
Math Circle  Mentorship and Partnership Program
Organizers: Diana White (University of Colorado, Denver), Brandy Wiegers (Central Washington University)The next version of Circle on the Road, the MCMAP Training Workshops will provide a focused training for Novice Math Circle leaders. These workshops launch a oneyear mentorship and partnership program to support Novice Math Circles through their first few critical years.
Updated on Jul 21, 2015 12:00 PM PDT 
Lecture MiniSeries with Dr. Edward Frenkel
Organizers: Edward Frenkel (University of California, Berkeley)Updated on Aug 21, 2015 02:04 PM PDT 
Theory of Neural Computation
Organizers: Dmitri Chklovskii (Simons Foundation), David Eisenbud (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Gary Marcus (New York University), LEAD Bruno Olshausen (University of California, Berkeley), Christos Papadimitriou (University of California, Berkeley), Terrence Sejnowski (Salk Institute for Biological Studies), Fritz Sommer (University of California, Berkeley)The theme of this workshop is on bringing theory into the study of neural networksthose in brains and those in machines. We will soon have the capability to monitor activity and structure in the brain at unprecedented scales, but what will these data tell us? It is unlikely that we will gain insight without some theoretical framework to guide our thinking of what to look for, and why. Similarly, neural network models can now perform feats of language translation and pattern recognition far beyond what was possible a few years ago; but they have yet to shed new light on neurobiological mechanisms in part because there is only a limited theory of such computations.
What are likely candidates for such theories? Do they already exist? And what is needed to more tightly integrate theoretical frameworks with empirical approaches?
Updated on Aug 28, 2015 11:35 AM PDT 
New challenges in PDE: Deterministic dynamics and randomness in high and infinite dimensional systems
Organizers: Jonathan Mattingly (Duke University), LEAD Andrea Nahmod (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Pierre Raphael (Universite de Nice SophiaAntipolis), Luc ReyBellet (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Daniel Tataru (University of California, Berkeley)This workshop serves to bring into focus the fundamental aim of the jumbo program by both a) showcasing the spectacular progress in recent years in the study of both nonlinear dispersive as well as stochastic partial differential equations and b) bringing to the fore the key challenges for the future in quantitatively analyzing the dynamics of solutions arising from the flows generated by deterministic and nondeterministic evolution differential equations, or dynamical evolution of large physical systems.
During the two weeks long workshop, we intertwine talks on a wide array of topics by some of the key researchers in both communities and aim at highlighting the most salient ideas, proofs and questions which are important and fertile for `crosspollination’ between PDE and SPDE. Topics include: Global dynamics and singularity formation for geometric and physical nonlinear wave and dispersive models (critical and supercritical regimes); dynamics of infinite dimensional systems (critical phenomena, multi scale dynamics and metastability); symplectic structures of infinite dimensional dynamical systems; randomization and long time dynamics, invariant Gibbs and weighted Wiener measures; derivation of effective dynamics in quantum systems; weak turbulence phenomena; optimization and learning algorithms: distributed, stochastic and parallel.
Updated on Aug 20, 2015 09:09 AM PDT 
Modern Math Workshop 2015
Organizers: LEAD Hélène Barcelo (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Helen Chamberlin (MBI  Mathematical Biosciences Institute), Ricardo Cortez (Tulane University), Sujit Ghosh (SAMSI  Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute), Dagan Karp (Harvey Mudd College), Anne Pfister (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Christian Ratsch (IPAM  Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics), Ivelisse M. Rubio (University of Puerto Rico), Mariel Vazquez (University of California, Davis), Talithia Williams (Harvey Mudd College)As part of the Mathematical Sciences Collaborative Diversity Initiatives, nine mathematics institutes are pleased to host their annual SACNAS preconference event, the 2015 Modern Math Workshop (MMW). The Modern Math Workshop is intended to encourage minority undergraduates to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and to assist undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhD’s in building their research networks.
Updated on Aug 18, 2015 04:34 PM PDT 
Workshop on Combinatorial Games, in honor of Elwyn Berlekamp's 75th Birthday
Organizers: David Eisenbud (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), LEAD Richard Guy (University of Calgary), Thane Plambeck (Counterwave, Inc.), Aaron Siegel (Twitter, Inc.)A twoday workshop with researchlevel talks on combinatorial game theory, one of the fields to which Elwyn Berlekamp has made enormous contributions.
Updated on Jul 22, 2015 06:16 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 Apr 17, 2015 12:32 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Modern Riemannian Geometry
Organizers: LEAD Tobias Colding (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), John Lott (University of California, Berkeley), Jeff Viaclovsky (University of WisconsinMadison)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 25, 2015 05:05 PM PDT 
Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2016: Observing, Evaluating and Improving Mathematics Teaching from the early grades through the University
Organizers: Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), David Eisenbud (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), LEAD Mark Hoover (University of Michigan), Deborah Hughes Hallett (University of Arizona)The 2016 CIME workshop focuses directly on the teaching of mathematics at the university and precollege levels. Teaching is not easy to examine in disciplined ways because it is so familiar and seems so obvious. Although teaching shapes students’ opportunities to learn, what teachers are actually doing is difficult to observe and describe. This impedes work on improving teaching.
This workshop will offer the opportunity to study and talk closely about mathematics teaching through close observation and discussion of video tapes in a setting that will bring together professionals with a range of perspectives, knowledge, experience, and orientations. The goal of the workshop is to develop language and methods for describing, analyzing and evaluating what can be seen in the classroom, with the ultimate goal of helping teachers shape and improve what they do.
Four questions structure the highly interactive design of the workshop:
 What skills are needed for observing teaching in ways that inform it?
 How can the use of observation be structured in order to improve mathematics teaching? What approaches are available? What are their strengths and weaknesses?
 Observationbased assessment of teaching: Why, what, and how?
 How can we develop and sustain a crossprofessional community that observes and evaluates teaching in such a way that different communities communicate with and learn from each other to support a cycle of improvement in the teaching of mathematics at all levels?
The workshop will provide a library of videos of mathematics teaching for study, In addition, participants are encouraged to submit a short video clip of their own teaching, together with a brief background commentary. These videos will provide a central text for our collective work on discussing and assessing mathematics teaching.
Updated on Jul 31, 2015 04:04 PM PDT 
Kähler Geometry, Einstein Metrics, and Generalizations
Organizers: Olivier Biquard (École Normale Supérieure), Simon Donaldson (Imperial College, London), Gang Tian (Princeton University), LEAD Jeff Viaclovsky (University of WisconsinMadison)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 Mar 05, 2015 10:53 AM PST 
Hot Topics: Cluster algebras and wallcrossing
Organizers: LEAD Mark Gross (University of California, San Diego), Paul Hacking, Sean Keel, Lauren Williams (University of California, Berkeley)Cluster algebras were introduced in 2001 by Fomin and Zelevinsky to capture the combinatorics of canonical bases and total positivity in semisimple Lie groups. Since then they have revealed a rich combinatorial and grouptheoretic structure, and have had significant impact beyond these initial subjects, including string theory, algebraic geometry, and mirror symmetry. Recently Gross, Hacking, Keel and Kontsevich released a preprint introducing mirror symmetry techniques into the subject which resolved several longstanding conjectures, including the construction of canonical bases for cluster algebras and positivity of the Laurent phenomenon. This preprint reformulates the basic construction of cluster algebras in terms of scattering diagrams (or wallcrossing structures). This leads to the proofs of the conjectures and to new constructions of elements of cluster algebras. But fundamentally they provide a new tool for thinking about cluster algebras.
The workshop will bring together many of the different users of cluster algebras to achieve a synthesis of these new techniques with many of the different aspects of the subject. There will be lecture series on the new techniques, and other lecture series on connections with Lie theory, quiver representation theory, mirror symmetry, string theory, and stability conditions.Updated on Aug 06, 2015 08:56 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 
Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures 2016: Dynamics of Biological Systems
Organizers: Thomas Hillen (University of Alberta), Mark Lewis (University of Alberta), Yingfei Yi (University of Alberta)Updated on Feb 18, 2015 02:45 PM PST 
Harmonic Analysis and Elliptic Equations on real Euclidean Spaces and on Rough Sets
Organizers: LEAD Steven Hofmann (University of Missouri), Jose Maria Martell (Instituto de Ciencias Matematicas)The goal of the workshop is to present harmonic analysis techniques in $R^n$ (the ``flat" setting), and then to show how those techniques extend to much rougher settings, with application to the theory of elliptic equations. Thus, the subject matter of the workshop will introduce the students to an active, current research area: the interface between harmonic analysis, elliptic PDE, and geometric measure theory.
Updated on Jul 31, 2015 09:00 PM PDT 
Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming: Theory, algorithms and applications
Organizers: Franscisco Castro (Universidad de Sevilla), Elena Fernandez (Polytechnical University of Cataluña (Barcelona)), Justo Puerto (Universidad de Sevilla)Updated on Feb 18, 2015 02:48 PM PST 
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 
Electronic Structure Theory
Organizers: LEAD Lin Lin (University of California, Berkeley), Jianfeng Lu (Duke University), James Sethian (University of California, Berkeley)Ab initio or first principle electronic structure theories, particularly represented by KohnSham density functional theory (KSDFT), have been developed into workhorse tools with a wide range of scientific applications in chemistry, physics, materials science, biology etc. What is needed are new techniques that greatly extend the applicability and versatility of these approaches. At the core, many of the challenges that need to be addressed are essentially mathematical. The purpose of the workshop is to provide graduate students a selfcontained introduction to electronic structure theory, with particular emphasis on frontier topics in aspects of applied analysis and numerical methods.
Updated on Jul 15, 2015 03:30 PM PDT 
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 de Nice Sophia Antipolis), 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 Chicago), LEAD Zlil Sela (Hebrew University), Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University)This will be an introductory workshop to the MSRI jumbo program Geometric Group Theory being held during the Fall Semester of 2016. The purpose of the workshop is to provide an overview of key areas of research to be covered in the program, including an introduction to open problems of current interest.
Updated on Jul 27, 2015 03:36 PM PDT 
Groups acting on CAT(0) spaces
Organizers: Ian Agol (University of California, Berkeley), PierreEmmanuel Caprace (Université Catholique de Louvain), Koji Fujiwara (Kyoto University), Alessandra Iozzi (ETHZ), LEAD Michah Sageev (TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology)The theme of the workshop is algebraic, geometric and analytical aspects of groups that act by isometries on spaces of nonpositive curvature known as CAT(0) spaces. The world of CAT(0) spaces includes classical spaces such as symmetric spaces and buildings, as well as more avantgarde arrivals, such as CAT(0) cube complex. The workshop will bring together researchers studying various aspects of such groups and spaces to discuss recent developments and chart new directions in the field.
Updated on Aug 14, 2015 01:41 PM PDT 
Geometry of mapping class groups and Out(Fn)
Organizers: Yael Algom Kfir (University of Haifa), LEAD Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah), Richard Canary (University of Michigan), Gilbert Levitt (Université de Caen)A fourday workshop with researchlevel talks on the latest advances in the geometry of mapping class groups and Out(F_n), and spaces on which they act.
Updated on Aug 17, 2015 11:44 AM PDT 
Amenability, coarse embeddability and fixed point properties
Organizers: Goulnara Arzhantseva (Université de Genève), Cornelia Drutu (University of Oxford), Graham Niblo (University of Southampton), Piotr Nowak (Polish Academy of Sciences)Updated on Jul 31, 2015 06:30 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Harmonic Analysis
Organizers: Svitlana Mayboroda (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), Betsy Stovall (University of WisconsinMadison)Updated on Aug 17, 2015 11:48 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Harmonic Analysis
Organizers: Allan Greenleaf (University of Rochester), Steven Hofmann (University of Missouri), Michael Lacey (Georgia Institute of Technology), Betsy Stovall (University of WisconsinMadison)Updated on Aug 17, 2015 12:02 PM PDT
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Workshop 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)The purpose of the program New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems is to bring together a core group of mathematicians from the dispersive PDE and the SPDE communities whose research contains an underlying and unifying problem: analyzing high or infinite dimensional dynamics, where dynamics is understood in a broad sense and arising from the flows generated by either deterministic or stochastic partial differential equations, or from dynamical evolution of large physical systems.
The introductory workshop will serve as an overview to the program. It aims at familiarizing graduate students, postdocs, and other researchers to the major topics of the program through short courses and discussions.
Updated on Aug 28, 2015 03:44 PM PDT 
Workshop Connections for Women: Dispersive and Stochastic PDE
Organizers: LEAD Kay Kirkpatrick (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign), Andrea Nahmod (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)This workshop will consist of various talks given by prominent female mathematicians whose research lies in and interfaces with the fields of nonlinear evolution dispersive PDE, wave phenomena and stochastic processes. These talks will be appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in areas above mentioned. The workshop will allocate ample time for group discussions and will include a professional development session.
This workshop is open to all mathematicians.
Updated on Aug 26, 2015 01:50 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School 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 07, 2015 11:47 AM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Gaps between Primes and Analytic Number Theory
Organizers: Dimitris Koukoulopoulos (Université de Montréal), LEAD Emmanuel Kowalski (Eidgenössische TH ZürichHönggerberg), 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 Jul 28, 2015 02:49 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Berkeley summer course in mining and modeling of neuroscience data
Organizers: Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University), Bruno Olshausen (University of California, Berkeley), Christos Papadimitriou (University of California, Berkeley), Fritz Sommer (University of California, Berkeley), LEAD Jeff Teeters (University of California, Berkeley)This course is for students and researchers with backgrounds in mathematics and computational sciences who are
interested in applying their skills toward problems in neuroscience. It will introduce the major open questions of
neuroscience and teach stateof–theart techniques for analyzing and modeling neuroscience data sets. The course is designed for students at the graduate level and researchers with background in a quantitative field such as
engineering, mathematics, physics or computer science who may or may not have a specific neuroscience
background. The goal of this summer course is to help researchers find new exciting research areas and at the same time to strengthen quantitative expertise in the field of neuroscience. The course is sponsored by the National Science Foundation from a grant supporting activities at the data sharing repository CRCNS.org, the Helen Wills
Neuroscience Institute, the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and the Mathematical Science Research
Institute.Updated on Feb 23, 2015 03:59 PM PST 
Summer Graduate School Mathematical Topics in Systems Biology
Organizers: LEAD Steven Altschuler (University of California, San Francisco), Lani Wu (UCSF)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 Jun 03, 2015 12:21 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School 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 
Summer Graduate School 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 Jan 28, 2015 10:59 AM PST 
Summer Graduate School 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 Jul 06, 2015 03:14 PM PDT 
Summer Graduate School 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 
MSRIUP MSRIUP 2015: Geometric Combinatorics Motivated by the 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 Jul 27, 2015 01:57 PM PDT 
Workshop Partnerships: a Workshop on Collaborations between the NSF/MPS and Private Foundations
Organizers: Cynthia Atherton (HeisingSimons Foundation), Paulette Clancy (Cornell University), LEAD David Eisenbud (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Thomas Everhart (California Institute of Technology), Caty Pilachowski (Indiana University, Bloomington), Robert Shelton (Research Corporation for Science Advancement), Yuri Tschinkel (New York University, Courant Institute)The National Science Foundation (NSF) and nonprofit organizations each provide critical support to the U.S. basic research enterprise in the mathematical and physical sciences. While the missions of these funders differ, many of their goals align and the grantee communities have significant overlap. With the ultimate aim of helping to advance the scientific frontier in the most effective way, we propose to hold a workshop to examine partnerships between the Directorate of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) at NSF and nonprofit funders in MPSrelated disciplines to
• understand different models of collaboration (the “how”);
• understand different motivations for collaboration (the “why”); and
• develop opportunities for future communication and/or collaboration.Updated on May 20, 2015 01:38 PM PDT 
Workshop 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 Jun 02, 2015 09:19 AM PDT 
Workshop Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar (BADGS) Spring 2015
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.
Created on Apr 06, 2015 03:13 PM PDT 
Workshop Dynamics on Moduli Spaces
Organizers: Marc Burger (Eidgenössische TH ZürichHönggerberg), 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 May 01, 2015 09:18 AM PDT 
Workshop 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 (Bay College), 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 Apr 01, 2015 03:27 PM PDT 
Workshop 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 Mar 30, 2015 12:51 PM PDT 
Workshop Bay Area Differential Geometry Seminar (BADGS) Spring 2015
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 Feb 12, 2015 01:23 PM PST 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Geometric and Arithmetic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics
Organizers: Manfred Einsiedler (Eidgenössische TH ZürichHönggerberg), Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis University), LEAD JeanFrançois Quint (Université de Bordeaux I), 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 Feb 09, 2015 10:00 AM PST 
Workshop 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 Feb 09, 2015 10:05 AM PST 
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 (ETHZ)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 26, 2015 01:25 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