
The recent proof of the Fundamental Lemma by Ngo Bau Chau is a breakthrough in the theory of automorphic forms and the Langlands programme. It is the culmination of work carried out by a number of mathematicians over the past thirty years. We shall try to motivate the origins of the problem in the trace formula, and to say something of the history of its proof. We shall then describe how its resolution opens the way for progress on the representations of classical groups, the theory of Shimura varieties, and the principle of functoriality.
A game is a mathematical model of conflict or bargaining between rational decisionmakers. Game theory is a very active field of research partly because of its intrinsic mathematical beauty, and partly because it has proven to be very useful to understand situations of conflict and cooperation in economics, engineering, ecology, and many other areas. This talk is about dynamic games, that is, games in which the state behaves as a discrete or continuous time, possibly stochastic, dynamical system. We survey results on both cooperative and noncooperative games, and some important special cases such as compromise solutions, bargaining games, zerosum games, and games against nature, also known as minimax or worstcase control problems.
The Kerr metric is a twoparameter family of solutions of the Einstein vacuum field equations which describes the outer spacetime geometry of a rotating black hole in equilibrium. Its importance in General Relativity stems from the black hole uniqueness theorems of Israel and Carter which characterize it as the unique set of solutions to the boundary value problem corresponding to black hole equilibrium states. The geometric properties of the Kerr metric have been described by Chandrasekhar as "having the aura of the miraculous", and have opened the door to the study from a rigorous mathematical perspective the long time dynamics of waves in Kerr geometry, as well as the phenomenon of superradiance. I will review some of the results obtained on these questions in collaboration with Felix Finster, Joel Smoller and ShingTung Yau, and I will also indicate a number of open problems and perspectives.
Transient or unstable behavior is often ignored in considering long time dynamics in the deterministic world. However, stochastic effects can change the picture dramatically, so that apparently stabilized transients can dominate the long range behavior. This talk will show how this theme appears in seemingly unrelated different applications, including delaydriven vibrations and infectious disease. Some canonical models are compared, illustrating how hidden time scales play an important role in noisedriven regular behavior, such as coherent oscillations, synchronization, and even quiescence. Different perspectives on coherence resonance show that the order in these models can be attributed to transients "stabilized" by stochastic effects, suggesting a new analysis on reduced models to better understand and predict these phenomena.
This talk will be about joint work with Bruno Scardua (Brazil) on codimension one foliations on oriented smooth manifolds having a singular locus where the foliation is locally defined by a BottMorse function. Examples of such foliations arise, for instance, by considering the fibers of a Morse function f on a smooth manifold M and their liftings to manifolds which are fiber bundles over M. Another class of examples of such foliations arises by looking at cohomogeneity 1 actions of compact Lie groups on smooth manifolds having exceptional orbits. There are many other ways how foliations with BottMorse singularities arise.
We show how the classical theory for nonsingular foliations, such as Reeb's stability theorems, extends to singular foliations of this type. In the particular case when all the singularities are transversally centers, our stability theorem yields to a topological characterization of all such foliations. We thus get a theorem that unifies the classical theorem of Reeb, that a manifold with a Morse foliation with only centertype singularities must be the sphere, and the wellknown theorem that a cohomogeneity 1 action of a compact Lie group having exceptional orbits has exactly two such orbits and the orbit space is the interval.
We also prove a stability theorem for BottMorse foliations with saddlesingularities and various topological consequences of it.
In this talk we describe how to construct infinitely many wild knots, S^{n} ® S^{n+2}, for n = 2,3,4 and 5, each of which is a limit set of a geometrically finite Kleinian group G acting conformally on S^{n+2}. We also describe some of their properties.