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Connections for Women: Discrete Lattice Models in Mathematics, Physics, and Computing January 12, 2012 - January 13, 2012
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2012 over 5 years ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: October 12, 2011 over 5 years ago
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Organizers Beatrice de Tiliere (University Pierre et Marie Curie), Dana Randall* (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Chris Soteros (University of Saskatchewan)

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This 2-day workshop will bring together researchers from discrete mathematics, probability theory, theoretical computer science and statistical physics to explore topics at their interface. The focus will be on combinatorial structures, probabilistic algorithms and models that arise in the study of physical systems. This will include the study of phase transitions, probabilistic combinatorics, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods, and random structures and randomized algorithms.

Since discrete lattice models stand at the interface of these fields, the workshop will start with background talks in each of the following three areas: Statistical and mathematical physics; Combinatorics of lattice models; Sampling and computational issues. These talks will describe the general framework and recent developments in the field and will be followed with shorter talks highlighting recent research in the area.

The workshop will celebrate academic and gender diversity, bringing together women and men at junior and senior levels of their careers from mathematics, physics and computer science.



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.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Please mention MSRI and the workshop name when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail. If you are making your reservations on line, please go to Hotel Durant website, choose your dates of stay and enter the "123MSRI" promo code in the box. The cut-off date for reservations is Midnight on the day of Tuesday, December 13, 2011. The rate is $110 per night plus tax.

MSRI has a preferred rate of $142 at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza, depending on room availability. Guests can either call the hotel's main line at 510-845-7300 and ask for the MSRI rate; or go to

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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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A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-238-7268. When making reservations, guests must request the MSRI preferred rate. If you are making your reservations on line, please go to this link and enter the promo/corporate code MSRI123. Our preferred rate is $129 per night for a Deluxe Queen/King, based on availability.

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Jan 12, 2012
08:40 AM - 09:00 AM
09:00 AM - 09:55 AM
  Tutorial: Statistical and mathematical physics of discrete lattice models
Anthony Guttmann (University of Melbourne)
09:55 AM - 10:25 AM
10:25 AM - 10:50 AM
  Lattice Models of Polymer Entanglements
Christine Soteros (University of Saskatchewan)
10:55 AM - 11:20 AM
  Maximal stream, minimal cutset and maximal flow in d-dimensional first passage percolation
Marie Théret
11:25 AM - 11:50 AM
  The Number of Entangled Clusters
Neal Madras
11:55 AM - 12:20 PM
  Random knots and confinement considerations
Mariel Vazquez (University of California, Davis)
12:20 PM - 01:50 PM
01:50 PM - 02:50 PM
  Combinatorics of Discrete Lattice Models
Christian Krattenthaler (Technische Universität Wien)
02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
  Limit shape and fluctuations for random Young diagrams confined in a box
Cédric Boutillier (Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie))
03:20 PM - 03:50 PM
  Tea and Poster Session
03:50 PM - 04:15 PM
  1-2 Model, Dimers and Clusters
Zhongyang LI
04:20 PM - 04:45 PM
  The Gaussian free field and Pfaffian processes
Mirjana Vuletic
04:45 PM - 05:45 PM
  Panel Discussion
Jan 13, 2012
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  Tutorial: Counting and sampling on lattices, a computer science perspective
Dana Randall (Georgia Institute of Technology)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
  Reconstruction on Trees
Nayantara Bhatnagar
11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
  Counting and sampling minimum cuts in weighted planar graphs
Ivona Bezakova
11:30 AM - 11:55 AM
  Explosive Percolation on Random Graphs and Lattices
Raissa D'Souza
12:00 PM - 12:25 PM
  Glauber Dynamics for the Ising Model on the Square Lattice
Allan Sly
12:25 PM - 01:55 PM
01:55 PM - 02:20 PM
  Forceless Physics: Models with Hard Constraints
Peter Winkler (Dartmouth College)
02:25 PM - 02:50 PM
  An Elementary Qualitative Model for Diffusion and Aggregation of A-beta Amyloid in Alzheimer’s Disease
Maria Carla Tesi
02:55 PM - 03:20 PM
  The effect of drift on the volume of the Wiener sausage and the dimension of the Brownian path
Perla Sousi
03:20 PM - 03:50 PM
  Tea and Poster Session
03:50 PM - 04:15 PM
  Asymptotics of dimers on tori and cylinders
Nike Sun
04:20 PM - 04:45 PM
  Exactly solvable classes of self-avoiding walks
Mireille Bousquet-Melou (Université de Bordeaux I)