Geometric representation theory and low-dimensional topology

10-14 June 2019

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Scientific Organisers

  • Dan Freed, University of Texas, Austin
  • David Jordan, University of Edinburgh
  • Peter Samuelson, University of California, Riverside
  • Olivier Schiffmann, University of Paris-Sud, Orsay

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. In recent years, several independent research groups have raised the possibility of new 3- and 4-dimensional topological field theories tying together Khovanov-Rozansky knot homology, double affine Hecke algebras and elliptic Hall algebras, super Yang-Mills theory, Betti quantum geometric Langlands, and Hilbert schemes. As each of these topics constitutes a specialist field in its own right, it is essential that we bring researchers together to exchange ideas and insights.

In the week preceding this workshop, there will be a five-day residential summer school for junior participants, primarily aimed at Ph.D. students and post-docs. This will provide participants the necessary background material to comprehend and engage with the talks in the research conference.

This workshop is organised in partnership with the European Research Council and the National Science Foundation.

Invited 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
Sergei Gukov, Caltech
Tamas Hausel, IST Vienna
Lotte Hollands, Heriot-Watt University
Anton Mellit, University of Vienna
Andrei Negut, MIT
Alexei Oblomkov, UMass Amherst
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

Summer school lecturers
  • Tina Kanstrup, University of Bonn Knot homologies and matrix factorizations
  • Pavel Safronov, University of Zurich Shifted Poisson structures in representation theory
  • Hiro Lee Tanaka, Texas State University Topological field theory, oo-categories, and factorization homology
  • Monica Vazirani, University of California, Davis Hecke algebras and representation theory


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Invited speakers will receive an email invitation from ICMS in early February.

Submission of applications for the workshop closed on Friday 1 March 2019. We are unable to accept late applications. You will be informed if your application has been successful in due course.