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Upcoming Programmatic Workshops

  1. Hamiltonian systems, from topology to applications through analysis II

    Organizers: Alessandra Celletti (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Rafael de la Llave (Georgia Institute of Technology), Diego del-Castillo-Negrete (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Lawrence Evans (University of California, Berkeley), Philip Morrison (University of Texas at Austin), Sergei Tabachnikov (Pennsylvania State University), Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago)
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    An invariant set inhibiting transport in a two degree-of-freedom Hamiltonian system (courtesy J. D. Szezech)

    This is a main workshop of the program “Hamiltonian systems, from topology to applications through analysis.”  It  will feature current developments pertaining to finite and infinite-dimensional Hamiltonian systems, with a mix of rigorous theory and applications.  A broad range of topics will be included, e.g., existence of and transport about invariant sets (Arnold diffusion, KAM, etc.),  techniques for projection/reduction of infinite to finite systems, and the role of topological invariants in applications.

    Updated on Jul 13, 2018 01:45 PM PDT
  2. Connections for Women: Derived Algebraic Geometry, Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces

    Organizers: Julie Bergner (University of Virginia), LEAD Antonella Grassi (University of Pennsylvania), Bianca Viray (University of Washington), Kirsten Wickelgren (Georgia Institute of Technology)

    This workshop will be on different aspects of Algebraic Geometry relating Derived Algebraic Geometry and Birational Geometry. In particular the workshop will focus on connections to other branches of mathematics and open problems. There will be some colloquium style lectures as well as shorter research talks. The workshop is open to all.

    Updated on Sep 20, 2018 09:46 AM PDT
  3. Introductory Workshop: Derived Algebraic Geometry and Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces

    Organizers: Julie Bergner (University of Virginia), Bhargav Bhatt (University of Michigan), Christopher Hacon (University of Utah), LEAD Mircea Mustaţă (University of Michigan), Gabriele Vezzosi (Università di Firenze)
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    A picture of a singularity, courtesy of Herwig Hauser

    The workshop will survey several areas of algebraic geometry, providing an introduction to the two main programs hosted by MSRI in Spring 2019. It will consist of 7 expository mini-courses and 7 separate lectures, each given by top experts in the field. 

    The focus of the workshop will be the recent progress in derived algebraic geometry, birational geometry and moduli spaces. The lectures will be aimed at a wide audience including advanced graduate students and postdocs with a background in algebraic geometry.
     

    Updated on Sep 10, 2018 11:47 AM PDT
  4. Derived algebraic geometry and its applications

    Organizers: Dennis Gaitsgory (Harvard University), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), LEAD Nikita Rozenblyum (University of Chicago), Peter Scholze (Universität Bonn), Brooke Shipley (University of Illinois at Chicago)

    This workshop will bring together researchers at various frontiers, including arithmetic geometry, representation theory, mathematical physics, and homotopy theory, where derived algebraic geometry has had recent impact. The aim will be to explain the ideas and tools behind recent progress and to advertise appealing questions. A focus will be on moduli spaces, for example of principal bundles with decorations as arise in many settings, and their natural structures.    

    Updated on Sep 06, 2018 04:01 PM PDT
  5. Recent Progress in Moduli Theory

    Organizers: Lucia Caporaso (University of Rome, Roma 3), LEAD Sándor Kovács (University of Washington), Martin Olsson (University of California, Berkeley)
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    This workshop will be focused on presenting the latest developments in moduli theory, including (but not restricted to) recent advances in compactifications of moduli spaces of higher dimensional varieties, the birational geometry of moduli spaces, abstract methods including stacks, stability criteria, and applications in other disciplines. 

    Updated on Sep 06, 2018 04:06 PM PDT
  6. Connections for Women: Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics

    Organizers: Laura Fredrickson (Stanford University), Lotte Hollands (Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus), LEAD Qiongling Li (California Institute of Technology; Aarhus University), Anna Wienhard (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), Grace Work (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
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    Some holomorphic differentials on a genus 2 surface, with close up views of singular points, image courtesy Jian Jiang.

    This two-day workshop will consist of various talks given by prominent female mathematicians on topics of new developments in the role of holomorphic differentials on Riemann surfaces. These will be appropriate for graduate students, post-docs, and researchers in areas related to the program.  

    This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

    Updated on May 10, 2018 09:01 AM PDT
  7. Introductory Workshop: Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics

    Organizers: LEAD Jayadev Athreya (University of Washington), Sergei Gukov (California Institute of Technology), Andrew Neitzke (University of Texas, Austin), Anna Wienhard (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)
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    Some holomorphic differentials on a genus 2 surface, with close up views of singular points, image courtesy Jian Jiang.

    Holomorphic differentials on Riemann surfaces have long held a distinguished place in low dimensional geometry, dynamics and representation theory. Recently it has become apparent that they constitute a common feature of several other highly active areas of current research in mathematics and also at the interface with physics. In this introductory workshop, we will bring junior and senior researchers from this diverse range of subjects together in order to explore common themes and unexpected connections.

    Updated on Nov 21, 2017 04:24 PM PST
  8. Connections for Women: Microlocal Analysis

    Organizers: Tanya Christiansen (University of Missouri), LEAD Raluca Felea (Rochester Institute of Technology)
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    This workshop will provide a gentle introduction to a selection of applications of microlocal analysis.  These may be drawn from among geometric microlocal analysis, inverse problems, scattering theory, hyperbolic dynamical systems,  quantum chaos and relativity.  The workshop will also provide  a panel discussion, a poster session and an introduction/research session. 

    This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

    Updated on Jan 11, 2018 12:35 PM PST
  9. Introductory Workshop: Microlocal Analysis

    Organizers: Pierre Albin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), LEAD Raluca Felea (Rochester Institute of Technology), Andras Vasy (Stanford University)
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    Microlocal analysis provides tools for the precise analysis of problems arising in areas such as partial differential equations or integral geometry by working in the phase space, i.e. the cotangent bundle, of the underlying manifold. It has origins in areas such as quantum mechanics and hyperbolic equations, in addition to the development of a general PDE theory, and has expanded tremendously over the last 40 years to the analysis of singular spaces, integral geometry, nonlinear equations, scattering theory… This workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to the field for postdocs and graduate students as well as specialists outside the field, building up from standard facts about the Fourier transform, distributions and basic functional analysis.

    Updated on Sep 24, 2018 01:43 PM PDT
  10. Recent developments in microlocal analysis

    Organizers: LEAD Pierre Albin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Colin Guillarmou (Université de Paris XI (Paris-Sud)), Andras Vasy (Stanford University)
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    Microlocal analysis provides tools for the precise analysis of problems arising in areas such as partial differential equations or integral geometry by working in the phase space, i.e. the cotangent bundle, of the underlying manifold. It has origins in areas such as quantum mechanics and hyperbolic equations, in addition to the development of a general PDE theory, and has expanded tremendously over the last 40 years to the analysis of singular spaces, integral geometry, nonlinear equations, scattering theory, hyperbolic dynamical systems, probability… As this description shows microlocal analysis has become a very broad area. Due to its breadth, it is a challenge for researchers to be aware of what is happening in other parts of the field, and the impact this may have in their own research area. The purpose of this workshop is thus to bring together researchers from different parts of microlocal analysis and its applications to facilitate the transfer of new ideas. 

    Updated on May 08, 2018 03:21 PM PDT
  11. Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics

    Organizers: LEAD Jayadev Athreya (University of Washington), Steven Bradlow (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sergei Gukov (California Institute of Technology), Andrew Neitzke (University of Texas, Austin), Anton Zorich (Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu)
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    An example of a spectral network associated to the group SL(4).

    Holomorphic differentials on Riemann surfaces have long held a distinguished place in low dimensional geometry, dynamics and representation theory. Recently it has become apparent that they constitute a common feature of several other highly active areas of current research in mathematics and also at the interface with physics. In some cases the areas themselves (such as stability conditions on Fukaya-type categories, links to quantum integrable systems, or the physically derived construction of so-called spectral networks) are new, while in others the novelty lies more in the role of the holomorphic differentials (for example in the study of billiards in polygons, special - Hitchin or higher Teichmuller - components of representation varieties, asymptotic properties of Higgs bundle moduli spaces, or in new interactions with algebraic geometry).

    It is remarkable how widely scattered are the motivating questions in these areas, and how diverse are the backgrounds of the researchers pursuing them. Bringing together experts in this wide variety of fields to explore common interests and discover unexpected connections is the main goal of our program. Our workshop will be of interest to those working in many different fields, including low-dimensional dynamical systems (via the connection to billiards); differential geometry (Higgs bundles and related moduli spaces); and different types of theoretical physics (electron transport and supersymmetric quantum field theory).

    Updated on May 14, 2018 02:00 PM PDT
  12. Connections for Women: Quantum Symmetries

    Organizers: Emily Peters (Loyola University), LEAD Chelsea Walton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
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    Photo by drmakete lab on Unsplash

    This workshop will feature several talks by experts, along with numerous 5-minute presentations by junior mathematicians, on topics related to Quantum Symmetry. Such topics will include tensor categories, subfactors, Hopf algebras, topological quantum field theory and more. There will also be a panel discussion on professional development. The majority of the speakers and panelists for this event will be women and gender minorities, and members of these groups and of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

    Updated on Mar 26, 2018 12:18 PM PDT
  13. Introductory Workshop: Quantum Symmetries

    Organizers: Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University), Victor Ostrik (University of Oregon), Emily Peters (Loyola University), LEAD Noah Snyder (Indiana University)
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    Jellyfish floating to the surface, as in the evaluation algorithm for certain planar algebras.

    This workshop will consist of introductory minicourses on key topics in Quantum Symmetry: fusion categories, modular tensor categories, Hopf algebras, subfactors and planar algebras, topological field theories, conformal nets, and topological phases of matter.  These minicourses will be introductory and are aimed at giving semester participants exposure to the main ideas of subfields other than their own.

    Updated on Apr 09, 2018 02:20 PM PDT
  14. Connections for Women: Higher Categories and Categorification

    Organizers: Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), LEAD Marcy Robertson (University of Melbourne)
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    Picture of a Feynman graph.

    This two-day workshop will survey notable developments in the foundations and applications of higher category theory. It will consist of two mini-courses given by emerging female leaders in the subject: Claudia Scheimbauer and Nathalie Wahl.  This will be paired with a problem sessions lead by selected "TA's", themselves experts in higher structures.  Each lecture series will be tailored to a diverse audience, accessible to graduate students and non-expert researchers with some background in homological algebra.  

    The majority of the speakers and panelists for this event will be women and gender minorities, and members of these groups and of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

    Updated on Sep 14, 2018 02:07 PM PDT
  15. Introductory Workshop: Higher Categories and Categorification

    Organizers: LEAD David Ayala (Montana State University), Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), Christopher Schommer-Pries (University of Notre Dame), Peter Teichner (Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik)
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    relations among 2-morphisms in the 2-dimensional unoriented bordism bicategory

    This workshop will survey notable developments and applications of higher category theory; it will be a venue for end-users to share their vision of how to apply the theory, as well as developers to share technical advancements.  It will consist of 6 series of 3 lectures, each given by instrumental end-users & developers of higher category theory, together with a few question-answer sessions.  Each lecture series will be tailored to a diverse audience, accessible to graduate students and non-expert researchers with some background in homological also algebra.  The content of these lecture series will concern the following topics.

    • K-theory: categorification, non-commutative motives, trace methods; 
    • TQFT: functorial field theories, factorization homology.
    • Parametrized higher category theory: stratifications, equivariant homotopy theory, operads, deformation theory and Koszul duality. 
    • Synthetic higher category theory: model-independent characterizations, cosmoi.  

    Updated on Sep 14, 2018 02:08 PM PDT
  16. Tensor categories and topological quantum field theories

    Organizers: Scott Morrison (Australian National University), Eric Rowell (Texas A & M University), LEAD Claudia Scheimbauer (University of Oxford), Christopher Schommer-Pries (University of Notre Dame)
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    Topological field theory studies the interplay of algebraic and topological structure (image credit Kevin Walker)

    The workshop will concern the latest developments in the mathematical study of quantum field theories. The focus will be on the interplay among topics such as higher category theory, as illustrated by the cobordism hypothesis, conformal field theory, tensor categories describing the quantum symmetries, and the relation to topological phases of matter.

    Updated on Jul 03, 2018 04:02 PM PDT
  17. (∞, n)-categories,factorization homology, and algebraic K-theory

    Organizers: LEAD Clark Barwick (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), David Gepner (Purdue University), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), Marcy Robertson (University of Melbourne)
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    This workshop will focus on recent developments in factorization homology, parametrized homotopy theory, and algebraic K-theory.  These seemingly disparate topics are unified by a common methodology, which leverages universal properties and unforeseen descent by way of higher category theory. Furthermore, they enjoy powerful and complementary roles in application to the cyclotomic trace.  This workshop will be a venue for experts in these areas to present new results, make substantive connections across fields, and suggest and contextualize outstanding questions and problems.  It will consist of 9 speakers, each delivering a 1-hour morning talk and a 1-hour afternoon talk, in addition to a session reserved for drawing attention to an assortment of outstanding problems.

    Updated on Jun 25, 2018 10:56 AM PDT
  18. Connections for Women: Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology

    Organizers: LEAD Ursula Hamenstädt (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn), LEAD Fanny Kassel (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES))
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    This two-day workshop will consist of various talks given by prominent female mathematicians in the field.  These will be appropriate for graduate students, post-docs, and researchers in areas related to the program.  The workshop will also include a professional development session.

    This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

    Updated on Jun 12, 2018 09:17 AM PDT