
Program Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
Organizers: LEAD Ivan Corwin (Columbia University), Percy Deift (New York University, Courant Institute), Ioana Dumitriu (University of California, San Diego), Alice Guionnet (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), Alexander Its (Indiana UniversityPurdue University), Herbert Spohn (Technische Universität München), HorngTzer Yau (Harvard University)The past decade has seen tremendous progress in understanding the behavior of large random matrices and interacting particle systems. Complementary methods have emerged to prove universality of these behaviors, as well as to probe their precise nature using integrable, or exactly solvable models. This program seeks to reinforce and expand the fruitful interaction at the interface of these areas, as well as to showcase some of the important developments and applications of the past decade.
Updated on Aug 31, 2021 03:05 PM PDT 
Program Complementary Program 202021
The Complementary Program has a limited number of memberships that are open to mathematicians whose interests are not closely related to the core programs; special consideration is given to mathematicians who are partners of an invited member of a core program.
Updated on Jul 14, 2021 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Mathematical problems in fluid dynamics
Organizers: Thomas Alazard (Ecole Normale Supérieure ParisSaclay; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Hajer Bahouri (Laboratoire JacquesLouis Lions; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)), Mihaela Ifrim (University of WisconsinMadison), 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)All scientific activities in this program will be available online so that those who can't attend in person are able to participate. If you are not a member of the program and would like to participate in any of the online activities, please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Fluid dynamics is one of the classical areas of partial differential equations, and has been the subject of extensive research over hundreds of years. It is perhaps one of the most challenging and exciting fields of scientific pursuit simply because of the complexity of the subject and the endless breadth of applications.
The focus of the program is on incompressible fluids, where water is a primary example. The fundamental equations in this area are the wellknown Euler equations for inviscid fluids, and the NavierStokes equations for the viscous fluids. Relating the two is the problem of the zero viscosity limit, and its connection to the phenomena of turbulence. Water waves, or more generally interface problems in fluids, represent another target area for the program. Both theoretical and numerical aspects will be considered.
Updated on Mar 16, 2021 02:28 PM PDT 
Program Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology  Virtual Semester
Organizers: Nicolas Bergeron (École Normale Supérieure), Jeffrey Brock (Yale University), Alexander Furman (University of Illinois at Chicago), Tsachik Gelander (Weizmann Institute of Science), Ursula Hamenstädt (Rheinische FriedrichWilhelmsUniversität Bonn), Fanny Kassel (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES)), LEAD Alan Reid (Rice University)Until further notice, the MSRI building will only be open to a small group of essential staff and members of the Fall 2020 scientific programs.
All scientific activities in this program will be available online so that those who can't attend in person are able to participate. If you are not a member of the program and would like to participate in any of the online activities, please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM.
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 04:57 PM PDT 
Program Decidability, definability and computability in number theory: Part 1  Virtual Semester
Organizers: LEAD Valentina Harizanov (George Washington University), Maryanthe Malliaris (University of Chicago), Barry Mazur (Harvard University), Russell Miller (Queens College, CUNY; CUNY, Graduate Center), Jonathan Pila (University of Oxford), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley), LEAD Alexandra Shlapentokh (East Carolina University), Carlos Videla (Mount Royal University)Until further notice, the MSRI building will only be open to a small group of essential staff and members of the Fall 2020 scientific programs.
All scientific activities in this program will be available online so that those who can't attend in person are able to participate. If you are not a member of the program and would like to participate in any of the online activities, please fill out this REGISTRATION FORM.
Updated on Oct 29, 2020 10:47 AM PDT 
Program Quantum Symmetries
Organizers: Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University), LEAD Scott Morrison (Australian National University), Victor Ostrik (University of Oregon), Emily Peters (Loyola University), Eric Rowell (Texas A & M University), LEAD Noah Snyder (Indiana University), Chelsea Walton (Rice University)Symmetry, as formalized by group theory, is ubiquitous across mathematics and science. Classical examples include point groups in crystallography, Noether's theorem relating differentiable symmetries and conserved quantities, and the classification of fundamental particles according to irreducible representations of the Poincaré group and the internal symmetry groups of the standard model. However, in some quantum settings, the notion of a group is no longer enough to capture all symmetries. Important motivating examples include Galoislike symmetries of von Neumann algebras, anyonic particles in condensed matter physics, and deformations of universal enveloping algebras. The language of tensor categories provides a unified framework to discuss these notions of quantum symmetry.Updated on Jan 14, 2020 02:21 PM PST 
Program Higher Categories and Categorification
Organizers: David Ayala (Montana State University), Clark Barwick (University of Edinburgh), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), LEAD Emily Riehl (Johns Hopkins University), Marcy Robertson (University of Melbourne), Peter Teichner (MaxPlanckInstitut für Mathematik), Dominic Verity (Macquarie University)Though many of the ideas in higher category theory find their origins in homotopy theory — for instance as expressed by Grothendieck’s “homotopy hypothesis” — the subject today interacts with a broad spectrum of areas of mathematical research. Unforeseen descent, or localtoglobal formulas, for familiar objects can be articulated in terms of higher invertible morphisms. Compatible associative deformations of a sequence of maps of spaces, or derived schemes, can putatively be represented by higher categories, as Koszul duality for E_nalgebras suggests. Higher categories offer unforeseen characterizing universal properties for familiar constructions such as Ktheory. Manifold theory is natively connected to higher category theory and adjunction data, a connection that is most famously articulated by the recently proven Cobordism Hypothesis.
In parallel, the idea of "categorification'' is playing an increasing role in algebraic geometry, representation theory, mathematical physics, and manifold theory, and higher categorical structures also appear in the very foundations of mathematics in the form of univalent foundations and homotopy type theory. A central mission of this semester will be to mitigate the exorbitantly high "cost of admission'' for mathematicians in other areas of research who aim to apply higher categorical technology and to create opportunities for potent collaborations between mathematicians from these different fields and experts from within higher category theory.Updated on Jan 10, 2020 03:55 PM PST 
Program Complementary Program 201920
The Complementary Program has a limited number of memberships that are open to mathematicians whose interests are not closely related to the core programs; special consideration is given to mathematicians who are partners of an invited member of a core program.
Updated on Nov 27, 2018 12:28 PM PST 
Program Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
Organizers: LEAD Jayadev Athreya (University of Washington), Steven Bradlow (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign), Sergei Gukov (California Institute of Technology), Andrew Neitzke (Yale University), Anna Wienhard (RuprechtKarlsUniversität Heidelberg), Anton Zorich (Institut de Mathematiques de Jussieu)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 Fukayatype categories, links to quantum integrable systems, or the physically derived construction of socalled 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 program will be of interest to those working in many different elds, including lowdimensional 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 Dec 13, 2019 10:03 AM PST 
Program Microlocal Analysis
Organizers: Pierre Albin (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign), Nalini Anantharaman (Université de Strasbourg), Kiril Datchev (Purdue University), Raluca Felea (Rochester Institute of Technology), Colin Guillarmou (Université ParisSaclay), LEAD Andras Vasy (Stanford University)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… This program will bring together researchers from various parts of the field to facilitate the transfer of ideas, and will also provide a comprehensive introduction to the field for postdocs and graduate students.
Updated on Apr 13, 2018 11:42 AM PDT 
Program 2019 African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) program
Updated on Mar 21, 2019 01:22 PM PDT 
Program Complementary Program 201819
The Complementary Program has a limited number of memberships that are open to mathematicians whose interests are not closely related to the core programs; special consideration is given to mathematicians who are partners of an invited member of a core program.
Updated on Jun 03, 2019 10:25 AM PDT 
Program Derived Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: Julie Bergner (University of Virginia), LEAD Bhargav Bhatt (University of Michigan), Dennis Gaitsgory (Harvard University), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), Nick Rozenblyum (University of Chicago), Peter Scholze (Universität Bonn), Gabriele Vezzosi (Università di Firenze)Derived algebraic geometry is an extension of algebraic geometry that provides a convenient framework for directly treating nongeneric geometric situations (such as nontransverse intersections in intersection theory), in lieu of the more traditional perturbative approaches (such as the “moving” lemma). This direct approach, in addition to being conceptually satisfying, has the distinct advantage of preserving the symmetries of the situation, which makes it much more applicable. In particular, in recent years, such techniques have found applications in diverse areas of mathematics, ranging from arithmetic geometry, mathematical physics, geometric representation theory, and homotopy theory. This semester long program will be dedicated to exploring these directions further, and finding new connections.
Updated on Jan 02, 2019 03:00 PM PST 
Program Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces
Organizers: Antonella Grassi (University of Pennsylvania), LEAD Christopher Hacon (University of Utah), Sándor Kovács (University of Washington), Mircea Mustaţă (University of Michigan), Martin Olsson (University of California, Berkeley)Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces are two important areas of Algebraic Geometry that have recently witnessed a flurry of activity and substantial progress on many fundamental open questions. In this program we aim to bring together key researchers in these and related areas to highlight the recent exciting progress and to explore future avenues of research.This program will focus on the following themes: Geometry and Derived Categories, Birational Algebraic Geometry, Moduli Spaces of Stable Varieties, Geometry in Characteristic p>0, and Applications of Algebraic Geometry: Elliptic Fibrations of CalabiYau Varieties in Geometry, Arithmetic and the Physics of String TheoryUpdated on Jan 31, 2017 07:46 PM PST 
Program Hamiltonian systems, from topology to applications through analysis
Organizers: Rafael de la Llave (Georgia Institute of Technology), LEAD Albert Fathi (Georgia Institute of Technology; École Normale Supérieure de Lyon), vadim kaloshin (University of Maryland), Robert Littlejohn (University of California, Berkeley), Philip Morrison (University of Texas, Austin), Tere Seara (Polytechnical University of Cataluña (Barcelona)), Sergei Tabachnikov (Pennsylvania State University), Amie Wilkinson (University of Chicago)The interdisciplinary nature of Hamiltonian systems is deeply ingrained in its history. Therefore the program will bring together the communities of mathematicians with the community of practitioners, mainly engineers, physicists, and theoretical chemists who use Hamiltonian systems daily. The program will cover not only the mathematical aspects of Hamiltonian systems but also their applications, mainly in space mechanics, physics and chemistry.
The mathematical aspects comprise celestial mechanics, variational methods, relations with PDE, Arnold diffusion and computation. The applications concern celestial mechanics, astrodynamics, motion of satellites, plasma physics, accelerator physics, theoretical chemistry, and atomic physics.
The goal of the program is to bring to the forefront both the theoretical aspects and the applications, by making available for applications the latest theoretical developments, and also by nurturing the theoretical mathematical aspects with new problems that come from concrete problems of applications.
Updated on Aug 20, 2018 08:16 AM PDT 
Program Summer Research for Women in Mathematics
Organizers: Hélène Barcelo (MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute)See this LINK for the 2019 Summer Research for Women in Mathematics program.The purpose of the MSRI's program, Summer Research for Women in Mathematics, is to provide space and funds to groups of women mathematicians to work on a research project at MSRI. Research projects can arise from work initiated at a Women's Conference, or can be freestanding activities.Updated on Sep 11, 2018 01:32 PM PDT 
Program Complementary Program 201718
Updated on Nov 30, 2017 03:30 PM PST 
Program Group Representation Theory and Applications
Organizers: Robert Guralnick (University of Southern California), Alexander Kleshchev (University of Oregon), Gunter Malle (Universität Kaiserslautern), Gabriel Navarro (University of Valencia), Julia Pevtsova (University of Washington), Raphael Rouquier (University of California, Los Angeles), LEAD Pham Tiep (Rutgers University)Group Representation Theory is a central area of Algebra, with important and deep connections to areas as varied as topology, algebraic geometry, number theory, Lie theory, homological algebra, and mathematical physics. Born more than a century ago, the area still abounds with basic problems and fundamental conjectures, some of which have been open for over five decades. Very recent breakthroughs have led to the hope that some of these conjectures can finally be settled. In turn, recent results in group representation theory have helped achieve substantial progress in a vast number of applications.
The goal of the program is to investigate all these deep problems and the wealth of new results and directions, to obtain major progress in the area, and to explore further applications of group representation theory to other branches of mathematics.
Updated on Jan 12, 2018 04:00 PM PST 
Program Enumerative Geometry Beyond Numbers
Organizers: Mina Aganagic (University of California, Berkeley), Denis Auroux (University of California, Berkeley), Jim Bryan (University of British Columbia), LEAD Andrei Okounkov (Columbia University), Balazs Szendroi (University of Oxford)Traditional enumerative geometry asks certain questions to which the expected answer is a number: for instance, the number of lines incident with two points in the plane (1, Euclid), or the number of twisted cubic curves on a quintic threefold (317 206 375). It has however been recognized for some time that the numerics is often just the tip of the iceberg: a deeper exploration reveals interesting geometric, topological, representation, or knottheoretic structures. This semesterlong program will be devoted to these hidden structures behind enumerative invariants, concentrating on the core fields where these questions start: algebraic and symplectic geometry.
Updated on Jan 16, 2018 10:12 AM PST 
Program Geometric Functional Analysis and Applications
Organizers: Franck Barthe (Université de Toulouse III (Paul Sabatier)), Marianna Csornyei (University of Chicago), Boaz Klartag (Weizmann Institute of Science), Alexander Koldobsky (University of Missouri), Rafal Latala (University of Warsaw), LEAD Mark Rudelson (University of Michigan)Geometric functional analysis lies at the interface of convex geometry, functional analysis and probability. It has numerous applications ranging from geometry of numbers and random matrices in pure mathematics to geometric tomography and signal processing in engineering and numerical optimization and learning theory in computer science.
One of the directions of the program is classical convex geometry, with emphasis on connections with geometric tomography, the study of geometric properties of convex bodies based on information about their sections and projections. Methods of harmonic analysis play an important role here. A closely related direction is asymptotic geometric analysis studying geometric properties of high dimensional objects and normed spaces, especially asymptotics of their quantitative parameters as dimension tends to infinity. The main tools here are concentration of measure and related probabilistic results. Ideas developed in geometric functional analysis have led to progress in several areas of applied mathematics and computer science, including compressed sensing and random matrix methods. These applications as well as the problems coming from computer science will be also emphasised in our program.
Updated on Aug 23, 2017 03:38 PM PDT 
Program Geometric and Topological Combinatorics
Organizers: Jesus De Loera (University of California, Davis), Victor Reiner (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), LEAD Francisco Santos Leal (University of Cantabria), Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College), Rekha Thomas (University of Washington), Günter Ziegler (Freie Universität Berlin)Combinatorics is one of the fastest growing areas in contemporary Mathematics, and much of this growth is due to the connections and interactions with other areas of Mathematics. This program is devoted to the very vibrant and active area of interaction between Combinatorics with Geometry and Topology. That is, we focus on (1) the study of the combinatorial properties or structure of geometric and topological objects and (2) the development of geometric and topological techniques to answer combinatorial problems.
Key examples of geometric objects with intricate combinatorial structure are point configurations and matroids, hyperplane and subspace arrangements, polytopes and polyhedra, lattices, convex bodies, and sphere packings. Examples of topology in action answering combinatorial challenges are the by now classical Lovász’s solution of the Kneser conjecture, which yielded functorial approaches to graph coloring, and the more recent, extensive topological machinery leading to breakthroughs on Tverbergtype problems.Updated on Aug 28, 2017 11:26 AM PDT 
Program Summer Research 2017
Come spend time at MSRI in the summer! The Institute’s summer graduate schools and undergraduate program fill the lecture halls and some of the offices, but we have room for a modest number of visitors to come to do research singly or in small groups, while enjoying the excellent mathematical facilities, the great cultural opportunities of Berkeley, San Francisco and the Bay area, the gorgeous natural surroundings, and the cool weather.
We can provide offices, library facilities and bus passes—unfortunately not financial support. Though the auditoria are largely occupied, there are blackboards and ends of halls, so 26 people could comfortably collaborate with one another. We especially encourage such groups to apply together.
To make visits productive, we require at least a twoweek commitment. We strive for a wide mix of people, being sure to give special consideration to women, underrepresented groups, and researchers from nonresearch universities.
Updated on May 31, 2018 12:40 PM PDT 
Program Complementary Program (201617)
The Complementary Program has a limited number of memberships that are open to mathematicians whose interests are not closely related to the core programs; special consideration is given to mathematicians who are partners of an invited member of a core program.
Updated on Apr 14, 2017 10:04 AM PDT 
Program Analytic Number Theory
Organizers: Chantal David (Concordia University), Andrew Granville (Université de Montréal), Emmanuel Kowalski (ETH Zurich), Philippe Michel (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)), Kannan Soundararajan (Stanford University), LEAD Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles)Analytic number theory, and its applications and interactions, are currently experiencing intensive progress, in sometimes unexpected directions. In recent years, many important classical questions have seen spectacular advances based on new techniques; conversely, methods developed in analytic number theory have led to the solution of striking problems in other fields.
This program will not only give the leading researchers in the area further opportunities to work together, but more importantly give young people the occasion to learn about these topics, and to give them the tools to achieve the next breakthroughs.
Updated on Jul 10, 2015 03:54 PM PDT 
Program Harmonic Analysis
Organizers: LEAD Michael Christ (University of California, Berkeley), Allan Greenleaf (University of Rochester), Steven Hofmann (University of Missouri), LEAD Michael Lacey (Georgia Institute of Technology), Svitlana Mayboroda (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), Betsy Stovall (University of WisconsinMadison), Brian Street (University of WisconsinMadison)The field of Harmonic Analysis dates back to the 19th century, and has its roots in the study of the decomposition of functions using Fourier series and the Fourier transform. In recent decades, the subject has undergone a rapid diversification and expansion, though the decomposition of functions and operators into simpler parts remains a central tool and theme.This program will bring together researchers representing the breadth of modern Harmonic Analysis and will seek to capitalize on and continue recent progress in four major directions:Restriction, Kakeya, and Geometric Incidence ProblemsAnalysis on Nonhomogeneous SpacesWeighted Norm InequalitiesQuantitative Rectifiability and Elliptic PDE.Many of these areas draw techniques from or have applications to other fields of mathematics, such as analytic number theory, partial differential equations, combinatorics, and geometric measure theory. In particular, we expect a lively interaction with the concurrent program.Updated on Aug 11, 2016 10:49 AM PDT 
Program Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: Ian Agol (University of California, Berkeley), Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah), Cornelia Drutu (University of Oxford), LEAD Mark Feighn (Rutgers University), Michah Sageev (TechnionIsrael Institute of Technology), Karen Vogtmann (University of Warwick)The field of geometric group theory emerged from Gromov’s insight that even mathematical objects such as groups, which are defined completely in algebraic terms, can be profitably viewed as geometric objects and studied with geometric techniques Contemporary geometric group theory has broadened its scope considerably, but retains this basic philosophy of reformulating in geometric terms problems from diverse areas of mathematics and then solving them with a variety of tools. The growing list of areas where this general approach has been successful includes lowdimensional topology, the theory of manifolds, algebraic topology, complex dynamics, combinatorial group theory, algebra, logic, the study of various classical families of groups, Riemannian geometry and representation theory.
The goals of this MSRI program are to bring together people from the various branches of the field in order to consolidate recent progress, chart new directions, and train the next generation of geometric group theorists.Updated on Aug 11, 2016 08:44 AM PDT 
Program Summer Research 2016
Come spend time at MSRI in the summer! The Institute’s summer graduate schools and undergraduate program fill the lecture halls and some of the offices, but we have room for a modest number of visitors to come to do research singly or in small groups, while enjoying the excellent mathematical facilities, the great cultural opportunities of Berkeley, San Francisco and the Bay area, the gorgeous natural surroundings, and the cool weather.
We can provide offices, library facilities and bus passes—unfortunately not financial support. Though the auditoria are largely occupied, there are blackboards and ends of halls, so 26 people could comfortably collaborate with one another. We especially encourage such groups to apply together.
To make visits productive, we require at least a twoweek commitment. We strive for a wide mix of people, being sure to give special consideration to women, underrepresented groups, and researchers from nonresearch universities.
Updated on Mar 22, 2016 11:58 AM PDT 
Program Complementary Program
Updated on Jul 13, 2016 09:06 AM PDT 
Program Differential Geometry
Organizers: Tobias Colding (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Simon Donaldson (State University of New York, Stony Brook), John Lott (University of California, Berkeley), Natasa Sesum (Rutgers University), Gang Tian (Princeton University), LEAD Jeff Viaclovsky (University of WisconsinMadison)Differential geometry is a subject with both deep roots and recent advances. Many old problems in the field have recently been solved, such as the Poincaré and geometrization conjectures by Perelman, the quarter pinching conjecture by BrendleSchoen, the Lawson Conjecture by Brendle, and the Willmore Conjecture by MarquesNeves. The solutions of these problems have introduced a wealth of new techniques into the field. This semesterlong program will focus on the following main themes:
(1) Einstein metrics and generalizations,
(2) Complex differential geometry,
(3) Spaces with curvature bounded from below,
(4) Geometric flows,
and particularly on the deep connections between these areas.Updated on Oct 17, 2019 02:16 PM PDT 
Program New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems
Organizers: Kay Kirkpatrick (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign), Yvan Martel (École Polytechnique), Jonathan Mattingly (Duke University), Andrea Nahmod (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Pierre Raphael (Université Nice SophiaAntipolis), Luc ReyBellet (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), LEAD Gigliola Staffilani (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Daniel Tataru (University of California, Berkeley)The fundamental aim of this program is to bring together a core group of mathematicians from the general communities of nonlinear dispersive and stochastic partial differential equations whose research contains an underlying and unifying problem: 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, and in various regimes.
In recent years there has been spectacular progress within both communities in the understanding of this common problem. The main efforts exercised, so far mostly in parallel, have generated an incredible number of deep results, that are not just beautiful mathematically, but are also important to understand the complex natural phenomena around us. Yet, many open questions and challenges remain ahead of us. Hosting the proposed program at MSRI would be the most effective venue to explore the specific questions at the core of the unifying theme and to have a focused and open exchange of ideas, connections and mathematical tools leading to potential new paradigms. This special program will undoubtedly produce new and fundamental results in both areas, and possibly be the start of a new generation of researchers comfortable on both languages.
Updated on Sep 15, 2015 05:25 PM PDT 
Program Summer Research
Come spend time at MSRI in the summer! The Institute’s summer graduate schools and undergraduate program fill the lecture halls and some of the offices, but we have room for a modest number of visitors to come to do research singly or in small groups, while enjoying the excellent mathematical facilities, the great cultural opportunities of Berkeley, San Francisco and the Bay area, the gorgeous natural surroundings, and the cool weather.
We can provide offices, library facilities and bus passes—unfortunately not financial support. Though the auditoria are largely occupied, there are blackboards and ends of halls, so 26 people could comfortably collaborate with one another. We especially encourage such groups to apply together.
To make visits productive, we require at least a twoweek commitment. We strive for a wide mix of people, being sure to give special consideration to women, underrepresented groups, and researchers from nonresearch universities.
Updated on May 06, 2015 11:36 AM PDT 
Program Geometric and Arithmetic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics
Organizers: LEAD Dmitry Kleinbock (Brandeis University), Elon Lindenstrauss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Hee Oh (Yale University), JeanFrançois Quint (Université de Bordeaux I), Alireza Salehi Golsefidy (University of California, San Diego)Homogeneous dynamics is the study of asymptotic properties of the action of subgroups of Lie groups on their homogeneous spaces. This includes many classical examples of dynamical systems, such as linear Anosov diffeomorphisms of tori and geodesic flows on negatively curved manifolds. This topic is related to many branches of mathematics, in particular, number theory and geometry. Some directions to be explored in this program include: measure rigidity of multidimensional diagonal groups; effectivization, sparse equidistribution and sieving; random walks, stationary measures and stiff actions; ergodic theory of thin groups; measure classification in positive characteristic. It is a companion program to “Dynamics on moduli spaces of geometric structures”.
Updated on Jan 12, 2015 10:58 AM PST 
Program Complementary Program (201415)
Updated on Feb 27, 2014 09:09 AM PST 
Program Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures
Organizers: Richard Canary (University of Michigan), William Goldman (University of Maryland), François Labourie (Universite de Nice Sophia Antipolis), LEAD Howard Masur (University of Chicago), Anna Wienhard (RuprechtKarlsUniversität Heidelberg)The program will focus on the deformation theory of geometric structures on manifolds, and the resulting geometry and dynamics. This subject is formally 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.
Updated on Apr 03, 2015 01:06 PM PDT 
Program Geometric Representation Theory
Organizers: LEAD David BenZvi (University of Texas, Austin), Ngô Bảo Châu (University of Chicago), Thomas Haines (University of Maryland), Florian Herzig (University of Toronto), Kevin McGerty (University of Oxford), David Nadler (University of California, Berkeley), Catharina Stroppel (Rheinische FriedrichWilhelmsUniversität Bonn), Eva Viehmann (TU München)The fundamental aims of geometric representation theory are to uncover the deeper geometric and categorical structures underlying the familiar objects of representation theory and harmonic analysis, and to apply the resulting insights to the resolution of classical problems. One of the main sources of inspiration for the field is the Langlands philosophy, a vast nonabelian generalization of the Fourier transform of classical harmonic analysis, which serves as a visionary roadmap for the subject and places it at the heart of number theory. A primary goal of the proposed MSRI program is to explore the potential impact of geometric methods and ideas in the Langlands program by bringing together researchers working in the diverse areas impacted by the Langlands philosophy, with a particular emphasis on representation theory over local fields.
Another focus comes from theoretical physics, where new perspectives on the central objects of geometric representation theory arise in the study supersymmetric gauge theory, integrable systems and topological string theory. The impact of these ideas is only beginning to be absorbed and the program will provide a forum for their dissemination and development.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 01:13 PM PDT 
Program New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms
Organizers: Pierre Colmez (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu), LEAD Wee Teck Gan (National University of Singapore), Michael Harris (Columbia University), Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology), Ariane Mézard (Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu; École Normale Supérieure), Akshay Venkatesh (Institute for Advanced Study)The branches of number theory most directly related to the arithmetic of automorphic forms have seen much recent progress, with the resolution of many longstanding conjectures. These breakthroughs have largely been achieved by the discovery of new geometric techniques and insights. The goal of this program is to highlight new geometric structures and new questions of a geometric nature which seem most crucial for further development. In particular, the program will emphasize geometric questions arising in the study of Shimura varieties, the padic Langlands program, and periods of automorphic forms.
Updated on Oct 11, 2013 02:02 PM PDT 
Program Model Theory, Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory
Organizers: Ehud Hrushovski (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), François Loeser (Université de Paris VI (Pierre et Marie Curie)), David Marker (University of Illinois, Chicago), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley), Sergei Starchenko (University of Notre Dame), LEAD Carol Wood (Wesleyan University)The program aims to further the flourishing interaction between model theory and other parts of mathematics, especially number theory and arithmetic geometry. At present the model theoretical tools in use arise primarily from geometric stability theory and ominimality. Current areas of lively interaction include motivic integration, valued fields, diophantine geometry, and algebraic dynamics.
Updated on May 01, 2019 02:07 PM PDT 
Program Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Vigleik Angeltveit (Australian National University), Andrew Blumberg (Columbia University), Gunnar Carlsson (Stanford University), Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), LEAD Michael Hill (University of California, Los Angeles), Jacob Lurie (Harvard University)Algebraic topology touches almost every branch of modern mathematics. Algebra, geometry, topology, analysis, algebraic geometry, and number theory all influence and in turn are influenced by the methods of algebraic topology. The goals of this 2014 program at MSRI are:
Bring together algebraic topology researchers from all subdisciplines, reconnecting the pieces of the field
Identify the fundamental problems and goals in the field, uncovering the broader themes and connections
Connect young researchers with the field, broadening their perspective and introducing them to the myriad approaches and techniques.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 01:05 PM PDT 
Program Mathematical General Relativity
Organizers: Yvonne ChoquetBruhat, Piotr Chrusciel (Universität Wien), Greg Galloway (University of Miami), Gerhard Huisken (Math. Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach), LEAD James Isenberg (University of Oregon), Sergiu Klainerman (Princeton University), Igor Rodnianski (Princeton University), Richard Schoen (University of California, Irvine)The study of Einstein's general relativistic gravitational field equation, which has for many years played a crucial role in the modeling of physical cosmology and astrophysical phenomena, is increasingly a source for interesting and challenging problems in geometric analysis and PDE. In nonlinear hyperbolic PDE theory, the problem of determining if the Kerr black hole is stable has sparked a flurry of activity, leading to outstanding progress in the study of scattering and asymptotic behavior of solutions of wave equations on black hole backgrounds. The spectacular recent results of Christodoulou on trapped surface formation have likewise stimulated important advances in hyperbolic PDE. At the same time, the study of initial data for Einstein's equation has generated a wide variety of challenging problems in Riemannian geometry and elliptic PDE theory. These include issues, such as the Penrose inequality, related to the asymptotically defined mass of an astrophysical systems, as well as questions concerning the construction of non constant mean curvature solutions of the Einstein constraint equations. This semesterlong program aims to bring together researchers working in mathematical relativity, differential geometry, and PDE who wish to explore this rapidly growing area of mathematics.
Updated on May 01, 2019 01:14 PM PDT 
Program Optimal Transport: Geometry and Dynamics
Organizers: Luigi Ambrosio (Scuola Normale Superiore), Yann Brenier (École Polytechnique), Panagiota Daskalopoulos (Columbia University), Lawrence Evans (University of California, Berkeley), Alessio Figalli (University of Texas, Austin), Wilfrid Gangbo (University of California, Los Angeles), LEAD Robert McCann (University of Toronto), Felix Otto (MaxPlanckInstitut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften), Neil Trudinger (Australian National University)In the past two decades, the theory of optimal transportation has emerged as a fertile field of inquiry, and a diverse tool for exploring applications within and beyond mathematics. This transformation occurred partly because longstanding issues could finally be resolved, but also because unexpected connections emerged which linked these questions to classical problems in geometry, partial differential equations, nonlinear dynamics, natural sciences, design problems and economics. The aim of this program will be to gather experts in optimal transport and areas of potential application to catalyze new investigations, disseminate progress, and invigorate ongoing exploration.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 01:04 PM PDT 
Program Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory
Organizers: Mike Artin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Viktor Ginzburg (University of Chicago), Catharina Stroppel (Universität Bonn , Germany), Toby Stafford* (University of Manchester, United Kingdom), Michel Van den Bergh (Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium), Efim Zelmanov (University of California, San Diego)Over the last few decades noncommutative algebraic geometry (in its many forms) has become increasingly important, both within noncommutative algebra/representation theory, as well as having significant applications to algebraic geometry and other neighbouring areas. The goal of this program is to explore and expand upon these subjects and their interactions. Topics of particular interest include noncommutative projective algebraic geometry, noncommutative resolutions of (commutative or noncommutative) singularities,CalabiYau algebras, deformation theory and Poisson structures, as well as the interplay of these subjects with the algebras appearing in representation theorylike enveloping algebras, symplectic reflection algebras and the many guises of Hecke algebras.
Updated on May 06, 2013 04:21 PM PDT 
Program Commutative Algebra
Organizers: David Eisenbud* (University of California, Berkeley), Srikanth Iyengar (University of Nebraska), Ezra Miller (Duke University), Anurag Singh (University of Utah), and Karen Smith (University of Michigan)Commutative algebra was born in the 19th century from algebraic geometry, invariant theory, and number theory. Today it is a mature field with activity on many fronts.
The yearlong program will highlight exciting recent developments in core areas such as free resolutions, homological and representation theoretic aspects, Rees algebras and integral closure, tight closure and singularities, and birational geometry. In addition, it will feature the important links to other areas such as algebraic topology, combinatorics, mathematical physics, noncommutative geometry, representation theory, singularity theory, and statistics. The program will reflect the wealth of interconnections suggested by these fields, and will introduce young researchers to these diverse areas.
New connections will be fostered through collaboration with the concurrent MSRI programs in Cluster Algebras (Fall 2012) and Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory (Spring 2013).
For more detailed information about the program please see, http://www.math.utah.edu/ca/.
Updated on Aug 18, 2013 04:09 PM PDT 
Program Complementary Program 201213
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Program Cluster Algebras
Organizers: Sergey Fomin (University of Michigan), Bernhard Keller (Université Paris Diderot  Paris 7, France), Bernard Leclerc (Université de Caen BasseNormandie, France), Alexander Vainshtein* (University of Haifa, Israel), Lauren Williams (University of California, Berkeley)Cluster algebras were conceived in the Spring of 2000 as a tool for studying dual canonical bases and total positivity in semisimple Lie groups. They are constructively defined commutative algebras with a distinguished set of generators (cluster variables) grouped into overlapping subsets (clusters) of fixed cardinality. Both the generators and the relations among them are not given from the outset, but are produced by an iterative process of successive mutations. Although this procedure appears counterintuitive at first, it turns out to encode a surprisingly widespread range of phenomena, which might explain the explosive development of the subject in recent years.
Cluster algebras provide a unifying algebraic/combinatorial framework for a wide variety of phenomena in settings as diverse as quiver representations, Teichmueller theory, invariant theory, tropical calculus, Poisson geometry, Lie theory, and polyhedral combinatorics.
Updated on May 06, 2013 04:25 PM PDT 
Program Random Spatial Processes
Organizers: Mireille BousquetMélou (Université de Bordeaux I, France), Richard Kenyon* (Brown University), Greg Lawler (University of Chicago), Andrei Okounkov (Columbia University), and Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research Laboratories)In recent years probability theory (and here we mean probability theory in the largest sense, comprising combinatorics, statistical mechanics, algorithms, simulation) has made immense progress in understanding the basic twodimensional models of statistical mechanics and random surfaces. Prior to the 1990s the major interests and achievements of probability theory were (with some exceptions for dimensions 4 or more) with respect to onedimensional objects: Brownian motion and stochastic processes, random trees, and the like. Inspired by work of physicists in the ’70s and ’80s on conformal invariance and field theories in two dimensions, a number of leading probabilists and combinatorialists began thinking about spatial process in two dimensions: percolation, polymers, dimer models, Ising models. Major breakthroughs by Kenyon, Schramm, Lawler, Werner, Smirnov, Sheffield, and others led to a rigorous underpinning of conformal invariance in twodimensional systems and paved the way for a new era of “twodimensional” probability theory.
Updated on Aug 10, 2015 02:30 PM PDT 
Program Quantitative Geometry
Organizers: Keith Ball (University College London, United Kingdom), Emmanuel Breuillard (Université ParisSud 11, France) , Jeff Cheeger (New York University, Courant Institute), Marianna Csornyei (University College London, United Kingdom), Mikhail Gromov (Courant Institute and Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, France), Bruce Kleiner (New York University, Courant Institute), Vincent Lafforgue (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France), Manor Mendel (The Open University of Israel), Assaf Naor* (New York University, Courant Institute), Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research Laboratories), and Terence Tao (University of California, Los Angeles)The fall 2011 program "Quantitative Geometry" is devoted to the investigation of geometric questions in which quantitative/asymptotic considerations are inherent and necessary for the formulation of the problems being studied. Such topics arise naturally in a wide range of mathematical disciplines, with significant relevance both to the internal development of the respective fields, as well as to applications in areas such as theoretical computer science. Examples of areas that will be covered by the program are: geometric group theory, the theory of Lipschitz functions (e.g., Lipschitz extension problems and structural aspects such as quantitative differentiation), large scale and coarse geometry, embeddings of metric spaces and their applications to algorithm design, geometric aspects of harmonic analysis and probability, quantitative aspects of linear and nonlinear Banach space theory, quantitative aspects of geometric measure theory and isoperimetry, and metric invariants arising from embedding theory and Riemannian geometry. The MSRI program aims to crystallize the interactions between researchers in various relevant fields who might have a lack of common language, even though they are working on related questions.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 02:39 PM PDT 
Program Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications
Organizers: Luis Caffarelli (University of Texas, Austin), Henri Berestycki (Centre d'Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales, France), Laurence C. Evans (University of California, Berkeley), Mikhail Feldman (University of Wisconsin, Madison), John Ockendon (University of Oxford, United Kingdom), Arshak Petrosyan (Purdue University), Henrik Shahgholian* (The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Tatiana Toro (University of Washington), and Nina Uraltseva (Steklov Mathematical Institute, Russia)This program aims at the study of various topics within the area of Free Boundaries Problems, from the viewpoints of theory and applications. 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 aim of this program is to gather experts in the field with knowledge of various applied and theoretical aspects of free boundary problems.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 01:42 PM PDT 
Program Arithmetic Statistics
Organizers: Brian Conrey (American Institute of Mathematics), John Cremona (University of Warwick, United Kingdom), Barry Mazur (Harvard University), Michael Rubinstein* (University of Waterloo, Canada ), Peter Sarnak (Princeton University), Nina Snaith (University of Bristol, United Kingdom), and William Stein (University of Washington)L functions attached to modular forms and/or to algebraic varieties and algebraic number fields are prominent in quite a wide range of number theoretic issues, and our recent growth of understanding of the analytic properties of Lfunctions has already lead to profound applications regarding among other things the statistics related to arithmetic problems. This program will emphasize statistical aspects of Lfunctions, modular forms, and associated arithmetic and algebraic objects from several different perspectives — theoretical, algorithmic, and experimental.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 02:19 PM PDT 
Program Random Matrix Theory, Interacting Particle Systems and Integrable Systems
Organizers: Jinho Baik (University of Michigan), Alexei Borodin (California Institute of Technology), Percy A. Deift* (New York University, Courant Institute), Alice Guionnet (École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), Craig A. Tracy (University of California, Davis), and Pierre van Moerbeke, (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium)The goal of this program is to showcase the many remarkable developments that have taken place in the past decade in Random Matrix Theory (RMT) and to spur on further developments on RMT and the related areas Interacting Particle Systems (IPS) and Integrable Systems (IS): IPS provides an arena in which RMT behavior is frequently observed, and IS provides tools which are often useful in analyzing RMT and IPS/RMT behavior.
Updated on Oct 17, 2019 01:08 PM PDT 
Program Inverse Problems and Applications
Organizers: Liliana Borcea (Rice University), Maarten V. de Hoop (Purdue University), Carlos E. Kenig (University of Chicago), Peter Kuchment (Texas A&M University), Lassi Päivärinta (University of Helsinki, Finland), Gunther Uhlmann* (University of Washington), 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. During the last 10 years or so there has been significant developments both in the mathematical theory and applications of inverse problems. The purpose of the program would be to bring together people working on different aspects of the field, to appraise the current status of development and to encourage interaction between mathematicians and scientists and engineers working directly with the applications.Updated on May 17, 2022 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Homology Theories of Knots and Links
Organizers: Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College), Peter Ozsváth* (Columbia University), Lev Rozansky (University of North Carolina), Peter Teichner (University of California, Berkeley), Dylan Thurston (Barnard College), and Zoltan Szabó (Princeton University)The aims of this program will be to achieve the following goals:
 Promote communication with related disciplines, including the symplectic geometry program in 20092010.
 Lead to new breakthroughs in the subject and find new applications to low dimensional topology (knot theory, threemanifold topology, and smooth four manifold topology).
 Educate a new generation of graduate students and PhD students in this exciting and rapidlychanging subject.
The program will focus on algebraic link homology and Heegaard Floer homology.
Updated on May 19, 2022 07:36 AM PDT 
Program Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Topology
Organizers: Yakov Eliashberg *(Stanford University), John Etnyre (Georgia Institute of Technology), ElenyNicoleta Ionel (Stanford University), Dusa McDuff (Barnard College), and Paul Seidel (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)In the slightly more than two decades that have elapsed since the fields of Symplectic and Contact Topology were created, the field has grown enormously and unforeseen new connections within Mathematics and Physics have been found. The goals of the 200910 program at MSRI are to:
I. Promote the crosspollination of ideas between different areas of symplectic and contact geometry;
II. Help assess and formulate the main outstanding fundamental problems and directions in the field;
III. Lead to new breakthroughs and solutions of some of the main problems in the area;
IV. Discover new applications of symplectic and contact geometry in mathematics and physics;
V. Educate a new generation of young mathematicians, giving them a broader view of the subject and the capability to employ techniques from different areas in their research.
Updated on Apr 19, 2014 09:30 PM PDT 
Program Tropical Geometry
Organizers: EvaMaria Feichtner *(University of Bremen), Ilia Itenberg (Institut de Recherche Mathématique Avancée de Strasbourg), Grigory Mikhalkin (Université de Genève), and Bernd Sturmfels (UCB  University of California, Berkeley)Tropical Geometry is the algebraic geometry over the minplus algebra. It is a young subject that in recent years has both established itself as an area of its own right and unveiled its deep connections to numerous branches of pure and applied mathematics. From an algebraic geometric point of view, algebraic varieties over a field with nonarchimedean valuation are replaced by polyhedral complexes, thereby retaining much of the information about the original varieties. From the point of view of complex geometry, the geometric combinatorial structure of tropical varieties is a maximal degeneration of a complex structure on a manifold.
The tropical transition from objects of algebraic geometry to the polyhedral realm is an extension of the classical theory of toric varieties. It opens problems on algebraic varieties to a completely new set of techniques, and has already led to remarkable results in Enumerative Algebraic Geometry, Dynamical Systems and Computational Algebra, among other fields, and to applications in Algebraic Statistics and Statistical Physics.
Updated on Feb 08, 2022 10:39 PM PST 
Program Algebraic Geometry
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 May 18, 2022 09:13 AM PDT 
Program Analysis on Singular Spaces
Organizers: Gilles Carron (University of Nantes), Eugenie Hunsicker (Loughborough University), Richard Melrose (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Michael Taylor (Andras VasyUniversity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Jared Wunsch (Northwestern University)Updated on May 13, 2022 06:23 PM PDT 
Program 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 Feb 11, 2022 03:36 PM PST 
Program Representation Theory of Finite Groups and Related Topics
Organizers: J. L. Alperin, M. Broue, J. F. Carlson, A. Kleshchev, J. Rickard, B. SrinivasanCurrent research centers on many open questions, i.e., representations over the integers or rings of positive characteristic, correspondence of characters and derived equivalences of blocks. Recently we have seen active interactions in group cohomology involving many areas of topology and algebra. The focus of this program will be on these areas with the goal of fostering emerging interdisciplinary connections among them.
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 03:43 PM PST 
Program Combinatorial Representation Theory
Organizers: P. Diaconis, A. Kleshchev, B. Leclerc, P. Littelmann, A. Ram, A. Schilling, R. StanleyRecent catalysts stimulating growth of this field in the last few decades have been the discovery of "crystals" and the development of the combinatorics of affine Lie groups.. Today the subject intersects several fields: combinatorics, representation theory, analysis, algebraic geometry, Lie theory, and mathematical physics. The goal of this program is to bring together experts in these areas together in one interdisciplinary setting.
Updated on May 02, 2022 09:33 AM PDT 
Program Geometric Group Theory
Organizers: Mladen Bestvina, Jon McCammond, Michah Sageev, Karen VogtmannIn the 1980’s, attention to the geometric structures which cell complexes can carry shed light on earlier combinatorial and topological investigations into group theory, stimulating other provacative and innovative ideas over the past 20 years. As a consequence, geometric group theory has developed many different facets, including geometry, topology, analysis, logic.
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 08:37 AM PST 
Program Teichmuller Theory and Kleinian Groups
Organizers: Jeffrey Brock, Richard Canary, Howard Masur, Maryam Mirzakhani, Alan ReidThese fields have each seen recent dramatic changes: new techniques developed, major conjectures solved, and new directions and connections forged. Yet progress has been made in parallel without the level of communication across these two fields that is warranted. This program will address the need to strengthen connections between these two fields, and reassess new directions for each.
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Dynamical Systems
Organizers: Christopher Jones, Jonathan Mattingly, Igor Mezic, Andrew Stuart, LaiSang YoungThis program will take place at the interface of the theory and applications of dynamical systems. The goal will be to assess the current stateoftheart and define directions for future research. Mathematicians who are developing a new generation of ideas in dynamical systems will be brought together with researchers who are using the techniques of dynamical systems in applied areas. A wide range of applications will be considered through four contextual settings around which the program will be organized. Some of the areas of concentration have greater emphasis on extending existing ideas in dynamical systems theory, rendering them more suitable for applications. Others are more directed toward seeking out potential areas of applications in which dynamical systems is likely to have a bigger role to play.
The four themes that will mold the semester are: (1) Extended dynamical systems, (2) Stochastic dynamical systems, (3) Control theory, and (4) Computation and modeling. The introductory workshop, which will be held in midJanuary, will emphasize extended dynamical systems that occur as highdimensional systems, such as on lattices or as partial differential equations. There will be a workshop on stochastic systems and control theory in March. The last theme will pervade the semester through seminar and working group activities.Updated on Feb 18, 2022 03:40 PM PST 
Program Geometric Evolution Equations and Related Topics
Organizers: Bennett Chow, Panagiota Daskalopoulos, Gerhardt Huisken, Peter Li, Lei Ni, Gang TianThe focus will be on geometric evolution equations, function theory and related elliptic and parabolic equations. Geometric flows have been applied to a variety of geometric, topological, analytical and physical problems. Linear and nonlinear elliptic and parabolic partial differential equations have been studied by continuous, discrete and computational methods. There are deep connections between the geometry and analysis of Riemannian and Kähler manifolds.
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 09:23 AM PDT 
Program Computational Applications of Algebraic Topology
Organizers: Gunnar Carlsson, Persi Diaconis, Susan Holmes, Rick Jardine, Günter M. ZieglerUpdated on Apr 22, 2022 10:00 AM PDT 
Program New Topological Structures in Physics
Organizers: M. Aganagic, R. Cohen, P. Horava, A. Klemm, J. Morava, H. Nakajima, Y. RuanThe interplay between quantum field theory and mathematics during the past several decades has led to new concepts of mathematics, which will be explored and developed in this program. This includes: Stringy topology, branes and orbifolds, Generalized McKay correspondences and representation theory and GromovWitten theory.
Updated on May 04, 2022 10:51 AM PDT 
Program Rational and Integral Points on HigherDimensional Varieties
Organizers: Fedor Bogomolov, JeanLouis ColliotThélène, Bjorn Poonen, Alice Silverberg, Yuri TschinkelOur focus will be rational and integral points on varieties of dimension > 1. Recently it has become clear that many branches of mathematics can be brought to bear on problems in the area: complex algebraic geometry, Galois and 4etale cohomology, transcendence theory and diophantine approximation, harmonic analysis, automorphic forms, and analytic number theory. Sometimes it is only by combining techniques that progress is made. We will bring together researchers from these various fields who have an interest in arithmetic applications, as well as specialists in arithmetic geometry itself.
Updated on Apr 12, 2022 09:03 AM PDT 
Program Nonlinear Dispersive Equations
Organizers: Carlos Kenig, Sergiu Klainerman, Christophe Sogge, Gigliola Staffilani, Daniel TataruThe field of nonlinear dispersive equations has experienced a striking evolution over the last fifteen years. During that time many new ideas and techniques emerged, enabling one to work on problems which until quite recently seemed untouchable. The evolution process for this field has itsorigin in two ways of quantitatively measuring dispersion. One comes from harmonic analysis, which is used to establish certain dispersive (Lp) estimates for solutions to linear equations. The second has geometrical roots, namely in the analysis of vector fields generating the Lorentz groupassociated to the linear wave equation. Our semester program in nonlinear dispersive equations will bring together leading experts in both of these directions.
Updated on May 04, 2022 10:12 AM PDT 
Program Nonlinear Elliptic Equations and Its Applications
Organizers: Xavier Cabré, Luis Caffarelli, Lawrence C. Evans, Cristian Gutiérrez, Lihe Wang, Paul YangThe research in nonlinear elliptic equations is one of the most developed in Mathematics, and of great importance because of its interaction with other areas within Mathematics and for its applications in broader scientific disciplines such as fluid dynamics, phase transitions, mathematical finance and image processing in computer science.
Updated on May 08, 2022 10:19 AM PDT 
Program Probability, Algorithms and Statistical Physics
Organizers: Yuval Peres (cochair), Alistair Sinclair (cochair), David Aldous, Claire Kenyon, Harry Kesten, Jon Kleinberg, Fabio Martinelli, Alan Sokal, Peter Winkler, Uri ZwickUpdated on Feb 11, 2022 03:29 PM PST 
Program Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Aspects of Image Analysis
Organizers: David Mumford (Brown University), Jitendra Malik (University of California, Berkeley), Donald Geman (John Hopkins University) and David Donoho (Stanford University)The field of image analysis is one of the newest and most active sources of inspiration for applied mathematics. Present day mathematical challenges in image analysis span a wide range of mathematical territory.
Updated on Feb 23, 2022 12:33 PM PST 
Program Hyperplane Arrangements and Application
Organizers: Michael Falk, Phil Hanlon, Toshitake Kohno, Peter Orlik, Alexander Varchenko, Sergey YuzvinskyThe theory of complex hyperplane arrangements has undergone tremendous growth since its beginnings thirty years ago in the work of Arnol'd, Breiskorn, Deligne, and Hattori. Connections with generalized hypergeometric functions, conformal field theory, representations of braid groups, and other areas have stimulated fascinating research into topology of arrangement complements. Topological research leads in turn to many new combinatorial and algebraic questions about arrangements.
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 10:43 AM PDT 
Program Differential Geometry
Organizers: Robert Bryant (cochair), Frances Kirwan, Peter Petersen, Richard Schoen, Isadore Singer, and Gang Tian (cochair)As classical as the subject is, it is currently undergoing a very vigorous development, interacting strongly with theoretical physics, mechanics, topology, algebraic geometry, partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, integrable systems, and many other subjects. The five main topics on which we propose to concentrate the program are areas that have shown considerable growth in the last ten years: Complex geometry, calibrated geometries and special holonomy; Geometric analysis; Symplectic geometry and gauge theory; Geometry and physics; Riemannian and metric geometry.
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Topological Aspects of Real Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: Selman Akbulut, Grisha Mikhalkin, Victoria Powers, Boris Shapiro, Frank Sottile (chair), and Oleg ViroThe topological approach to real algebraic geometry is due to Hilbert who realized the advantages of considering topological properties of real algebraic plane curves. Much progress on Hilbert's work was achieved in the 1970's by the schools of Rokhlin and Arnold, including new objects and questions on complexification and complex algebraic geometry, relation to piecewise linear geometry and combinatorics, and enumerative geometry. This continues today with new topics such as amoebas, new connections such as that with symplectic geometry, and new challenges such as those posed by real polynomial systems.
Updated on May 19, 2022 01:40 PM PDT 
Program Discrete and Computational Geometry
Organizers: Jesús A. De Loera, Herbert Edelsbrunner, Jacob E. Goodman, János Pach, Micha Sharir, Emo Welzl, and Günter M. ZieglerDiscrete and Computational Geometry deals with the structure and complexity of discrete geometric objects as well with the design of efficient computer algorithms for their manipulation. This area is by its nature interdisciplinary and has relations to many other vital mathematical fields, such as algebraic geometry, topology, combinatorics, and probability theory; at the same time it is on the cutting edge of modern applications such as geographic information systems, mathematical programming, coding theory, solid modeling, and computational structural biology.
Updated on Mar 16, 2022 02:22 PM PDT 
Program SemiClassical Analysis
Organizers: Robert Littlejohn, William H. Miller, Johannes Sjorstrand, Steven Zelditch, and Maciej ZworskiThe traditional mathematical study of semiclassical analysis has developed tremendously in the last thirty years following the introduction of microlocal analysis, that is local analysis in phase space, simultaneously in the space and Fourier transform variables. The purpose of this program is to bring together experts in traditional mathematical semiclassical analysis, in the new mathematics of "quantum chaos," and in physics and theoretical chemistry.
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 03:04 PM PST 
Program Commutative Algebra
Organizers: Luchezar Avramov, Mark Green, Craig Huneke, Karen E. Smith and Bernd SturmfelsCommutative algebra comes from several sources, the 19th century theory of equations, number theory, invariant theory and algebraic geometry. The field has experienced a striking evolution over the last fifteen years. During that period the outlook of the subject has been altered, new connections to other areas have been established, and powerful techniques have been developed.
Updated on Apr 28, 2022 10:43 AM PDT 
Program Quantum Computation
Organizers: Dorit Aharonov, Charles Bennett, Richard Jozsa, Yuri Manin, Peter Shor, and Umesh Vazirani (chair)Quantum computation is an intellectually challenging and exciting area that touches on the foundations of both computer science and quantum physics.
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 12:44 PM PDT 
Program InfiniteDimensional Algebras and Mathematical Physics
Organizers: E. Frenkel, V. Kac, I. Penkov, V. Serganova, G. ZuckermanThis program will discuss recent progress in the representation theory of infinitedimensional algebras and superalgebras and their applications to other fields.
Updated on May 02, 2022 09:33 AM PDT 
Program Algebraic Stacks, Intersection Theory, and NonAbelian Hodge Theory
Organizers: W. Fulton, L. Katzarkov, M. Kontsevich, Y. Manin,R. Pandharipande, T. Pantev, C. Simpson and A. VistoliAlgebraic stacks originally arose as solutions to moduli problems in which they were used to parametrize geometric objects in families.They have also arisen in studying homological properties of quotient singularities, nonabelian Hodge theory, string theory, etc. This program will focus on intersection theory on stacks, nonabelian Hodge theory and geometric nstacks, perverse sheaves on stacks and the geometric Langlands program, Dbrane charges in string theory, and moduli of gerbes and mirror symmetry.
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 03:46 PM PDT 
Program Integral Geometry
Organizers: L. Barchini, S. Gindikin, A. Goncharov and J. WolfThis program will focus on recent advances in integral geometry,with a focus on theinterrelationships between integral geometry and the theory ofrepresentations (Penrosetransform in flag domains, horospherical transforms), complex geometry, symplectic geometry,algebraic analysis, and nonlinear differential equations.
There will be an Introductory Workshop in Inverse Problems and Integral Geometry August 1324Updated on Feb 16, 2022 08:49 AM PST 
Program Inverse Problems
Organizers: D. Colton, J. McLaughlin, W. Symes and G. UhlmannIn the last twenty years or so there have been substantial developments in the mathematical theory of inverse problems,and applications have arisen in many areas, ranging from geophysics to medical imaging to nondestructive evaluation of materials. The main topics of this program will be developments in inverse boundary value problems, and inverse scattering problems.
There will be an Introductory Workshop in Inverse Problems and Integral Geometry August 1324Updated on May 13, 2022 06:23 PM PDT 
Program Operator Algebras
Organizers: C. AnantharamanDelaroche, H. Araki, A. Connes, J. Cuntz, E.G. Effros, U. Haagerup, V.F.R. Jones , M.A. Rieffel and D.V. VoiculescuThe noncommutative mathematics of operator algebras has grown in many directions and has made unexpected connections with other parts of mathematics and physics. Since the 198485 MSRI program in Operator Algebras, developments have continued at a rapid pace, and interactions with other fields such as elementary particle physics and quantum groups continue to grow.
Updated on Sep 09, 2021 02:50 PM PDT 
Program Spectral Invariants
Organizers: Tom Branson, S.Y. Alice Chang, Rafe Mazzeo and Kate OkikioluThe past few decades have witnessed many new developments in the broad area of spectral theory of geometric operators, centered around the study of new spectral invariants and their application to problems in conformal geometry, classification of 4manifolds, index theory, relationship with scattering theory and other topics. This program will bring together people working on different problems in these areas.
Updated on May 13, 2022 06:23 PM PDT 
Program Algorithmic Number Theory
Organizers: Joe Buhler, Cynthia Dwork, Hendrik Lenstra Jr., Andrew Odlyzko, Bjorn Poonen and Noriko YuiNumber theorists have always made calculations, whether by hand, desk calculator, or computer. In recent years this predilection has extended in many directions, and has been reinforced by interest from other fields such as computer science, cryptography, and algebraic geometry. The Algorithmic Number Theory program at MSRI will cover these developments broadly, with an eye to making connections to some of these other areas.
Updated on May 02, 2022 12:13 PM PDT 
Program Noncommutative Algebra
Organizers: Michael Artin, Susan Montgomery, Claudio Procesi, Lance Small, Toby Stafford, Efim ZelmanovFor more information about this program, please see the original web page at:http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9900/noncomm/index.html
Updated on May 02, 2022 09:33 AM PDT 
Program Numerical and Applied Mathematics
Organizers: Ivo Babuska, M. Vogelius, L. Wahlbin, R. Bank and D. ArnoldFor more information about this program, please see the original web page at:http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9900/fem/index.html
Updated on Apr 21, 2022 03:31 PM PDT 
Program Galois Groups and Fundamental Groups
Organizers: Eva Bayer, Michael Fried, David Harbater, Yasutaka Ihara, B. Heinrich Matzat, Michel Raynaud, John ThompsonFor more information about this event, please see the original web page at:http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9900/galois/index.html
Updated on May 19, 2022 01:40 PM PDT 
Program Random Matrix Models and Their Applications
Organizers: Pavel Bleher (coChair), Alan Edelman, Alexander Its (coChair), Craig Tracy and Harold WidomFor more information about this program, please see the program's original web page at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9899/random/index.html
Updated on Feb 11, 2022 04:14 PM PST 
Program Foundations of Computational Mathematics
Organizers: Felipe Cucker (coChair), Arieh Iserles (coChair), Tien Yien Li, Mike Overton, Jim Renegar, Mike Shub (coChair), Steve Smale, and Andrew StuartPlease see the program's webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9899/focm/index.html for more information.
Updated on Feb 21, 2022 12:44 PM PST 
Program Symbolic Computation in Geometry and Analysis
Organizers: MarieFrancoise Roy, Michael Singer (Chair) and Bernd SturmfelsPlease see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9899/symbcomp/index.html for more information.
Updated on Mar 17, 2022 05:39 PM PDT 
Program Model Theory of Fields
Organizers: Elisabeth Bouscaren, Lou van den Dries, Ehud Hrushovski, David Marker (coChair), Anand Pillay, Jose Felipe Voloch, and Carol Wood (coChair)Please see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9798/mtf/index.html for more information about this program.
Updated on May 02, 2022 12:13 PM PDT 
Program Stochastic Analysis
Organizers: R. Banuelos, S. Evans, P. Fitzsimmons, E. Pardoux, D. Stroock, and R. WilliamsPlease see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9798/sa/index.html for more information.
Updated on Apr 12, 2022 01:50 PM PDT 
Program Harmonic Analysis
Organizers: Michael Christ, David Jerison, Carlos Kenig (Chair), Jill Pipher, and Elias Stein.Please see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9798/ha/index.html for more information.
Updated on Mar 08, 2022 10:13 AM PST 
Program Lowdimensional Topology
Organizers: Joan Birman, Andrew Casson, Robion Kirby (Chair), and Ron SternPlease see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9697/ldt/index.html for more information.
Updated on May 17, 2022 09:03 AM PDT 
Program Combinatorics
Organizers: Louis Billera, Anders Bjorner, Curtis Greene, Rodica Simion, and Richard Stanley (Chair)Please see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9697/comb/index.html for more information.
Updated on May 02, 2022 09:33 AM PDT 
Program Convex Geometry and Geometric Functional Analysis
Organizers: Keith Ball, Eric Carlen, Erwin Lutwak, V. D. Milman, E. Odell, and N. Tomczak.Updated on Feb 11, 2022 03:38 PM PST 
Program Several Complex Variables
Organizers: JeanPierre Demailly, Joseph J. Kohn, Junjiro Noguchi, Linda Rothschild, Michael Schneider, and YumTong Siu (Chair)Please see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9596/scv/ for more information.
Updated on May 19, 2022 01:40 PM PDT 
Program Holomorphic Spaces
Organizers: Sheldon Axler (coChair), John McCarthy (coChair), Don Sarason (coChair), Joseph Ball, Nikolai Nikolskii, Mihai Putinar, and Cora SadoskyPlease see the program webpage at http://www.msri.org/activities/programs/9596/hs/ for more information.
Updated on May 12, 2022 08:06 AM PDT 
Program Complex Dynamics and Hyperbolic Geometry
Organizers: Bodil Branner, Steve Kerckhoff, Mikhail Lyubich, Curt McMullen (chair), and John SmillieUpdated on May 17, 2022 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Automorphic Forms
Organizers: Daniel Bump, Stephen Gelbart, Dennis Hejhal, Jeff Hoffstein (cochairman), Steve Rallis (cochairman), and Marie France VignerasUpdated on Apr 29, 2022 10:27 AM PDT 
Program Dynamical Systems and Probabilistic Methods for PDE's
Organizers: Percy Deift (cochairman), Philip Holmes, James Hyman, David Levermore, David McLaughlin (cochairman), Clarence Eugene WayneUpdated on May 08, 2022 10:19 AM PDT 
Program Differential Geometry
Organizers: Werner Ballman, Raoul Bott, Carolyn Gordon, Mikhael Gromov, Karsten Grove, Blaine Lawson (chairman), Richard SchoenUpdated on May 13, 2022 06:23 PM PDT 
Program Transcendence and Diophantine Problems
Organizers: A. Baker (cochairman), W. Brownawell, W. Schmidt (co chairman), P. VojtaUpdated on Feb 28, 2022 01:14 PM PST 
Program Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: E. Arbarello, A. Beauville, A. Beilinson, J. Harris, W. Fulton, J. Kollar, S. Mori, J. Steenbrink, H. Clemens & J. KollarUpdated on Apr 14, 2022 09:13 AM PDT 
Program Symbolic Dynamics
Organizers: R. Adler (chairman), J. Franks, D. Lind, S. WilliamsUpdated on May 07, 2022 11:05 AM PDT 
Program Lie Groups and Ergodic Theory with Applications to Number Theory and Geometry
Organizers: H. Furstenberg, M. Ratner, P. Sarnak, R. Zimmer (chairman)Updated on May 17, 2022 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Statistics
Organizers: P. Bickel (chairman), L. LeCam, D. Siegmund, T. SpeedUpdated on Feb 19, 2022 10:04 AM PST 
Program Strings in Mathematics and Physics
Organizers: O. Alvarez, D. Friedan, G. Moore, I.M. Singer (chairman), G. Segal, C. TaubesUpdated on Feb 11, 2022 04:11 PM PST 
Program Partial Differential Equations and Continuum Mechanics
Organizers: L.C. Evans, A. Majda (chairman), G. Papanicolaou, T. SpencerUpdated on May 02, 2022 08:44 AM PDT 
Program Representations of Finite Groups
Organizers: J. Alperin, C. Curtis (chairman), W. Feit, P. FongUpdated on Feb 11, 2022 04:00 PM PST 
Program Logic
Organizers: L. Harrington, A. Macintyre, D.A. Martin (chairman), R. ShoreUpdated on May 02, 2022 12:13 PM PDT 
Program Algebraic Topology and its Applications
Organizers: R. Cohen (chairman), G. Carlsson, W.C. Hsiang, J.D.S. JonesUpdated on May 13, 2022 06:23 PM PDT 
Program Combinatorial Group Theory and Geometry
Organizers: S. Adian, K. Brown, S. Gersten, J. Stallings (chairman)Updated on Dec 09, 2021 04:07 PM PST 
Program Symplectic Geometry and Mechanics
Organizers: R. Devaney, V. Guillemin (cochairman), H. Flaschka, A. Weinstein (cochairman)Updated on Apr 14, 2022 01:53 PM PDT 
Program Classical Analysis
Organizers: C. Fefferman, E. Stein (chairman), G. WeissUpdated on Mar 01, 2022 05:39 AM PST 
Program Representations of Lie Groups
Organizers: W. Schmid, D. Vogan, J. Wolf (chairman)Updated on Oct 11, 2021 03:13 PM PDT 
Program Number Theory with Connections to Algebraic Geometry
Organizers: B. Gross (chairman), N. Katz, B. Mazur, K. Ribet, J. TateUpdated on Apr 14, 2022 09:47 AM PDT 
Program Geometric Function Theory
Organizers: D. Drasin, F. Gehring (chairman), I. Kra, A. MardenUpdated on May 17, 2022 09:02 AM PDT 
Program Mathematical Economics
Organizers: K. Arrow, G. Debreu (chairman), A. MasColellUpdated on Jul 20, 2021 10:09 AM PDT 
Program Computational Complexity
Organizers: R. Graham, R. Karp (cochairman), S. Smale (cochairman)Updated on Mar 08, 2022 10:14 AM PST 
Program Differential Geometry
Organizers: S.S. Chern (chairman), B. Lawson, I. M. Singer (miniprogram)Updated on Dec 04, 2021 07:05 AM PST 
Program Lowdimensional Topology
Organizers: R. Edwards (chairman), R. Kirby, J. Morgan, W. ThurstonUpdated on Apr 22, 2022 01:09 PM PDT 
Program KTheory, Index Theory, and Operator Algebras
Organizers: A. Connes (chairman), R. Douglas, M. TakesakiUpdated on Sep 03, 2021 03:38 PM PDT 
Program InfiniteDimensional Lie Algebras
Organizers: H. Garland, I. Kaplansky (chairman), B. KostantUpdated on Jun 05, 2019 02:31 PM PDT 
Program Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems
Organizers: J. Feldman (chairman), J. Franks, A. Katok, J. Moser, R. TemamUpdated on May 06, 2022 03:27 PM PDT 
Program Mathematical Statistics
Organizers: L. LeCam, D. Siegmund (chairman), C. StoneUpdated on May 19, 2021 02:22 PM PDT 
Program Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations
Organizers: A. Chorin, I. M. Singer (chairman), S.T. YauUpdated on Jun 12, 2017 11:16 AM PDT

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