
Ezra Miller, Professor of Mathematics Education:
 Ph.D., University of California  Berkeley, 2000
 ScB, Brown University (Math), 1995
 AB, Brown University (Music), 1995
 B.S., Brown University, 1995
 Contact Info:
 209 Physics Bldg, 120 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
 (919) 6602846
 ezra@math.duke.edu
 http://math.duke.edu/~ezra
 Office Hours:
Office hours: Monday, 16:15 – 17:15 in Physics 209 or outside Thursday, 13:15 – 14:30 in Physics 209 or outside
 Research Interests: Geometry, algebra, combinatorics, algorithms, probability, statistics, biology, neuroscience and other applications
Professor Miller's research centers around problems
in geometry, algebra, topology, combinatorics, and
computation originating in mathematics and the
sciences, including biology, chemistry, computer
science, medical imaging, and statistics.
The techniques range, for example, from abstract
algebraic geometry of varieties to concrete metric
or discrete geometry of polyhedral spaces; from
deep topological constructions such as equivariant
Ktheory and stratified Morse theory to elementary
simplicial homology; from functorial perspectives
on homological algebra in the derived category to
constructions of complexes based on combinatorics
of cell decompositions; or from central limit
theorems via geodesic contraction on stratified
spaces to dynamics of explicit polynomial vector
fields on polyhedra.
Beyond motivations from within mathematics, the
sources of these problems lie in, for example,
graphs and trees in evolutionary biology and
medical imaging; massaction kinetics of chemical
reactions; computational geometry, symbolic
computation, and combinatorial game theory; and
geometric statistics of data sampled from highly
nonEuclidean spaces. Current datasets under
consideration include MRI images of blood vessels
in human brains and mouse lungs, vein structures in
fruit fly wings for developmental morphological
studies, and fMRI timecourse images of human
brains for classification of schizophrenia patients.
 Comments:
Professor Miller's research centers around problems in geometry, algebra, topology, combinatorics, statistics, probability, and computation originating in mathematics and the sciences, including biology, chemistry, computer science, and imaging. The techniques range, for example, from abstract algebraic geometry or commutative algebra of ideals and varieties to concrete metric or discrete geometry of polyhedral spaces; from deep topological constructions such as equivariant Ktheory and stratified Morse theory to elementary simplicial and persistent homology; from functorial perspectives on homological algebra in the derived category to specific constructions of complexes based on combinatorics of cell decompositions; from geodesic contraction applied to central limit theorems for samples from stratified spaces to dynamics of explicit polynomial vector fields on polyhedra. Beyond motivations from within mathematics, the sources of these problems lie in, for example, graphs and trees in evolutionary biology and medical imaging; massaction kinetics of chemical reactions; computational geometry, symbolic computation, and combinatorial game theory; Lie theory; and geometric statistics of data sampled from highly nonEuclidean spaces. Examples of datasets under consideration include MRI images of blood vessels in human brains and lungs, 3D folded protein structures, and photographs of fruit fly wings for developmental morphological studies. Curriculum Vitae
Teaching (Fall 2023):
 Math 501.01, Algebraic structures i
Synopsis
 Physics 119, TuTh 01:25 PM02:40 PM
 Representative Publications
(More Publications)
 Miller, E. "Fruit flies and moduli: Interactions between biology and mathematics." Notices of the American Mathematical Society 62.10 (November, 2015): 11781184. [doi]
 Bendich, P; Marron, JS; Miller, E; Pieloch, A; Skwerer, S. "Persistent homology analysis of brain artery trees." Annals of Applied Statistics 10.1 (2016): 198218. [arXiv:1411.6652], [1411.6652v1], [doi] [abs]
 Huckemann, S; Mattingly, JC; Miller, E; Nolen, J. "Sticky central limit theorems at isolated hyperbolic planar singularities." Electronic Journal of Probability 20 (2015): 134. [repository], [doi] [abs]
 with Bernd Sturmfels. Combinatorial commutative algebra. Graduate Texts in Mathematics227 SpringerVerlag, 2005. xiv+417 pp. [MR2006d:13001]
 with Matusevich, LF; Miller, E; Walther, U. "Homological methods for hypergeometric families." Journal of the American Mathematical Society 18.4 (October, 2005): 919941. [MR2007d:13027], [math.AG/0406383], [doi]
 with Miller, E; Pak, I. "Metric combinatorics of convex polyhedra: Cut loci and nonoverlapping unfoldings." Discrete & Computational Geometry 39.13 (January, 2008): 339388. [MR2008m:52027], [math.MG/0312253], [doi] [abs]
 with Knutson, A; Miller, E; Shimozono, M. "Four positive formulae for type A quiver polynomials." Inventiones Mathematicae 166.2 (November, 2006): 229325. [MR2007k:14098], [math.AG/0308142], [doi] [abs]
 with Gopalkrishnan, M; Shiu, A. "A projection argument for differential inclusions, with applications to persistence of massaction kinetics." Sigma (Symmetry, Integrability, and Geometry: Methods and Applications) 9 (2012). (paper 025, 25 pages) [math.DS/1208.0874], [DOI:10.3842/SIGMA.2013.025], [doi] [abs]
 Miller, E; Kahle, T; O'Neill, C. "Irreducible decomposition of binomial ideals." Compositio Mathematica 152.6 (June, 2016): 15 pages. [arXiv:1503.02607], [1503.02607], [doi] [abs]
 with Anderson, D; Griffeth, S; Miller, E. "Positivity and Kleiman transversality in equivariant Ktheory of homogeneous spaces." Journal of the European Mathematical Society 13.1 (January, 2011): 5784. [math.AG/0808.2785], [DOI:10.4171/JEMS/244], [doi] [abs]
 with Guo, A; Miller, E. "Lattice point methods for combinatorial games." Advances in Applied Mathematics 46.14 (January, 2011): 363378. ([math.CO/0908.3473] [math.CO/1105.5420]) [repository], [doi] [abs]
 Miller, E. "The Alexander duality functors and local duality with monomial support." Journal of Algebra 231.1 (September, 2000): 180234. [MR2001k:13028], [pdf], [doi] [abs]
