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Topics in Geometric Group Theory November 05, 2007 - November 09, 2007
Registration Deadline: October 29, 2007 over 11 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: August 05, 2007 almost 12 years ago
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Organizers Noel Brady, Mike Davis, Mark Feighn

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This conference will be devoted to cutting-edge developments in geometric group theory. We expect that the talks will cover aspects of the following topics: CAT(0)-spaces and CAT(0)-cubical complexes, hyperbolic and relatively hyperbolic groups, automorphism groups of free groups and surface groups, self-similar groups, Coxeter groups and Artin groups, lattices in Lie groups and Kac-Moody groups, asymptotic dimension, measurable group theory, and limit groups. The following people have agreed to give one hour lectures: Jason Behrstock Martin Bridson Indira Chatterji Alexander Dranishnikov Jan Dymara Alex Eskin David Fisher Koji Fujiwara Vincent Guirardel Michael Handel Tadeusz Januszkiewicz Larsen Louder Jason Manning Dan Margalit Volodymyr Nekrashevych Denis Osin Panagiotis Papazoglou Thomas Putman Bertrand Remy Yehuda Shalom Anne Thomas Karen Vogtmann This workshop is partially supported by a grant from Collaborative Research Center 701, University of Bielefeld, funded by the DFG (German Research Foundation).The organizers and MSRI acknowledge the assistance of Professor Herbert Abels in this project.   A block of rooms has been reserved at the Rose Garden Inn. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-992-9005 OR directly on their website. Click on Corporate at the bottom of the screen and when prompted enter code MATH (this code is not case sensitive). By using this code a new calendar will appear and will show MSRI rate on all room types available. The following Group Code should be entered in the "Comment" field when booking through our Website. Group Code = CGGGT2. Please note: The Original Queen room type does not have an in-room T1 connection, but we do have WIFI available in our main lobby area. The cut-off date for reservations is October 12, 2007. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Please mention the workshop name and reference the following code when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail: WU0000. The cut-off date for reservations is October 5, 2007. The schedule of talks found below is tentative.
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To apply for funding, you must register by the funding application deadline displayed above.

Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Nov 05, 2007
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Coarse Differentiation and the Geometry of Polycyclic Groups
Alex Eskin (University of Chicago)
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Y. Shalom Lecture
Yehuda Shalom
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  On Asymptotic Dimension of Coxeter Groups
Alexander Dranishnikov
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Median Spaces and Applications
Indira Chatterji (Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis)
Nov 06, 2007
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Automorphism Groups of Right-angled Artin Groups
Karen Vogtmann (University of Warwick)
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Higher Isoperimetric Inequalities for Complexes and Groups
Panagiotis Papazoglou
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  Lattices Acting on Polyhedral Complexes
Anne Thomas (University of Sydney)
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Normal Automorphisms of Relatively Hyperbolic Groups
Denis Osin (Vanderbilt University)
03:30 PM - 04:20 PM
  Rank-1 Isometries on CAT(0) Spaces and Quasi-homomorphisms
Koji Fujiwara (Kyoto University)
Nov 07, 2007
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  A Family of Simple Groups Acting on Buildings
Bertrand REMY
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Dimension of Torelli Groups
Dan Margalit (Georgia Institute of Technology)
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  On the Homology of Finite Index Subgroups of the Mapping Class Group
Thomas Putman
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Quasi-isometric Rigidity of the Mapping Class Groups
Jason Behrstock (City University of New York (CUNY))
03:30 PM - 04:20 PM
  L^2 Cohomology of Buildings
Jan Dymara
Nov 08, 2007
09:00 AM - 09:50 AM
  Geometric Makanin Algorithm for Solving Equations in Virtually Free Groups
Vincent Guirardel (Institut de Recherche Mathematique (IRMAR))
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
  Global fixed points for centralizers and Morita's Theorem (joint work with John Franks)
Michael Handel (Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY)
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  Krull Dimension for Limit Groups
Larsen Louder (University College)
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Space of Marked Groups and Non-uniform Exponential Growth
Volodymyr Nekrashevych
Nov 09, 2007
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  Groups with Fixed Point Properties
Tadeusz Januszkiewicz
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
  Residual Finiteness and Separability of Quasi-convex Subgroups
Jason Manning (Cornell University)
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
  Kleiner's Proof of the Polynomial Growth Theorem
David Fisher (Indiana University)