Joseph (JM) Landsberg, professor of mathematics

Office: Blocker 601H
TAMU math dept homepage

Spring 2014: On faculty development leave 

Fall  2014:  Chancellor's Professor at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, UC Berkeley,
and co-organizer (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 Interests:  Algebraic geometry, differential geometry, Exterior differential systems, Homogeneous varieties, geometric questions originating in theoretical computer science. (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 628.

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

Everyone is welcome to the seminars, graduate students
are particularly encouraged to attend.
TAMU seminar calendar
My CV (last updated 1/15)

My  travel plans

I am on the editorial board of Differential Geometry and its Applications
and Linear Algebra and its Applications

PAPERS/PREPRINTS in past 5 years

  • Connections between conjectures of Alon-Tarsi, Hadamard-Howe, and integrals over the special unitary group (with S. Kumar, Discrete Math.)
  • Complexity of linear circuits and geometry (with F. Gesmundo, G. Hauenstein and C. Ikenmeyer, to appear in FOCM)
  • Geometric Complexity Theory: an introduction for geometers (Ann. U. Ferrara special issue 2014)
  • 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 (to appear in J. Pure. Appl. Alg.)
  • 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, to appear in Theory of Computing)
  • 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)
  • On the ranks and border ranks of symmetric tensors (with Z. Teitler, FOCM 2010)
  • Maple file to be read with billards article below (also click here for text version)
  • On the Debarre-deJong and Beheshti-Starr conjectures on varieties with too many lines (with O. Tommasi, Mich. Math. J. 2010)
  • Lines on hypersurfaces (with C. Robles, J. London Math. Soc. 2010)
  • On secant varieties of compact Hermitian symmetric spaces (with J. Weyman, J. Pure Appl. Alg. 2009)
  • Fubini's theorem in codimension two (with C. Robles, Crelle 2009)
  • Fubini-Griffiths-Harris rigidity and Lie algebra cohomology (with C. Robles, (Asian Math. J. 2013)
  • all articles (since 2006)
  • Survey articles
  • 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

    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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    Sungbook: A Collection of Korean Short Stories 

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