Monday, August 8, 2016

[DMANET] MSRI semester in “Geometric and Topological Combinatorics”

MSRI semester in "Geometric and Topological Combinatorics"

August 14, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

Application period is now open. See details below.

Combinatorics is one of the fastest growing areas in contemporary Mathematics, and much of this growth is due to the connections and interactions with other areas of Mathematics. This program is devoted to the very vibrant and active area of interaction between Combinatorics with Geometry and Topology. That is, we focus on (1) the study of the combinatorial properties or structure of geometric and topological objects and (2) the development of geometric and topological techniques to answer combinatorial problems.

Key examples of geometric objects with intricate combinatorial structure are point configurations and matroids, hyperplane and subspace arrangements, polytopes and polyhedra, lattices, convex bodies, and sphere packings. Examples of topology in action answering combinatorial challenges are the by now classical Lovász's solution of the Kneser conjecture, which yielded functorial approaches to graph coloring, and the more recent, extensive topological machinery leading to breakthroughs on Tverberg-type problems.

As specific topics that should be addressed during the semester we include the following:

1. Combinatorics of polytopes and cell complexes.

2. Topological methods in combinatorics and discrete geometry

3. Geometric combinatorics in optimization and mathematical economics

4. Algebraic and algebro-geometric methods.

Connections for Women Workshop: Geometric and Topological Combinatorics, August 31, 2017 - September 01, 2017

Introductory Workshop: Geometric and Topological Combinatorics, September 05, 2017 - September 08, 2017

Geometric and Topological Combinatorics: Modern Techniques and Methods, October 09, 2017 - October 13, 2017

Jesus A. De Loera (University of California, Davis),
Vic Reiner (University of Minnesota Twin Cities),
Francisco Santos (University of Cantabria),
Francis Su (Harvey Mudd College),
Rekha Thomas (University of Washington),
Günter M. Ziegler (Freie Universität Berlin)

Interested researchers can apply to participate in the program in one of the following three categories. See for more details.

1) Research professors: For mathematical scientists who are at the tenured associate professor or subsequent stages of their careers, and have received their PhD before the year 2007. They are expected to make key contributions to the program, including the mentoring of postdoctoral fellows. Normally, research professorships will be awarded to candidates who plan to be in residency for three or more months.

2) Research members: For researchers with a Ph. D., in any stage of their career. Research memberships may be offered with no support, with a travel allowance and/or with per diem support. It is expected that Research Members will visit MSRI with full or partial support from other sources. Research memberships are normally not offered for stays of less than one month.

3) Postdoctoral fellows: These awards provide support for five months. The fellowship stipend is currently $6,000 per month (plus a round-trip from your current institution, and some research travel money). Fellows must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics awarded on or after August 1, 2012. They must be in residence for the duration of the program.

Deadline for applications
For research professors: ** October 1st, 2016 **.
For research members and postdocs: December 1st, 2016.

Francisco Santos,
Departamento de Matematicas, Estadistica y Computacion
Universidad de Cantabria, E-39005 Santander, SPAIN.
Phone: +34-942-201522 - Fax: +34-942-201402

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