The chain rule for functors from spectra to spectra For F a homotopy functor from spectra to spectra, the Goodwillie derivatives $\partial_* F(X)$ based at an object X form a symmetric sequence of spectra. Given two such functors F and G, how are the derivatives of the composite FG related to the derivatives of F and of G? In this talk, I will present a chain rule due to Ching. Namely, there is an equivalence of symmetric sequences $\partial_*(FG)(X) \simeq \partial_*F(GX) \circ \partial_*G(X)$, where $\circ$ denotes the composition product. 
M. Ching, A chain rule for Goodwillie derivatives of functors from spectra to spectra, Trans. AMS 362 (2010). 
January 24  Martin Frankland  The chain rule for functors from spectra to spectra, Part 2 I will compare Ching's chain rule to Faà di Bruno's formula for higher derivatives of a composite of two functions, along with the combinatorics involved. I will also sketch the proof of the chain rule. 

January 31  Paul Arnaud Songhafouo Tsopméné  Operads and chain rules for the calculus of functors This talk will go over the paper of Arone and Ching entitled "Operads and chain rules for the calculus of functors". I will explain the central ideas of the proofs of the two main results stated as follows. Theorem 1: If $F: C \to D$ is a homotopy functor with each C or D either equal to Top_{*} (the category of pointed spaces) or Spec (the category of spectra), then the derivatives of F can be given the structure of a bimodule (over two operads) in a natural way. Theorem 2: If $G: C \to D$ and $F: D \to E$ are two "nice functors", there is a formula (called "chain rule") describing the derivatives of the composite functor FG in terms of those of F and G. 
G. Arone and M. Ching, Operads and chain rules for the calculus of functors, Astérisque 338 (2011). 
Monday February 4, 2:30 pm Usual room (CL 247) 
Nicholas Meadows (University of Haifa)  Descent theory and higher stacks Classical stack theory concerns itself with glueing together objects along isomorphisms. However, I want to present a general framework which allows us to explicitly glue together objects along some kind of notion of weak equivalence (e.g. quasiisomorphisms of complexes of sheaves, stable equivalences of spectra, etc.). The case we focus on is when our weak equivalences are those of a simplicial model category, although this can be generalized. In particular, we show how various glueing conditions involving weak equivalences hold for presheaves of simplicial model categories satisfying an analogue of hyperdescent. The proof, which will be outlined briefly, uses the homotopy coherent nerve functor and a homotopytheoretic description of classical stack theory due to Jardine. 

February 14  Paul Arnaud Songhafouo Tsopméné  Operads and chain rules for the calculus of functors, Part 2 I will go over the second main result of the AroneChing paper which states that if $G : C \to D$ and $F : D \to E$ are two "nice functors", there is a formula (called "chain rule") describing the derivatives of the composite functor FG in terms of those of F and G. 

February 21  Winter Break. No seminar.  
February 28  Don Stanley  Taylor towers for functors of additive categories, Part 1 We present the first two sections of the JohnsonMcCarthy paper which introduces their Taylor tower and studies the cross effects functor. 
B. Johnson and R. McCarthy, Taylor towers for functors of additive categories, J. Pure Appl. Algebra 137 (1999). 
March 7  Don Stanley  Taylor towers for functors of additive categories, Part 2 We present the second and third sections of the JohnsonMcCarthy paper which studies the cross effects functor and the degree of the functors in their Taylor tower. 

March 14  Don Stanley  Taylor towers for functors of additive categories, Part 3 We present the last two sections of the JohnsonMcCarthy paper which studies convergence and the relationship with the Goodwillie Taylor tower. 

March 21  Anna Cepek (Montana State University)  Configuration spaces of $S^1$ and $\mathbb{R}^n$ We approach manifold topology by examining configurations of finite subsets of manifolds. The homotopy types of such configurations organize as an ∞category, the construction of which makes use of stratified spaces and exitpath ∞categories thereof. The goal of this talk is to supply the constructions of these ∞categories and to identify these ∞categories in the case of $S^1$ and $\mathbb{R}^n$ in terms of the combinatorially defined parasimplex category and Joyal’s category $\Theta_n$, respectively. 

March 28  Yihui Zhang  Decomposition of certain representations 

April 4  No seminar today. 

April 11  Paul Arnaud Songhafouo Tsopméné  Derivatives of functors in manifold calculus Let M be a manifold, and let O(M) be the poset of open subsets of M ordered by inclusion. Manifold calculus, due to Goodwillie and Weiss, can be defined as the study of contravariant functors F from O(M) to spaces. The philosophy is to take a functor F and replace it by its Taylor tower which converges to the original functor in good cases, much like the approximation of a function $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$ by its Taylor series. This talk will focus on the role the derivatives of a functor F play in this theory, and the analogies with ordinary calculus. 
B. Munson, Introduction to the manifold calculus of GoodwillieWeiss. M. Weiss, Embeddings from the point of view of immersion theory I, Geom. Topol. 3 (1999). F. Sarcevic, I. Volic, A streamlined proof of the convergence of the Taylor tower for embeddings in $\mathbb{R}^n$, Colloq. Math. 156 (2019). 
For more information, contact Martin Frankland.