Joseph (JM) Landsberg, professor of mathematics

Office: Blocker 601H
Office hours: Tues. 10:30-11:30 (620),  Wed. 9:15-10:15am (407,620),  Thurs. 10:30-11:30 (407)  or by appointment
TAMU math dept homepage
Supported by NSF grant DMS-1405368

Teaching Spring 2016:

Math 620:
Algebraic Geometry
MWF 12:40-1:30pm Blocker 161

Math 407:
Meeting: MWF 11:30 am-12:20 pm Blocker 161

Teaching Fall 2016:Geometry and complexity theory Math 689
Meeting: MWF 10:20 - 11:10 (tent.)
This will cover central problems in theoretical computer science from
a geometric perspective. Topics in computer science: the complexity of matrix multiplication,
both upper and lower bounds, Valiant's conjecture on permanent v.
determinant and variants, the problem of explicitness: how to find
hay in a haystack. Geometry that will be covered: rank
and border rank of tensors, basic representation theory and algebraic
I will follow these notes, which will
be rewritten in more polished form over the summer.

Background required: a strong background in linear algebra.
Some experience with algebraic geometry and/or representation
theory would be helpful but is not required.

Fall  2014 I served as Chancellor's Professor at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley,
and co-organized (with
P. Burgisser, K. Mulmuley and B. Sturmfels) of the semester long program Algorithms and Complexity in Algebraic Geometry  During the semester I gave a course on Geometry and Complexity Theory, and have notes for the course.


Research: Geometric questions originating in theoretical computer science, Algebraic geometry, differential geometry, Exterior differential systems, Homogeneous varieties,  (Click on research interests to read more.)

I organize and co-organize:

Geometry seminar, meeting Mondays 3-4 Blocker 220 and Fridays 4-5pm Blocker 117.

Working seminar for post-docs and graduate students meeting Thursdays, Blocker 624,

Everyone is welcome to the seminars, graduate students
are particularly encouraged to attend.
TAMU seminar calendar
My CV (last updated 1/16)

My  travel plans

I am on the editorial board of Foundation of Computational MathematicsDifferential Geometry and its Applications,
and  Linear Algebra and its Applications.

PAPERS/PREPRINTS in past 5 years

  • An explicit description of the irreducible components of the set of matrix pencils with bounded normal rank (with F. De Teran and F. Dopico)
  • On the geometry of border rank algorithms for matrix multiplication and other tensors with symmetry (with M. Michalek)
  • On the geometry of border rank algorithms for n x 2 by 2 x 2 matrix multiplication (with N. Ryder, to appear in Exper. Math.)
  • Permanent vs determinant: an exponential lower bound assuming
    symmetry and a potential path towards Valiant's conjecture (with N. Ressayre)
  • On minimal free resolutions and the method of shifted partial derivatives in complexity theory (with K. Kefremenko, H. Schenck and J. Weyman)
  • Abelian Tensors (with Mateusz Michalek)
  • Connections between conjectures of Alon-Tarsi, Hadamard-Howe, and integrals over the special unitary group (with S. Kumar, Discrete Math. 2015)
  • Complexity of linear circuits and geometry (with F. Gesmundo, G. Hauenstein and C. Ikenmeyer, FOCM 2016)
  • Geometric Complexity Theory: an introduction for geometers (Ann. U. Ferrara 2015)
  • Computer aided methods for lower bounds on the border rank (with G. Hauenstein and C. Ikenmeyer, Exper. Math.  2013)
  • Explicit tensors of border rank at least 2n-2 (J. Pure. Appl. Alg. 2015)
  • New lower bounds for the rank of matrix multiplication (SICOMP, 2014)
  • Padded polynomials, their cousins, and geometric complexity theory (with H. Kadish, Communications in Algebra 2014)
  • New lower bounds for the border rank of matrix multiplication (with G. Ottaviani, Theory of Computing 2015)
  • On the third secant variety (with J. Buczynski, JAC 2014)
  • On the geometry of Tensor Network States (with Y. Qi and K. Ye, QIC, 2012)
  • Equations for secant varieties of Veronese and other varietites (with G. Ottaviani, Annali di Matematica Pura e Applicata, 2013)
  • Fubini-Griffiths-Harris rigidity of homogeneous varieties (with C. Robles, IMRN 2013)
  • Determinental equations for secant varieties and the Eisenbud-Koh-Stillman conjecture (with J. Buczynski and A. Ginesky,  J.London Math. Soc. 2013)
  • Hypersurfaces with degenerate duals and the Geometric Complexity Theory Program (with L. Manivel and N. Ressayre,  CMH 2013)
  • P versus NP and geometry ( J. Symb. Comp.2010,  MEGA 2009 special issue)
  • Ranks of tensors and a generalization of secant varieties (with J. Buczynski, LAA special issue on tensors 2013)
  • An overview of mathematical issues arising in the Geometric complexity theory approach to VP \neq VNP (with P. Buergisser, L.  Manivel and J. Weyman, SIAM J. Comp. 2011)
  • Holographic algorithms without matchgates (with Jason Morton and Serguei Norine, LAA special issue on tensors 2013)
  • Fubini-Griffiths-Harris rigidity and Lie algebra cohomology (with C. Robles, (Asian Math. J. 2013)
  • all articles (since 2006)
  • Survey articles
  • An introduction to Geometric Complexity Theory (Newsletter of the EMS 3/16)
  • Exterior differential systems, Lie algebra cohomology, and the rigidity of homogeneous varieties (2008)
  • Differential geometry of submanifolds of projective space (2006)
  • Exterior differential systems and billiards (2006)
  • Representation theory and projective geometry  (with L. Manivel), 2004
  •          Books:

                Tensors: Geometry and Applications.
             AMS GSM 128. Click here to see table of contents and preface, and to order.
              Click here for corrections and additions

      Cartan For Beginners: Differential geometry via moving frames and exterior differential systems (with T. Ivey) 

    AMS GSM 61  . To see the table of contents, preface, and selected pages click here
    To order the book from the AMS, click here.
    to see corrections to text, click here

    Slides of recent talks:
    Complexity theory and geometry (Berlin Mathematical School colloquium 2/15)
    Perm v. det: an exponential lower bound assuming symmetry (Innovations in Theoretical Computer Science 1/16)

    math reviews of all published papers

    PhD students:
    Current students: Cameron Farnsworth, Fulvio Gesmundo, Younghui Guan, and Curtis Porter.

    Graduated students:
    Yang Qi, PhD August 2013 Geometry of Feasible Spaces of Tensors
    determined defining equations for the third secant variety of a triple Segre product and closedness of tensor network states

    Ke Ye
    determined symmetry groups of immanents, and closedness of tensor network states

    Ming Yang,   PhD Sept. 2012,  On partial and generic uniqueness of block term tensor decompositions in signal processing, solving  questions originating in signal processing.
                 Luke Oeding,  PhD May 2009,     Defining equations of the varietyof principal minors solved a conjecture of Holtz and Sturmfels.

                 Frederic Holweck, PhD fall  04,  Dual varieties, simple singularities and simple Lie algebras
                       Here is a summary of his results in English

               E. Allaud, PhD spring 03, 
    thesis: Nongenericity of variations of Hodge structure for hypersurfaces of high degree,
               published in Duke. Math. J.

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