Introductory Workshop: The idea of these workshops is to set the stage and
provide the context for the program, with the intended audience being
researchers not in the program. This would include members
in the other programs, members of the local mathematical community, and
participants from outside the area selected especially for the workshop,
particularly from groups underrepresented in research intensive contexts:
women, minorities, mathematicians not located at research centers, and graduate
students. In selecting participants, priority is given to these latter
groups. When done well, these introductory workshops have been effective
in broadcasting the goals, ideas and techniques of a particular program to the
mathematical public at large, as well as in bringing the MSRI community together
as a whole.
Connections for Women: This is a twoday workshop held immediately preceding the week of the Introductory Workshop. While different programs have approached these workshops in diverse ways, one of the principal objectives, strongly supported by the SAC and HRAC, is to provide an enhanced opportunity for female researchers to interact with other women with similar research interests. There is considerable flexibility for the organization of this twoday event, but MSRI does require good coordination between the Connections and Introductory workshop organizers so that as many female researchers as possible are supported to stay on for the Introductory Workshop.. It is therefore customary to have one person be simultaneously on the organizing committees for both of these workshops. As is the case for all MSRI workshops, registration to attend Connections workshop lectures is open to all interested persons.
Topical
Workshop: Also
directed toward the mathematical community at large, these workshops are designed to interest and
attract young researchers and other mathematicians active in the field.

Connections for Women: Geometric and Arithmetic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics
Organizers: Elon Lindenstrauss (Hebrew University), LEAD Hee Oh (Yale University)This workshop will consist of several minicourses given by prominent female mathematicians in the field, intended for graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in areas related to the program. The workshop will also include an informal panel discussion session among female researchers on career issues. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.
Updated on Jan 24, 2015 12:28 PM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Geometric and Arithmetic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics
Organizers: Manfred Einsiedler (Eidgenössische TH ZürichHönggerberg), LEAD Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis University), LEAD JeanFrançois Quint (University de Bordeaux 1), Barbara Schapira (Université de Picardie (Jules Verne))This Introductory Workshop will consist of several introductory lectures and series of lectures on the recent trends in the field, given by experts in the domain. In addition, there will be several shorter talks by young researchers.
Please note that immediately preceding this workshop there is a Connections for Women workshop which will also be introductory in nature.
Updated on Oct 29, 2014 03:15 PM PDT 
Hot Topics: KadisonSinger, Interlacing Polynomials, and Beyond
Organizers: Sorin Popa (University of California), LEAD Daniel Spielman (Yale University), Nikhil Srivastava (University of California, Berkeley), Cynthia Vinzant (North Carolina State University)In a recent paper, Marcus, Spielman and Srivastava solve the KadisonSinger Problem by proving Weaver's KS2 conjecture and the Paving Conjecture. Their proof involved a technique they called the “method of interlacing families of polynomials” and a “barrier function” approach to proving bounds on the locations of the zeros of real stable polynomials. Using these techniques, they have also proved that there are infinite families of Ramanujan graphs of every degree, and they have developed a very simple proof of Bourgain and Tzafriri's Restricted Invertibility Theorem. The goal of this workshop is to help build upon this recent development by bringing together researchers from the disparate areas related to these techniques, including Functional Analysis, Spectral Graph Theory, Free Probability, Convex Optimization, Discrepancy Theory, and Real Algebraic Geometry.
Updated on Nov 08, 2014 11:29 AM PST 
Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2015: Developmental Mathematics: For whom? Toward what ends?
Organizers: Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Mark Hoover (University of Michigan), LEAD Robert Megginson (University of Michigan), Richard Sgarlotti (Hannahville Indian School), Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge)This workshop will address the critical issue of developmental mathematics at two and fouryear colleges and universities and the broader dynamic of mathematics remediation that occurs at all levels. It will engage mathematicians, K12 teachers, mathematics educators, and administrators in a conversation about the goals of developmental mathematics and the contributions that our different professional communities make to this work. Key questions that will be addressed are:
1. How do we teach content in ways that acknowledge and leverage each student's prior learning experiences? In particular, how do we take advantage of a student's maturity while refining his or her learning habits where necessary?
2. How can developmental mathematics instruction move students through mathematics which must be relearned while simultaneously gaining momentum on more advanced mathematics (including the development of mathematical practices needed for meaningful mathematical work)?
3. What are strategies for supporting the needs of the wide range of students in developmental mathematics programsthose developing mathematical skills for life in general as well as those developing the foundation necessary to proceed towards a STEM major? How can we successfully address equity issues raised for students from groups underrepresented in STEM fields? How can developmental mathematics instruction blend synchronous and asynchronous instruction to achieve maximal efficiency and impact?
4. What is the proper balance between addressing the needs of the wide range of students mentioned in the preceding point and keeping instruction and course offerings concise?
5. What are the characteristics, training, and practices of a successful developmental mathematics teacher?
6. What support services enhance the success of a developmental mathematics program?
Updated on Nov 26, 2014 11:38 AM PST 
Dynamics on Moduli Spaces
Organizers: Marc Burger (ETH Zurich), LEAD David Dumas (University of Illinois at Chicago), Olivier Guichard (Université de Strasbourg I (Louis Pasteur)), François Labourie (Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis), Anna Wienhard (RuprechtKarlsUniversität Heidelberg)The Research Workshop of the ``Dynamics on moduli spaces of geometric structures'' will concentrate on some of the following general interrelated themes:
(1) Geometric structures on the spaces of geometric structures which extend and generalize classical constructions on Teichmüller spaces, such as the WeilPetersoon metric, the pressure metric, the Teichmüller metric and its geodesic flow, FenchelNielsen coordinates, FockGoncharov ThursonPenner coordinates, and the symplectic and Poisson geometries
(2) Relations with harmonic maps, Riemann surfaces, complex geometry: specifically Higgs bundles, holomorphic differentials (quadratic, cubic, etc.) as parameters for representations of the fundamental group, hyperkähler and complex symplectic geometry of moduli spaces, lifts of Teichmüller geodesic flows to flat bundles of character varieties
(3) Asymptotic properties of higher Teichmüller spaces, including generalized measured geodesic laminations, CullerMorganShalen asymptotics of character varieties, degenerations of geometric structures and discrete subgroups
(4) Actions of mapping class groups and outer automorphism groups, properness criteria for Anosov representations and their generalizations, properness criteria for nondiscrete representations, chaotic actions of mapping class groups and the monodromy map from structures to representations
(5) Classification of exotic geometric structures, tameness criteria, generalizations of ending laminationtype invariants to higher rank structures, rigidity and flexibility for thin subgroups, arithmeticity conditions, and geometric transitions
Updated on Jan 21, 2015 07:02 PM PST 
Advances in Homogeneous Dynamics
Organizers: LEAD Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis University), Hee Oh (Yale University), Alireza Salehi Golsefidy (University of California, San Diego), Ralf Spatzier (University of Michigan)The Advances in Homogeneous Dynamics workshop will feature the speakers whose work is at the forefront of the field. There will be a panel discussion accompanied by an open problem session to lay out possible directions for the research in homogeneous dynamics. Talks will be in a broad range of topics and this will help to build more connections between researchers interested in dynamical systems, number theory and geometry. For example we hope that the involvement of the participants of the other program held at MSRI during the same academic year (Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures, Spring 2015) would create new connections between the topics. There will be shorter talks presented by earlycareer researchers
Updated on Jan 12, 2015 04:46 PM PST 
MSRIUP 2015: Geometric Combinatorics Motivated by Social Sciences
Organizers: Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University), LEAD Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Herbert Medina (Loyola Marymount University), Ivelisse M. Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)The MSRIUP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of universitylevel mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. The academic portion of the 2015 program will be led by Prof. Francis Su from Harvey Mudd College.
Updated on Dec 01, 2014 04:17 PM PST 
Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures 2015: Geometric and Computational Spectral Theory
Organizers: Alexandre Girouard (Laval University), Dmitry Jakobson (McGill University), Michael Levitin (University of Reading), Nilima Nigam (Simon Fraser University), Iosif Polterovich (Université de Montréal), Frederic Rochon (Université du Québec à Montréal)The lectures will focus on the following four topics: geometry of eigenvalues, geometry of eigenfunctions, spectral theory on manifolds with singularities and computational spectral theory. There has been a number of remarkable recent developments in these closely related fields. The goal of the school is to shed light on different facets of modern spectral theory and to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students and young researchers to get a “big picture” of this rapidly evolving area of mathematics. A particularly novel aspect of the school is the emphasis on the interactions between spectral geometry and computational spectral theory.
Updated on Sep 03, 2014 01:11 PM PDT 
Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: LEAD John Mackay (University of Bristol), Anne Thomas (University of Glasgow), Kevin Wortman (University of Utah)The aim of this workshop is to introduce graduate students to some specific core topics which will be under study at the upcoming MSRI program on Geometric Group Theory (GGT) in 2016. GGT encompasses a wide range of topics. The four minicourse topics have been chosen because they are central themes in GGT and in the upcoming MSRI program. Moreover, each topic is accessible to students with a range of backgrounds: the basic definitions are straightforward, with many simple and illuminating examples to work through, yet lead through to important questions in current research.
Updated on Aug 28, 2014 01:51 PM PDT 
CRMPIMS Summer School in Probability
Organizers: LEAD Louigi AddarioBerry (McGill University), Omer Angel, LouisPierre Arguin, Martin Barlow, Edwin Perkins, Lea Popovic (Concordia University)The 2015 CRMPIMS Summer School in Probability will take place in Montreal, Canada, from June 15July 11, 2015. The school is built around two principal 24hour lecture courses, which will be delivered by Alice Guionnet (random matrices, free probability and the enumeration of maps) and Remco van der Hofstad (highdimensional percolation and random graphs). There will additionally be minicourses by Louigi AddarioBerry (random minimum spanning trees), Shankar Bhamidi (dynamic random network models) and Jonathan Mattingly (stabilization by noise). Some time is reserved for participants to present their own work.
Updated on Nov 03, 2014 09:28 AM PST 
Mathematical Topics in Systems Biology
Organizers: LEAD Steven Altschuler (University of California, San Francisco), Lani Wu (University of California, San Francisco)This Summer Graduate School will introduce mathematics graduate students to the rapidly emerging area of systems biology. In particular, we will focus on the design and emergent behaviors of molecular networks used by cells to interpret their environments and create robust temporalspatial behaviors. This will be a very handson workshop with students working alone and in teams to program and present key ideas.
Updated on Aug 28, 2014 12:08 PM PDT 
NIMS Summer School on Random Matrix Theory
Organizers: LEAD Jinho Baik (University of Michigan)This summer graduate school will take place at the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Daejeon, South Korea. The purpose of this summer school is to introduce some of the basic ideas and methods of random matrix theory to graduate students. In particular there will be three lecture series on random matrix theory from three different perspectives: from the view points of the integrable structures, the moment method, and the Stieltjes transorm technique. In addition to the lectures, there will be discussion sessions, and the students will also have plenty of time to interact with the lecturers and with other students.
Please note that accepted students will be provided up to $1700 in travel reimbursement, in addition to meals and accommodation.
Updated on Nov 20, 2014 12:02 PM PST 
Gaps between Primes and Analytic Number Theory
Organizers: Dimitris Koukoulopoulos (Université de Montréal), LEAD Emmanuel Kowalski (ETH Zurich), James Maynard (University of Oxford), Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford University)These courses will give students a full overview of the results of Zhang and Maynard on gaps between primes, and will provide them will a clear understanding of the tools involved. This will make accessible a significant part of modern analytic number theory. The lecturers will also make sure to include, within their course, examples and discussions going further than is strictly required to understand the proofs of Zhang and Maynard, e.g., in the direction of automorphic forms and the Riemann Hypothesis over finite fields.
Updated on Dec 09, 2014 12:23 PM PST 
Incompressible Fluid Flows at High Reynolds Number
Organizers: Jacob Bedrossian (University of Maryland), LEAD Vlad Vicol (Princeton University)The purpose of this two week workshop is to introduce graduate students to stateoftheart methods and results in mathematical fluid dynamics. In the first week, we will discuss the mathematical foundations and modern analysis aspects of the NavierStokes and Euler equations. In the second week, we will run two courses concurrently on the topics of inviscid limits and hydrodynamic stability. Specifically, one course will focus on boundary layers in high Reynolds number flows and the Prandtl equations while the other will focus on mixing and connections to turbulence. Through the lectures and associated problem sessions, the students will learn about a number of new analysis tools and principles of fluid mechanics that are not always taught in a graduate school curriculum.
Updated on Aug 28, 2014 08:47 AM PDT 
Connections for Women: Dispersive and Stochastic PDE
Organizers: LEAD Kay Kirkpatrick (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign), Andrea Nahmod (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)Updated on Nov 08, 2014 01:10 PM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Randomness and long time dynamics in nonlinear evolution differential equations
Organizers: Kay Kirkpatrick (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign), LEAD Yvan Martel (École Polytechnique), LEAD Luc ReyBellet (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Gigliola Staffilani (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Updated on Nov 07, 2014 02:41 PM PST 
New challenges in PDE: Deterministic dynamics and randomness in high and infinite dimensional systems
Organizers: Jonathan Mattingly (Duke University), Andrea Nahmod (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Pierre Raphael (Universite de Nice SophiaAntipolis), Luc ReyBellet (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Daniel Tataru (University of California, Berkeley)Updated on May 28, 2014 03:25 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Differential Geometry
Organizers: Christine Breiner (Fordham University), LEAD Natasa Sesum (Rutgers University)The purpose of this meeting is to help junior female researchers to become familiar with the focus topics of the main MSRI program, and also for the junior researchers to have an opportunity to get acquainted with more senior women researchers in differential geometry.
This workshop is open to all mathematicians.
Updated on Nov 08, 2014 11:44 AM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Modern Riemannian Geometry
Organizers: LEAD Tobias Colding (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), John Lott (University of California, Berkeley), Jeff Viaclovsky (University of Wisconsin)The week will be devoted to an introduction to modern techniques in Riemannian geometry. This is intended to help graduate students and younger researchers get a headstart, in order to increase their participation during the main semester programs and research lectures. To increase outreach, the week will focus on Riemannian geometry and should be largely accessible. Some minicourses on topics of recent interest will be included. The workshop will also have semiexpository lectures dealing with aspects of spaces with curvature bounded from below, since such spaces will occur throughout the semester. We expect that many Berkeley mathematicians and students will participate in the introductory workshop.
Updated on Aug 14, 2014 08:49 AM PDT 
Kähler Geometry, Einstein Metrics, and Generalizations
Organizers: Simon Donaldson (Imperial College, London), Gang Tian (Princeton University), Jeff Viaclovsky (University of Wisconsin)The workshop will integrate elements from complex differential geometry with Einstein metrics and their generalizations. The topics will include
 Existence of KählerEinstein metrics and extremal Kähler metrics. Notions of stability in algebraic geometry such as Chow stability, Kstability, bstability, and polytope stability. KählerEinstein metrics with conical singularities along a divisor.
 CalabiYau metrics and collapsed limit spaces. Connections with physics and mirror symmetry.
 Einstein metrics and their moduli spaces, εregularity, noncompact examples such as ALE, ALF, and PoincaréEinstein metrics. Generalizations of the Einstein condition, such as Bachflat metrics and Ricci solitons.
 SasakiEinstein metrics and metrics with special holonomy. New examples and classification problems.
Updated on Aug 03, 2013 09:30 AM PDT 
Geometric Flows in Riemannian and Complex Geometry
Organizers: Tobias Colding (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), LEAD John Lott (University of California, Berkeley), Natasa Sesum (Rutgers University)The workshop will concentrate on parabolic methods in both Riemannian and complex geometry. The topics will include
 Ricci flow. Analytic questions about Ricci flow in three dimensions. Possible applications of Ricci flow to 4manifold topology. Ricci flow in higher dimensions under curvature assumptions.
 KählerRicci Flow. Applications to the KählerEinstein problem. Connections to the minimal model program. Study of KählerRicci solitons and limits of KählerRicci flow.
 Mean curvature flow. Singularity analysis. Generic mean curvature flow.
 Other geometric flows such as Calabi flow and pluriclosed flow.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 10:39 AM PDT 
An Introduction to Character Theory and the McKay Conjecture
Organizers: Robert Guralnick (University of Southern California), Pham Tiep (University of Arizona)Character Theory of Finite Groups provides one of the most powerful tools to study groups. In this course we will give a gentle introduction to basic results in the Character Theory, as well as some of the main conjectures in Group Representation Theory, with particular emphasis on the McKay Conjecture.
Updated on Jan 13, 2015 12:51 PM PST 
Chip Firing and Tropical Curves
Organizers: LEAD Matthew Baker (Georgia Institute of Technology), Melody Chan (Harvard University), Sam Payne (Yale University)Tropical geometry uses a combination of techniques from algebraic geometry, combinatorics, and convex polyhedral geometry to study degenerations of algebraic varieties; the simplest tropical objects are tropical curves, which one can think of as "shadows" of algebraic curves. Linear equivalence of divisors on an abstract tropical curve is determined by a simple but rich combinatorial process called "chip firing", which was discovered independently in the discrete setting by physicists and graph theorists. From a pedagogical point of view, one can view tropical curves as a combinatorial model for the highly analogous but more abstract theory of algebraic curves, but there is in fact much more to the story than this: one can use tropical curves and chip firing to prove theorems in algebraic geometry and number theory. This field is relatively new, so participants will have the opportunity to start from scratch and still get a glimpse of the cutting edge in this active research area.
Updated on Jan 13, 2015 12:40 PM PST 
Connections for Women: Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: LEAD Ruth Charney (Brandeis University), Indira Chatterji (Université d'Orléans), Mark Feighn (Rutgers University), Talia Fernos (University of North Carolina)This threeday workshop will feature talks by six prominent female mathematicians on a wide range of topics in geometric group theory. Each speaker will give two lectures, separated by a breakout session during which participants will meet in small groups to discuss ideas presented in the first lecture. The workshop is open to all mathematicians.Updated on Nov 08, 2014 10:27 AM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: Martin Bridson (University of Oxford), Benson Farb (University of Illinois), Zlil Sela (Hebrew University), Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University)Updated on Oct 30, 2014 08:39 AM PDT
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Workshop Introductory Workshop: Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures
Organizers: Richard Canary (University of Michigan), LEAD William Goldman (University of Maryland), Ursula Hamenstädt (Universität Bonn), Alessandra Iozzi (ETH Zurich)The deformation theory of geometric structures on manifolds is a subfield of differential geometry and topology, with a heavy infusion of Lie theory. Its richness stems from close relations to dynamical systems, algebraic geometry, representation theory, Lie theory, partial differential equations, number theory, and complex analysis.
The introductory workshop will serve as an overview to the program. It aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and other researchers to the major topics of the program. There will be a number of short courses.
Updated on Jan 20, 2015 04:04 PM PST 
Workshop Connections for Women: Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures
Organizers: Virginie Charette (University of Sherbrooke), LEAD Fanny Kassel (Université de Lille I (Sciences et Techniques de Lille Flandres Artois)), Karin Melnick (University of Maryland), Anna Wienhard (RuprechtKarlsUniversität Heidelberg)This twoday workshop will consist of various talks given by prominent female mathematicians in the field. These will be appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, 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 Jan 21, 2015 12:34 PM PST 
Workshop Automorphic forms, Shimura varieties, Galois representations and Lfunctions
Organizers: LEAD Pierre Colmez (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu), Stephen Kudla (University of Toronto), Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology), Ariane Mézard (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu), Richard Taylor (Institute for Advanced Study)Lfunctions attached to Galois representations coming from algebraic geometry contain subtle arithmetic information (conjectures of Birch and SwinnertonDyer, Deligne, Beilinson, Bloch and Kato, Fontaine and PerrinRiou). Langlands has predicted the existence of a correspondence relating these Lfunctions to Lfunctions of automorphic forms which are much better understood. The workshop will focus on recent developments related to Langlands correspondence (construction of Galois representations attached to automorphic forms via the cohomology of Shimura varieties, modularity of Galois representations...) and arithmetic of special values of Lfunctions.
It will be dedicated to Michael Harris as a tribute to his enormous influence on the themes of the workshop.
Updated on Dec 08, 2014 09:34 AM PST 
Workshop Categorical Structures in Harmonic Analysis
Organizers: Thomas Haines (University of Maryland), Florian Herzig (University of Toronto), LEAD David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley)The workshop will focus on the role of categorical structures in number theory and harmonic analysis, with an emphasis on the setting of the Langlands program. Celebrated examples of this theme range from Lusztig's character sheaves to Ngo's proof of the Fundamental Lemma. The workshop will be a forum for researchers from a diverse collection of fields to compare problems and strategies for solutions.
Updated on Nov 19, 2014 12:12 PM PST 
Workshop Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar (BADGS) Fall 2014
Organizers: David Bao (San Francisco State University), Joel Hass (University of California, Davis), LEAD David Hoffman (Stanford University), Rafe Mazzeo (Stanford University), Richard Montgomery (University of California, Santa Cruz)The Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar meets 3 times each year and is a 1day seminar on recent developments in differential geometry and geometric analysis, broadly interpreted. Typically, it runs from midmorning until late afternoon, with 34 speakers. Lunch will be available and the final talk will be followed by dinner.
Location: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley CA
Updated on Sep 24, 2014 01:43 PM PDT 
Workshop Breaking the Neural Code
Organizers: Larry Abbott (Columbia University), Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University), Michael Jordan (University of California), LEAD Liam Paninski (Columbia University)For decades, neuroscientists have dreamed about the possibility of recording from all the neurons in a brain, or of having access to a complete large brain wiring diagram, or ideally to obtain both of these datasets simultaneously, in the same brain. Recent technical advances have brought this dream close to reality in some cases. Now the challenge will be to understand these massive datasets. A few domains will be particularly relevant:
 Inferring network structure from noisy and incomplete data
 Inferring computational inputoutput function from structure
 Optimal experimental design (incl. compressive sensing methods) for observation of networks
 Modeling structured stochastic network dynamics
 Optimal control of network dynamics
 Inferring lowdimensional dynamics from highdimensional observations
There’s a strong need in neuroscience for deep new ideas from mathematics and statistics, and our hope is that this small, focused workshop without many formal talks will spark collaborations that will lead to breakthroughs in the areas described above.
This workshop is by invitation only.
This workshop is supported by a generous donation from Sanford Grossman.
Updated on Oct 29, 2014 12:22 PM PDT 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Geometric Representation Theory
Organizers: David BenZvi (University of Texas), Kevin McGerty (University of Oxford)Geometric Representation Theory is a very active field, at the center of recent advances in Number Theory and Theoretical Physics. The principal goal of the Introductory Workshop will be to provide a gateway for graduate students and new postdocs to the rich and exciting, but potentially daunting, world of geometric representation theory. The aim is to explore some of the fundamental tools and ideas needed to work in the subject, helping build a cohort of young researchers versed in the geometric and physical sides of the Langlands philosophy.
Updated on Oct 28, 2014 01:29 PM PDT 
Workshop Connections for Women: Geometric Representation Theory
Organizers: LEAD Monica Vazirani (University of California, Davis), Eva Viehmann (TU München)Within the broad range of geometric representation theory the Connections Workshop will focus on three research topics in which we expect particularly striking new developments within the next few years:
* Categorical and geometric structures in representation theory and Lie superalgebras
* Geometric construction of representations via Shimura varieties and related moduli spaces
* Hall algebras and representationsThe workshop will bring together researchers from these different topics within geometric representation theory and will thus facilitate a successful start of the semester program. It will give junior researchers from each of these parts of geometric representation theory a broader picture of possible applications and of new developments, and will establish a closer contact between junior and senior researchers.
This workshop is aimed at encouraging and increasing the active participation of women and members of underrepresented groups in the MSRI program.All are welcome to participate in the scientific portions of the workshop and the panel discussion, regardless of gender.
Updated on Sep 16, 2014 03:12 PM PDT 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms
Organizers: Laurent Berger (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Ariane Mézard (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu), LEAD Akshay Venkatesh (Stanford University), ShouWu Zhang (Princeton University)The goal of this workshop is to give a practical introduction to some of the main topics and techniques related to the AugustDecember 2014 MSRI program, "New geometric methods in number theory and automorphic forms." The workshop is aimed at graduate students and interested researchers in number theory or related fields.
There will be lecture series on periods of automorphic forms, Shimura varieties, and representations of padic groups,as well as more advanced topics, including padic Hodge theory and the cohomology of arithmetic groups.
Updated on Aug 29, 2014 09:33 AM PDT 
Workshop Connections for Women: New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms
Organizers: Wenching Li (Pennsylvania State University), LEAD Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology), Sophie Morel (Princeton University), Ramdorai Sujatha (University of British Columbia)This 2day workshop will showcase the contributions of female mathematicians to the three main themes of the associated MSRI program: Shimura varieties, padic automorphic forms, periods and Lfunctions. It will bring together women who are working in these areas in all stages of their careers, featuring lectures by both established leaders and emerging researchers. In addition, there will be a poster session open to all participants and an informal panel discussion on career issues.
Updated on Aug 27, 2014 04:44 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Geometry and Analysis
Organizers: HansJoachim Hein (Imperial College, London), LEAD Aaron Naber (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)Geometric and complex analysis is the application of tools from analysis to study questions from geometry and topology. This two week summer course will provide graduate students with the necessary background to begin studies in the area. The first week will consist of introductory courses on geometric analysis, complex analysis, and Riemann surfaces. The second week will consist of more advanced courses on the regularity theory of Einstein manifolds, KahlerEinstein manifolds, and the analysis of Riemann surfaces.
Updated on Aug 11, 2014 12:16 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Stochastic Partial Differential Equations
Organizers: Yuri Bakhtin (New York University, Courant Institute), LEAD Ivan Corwin (Columbia University), James Nolen (Duke University)Stochastic Partial Differential Equations (SPDEs) serve as fundamental models of physical systems subject to random inputs, interactions or environments. It is a particular challenge to develop tools to construct solutions, prove robustness of approximation schemes, and study properties like ergodicity and fluctuation statistics for a wide variety of SPDEs.
The purpose of this two week workshop is to educate graduate students on the stateoftheart methods and results in SPDEs. The three courses which will be run simultaneously will highlight different (though related) aspects of this area including (1) Fluctuation theory of PDEs with random coefficients (2) Ergodic theory of SPDEs and (3) Exact solvability of SPDEsUpdated on Jun 24, 2014 02:31 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Algebraic Topology
Organizers: LEAD Jose CantareroLopez (Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas), LEAD Michael Hill (University of Virginia)Modern algebraic topology is a broad and vibrant field which has seen recent progress on classical problems as well as exciting new interactions with applied mathematics. This summer school will consist of a series of lecture by experts on major research directions, including several lectures on applied algebraic topology. Participants will also have the opportunity to have guided interaction with the seminal texts in the field, reading and speaking about the foundational papers.
Videos of selected lectures may be found here.
Updated on Jan 15, 2015 11:27 AM PST 
Summer Graduate School IAS/PCMI 2014: Mathematics and Materials
Organizers: Mark Bowick (Syracuse University), David Kinderlehrer (Carnegie Mellon University), Govind Menon (Brown University), Charles Radin (University of Texas)The program in 2014 will bring together a diverse group of mathematicians and scientists with interests in fundamental questions in mathematics and the behavior of materials. The meeting addresses several themes including computational investigations of material properties, the emergence of long range order in materials and selfassembly, the geometry of soft condensed matter and the calculus of variations, phase transitions and statistical mechanics. The program will cover several topics in discrete and differential geometry that are motivated by questions in materials science. Many central topics, such as the geometry of packings, problems in the calculus of variations and phase transitions, will be discussed from the complementary points of view of mathematicians and physicists.
Updated on Mar 06, 2014 12:12 PM PST 
Summer Graduate School Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures 2014: Counting Arithmetic Objects
Organizers: Henri Darmon (McGill University), Andrew Granville (Université de Montréal), Benedict Gross (Harvard University)Updated on Jan 16, 2014 08:48 AM PST 
MSRIUP MSRIUP 2014: Arithmetic Aspects of Elementary Functions
Organizers: Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), LEAD Herbert Medina (Loyola Marymount University), Ivelisse M. Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)The MSRIUP summer program is designed for undergraduate students who have completed two years of universitylevel mathematics courses and would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences. Due to funding restrictions, only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply and the program cannot accept foreign students regardless of funding. The academic portion of the 2014 program will be led by Dr. Victor Moll from Tulane University.
Updated on Oct 31, 2014 10:19 AM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Dispersive Partial Differential Equations
Organizers: Natasa Pavlovic (University of Texas), Nikolaos Tzirakis (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign)The purpose of the workshop is to introduce graduate students to the recent developments in the area of dispersive partial differential equations (PDE).
Dispersive equations have received a great deal of attention from mathematicians because of their applications to nonlinear optics, water wave theory and plasma physics. We will outline the basic tools of the theory that were developed with the help of multilinear Harmonic Analysis techniques. The exposition will be as selfcontained as possible.
Updated on Jun 16, 2014 10:14 AM PDT 
Workshop Model Theory in Geometry and Arithmetic
Organizers: Raf Cluckers (Université de Lille I (Sciences et Techniques de Lille Flandres Artois)), LEAD Jonathan Pila (University of Oxford), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley)The workshop will feature talks in a range of topics where model theory interacts with other parts of mathematics, especially number theory and arithmetic geometry, including: motivic integration, algebraic dynamics, diophantine geometry, and valued fields.
Updated on May 27, 2014 01:57 PM PDT 
Workshop Reimagining the Foundations of Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Vigleik Angeltveit (Australian National University), Mark Behrens (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Julie Bergner (University of California), LEAD Andrew Blumberg (University of Texas)Recent innovations in higher category theory have unlocked the potential to reimagine the basic tools and constructions in algebraic topology. This workshop will explore the interplay between these higher and $\infty$categorical techniques with classical algebraic topology, playing each off of the other and returning the field to conceptual, geometrical intuition.
Updated on Apr 15, 2014 11:30 AM PDT 
Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers
Organizers: Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Solomon Friedberg (Boston College), LEAD Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska), Despina Stylianou (City College, CUNY), Peter Trapa (University of Utah), HungHsi Wu (University of California, Berkeley), Darryl Yong (Harvey Mudd College)The 2014 CIME workshop will focus on the role played by mathematics departments in preparing future teachers. As part of this focus, the workshop will consider two broad questions: What mathematics should teachers know, and how should they come to know this mathematics?
The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences publication, The Mathematical Education of Teachers II, recommends that, at institutions that prepare teachers, teacher education should be “an important part of a mathematics department’s mission” (p.19). Certainly, at some universities, mathematicians are significantly involved in the mathematical experiences of students who are planning become teachers. But there are many other departments where this is not true. Future mathematics teachers are enrolled in the department’s mathematics classes, but no one is attending to the fact that this is where they are developing mathematical knowledge and (from watching their instructors) ideas about how teach mathematics. This role – whether deliberate or latent –– is vitally important for the mathematical preparation of beginning teachers.
The CIME workshop has three core aims: (A) to acquaint mathematicians with basic facts about teacher education and how teacher education intersects with the math department even when no one is taking special note of the department’s role; (B) to explore a set of key questions and best practices central to taking advantage of the role that mathematics departments do – or could – play in the mathematical preparation of teachers:
 What is known about effective mathematical preparation of teachers, including curriculum, instructional approaches, and assessments?
 What supports do mathematicians and mathematics departments need to carry out this important role effectively? What are examples of successful models and what evidence exists about their effects?
 What are some of the persistent problems or challenges and what are promising examples of addressing these?
and (C) to identify possible action steps to provide more collective capacity for math departments to contribute to teachers’ mathematical education.
Updated on Apr 04, 2014 09:25 AM PDT 
Workshop Hot Topics: Perfectoid Spaces and their Applications
Organizers: Sophie Morel (Princeton University), Peter Scholze (Universität Bonn), LEAD Richard Taylor (Institute for Advanced Study), Jared Weinstein (Boston University)Since their introduction just two years ago, perfectoid spaces have played a crucial role in a number of striking advances in arithmetic algebraic geometry: the proof of Deligne's weightmonodromy conjecture for complete intersections in toric varieties; the development of padic Hodge theory for rigid analytic spaces; a padic analogue of Riemann's classification of abelian varieties over the complex numbers; and the construction of Galois representations for torsion classes in the cohomology of many locally symmetric spaces (for instance arithmetic hyperbolic 3manifolds). We will start the week with an exposition of the foundations of the theory of perfectoid spaces, with the aim of teaching novices to work with them. Then we will discuss their current and potential applications.
Updated on Oct 10, 2014 12:49 PM PDT 
Workshop Connections for Women: Model Theory and Its Interactions with Number Theory and Arithmetic Geometry
Organizers: Kirsten Eisentraeger (Pennsylvania State University), Julia Gordon (University of British Columbia), Deirdre Haskell (McMaster University)The development of model theory has always been influenced by its potential applications.
Recent years have seen a remarkable flowering of that development, with many exciting applications of model theory in number theory and algebraic geometry. The introductory workshop will aim to increase these interactions by exposing the techniques of model theory to the number theorists and algebraic geometers, and the problems of number theory and algebraic geometry to the model theorists. The Connections for Women workshop will focus on presenting current research on the borders of these subjects, with particular emphasis on the contributions of women. In addition, there will be some social occasions to allow young women and men to make connections with established researchers, and a panel discussion addressing the challenges faced by all young researchers, but especially by women, in establishing a career in mathematics.Updated on Feb 12, 2014 09:59 AM PST 
Workshop Pacific Northwest and Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar (BADGS) Winter 2014
Organizers: David Bao (San Francisco State University), Joel Hass (University of California, Davis), David Hoffman (Stanford University), Rafe Mazzeo (Stanford University), Richard Montgomery (University of California, Santa Cruz)The seminar will take place from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, and 9:15AM to 1PM on Sunday. Participants and their significant others are invited to a dinner to be arranged at a local restaurant on Saturday evening. The cost of the dinner will be reduced for students and postdocs. There is a signup link on the interactive program.
Location: Stanford University Department of Mathematics, Room 380C
Updated on Jan 16, 2014 04:46 PM PST 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Model Theory, Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory
Organizers: Elisabeth Bouscaren (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Antoine ChambertLoir (Université ParisSud (Orsay)), LEAD Rahim Moosa (University of Waterloo)Model theory is a branch of mathematical logic whose structural techniques have proven to be remarkably useful in arithmetic geometry and number theory. We will introduce in this workshop some of the main themes of the program.
In particular, we will be offering the following tutorials:
1. An Introduction to StabilityTheoretic Techniques, by Pierre Simon.
2. Model Theory and Diophantine Geometry, by Antoine ChambertLoir, Ya'acov Peterzil, and Anand Pillay.
3. Valued Fields and Berkovich Spaces, by Deirdre Haskell and Martin Hils.
4. Model Theory and Additive Combinatorics, by Lou van den Dries.In addition to the tutorials there will be several "state of the art" lectures on the program topics, indicating recent results as well as directions for future work. Speakers include Ekaterina Amerik, Ehud Hrushovski, Alice Medvedev, Terence Tao, and Margaret Thomas.
The introductory workshop aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and nonexperts to major and new topics of the current program. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.
Updated on Feb 10, 2014 11:01 AM PST 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), Jesper Grodal (University of Copenhagen), Kathryn Hess (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)), LEAD Michael Hill (University of Virginia)Algebraic topology is a rich, vibrant field with close connections to many branches of mathematics. This workshop will describe the state of the field, focusing on major programs, open problems, exciting new tools, and cutting edge techniques.
The introductory workshop serves as an overview to the overlying programmatic theme. It aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and nonexperts to major and new topics of the current program. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.
Updated on Jan 27, 2014 11:44 AM PST 
Workshop Connections for Women: Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Julie Bergner (University of California), LEAD Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), Brooke Shipley (University of Illinois at Chicago)This twoday workshop will consist of short courses given by prominent female mathematicians in the field. These introductory courses will be appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in related areas. The workshop will also include a panel discussion featuring successful women at various stages in their mathematical careers.
Updated on Aug 26, 2014 11:45 AM PDT 
Workshop Macaulay2 Workshop
Organizers: Sonja Mapes (University of Notre Dame), Frank Moore (Wake Forest University), David Swinarski (University of Georgia)The purpose of the workshop is to bring Macaulay2 developers together with those who would like to share or develop their skills at writing packages for Macaulay2 and those interested in developing the corresponding mathematical algorithms.
Updated on Aug 05, 2013 05:39 PM PDT 
Workshop InfiniteDimensional Geometry
Organizers: Lawrence Evans (University of California, Berkeley), Dmitry Jakobson (McGill University), Robert McCann (University of Toronto), LEAD Stephen Preston (University of Colorado)The purpose of this workshop is to gather researchers working in various areas of geometry in infinite dimensions in order to facilitate collaborations and sharing of ideas. Topics represented include optimal transport and geometries on densities, metrics on shape spaces, EulerArnold equations on diffeomorphism groups, the universal Teichmuller space, geometry of random Riemann surfaces, metrics on spaces of metrics, and related areas. The workshop will be held on the campus of University of California Berkeley (60 Evans Hall) the weekend of December 78, 2013. It is funded by an NSF grant.
Updated on Dec 05, 2013 02:55 PM PST 
Workshop Initial Data and Evolution Problems in General Relativity
Organizers: LEAD Piotr Chrusciel (Universität Wien), LEAD Igor Rodnianski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)This workshop discusses recent developments both in the study of the properties of initial data for Einstein's equations, and in the study of solutions of the Einstein evolution problem. Cosmic censorship, the formation and stability of black holes, the role of mass and quasilocal mass, and the construction of solutions of the Einstein constraint equations are focus problems for the workshop. We highlight recent developments, and examine major areas in which future progress is likely.
Updated on Nov 26, 2013 09:16 AM PST 
Workshop Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar (BADGS) Fall 2013
Organizers: David Bao (San Francisco State University), Joel Hass (University of California, Davis), LEAD David Hoffman (Stanford University), Rafe Mazzeo (Stanford University), Richard Montgomery (University of California, Santa Cruz)The Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar meets 3 times each year and is a 1day seminar on recent developments in differential geometry and geometric analysis, broadly interpreted. Typically, it runs from midmorning until late afternoon, with 34 speakers. Lunch will be available and the final talk will be followed by dinner.
Updated on Sep 18, 2013 12:07 PM PDT