
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 Mar 18, 2015 10:54 AM PDT 
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 Mar 26, 2015 12:01 PM PDT 
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 Mar 31, 2015 09:00 AM PDT 
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 Mar 20, 2015 09:22 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 Jan 28, 2015 11:18 AM PST 
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 Nov 08, 2014 11:44 AM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Modern Riemannian Geometry
Organizers: LEAD Tobias Colding (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), John Lott (University of California, Berkeley), Jeff Viaclovsky (University of Wisconsin)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 14, 2014 08:49 AM 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 Wisconsin)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 
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 
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 Illinois), Zlil Sela (Hebrew University), Karen Vogtmann (Cornell University)Updated on Oct 30, 2014 08:39 AM PDT
Past Programmatic Workshops

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 
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 
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 (Eidgenössische TH ZürichHönggerberg)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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
Model Theory in Geometry and Arithmetic
Organizers: Raf Cluckers (Université de Lille I (Sciences et Techniques de Lille Flandres Artois)), LEAD Jonathan Pila (University of Oxford), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley)The workshop will feature talks in a range of topics where model theory interacts with other parts of mathematics, especially number theory and arithmetic geometry, including: motivic integration, algebraic dynamics, diophantine geometry, and valued fields.
Updated on May 27, 2014 01:57 PM PDT 
Reimagining the Foundations of Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Vigleik Angeltveit (Australian National University), Mark Behrens (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Julie Bergner (University of California), LEAD Andrew Blumberg (University of Texas)Recent innovations in higher category theory have unlocked the potential to reimagine the basic tools and constructions in algebraic topology. This workshop will explore the interplay between these higher and $\infty$categorical techniques with classical algebraic topology, playing each off of the other and returning the field to conceptual, geometrical intuition.
Updated on Apr 15, 2014 11:30 AM PDT 
Connections for Women: Model Theory and Its Interactions with Number Theory and Arithmetic Geometry
Organizers: Kirsten Eisentraeger (Pennsylvania State University), Julia Gordon (University of British Columbia), Deirdre Haskell (McMaster University)The development of model theory has always been influenced by its potential applications.
Recent years have seen a remarkable flowering of that development, with many exciting applications of model theory in number theory and algebraic geometry. The introductory workshop will aim to increase these interactions by exposing the techniques of model theory to the number theorists and algebraic geometers, and the problems of number theory and algebraic geometry to the model theorists. The Connections for Women workshop will focus on presenting current research on the borders of these subjects, with particular emphasis on the contributions of women. In addition, there will be some social occasions to allow young women and men to make connections with established researchers, and a panel discussion addressing the challenges faced by all young researchers, but especially by women, in establishing a career in mathematics.Updated on Feb 12, 2014 09:59 AM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Model Theory, Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory
Organizers: Elisabeth Bouscaren (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Antoine ChambertLoir (Université de Paris XI), LEAD Rahim Moosa (University of Waterloo)Model theory is a branch of mathematical logic whose structural techniques have proven to be remarkably useful in arithmetic geometry and number theory. We will introduce in this workshop some of the main themes of the program.
In particular, we will be offering the following tutorials:
1. An Introduction to StabilityTheoretic Techniques, by Pierre Simon.
2. Model Theory and Diophantine Geometry, by Antoine ChambertLoir, Ya'acov Peterzil, and Anand Pillay.
3. Valued Fields and Berkovich Spaces, by Deirdre Haskell and Martin Hils.
4. Model Theory and Additive Combinatorics, by Lou van den Dries.In addition to the tutorials there will be several "state of the art" lectures on the program topics, indicating recent results as well as directions for future work. Speakers include Ekaterina Amerik, Ehud Hrushovski, Alice Medvedev, Terence Tao, and Margaret Thomas.
The introductory workshop aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and nonexperts to major and new topics of the current program. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.
Updated on Feb 10, 2014 11:01 AM PST 
Introductory Workshop: Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), Jesper Grodal (University of Copenhagen), Kathryn Hess (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)), LEAD Michael Hill (University of Virginia)Algebraic topology is a rich, vibrant field with close connections to many branches of mathematics. This workshop will describe the state of the field, focusing on major programs, open problems, exciting new tools, and cutting edge techniques.
The introductory workshop serves as an overview to the overlying programmatic theme. It aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and nonexperts to major and new topics of the current program. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.
Updated on Jan 27, 2014 11:44 AM PST 
Connections for Women: Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Julie Bergner (University of California), LEAD Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), Brooke Shipley (University of Illinois at Chicago)This twoday workshop will consist of short courses given by prominent female mathematicians in the field. These introductory courses will be appropriate for graduate students, postdocs, and researchers in related areas. The workshop will also include a panel discussion featuring successful women at various stages in their mathematical careers.
Updated on Aug 26, 2014 11:45 AM PDT 
InfiniteDimensional Geometry
Organizers: Lawrence Evans (University of California, Berkeley), Dmitry Jakobson (McGill University), Robert McCann (University of Toronto), LEAD Stephen Preston (University of Colorado)The purpose of this workshop is to gather researchers working in various areas of geometry in infinite dimensions in order to facilitate collaborations and sharing of ideas. Topics represented include optimal transport and geometries on densities, metrics on shape spaces, EulerArnold equations on diffeomorphism groups, the universal Teichmuller space, geometry of random Riemann surfaces, metrics on spaces of metrics, and related areas. The workshop will be held on the campus of University of California Berkeley (60 Evans Hall) the weekend of December 78, 2013. It is funded by an NSF grant.
Updated on Dec 05, 2013 02:55 PM PST 
Initial Data and Evolution Problems in General Relativity
Organizers: LEAD Piotr Chrusciel (Universität Wien), LEAD Igor Rodnianski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)This workshop discusses recent developments both in the study of the properties of initial data for Einstein's equations, and in the study of solutions of the Einstein evolution problem. Cosmic censorship, the formation and stability of black holes, the role of mass and quasilocal mass, and the construction of solutions of the Einstein constraint equations are focus problems for the workshop. We highlight recent developments, and examine major areas in which future progress is likely.
Updated on Nov 26, 2013 09:16 AM PST 
Fluid Mechanics, Hamiltonian Dynamics, and Numerical Aspects of Optimal Transportation
Organizers: Yann Brenier (École Polytechnique), Michael Cullen (Met Office), LEAD Wilfrid Gangbo (Georgia Institute of Technology), Allen Tannenbaum (State University of New York, Stony Brook)The workshop will be devoted to emerging approaches to fluid mechanical, geophysical and kinetic theoretical flows based on optimal transportation. It will also explore numerical approaches to optimal transportation problems.
Updated on Sep 18, 2014 04:45 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Mathematical Relativity
Organizers: LEAD Justin Corvino (Lafayette College), Greg Galloway (University of Miami), Hans Ringström (Royal Institute of Technology (KTH))Mathematical relativity is a very widely ranging area of mathematical study, spanning differential geometry, elliptic and hyperbolic PDE, and dynamical systems. We introduce in this workshop some of the leading areas of current interest associated with problems in cosmology, the theory of black holes, and the geometry and physics of the Cauchy problem (initial data constraints and evolution) for the Einstein equations.
The introductory workshop serves as an overview to the overlying programmatic theme. It aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and nonexperts to major and new topics of the current program. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.
Updated on Oct 23, 2013 10:04 AM PDT 
Connections for Women: Mathematical General Relativity
Organizers: Beverly Berger (None), LEAD Lydia Bieri (University of Michigan), Iva Stavrov (Lewis and Clark College)Ever since the epic work of Yvonne ChoquetBruhat on the wellposedness of Einstein's equations initiated the mathematical study of general relativity, women have played an important role in many areas of mathematical relativity. In this workshop, some of the leading women researchers in mathematical relativity present their work.
Updated on Oct 23, 2013 10:03 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Optimal Transport: Geometry and Dynamics
Organizers: Luigi Ambrosio (Scuola Normale Superiore), Lawrence Evans (University of California, Berkeley), LEAD Alessio Figalli (University of Texas)The workshop is intended to give an overview of the research landscape surrounding optimal transportation, including its connections to geometry, design applications, and fully nonlinear partial differential equations.
As such, it will feature some survey lectures or minicourses by distinguished visitors and/or a few of the organizers of the theme semester, amounting to a kind of summer school. These will be complemented by a sampling of research lectures and short presentations from a spectrum of invited guests and other participants, including some who attended the previous week's {\em Connections for Women} workshop.
The introductory workshop aims to familiarize graduate students, postdocs, and nonexperts to major and new topics of the current program. Though the audience is expected to have a general mathematical background, knowledge of technical terminology and recent findings is not assumed.
Updated on Oct 23, 2013 10:02 AM PDT 
Connections for Women on Optimal Transport: Geometry and Dynamics
Organizers: SunYung Alice Chang (Princeton University), Panagiota Daskalopoulos (Columbia University), Robert McCann (University of Toronto), Maria Westdickenberg (RWTH Aachen)This twoday event aims to connect women graduate students and beginning researchers with more established female researchers who use optimal transportation in their work and can serve as professional contacts and potential rolemodels. As such, it will showcase a selection of lectures featuring female scientists, both established leaders and emerging researchers.
These lectures will be interspersed with networking and social events such as lunch or teatime discussions led by successful researchers about (a) the particular opportunities and challenges facing women in scienceincluding practical topics such as worklife balance and choosing a mentor, and (b) promising new directions in optimal transportation and related topics. Junior participants will be paired with more senior researchers in mentoring groups, and all participants will be encouraged to stay for the Introductory Workshop the following week, where they will have the opportunity to propose a short research communication.
Updated on Oct 02, 2013 08:49 AM PDT 
The Commutative Algebra of Singularities in Birational Geometry: Multiplier Ideals, Jets, Valuations, and Positive Characteristic Methods
Organizers: Craig Huneke (University of Virginia), Yujiro Kawamata (University of Tokyo), Mircea Mustata (University of Michigan), Karen Smith (University of Michigan), Keiichi Watanabe (Nihon University)The workshop will examine the interplay between measures of singularities coming both from characteristic p methods of commutative algebra, and invariants of singularities coming from birational algebraic geometry. There is a long history of this interaction which arises via the "reduction to characteristic p" procedure. It is only in the last few years, however, that very concrete objects from both areas, namely generalized test ideals from commutative algebra and multiplier ideals from birational geometry, have been shown to be intimately connected. This workshop will explore this connection, as well as other topics used to study singularities such as jets schemes and valuations.
Updated on Jun 05, 2013 09:44 AM PDT 
Interactions between Noncommutative Algebra, Representation Theory, and Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: Victor Ginzburg (University of Chicago), Iain Gordon (University of Edinburgh, UK), Markus Reineke (Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany), Catharina Stroppel* (University of Bonn, Germany), and James Zhang (University of Washington)In recent years there have been increasing interactions between noncommutative algebra/representation theory on the one hand and algebraic geometry on the other. This workshop would aim to examine these interactions and, as importantly, to encourage the interactions between the three areas. The precise topics will become more precise nearer the time, but will certainly include:
Noncommutative algebraic geometry; Noncommutative resolutions of singularities and CalabiYau algebras; Symplectic reflection and related algebras; Dmodule theory; Deformationquantization
Updated on May 14, 2013 12:12 PM PDT 
Representation Theory, Homological Algebra, and Free Resolutions
Organizers: Luchezar Avramov (University of Nebraska), David Eisenbud (University of California, Berkeley), and Irena Peeva* (Cornell University)The workshop will focus on recent breakthroughs in understanding and applications of free resolutions and on interactions of commutative algebra and representation theory, where algebraic geometry often appears as a third player. A specific goal is to stimulate further interaction between these fields.
Updated on Mar 31, 2015 08:52 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory
Organizers: Michael Artin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology  MIT), Michel Van den Bergh* (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and Toby Stafford (University of Manchester)This workshop will provide several short lecture series consisting two or three lectures each to introduce postdocs, graduate students and nonexperts to some of the major themes of the conference. While the precise topics may change to reflect developments in the area, it is likely that we will run miniseries in the following subjects:
Noncommutative algebraic geometry; DModule Theory; Derived Categories; Noncommutative Resolutions of Singularities; DeformationQuantization; Symplectic Reflection Algebras; Growth Functions of Infinite Dimensional Algebras.
Updated on Jan 14, 2015 09:24 AM PST 
Connections for Women: Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory
Organizers: Georgia Benkart (University of Wisconsin), Ellen Kirkman* (Wake Forest University), and Susan Sierra (Princeton University & University of Edinburgh)The Connections for Women workshop associated to the MSRI program in noncommutative algebraic geometry and representation theory is intended to bring together women who are working in these areas in all stages of their careers.
As the first event in the semester, this workshop will feature a "tapas menu" of current research and open questions: light but intriguing tastes, designed to encourage further exploration and interest. Talks will be aimed at a fairly general audience and will cover diverse topics within the theme of the program. In addition, there will be a poster session for graduate students and recent PhD recipients and a panel discussion on career issues, as well as free time for informal discussion.
Updated on Mar 08, 2015 08:21 AM PDT 
Combinatorial Commutative Algebra and Applications
Organizers: Winfried Bruns (Universität Osnabrück), Alicia Dickenstein (University of Buenos Aires, Argentina), Takayuki Hibi (Osaka University), Allen Knutson* (Cornell University), and Bernd Sturmfels (University of California, Berkeley)This workshop on Combinatorial Commutative Algebra aims to bring together researchers studying toric algebra and degenerations, simplicial objects such as monomial ideals and StanleyReisner rings, and their connections to tropical geometry, algebraic statistics, Hilbert schemes, Dmodules, and hypergeometric functions.
Updated on Mar 31, 2015 08:52 AM PDT 
Cluster Algebras in Combinatorics, Algebra, and Geometry
Organizers: Claire Amiot (Université de Strasbourg), Sergey Fomin (University of Michigan), Bernard Leclerc (Université de Caen), and Andrei Zelevinsky* (Northeastern University)Cluster algebras provide a unifying algebraic/combinatorial framework for a wide variety of phenomena in settings as diverse as quiver representations, Teichmuller theory, Poisson geometry, Lie theory, discrete integrable systems, and polyhedral combinatorics.
The workshop aims at presenting a broad view of the stateoftheart understanding of the role of cluster algebras in all these areas, and their interactions with each other.
Updated on Mar 24, 2015 02:25 PM PDT 
Joint Introductory Workshop: Cluster Algebras and Commutative Algebra
Organizers: David Eisenbud* (University of California, Berkeley), Bernhard Keller (Universit´e Paris VII, France), Karen Smith (University of Michigan), and Alexander Vainshtein* (University of Haifa, Israel)This workshop will take place at the opening of the MSRI special programs on Commutative Algebra and on Cluster Algebras. It will feature lecture series at different levels, to appeal to a wide variety of participants. There will be minicourses on the basics of cluster algebras, and others developing particular aspects of cluster algebras and commutative algebra.
Updated on Mar 31, 2015 08:52 AM PDT 
Connections For Women: Joint Workshop on Commutative Algebra and Cluster Algebras
Organizers: Claudia Polini (University of Notre Dame), Idun Reiten (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), Karen Smith (University of Michigan), and Lauren Williams* (University of California, Berkeley)This workshop will present basic notions from Commutative Algebra and Cluster Algebras, with a particular focus on providing background material. Additionally, the workshop aims to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas between researchers in Commutative Algebra and researchers in Cluster Algebras.
Updated on Sep 22, 2014 02:13 PM PDT 
Random Walks and Random Media
Organizers: Noam Berger (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Nina Gantert (Technical University, Munich), Andrea Montanari (Stanford University), AlainSol Sznitman (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich), and Ofer Zeitouni* (University of Minnesota/Weizmann Institute)The field of random media has been the object of intensive mathematical research over the last thirty years. It covers a variety of models, mainly from condensed matter physics, physical chemistry, and geology, where one is interested in materials which have defects or inhomogeneities. These features are taken into account by letting the medium be random. It has been found that this randomness can cause very unexpected effects in the large scale behavior of these models; on occasion these run contrary to the prevailing intuition. A feature of this area, which it has in common with other areas of statistical physics, is that what was initially thought to be just a simple toy model has turned out to be a major mathematical challenge.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:09 PM PDT 
Statistical Mechanics and Conformal Invariance
Organizers: Philippe Di Francesco* (Commissariat à l' Énergie Atomique, CEA), Andrei Okounkov (Columbia University), Steffen Rohde (University of Washington ), and Scott Sheffield (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT)Our understanding of the scaling limits of discrete statistical systems has shifted in recent years from the physicists' fieldtheoretical approaches to the more rigorous realm of probability theory and complex analysis. The aim of this workshop is to combine both discrete and continuous approaches, as well as the statistical physics/combinatorial and the probabilistic points of view. Topics include quantum gravity, planar maps, discrete conformal analysis, SLE, and other statistical models such as loop gases.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:08 PM PDT 
Percolation and Interacting Systems
Organizers: Geoffrey R. Grimmett (University of Cambridge), Eyal Lubetzky* (Microsoft Research), Jeffrey Steif (Chalmers University of Technology), and Maria E. Vares (Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas)Over the last ten years there has been spectacular progress in the understanding of geometrical properties of random processes. Of particular importance in the study of these complex random systems is the aspect of their phase transition (in the wide sense of an abrupt change in macroscopic behavior caused by a small variation in some parameter) and critical phenomena, whose applications range from physics, to the performance of algorithms on networks, to the survival of a biological species.
Recent advances in the scope of rigorous scaling limits for discrete random systems, most notably for 2D systems such as percolation and the Ising model via SLE, have greatly contributed to the understanding of both the critical geometry of these systems and the behavior of dynamical stochastic processes modeling their evolution. While some of the techniques used in the analysis of these systems are modelspecific, there is a remarkable interplay between them. The deep connection between percolation and interacting particle systems such as the Ising and Potts models has allowed one model to successfully draw tools and rigorous theory from the other.
The aim of this workshop is to share and attempt to push forward the stateoftheart understanding of the geometry and dynamic evolution of these models, with a main focus on percolation, the random cluster model, Ising and other interacting particle systems on lattices.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:08 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Lattice Models and Combinatorics
Organizers: Cédric Boutillier (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), Tony Guttmann* (University of Melbourne), Christian Krattenthaler (University of Vienna), Nicolai Reshetikhin (University of California, Berkeley), and David Wilson (Microsoft Research)Research at the interface of lattice statistical mechanics and combinatorial problems of ``large sets" has been and exciting and fruitful field in the last decade or so. In this workshop we plan to develop a broad spectrum of methods and applications, spanning the spectrum from theoretical developments to the numerical end. This will cover the behaviour of lattice models at a macroscopic level (scaling limits at criticality and their connection with SLE) and also at a microscopic level (combinatorial and algebraic structures), as well as efficient enumeration techniques and Monte Carlo algorithms to generate these objects.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:00 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Discrete Lattice Models in Mathematics, Physics, and Computing
Organizers: Beatrice de Tiliere (University Pierre et Marie Curie), Dana Randall* (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Chris Soteros (University of Saskatchewan)This 2day 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.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:00 PM PDT 
Quantitative Geometry in Computer Science
Organizers: Irit Dinur (Weizmann Institute), Subhash Khot (Courant Institute), Manor Mendel* (Open University of Israel and Microsoft Research), Assaf Naor (Courant Institute), and Alistair Sinclair (University of California, Berkeley)Geometric problems which are inherently quantitative occur in various aspects of theoretical computer science, including
a) Algorithmic tasks for geometric questions such as clustering and proximity data structures.
b) Geometric methods in the design of approximation algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems, including the analysis of semidefinite programs and embedding methods.
c) Geometric questions arising from computational complexity, particularly in hardness of approximation. These include isoperimetric and Fourier analytic problems. These include isoperimetric and Fourier analytic problems.This workshops aims to present recent progress in these directions.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:00 PM PDT 
Embedding Problems in Banach Spaces and Group Theory
Organizers: William Johnson* (Texas A&M University), Bruce Kleiner (Yale University and Courant Institute), Gideon Schechtman (Weizmann Institute), Nicole TomczakJaegermann (University of Alberta), and Alain Valette (Université de Neuchâtel)This workshop is devoted to various kinds of embeddings of metric spaces into Banach spaces, including biLipschitz embeddings, uniform embeddings, and coarse embeddings, as well as linear embeddings of finite dimensional spaces into low dimensional $\ell_p^n$ spaces. There will be an emphasis on the relevance to geometric group theory, and an exploration into the use of metric differentiation theory to effect embeddings.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:06 PM PDT 
Probabilistic Reasoning in Quantitative Geometry
Organizers: Anna Erschler* (Université ParisSud), Assaf Naor (Courant Institute), and Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research)"Probabilistic Reasoning in Quantitative Geometry" refers to the use of probabilistic techniques to prove geometric theorems that do not have any a priori probabilistic content. A classical instance of this approach is the probabilistic method to prove existence of geometric objects (examples include Dvoretzky's theorem, the JohnsonLindenstrauss lemma, and the use of expanders and random graphs for geometric constructions). Other examples are the use of probabilistic geometric invariants in the local theory of Banach spaces (sums of independent random variables in the context of type and cotype, and martingalebased invariants), the more recent use of such invariants in metric geometry (e.g., Markov type in the context of embedding and extension problems), probabilistic tools in group theory, the use of probabilistic methods to prove geometric inequalities (e.g., maximal inequalities, singular integrals, Grothendieck inequalities), the use of probabilistic reasoning to prove metric embedding results such as Bourgain's embedding theorem (where the embedding is deterministic, but its analysis benefits from a probabilistic interpretation), probabilistic interpretations of curvature and their applications, and the use of probabilistic arguments in the context of isoperimetric problems (e.g., Gaussian, rearrangement, and transportation cost methods).
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:06 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Quantitative Geometry
Organizers: Keith Ball (University College London), Eva Kopecka* (Mathematical Institute, Prague), Assaf Naor (Courant Institute), and Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research)Quantitative Geometry deals with geometric questions in which quantitative or asymptotic considerations occur. The workshop will provide a mathematical introduction, a foretaste, of the many themes this exciting topic comprises: geometric group theory, theory of Lipschitz functions, large scale and coarse geometry, embeddings of metric spaces, quantitative aspects of Banach space theory, geometric measure theory and of isoperimetry, and more.
Updated on Mar 24, 2015 02:25 PM PDT 
Connections for Women in Quantitative Geometry
Organizers: Keith Ball* (University College London), Eva Kopecka (Mathematical Institute, Prague), Assaf Naor (Courant Institute), and Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research)This workshop will provide an introduction to the program on Quantitative Geometry. There will be several short lecture series, given by speakers chosen for the accessibility of their lectures, designed to introduce nonspecialists or students to some of the major themes of the program.
Updated on Feb 26, 2015 09:35 PM PST 
Arithmetic Statistics
Organizers: Brian Conrey (American Institute of Mathematics), Barry Mazur (Harvard University), and Michael Rubinstein* (University of Waterloo)Our workshop will highlight some work relevant to or carried out during our program at the MSRI, including statistical results about ranks for elliptic curves, zeros of Lfunctions, curves over finite fields, as well as algorithms for Lfunctions, point counting, and automorphic forms.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:06 PM PDT 
Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications
Organizers: John King (University of Nottingham), Arshak Petrosyan* (Purdue University), Henrik Shahgholian (Royal Institute of Technology), and Georg Weiss (University of Dusseldorf)Many problems in physics, industry, finance, biology, and other areas can be described by partial differential equations that exhibit apriori unknown sets, such as interfaces, moving boundaries, shocks, etc. The study of such sets, also known as free boundaries, often occupies a central position in such problems. The main objective of the workshop is to bring together experts in various theoretical an applied aspects of free boundary problems.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:05 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Arithmetic Statistics
Organizers: Barry Mazur (Harvard University), Carl Pomerance (Dartmouth College), and Michael Rubinstein* (University of Waterloo)Our Introductory Workshop will focus largely on the background, recent work, and current problems regarding: Selmer groups and MordellWeil groups, and the distribution of their ranks (and "sizes") over families of elliptic curves, including recent work of Manjul Bhargava and Arul Shankar where they have shown that the average size of the 2Selmer group of an elliptic curve over Q is 3, and thereby obtains information about the average rank of MordellWeil groups; related work on the asymptotics of number fields; certain natural families of Lfunctions, and the statistical distribution of their zeros and values; complementary algorithmic methods and experimental results regarding Lfunctions, automorphic forms, elliptic curves and number fields; the statistical behavior of eigenvalues of Frobenius elements in Galois representations.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:00 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Arithmetic Statistics
Organizers: Chantal David (Concordia University) and Nina Snaith* (University of Bristol)The format of this 2day workshop will be colloquiumstyle presentations that will introduce some of the major topics touched on by the "Arithmetic Statistics" program. They will be pitched so as to be understandable to researchers with a variety of mathematical backgrounds. The talks are designed broadly as a leadin to the program's initial workshop (taking place the following week) and will include topics such as the SatoTate conjecture, random matrix theory, and enumeration of number fields. The purpose will be to provide background but also to present the exciting areas where progress is happening fast, where major problems have been solved, or where there are significant open questions that need to be tackled. With this we aim to provide motivation for the Connections participants to involve themselves with the remainder of the program.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:27 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications
Organizers: Tatiana Toro* (University of Washington)Many problems in physics, industry, finance, biology, and other areas can be described by partial differential equations that exhibit a priori unknown sets, such as interfaces, moving boundaries or shocks for example. The study of such sets, also known as free boundaries, often plays a central role in the understanding of such problems. The aim of this workshop is to introduce several free boundary problems arising in completely different areas.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 03:00 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications
Organizers: Catherine Bandle (University of Basel), Claudia Lederman (University of Buenos Aires), Noemi Wolanski (University of Buenos Aires)Contributions of women working in areas related to free boundary problems will be presented. It will include survey lectures on current problems and on standard techniques used in this field, as well as more specific new results of individual researchers. One of the major goals besides the scientific aspect, is to encourage women mathematicians to interact and to build networks. It addresses also to graduate students who are very welcome. A discussion on women’s experiences in the mathematical community should help them to find their way in their mathematical career.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:59 PM PDT 
Random Matrix Theory and its Applications II
Organizers: Alexei Borodin* (California Institute of Technology), Percy Deift (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences), Alice Guionnet (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Pierre van Moerbeke (Universite Catholique de Louvain and Brandeis University), and Craig A.Tracy (University of California, Davis)Random matrix theory (RMT) was introduced into the theoretical physics community by Eugene Wignerinthe 1950s as a model for the scattering resonances of neutrons off large nuclei. In multivariate statistics, random matrix models were introduced in the late 1920s by John Wishart and subsequently developed by Anderson, James and others. Since these early beginnings RMT has found an extraordinary variety of mathematical, physical and engineering applications that, to name some, include number theory, stochastic growth models, tiling problems and wireless communications.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 12:49 PM PDT 
Inverse Problems: Theory and Applications
Organizers: Liliana Borcea (Rice University), Carlos Kenig (University of Chicago), Maarten de Hoop (Purdue University), Peter Kuchment (Texas A&M University), Lassi Paivarinta (University of Helsinki), and Gunther Uhlmann* (University of Washington)Inverse Problems are problems where causes for a desired or an observed effect are to be determined. They lie at the heart of scientific inquiry and technological development. Applications include a number of medical as well as other imaging techniques, location of oil and mineral deposits in the earth's substructure, creation of astrophysical images from telescope data, finding cracks and interfaces within materials, shape optimization, model identification in growth processes, and modelling in the life sciences.
The speakers in the workshop will cover a broad range of the most recent developments in the theory and applications of inverse problems.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:59 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: An Introduction to Random Matrices
Organizers: Estelle Basor (American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto), Alice Guionnet* (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon), and Irina Nenciu (University of Illinois at Chicago)Topics covered in this workshop will include fundamental problems in random matrices, including universality questions and connections to physics, free probability, Riemann Hilbert problems and applications to other areas of mathematics such as number theory and numerical analysis.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 12:57 PM PDT 
Random Matrix Theory and Its Applications I
Organizers: Jinho Baik (University of Michigan), Percy Deift (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences), Alexander Its* (Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis), Kenneth McLaughlin (University of Arizona), and Craig A. Tracy (University of California, Davis)In the spring of 1999, MSRI hosted a very successful and influential onesemester program on RMT and its applications. At the workshops during the semester, there was a sense of excitement as brand new and very recent results were reported. The goal of the 2010 Program is to showcase the many remarkable developments that have taken place since 1999 and to spur further developments in RMT and Related areas of interacting particle systems (IPS) and integrable systems (IS) as well as to highlight various applications of RMT.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 12:57 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Inverse Problems and Applications
Organizers: Margaret Cheney (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Gunther Uhlmann* (University of Washington), Michael Vogelius( Rutgers), and Maciej Zworski (University of California, Berkeley)Inverse Problems are problems where causes for a desired or an observed effect are to be determined. They lie at the heart of scientific inquiry and technological development. Applications include a number of medical as well as other imaging techniques, location of oil and mineral deposits in the earth’s substructure, creation of astrophysical images from telescope data, finding cracks and interfaces within materials, shape optimization, model identification in growth processes and, more recently, modelling in the life sciences.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 12:58 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Inverse Problems and Applications
Organizers: Tanya Christiansen (University of Missouri, Columbia), Alison Malcolm (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Shari Moskow (Drexel University), Chrysoula Tsogka (University of Crete), and Gunther Uhlmann* (University of Washington)Inverse Problems are problems where causes for a desired or an observed effect are to be determined. They lie at the heart of scientific inquiry and technological development. Applications include a number of medical as well as other imaging techniques, location of oil and mineral deposits in the earth’s substructure, creation of astrophysical images from telescope data, finding cracks and interfaces within materials, shape optimization, model identification in growth processes and, more recently, modelling in the life sciences.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 12:59 PM PDT 
Symplectic Geometry, Noncommutative Geometry and Physics
Organizers: Robbert Dijkgraaf (Amsterdam), Tohru Eguchi (Kyoto), Yakov Eliashberg* (Stanford), Kenji Fukaya (Kyoto), Yoshiaki Maeda* (Yokohama), Dusa McDuff (Stony Brook), Paul Seidel (Cambridge, MA), Alan Weinstein* (Berkeley).
Sponsor: Hayashibara Foundation
Symplectic geometry originated as a mathematical language for Hamiltonian mechanics, but during the last 3 decades it witnessed both, spectacuar development of the mathematical theory and discovery of new connections and applications to physics. Meanwhile, noncommutative geometry naturally entered into this picture.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:53 PM PDT 
Symplectic and Poisson Geometry in interaction with Algebra, Analysis and Topology
Organizers: Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University), Alvaro Pelayo* (University of California, Berkeley), Steve Zelditch (Northwestern University), Maciej Zworski (University of California, Berkeley)The first week of May 2010 coincides with the first year anniversary of Alan Weinstein's retirement from UC Berkeley; Weinstein has been one of the most influential figures in symplectic geometry, Poisson geometry and analysis in the past forty years. Weinstein's fundamental work inspired many others and led to the development of central concepts in symplectic and Poisson geometry, as well as to the establishment of symplectic geometry as an independent discipline within mathematics. This conference will be a forum to celebrate Weinstein's fundamental contributions to geometry and mathematics at large.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:01 PM PDT 
Symplectic and Contact Topology and Dynamics: Puzzles and Horizons
Organizers: Paul Biran (Tel Aviv University), John Etnyre (Georgia Institute of Technology), Helmut Hofer (Courant Institute), Dusa McDuff *(Barnard College), Leonid Polterovich (Tel Aviv University),This workshop will focus on recent progress in central problems in
symplectic and contact topology and Hamiltonian dynamics such as
rigidity of Lagrangian submanifolds, algebra/topology/geometry of
symplectomorphism and contactomorphism groups, exotic symplectic and
contact structures, and existence of
periodic orbits of Hamiltonian systems and Reeb flows.
It will explain applications of the "large machines"
such as Floer Theory, Symplectic Field Theory and Fukaya categories,
showing where these machines do not yet provide satisfactory
answers. Special attention will also be paid to articulating
new problems and
directions, as well as to explaining
interactions between symplectic and contact
topology and other fields.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:03 PM PDT 
Research Workshop: Homology Theories of Knots and Links
Organizers: Peter S. Ozsváth* (Columbia University), Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University), Peter Teichner (UC Berkeley).Link homology is a young and rapidlydeveloping area drawing on many branches of mathematics. The subject has its roots in representation theory, and it has benefitted from its interactions with lowdimensional, classical, and quantum topology and symplectic geometry. Indeed, several recent developments have underscored the close parallels between link homology and Floer homological invariants for lowdimensional manifolds.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:03 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Homology Theories of Knots and Links
Organizers: Aaron Lauda (Columbia University), Robert Lipshitz (Columbia University), Dylan Thurston* (Columbia University).This workshop will introduce the main branches in the study of knot homology theories. It will consist of three minicourses, one on knot Floer homology and related topics; one on the various approaches to
Khovanov and KhovanovRozansky homology; and one on categorification on quantum groups. (There will also be several standalone lectures.) The techniques involved in the three branches are quite different; in
particular, Heegaard Floer theory is analytic in nature, with its origin in gauge theory and symplectic geometry, while both Khovanov homology and categorification are more algebraic in nature, with origins in representation theory and algebraic geometry. The workshop will provide an opportunity for graduate students and researchers
outside the field to gain entry, as well as for researchers working in one part of the field to learn about techniques and developments in other parts.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:05 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Homology Theories of Knots and Links
Organizers: Elisenda Grigsby* (Columbia), Olga Plamenevskaya (SUNY/Stonybrook), and Katrin Wehrheim (MIT)This 2day workshop will serve as a prelude to the introductory workshop for the semesterlong program on homology theories of knots and links. Survey talks in the mornings will position the work in Khovanov and Heegaard Floer homology in a broader context, focusing on:
1) applications to classical questions in lowdimensional topology, and
2) connections to contact and symplectic topology.Research talks in the afternoons will highlight the range of current activity in the field. We plan a format of no more than four talks each day to allow ample time for presentation opportunities for younger researchers and formal and informal discussions.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:06 PM PDT 
Tropical Structures in Geometry and Physics
Organizers: Mark Gross ( University of California San Diego), Kentaro Hori (University of Toronto), Viatcheslav Kharlamov (Université de Strasbourg (Louis Pasteur), Richard Kenyon* (Brown University)One of the successes of tropical geometry is its applications to a number of different areas of recently developing mathematics. Among these are enumerative geometry, symplectic field theory, mirror symmetry, dimer models/random surfaces, amoebas and algas, instantons, cluster varieties, and tropical compactifications. While these fields appear quite diverse, we believe the common meeting ground of tropical geometry will provide a basis for fruitful interactions between participants.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:26 PM PDT 
Algebraic Structures in the Theory of Holomorphic Curves
Organizers: Mohammed Abouzaid* ( Clay Mathematics Institute), Yakov Eliashberg (Stanford University), Kenji Fukaya (Kyoto University), Eleny Ionel (Stanford University), Lenny Ng (Duke University), Paul Seidel (MIT).The theory of holomorphic curves in symplectic manifolds leads
to rich algebraic structures. The study of these structures is
increasingly important both for understanding the theory itself, and
for actual computations and applications. The aim of the workshop
is to survey ongoing developments in the area. Some of the topics
of interest are: cohomological field theories; relative and tropical
GromovWitten invariants; Symplectic Field Theory (SFT) and connections
with string topology; theories of holomorphic curves with Lagrangian
boundary conditions, such as relative SFT, open GromovWitten theory,
and Fukaya categories.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:10 PM PDT 
Tropical Geometry in Combinatorics and Algebra
Organizers: Federico Ardila* (San Francisco State University), David Speyer (MIT), Jenia Tevelev (U Mass Amherst), Lauren Williams (Harvard)This workshop will concentrate on tropical methods in Combinatorics
and Algebra. Some of the topics we expect to explore are
tropical ideas and methods in combinatorial linear algebra and in
combinatorial representation theory, as well as computational issues and applications of tropical methods in algebraic statistics.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 01:26 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Tropical Geometry
Organizers: Eva Maria Feichtner (U Bremen), Ilia Itenberg* (U Strasbourg), Grigory Mikhalkin (U Genève), Bernd Sturmfels (UC Berkeley)This workshop is to lay the foundations for the upcoming program. Minicourses comprising lectures and exercise/discussion sessions will cover the foundational aspects of tropical geometry as well as its connections with adjacent areas: symplectic geometry, several complex variables, algebraic geometry (in particular enumerative and computational aspects) and geometric combinatorics. The minicourses will be augmented by research talks on current tropical develpoments to open the scene and set up new goals in the beginning semester.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:56 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Tropical Geometry
Organizers: Alicia Dickenstein* (U Buenos Aires), Eva Maria Feichtner* (U Bremen)The aim of this workshop is to introduce advanced graduate students and postdocs to tropical geometry. Various aspects of this multifaceted field will be highlighted in two shortcourses comprising lectures and exercise/discussion sessions as well as in research talks. The workshop will thus provide the participants with
an excellent introduction to the forthcoming events of the program. The scientific part will be complemented by a round table discussion on career issues of female mathematicians.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:51 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology
Organizers: John Etnyre* (Georgia Institute of Technology), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College, Columbia University), and Lisa Traynor (Bryn Mawr).This workshop aims both to introduce
people to a broad swath of the field
and to frame its most important problems.
Each day will be organized around a
basic topic, such as how to count holomorphic
curves with boundary on a Lagrangian submanifold (which
leads to various versions of Floer theory)
or how to understand the general structure of
symplectic and contact manifolds.
There will also be an introduction to the
analytic and algebraic aspects of symplectic
field theory, and a discussion of some applications.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:51 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology
Organizers: Eleny Ionel (Stanford University), Dusa McDuff* (Barnard College, Columbia University).This will form a bridge between
the graduate student workshop which will just be ending and
the Introductory workshop. After some
elementary talks describing some of the main questions
in the field, there will be an extended discussion session
intended to explain basic concepts to those unfamiliar with the area.
There will also be an opportunity for young researchers in the field
to present their work, and an evening social event.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:05 AM PDT 
Algebraic Geometry: Last Week of Program
Organizers: William Fulton (University of Michigan), Joe Harris (Harvard University), Brendan Hassett (Rice University), János Kollár (Princeton University), Sándor Kovács* (University of Washington), Robert Lazarsfeld (University of Michigan), and Ravi Vakil (Stanford University)Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:02 PM PDT 
Combinatorial, Enumerative and Toric Geometry
Organizers: Michel Brion (U. de Genoble), Anders Buch (Rutgers U.), Linda Chen (Ohio State U.), William Fulton (U. Michigan), Sándor Kovács (U. Washington), Frank Sottile (Texas A&M), Harry Tamvakis (U. Maryland), and Burt Totaro (Cambridge U.)This workshop will present the state of the art in combinatorial, enumerative, and toric algebraic geometry. It
will highlight this part of modern algebraic geometry within the context of the broader parent program at MSRI, and convey its scope to young researchers.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:08 PM PDT 
Modern Moduli Theory
Organizers: I. Coskun (U. Illinois  Chicago), S. Katz (U. Illinois), A. Marian (Institute for Advanced Study), R. Pandharipande (Princeton U.), R. Thomas (Imperial College), H.H. Tseng (U. Wisconsin), R. Vakil (Stanford U.)This workshop will convene experts specializing on the minimal model program, derived categories and moduli
spaces in an informal environment to facilitate the crossfertilization of ideas across these different fields of algebraic geometry.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:11 PM PDT 
Classical Algebraic Geometry Today
Organizers: Lucia Caporaso (U. Rome III), Brendan Hassett (Rice U.), James McKernan (MIT), Mircea Mustata (U. Michigan), Mihnea Popa (U. Illinois  Chicago)The main theme of the workshop will be to explore modern approaches to
problems originating in Classical Algebraic Geometry, and at the same time
offer an introduction to various subfields to the younger participants in
the semesterlong program.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:11 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Algebraic Geometry and Related Fields
Organizers: Angela Gibney (U. Pennsylvania), Brendan Hassett (Rice U.), Sándor Kovács (U. Washington), Diane Maclagan (Warwick U.) Jessica Sidman (Mt. Holyoke), and Ravi Vakil (Stanford U.)This workshop is part of the semester program on Algebraic Geometry, and
additional funding will be available for participants to attend the associated
"Introductory workshop: Classical algebraic geometry," January 2630, 2009.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:12 PM PDT 
Discrete Rigidity Phenomena in Additive Combinatorics
Organizers: Ben Green (University of Cambridge), Bryna Kra (Northwestern University), Emmanuel Lesigne (University of Tours), Anthony Quas (University of Victoria), Mate Wierdl (University of Memphis)Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:14 PM PDT 
Elliptic and Hyperbolic Equations on Singular Spaces
Organizers: Gilles Carron, Eugenie Hunsicker, Richard Melrose, Michael Taylor, Andras Vasy and Jared WunschUpdated on Oct 06, 2014 03:16 PM PDT 
Topology of Stratified Spaces
Organizers: Greg Friedman, Eugénie Hunsicker, Anatoly Libgober, and Laurentiu MaximThis workshop will bring together researchers interested in the topology of stratified spaces. It will focus roughly on four topics: topology of complex varieties, signature theory on singular spaces, L^{2} and intersection cohomology, and mixed Hodge theory and singularities. Aside from talks on current research, there will be a series of introductory lectures on these themes. These talks will be aimed at strengthening the connections among the various topology research groups and the connections between topology researchers and researchers at the program on Analysis of Singular Spaces, running concurrently.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:47 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Analysis on Singular Spaces
Organizers: Gilles Carron, Eugenie Hunsicker, Richard Melrose, Michael Taylor, Andras Vasy and Jared WunschThis fourday program will be an introduction to the main themes of the Analysis on Singular Spaces program, geared toward graduate students and postdocs. It will consist of several minicourses, covering topics in
spectral and scattering theory, index theory, and $L²$cohomology, as well as developing the technical tools needed as background.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:18 PM PDT 
Broader Connections: Analysis on Singular Spaces
Organizers: Gilles Carron, Eugenie Hunsicker, Richard Melrose, Michael Taylor, Andras Vasy, and Jared WunschThis twoday program will consist of a "crash course" in topics in PDE relevant to the Analysis on Singular Spaces main program, and in particular will attempt to get graduate students, postdocs, and even advanced
undergraduates ready for the Introductory Workshop the following week. The focus will be topics in analysis on smooth manifolds whose generalizations to singular spaces will be the focus of the main program.Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:18 PM PDT 
Introduction to Ergodic Theory and Additive Combinatorics
Organizers: Ben Green (University of Cambridge), Bryna Kra (Northwestern University), Emmanuel Lesigne (University of Tours), Anthony Quas (University of Victoria), and Mate Wierdl (University of Memphis)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:02 AM PDT 
Broader Connections: Ergodic Theory and Additive Combinatorics
Organizers: Ben Green (University of Cambridge), Bryna Kra (Northwestern University), Emmanuel Lesigne (University of Tours), Anthony Quas (University of Victoria), Mate Wierdl (University of Memphis)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:35 PM PDT 
Homological Methods in Representation Theory
Organizers: David Benson, Daniel Nakano(chair), Raphael RouquierUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:35 PM PDT 
Topics in Combinatorial Representation Theory
Organizers: Sergey Fomin, Bernard Leclerc, Vic Reiner (Chair), Monica VaziraniUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:34 PM PDT 
Lie Theory
Organizers: Alexander Kleshchev, Arun Ram, Richard Stanley (chair), Bhama SrinivasanUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:34 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on the Representation Theory of Finite Groups
Organizers: Jonathan Alperin(chair), Robert Boltje, Markus LinckelmannUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:34 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Combinatorial Representation Theory
Organizers: Persi Diaconis, Arun Ram, Anne Schilling (Chair)The goal of the Introductory Workshop is to survey current and recent developments in the field. The talks will focus on tableaux, reflection groups, finite groups, geometry and mathematical physics in the realm of Combinatorial Representation Theory.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 03:40 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Introduction to the Spring, 2008 programs
Organizers: Bhama Srinivasan and Monica VaziraniUpdated on Oct 06, 2014 03:42 PM PDT 
Topics in Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: Noel Brady, Mike Davis, Mark FeighnUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:03 AM PDT 
Introduction to Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: Mladen Bestvina, Jon McCammond, Michah Sageev, Karen VogtmannUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:42 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: Ruth Charney, Indira Chatterji, and Karen VogtmannUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:45 PM PDT 
Introduction to Teichmuller Theory and Kleinian Groups
Organizers: Jeff Brock, Richard Canary, Howard Masur, Alan Reid, and Maryam MirzakhaniUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:32 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Teichmuller Theory and Kleinian Groups
Organizers: Moon Duchin, Caroline SeriesUpdated on Oct 06, 2014 03:45 PM PDT 
Mathematical Issues in Stochastic Approaches for Multiscale Modeling
Organizers: Roberto Camassa (UNC  Chapel Hill), Jinqiao Duan (Illinois Institute of Technology  Chicago), Peter E. Kloeden (U of Frankfurt, Germany), Jonathan Mattingly (Duke U), Richard McLaughlin (UNC  Chapel Hill)Complex physical, biological, geophysical and environmental systems display variability over a broad range of spatial and temporal scales. To make progress in understanding and modelling such systems, a combination of computational, analytical, and experimental techniques is required. There are issues that emerge prominently in each of these categories and in all these stochastic methods are playing a fundamental role.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:02 AM PDT 
An Introduction to Multiscale Methods
Organizers: Greg Pavliotis and Andrew StuartUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:02 AM PDT 
Stochastic Dynamical Systems and Control
Organizers: Jonathan Mattingly (Duke), Igor Mezic (UCSBChair), Andrew Stuart (Warwick)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:45 PM PDT 
Recent Developments in Numerical Methods and Algorithms for Geometric Evolution Equations
Organizers: Charles Elliott, Xiaobing Feng, Michael Holst, Hongkai ZhaoUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:30 PM PDT 
Geometric Evolution Equations
Organizers: Bennett Chow, Gerhard Huisken, ChuuLian Terng, and Gang TianUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:05 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Dynamical Systems with Emphasis on Extended Systems
Organizers: Chris Jones (U North Carolina), Edgar Knobloch (UCBerkeleyPhysics), Nancy Kopell (Boston U), LaiSang Young (chair, Courant)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:46 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Dynamical Systems
Organizers: Debra Lewis (UC Santa Cruz), Mary Pugh (U Toronto), and Mary Lou Zeeman (Bowdoin College)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 10:59 AM PDT 
Analytic and Computational Aspects of Elliptic and Parabolic Equations
Organizers: Panagiota Daskalopoulos, Peter Li and Lei NiUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:05 PM PDT 
Workshop on Topological Methods in Combinatorics, Computational Geometry, and the Study of Algorithms
Organizers: G. Carlsson, P. Diaconis, R. Jardine, and G. M. ZieglerUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:44 PM PDT 
Workshop on Application of Topology in Science and Engineering
Organizers: G. Carlsson, P. Diaconis, and S. HolmesUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:44 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Geometric Flows and Function Theory in Real and Complex Geometry
Organizers: Bennett Chow, Peter Li and Gang TianUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:44 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Geometric Analysis and Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
Organizers: Christine Guenther and Panagiota DaskalopoulosUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:05 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Computational Application of Algebraic Topology
Organizers: G. Carlsson, P. Diaconis, G. M. ZieglerUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:43 PM PDT 
Connections for Women: Computational Applications of Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Susan HolmesUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 10:58 AM PDT 
New Developments in the Geometry and Physics of GromovWitten Theory
Organizers: Mina Aganagic, A. Klemm (Wisconsin), Jun Li (Stanford), R. Pandharipande (Princeton), Yongbin Ruan (Wisconsin)Mirror duality has demonstrated the striking effectiveness of concepts of modern physics in enuerative geometry. It is of the same type as the simple radius inversion duality seen in string compactifications on S1. This type was discovered early because it shows up in every term in the string genus expansion and can be studied in 2d conformal field theory.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:43 PM PDT 
Analytic Methods for Diophantine Equations
Organizers: Michael Bennett, Chantal David, William Duke, Andrew Granville (cochair),Yuri Tschinkel (cochair)This workshop is jointly sponsored by MSRI and CRM and will be held at the Banff International Research Station in Banff, Canada.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:43 AM PDT 
Cohomological Approaches to Rational Points
Organizers: Fedor Bogomolov, Antoine ChambertLoir, JeanLouis ColliotThélène (chair), A. Johan de Jong, Raman ParimalaUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:42 PM PDT 
Generalized McKay Correspondences and Representation Theory
Organizers: Yongbin Ruan, H. Nakajima, G. MasonUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:02 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Rational and Integral Points on HigherDimensional Varieties
Organizers: JeanLouis ColliotThélène, Roger HeathBrown, János Kollár, Bjorn Poonen (chair), Alice Silverberg, Yuri TschinkelNOTE: This workshop is to be held at the International House Berkeley on the UC Berkeley campus, at 2299 Piedmont Avenue.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:56 PM PDT 
Stringy Topology in Morelia
Organizers: R. Cohen (Stanford), J. Morava (Johns Hopkins), A. Adem (UBC/UWMadison), Y. Ruan (UWMadison); Local Organizers: M. Aguilar (UNAMMexico City), D. JuanPineda (UNAMMorelia), J.Seade (UNAMCuernavaca)The purpose of this program is to introduce new topological concepts in physics to young research mathematicians from both South and North America. The lectures given during the first week will provide the necessary background; these will be supplemented, primarily during the second week, with lectures by leading researchers on recent progress. That week serves as the Opening Workshop for the MSRI program, Spring, 2006, in New Topological Structures in Physics.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:42 PM PDT 
Geometric and Analytical Aspects of Nonlinear Dispersive Equations
Organizers: Nicolas Burq, Hans Lindblad, Igor Rodnianski, Christopher Sogge, Sijue WuNOTE: This workshop is to be held at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus, at 2299 Piedmont Avenue. On site registration for the workshop will be at the International House, starting at 8:30 AM Monday and ending at 3:30 PM Monday.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:41 PM PDT 
Optimal Mass Transport and its Applications
Organizers: L. Craig Evans (U.C. Berkeley), Wilfrid Gangbo (Georgia Tech), Cristian Gutierrez (Temple University)NOTE: This workshop is to be held at the International House on the UC Berkeley campus, at 2299 Piedmont Avenue, except for the Tuesday session, which will be held at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. On site registration for the workshop will start at 8:30 AM Monday and end at 3:30 PM Monday.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:40 PM PDT 
Minicourse on Stochastic ODE and connections with nonlinear PDEs
Organizers: L. C. EvansUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:04 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Nonlinear Dispersive Equations
Organizers: James Colliander (Toronto), Patrick Gerard (Orsay), Herbert Koch (Dortmund), Natasha Pavlovic (Princeton), Daniel Tataru (Berkeley)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:40 PM PDT 
Models of RealWorld Random Networks
Organizers: David Aldous, Claire Kenyon, Jon Kleinberg, Michael Mitzenmacher, Christos Papadimitriou, Prabhakar RaghavanThis workshop seeks to bring together (a) mathematicians studying the math
properties of particular models, and (b) experts in various network
fields who can survey the successes and challenges of modeling within
their field.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:29 PM PDT 
Emphasis Week on Perceptual Organization
Organizers: Jitendra Malik, JeanMichel Morel, Song Chun ZhuUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:44 AM PDT 
Visual Recognition
Organizers: Don Geman, Jitendra Malik, Pietro Perona, Cordelia SchmidUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:24 PM PDT 
PREP Workshop: The Mathematics of Images
Organizers: Kathryn Leonard , David MumfordThis workshop is aimed at faculty who wish to learn about this exciting field and would like to enrich a variety of undergraduate courses with new examples and applications. The workshop is being held in collaboration with the Mathematical Association of America as part of the MAA's Professional Enhancement Program (PREP). See the PREP website for information about registration and participant support.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:44 AM PDT 
Phase Transitions in Computation and Reconstruction
Organizers: Dimitris Achlioptas, Elchanan Mossel, Yuval PeresThe topics of this workshop include phase transitions in connection to
random graphs, boolean functions, satisfiability problems, coding,
reconstruction on trees and spinglasses.Special focus will be given to the study of the interplay
between the replica method, local weak convergence and algorithmic aspects of
reconstruction.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:39 PM PDT 
Emphasis Week on Learning and Inference in Low and Mid Level Vision
Organizers: Andrew Blake and Yair WeissUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:43 AM PDT 
Emphasis Week on Neurobiological Vision
Organizers: David Donoho and Bruno OlshausenUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:43 AM PDT 
Markov Chains in Algorithms and Statistical Physics
Organizers: Fabio Martinelli, Alistair Sinclair, Eric VigodaRecent years have seen the rapid development of techniques for the analysis of MCMC algorithms, with applications in all the above areas. These techniques draw from a wide range of mathematical disciplines, including combinatorics, discrete probability, functional analysis, geometry and statistical physics, and there has been significant crossfertilization between them. This workshop aims to bring together practitioners from all these domains with the aim of furthering this interplay of ideas.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:24 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Aspects of Image Analysis
Organizers: David Donoho, Olivier Faugeras, David B MumfordUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:23 PM PDT 
MSRI Workshop for Women in Mathematics: Introduction to Image Analysis
Organizers: Ruzena Bajcsy, Jana Kosecka, Kathryn LeonardUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:44 AM PDT 
MSRI Program on Probability, Algorithms and Statistical Physics, Spring 2005  OPENING DAY, Thursday 13 January, 2005
Organizers: Alistair SinclairMSRI Program on Probability, Algorithms and Statistical Physics, Spring 2005  OPENING DAY, Thursday 13 January, 2005
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:40 PM PDT 
Combinatorial Aspects of Hyperplane Arrangements
Organizers: Eva Maria Feichtner, Philip Hanlon, Peter Orlik, Alexander VarchenkoThis workshop will be part of MSRI's Special Semester in Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:29 PM PDT 
Topology of Arrangements and Applications
Organizers: Daniel C. Cohen, Michael Falk (chair), Peter Orlik, Inna Scherbak, Alexandru Suciu, Hiroaki Terao, Sergey YuzvinskyThis workshop will focus on the following topics: Characteristic varieties and resonance varieties, homotopy types of arrangements, moduli of arrangements, GaussManin connections, KZ and qKZ equations, elliptic hypergeometric functions, and hypergeometric functions associated with curves of arbitrary genus.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:28 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications
Organizers: Michael Falk, Peter Orlik (Chair), Alexander Suciu, Hiroaki Terao, and SergeyYuzvinskyUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:29 PM PDT 
Algorithmic, Combinatorial and Applicable Real Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: Lalo GonzalezVega, Victoria Powers, and Frank SottileUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:27 PM PDT 
Symplectic Geometry and Mathematical Physics
Organizers: Denis Auroux, Dan Freed, Helmut Hofer, Francis Kirwan, and Gang TianUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:25 PM PDT 
Topology and Geometry of Real Algebraic Varieties
Organizers: Viatcheslav Kharlamov, Boris Shapiro, and Oleg ViroUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:36 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Topological Aspects of Real Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: Selman Akbulut, Grisha Mikhalkin, Victoria Powers, Boris Shapiro, Frank Sottile, and Oleg ViroUpdated on Feb 24, 2015 12:53 PM PST 
Geometric Analysis
Organizers: Ben Chow, Peter Li, Richard Schoen (chair), and Richard WentworthUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:04 PM PDT 
Combinatorial and Discrete Geometry
Organizers: Jesús A. De Loera, Jacob E. Goodman, János Pach and Günter M. ZieglerUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:55 PM PDT 
Mathematical Foundations of Geometric Algorithms
Organizers: Pankaj Agarwal, Herbert Edelsbrunner, Micha Sharir, and Emo WelzlUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:36 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Discrete and Computational Geometry
Organizers: Jesús A. De Loera, Herbert Edelsbrunner, Jacob E. Goodman, János Pach, Micha Sharir, Emo Welzl, and Günter M. ZieglerUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:55 PM PDT 
Von Neumann Symposium on Complex Geometry, Calibrations, and Special Holonomy
Organizers: Robert Bryant (Cochair), Simon Donaldson, H. Blaine Lawson, Richard Schoen, and Gang Tian (Cochair)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:25 PM PDT 
Preparatory Workshop for the 2003 AMS/MSRI von Neumann Symposium
Organizers: Robert BryantLOCATION: The Banff Conference Centre, Banff, Canada
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:25 PM PDT 
Mathematical SemiClassical Analysis
Organizers: J. Sjostrand, S. Zelditch, and M. ZworskiUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:44 PM PDT 
Semiclassical Methods in Physics and Chemistry
Organizers: R. Littlejohn, W.H. Miller, and M. ZworskiUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 12:16 PM PDT 
Commutative Algebra and Geometry (Banff Int'l Research Station Workshop)
Organizers: Mark Green, Juergen Herzog, and Bernd Sturmfels (chair)To be held at the Banff International Research Station in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 12:17 PM PDT 
Computational Commutative Algebra
Organizers: Serkan Hosten, Craig Huneke, Bernd Sturmfels (chair), and Irena SwansonUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:25 PM PDT 
Commutative Algebra: Interactions with Homological Algebra and Representation Theory
Organizers: Luchezar Avramov (chair), Ragnar Buchweitz, and John GreenleesUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:24 PM PDT 
Quantum Information Processing
Organizers: Steering Committee: Dorit Aharonov, Charles Bennett, Harry Buhrman, Isaac Chuang, Mike Mosca, Umesh Vazirani, and John WatrousUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:23 PM PDT 
Commutative Algebra: Local and Birational Theory
Organizers: Craig Huneke (chair), Paul Roberts, Karen Smith, and Bernd Ulrich.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:24 PM PDT 
Quantum Information and Cryptography
Organizers: Richard Jozsa and Mary Beth RuskaiUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:22 PM PDT 
Models of Quantum Computing
Organizers: David Di Vincenzo (WatsonIBM), and Peter Shor (AT&T), ChairPresented jointly with IPAM, and held in Los Angeles. See IPAM website for details.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:35 AM PDT 
Quantum Algorithms and Complexity
Organizers: Richard Cleve, Peter Shor, and Umesh VaziraniTo be held at the Banff Conference Centre in Banff (Alberta), Canada
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:34 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Commutative Algebra
Organizers: Luchezar Avramov, Mark Green, Craig Huneke, Karen E. Smith and Bernd SturmfelsUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:21 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Quantum Computation
Organizers: Dorit Aharonov, Leonard Schulman, and Umesh VaziraniUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:33 AM PDT 
Conformal Field Theory and Supersymmetry
Organizers: G. Felder, D. Freed, E. Frenkel, V. Kac, T. Miwa, I. Penkov, V. Serganova, I. Singer and G. ZuckermanThe first week will focus on Infinitedimensional Algebras, Conformal Field Theory and Integrable Systems, and the second week would be devoted to Supersymmetry in Mathematics and Physics.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:38 PM PDT 
NonAbelian Hodge Theory
Organizers: S. Bradlow, O. GarciaPrada, M. Kapranov, L. Katzarkov, M. Kontsevich, D. Orlov, T. Pantev, C. Simpson, and B. ToenUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:21 PM PDT 
Geometric Aspects of the Langlands Program
Organizers: E. Frenkel, V. Ginzburg, G. Laumon and K. VilonenDiscussion of the important developments in the geometric Langlands correspondence in the last few years
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:43 PM PDT 
Intersection Theory on Stacks
Organizers: K. Behrend, W. Fulton, L. Katzarkov, M. Kontsevich, Y. Manin, R. Pandharipande, T. Pantev, B. Toen, and A. VistoliUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:17 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Algebraic Stacks, Intersection Theory, and NonAbelian Hodge Theory
Organizers: William Fulton, Ludmil Katzarkov, and Tony PantevThe field of algebraic stacks has gathered a huge momentum and is bound to become one of the main tools of the working mathematician.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:22 AM PDT 
Inverse problems and Applications
Organizers: Joyce McLaughlin, Adrian Nachman, William Symes, Gunther Uhlmann (chair) and Michael VogeliusThe purpose of the workshop will be to bring together people working on different aspects of inverse problems, to appraise the current status of development of the field, and to encourage interaction between mathematicians and scientists and engineers working directly with the applications.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:17 PM PDT 
PanAmerican Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Inverse Problems
Organizers: Gunther Uhlmann (chair), David Haynor (Department of Radiology, University of Washington), Gary Margrave (Department of Geophysics, University of Calgary) and Ricardo Weder (Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:16 PM PDT 
Integral Geometry in Representation Theory
Organizers: Leticia Barchini, Oklahoma State University, Roger Zierau, Oklahoma State University.This workshop will concentrate on several topics in representation theory and geometric analysis of homogeneous spaces for which techniques in integral geometry play a key role.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:19 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Inverse Problems and Integral Geometry
Organizers: Liliana Borcea, David Colton, Michael Eastwood, Simon Gindikin, Alexander Goncharov and Gunther UhlmannUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:16 PM PDT 
The Global Theory of Minimal Surfaces (Summer Graduate Program II)
Organizers: Joel Hass and David Hoffmansee program webpage at http://zeta.msri.org/calendar/programs/ProgramInfo/52/show_program
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:15 PM PDT 
Modern Signal Processing (Summer Graduate Workshop I)
Organizers: Dan Rockmore and Dennis Healysee program webpage at http://zeta.msri.org/calendar/programs/ProgramInfo/51/show_program
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:40 PM PDT 
Geometric Scattering Theory and Elliptic Theory on Noncompact and Singular Spaces
Organizers: Tanya Christiansen, Charles Epstein, Rafe Mazzeo, Richard MelroseThis workshop will focus on problems of a scattering theoretic nature for geometric operators on manifolds with asymptotically regular
geometries, and also on spectral theory and related questions of invertibility of such operators on singular spaces. The emphasis will be on the consideration of new problems and the dissemination of new techniques.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:02 PM PDT 
29th Canadian Symposium on Operator Algebras
Organizers: ManDuen Choi, Edward G. Effros, George A. Elliott (cochairman), Vaughan F. R. Jones, Henri Moscovici, Ian F. Putnam (cochairman), Marc A. Rieffel and DanVirgil VoiculescuThis meeting will be joint for the first two days with the MSRI workshop on Quantization and Noncommutative Geometry, and during the threeday period April 29  May 1 will function as a closing conference for the 200001 MSRI program on Operator Algebras.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:54 PM PDT 
Quantization and Noncommutative geometry
Organizers: A. Connes, J. Cuntz, N. Higson, G.G. Kasparov, N.P. Landsman, H. Moscovici (chair, Noncommutative Geometry), M.A. Rieffel (chair, Quantization), G. Skandalis, A. Weinstein, M. Wodzicki, S.L. WoronowiczThese two topics have been scheduled in a joint workshop because the confluence of their research is likely to influence future advances in both fields.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:03 PM PDT 
Geometric Aspects of Spectral Theory
Organizers: JeanMichel Bismut, Tom Branson, S.Y. Alice Chang and Kate OkikioluThis workshop will study the spectral theory of geometric operators, including: spectral invariants, applications in conformal geometry, classification of 4manifolds, index theory and scattering theory.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:02 PM PDT 
Free Probability and Noncommutative Banach Spaces
Organizers: P. Biane, D. Shlyakhtenko, R. Speicher, D. Voiculescu, E. Effros, E. Kirchberg, V. Paulsen, G. Pisier, ZJ. Ruan and A. SinclairThe Free Probability section of the workshop will cover several aspects of the subject: applications to von Neumann algebras and C*algebras of free product type, connections with random matrix theory, free stochastic processes and free stochastic integration, combinatorial approach via noncrossing partitions, free entropy.
The Noncommutative Banach Space section will cover the central concepts of the recently developed theory of operator spaces such as: exactness, local reflexivity and injectivity with applications to C* tensor products, operator algebras and operator modules. The noncommutative Lpspaces, which play an important role in this theory, provide many points of contact with free probability.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:01 AM PDT 
Arithmetic Geometry
Organizers: Noam Elkies, William McCallum, JeanFrançois Mestre, Bjorn Poonen (chair) and René SchoofThis workshop will focus on the development of explicit and computational methods in arithmetic
geometry, as well as the complexity analysis of existing algorithms.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:47 PM PDT 
Subfactors and Algebraic Aspects of Quantum Field Theory
Organizers: D. Bisch, V.F.R. Jones, Y. Kawahigashi, S. Popa, R. Borcherds, S. Doplicher, R. Lawrence, P. Goddard and A. WassermannThese two areas have had a strong interaction in the last two decades, leading to exciting and closely related mathematics.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:47 PM PDT 
Numbertheoretic cryptography workshop
Organizers: Eric Bach, Dan Boneh, Cynthia Dwork (chair), Shafi Goldwasser, Kevin McCurley and Carl PomeranceThis workshop will focus on numbertheoretic aspects of cryptography, and will be crosscultural, where the the cultures in question are "mathematics" and "computer science."
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 10:49 AM PDT 
Simple C*algebras and Noncommutative Dynamical Systems
Organizers: W. Arveson,B. Blackadar,E. Effros,G. Elliott (chair), D. Handelman, E.Kirchberg, I. Putnam,M. Rordam,E. Stormer,M. TakesakiAs part of the fullyear 20002001 program on Operator Algebras, MSRI will host a oneweek NATO
ADVANCED RESEARCH WORKSHOP on Simple C*algebras and Noncommutative Dynamical
Systems, September 2529, 2000.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:47 PM PDT 
Clay Mathematics Institute Introductory Workshop in Operator Algebras
Organizers: D. Bisch (chair), E.G. Effros, V.F.R. Jones and D.V. VoiculescuThis workshop introduces graduate students and other scientists to the exciting area of Operator
Algebras.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:43 PM PDT 
Clay Mathematics Institute Introductory Workshop in Algorithmic Number Theory
Organizers: David Bailey, Joe Buhler (chair), Cynthia Dwork, Hendrik Lenstra Jr., Andrew Odlyzko, Bjorn Poonen, William Velez and Noriko YuiThis workshop will have lecture series covering the basic areas of algorithmic number theory,
aimed at graduate students and mathematicians without extensive experience in the field.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 12:00 PM PDT 
Interactions between Algebraic Geometry and Noncommutative Algebra
Organizers: M. Artin (MIT), K. R. Goodearl (UC Santa Barbara) and M. Van den Bergh (Limburgs)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:14 PM PDT 
Combinatorial Algebra
Organizers: G. Benkart (Univ.of Wisconsin), A. Shalev (Hebrew Univ.), E. Zelmanov (Yale Univ.)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:54 PM PDT 
Hopf Algebras
Organizers: Miriam Cohen, HansJurgen Schneider, Susan Montgomery (Chair), Fred Van OystaeyenFor more information about this event, please see the original web page at:
http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9900/noncomm/hopfalg/index.htmlUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:53 PM PDT 
Galois Actions and Geometry
Organizers: Pierre Debes, Hiroaki Nakamura, Akio TamagawaUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 12:07 PM PDT 
Constructive Galois Theory
Organizers: Moshe Jarden (Tel Aviv), Gunter Malle (Kassel), Helmut Voelklein (U. of Florida)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 12:06 PM PDT 
1999 Von Neumann Conference on Arithmetic Fundamental Groups and Noncommutative Algebra
Organizers: Michael D. Fried, David Harbater and Lance W. SmallFor more information about this conference, please visit the original web page at
http://msri.org/activities/programs/9900/noncomm/vonneumann/Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:20 AM PDT 
Quantum Chaos, GUE Conjecture for Zeros of Zeta Functions, Combinatorics, and All That
Organizers: Pavel Bleher, D.A. Hejhal, Andrew Odlyzko, and Peter SarnakPlease see the workshop web page at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9899/random/qc/ for more information.
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 11:21 AM PDT 
Random Matrices, Statistical Mechanics, and Integrable Systems
Organizers: B. Dubrovin, A. Its, M. Mehta (Chair), and N. ReshetikhinUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 12:04 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop: Random Matrix Models and their Applications
Organizers: E. Basor (Chair), P. Bleher, A. Its, and C. TracyUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 12:04 PM PDT 
Complexity of Continuous and Algebraic Mathematics
Organizers: Felipe Cucker and Jim RenegarUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 12:06 PM PDT 
Symbolic Computation in Geometry & Analysis
Organizers: Eberhard Becker, Lakshman Yagati, Michael Singer, and Peter StillerUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:12 PM PDT 
Parallel Symbolic Computing Workshop
Organizers: David H Bailey, Daniel R Grayson, Alyson Reeves and Nobuki TakayamaUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 12:16 PM PDT 
Solving Systems of Equations
Organizers: JeanPierre Dedieu, MarieFrancoise Roy, Bernd Sturmfels, and Mike ShubUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:54 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Foundations of Computational Mathematics and Symbolic Computation in Geometry and Analysis
Organizers: Arieh Iserles, MarieFrancoise Roy, Teresa Krick, Michael Singer, Andrew Stuart, and Bernd SturmfelsUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:11 PM PDT 
Model Theory, Algebra and Arithmetic
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 02:11 PM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Model Theory of Fields
Organizers: A. Pillay (Chair), C. Steinhorn, D. HaskellUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 02:10 PM PDT 
Infinite dimensional stochastic analysis (includes Malliavin Calculus, Dirichlet forms)
Organizers: P. Fitzsimmons, D. NualartUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:25 AM PDT 
Stochastic Partial Differential Equations
Organizers: C. Mueller, E. Pardoux, B. RozovskiiUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:25 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop on Harmonic Analysis
Organizers: M. Christ, D. Jerison, C. Kenig, J. Pipher, and E. SteinUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:20 PM PDT 
Harmonic Analysis and PDE
Organizers: C. Kenig, F. Ricci, E. SteinUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:21 PM PDT 
Representation Theory and Symmetric Functions
Organizers: Curtis Greene (Chair), Sergey Fomin, Phil Hanlon, and Sheila SundaramUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:22 PM PDT 
Geometric stochastic analysis and fine properties of stochastic processes
Organizers: D. Elworthy, J. F. Le Gall, J. RosenUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:25 AM PDT 
Geometric Combinatorics
Organizers: Margaret Bayer, Louis Billera (Chair), Paul Edelman and Gunter M. ZieglerUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:31 AM PDT 
Combinatorial Problems Arising in Knots and 3manifolds
Organizers: Joan Birman (Chair), XiaoSong Lin, Paul Melvin, and Andrei ZelevinskyUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 01:40 PM PDT 
Four Dimensional Manifolds
Organizers: Robion Kirby (UC Berkeley), Peter Kronheimer (Harvard), Dusa McDuff (SUNY at Stony Brook), Ronald Stern (Chair, UC Irvine), and Gang Tian (MIT)Updated on Jun 07, 2013 01:46 PM PDT 
Extremal Combinatorics
Organizers: Anders Bjorner (Chair), Zoltan Furedi, and Jeffry KahnUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:31 AM PDT 
Enumeration and Partially Ordered Sets
Organizers: Lynne Butler, Ira Gessel, Rodica Simion (chair), and Michelle WachsUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 11:32 AM PDT 
Knots and 3manifolds
Organizers: Andrew Casson (Chair), Allen Hatcher, John Luecke, Walter Neumann, and Abigail ThompsonUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 10:48 AM PDT 
Joint Introductory Workshop on Combinatorics and Lowdimensional Topology
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 10:48 AM PDT 
Sharp Inequalities in Harmonic Analysis and Convex Geometry
Organizers: E. Carlen and E. Lutwak.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 10:45 AM PDT 
Algebraic and Differential Geometric Methods in Complex Analysis
Organizers: Eric Bedford, Daniel Burns,Janos Kollar, Robert Lazarsfeld, Michael Schneider (Chair), Domingo Toledo, and Scott WolpertUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 10:44 AM PDT 
Random Methods in Convex Geometry
Organizers: L. Lovasz, N. TomczakJaegermann, and A. PajorUpdated on Jun 07, 2013 10:44 AM PDT 
Introductory Workshop in Convex Geometry and Geometric Functional Analysis
Organizers: K.M. Ball.Updated on Jun 07, 2013 10:43 AM PDT