Speaker: Zilin Jiang (Technion)
Title: Relations between Tverberg points and central points
Given 3n lines in general position in the plane, it is always possible to partition them into n triples of lines so that all the triangles, formed by the triples, share a common point. This result is known back in 1988 by J.P. Roudneff. Strangely, in higher dimensions, it is only proved by Roman Karasev for n that is a prime power.
Speaker: Alexander Barvinok, University of Michigan
Title: Complex zeros and computational complexity of partition functions
I plan to discuss how complex zeros of combinatorial partition functions, such as permanents, their higher-dimensional versions, partition functions of graph homomorphisms, etc.
are related to the complexity of computing the functions in the real domain. For example, the permanent of a complex matrix such that the real part of every entry is between
Title: Fixed points of finite groups on modules
Abstract: Suppose G is a finite group, p is a prime, S is a Sylow p-subgroup of G, and V is a G-module over a field of characteristic p. In some situations, an easy calculation shows that the fixed points of G on V are the same as the fixed points of the normalizer
of S in G. Generalizations of this result have been obtained previously to study the structure of G for p odd. We plan to describe a new generalization for p = 2. (This is part of joint work with J. Lynd that removes the classification of finite simple groups
Title: Stability patterns in representation theory and applications
Many natural sequences of objects come equipped with group actions, e.g. the symmetric group on n letters acting on a space X_n. This leads to fundamental instability of invariants, such as homology, arising from the representation theory of the sequence of groups. Representation stability is a new and increasingly important set of ideas that describe a sense in which such sequence of representations (of different groups) stabilizes.
The existence of sharply 2-transitive groups without regular normal subgroup was a longstanding open problem. Recently constructions have been given, at least in certain characteristics. We will survey the current state of the art and explain some constructions and their limitations. (joint work with E. Rips)
Title: On groups with quadratic Dehn functions
Abstract: This is a joint work with A. Olshanskii. We construct a finitely presented group with quadratic Dehn function and undecidable conjugacy problem.
Title: Approximations of groups and equations over groups.
The talk is largely based on the paper which may be found here:
Abstract: Let G be a group and K a class of groups. I define a notion of approximation of G by K and give several characterizations of approximable by K groups. For example, the sofic groups, defined by B. Weiss, are the groups approximable by symmetric (or alternating) groups. In the case of sofic groups we have that the following are equivalent:
Title: Old and New Results on Subgroup Growth in Pro-p Groups.
Abstract: I will survey our current knowledge about subgroup growth in pro-p growth. In particular I will present new solutions to long standing open problems in the area:
1. What is the minimal subgroup growth of non-$p$-adic analytic pro-$p$ groups? (Joint work with Benjamin Klopsch and Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)
2. What are the subgroup growths of the Grigorchuk group and the Gupta-Sidki groups? (Joint work with Jan-Christoph Schlage-Puchta.)
Title: Inp-minimal ordered groups.
Abstract. The main goal of the talk is to present the proof of the theorem stating that inp-minimal (left)-ordered groups are abelian. This generalizes a previous result of P. Simon for bi-ordered inp-minimal groups.