Organizing Committee
 Patrick Charbonneau
Duke University  Matthew Kahle
Ohio State University  Sayan Mukherjee
Duke University  Ileana Streinu
Smith College  Shmuel Weinberger
University of Chicago
Abstract
This workshop will explore topological properties of random and quasirandom phenomena in physical systems, stochastic simulations/processes, as well as optimization algorithms. Practitioners in these fields have written a great deal of simulation code to help understand the configurations and scaling limits of both the physically observed and computational phenomena. However, mathematically rigorous theories to support the simulation results and to explain their limiting behavior are still in their infancy.
Randomness is inherent to models of the physical, biological, and social world. Random topology models are important in a variety of complicated models including quantum gravity and black holes, filaments of dark matter in astronomy, spatial statistics, and morphological models of shapes, as well as models appearing in social media. The probabilistic method, theory of point processes, and ideas from stochastic and integral geometry have been central tools for proofs and efficient algorithms to measure topological quantities, such as Betti numbers of random geometric complexes.
The workshop topics include: random simplicial complexes, topological invariants in Gaussian random fields, and topological aspects of phase transitions, and geometry and topology of hard disks. A major theme of this workshop will center around computational issues and numerical experiments based on existing models and implementations.
Confirmed Speakers & Participants

Ian Alevy
Brown University

Hannah Alpert
MIT

Antonio Auffinger
Northwestern

Eric Babson
UC Davis

Tom Banchoff
Brown University

Loretta Barolini
Springer

Yuliy Baryshnikov
University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign (UIUC)

Abdessamad Ben Hamza
Concordia University

Andrew Blumberg
University of Texas at Austin

Omer Bobrowski
Duke University

Ciprian Borcea
Rider University

Magnus Botnan
Technical University Munich

Michael Catanzaro
University of Florida

Benoit Charbonneau
Waterloo

Patrick Charbonneau
Duke University

Bryan Chen
University of Massachusetts

Sergei Chmutov
Ohio State University

Jeremy Cochoy
INRIA

Fred Cohen
Rochester University

Moon Duchin
Tufts University

Chaim EvenZohar
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Michael Farber
Queen Mary, University of London

Eva Marie Feichtner
University of Bremen

Christopher Fowler
University of Washington

Silvio Franz
ParisSud

Joseph Fu
University of Georgia

Terrence George
Brown University

Mark Goresky
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics

Anna Gundert
University of Cologne

Bárbara Gutiérrez
CINVESTAV

Felix Günther
Technische Universität Berlin

Maria Hempel
WPI

Patricia Hersh
North Carolina State University

Yasu Hiraoka
Tohoku Univeristy

Christopher Hoffman
University of Washington

Matt Insall
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Sorin Istrail
Brown University

Marija Jelic
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Matehmatics

Filip Jevtic
University of Texas at Dallas

Natasa Jonoska
University of South Florida

Matthew Kahle
Ohio State University

Yoav Kallus
Sante Fe Institute

Richard Kenyon
Brown University

Steven Kim
Brown University

Jaeuk Kim
Princeton University

Caroline Klivans
Brown University

Nicholas Kosar
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Robin Koytcheff
University of MassachusettsAmherst

Deniz Kutluay
Indiana University

Wai Yeung Lam
Brown University

QuangNhat Le
Brown University

Antonio Lerario
SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies)

Michael Lesnick
Princeton University

Daniel Luckhardt
Univertität Göttingen

Erik Lundberg
Florida Atlantic University

Zheng Ma
Princeton University

Isaac Mabillard
IST Austria

Robert MacPherson
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics

Greg Malen
Ohio State University

Jeremy Mason
Bogaziçi University

Elizabeth Meckes
Case Western

Anthea Monod
Columbia University

Sayan Mukherjee
Duke University

Vidit Nanda
University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Newman
Ohio State University

Steve Oudot
Inria

Elliot Paquette
Weizmann Institute

Kyle Parsons
The Ohio State University

Sanjay Ramassamy
Brown University

Jacob Richey
University of Washington

Katie Ritchey
Ohio State University

Vanessa Robins
The Australian National University

Érika Roldán Roa
CIMAT (Center of Research in Mathematics)

Ron Rosenthal
ETHZ

Jose Alejandro Samper Casas
University of Washington

Vikram Saraph
Brown University

Benjamin Schweinhart
Harvard University

Lily Silverstein
University of California Davis

Yitzchak Solomon
Brown University

Ileana Streinu
Smith College

Jonathan Taylor
Stanford University

Salvatore Torquato
Princeton University

Katharine Turner
EPFL

Shmuel Weinberger
University of Chicago

John WiltshireGordon
University of Michigan

Takeru Yano
Osaka University

Ren Yi
Brown University

Xufan Zhang
Brown University

Rade Zivaljevic
Belgrade University