Topology and Geometry in a Discrete Setting
(November 28 - December 2, 2016)
While the semester program as a whole is inspired by the original view of topology as analysis situs fueled by applications in natural sciences and engineering, this workshop emphasizes the impact of topology and geometry on discrete structures.
Combinatorially inspired configuration spaces, such as arrangements of points, lines, hyperplanes, polytopes, and the like, provide intricate material and ongoing challenge for topological and geometric techniques. The latter have often gone through a process of adjustment towards their discrete, stratified objects, as in the case of discrete Morse theory or application of Fourier analysis. Notably, the recent solution of the log-concavity conjecture for matroids by Adiprasito, Huh and Katz was achieved by developing Hodge theory for combinatorial geometries which opens up most exciting perspectives on further applications. The construction of higher dimensional expanders is yet another promising direction. Inspired by the rich theory of graph expanders and drawing on the techniques of combinatorial algebraic topology, the goal is to design high-dimensional simplicial complexes with strong connectivity properties. New applications abound, like the impact of discrete geometry on social choice and mathematical economics through balancing theorems and equilibrium configurations.
This workshop is about building bridges - providing intricate, combinatorially inspired spaces to the topologist and geometer, and versatile geometric tools to the combinatorialist. Computational and algorithmic aspects as well as experimental evidence are crucial for this purpose.
- Eva Maria Feichtner
(ALTA, University of Bremen)
- Larry Guth
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
- Gil Kalai
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
- Roman Karasev
(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)
- Elchanan Mossel
(University of Pennsylvania and U.C. Berkeley)
- Igor Pak
- Rade Zivaljevic
(Mathematical institute SASA, University of Belgrade)
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