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Hot Topics: Surface subgroups and cube complexes March 18, 2013 - March 22, 2013
Registration Deadline: March 22, 2013 over 1 year ago
To apply for Funding you must register by: December 18, 2012 over 1 year ago
Series: Hot Topic
Location: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley CA
Organizers Ian Agol* (University of California, Berkeley), Danny Calegari (University of Chicago), Ursula Hamenstädt (University Bonn), Vlad Markovic (California Institute of Technology)
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Recently there has been substantial progress in our understanding of the related questions of which hyperbolic groups are cubulated on the one hand, and which contain a surface subgroup on the other. The most spectacular combination of these two ideas has been in 3-manifold topology, which has seen the resolution of many long-standing conjectures. In turn, the resolution of these conjectures has led to a new point of view in geometric group theory, and the introduction of powerful new tools and structures. The goal of this conference will be to explore the further potential of these new tools and perspectives, and to encourage communication between researchers working in various related fields.

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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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MSRI has preferred rates at the Rose Garden Inn, depending on room availability. 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 the MSRI rate on all room types available.

MSRI has preferred rates 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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Mar 18, 2013
Monday
09:15 AM - 09:30 AM
  Welcome
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Dehn filling of groups and spaces
Jason Manning (University at Buffalo (SUNY))
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Wise's Malnormal Special Quotient Theorem
Daniel Groves
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  The virtual Haken conjecture
Ian Agol (University of California, Berkeley)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Criterion for Cannon's Conjecture
Vladimir Markovic
Mar 19, 2013
Tuesday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Surface subgroups from linear programming
Alden Walker
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Surface subgroups in random graphs of free groups
Danny Calegari (University of California, Berkeley)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Doubles of free groups and hyperbolic surface subgroups
Sang-hyun Kim
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Recognizing free groups, surface groups and Kleinian groups by their finite quotients
Alan Reid (University of Texas)
04:30 PM - 06:20 PM
  Reception
Mar 20, 2013
Wednesday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Slim unicorns
Piotr Przytycki
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  scl in mcg
Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah)
Mar 21, 2013
Thursday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Surface Subgroups of Isometries of Hyperbolic 3-Space
Jeremy Kahn
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Bounded quasi-Fuchsian subsurfaces in closed hyperbolic 3-manifolds
Yi Liu
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Surface quotients of hyperbolic buildings
David Futer
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Polyhedral complexes, lattices and surface subgroups
Anne Thomas (University of Glasgow)
Mar 22, 2013
Friday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Connecting the Roller Boundary and the Poisson-Furstenberg Boundary
Talia Fernos
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Rigidity of actions on CAT(0) cube complexes
Alessandra Iozzi (ETH Zurich)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  On surface subgroups of mapping class groups
Ursula Hamenstaedt (Universität Bonn)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Ascending HNN extensions of free groups
Jack Button