
Summer Research in Mathematics 2021 Summer Research in Mathematics
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Research in Mathematics program was postponed to 2021 and held remotely.
MSRI's Summer Research in Mathematics program provides space, funding, and the opportunity for inperson collaboration to small groups of mathematicians, especially women and genderexpansive individuals, whose ongoing research may have been disproportionately affected by various obstacles including family obligations, professional isolation, or access to funding. Through this effort, MSRI aims to mitigate the obstacles faced by these small groups, improve the odds of research project completion, and deepen their research experience.
The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences as a whole by positively affecting the research and careers of all of its participants and assisting their efforts to maintain involvement in the research community.
Updated on Sep 15, 2021 09:25 AM PDT 
Program Offsite Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021/22
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Program Complementary Program 202122
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.
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Program 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), Eero Saksman (University of Helsinki), Fredrik Viklund (Royal Institute of Technology), JangMei Wu (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign)This program is devoted to the investigation of universal analytic and geometric objects that arise from natural probabilistic constructions, often motivated by models in mathematical physics. Prominent examples for recent developments are the SchrammLoewner evolution, the continuum random tree, Bernoulli percolation on the integers, random surfaces produced by Liouville Quantum Gravity, and Jordan curves and dendrites obtained from random conformal weldings and laminations. The lack of regularity of these random structures often results in a failure of classical methods of analysis. One goal of this program is to enrich the analytic toolbox to better handle these rough structures.
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 12:37 PM PST 
Program Complex Dynamics: from special families to natural generalizations in one and several variables
Organizers: LEAD Sarah Koch (University of Michigan), Jasmin Raissy (Institut de Mathématiques de Bordeaux), Dierk Schleicher (Université d'AixMarseille (AMU)), Mitsuhiro Shishikura (Kyoto University), Dylan Thurston (Indiana University)Holomorphic dynamics is a vibrant field of mathematics that has seen profound progress over the past 40 years. It has numerous interconnections to other fields of mathematics and beyond.
Our semester will focus on three selected classes of dynamical systems: rational maps (postcritically finite and beyond); transcendental maps; and maps in several complex variables. We will put particular emphasis on the interactions between each these, and on connections with adjacent areas of mathematics.
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 09:31 AM PST 
Workshop [HYBRID WORKSHOP] 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)This will be a hybrid workshop with inperson participation by members of the semesterlong program. Online participation will be open to all who register.
This workshop will introduce some of the major themes in probability and geometric analysis that will be relevant for the semesterlong program. A series of short minicourses will give participants the opportunity to learn about important subjects such as the SchrammLoewner 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.
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Seminar 5 Min Talks
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Seminar 5 Min Talks
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Workshop [HYBRID WORKSHOP] 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 (Université ParisSaclay), Sarah Koch (University of Michigan)This will be a hybrid workshop with inperson participation by members of the semesterlong program. Online participation will be open to all who register.
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.
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Seminar 5 Min Talks
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Seminar 5 Min Talks
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Workshop [HYBRID WORKSHOP] Introductory Workshop: Complex Dynamics  from special families to natural generalizations in one and several variables
Organizers: Anna Miriam Benini (Università di Parma), Fabrizio Bianchi (Université de Lille), Mikhail Hlushchanka (Universiteit Utrecht), LEAD Dylan Thurston (Indiana University)This will be a hybrid workshop with inperson participation by members of the semesterlong program. Online participation will be open to all who register.
This workshop is built around four minicourses that will introduce the participants to a range of recent techniques in various areas of holomorphic dynamics, given by specialists in these topics. The event is complemented by a series of talks by leaders in the field, aimed at a large audience and presenting current research directions in the area.
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 12:19 PM PST 
Workshop [Virtual] Hot Topics: Foundations of Stable, Generalizable and Transferable Statistical Learning
Organizers: LEAD Peter Bühlmann (ETH Zurich), John Duchi (Stanford University), Elizabeth Tipton (Northwestern University), Bin Yu (University of California, Berkeley)Despite the remarkable success in extracting information from complex and (often) largescale datasets over the last two decades, further progress is needed to making automated statistical and machine learning algorithms more reliable, robust, interpretable and trustworthy. This workshop has its focus on foundational aspects of this goal, linking areas at the interface between statistics, optimization, machine learning and computer science, such as distributional robustness and stability, adversarial and transfer learning, generalizability and meta analysis, and causality.
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 12:02 PM PST 
Workshop [Hybrid Workshop] Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2022: Initiating, Sustaining, and Researching Mathematics Department Transformation of Introductory Courses for STEM Majors, Part 2
Organizers: Naneh Apkarian (Arizona State University), David Bressoud (Macalester College), Pamela Burdman (Just Equations), Jamylle Carter (Diablo Valley college), Ted Coe (Northwest Evaluation Association), Courtney Ginsberg (Math for America), 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 at Boulder)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 K12 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 K12. It will review what we know about change at all levels and reflect on stories of failure and success.
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 12:17 PM PST 
Workshop [Virtual] Hot Topics: Regularity Theory for Minimal Surfaces and Mean Curvature Flow
Organizers: Christine Breiner (Fordham University), Otis Chodosh (Stanford University), Luca Spolaor (University of California, San Diego), Lu Wang (Yale University)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 Jan 26, 2022 12:04 PM PST 
Workshop 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), JangMei Wu (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign)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 selfsimilarity. Notable examples include the SchrammLoewner 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.
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Workshop Adventurous Berkeley Complex Dynamics
Organizers: Mikhail Lyubich (State University of New York, Stony Brook), LEAD Jasmin Raissy (Institut de Mathématiques de Bordeaux), LEAD Roland Roeder (Indiana UniversityPurdue University), Dierk Schleicher (Université d'AixMarseille (AMU))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 
Program Higher Categories and Categorification, Part Two
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)Created on Dec 15, 2021 02:08 PM PST 
Summer Research in Mathematics 2022 Summer Research in Mathematics
MSRI's Summer Research in Mathematics program provides space, funding, and the opportunity for inperson collaboration to small groups of mathematicians, especially women and genderexpansive individuals, whose ongoing research may have been disproportionately affected by various obstacles including family obligations, professional isolation, or access to funding. Through this effort, MSRI aims to mitigate the obstacles faced by these groups, improve the odds of research project completion, and deepen their research experience.
The ultimate goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences as a whole by positively affecting the research and careers of all of its participants and assisting their efforts to maintain involvement in the research community.
Updated on Nov 11, 2021 06:08 PM PST 
Summer Graduate School Integral Equations and Applications
Organizers: Fioralba Cakoni (Rutgers University), Dorina Mitrea (Baylor University), Irina Mitrea (Temple University), Shari Moskow (Drexel University)The field of Integral Equations has a long and distinguished history, being the driving force behind many fundamental developments in various areas of mathematics including Harmonic Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Potential Theory, Scattering Theory, Functional Analysis, Complex Analysis, Operator Theory, Mathematical Physics and Numerical Analysis.
This school will:
 introduce graduate students to the systematic study of integral equations;
 present some of the latest theoretical advancements in the field and open problems; and
 involve participants in a handson discovery lab focused on deriving results about integral operators in two dimensions relevant for both the theoretical and numerical treatment of Integral Equations in two dimensions. The curriculum of this program will be accessible and will have a broad appeal to graduate students from a variety of mathematical areas (both theoretical and applied).
Updated on Sep 02, 2021 04:19 PM PDT 
MSRIUP MSRIUP 2022: Algebraic Methods in Mathematical Biology
Organizers: LEAD Federico Ardila (San Francisco State University), Duane Cooper (Morehouse College), Maria Franco (Queensborough Community College (CUNY); MSRI  Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Rebecca Garcia (Sam Houston State University), Candice Price (Smith College), Anne Shiu (Texas A & M University)The MSRIUP summer program is designed to serve a diverse group of undergraduate students who would like to conduct research in the mathematical sciences.
In 2022, MSRIUP will focus on Algebraic Methods in Mathematical Biology. The research program will be led by Dr. Anne Shiu, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M University.
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African Diaspora Joint Mathematics 2022 African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop
The African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) is a yearlong program that provides opportunities for U.S. mathematicians – especially those from the African Diaspora – to form collaborations with distinguished AfricanAmerican research leaders on topics at the forefront of mathematical and statistical research.
Beginning with an intensive twoweek summer session at MSRI, participants work in small groups under the guidance of some of the nation’s foremost mathematicians and statisticians to expand their research portfolios into new areas. Throughout the following academic year, the program provides conference and travel support to increase opportunities for collaboration, maximize researcher visibility, and engender a sense of community among participants. The 2022 program takes place June 20  July 1, 2022 in Berkeley, California.
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Summer Graduate School New Directions in Representation Theory (AMSI, Brisbane, Australia)
Organizers: Angela Coughlin (Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute), Joseph Grotowski (University of Queensland), Tim Marchant (Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute), Ole Warnaar (University of Queensland), Geordie Williamson (University of Sydney)Representation Theory has undergone a revolution in recent years, with the development of what is now known as higher representation theory. In particular, the notion of categorification has led to the resolution of many problems previously considered to be intractable.
The school will begin by providing students with a brief but thorough introduction to what could be termed the “bread and butter of modern representation theory”, i.e., compact Lie groups and their representation theory; character theory; structure theory of algebraic groups.
We will then continue on to a number of more specialized topics. The final mix will depend on discussions with the prospective lecturers, but we envisage such topics as:
• modular representation theory of finite groups (blocks, defect groups, Broué’s conjecture);
• perverse sheaves and the geometric Satake correspondence;
• the representation theory of real Lie groups.
Updated on Sep 03, 2021 09:18 AM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Geometric Flows (Athens, Greece)
Organizers: Nicholas Alikakos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (University of Athens)), Panagiota Daskalopoulos (Columbia University)[The image on this vase from Minoan Crete, dated on 15002000 BC, resembles an ancient solution to the Curve shortening flow  one of the most basic geometric flows. The vase is at Heraklion Archaeological Museum]
This summer graduate school is a collaboration between MSRI and the FORTHIACM Institute in Crete. The purpose of the school is to introduce graduate students to some of the most important geometric evolution equations. Information about the location of the summer school can be found here.
This is an area of geometric analysis that lies at the interface of differential geometry and partial differential equations. The lectures will begin with an introduction to nonlinear diffusion equations and continue with classical results on the Ricci Flow, the Mean curvature flow and other fully nonlinear extrinsic flows such as the Gauss curvature flow. The lectures will also include geometric applications such as isoperimetric inequalities, topological applications such as the Poincaré onjecture, as well as recent important developments related to the study of singularities and ancient solutions.
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Summer Graduate School Random Graphs
Organizers: Louigi AddarioBerry (McGill University), Remco van der Hofstad (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven)The topic of random graphs is at the forefront of applied probability, and it is one of the central topics in multidisciplinary science where mathematical ideas are used to model and understand the real world. At the same time, random graphs pose challenging mathematical problems that have attracted the attention from probabilists and combinatorialists since the 1960, with the pioneering work of Erdös and Rényi. Around the turn of the millennium, very large data sets started to become available, and several applied disciplines started to realize that many realworld networks, even though they are from various different origins, share many fascinating features. In particular, many of such networks are small worlds, meaning that graph distances in them are typically quite small, and they are scalefree, in the sense that there are enormous differences in the number of connections that their elements make. In particular, such networks are quite different from the classical random graph models, such as proposed by Erdös and Rényi.
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Summer Graduate School Algebraic Theory of Differential and Difference Equations, Model Theory and their Applications
Organizers: LEAD Alexey Ovchinnikov (Queens College, CUNY), Anand Pillay (University of Notre Dame), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley), Michael Wibmer (University of Notre Dame)The purpose of the summer school will be to introduce graduate students to effective methods in algebraic theories of differential and difference equations with emphasis on their modeltheoretic foundations and to demonstrate recent applications of these techniques to studying dynamic models arising in sciences. While these topics comprise a coherent and rich subject, they appear in graduate coursework in at best a piecemeal way, and then only as components of classes for other aims. With this Summer Graduate School, students will learn both the theoretical basis of differential and difference algebra and how to use these methods to solve practical problems. Beyond the lectures, the graduate students will meet daily in problem sessions and will participate in oneonone mentoring sessions with the lecturers and organizers.
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 10:19 AM PST 
Summer Graduate School 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 nonsmooth 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.
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Summer Graduate School Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2022: Floer Homotopy Theory
Organizers: Kristen Hendricks (Rutgers University), Ailsa Keating (University of Cambridge), Robert Lipshitz (University of Oregon), Liam Watson (University of British Columbia), Ben Williams (University of British Columbia)The idea of stable homotopy refinements of Floer homology was first introduced by Cohen, Jones, and Segal in a 1994 paper, but it was only in the last decade that this idea became a key tool in lowdimensional and symplectic topology. The two crowning achievements of these techniques so far are Manolescu's use of his Pin(2)equivariant SeibergWitten Floer homotopy type to resolve the Triangulation Conjecture and AbouzaidBlumberg's use of Floer homotopy theory and Morava Ktheory to prove the general Arnol'd Conjecture in finite characteristic. During this period, a range of related techniques, included under the umbrella of Floer homotopy theory, have also led to important advances, including involutive Heegaard Floer homology, Smith theory for Lagrangian intersections, homotopy coherence, and further connections between string topology and Floer theory. These in turn have sparked developments in algebraic topology, ranging from developments on Lie algebras in derived algebraic geometry to new computations of equivariant Mahowald invariants to new results on topological Hochschild homology.
The goal of the summer school is to provide participants the tools in symplectic geometry and stable homotopy theory required to work on Floer homotopy theory. Students will come away with a basic understanding of some of the key techniques, questions, and challenges in both of these fields. The summer school may be particularly valuable for participants with a solid understanding of one of the two fields who want to learn more about the other and the connections between them.Updated on Sep 10, 2021 11:11 AM PDT 
Summer Graduate School 2022 Joint PCMI School: Number Theory Informed by Computation
Organizers: Jennifer Balakrishnan (Boston University), Rafe Mazzeo (Stanford University), Bjorn Poonen (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Akshay Venkatesh (Institute for Advanced Study)The PCMI graduate summer school program in 2022 will consist of a sequence of 11 minicourses. The lecturers and topics for these minicourses are listed below. Each minicourse is accompanied by a problem session. The topics are arranged so that there is good material and opportunities for learning both for less experienced students as well as more advanced students. Beyond their attendance in these minicourse sessions, all graduate participants will be able to take part in the substantial other benefits of a PCMI session. This includes the opportunity to interact with the researchers in residence and take part in the research seminar component of PCMI. Many graduate students also interact in significant ways with the undergraduate cohort,,the undergraduate faculty cohort, and may also participate in the many pedagogically focused activities which form part of the K12 Teacher Leadership Program and the Workshop for Equity in Mathematics Education. PCMI includes numerous crossprogram activities to help members from all these groups interact with one another.
Updated on Jan 06, 2022 12:18 PM PST 
Program Definability, Decidability, and Computability in Number Theory, part 2
Organizers: Valentina Harizanov (George Washington University), Barry Mazur (Harvard University), Russell Miller (Queens College, CUNY; CUNY, Graduate Center), Jonathan Pila (University of Oxford), Thomas Scanlon (University of California, Berkeley), Alexandra Shlapentokh (East Carolina University)This program is focused on the twoway interaction of logical ideas and techniques, such as definability from model theory and decidability from computability theory, with fundamental problems in number theory. These include analogues of Hilbert's tenth problem, isolating properties of fields of algebraic numbers which relate to undecidability, decision problems around linear recurrence and algebraic differential equations, the relation of transcendence results and conjectures to decidability and decision problems, and some problems in anabelian geometry and field arithmetic. We are interested in this specific interface across a range of problems and so intend to build a semester which is both more topically focused and more mathematically broad than a typical MSRI program.
Updated on Dec 21, 2021 09:51 AM PST 
Summer Graduate School Recent Topics in Well Posedness (Taipei, Taiwan)
Organizers: Jungkai Chen (National Taiwan University), Yoshikazu Giga (University of Tokyo), Maria Schonbek (University of California, Santa Cruz), Tsuyoshi Yoneda (University of Tokyo)The purpose of the workshop is to introduce graduate students to fundamental results on the NavierStokes and the Euler equations, with special emphasis on the solvability of its initial value problem with rough initial data as well as the large time behavior of a solution. These topics have long research history. However, recent studies clarify the problems from a broad point of view, not only from analysis but also from detailed studies of orbit of the flow.
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Summer Graduate School Mathematics of Machine Learning (INdAM Joint School)
Organizers: Sebastien Bubeck (Microsoft Research), Adith Swaminathan (Microsoft Research)Learning theory is a rich field at the intersection of statistics, probability, computer science, and optimization. Over the last decades the statistical learning approach has been successfully applied to many problems of great interest, such as bioinformatics, computer vision, speech processing, robotics, and information retrieval. These impressive successes relied crucially on the mathematical foundation of statistical learning.
Recently, deep neural networks have demonstrated stunning empirical results across many applications like vision, natural language processing, and reinforcement learning. The field is now booming with new mathematical problems, and in particular, the challenge of providing theoretical foundations for deep learning techniques is still largely open. On the other hand, learning theory already has a rich history, with many beautiful connections to various areas of mathematics (e.g., probability theory, high dimensional geometry, game theory). The purpose of the summer school is to introduce graduate students (and advanced undergraduates) to these foundational results, as well as to expose them to the new and exciting modern challenges that arise in deep learning and reinforcement learning.
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Summer Graduate School Topological Methods for the Discrete Mathematician
Organizers: Pavle Blagojevic (Freie Universität Berlin), Florian Frick (Carnegie Mellon University), Shira Zerbib (Iowa State University)Recently, progress in the field of topological methods in discrete mathematics has been rapid and has generated a lot of activity with the resolution of major open problems, the emergence of new lines of inquiry, and the development of new tools. These exciting new developments have not been digested into a textbook treatment. The two main goals of this school are to:
 Provide graduate students with a thorough introduction to novel topological techniques and to a handful of their applications in the fields of combinatorics and discrete geometry with short glimpses into mathematical mechanics and algorithm complexity.
 Expose students to current research, and guide them in research on open problems in discrete mathematics using modern topological tools.
The summer school will lead participants from appealing, simpletostate problems at confluence of combinatorics, geometry, and topology to sophisticated topological methods that are required for their resolution. In recent years topological methods have found numerous novel applications in mathematics and beyond, such as in data science, machine learning, economics, the social sciences, and biology. The problems we will discuss are particularly wellsuited to rapidly put students in a position to approach related research questions.
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Program Offsite Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022/23
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Summer Graduate School Sums of Squares Method in Geometry, Combinatorics and Optimization (BIRS)
Organizers: LEAD Grigoriy Blekherman (Georgia Institute of Technology), Annie Raymond (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Rekha Thomas (University of Washington)The study of nonnegative polynomials and sums of squares is a classical area of real algebraic geometry dating back to Hilbert’s 17th problem. It also has rich connections to real analysis via duality and moment problems. In the last 15 years, sums of squares relaxations have found a wide array of applications from very applied areas (e.g., robotics, computer vision, and machine learning) to theoretical applications (e.g., extremal combinatorics, theoretical computer science). Also, an intimate connection between sums of squares and classical algebraic geometry has been found. Work in this area requires a blend of ideas and techniques from algebraic geometry, convex geometry and representation theory. After an introduction to nonnegative polynomials, sums of squares and semidefinite optimization, we will focus on the following three topics:
 Sums of squares on real varieties (sets defined by real polynomial equations) and connections with classical algebraic geometry.
 Sums of squares method for proving graph density inequalities in extremal combinatorics. Here addition and multiplication take place in the gluing algebra of partially labelled graphs.
 Sums of squares relaxations for convex hulls of real varieties and thetabodies with applications in optimization.
The summer school will give a selfcontained introduction aimed at beginning graduate students, and introduce participants to the latest developments. In addition to attending the lectures, students will meet in intensive problem and discussion sessions that will explore and extend the topics developed in the lectures.
Updated on Nov 05, 2021 07:59 AM PDT 
Summer Graduate School Tropical Geometry
Organizers: Renzo Cavalieri (Colorado State University), Hannah Markwig (EberhardKarlsUniversität Tübingen), Dhruv Ranganathan (University of Cambridge)Enumerative geometry and the theory of moduli spaces of curves are two cornerstones of modern algebraic geometry; the two subjects have had a significant influence on each other. In the last 15 years, discrete and combinatorial methods, systematized within tropical geometry, have begun to provide new avenues of access into these two subjects. The goal of this summer school is to give students crash courses in tropical and logarithmic geometry, with a particular focus on the applications in enumerative geometry and moduli theory. The school will consist of three courses of seven lectures each:
 Enumeration of tropical curves/ by Hannah Markwig
 Curve counting in tropical and algebraic geometry by Renzo Cavalieri
 Logarithmic geometry and stable map/s by Dhruv Ranganathan
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Program Complementary Program 202223
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Program Floer Homotopy Theory
Organizers: Mohammed Abouzaid (Columbia University), Andrew Blumberg (Columbia University), Kristen Hendricks (Rutgers University), Robert Lipshitz (University of Oregon), LEAD Ciprian Manolescu (Stanford University), Nathalie Wahl (University of Copenhagen)The development of Floer theory in its early years can be seen as a parallel to the emergence of algebraic topology in the first half of the 20th century, going from counting invariants to homology groups, and beyond that to the construction of algebraic structures on these homology groups and their underlying chain complexes. In continuing work that started in the latter part of the 20th century, algebraic topologists and homotopy theorists have developed deep methods for refining these constructions, motivated in large part by the application of understanding the classification of manifolds. The goal of this program is to relate these developments to Floer theory with the dual aims of (i) making progress in understanding symplectic and lowdimensional topology, and (ii) providing a new set of geometrically motivated questions in homotopy theory.
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Program Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory
Organizers: Laura Fredrickson (University of Oregon), Rafe Mazzeo (Stanford University), Tomasz Mrowka (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago), LEAD Thomas Walpuski (HumboldtUniversität)The mathematics and physics around gauge theory have, since their first interaction in the mid 1970’s, prompted tremendous developments in both mathematics and physics. Deep and fundamental tools in partial differential equations have been developed to provide rigorous foundations for the mathematical study of gauge theories. This led to ongoing revolutions in the understanding of manifolds of dimensions 3 and 4 and presaged the development of symplectic topology. Ideas from quantum field theory have provided deep insights into new directions and conjectures on the structure of gauge theories and suggested many potential applications. The focus of this program will be those parts of gauge theory which hold promise for new applications to geometry and topology and require development of new analytic tools for their study.
Updated on Oct 28, 2020 09:12 AM PDT 
Workshop Connections Workshop: Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory
Organizers: Lara Anderson (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University), LEAD Laura Schaposnik (University of Illinois at Chicago)This twoday 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, postdocs, 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 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory
Organizers: LEAD Aleksander Doan (State University of New York, Stony Brook), Laura Fredrickson (University of Oregon), Michael Singer (University College London)The workshop will highlight the utility and impact of gauge theory in other areas of math. Minicourses will cover the historical utility and impact of gauge theory in areas including lowdimensional topology, algebraic geometry, and the analysis of PDE; additional talks will cover more recent directions.
Updated on May 03, 2021 10:23 AM PDT 
Workshop Connections Workshop: Floer Homotopy Theory
Organizers: Teena Gerhardt (Michigan State University), LEAD Kristen Hendricks (Rutgers University), Ailsa Keating (University of Cambridge)This workshop will feature talks by experts in Floer theory (and its applications to lowdimensional topology) and homotopy theory. It will include two expository lectures aimed at graduate students and other researchers who are new to the field, as well as a sequence of research talks and a contributed talks session. There will also be a panel discussion 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 Aug 25, 2021 02:03 PM PDT 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Floer Homotopy Theory
Organizers: Sheel Ganatra (University of Southern California), Tyler Lawson (University of Minnesota Twin Cities), LEAD Robert Lipshitz (University of Oregon), Nathalie Wahl (University of Copenhagen)Over the last decade, there has been a wealth of new applications of homotopytheoretic techniques to Floer homology in lowdimensional topology and symplectic geometry, including Manolescu’s disproof of the highdimensional Triangulation Conjecture and AbouzaidBlumberg’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 SLie 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 
Workshop New fourdimensional gauge theories
Organizers: Andriy Haydys (AlbertLudwigsUniversität Freiburg), Lotte Hollands (HeriotWatt University, Riccarton Campus), LEAD ElenyNicoleta Ionel (Stanford University), Richard Thomas (Imperial College, London), Thomas Walpuski (HumboldtUniversität)This workshop will bring together researchers working on new fourdimensional 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 
Workshop 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.
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Program Algebraic Cycles, LValues, and Euler Systems
Organizers: Henri Darmon (McGill University), Ellen Eischen (University of Oregon), LEAD Benjamin Howard (Boston College), David Loeffler (University of Warwick), Christopher Skinner (Princeton University), Sarah Zerbes (University College London), Wei Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)The fundamental conjecture of Birch and SwinnertonDyer relating the Mordell–Weil ranks of elliptic curves to their Lfunctions is one of the most important and motivating problems in number theory. It resides at the heart of a collection of important conjectures (due especially to Deligne, Beilinson, Bloch and Kato) that connect values of Lfunctions and their leading terms to cycles and Galois cohomology groups.
The study of special algebraic cycles on Shimura varieties has led to progress in our understanding of these conjectures. The arithmetic intersection numbers and the padic regulators of special cycles are directly related to the values and derivatives of Lfunctions, as shown in the pioneering theorem of GrossZagier and its padic avatars for Heegner points on modular curves. The cohomology classes of special cycles (and related constructions such as Eisenstein classes) form the foundation of the theory of Euler systems, providing one of the most powerful methods known to prove vanishing or finiteness results for Selmer groups of Galois representations.
The goal of this semester is to bring together researchers working on different aspects of this young but fastdeveloping subject, and to make progress on understanding the mysterious relations between Lfunctions, Euler systems, and algebraic cycles.
Updated on Apr 12, 2021 10:17 AM PDT 
Program Diophantine Geometry
Organizers: Jennifer Balakrishnan (Boston University), Mirela Ciperiani (University of Texas, Austin), Philipp Habegger (University of Basel), Wei Ho (University of Michigan), LEAD Hector Pasten (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Yunqing Tang (Princeton University), ShouWu Zhang (Princeton University)While the study of rational solutions of diophantine equations initiated thousands of years ago, our knowledge on this subject has dramatically improved in recent years. Especially, we have witnessed spectacular progress in aspects such as height formulas and height bounds for algebraic points, automorphic methods, unlikely intersection problems, and nonabelian and padic approaches to algebraic degeneracy of rational points. All these groundbreaking advances in the study of rational and algebraic points in varieties will be the central theme of the semester program “Diophantine Geometry” at MSRI. The main purpose of this program is to bring together experts as well as enthusiastic young researchers to learn from each other, to initiate and continue collaborations, to update on recent breakthroughs, and to further advance the field by making progress on fundamental open problems and by developing further connections with other branches of mathematics. We trust that younger mathematicians will greatly contribute to the success of the program with their new ideas. It is our hope that this program will provide a unique opportunity for women and underrepresented groups to make outstanding contributions to the field, and we strongly encourage their participation.
Updated on Feb 25, 2021 04:59 PM PST 
Workshop Connections Workshop: Algebraic Cycles, LValues, and Euler Systems
Organizers: Henri Darmon (McGill University), Ellen Eischen (University of Oregon), Benjamin Howard (Boston College), LEAD Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology)The Connections Workshop features presentations by both leading researchers and promising newcomers whose research has contact with the interrelated topics of algebraic cycles, Lvalues, 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 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Algebraic Cycles, LValues, and Euler Systems
Organizers: Henri Darmon (McGill University), LEAD Ellen Eischen (University of Oregon), Benjamin Howard (Boston College), Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology)The Introductory Workshop aims to provide a coherent overview of current research in algebraic cycles, Lvalues, 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 Lvalues and the construction of padic Lfunctions, 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 
Workshop Connections Workshop: Diophantine Geometry
Organizers: Jennifer Balakrishnan (Boston University), LEAD Yunqing Tang (Princeton University)This workshop will highlight talks on various aspects of Diophantine Geometry. The goal of the workshop is to bring together researchers at different career stages and of various backgrounds in order to establish new collaborations and mentoring relationships. Although we will showcase the research of mathematicians who identify as women or gender minorities, this workshop is open to all.
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 02:42 PM PST 
Workshop Introductory Workshop: Diophantine Geometry
Organizers: Hector Pasten (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Yunqing Tang (Princeton University), LEAD ShouWu Zhang (Princeton University)This workshop will feature expository lectures about current developments in Diophantine geometry. This includes the uniform Mordell—Lang for rational points on curves, the Andre—Oort conjecture for special points on Shimura varieties, and effective results via Chabauty method, and related topics in Arakelov theory, unlikely intersections, arithmetic statistics, arithmetic dynamics, and padic Hodge theory.
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 09:18 AM PST 
Workshop Shimura Varieties and Lfunctions
Organizers: Michael Harris (Columbia University), David Loeffler (University of Warwick), Elena Mantovan (California Institute of Technology), Christopher Skinner (Princeton University), Sarah Zerbes (University College London), LEAD Wei Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)The topical workshop will be dedicated to Shouwu Zhang, to mark the occasion of his 60th birthday, and to honour his numerous beautiful contributions to the theory of Shimura varieties and special values of Lfunctions. It will highlight cutting edge work on topics such as the construction of Euler systems; relations between special cycles on Shimura varieties and Lfunctions, such as generalized GrossZagier formulas and the Tate conjecture; the construction of Galois representations in cohomology; and related aspects of the theory of automorphic forms.
Updated on Aug 25, 2021 03:20 PM PDT 
Workshop Degeneracy of algebraic points
Organizers: Jennifer Balakrishnan (Boston University), LEAD Mirela Ciperiani (University of Texas, Austin), Philipp Habegger (University of Basel), Wei Ho (University of Michigan), Hector Pasten (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile), Yunqing Tang (Princeton University), ShouWu Zhang (Princeton University)Updated on Nov 02, 2021 01:30 PM PDT 
African Diaspora Joint Mathematics 2023 African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop
The African Diaspora Joint Mathematics Workshop (ADJOINT) will take place at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, CA from June 19 to June 30, 2023.
ADJOINT is a twoweek summer activity designed for researchers with a Ph.D. degree in the mathematical sciences who are interested in conducting research in a collegial environment.
The main objective of ADJOINT is to provide opportunities for inperson research collaboration to U.S. mathematicians, especially those from the African Diaspora, who will work in small groups with research leaders on various research projects.
Through this effort, MSRI aims to establish and promote research communities that will foster and strengthen research productivity and career development among its participants. The ADJOINT workshops are designed to catalyze research collaborations, provide support for conferences to increase the visibility of the researchers, and to develop a sense of community among the mathematicians who attend.
The end goal of this program is to enhance the mathematical sciences and its community by positively affecting the research and careers of AfricanAmerican mathematicians and supporting their efforts to achieve full access and engagement in the broader research community.
Each summer, three to five research leaders will each propose a research topic to be studied during a twoweek workshop.
During the workshop, each participant will:
 conduct research at MSRI within a group of four to five mathematicians under the direction of one of the research leaders
 participate in professional enhancement activities provided by the onsite ADJOINT Director
 receive funding for two weeks of lodging, meals and incidentals, and one roundtrip travel to Berkeley, CA
After the twoweek workshop, each participant will:
 have the opportunity to further their research project with the team members including the research leader
 have access to funding to attend conference(s) or to meet with other team members to pursue the research project, or to present results
 become part of a network of research and career mentors
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 11:30 AM PST 
Program Commutative Algebra
Organizers: Aldo Conca (Università di Genova), Dale Cutkosky (University of Missouri), LEAD Claudia Polini (University of Notre Dame), Claudiu Raicu (University of Notre Dame), Steven Sam (University of California, San Diego), Kevin Tucker (University of Illinois at Chicago), Claire Voisin (Collège de France; Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu)Commutative algebra is, in its essence, the study of algebraic objects, such as rings and modules over them, arising from polynomials and integral numbers. It has numerous connections to other fields of mathematics including algebraic geometry, algebraic number theory, algebraic topology and algebraic combinatorics. Commutative Algebra has witnessed a number of spectacular developments in recent years, including the resolution of longstanding problems, with new techniques and perspectives leading to an extraordinary transformation in the field. The main focus of the program will be on these developments. These include the recent solution of Hochster's direct summand conjecture in mixed characteristic that employs the theory of perfectoid spaces, a new approach to the BuchsbaumEisenbudHorrocks conjecture on the Betti numbers of modules of finite length, recent progress on the study of CastelnuovoMumford regularity, the proof of Stillman's conjecture and ongoing work on its effectiveness, a novel strategy to Green's conjecture on the syzygies of canonical curves based on the study of Koszul modules and their generalizations, new developments in the study of various types of multiplicities, theoretical and computational aspects of Gröbner bases, and the implicitization problem for Rees algebras and its applications.
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 11:00 AM PDT
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Workshop [HYBRID WORKSHOP] 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), JangMei Wu (University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign)This will be a hybrid workshop with inperson participation by members of the semesterlong program. Online participation will be open to all who register.
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.
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Seminar The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces  Virtual Participant
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Seminar Complex Dynamics: from special families to natural generalizations in one and several variables  Virtual Participant
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Seminar Geometric Aspects or RMT
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Seminar Matrix Models, Beta Ensembles and Transitions
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Seminar Exactly Solvable Coagulation Processes, Random Graphs and Large Deviations
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Seminar Professional Development Seminar: Broader Impact Activities
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Seminar Multiplicative Statistics for Eigenvalues of Hermitian Matrix Models are (KPZ) Universal
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Seminar Integrable Structure for the Multitime Distribution of TASEP
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Seminar Random Matrices and Random Landscapes
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Seminar Duality and Integrability in Macdonald Theory
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