Conference - Geometric representation theory and low-dimensional topology

ag.algebraic-geometry at.algebraic-topology mp.mathematical-physics qa.quantum-algebra rt.representation-theory
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International Centre for Mathematical Sciences 
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Dan Freed, David Jordan, Peter Samuelson, Olivier Schiffmann 


In recent years, several independent research groups have raised the possibility of a unified approach to the study of Khovanov-Rozansky knot homology, double affine Hecke algebras and elliptic Hall algebras, super Yang-Mills theory, Betti quantum geometric Langlands, and Hilbert schemes, seen through the lens of character varieties and related geometries. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in topological field theory, geometric representation theory, mathematical physics, and algebraic combinatorics to report on recent progress and open questions at the intersection of these fields.

The conference will be preceded by a week-long summer school aimed at graduate and post-doctoral researchers, with the goal to initiate them to the ideas needed to follow the talks the following week. There will be an application process for this, and funding is available to cover the lodging for summer school participants for the duration of both events. We have addtional supplementary NSF funding for the travel costs of US-based summer school participants.

Summer school speakers:

Tina Kanstrup, Univeristy of Bonn

Pavel Safronov, University of Zurich

Hiro Lee Tanaka, Texas State University

Monica Vazirani, UC Davis

Conference speakers:

Mina Aganagic, UC Berkeley (*)

Adrien Brochier, University of Paris 7, Diderot

Ivan Cherednik, University of North Carolina

Tudor Dimofte, UC Davis

Pavel Etingof, MIT

John Francis, Northwestern University

Tamas Hausel, IST Vienna

Lotte Hollands, Heriot-Watt University

Anton Kapustin, Caltech

Anton Mellit, University of Vienna

Andrei Negut, MIT

Alexei Oblomkov, UMass Amherst

Tony Pantev, U Penn

Du Pei, Caltech

Pavel Safronov, University of Zurich

L. Schaposnik, University of Illinois, Chicago

Claudia Scheimbauer, NTNU Trondheim

Noah Snyder, Univeristy of Indiana, Bloomington

Constantin Teleman, UC Berkeley

Harold Williams, UC Davis

Dimitri Wyss, IST Vienna

(*) To be confirmed.

A website with up to date information is available at:

Conference: Summer school:

Applications for the summer school can be made from now until February 28th, 2019. Registration for the conference will begin January 15th, and run until February 28th; we'll send a reminder announcement at that time. Please feel free to email the organizers, at, in the meantime with any questions, or to let us know your intent to register.

For both events, the organizers are committed to a fair gender balance and to hosting a diverse body of participants. Members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply to participate.

We hope to see you there, Dan Freed David Jordan Peter Samuelson Olivier Schiffmann


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