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# Scientific Workshops

## MSRI Programmatic Workshops

Programmatic Workshops related to MSRI's Scientific Programs fall into one of the following three categories:

### INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS

Introductory workshops set the stage and provide the context for the scientific program, with the intended audience being researchers not in the program. This would include members in the other programs, members of the local mathematical community, and participants from outside the area selected especially for the workshop, particularly from groups underrepresented in research intensive contexts: women, minorities, mathematicians not located at research centers, and graduate students. In selecting participants, priority is given to these latter groups. Introductory Workshops have been effective in broadcasting the goals, ideas and techniques of a particular program to the mathematical public at large, as well as in bringing the MSRI community together as a whole.

### CONNECTIONS WORKSHOPS

Connections Workshops have a long, successful history of encouraging early-career women and gender-expansive individuals in the profession. Held at the very beginning of semester-long or year-long programs at MSRI, these workshops have three overarching goals: (1) to give accessible introductions to the main themes of the program and exciting new directions in related research; (2) to provide participants the opportunity to become acquainted with the work of women in the field; and (3) to connect early-career researchers, especially women, gender-expansive individuals, and minorities, to potential senior mentors. A typical workshop consists of introductory lectures, presentations by post-doctoral researchers and graduate students, and a panel discussion addressing the challenges faced by all young researchers, but especially by women, in establishing a career in mathematics.

Throughout the workshops, special effort is made to foster mentoring relationships between established and early-career researchers at the lunches, dinners, and coffee breaks. Participants of the Connections Workshop are encouraged to stay for the following week for the Introductory Workshop to the semester’s program. The workshop organizers are also encouraged to propose week-end activities for small groups of women with similar research interests to discuss problems and perhaps to begin work on a joint research project (e.g. forming small research or study groups that would work on predetermined problems, read a paper, or leanr new techniques). As is the case for all MSRI workshops, registration to attend Connections workshop lectures is open to all interested persons.

### TOPICAL WORKSHOPS

Directed toward the mathematical community at large, topical workshops are designed to interest and attract young researchers and other mathematicians active in the field.

• MSRI provides a yearly Hot Topics Workshop, to showcase what is new, innovative and interesting to the mathematical sciences community at the present time.
• The Critical Issues in Mathematics Education (CIME) workshop series offers an annual spring workshop designed to engage mathematicians, mathematics education researchers, and K-12 teachers to learn about research and development efforts that can enhance their own work and about the contributions they can make to solving the challenges of mathematics education.

## How to Apply

Use the calendar below to navigate to the specific workshop you are interested in attending. On the right side menu, you will see a Registration link. Follow the instructions to register for each workshop.

• ORCID ID: In order to register for most MSRI workshops, MSRI needs to collect your ORCID ID as required by the National Science Foundation, the primary funder of these workshops. ORCID is an independent non-profit organization that provides a persistent identifier – an ORCID ID – that distinguishes you from other researchers and a mechanism for linking your research outputs and activities to your ID. ORCID is integrated into many systems used by publishers, funders, institutions, and other research-related services. Learn more and create an ORCID ID account at orcid.org. Questions? Contact coord@msri.org.

Most MSRI workshops are free of charge to attend, thanks to the support of the National Science Foundation and other institutional sponsors.

## Resources for Workshop Attendees

Mother's Room: MSRI is pleased to be able to offer a private room for nursing mothers.

Childcare Grants for Workshop Participants: As part of our dedication to supporting participation from all researchers in mathematics, we are excited to have generous donations from private funders to support child care grants to help enable participation in any of our workshops for mothers of young children. Recipients of these funds (available to women researchers with children 14 years old or under) can decide the best arrangement for themselves (e.g. support for companion caregivers or hired nannies here at Berkeley or to cover the costs of such help back at home) to ensure that their families are well cared for while they are able to focus on the Workshop activities.

Please note that because these funds are taxable, they are available only to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. All recipients will be required to submit a completed W9 upon their arrival at MSRI.

MSRI is unable to offer any on-site childcare services in Berkeley, nor are we able to make recommendations for child care providers. For convenience, participants looking for childcare resources may find the following links useful:

• Bananas offers free referrals to licensed childcare providers and provides information and resources to families with young children.
• Berkeley Parents Network is an iconic website where parents can look for and recommend childcare.

## MSRI Policies for Program and Workshop Participants

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1. # [Moved Online] Recent Developments in Fluid Dynamics

Organizers: Thomas Alazard (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Hajer Bahouri (Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Mihaela Ifrim (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Igor Kukavica (University of Southern California), David Lannes (Institut de Mathématiques de Bordeaux; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), LEAD Daniel Tataru (University of California, Berkeley)
Water waves

The aim of the workshop is to bring together a broad array of researchers working on incompressible fluid dynamics. Some of the key topics to be covered are Euler flows, Navier Stokes equations as well as water wave flows and associated model equations. Some emphasis will also be placed on numerical analysis of the above evolutions.

Updated on Apr 07, 2021 10:07 AM PDT

1. # [Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2021: Initiating, Sustaining, and Researching Mathematics Department Transformation of Introductory Courses for STEM Majors

Organizers: Naneh Apkarian (Arizona State University), David Bressoud (Macalester College), Pamela Burdman (Just Equations), Jamylle Carter (Diablo Valley college), Ted Coe (Northwest Evaluation Association), Estrella Johnson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), W. Gary Martin (Auburn University), Michael O'Sullivan (San Diego State University), William Penuel (University of Colorado), LEAD Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), Daniel Reinholz (San Diego State University), Wendy Smith (University of Nebraska), David Webb (University of Colorado)

NOTE: The introductory sessions for this workshop will be held online the morning of April 29th.  Additional sessions will be held when it is once again possible to meet in person.  Times listed on schedule is in Pacfic Standard Time.

The world is changing, along with perceptions. Many call for the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning, for both citizenry and STEM preparation. To achieve sustainable change, though, the focus needs to extend from individuals to systems. It is not enough to change one classroom or one course. Transformation requires change at all levels: in teaching, programmatic practices, and institutions. This workshop will bring together teachers and researchers from universities, community colleges, and K-12 schools to explore the reasons for and processes by which change in university mathematics departments is initiated, promoted, and sustained and lessons learned from change efforts in K-12. It will review what we know about change at all levels and reflect on stories of failure and success.

Speaker Abstracts

Updated on Feb 22, 2021 09:57 AM PST
2. # [Moved Online] Hot Topics: Topological Insights in Neuroscience

Organizers: Carina Curto (Pennsylvania State University), Chad Giusti (University of Delaware), LEAD Kathryn Hess (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)), Ran Levi (University of Aberdeen)
Image created by Nicolas Antille, of the visualization team of the Blue Brain Project at EPFL

This workshop will be held online May 4-7 and May 10-11, 2021. The Zoom link will be provided at a later time. You must register for the workshop to receive the password.  The workshop is held in Pacific Standard Time.

The talks in this workshop will present a wide array of current applications of topology in neuroscience, including classification and synthesis of neuron morphologies, analysis of synaptic plasticity, algebraic analysis of the neural code, topological analysis of neural networks and their dynamics, topological decoding of neural activity, diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries, and topological biomarkers for psychiatric disease. Some of the talks will be devoted to promising new directions in algebraic topology that have been inspired by neuroscience.

Updated on Feb 10, 2021 04:31 PM PST
3. # Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2021: Microlocal Analysis: Theory and Applications (Virtual School)

Organizers: Suresh Eswarathasan (Dalhousie University), Dmitry Jakobson (McGill University), Katya Krupchyk (University of California, Irvine), Stephane Nonnenmacher (Université de Paris XI)

Microlocal analysis originated in the study of linear partial differential equations (PDEs) in the high-frequency regime, through a combination of ideas from Fourier analysis and classical Hamiltonian mechanics. In parallel, similar ideas and methods had been developed since the early times of quantum mechanics, the smallness of Planck’s constant allowing to use semiclassical methods. The junction between these two points of view (microlocal and semiclassical) only emerged in 1970s, and has taken its full place in the PDE community in the last 20 years. This methodology resulted in major advances in the understanding of linear and nonlinear PDEs in the last 50 years. Moreover, microlocal methods continue to find new applications in diverse areas of mathematical analysis, such as the spectral theory of nonselfadjoint operators, scattering theory, and inverse problems.

Updated on Apr 13, 2021 03:49 PM PDT
4. # 2021 CRM-PIMS Summer School in Probability (Virtual School)

Organizers: LEAD Louigi Addario-Berry (McGill University), Omer Angel (University of British Columbia), Alexander Fribergh (University of Montreal), Mathav Murugan (University of British Columbia), Edwin Perkins (University of British Columbia)
The Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model, aka the randomly-weighted complete graph. Edge weights are indicated using grayscale. Six distinguished vertices have been randomly chosen; edges between those vertices are shaded black to form a "hidden signal".

The courses in this summer school focus on mathematical models of group dynamics, how to describe their dynamics and their scaling limits, and the connection to discrete and continuous optimization problems.

The phrase "group dynamics" is used loosely here -- it may refer to species migration, the spread of a virus, or the propagation of electrons through an inhomogeneous medium, to name a few examples. Very commonly, such systems can be described via stochastic processes which approximately behave like the solution of an appropriate partial differential equation in the large-population limit.

Updated on Mar 24, 2021 01:52 AM PDT
5. # Sparsity of Algebraic Points (Virtual School)

Organizers: Philipp Habegger (University of Basel), LEAD Hector Pasten (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)
The Corvaja-Zannier proof of Siegel's theorem using subspaces. Illustrated by Sofía Pastén Vásquez.

The theory of Diophantine equations is understood today as the study of algebraic points in algebraic varieties, and it is often the case that algebraic points of arithmetic relevance are expected to be sparse.

This summer school will introduce the participants to two of the main techniques in the subject: (i) the filtration method to prove algebraic degeneracy of integral points by means of the subspace theorem, leading to special cases of conjectures by Bombieri, Lang, and Vojta, and (ii) unlikely intersections through o-minimality and bi-algebraic geometry, leading to results in the context of the Manin-Mumford conjecture, the André-Oort conjecture, and generalizations. This SGS should provide an entry point to a very active research area in modern number theory.

Updated on Mar 05, 2021 11:34 AM PST
6. # [Online] Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice

Organizers: Caleb Ashley (Boston College), Ron Buckmire (Occidental College), Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Monica Jackson (American University), LEAD Omayra Ortega (Sonoma State University), LEAD Robin Wilson (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona)

The overarching goal of the Workshop on Mathematics and Racial Justice is to explore the role that mathematics plays in today’s movement for racial justice. For the purposes of this workshop, racial justice is the result of intentional, active and sustained anti-racist practices that identify and dismantle racist structures and policies that operate to oppress, disenfranchise, harm, and devalue Black people. This workshop will bring together mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists, and STEM educators as well as members of the general public interested in using the tools of these disciplines to critically examine and eradicate racial disparities in society. Researchers with expertise or interest in problems at the intersection of mathematics, statistics and racial justice are encouraged to participate. This workshop will take place over two weeks and will include sessions on Bias in Algorithms and Technology; Fair Division, Allocation, and Representation; Public Health Disparities; and Racial Inequities in Mathematics Education.

Updated on Apr 09, 2021 03:35 PM PDT

Organizers: Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University), Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Maria Franco (Queensborough Community College (CUNY); MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), LEAD Rebecca Garcia (Sam Houston State University), Pamela Harris (Williams College), Candice Price (Smith College)

The MSRI-UP summer program is designed to serve a diverse group of undergraduate students who would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

In 2021, MSRI-UP will focus on Parking Functions: Choose your own adventure. The research program will be led by Dr. Pamela E. Harris, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Williams College.

Updated on Feb 05, 2021 01:42 PM PST
8. # Mathematics of Big Data: Sketching and (Multi-) Linear Algebra (Virtual School)

Organizers: LEAD Kenneth Clarkson (IBM Research Division), Lior Horesh (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center), Misha Kilmer (Tufts University), Tamara Kolda (Sandia National Laboratories), Shashanka Ubaru (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center)

This summer school will introduce graduate students to sketching-based approaches to computational linear and multi-linear algebra. Sketching here refers to a set of techniques for compressing a matrix, to one with fewer rows, or columns, or entries, usually via various kinds of random linear maps. We will discuss matrix computations, tensor algebras, and such sketching techniques, together with their applications and analysis.

Updated on Mar 15, 2021 03:16 PM PDT
9. # [POSTPONED] Metric Geometry and Geometric Analysis (Oxford, United Kingdom)

Organizers: LEAD Cornelia Drutu (University of Oxford), Panos Papazoglou (University of Oxford)

The purpose of the summer school is to introduce graduate students to key mainstream directions in the recent development of geometry, which sprang from Riemannian Geometry in an attempt to use its methods in various contexts of non-smooth geometry. This concerns recent developments in metric generalizations of the theory of nonpositively curved spaces and discretizations of methods in geometry, geometric measure theory and global analysis. The metric geometry perspective gave rise to new results and problems in Riemannian Geometry as well.

All these themes are intertwined and have developed either together or greatly influencing one another. The summer school will introduce some of the latest developments and the remaining open problems in these very modern areas, and will emphasize their synergy.

Updated on Feb 03, 2021 03:04 PM PST
10. # Gauge Theory in Geometry and Topology (Virtual School)

Organizers: Lynn Heller (Universität Hannover), Francesco Lin (Columbia University), LEAD Laura Starkston (University of California, Davis), Boyu Zhang (Princeton University)
Image by Nick Schmitt

Figure 1. A rotationally symmetric solution to the self-duality equations on an open and dense subset of the torus. Singularities appear where the surface intersects the ideal boundary at infinity of the hyperbolic 3-space visualized by the wireframe.

Gauge theory is a geometric language used to formulate many fundamental physical phenomena, which has also had profound impact on our understanding of topology. The main idea is to study the space of solutions to partial differential equations admitting a very large group of local symmetries. Starting in the late 1970s, mathematicians began to unravel surprising connections between gauge theory and many aspects of geometric analysis, algebraic geometry and low-dimensional topology. This influence of gauge theory in geometry and topology is pervasive nowadays, and new developments continue to emerge.

The goal of the summer school is to introduce students to the foundational aspects of gauge theory, and explore their relations to geometric analysis and low-dimensional topology. By the end of the two-week program, the students will understand the relevant analytic and geometric aspects of several partial differential equations of current interest (including the Yang-Mills ASD equations, the Seiberg-Witten equations, and the Hitchin equations) and some of their most impactful applications to problems in geometry and topology.

Updated on Mar 05, 2021 11:35 AM PST
11. # Random Conformal Geometry (Virtual School)

Organizers: Mario Bonk (University of California, Los Angeles), Steffen Rohde (University of Washington), LEAD Fredrik Viklund (Royal Institute of Technology)
a random quasiconformal map obtained from Beltrami equation by randomly assigning the values of +-1/2 for the Beltrami coefficient on small squares subdividing the unit square

This Summer Graduate School will cover basic tools that are instrumental in Random Conformal Geometry (the investigation of analytic and geometric objects that arise from natural probabilistic constructions, often motivated by models in mathematical physics) and are at the foundation of the subsequent semester-long program  "The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces".  Specific topics are Conformal Field Theory, Brownian Loops and related processes, Quasiconformal Maps, as well as Loewner Energy and Teichmüller Theory.

Updated on Mar 19, 2021 03:03 PM PDT
12. # Foundations and Frontiers of Probabilistic Proofs (Virtual School)

Organizers: Alessandro Chiesa (University of California, Berkeley), Tom Gur (University of Warwick)
Several executions of a 3-dimensional sumcheck protocol with a random order of directions (thanks to Dev Ojha for creating the diagram)

Proofs are at the foundations of mathematics. Viewed through the lens of theoretical computer science, verifying the correctness of a mathematical proof is a fundamental computational task. Indeed, the P versus NP problem, which deals precisely with the complexity of proof verification, is one of the most important open problems in all of mathematics.

The complexity-theoretic study of proof verification has led to exciting reenvisionings of mathematical proofs. For example, probabilistically checkable proofs (PCPs) admit local-to-global structure that allows verifying a proof by reading only a minuscule portion of it. As another example, interactive proofs allow for verification via a conversation between a prover and a verifier, instead of the traditional static sequence of logical statements. The study of such proof systems has drawn upon deep mathematical tools to derive numerous applications to the theory of computation and beyond.

In recent years, such probabilistic proofs received much attention due to a new motivation, delegation of computation, which is the emphasis of this summer school. This paradigm admits ultra-fast protocols that allow one party to check the correctness of the computation performed by another, untrusted, party. These protocols have even been realized within recently-deployed technology, for example, as part of cryptographic constructions known as succinct non-interactive arguments of knowledge (SNARKs).

This summer school will provide an introduction to the field of probabilistic proofs and the beautiful mathematics behind it, as well as prepare students for conducting cutting-edge research in this area.

Updated on Mar 05, 2021 11:35 AM PST
13. # Connections Workshop: Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems

Organizers: LEAD Ioana Dumitriu (University of California, San Diego), Alisa Knizel (The University of Chicago)
An illustration of the TASEP interface growth by Leonid Petrov and Hao Yu Li.

This workshop will focus on cutting-edge research in random matrices and integrable probability. We will explore connections with other branches of mathematics and applications to sciences and engineering. The workshop will feature presentations by both leading researchers and promising newcomers. We will have a panel discussion of topics relevant to junior researchers, women, and minorities; a poster session for students and recent PhDs; and other social events. This workshop is open to and welcomes all mathematicians.

Updated on May 06, 2020 11:42 AM PDT
14. # Introductory Workshop: Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems

Organizers: LEAD Gerard Ben Arous (New York University, Courant Institute), Alice Guionnet (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Sylvia Serfaty (New York University, Courant Institute), Horng-Tzer Yau (Harvard University)

The introductory workshop aims at providing participants with an overview of some of the recent developments in the topics of the semester, with a particular emphasis on universality and applications. This includes universality for Wigner matrices and band matrices and quantum unique ergodicity, universality for beta ensembles and log/coulomb gases, KPZ universality class, universality in interacting particle systems, the connection between random matrices and number theory.

Updated on Mar 19, 2020 11:30 AM PDT
15. # Hot Topics: Regularity Theory for Minimal Surfaces and Mean Curvature Flow

Organizers: LEAD Christine Breiner (Fordham University), Otis Chodosh (Stanford University), Luca Spolaor (University of California, San Diego), Lu Wang (California Institute of Technology)

This workshop will explore connections between the regularity theory of minimal surfaces and of mean curvature flow. Recent breakthroughs have improved our understanding of singularity formation in both settings but the current research trends are becoming increasingly disparate. Experts from both areas will present their research and there will be ample free time to establish connections between the topics.

Updated on Dec 04, 2020 01:14 PM PST
16. # Integrable structures in random matrix theory and beyond

Organizers: LEAD Jinho Baik (University of Michigan), Alexei Borodin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tamara Grava (University of Bristol; International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS)), Alexander Its (Indiana University--Purdue University), Sandrine Péché (Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot))
Image by Alexei Borodin.

This workshop will focus on the integrable aspect of random matrix theory and other related probability models such as random tilings, directed polymers, and interacting particle systems. The emphasis is on communicating diverse algebraic structures in these areas which allow the asymptotic analysis possible. Some of such structures are determinantal point processes, Toeplitz and Hankel determinants, Bethe ansatz, Yang-Baxter equation, Karlin-McGregor formula, Macdonald process, and stochastic six vertex model.

Updated on Jul 31, 2019 03:22 PM PDT
17. # Blackwell Tapia Conference 2021

Organizers: David Banks (Duke University), Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Lloyd Douglas, Robert Megginson (University of Michigan), Mariel Vazquez (University of California, Davis), Ulrica Wilson (Morehouse College; Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))

The 2020 Blackwell-Tapia Conference has been rescheduled to 2021.  The Prize Winner is Tatiana Toro, Professor of Mathematics, University of Washington.

Description: Held every other year, the conference and prize honor David Blackwell, the first African-American member of the National Academy of Science, and Richard Tapia, winner of the National Medal of Science in 2010, two seminal figures who inspired a generation of African-American, Native American, and Latino/Latina students to pursue careers in mathematics. The Blackwell-Tapia Prize recognizes a mathematician who has contributed significantly to research in his or her area of expertise, and who has served as a role model for mathematical scientists and students from underrepresented minority groups or has contributed in other significant ways to addressing the problem of under-representation of minorities in math.

Updated on Mar 10, 2021 03:04 PM PST
18. # Connections Workshop: The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces

Organizers: Mario Bonk (University of California, Los Angeles), LEAD Joan Lind (University of Tennessee), Eero Saksman (University of Helsinki), Jang-Mei Wu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Simulation of the discrete planar Gaussian free field. Image by Dr. Ellen Powell.

The Connections Workshop will feature talks on a variety of topics related to the analysis and geometry of random spaces. It will preview the research themes of the semester program and will highlight the work of women in the field. There will be a panel discussion as well as other social events. This workshop is directly prior to the Introductory Workshop, and participants are encouraged to participate in both workshops. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

Updated on Mar 25, 2021 09:38 AM PDT
19. # Introductory Workshop: The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces

Organizers: LEAD Mario Bonk (University of California, Los Angeles), Joan Lind (University of Tennessee), Steffen Rohde (University of Washington), Fredrik Viklund (Royal Institute of Technology)
Interface for the critical Ising model, approaching an SLE curve in the scaling limit (image by Dr. Malin P. Forsström)

This workshop will introduce some of the major themes in probability and geometric analysis that will be relevant for the semester-long program. A series of short mini-courses will give participants the opportunity to learn about important subjects such as the Schramm-Loewner evolution (SLE) or the Gaussian free field (GFF), for example. The workshop will also include visionary” lectures by prominent researchers who will outline fruitful directions for future research.

Updated on Mar 24, 2021 10:16 AM PDT
20. # Connections Workshop: Complex Dynamics - from special families to natural generalizations in one and several variables

Organizers: Núria Fagella (University of Barcelona), LEAD Tanya Firsova (Kansas State University), Thomas Gauthier (École Polytechnique), Sarah Koch (University of Michigan)

This workshop will feature lectures on a variety of topics in complex dynamics, given by prominent researchers in the field, as well as presentations by younger participants. It precedes the introductory workshop and will preview the major research themes of the semester program. There will be a panel discussion focusing on issues particularly relevant to junior researchers, women, and minorities, as well as other social events. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

Updated on Mar 17, 2021 09:28 AM PDT
21. # The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces

Organizers: Nikolai Makarov (California Institute of Technology), LEAD Steffen Rohde (University of Washington), Eero Saksman (University of Helsinki), Amanda Turner (University of Lancaster), Fredrik Viklund (Royal Institute of Technology), Jang-Mei Wu (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Image by Prof. Amanda Turner

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers whose work contributes to the study of random structures that exhibit some form of conformal self-similarity. Notable examples include the Schramm-Loewner evolution SLE, the Brownian map and random trees, Liouville Quantum Gravity, and Conformal Field Theory. A particular focus will be the discussion of analytic tools needed to address the challenges arising from the often rough underlying sets and spaces.

Updated on Jan 05, 2021 03:32 PM PST
22. # Adventurous Berkeley Complex Dynamics

Organizers: Mikhail Lyubich (State University of New York, Stony Brook), LEAD Jasmin Raissy (Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse), LEAD Roland Roeder (Indiana University--Purdue University), Dierk Schleicher (Université d'Aix-Marseille (AMU)), Mitsuhiro Shishikura (Kyoto University)
Image by Scott Kaschner

This workshop will focus on complex dynamics in one and several variables. We will bring toghether experts in rational dynamics, transcendental dynamics, and dynamics in several complex variables in order to get new perspective and foster discussions in a warm and stimulating atmosphere. A special focus will be put on the interactions between one dimensional and higher dimensional complex dynamics, and on connections with adjacent areas of mathematics.

Updated on Feb 10, 2021 08:38 AM PST
23. # Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2022: Floer Homotopy Theory

Organizers: Kristen Hendricks (Rutgers University), Ailsa Keating (University of Cambridge), Robert Lipshitz (University of Oregon), Iosif Polterovich (Université de Montréal), Liam Watson (University of British Columbia), Ben Williams (University of British Columbia)

Created on Mar 23, 2021 09:57 AM PDT
24. # Connections Workshop: Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory

Organizers: Lara Anderson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), Casey Kelleher (Princeton University), LEAD Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago)
The nilpotent cone in red over the 0, and the points A, B and C, lying over the C*-fow and of the Hitchin section respectively.

This two-day workshop will consist of various talks given by prominent female mathematicians on topics of analytic and geometric aspects of gauge theory. These will be appropriate for graduate students, post-docs, and researchers in areas related to the program.  The meeting aims to support young researchers working in analytic and geometric aspects of gauge theory by   facilitating mentoring from senior colleagues and helping towards the development of crucial professional skills. The format will include mentoring pairings, panel discussions, and Q&A sessions as well as the opportunity for informal discussions and connections.

Updated on Mar 22, 2021 09:08 AM PDT
25. # Connections Workshop: Floer Homotopy Theory

Organizers: Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), LEAD Kristen Hendricks (Rutgers University), Ailsa Keating (University of Cambridge)
An illustration of a generic Heegaard quadruple by K. Hendricks, J. Hom, M. Stoffregen, and I. Zemke

This workshop will feature talks by experts in Floer theory (and its applications to low-dimensional topology) and homotopy theory. It will include two mini-courses aimed at graduate students and other researchers who are new to the field, as well as a sequence of research talks. There will also be a "fireside chat" focusing on professional development. The majority of the speakers and panelists for this event will be women and gender minorities, and members of these groups and of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

Updated on Mar 05, 2021 02:47 PM PST
26. # Introductory Workshop: Floer Homotopy Theory

Organizers: Sheel Ganatra (University of Southern California), Terry Lawson, LEAD Robert Lipshitz (University of Oregon), Nathalie Wahl (University of Copenhagen)

Over the last decade, there has been a wealth of new applications of homotopy-theoretic techniques to Floer homology in low-dimensional topology and symplectic geometry, including Manolescu’s disproof of the high-dimensional Triangulation Conjecture and Abouzaid-Blumberg’s proof of the Arnol’d Conjecture in finite characteristic. Conversely, results in Floer theory and categorification have opened new directions of research in homotopy theory, from string topology to S-Lie algebras. The goal of this workshop is to introduce researchers in Floer theory to modern techniques and questions in homotopy theory and, conversely, introduce researchers in homotopy theory to ideas underlying Floer theory and its applications.

Updated on Mar 10, 2021 09:12 AM PST
27. # New four-dimensional gauge theories

Organizers: Andriy Haydys (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), Lotte Hollands (Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus), LEAD Eleny-Nicoleta Ionel (Stanford University), Richard Thomas (Imperial College, London), Thomas Walpuski (Humboldt-Universität)
Image drawn by Dr. Lotte Hollands

This workshop will bring together researchers working on new four-dimensional gauge theories from the perspectives of differential geometry, algebraic geometry, and physics. Over the last 25 years, physicists have made tantalizing conjectures relating the Vafa–Witten equation to modular forms and the Kapustin–Witten and Haydys–Witten equations to knot theory and the geometric Langlands programme. The analytical challenges in the way of establishing these predictions are now being pursued vigorously.  More recently, algebraic geometers have had enormous success in confirming and refining Vafa–Witten's predictions for projective surfaces. The workshop will serve as a platform for reporting on recent progress and exchanging ideas in all of these areas, with the aim of strengthening existing and fostering new interactions.

Created on Mar 18, 2021 02:28 PM PDT
28. # Floer homotopical methods in low dimensional and symplectic topology

Organizers: LEAD Mohammed Abouzaid (Columbia University), Andrew Blumberg (Columbia University), Jennifer Hom (Georgia Institute of Technology), Emmy Murphy (Northwestern University), Sucharit Sarkar (University of California, Los Angeles)

The workshop will focus on the interaction between homotopy theory and symplectic topology and low dimensional topology that is mediated by Floer theory. Among the topics covered are foundational questions, applications to concrete geometric questions, and the relationship with finite dimensional approaches.

Updated on Mar 18, 2021 02:21 PM PDT
29. # Connections Workshop: Algebraic Cycles, L-Values, and Euler Systems

Organizers: Henri Darmon (McGill University), Ellen Eischen (University of Oregon), Benjamin Howard (Boston College), LEAD Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology)
David Lowry-Duda. Modular form of weight 32 and level 3. For details, see http://davidlowryduda.com/trace-form/

The Connections Workshop features presentations by both leading researchers and promising newcomers whose research has contact with the interrelated topics of algebraic cycles, L-values, and Euler systems. The goal is to present a variety of diverse results, so as to forge new connections, foster collaborative projects, and establish mentoring relationships. While emphasis will be placed on the work of women mathematicians, the workshop is open to all researchers.

Updated on Apr 09, 2021 09:14 AM PDT
30. # Introductory Workshop: Algebraic Cycles, L-Values, and Euler Systems

Organizers: Henri Darmon (McGill University), LEAD Ellen Eischen (University of Oregon), Benjamin Howard (Boston College), Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology)
Image credit: Vincent J. Matsko, 6-adic Koch-like fractal. For details, see http://www.vincematsko.com/Art/ICERM.html

The Introductory Workshop aims to provide a coherent overview of current research in algebraic cycles, L-values, Euler systems, and the many connections between them. This includes the study of special cycles on Shimura varieties and moduli spaces of shtukas, integral representations of L-values and the construction of p-adic L-functions, and the construction of Euler systems from special elements in Chow groups or higher Chow groups of Shimura varieties. Workshop lectures will be organized into short lecture series, so as to allow each series to begin with expository lectures on foundational results before moving on to current research.

Updated on Apr 12, 2021 10:18 AM PDT

1. # Workshop[Moved Online] Introductory Workshop: Mathematical problems in fluid dynamics

Organizers: Nicolas Burq (Université de Paris XI), Anne-Laure Dalibard (Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)), Jean Marc Delort (Université de Paris XIII (Paris-Nord)), LEAD Mihaela Ifrim (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Irena Lasiecka (University of Memphis), Vladimir Sverak (University of Minnesota Twin Cities)

This workshop will be held online.  The Zoom link will be provided at a later time. You must register for the workshop to receive the password.  The workshop is held in Pacific Standard Time.

The workshop will address topics in the PDE analysis of the basic equations of the incompressible fluid dynamics (the Euler equations for inviscid flows, the Navier Stokes equations for viscous flows), interface problems (water waves), and other related equations. Open problems and connections to related branches of mathematics will be discussed, including the phenomena of turbulence and the zero viscosity limit. Both theoretical and numerical aspects of these topics will be considered. There will be some colloquium style lectures as well as shorter research talks. The workshop is open to all.

Updated on Feb 01, 2021 09:03 AM PST
2. # Workshop[Moved Online] Connections Workshop: Mathematical problems in fluid dynamics

Organizers: Hajer Bahouri (Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Juhi Jang (University of Southern California), LEAD Anna Mazzucato (Pennsylvania State University), Sijue Wu (University of Michigan)
Image by Noomann Bassou

This workshop will be held online.  The Zoom link will be provided at a later time. You must register for the workshop to receive the password.  The workshop is held in Pacific Standard Time.

This workshop will feature talks by prominent female mathematicians whose research lies in and interfaces with mathematical fluids featuring water waves,  free boundaries, fluid structures,  viscous fluids and turbulence. The talks will be appropriate for graduate students, post-docs, and researchers in areas above mentioned. There will also be a panel discussion. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

Updated on Nov 17, 2020 02:51 PM PST
3. # Workshop2020 SACNAS – The National Diversity in STEM Conference

The largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country, the SACNAS conference serves to equip, empower, and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.

Updated on Nov 23, 2020 09:36 AM PST
4. # WorkshopRandom and Arithmetic Structures in Topology: Introductory Workshop

Organizers: Martin Bridgeman (Boston College), Richard Canary (University of Michigan), Michelle Chu (University of Illinois at Chicago), Tommaso Cremaschi (University of Southern California), James Farre (Yale University), David Fisher (Indiana University)

This Introductory workshop will take place virtually, over the course of three weeks.  There will be two mini-courses and two talks by MSRI Postdoctoral Fellows each week.

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5. # WorkshopMathematical Models for Prediction and Control of Epidemics (Virtual Workshop)

Organizers: Christian Borgs (University of California, Berkeley), Abba Gumel (Arizona State University), Maya Petersen (University of California, Berkeley), Amin Saberi (Stanford University), Katherine Yelick (University of California, Berkeley; Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory)
Model of SARS-COV-2 with antibodies [Visual Science]

The workshop will bring together researchers from epidemiology, global health, and mathematics to discuss challenges in developing predictive models for epidemics as well as policies and algorithmic solutions for their control and mitigation. It will thus give the mathematical community access to some of the challenging issues and mathematical problems in the field.

Updated on Aug 13, 2020 07:50 AM PDT
6. # Summer Graduate SchoolIntroduction to water waves [Virtual Summer Graduate School]

Organizers: Mihaela Ifrim (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Daniel Tataru (University of California, Berkeley)
Overturning wave, artistic drawing by E. Ifrim

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer school will be held online.

The purpose of this two weeks school is to introduce graduate students to the state of the art methods and results in the study of incompressible Euler’s equations in general, and water waves in particular. This is a research area which is highly relevant to many real life problems, and in which substantial progress has been made in the last decade.

The goal is to present the main current research directions in water waves. We will begin with the physical derivation of the equations, and present some of the analytic tools needed in study. The final goal will be two-fold, namely (i) to understand the local solvability of the Cauchy problem for water waves, as well as (ii) to describe the long time behavior of solutions.

Through the lectures and associated problem sessions, students will learn about a number of new analysis tools which are not routinely taught in a graduate school curriculum. The goal is to help students acquire the knowledge needed in order to start research in water waves and Euler equations.

Updated on Feb 05, 2021 10:13 AM PST
7. # Summer Graduate SchoolSéminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2020: Discrete Probability, Physics and Algorithms (Montréal, Canada) [Virtual Summer Graduate School]

Organizers: Gerard Ben Arous (New York University, Courant Institute), LEAD Alexander Fribergh (University of Montreal), Lea Popovic (Concordia University)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer school will be held online.

Probability theory, statistics as well as mathematical physics have increasingly been used in computer science. The goal of this school is to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students and young researchers to developed multi-disciplinary skills in a rapidly evolving area of mathematics.

The topics would include spin glasses, constraint satisfiability, randomized algorithms, Monte-Carlo Markov chains and high-dimensional statistics, sparse and random graphs, computational complexity, estimation and approximation algorithms. Those topics will fall into two main categories, on the one hand problems related to spin glasses and on the other hand random algorithms.

The part of the summer school dedicated to spin glasses will be split into three parts: an introductory course about traditional spin glasses followed by two more advanced courses where spin glasses meet computer science in addition to a talk on dynamics of spin glasses. The part of the summer school on random algorithms will consist of an introductory course on phase transitions in large random structures, followed by advanced courses on theoretical bounds for computational complexity in reconstruction and inference, and on understanding rare events in random graphs and models of statistical mechanics.

The two introductory courses on spin glasses and on random algorithms will be accompanied by three exercises sessions of one hour. A one hour exercises session will follow each of the three sessions of a course for both the introductory course on spin glasses and the introductory course on random algorithms. Exercises sessions will be led by an assistant, but will primarily focus on participation of the students.

Updated on May 26, 2020 12:21 PM PDT
8. # MSRI-UPMSRI-UP 2020: Branched Covers of Curves

Organizers: Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University), LEAD Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Maria Franco (Queensborough Community College (CUNY); MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Rebecca Garcia (Sam Houston State University), Edray Goins (Pomona College), Suzanne Weekes (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

The MSRI-UP summer program is designed to serve a diverse group of undergraduate students who would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.

In 2020, MSRI-Up will focus on Branched Covers of Curves. The research program will be led by Dr. Edray Goins, Professor of Mathematics at Pomona College.

Updated on Jul 22, 2020 03:11 PM PDT
9. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

On May 22 portions of the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools workshop will be streamed online via Zoom.

Friday 5/22: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00
Rico Gutstein, Preparing Students Today for Whatever Tomorrow Brings

Updated on May 28, 2020 08:56 AM PDT
10. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

On May 15 portions of the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools workshop will be streamed online via Zoom.

Friday 5/15: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00
Dan Reinholz, Preparing teachers to notice, name, and disrupt racial and gender inequity

Updated on May 28, 2020 08:53 AM PDT
11. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 5/8: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00
Nathan Alexander, Mathematical Models in the Sociological Imagination
Lincoln Chandler, Pursuing Racial Equity within Schools

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:42 AM PDT
12. # Workshop[Moved Online] Hot Topics: Optimal transport and applications to machine learning and statistics

Organizers: Luigi Ambrosio (Scuola Normale Superiore), Francis Bach (École Normale Supérieure; Institut National de Recherche en Informatique Automatique (INRIA)), LEAD Katy Craig (University of California, Santa Barbara), Carola-Bibiane Schönlieb (University of Cambridge), Stefano Soatto (University of California, Los Angeles)
Image drawn by Dr. Katy Craig

This workshop will be held online.  The link to join is: https://msri.zoom.us/j/92457794010. You must register for the workshop to receive the password.  The workshop is held in Pacific Standard Time.

Workshop Description:
The goal of the workshop is to explore the many emerging connections between the theory of Optimal Transport and models and algorithms currently used in the Machine Learning community. In particular, the use of Wasserstein metrics and the relation between discrete models and their continuous counterparts will be presented and discussed.

Updated on Jul 13, 2020 01:43 AM PDT
13. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 5/01: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00 Hyman Bass, 'Mathematics and Social Justice': An undergraduate course. What could this be?

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:41 AM PDT
14. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 4/24: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00 Padmanabhan Seshaiyer, K-12 to Post-Secondary Viewpoint Critical Issues in Mathematics Education

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:41 AM PDT
15. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 4/17: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00 Some unintended consequences of active learning

Sage Forbes-Gray, Sunset Park High School,  Brooklyn, NY, Mfa Master Teacher
Sharon Collins - New Heights Academy Charter School, NYC, MfA Master Teacher;
Kate Belin - Fannie Lou High School, NYC, MfA Master Teacher;

Moderator: Courtney Ginsberg, MfA
Host: Katherine Stevenson, CSUN

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:41 AM PDT
16. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 4/10: 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00 - 1:00 Estrella Johnson, Some unintended consequences of active learning

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:40 AM PDT
17. # Workshop{Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 3/27: Starting at 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00p - 1:00p
Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings Inst., Center for Tech Innov. -  Unconscious Bias
Saber Khan, Processing Foundation, leader of #EthicalCS -  Identity & Ethics

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:40 AM PDT
18. # Workshop[Moved Online] (∞, n)-categories, factorization homology, and algebraic K-theory

Organizers: LEAD Clark Barwick (University of Edinburgh), David Gepner (University of Melbourne), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), Marcy Robertson (University of Melbourne)

The link to this online workshop is: https://msri.zoom.us/j/999860976

This workshop will focus on recent developments in factorization homology, parametrized homotopy theory, and algebraic K-theory.  These seemingly disparate topics are unified by a common methodology, which leverages universal properties and unforeseen descent by way of higher category theory. Furthermore, they enjoy powerful and complementary roles in application to the cyclotomic trace.  This workshop will be a venue for experts in these areas to present new results, make substantive connections across fields, and suggest and contextualize outstanding questions and problems.  It will consist of 4 two-part lecture series and 10 one-hour talks. The lecture series will be given by Thomas Nikolaus, Akhil Mathew, David Ben-Zvi and a split Martina Rovelli and Viktoriya Ozornova.

Updated on Apr 27, 2020 09:41 AM PDT
19. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

Friday 3/20: Starting at 12pm PST (3pm eastern time)

12:00p - 12:45p Lisa Goldberg, Hot Hands: What Data Science Can (and Can't) Tell Us About Basketball Trends
12:45p - 1:00p Discussion with Lisa and Kate on:  What Bayes tells us about our ability to reason about randomness

Updated on May 12, 2020 08:37 AM PDT
20. # Workshop[Moved Online] Tensor categories and topological quantum field theories

Organizers: Scott Morrison (Australian National University), Eric Rowell (Texas A & M University), LEAD Claudia Scheimbauer (TU München), Christopher Schommer-Pries (University of Notre Dame)
Topological field theory studies the interplay of algebraic and topological structure (image credit Kevin Walker)

***Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the 2020 Tensor categories and topological quantum field theories workshop will no longer be held onsite at MSRI, rather it will take place online from March 16-20 as scheduled***

The decision to move this workshop online is based on the available scientific data on COVID-19, and the strong advice from experts to avoid gatherings of large groups.

A formal Notice of Change letter is available here, which can be shared with your institution, funding agency, and others.

Updated on Mar 13, 2020 04:52 PM PDT
21. # Workshop[Moved Online] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools

Organizers: Meredith Broussard (New York Unviersity), Victor Donnay (Bryn Mawr College), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), Luis Leyva (Vanderbilt University), Candice Price (Smith College), Chris Rasmussen (San Diego State University), LEAD Katherine Stevenson (California State University, Northridge), William Tate (Washington University in St. Louis)

Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020 workshop was held online. The full workshop description and list of talks can be found HERE.

On March 12 and March 13, portions of the Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2020: Today’s Mathematics, Social Justice, and Implications for Schools workshop will be streamed online via Zoom. Only the talks below will are scheduled at this time.  Further talks may be scheduled at a later date, and you will be notified when we know more.

Please see the schedule below, as well as links to the two sessions.

Thursday 3/12: Starting at 9am PST (noon eastern time)
9:00 - 9:10 Welcoming remarks
9:10 - 9:15 Introduction to CIME 2020 plan and speaker David Daley
9:15 - 9:55 David Daley, Why Your Vote Doesn't Count
9:55 - 10:00 Kate Stevenson, introduction of activity
10:00-10:30 Mathical Book Prize Announcement

Friday 3/13: Starting at 9am PST (noon eastern time)
9:00 - 9:05 Introduction of speaker Wesley Pegden
9:05 - 9:45 Wesley Pegden, Bringing Mathematics to the Courtroom
9:45 - 10:00 Q&A

A formal Notice of Change letter is available here, which can be shared with your institution, funding agency, and others.

Updated on May 28, 2020 08:57 AM PDT
22. # WorkshopIntroductory Workshop: Higher Categories and Categorification

Organizers: LEAD David Ayala (Montana State University), Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), Christopher Schommer-Pries (University of Notre Dame), Peter Teichner (Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik)
relations among 2-morphisms in the 2-dimensional unoriented bordism bicategory

This workshop will survey notable developments and applications of higher category theory; it will be a venue for end-users to share their vision of how to apply the theory, as well as developers to share technical advancements.  It will consist of 6 series of 3 lectures, each given by instrumental end-users & developers of higher category theory, together with a few question-answer sessions.  Each lecture series will be tailored to a diverse audience, accessible to graduate students and non-expert researchers with some background in homological also algebra.  The content of these lecture series will concern the following topics.

• K-theory: categorification, non-commutative motives, trace methods;
• TQFT: functorial field theories, factorization homology.
• Parametrized higher category theory: stratifications, equivariant homotopy theory, operads, deformation theory and Koszul duality.
• Synthetic higher category theory: model-independent characterizations, cosmoi.

Updated on Feb 13, 2020 11:18 AM PST
23. # WorkshopConnections for Women: Higher Categories and Categorification

Organizers: Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), LEAD Marcy Robertson (University of Melbourne)
Picture of a Feynman graph.

This two-day workshop will survey notable developments in the foundations and applications of higher category theory. It will consist of two mini-courses given by emerging female leaders in the subject: Claudia Scheimbauer and Nathalie Wahl.  This will be paired with a problem sessions lead by selected "TA's", themselves experts in higher structures.  Each lecture series will be tailored to a diverse audience, accessible to graduate students and non-expert researchers with some background in homological algebra.

The majority of the speakers and panelists for this event will be women and gender minorities, and members of these groups and of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

Updated on Feb 07, 2020 11:01 AM PST
24. # WorkshopIntroductory Workshop: Quantum Symmetries

Organizers: Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University), Victor Ostrik (University of Oregon), Emily Peters (Loyola University), LEAD Noah Snyder (Indiana University)
Jellyfish floating to the surface, as in the evaluation algorithm for certain planar algebras.

This workshop will consist of introductory minicourses on key topics in Quantum Symmetry: fusion categories, modular tensor categories, Hopf algebras, subfactors and planar algebras, topological field theories, conformal nets, and topological phases of matter.  These minicourses will be introductory and are aimed at giving semester participants exposure to the main ideas of subfields other than their own.

Updated on Jan 30, 2020 10:47 AM PST
25. # WorkshopConnections for Women: Quantum Symmetries

Organizers: Emily Peters (Loyola University), LEAD Chelsea Walton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Photo by drmakete lab on Unsplash

This workshop will feature several talks by experts, along with numerous 5-minute presentations by junior mathematicians, on topics related to Quantum Symmetry. Such topics will include tensor categories, subfactors, Hopf algebras, topological quantum field theory and more. There will also be a panel discussion on professional development. The majority of the speakers and panelists for this event will be women and gender minorities, and members of these groups and of other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to attend. This workshop is open to all mathematicians.

Updated on Jan 30, 2020 10:47 AM PST
26. # WorkshopSymposium in Honor of Julia Robinson’s 100th Birthday

Organizers: Hélène Barcelo (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley), Carol Wood (Wesleyan University)

MSRI will host a Symposium on the occasion of Julia Robinson’s 100th birthday on Monday, December 9, 2019 at MSRI. Julia Robinson (1919-1985) was an internationally renowned logician of the twentieth century. She was a trailblazer in mathematics as well as in many other ways: she was the first woman president of the American Mathematical Society, and the first woman mathematician elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences.

Participating speakers in this day-long celebration of her work and of current mathematics insprired by her research include: Martin Davis, Kirsten Eisentrager, Yuri Matiyasevich, and  Lou van den Dries. Following the symposium, Lenore Blum will give a public lecture at UC Berkeley.

Updated on Nov 22, 2019 03:54 PM PST
27. # WorkshopHolomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics

Organizers: LEAD Jayadev Athreya (University of Washington), Steven Bradlow (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Sergei Gukov (California Institute of Technology), Andrew Neitzke (Yale University), Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago), Gabriela Weitze-Schmithuesen (Universität des Saarlandes), Anton Zorich (Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu)
An example of a spectral network associated to the group SL(4).

Holomorphic differentials on Riemann surfaces have long held a distinguished place in low dimensional geometry, dynamics and representation theory. Recently it has become apparent that they constitute a common feature of several other highly active areas of current research in mathematics and also at the interface with physics. In some cases the areas themselves (such as stability conditions on Fukaya-type categories, links to quantum integrable systems, or the physically derived construction of so-called spectral networks) are new, while in others the novelty lies more in the role of the holomorphic differentials (for example in the study of billiards in polygons, special - Hitchin or higher Teichmuller - components of representation varieties, asymptotic properties of Higgs bundle moduli spaces, or in new interactions with algebraic geometry).

It is remarkable how widely scattered are the motivating questions in these areas, and how diverse are the backgrounds of the researchers pursuing them. Bringing together experts in this wide variety of fields to explore common interests and discover unexpected connections is the main goal of our program. Our workshop will be of interest to those working in many different fields, including low-dimensional dynamical systems (via the connection to billiards); differential geometry (Higgs bundles and related moduli spaces); and different types of theoretical physics (electron transport and supersymmetric quantum field theory).

Updated on Nov 21, 2019 10:44 AM PST
28. # WorkshopModern Math Workshop 2019

Organizers: Sudipta Dasmohapatra (Duke University ), Christian Ratsch (University of California, Los Angeles; Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)), Michael Singer (North Carolina State University), Ulrica Wilson (Morehouse College; Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM))

As part of the Mathematical Sciences Collaborative Diversity Initiatives, six mathematics institutes are pleased to host their annual SACNAS pre-conference event, the 2019 Modern Math Workshop (MMW). The Modern Math Workshop is intended to encourage minority undergraduates to pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and to assist undergraduates, graduate students and recent PhDs in building their research networks.

Updated on Dec 18, 2019 02:42 PM PST
29. # WorkshopBerlekamp Memorial Workshop on Combinatorial Games

Organizers: Svenja Huntemann (Carleton University), Richard Nowakowski (Dalhousie University), Aaron Siegel (Airbnb)

Elwyn Berlekamp (1937-2019) was a pioneering contributor to combinatorial game theory, greatly advancing the subject over the course of a more than five-decade career. Along with his coauthors, John Conway and Richard Guy, Berlekamp invented the modern form of the theory, with the publication of Winning Ways for Your Mathematical Plays in 1982. His later work substantially advanced our understanding of the mathematical structure of well-known games such as Go, Amazons, and Dots-and-Boxes. More information about his life can be found at www.msri.org/elwyn.

This workshop will be an informal two-day mini-conference honoring Berlekamp's work and the subject he helped create. The event will consist of talks, afternoon workshops, and a combinatorial games tournament.

Updated on Aug 28, 2019 06:09 PM PDT
30. # WorkshopRecent developments in microlocal analysis

Organizers: LEAD Pierre Albin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Nalini Anantharaman (Université de Strasbourg), Colin Guillarmou (Université de Paris XI (Paris-Sud))

Microlocal analysis provides tools for the precise analysis of problems arising in areas such as partial differential equations or integral geometry by working in the phase space, i.e. the cotangent bundle, of the underlying manifold. It has origins in areas such as quantum mechanics and hyperbolic equations, in addition to the development of a general PDE theory, and has expanded tremendously over the last 40 years to the analysis of singular spaces, integral geometry, nonlinear equations, scattering theory, hyperbolic dynamical systems, probability… As this description shows microlocal analysis has become a very broad area. Due to its breadth, it is a challenge for researchers to be aware of what is happening in other parts of the field, and the impact this may have in their own research area. The purpose of this workshop is thus to bring together researchers from different parts of microlocal analysis and its applications to facilitate the transfer of new ideas.

Updated on Dec 05, 2019 10:59 AM PST
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