2016 Feb 17

# Menachem Magidor 70th Birthday Conference

Wed, 17/02/2016 (All day) to Fri, 19/02/2016 (All day)

2016 Dec 01

# Groups and dynamics: Masaki Tsukamoto (lecture 1)

10:30am to 11:30am

## Location:

Ross 70
INTRODUCTION TO MEAN DIMENSION AND THE EMBEDDING PROBLEM OF DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS (Part 1)
2016 Nov 24

# Groups and dynamics- Oren Becker

10:30am to 11:30am

## Location:

Ross 70
Speaker: Oren Becker
Title: Locally testable groups
Abstract:
Arzhantseva and Paunescu [AP2015] showed that if two permutations X and Y in Sym(n) nearly commute (i.e. XY is close to YX), then the pair (X,Y) is close to a pair of permutations that really commute.
2016 Dec 22

# Groups and dynamics: Masaki Tsukamoto (lecture 3)

10:30am to 11:30am

Ross 70
2016 Jan 07

# Groups & dynamics: Mark Shusterman (TAU) - Ranks of subgroups in boundedly generated groups

10:00am to 11:00am

## Location:

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2016 Dec 08

# Groups and dynamics: Masaki Tsukamoto (lecture 2)

10:30am to 11:30am

Ross 70
2016 Dec 29

# Groups and dynamics: Masaki Tsukamoto (lecture 4)

10:30am to 11:30am

Ross 70
2016 Mar 03

# Groups & dynamics: Karim Adiprasito (HUJI) - Contractible manifolds, hyperbolicity and the fundamental pro-group at infinity

10:00am to 11:00am

## Location:

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2016 Nov 17

# Groups and dynamics: Arie Levit

10:30am to 11:30am

## Location:

Ross 70
Speaker: Arie Levit
Weizmann Institute
Title: Local rigidity of uniform lattices
Abstract: A lattice is topologically locally rigid (t.l.r) if small deformations of it are isomorphic lattices. Uniform lattices in Lie groups were shown to be t.l.r by Weil [60']. We show that uniform lattices are t.l.r in any compactly generated topological group.
2016 Dec 15

# Groups and dynamics: Yair Hartman (Northwestern) - Percolation, Invariant Random Subgroups and Furstenberg Entropy

10:30am to 11:30am

## Location:

Ross 70
Abstract:
In this talk I'll present a joint work with Ariel Yadin, in which we solve the Furstenberg Entropy Realization Problem for finitely supported random walks (finite range jumps) on free groups and lamplighter groups. This generalizes a previous result of Bowen. The proof consists of several reductions which have geometric and probabilistic flavors of independent interests.
All notions will be explained in the talk, no prior knowledge of Invariant Random Subgroups or Furstenberg Entropy is assumed.
2015 Dec 31

# Groups & dynamics: Thang Neguyen (Weizmann) - Rigidity of quasi-isometric embeddings

10:00am to 11:00am

## Location:

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2016 Mar 31

# Groups & dynamics: Paul Nelson (ETH) - Quantum variance on quaternion algebras

10:00am to 11:00am

## Location:

Ross building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 70)
To every topological group, one can associate a unique universal
minimal flow (UMF): a flow that maps onto every minimal flow of the
group. For some groups (for example, the locally compact ones), this
flow is not metrizable and does not admit a concrete description.
However, for many "large" Polish groups, the UMF is metrizable, can be
computed, and carries interesting combinatorial information. The talk
will concentrate on some new results that give a characterization of
metrizable UMFs of Polish groups. It is based on two papers, one joint
2015 Dec 15

# Dynamics & probability: Omri Solan (TAU) - Divergent trajectories in SL_3(R)/SL_3(Z)

2:00pm to 4:30pm

## Location:

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 209
Abstract:
2015 Nov 17

# Dynamics & probability: Sebastian Donoso (HUJI), "Topological structures and the pointwise convergence of some averages for commuting transformations"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

## Location:

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
Title: Topological structures and the pointwise convergence of some averages for commuting transformations
Abstract: Topological structures'' associated to a topological dynamical
system are recently developed tools in topological dynamics. They have
several applications, including the characterization of topological
dynamical systems, computing automorphisms groups and even the pointwise
convergence of some averages.  In this talk I will discuss some developments
of this subject, emphasizing applications to the pointwise convergence of
2015 Nov 24

# Dynamics & probability: Yaar Salomon (Stonybrook) "The Danzer problem and a solution to a related problem of Gowers"

2:00pm to 3:00pm

## Location:

Manchester building, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, (Room 209)
The Danzer problem and a solution to a related problem of Gowers
Is there a point set Y in R^d, and C>0, such that every convex
set of volume 1 contains at least one point of Y and at most C? This
discrete geometry problem was posed by Gowers in 2000, and it is a special
case of an open problem posed by Danzer in 1965. I will present two proofs
that answers Gowers' question with a NO. The first approach is dynamical;
we introduce a dynamical system and classify its minimal subsystems. This