Brian Van Koten

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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This semester I will be teaching Math 652, a course in numerical analysis. Topics will include numerical solution of partial differential equations and optimization methods for machine learning. Please find the syllabus and homework assignments here.


On 6/28/2019, I presented some work on computing rare event probabilities using stratification at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). Video and slides are available here.

On 10/19/2017, I presented some recent work on the string method for finding saddle points at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). Video and slides are available here.

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