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Hot Topics: Kadison-Singer, Interlacing Polynomials, and Beyond March 09, 2015 - March 13, 2015

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Mar 09, 2015
Monday
09:15 AM - 09:30 AM
  Welcome
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Hyperbolic polynomials, Strong Rayleigh matroids and the Marcus-Spielman-Srivastava theorem
Petter Branden (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH))
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Introduction to Interlacing Polynomials, Barrier Functions, and Kadison-Singer
Daniel Spielman (Yale University)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Determinants, Hyperbolicity, and Interlacing
Cynthia Vinzant (North Carolina State University)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  An overview of the Matching Polynomial
Chris Godsil (University of Waterloo)
Mar 10, 2015
Tuesday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Laws of non-commutative polynomials in $n$-tuples of free variables
Dimitri Shlyakhtenko (University of California, Los Angeles)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Free probability, random matrices and transport maps
Alice Guionnet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Polynomial convolutions and connections to free probability
Adam Marcus (Yale University)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Ramanujan graphs from finite free convolutions.
Nikhil Srivastava (University of California, Berkeley)
04:30 PM - 06:20 PM
  Reception
Mar 11, 2015
Wednesday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Towards Constructing Expanders via Lifts: Hopes and Limitations
Alexandra Kolla (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Expanders and box spaces
Alain Valette (Université de Neuchâtel)
Mar 12, 2015
Thursday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Commutators in L(X) for some Banach spaces X
William Johnson (Texas A & M University)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  A quantitative version of the commutator theorem for zero trace matrices
Gideon Schechtman (Weizmann Institute of Science)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Paving over arbitrary MASAs in von Neumann algebras
Stefaan Vaes (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  A survey of discrepancy theory
Nicholas Harvey (University of British Columbia)
Mar 13, 2015
Friday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Hyperbolic Polynomials in Optimization
Osman Guler (University of Maryland Baltimore County)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Tea
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Effective-Resistance-Reducing Flows, Spectrally Thin Trees, and Asymmetric TSP
Shayan Oveis Gharan (University of Washington)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Approximating the covariance matrix by the empirical covariance matrices; non-limiting random matrix approach
Nicole Tomczak-Jaegermann (University of Alberta)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Hyperbolicity and determinantal representations for higher-codimensional subvarieties
Victor Vinnikov (Ben Gurion University of the Negev)