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Low Dimensional Topology August 11, 2008 - August 15, 2008
To apply for Funding you must register by: June 13, 2008 almost 15 years ago
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Organizers Elisenda Grigsby, Rob Schneiderman, Peter Teichner and Kevin Walker

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Please note: Because we have had such a wonderful response to this workshop, we have run out of space. We're sorry for any inconvenience, but this has forced us to close registration. Thank you for your interest in our Low Dimensional Topology Workshop. I hope you will consider attending other workshops here in the near future. In recent years, there has been lots of exciting progress in many branches of low-dimensional topology, including Heegard Floer and Khovanov Homology, small 4-Manifolds, TQFT, knot concordance and Lefschetz fibrations. These are the main themes of this workshop whose format will be three one-hour lectures every day, two in the morning and one survey lecture in the afternoon (except for Friday). This survey lecture will be followed by a panel for experts, lead by the afternoon speaker and some other leaders of the field. The panel will discuss current developments and open problems and it can be extended into the late afternoon if so desired by the panelists. There will be a banquet on Thursday, August 14, to celebrate Rob Kirby's birthday at the Auditorium of the International House. All participants and their guests are cordially invited to attend this social highlight of the workshop. It is partially sponsored by UC Berkeley but everybody needs to register and make a contribution to the costs at the following website. It also contains more details about the event. Banquet registration. Accommodations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Rose Garden Inn. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-992-9005 OR directly on their website. Click on “Reservations and Availability” then click on “Corporate” at the bottom of the screen and enter the word “math”. Enter Group Code CGMS60 in the “Guest Comment” box, and provide requested information The cut-off date for reservations is July 25, 2008. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Durant. Please mention the workshop name and reference the following code when making reservations via phone, fax or e-mail: BK0000. The cut-off date for reservations is July 11, 2008. We have reserved more rooms at the Double Tree Berkeley Marina Hotel. For reservations, please visit: their website to enter your arrival and departure dates and click ”go.” To get our discounted rate please enter the three letter code on the Group/Convention Code:LDT. You can also call the hotel directly: 510-548-7920 and ask for reservation under the group name Low Dimensional Topology. Lodging and DirectionsLodging Transportation from Oakland or San Francisco airports Directions to MSRI
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Aug 11, 2008
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research Station Q)
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Towards Quantum Characteristic Classes
Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research Station Q)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Twisted Alexander Polynomials and Fibrations of 3-manifolds
Stefano Vidussi (University of California, Riverside)
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  4-manifolds, Big and Small
Ronald Stern (University of California, Irvine)
Aug 12, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:40 AM
  Knot Homologies via Instanton Counting
Sergei Gukov (California Institute of Technology)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Projectivization, W-Knots, Kashiwara-Vergne and Alekseev-Torossian
Dror Bar-Natan
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Broken Lefschetz fibrations on smooth 4-manifolds
Denis Auroux (University of California, Berkeley)
Aug 13, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Contact structures, Heegaard Floer homology and triangulated categories
Ko Honda
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Unified Witten-Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants of rational homology 3-spheres
Anna Beliakova (Universität Zürich)
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  The origin of the calculus (not Newton's)
Robion Kirby (University of California, Berkeley)
Aug 14, 2008
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
  Categorification of quantum groups
Mikhail Khovanov (Columbia University)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  Sutured Floer homology and Seifert surfaces
Andras Juhasz
01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  Heegaard Floer homology
Peter Ozsváth (Princeton University)
Aug 15, 2008
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  4-manifolds and the A-B slice problem
Slava Krushkal
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
  Knot Concordance and Higher-Order Blanchfield Duality
Constance Leidy
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  The Seiberg-Witten equations and dynamics of vector fields in dimension 3
Clifford Taubes (Harvard University)