Events & Seminars

2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Alex Lubotzky - "First order rigidity of high-rank arithmetic groups"

10:00am to 11:00am


Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The family of high rank arithmetic groups is a class of groups playing an important role in various areas of mathematics.
It includes SL(n,Z), for n>2 , SL(n, Z[1/p] ) for n>1, their finite index subgroups and many more.
A number of remarkable results about them have been proven including; Mostow rigidity, Margulis Super rigidity and the Quasi-isometric rigidity.
2018 Jun 27

Amitsur Symposium: Chloe Perin - "Forking independence in the free group"

2:00pm to 3:00pm


Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
Model theorists define, in structures whose first-order theory is "stable" (i.e. suitably nice), a notion of independence between elements. This notion coincides for example with linear independence when the structure considered is a vector space, and with algebraic independence when it is an algebraically closed field. Sela showed that the theory of the free group is stable. In a joint work with Rizos Sklinos, we give an interpretation of this model theoretic notion of independence in the free group using Grushko and JSJ decompositions.
2018 Jun 26

Amitsur Symposium: Aner Shalev - "The length and depth of finite groups, algebraic groups and Lie groups"

3:00pm to 4:00pm


Manchester House, Lecture Hall 2
The length of a finite group G is defined to be the maximal length of an unrefinable chain of subgroups going from G to 1. This notion was studied by many authors since the 1940s.
Recently there is growing interest also in the depth of G, which is the minimal length of such a chain. Moreover, similar notions were defined and studied for important families of infinite groups, such as connected algebraic groups and connected Lie groups.
2018 Jun 25

HD-Combinatorics Special Day: "Quantum ergodicity and spectral theory with a discrete flavour" (organized by Elon Lindenstrauss and Shimon Brooks)

(All day)


Feldman Building, Givat Ram
Title for the day: "Quantum ergodicity and spectral theory with a discrete flavour"

9:00-10:50: Shimon Brooks (Bar Ilan), "Delocalization of Graph Eigenfunctions"
14:00-15:50: Elon Lindenstrauss (HUJI), "Quantum ergodicity on graphs and beyond"

See also the Basic Notions by Elon Lindenstrauss @ Ross 70 (16:30).

Abstract for morning session:
2018 Jun 25

NT&AG: Gal Porat (HUJI), "Induction and Restriction of $(\varphi,\Gamma)$-Modules"

2:00pm to 3:00pm


Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
Abstract. Let L be a non-archimedean local field of characteristic 0. In this talk we will present a variant of the theory of (\varphi,\Gamma)-modules associated with Lubin-Tate groups, developed by Kisin and Ren, in which we replace the Lubin-Tate tower by the maximal abelian extension \Gamma=Gal (L^ab/L). This variation allows us to compute the functors of induction and restriction for (\varphi,\Gamma)-modules, when the ground field L changes. If time permits, we will also discuss the Cherbonnier-Colmez theorem on overconvergence in our setting.
Joint work with Ehud de Shalit.
2018 Jun 19

T&G: Yaron Ostrover (Tel Aviv), Quantitative symplectic geometry in the classical phase space.

12:00pm to 1:30pm


Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
We shall discuss several topics regarding symplectic measurements in the classical phase space. In particular: Viterbo's volume-capacity conjecture and its relation with Mahler conjecture, the symplectic size of random convex bodies, the EHZ capacity of convex polytopes (following the work of Pazit Haim-Kislev), and (if time permits) also computational complexity aspects of estimating symplectic capacities.
2018 Jun 18

HD-Combinatorics: Special day on sparsification (by Ilan Newman and Yuri Rabinovich)

(All day)


Eilat Hall, Feldman Building, Givat Ram

Special day on sparsification
Speakers: Ilan Newman and Yuri Rabinovich.

Part I:   10:30 - 12:30
Part II:  14:00 - 15:50

Abstract for the day:
Time permitting, we plan to discuss the following topics (in this order):

* Additive Sparsification and VC dimension
* Multiplicative Sparsification
* Examples: cut weights, cut-dimension of L_1 metrics, general metrics,
                    and their high-dimensional analogues

2018 Jun 14

Basic Notions: Elon Lindenstrauss (HUJI) : Effective Equidistribution of closed orbits, property tau, and other applications

4:00pm to 5:15pm


Ross 70
Ergodic theoretic methods in the context of homogeneous dynamics have been highly successful in number theoretic and other applications. A lacuna of these methods is that usually they do not give rates or effective estimates. Einseidler, Venkatesh and Margulis proved a rather remarkable quantitative equidistribution result for periodic orbits of semisimple groups in homogenous spaces that can be viewed as an effective version of a result of Mozes and Shah based on Ratner's measure classification theorem.
2018 Jun 25

Elon Lindenstrauss (HUJI) - Effective Equidistribution and property tau

4:30pm to 5:45pm

This is the second of two lectures on the paper Einseidler,, Margulis, Mohammadi and Venkatesh In this second lecture I will explain how the authors obtain using property tau (uniform spectral gap for arithmetic quotient) quantitaive equidistribution results for periodic orbits of maximal semisimple groups. Surprisingly, one can then use this theorem to establish property tau...
2018 Dec 12

CS Theory -- Erdős Lecture II: Counting contigency tables


Igor Pak (UCLA)
10:30am to 12:00pm


Rothberg (CS building) B-220

Contingency tables are matrices with fixed row and column sums.  They are in natural correspondence with bipartite multi-graphs with fixed degrees and can also be viewed as integer points in transportation polytopes.  Counting and random sampling of contingency tables is a fundamental problem in statistics which remains unresolved in full generality.  

In the talk, I will review both asymptotic and MCMC approaches, and then present a new Markov chain construction which provably works for sparse margins.  I conclude with some curious experimental results and conjectures.