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Tensor categories and topological quantum field theories March 16, 2020 - March 20, 2020
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2020 about 1 month from now
To apply for Funding you must register by: January 01, 2020 about 2 months ago
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Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium, Atrium
Organizers Scott Morrison (Australian National University), Eric Rowell (Texas A & M University), LEAD Claudia Scheimbauer (TU München), Christopher Schommer-Pries (University of Notre Dame)
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Topological field theory studies the interplay of algebraic and topological structure (image credit Kevin Walker)
The workshop will concern the latest developments in the mathematical study of quantum field theories. The focus will be on the interplay among topics such as higher category theory, as illustrated by the cobordism hypothesis, conformal field theory, tensor categories describing the quantum symmetries, and the relation to topological phases of matter.
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Students, recent Ph.D.'s, women, and members of underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Funding awards are typically made 6 weeks before the workshop begins. Requests received after the funding deadline are considered only if additional funds become available.

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Mar 16, 2020
Monday
09:15 AM - 09:30 AM
  Welcome to MSRI
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Lecture
Noah Snyder (Indiana University)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Lecture
David Jordan (University of Edinburgh)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Semisimple 4-dimensional topological field theories cannot detect exotic smooth structure
David Reutter (Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Invariants of 4-manifolds from Hopf algebras
Xingshan Cui (Purdue University)
Mar 17, 2020
Tuesday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Lecture
Catharina Stroppel (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Lecture
Mark Penney (University of Waterloo)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Lecture
Nicolle Gonzalez (University of California, Los Angeles)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Lecture
Nathan Geer (Utah State University)
04:30 PM - 06:20 PM
  Reception
Mar 18, 2020
Wednesday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Lecture
Michael Freedman (University of California, San Diego)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Fracton order: relation to and features beyond TQFT
Xie Chen (California Institute of Technology)
Mar 19, 2020
Thursday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Bulk fields in conformal field theory
Christoph Schweigert (Universität Hamburg)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Lecture
Julia Plavnik (Indiana University)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Lecture
Dmitri Nikshych (University of New Hampshire)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Condensation in higher categories
Theo Johnson-Freyd (Northwestern University)
Mar 20, 2020
Friday
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Lecture
Owen Gwilliam (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Lecture
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch
02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  Lecture
Kevin Walker (Microsoft Research Station Q)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Tea
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  Lecture
David Ayala (Montana State University)