Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00PM in H425

Here is a link to the algebra seminars in previous semesters

22 Jan Shira Gilat (Bar-Ilan U.) "Higher norm principles for norm varieties" 12 Feb Chuck Weibel (Rutgers) "The K'-theory of monoid sets" 19 Feb Linhui Shen (Michigan State) "Quantum geometry of moduli spaces of local system" 26 Feb Lev Borisov Rutgers "Six explicit pairs of fake projective planes" 4 Mar Saurabh Gosavi (Rutgers) "Generalized Brauer dimension" 11 Mar CANCELLED 18 Mar no seminar ------------------- Spring Break ---------- 25 Mar CANCELLED 1 Apr Joaquin Moraga (Princeton) TBA 8 Apr 15 Apr 22 Apr Frank Wagner (Vanderbilt) POSTPONED "Torsion Subgroups of Groups with Cubic Dehn Function" 29 AprSpring 2020 classes start Tuesday January 22 and end Monday May 4

18 Sep Sándor Kovács (U.Washington) "Rational singularities and their cousins in arbitrary characteristics" 20 Sep Jacob Lurie (IAS) "On Makkai's Strong Conceptual Completeness Theorem" 25 Sep Saurabh Gosavi (Rutgers) "Generalized Brauer dimension and other arithmetic invariants of semi-global fields" 2 Oct Danny Krashen (Rutgers) "The arithmetic of semiglobal fields via combinatorial topology" 9 Oct Ian Coley (Rutgers) "What is a derivator?" 16 Oct Sumit Chandra Mishra (Emory U.) "Local-global principle for norm over semi-global fields" 23 Oct Chengxi Wang (Rutgers) "strong exceptional collections of line bundles" 30 Oct Angela Gibney (Rutgers) "Vertex algebras of CohFT-type" 6 Nov Robert Laugwitz (Nottingham, UK) "dg categories and their actions" 13 Nov Volodia Retakh (Rutgers) "Noncommutative Laurent Phenomenon: two examples" 20 Nov Carl Lian (Columbia) "Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves" 27 Nov --- no seminar --- Thanksgiving is Nov. 28; Friday class schedule 11 Dec Diane Mclagan (U.Warwick) "Tropical scheme theory"Fall 2019 classes begin Tuesday September 3 and end Wednesday Dec.11. Finals are December 14-21, 2019

Note: First 3 seminars were in H-005; 4th in H705; all others in SERC-206 23 Jan Patrick Brosnan U.Maryland "Palindromicity and the local invariant cycle theorem" 30 Jan Khashayar Sartipi UIUC "Paschke Categories, K-homology and the Riemann-Roch Transformation" 6 Feb Chuck Weibel Rutgers "The Real graded Brauer group" 13 Feb Volodia Retakh Rutgers "An analogue of mapping class groups and noncommutative triangulated surfaces" 20 Feb Dawei Chen Boston College&IAS "Volumes and intersection theory on moduli spaces of abelian differentials" 6 Mar no seminar 13 Mar Jeanne Duflot Colorado State U. "A Degree Formula for Equivariant Cohomology" 20 Mar no seminar ------------------- Spring Break ---------- 27 Mar Louis Rowen Bar-Ilan Univ "The algebraic theory of systems" 3 Apr Iulia Gheorghita Boston College "Effective divisors in the Hodge bundle" 10 Apr Gabriel Navarro U.Valencia "Character Tables and Sylow Subgroups of Finite Groups" 17 Apr John Sheridan Stony Brook "Continuous families of divisors on symmetric powers of curves" 24 Apr Yaim Cooper IAS "Severi degrees via representation theory" 1 May Dave Anderson Ohio State "Schubert calculus and the Satake correspondence"Classes end Monday May 6; Finals are May 9-15, 2019

19 Sep Nicola Tarasca Rutgers "Geometry and Combinatorics of moduli spaces of curves" 26 Sep Angela Gibney Rutgers "Basepoint free loci on $M_{0,n}$-bar from Gromov-Witten theory of smooth homogeneous varieties" 5 Oct(FRI) Michael Larsen Indiana U "Irrationality of Motivic Zeta Functions" *** Friday at 10:00 AM in Hill 005 *** 10 Oct Yotam Hendel Weizmann Inst. "On singularity properties of convolutions of algebraic morphisms" 17 Oct Qixiao Ma Columbia Univ. "Brauer class over the Picard scheme of curves" 24 Oct Sandra Di Rocco KTH-Sweden "Generalized Polar Geometry" 31 Oct Igor Rapinchuk Michigan State "Algebraic groups with good reduction and unramified cohomology" 7 Nov Isabel Vogt MIT "Low degree points on curves" 14 Nov Bob Guralnick USC "Low Degree Cohomology" 21 Nov --- no seminar --- Thanksgiving is Nov. 22; Friday class schedule 28 Nov Julie Bergner U.Virginia "2-Segal spaces and algebraic K-theory" 5 Dec Chengxi Wang Rutgers "Quantum Cohomology of Grassmannians" 12 Dec Patrick Brosnan U.Maryland POSTPONEDClasses end Wednesday Dec. 12; Finals begin Dec. 15, 2018

24 Jan Aurélien Sagnier EP-Palaiseau "An arithmetic site of Connes-Consani type for the Gaussian integers" 31 Jan Jozsef Beck Rutgers "An annoying question about eigenvalues" 7 Feb Lev Borisov Rutgers "Equations of Cartwright-Steger surface" 21 Feb Dhruv Ranganathan MIT "Curves, maps, and singularities in genus one" 28 Feb Rohini Ramadas Harvard "Algebraic dynamics from topological and holomorphic dynamics" 7 Mar CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW 15 Mar Nicola Pagani U.Liverpool "The indeterminacy of universal Abel-Jacobi sections" 21 Mar CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW 28 Mar Ana-Maria Castravet Northeastern U. "Derived categories of moduli spaces of stable rational curves" 4 Apr CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW 11 Apr Chiara Damiolini Rutgers "Conformal blocks attached to twisted groups" 18 Apr Joe Waldron Princeton "Singularities of general fibers in positive characteristic" 2 May Ben Bakker U. Georgia "Hodge theory and o-minimal geometry" 9 May Antonella Grassi U. Penn "Singularities in geometry, topology and strings" (in H705)Classes end Monday, April 30; Final Exams are May 4-9, 2018

13 Sep Louis Rowen Bar-Ilan Univ "A general algebraic structure theory for tropical mathematics" 20 Sep Nicola Tarasca Rutgers "K-classes of Brill-Noether loci and a determinantal formula" 27 Sep Pham Huu Tiep Rutgers "Character levels and character bounds" 4 Oct Dave Jensen Yale "Linear Systems on General Curves of Fixed Gonality" 11 Oct Gernot Stroth Martin-Luther Univ. "On the Thompson Subgroup" 18 Oct Han-Bom Moon IAS "Birational geometry of moduli spaces of parabolic bundles" 1 Nov Danny Krashen Rutgers "Extremely indecomposable division algebras" 8 Nov Lev Borisov Rutgers "Explicit equations of a fake projective plane" 15 Nov Julia Hartmann U. Penn. "Local-global principles for rational points and zero-cycles" 22 Nov --- no seminar --- Thanksgiving is Nov. 23; Friday class schedule 29 Nov Chuck Weibel Rutgers "K-theory of line bundles and smooth varieties" 6 Dec Seth Baldwin N.Carolina "Equivariant K-theory associated to Kac-Moody groups" 13 Dec Brooke Ullery Harvard "Gonality of complete intersection curves"Classes end December 13; Final Exams are December 15-22, 2017

Here is a link to the algebra seminars in previous semesters

**Six explicit pairs of fake projective planes.
Lev Borisov, February 26, 2020):**

I will briefly review the history of fake projective planes and will
talk about my latest work on the subject, joint with Enrico Fatighenti.

**Quantum geometry of moduli spaces of local system
(Linhui Shen, February 19, 2020):**

Let G be a split semi-simple algebraic group over Q. We introduce a natural
cluster structure on moduli spaces of G-local systems over surfaces with
marked points. As a consequence, the moduli spaces of G-local systems admit
natural Poisson structures, and can be further quantized. We will study the
principal series representations of such quantum spaces. It will recover
many classical topics, such as the q-deformed Toda systems, quantum groups,
and the modular functor conjecture for such representations. This talk will
mainly be based on joint work with A.B. Goncharov.

**The K'-theory of monoid sets (Chuck Weibel, February 5, 2020):**

There are three flavors of K-theory for a pointed abelian monoid A;
they depend on the A-sets one allows. This talk considers the
well-behaved family of *partially cancellative* (pc) A-sets,
and its K-theory. For example, if A is the natural numbers, then
pc A-sets are just rooted trees.

**Higher norm principles for norm varieties
(Shira Gilat, January 22, 2020):**

The norm principle for a division algebra states that the image of the
reduced norm is an invariant of its Brauer-equivalence class. This can
be generalized to symbols in the Milnor K-group K^{M}_{n}(F).
We prove a generalized norm principle for symbols in
K^{M}_{n}(F) for a prime-to-p closed field F
of characteristic zero (for some prime p).
We also give a new proof for the norm principle for division algebras,
using the decomposition theorem for (noncommutative)
polynomials over the algebra.

**Tropical scheme theory (Diane Mclagan, December 11, 2019):**

Tropical geometry can be viewed as algebraic geometry over
the tropical semiring (R union infinity, with operations min and +).
This perspective has proved surprisingly effective over the last
decade, but has so far has mostly been restricted to the study of
varieties and cycles. I will discuss a program to construct a scheme
theory for tropical geometry. This builds on schemes over semirings,
but also introduces concepts from matroid theory. This is joint work
with Felipe Rincon, involving also work of Jeff and Noah Giansiracusa
and others.

**Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves,
(Carl Lian, November 20, 2019):**

We consider the general problem of enumerating branched covers of the
projective line from a fixed general curve subject to ramification conditions
at possibly moving points. Our main computations are in genus 1; the theory of
limit linear series allows one to reduce to this case. We first obtain a
simple formula for a weighted count of pencils on a fixed elliptic curve E,
where base-points are allowed. We then deduce, using an inclusion-exclusion
procedure, formulas for the numbers of maps E→ P^{1}
with moving ramification
conditions. A striking consequence is the invariance of these counts under a
certain involution. Our results generalize work of Harris, Logan, Osserman,
and Farkas-Moschetti-Naranjo-Pirola.

**Noncommutative Laurent Phenomena: two examples
(Volodia Retakh, November 13, 2019):**

We discuss two examples when iterations of the noncommutative rational map
are given by noncommutative Laurent polynomials. The first example is related
to noncommutative triangulation of surfaces. The second example, which leads
to a noncommutative version of the Catalan numbers, is related to solutions of
determinant-like equations. The talk is based on joint papers with
A. Berenstein from U. of Oregon.

**Vertex algebras of CohFT-type
(Angela Gibney, October 30, 2019):**

Finitely generated admissible modules over "vertex algebras of
CohFT-type" can be used to construct vector bundles of coinvariants
and conformal blocks on moduli spaces of stable curves. In this talk
I will say what vertex algebras of CohFT-type are, and explain how
such bundles define semisimple cohomological field theories.

As an application, one can give an expression for their total Chern
character in terms of the fusion rules. I'll give some examples.

**Strong exceptional collections of line bundles
(Chengxi Wang, October 23, 2019):**

We study strong exceptional collections of line bundles on
Fano toric Deligne-Mumford stacks with rank of Picard group at most
two. We prove that any strong exceptional collection of line bundles
generates the derived category of the stack, as long as the number of
elements in the collection equals the rank of the (Grothendieck)
K-theory group of the stack.

The problem reduces to an interesting combinatorial problem and
is solved by combinatorial means.

**Local-global principle for norm over semi-global fields,
Sumit Chandra Mishra, Oct. 16, 2019):**

Let K be a complete discretely valued field with
residue field κ. Let F be a function field in
one variable over K and **X** a regular proper model
of F with reduced special fibre X a union of regular curves
with normal crossings. Suppose that the graph associated to
**X** is a tree (e.g. F = K(t)). Let L/F be a Galois extension
of degree n with Galois group Gand n coprime to char(κ).
Suppose that κ is algebraically closed field or
a finite field containing a primitive n^{th} root of unity.
Then we show that an element in F* is a norm
from the extension L/F if it is a norm from the
extensions L⊗_{F}F_{ν}
(i.e., $L\otimes_F F_\nu/F_\nu$)
for all discrete valuations ν of F.

**What is a derivator? (Ian Coley, October 9, 2019):**

Derivators were introduced in the 90s by Grothendieck, Heller, and
Franke (independently) to generalize triangulated categories and
answer questions in homotopy theory and algebraic geometry using a
more abstract framework. Since then, applications to modular
representation theory, tensor triangulated geometry, tilting theory,
K-theory, equivariant homotopy theory, and more have been developed by
scores of mathematicians.

This talk will give the basic definition of a derivator, motivated by
the initial question of enhancing a triangulated category, describe
some of these useful applications to the "real world" away from
category theory. We assume a priori the listener's interest in
triangulated category theory and one or more of the above
disciplines. In particular, no knowledge of infinity/quasicategories
is required!

**Generalized Brauer dimension and other arithmetic invariants of semi-global fields
(Saurabh Gosavi, October 2, 19):**

Given a finite set of Brauer classes *B* of a fixed period ℓ, we
define *ind(B)* to be the *gcd* of degrees of field extensions L/F
such that α⊗_{F}L=0 for every α in *B*. We
provide upper-bounds for *ind(B)* which depends upon arithmetic
invariants of fields of lower arithmetic complexity. As a simple
application of our result, we will obtain upper-bounds for the
splitting index of quadratic forms and finiteness of symbol length for
function fields of curves over higher-local fields.

**
Rational singularities and their cousins in arbitrary characteristics
(Sándor Kovacs, Sept. 18, 2019):**

I will discuss several results about rational and closely related
singularities in arbitrary characteristics. The results concern
various properties of these singularities including their behavior
with respect to deformations and degenerations, and applications to
moduli theory.

**Severi degrees via representation theory
(Dave Anderson, May 1, 2019):**

As a vector space, the cohomology of the Grassmannian Gr(k,n) is
isomorphic to the k-th exterior power of C^n. The geometric Satake
correspondence explains how to naturally upgrade this isomorphism to
one of $gl_n$-representations. Inspired by work of Golyshev and Manivel
from 2011, we use these ideas to find new proofs of Giambelli formulas
for ordinary and orthogonal Grassmannians, as well as rim-hook rules
for quantum cohomology. This is joint with Antonio Nigro.

**Severi degrees via representation theory
(Yaim Cooper, April 24, 2019):**

The Severi degrees of $P^1$ x $P^1$ can be computed in terms of
an explicit operator on the Fock space $F[P^1]$. We will discuss this and
variations on this theme. We will explain how to use this approach to
compute the relative Gromov-Witten theory of other surfaces, such as
Hirzebruch surfaces and Ex$P^1$. We will also discuss operators for
calculating descendants. Joint with R. Pandharipande.

**Continuous families of divisors on symmetric powers of curves
(John Sheridan, April 17, 2019):**

For X a smooth projective variety, we consider its set of
effective divisors in a fixed cohomology class. This set naturally
forms a projective scheme and if X is a curve, this scheme is a
smooth, irreducible variety (fibered in linear systems over the Picard
variety). However, when X is of higher dimension, this scheme can be
singular and reducible. We study its structure explicitly when X is a
symmetric power of a curve.

**Character Tables and Sylow Subgroups of Finite Groups
(Gabriel Navarro, April 10, 2019):**

Brauer's Problem 12 asks which properties of Sylow subgroups can be
detected in the character table of a finite group. We will talk about recent
progress on this problem.

**Effective divisors in the Hodge bundle
(Iulia Gheorghita, April 3, 2019):**

Computing effective divisor classes can reveal important information
about the geometry of the underlying space. For example, in 1982 Harris and
Mumford computed the Brill-Noether divisor class and used it to determine the
Kodaira dimension of the moduli space of curves.

In this talk I will explain how to compute the divisor class of the
locus of canonical divisors in the projectivized Hodge bundle over the
moduli space of curves which have a zero at a Weierstrass point.
I will also explain the extremality of the divisor
class arising from the stratum of canonical divisors with a double zero.

**
The algebraic theory of systems
(Louis Rowen, March 27, 2019):**

The notion of ``system'' is introduced to unify classical algebra with
tropical mathematics, hyperfields, and other related areas for which we can
embed a partial algebraic structure into a fuller structure from which we can
extract more information. The main ideas are a generalized negation map since
our structures lack classical negatives, and a ``surpassing relation'' to
replace equality.

We discuss this theory with emphasis on the main applications, which will be
described from the beginning:

1. Classical algebra

2. Supertropical mathematics (used for valuations and tropicalization)

3. Symmetrized systems (used for embedding additively idempotent semi
structures into systems)

4. Hyperfields

**A Degree Formula for Equivariant Cohomology
(Jeanne Duflot, March 13, 2019):**

I will talk about a generalization of a result of Lynn on the "degree"
of an equivariant cohomology ring $H^*_G(X)$. The degree of a graded module
is a certain coefficient of its Poincaré series, expanded as a
Laurent series about t=1. The main theorem,
which is joint with Mark Blumstein,
is an additivity formula
for degree: $$\deg(H^*_G(X)) = \sum_{[A,c] \in \mathcal{Q'}_{max}(G,X)}\frac{1}{|W_G(A,c)|} \deg(H^*_{C_G(A,c)}(c)).$$

**Volumes and intersection theory on moduli spaces of
abelian differentials (Dawei Chen, February 20, 2019):**

Computing volumes of moduli spaces has significance in many
fields. For instance, the celebrated Witten's conjecture regarding
intersection numbers on the Deligne-Mumford moduli space of stable
curves has a fascinating connection to the Weil-Petersson volume,
which motivated Mirzakhani to give a proof via Teichmueller theory,
hyperbolic geometry, and symplectic geometry. The initial two other
proofs of Witten's conjecture by Kontsevich and by
Okounkov-Pandharipande also used various ideas in ribbon graphs,
Gromov-Witten theory, and Hurwitz theory.

In this talk I will introduce an analogous formula of intersection numbers
on the moduli spaces of abelian differentials that computes the Masur-Veech
volumes. This is joint work with Moeller, Sauvaget, and Zagier
(arXiv:1901.01785).

**The Real graded Brauer group (Chuck Weibel, February 6, 2019):**

We introduce a version of the Brauer--Wall group for Real vector
bundles of algebras (in the sense of Atiyah),
and compare it to the topological analogue of the Witt group.
For varieties over the reals, these invariants capture
the topological parts of the Brauer--Wall and Witt groups.

**Paschke Categories, K-homology and the Riemann-Roch Transformation
(Khashayar Sartipi, January 30, 2019):**

For a separable C*-algebra A, we introduce an exact C*-category called the
Paschke Category of A, which is completely functorial in A, and show that its
K-theory groups are isomorphic to the topological K-homology groups of the
C*-algebra A. Then we use the Dolbeault complex and ideas from the classical
methods in Kasparov K-theory to construct an acyclic chain complex in this
category, which in turn, induces a Riemann-Roch transformation in the homotopy
category of spectra, from the algebraic K-theory spectrum of a complex
manifold X, to its topological K-homology spectrum.

**Palindromicity and the local invariant cycle theorem
(Patrick Brosnan, January 23, 2019):**

In its most basic form, the local invariant cycle theorem of
Beilinson, Bernstein and Deligne (BBD) gives a surjection from the
cohomology of the special fiber of a proper morphism of smooth
varieties to the monodromy invariants of the general fiber. This
result, which is one of the last theorems stated in the book by BBD,
is a relatively easy consequence of their famous decomposition
theorem.

In joint work with Tim Chow on a combinatorial problem, we
needed a simple condition ensuring that the above surjection is
actually an isomorphism. Our theorem is that this happens if and only
if the special fiber has palindromic cohomology. I will explain the
proof of this theorem and a generalization proved using the (now
known) Kashiwara conjecture. I will also say a little bit about the
combinatorial problem (the Shareshian-Wachs conjecture on Hessenberg
varieties) which motivated our work.

**2-Segal spaces and algebraic K-theory
(Julie Bergner, November 28, 2018):**

The notion of a 2-Segal space was defined by Dyckerhoff and Kapranov
and independently by Galvez-Carrillo, Kock, and Tonks under the name
of decomposition space. Although these two sets of authors had
different motivations for their work, they both saw that a key example
is obtained by applying Waldhausen's S-construction to an exact
category, showing that 2-Segal spaces are deeply connected to
algebraic K-theory.

In joint work with Osorno, Ozornova, Rovelli, and
Scheimbauer, we show that any 2-Segal space arises from a suitable
generalization of this construction. Furthermore, our generalized
input has a close relationship to the CGW categories of Campbell and
Zakharevich. In this talk, I'll introduce 2-Segal structures and
discuss what we know and would like to know about the role they play
in algebraic K-theory.

**Low Degree Cohomology
(Bob Guralnick November 14, 2018):**

Let G be a finite group with V an absolutely
irreducible kG-module with k a field of positive characteristic.
We are interested in bounds on the dimension of the first
and second degree cohomology groups of G with coefficients
in V. We will discuss some old and new bounds, conjectures
and applications.

**Low degree points on curves
(Isabel Vogt, November 7, 2018):**

We will discuss an arithmetic analogue of the gonality of a curve over
a number field: the smallest positive integer $e$ such that the points
of residue degree bounded by $e$ are infinite. By work of Faltings,
Harris-Silverman and Abramovich-Harris, it is understood when this
invariant is 1, 2, or 3; by work of Debarre-Fahlaoui these criteria
do not generalize to $e$ at least 4. We will focus on scenarios under
which we can guarantee that this invariant is actually equal to the
gonality using the auxiliary geometry of a surface containing the
curve. This is joint work with Geoffrey Smith.

**Algebraic groups with good reduction and unramified cohomology
(Igor Rapinchuk, October 31, 2018):**

Let $G$ be an absolutely almost simple algebraic group over a field K,
which we assume to be equipped with a natural set V of discrete
valuations. In this talk, our focus will be on the K-forms of $G$ that
have good reduction at all v in V . When K is the fraction field of a
Dedekind domain, a similar question was considered by G. Harder; the
case where $K=\mathbb{Q}$ and V is the set of all p-adic places was analyzed in
detail by B.H. Gross and B. Conrad. I will discuss several emerging
results in the higher-dimensional situation, where K is the function
field $k(C)$ of a smooth geometrically irreducible curve $C$ over a number
field k, or even an arbitrary finitely generated field.

**Generalized Polar Geometry
(Sandra Di Rocco, October 24, 2018):**

Polar classes are very classical objects in Algebraic Geometry.
A brief introduction to the subject will be presented and ideas
and preliminarily results towards generalizations will be explained.
These ideas can be applied towards variety sampling and
relevant applications in Kinematics and Biochemistry.

**Brauer class over the Picard scheme of curves
(Qixiao Ma, October 24, 2018):**

We study the Brauer class rising from the obstruction to the existence
of a tautological line bundle on the Picard scheme of curves. If we
consider the universal totally degenerate curve with a fixed dual
graph, then, using symmetries of the graph, we give bounds on the
period and index of the Brauer classes. As a result, we provide some
division algebra of prime degree, serving as candidates for the
cyclicity problem.

**On singularity properties of convolutions of algebraic morphisms
(Yotam Hendel, October 10, 2018):**

In analysis, the convolution of two functions results in a smoother,
better behaved function. It is interesting to ask whether an analogue
of this phenomenon exists in the setting of algebraic geometry.
Let $f$ and $g$ be two morphisms from algebraic varieties X and Y to an
algebraic group $G$. We define their convolution to be a morphism $f*g$
from $X\times Y$ to $G$ by first applying each morphism and then multiplying
using the group structure of $G$.

**Irrationality of Motivic Zeta Functions
(Michael Larsen, October 5, 2018):**

It is a remarkable fact that the Riemann zeta function extends to a
meromorphic function on the whole complex plane. A conjecture of Weil,
proved by Dwork, asserts that the zeta function of any variety over a
finite field is likewise meromorphic, from which it follows that it can
be expressed as a rational function. In the case of curves, Kapranov
observed that this is true in a very strong sense, which continues to
hold even in characteristic zero. He asked whether this remains true
for higher dimensional varieties. Valery Lunts and I disproved his
conjecture fifteen years ago, and recently disproved a weaker conjecture
due to Denef and Loeser. This explains, in some sense, why Weil's
conjecture was so much easier in dimension 1 than in higher dimension.

**Singularities in geometry, topology and strings,
Antonella Grassi, May 9, 2018):**

I will discuss a "Brieskorn-Grothendieck" program involving certain
singularities, Lie algebras and representations. These singularities
arise in many different areas of mathematics and physics. I will
focus on the case of complex 3 dimensional spaces relating to
algebraic geometry, topology and physics. I will disucss local,
global and local-to-global properties of threefolds with certain
singularities and crieteria for these threefolds to be rational
homology manifolds and conditions for threefolds to satisfy rational
Poincar\'e duality.

We state a conjecture on the extension of
Kodaira's classification of singular fibers on relatively minimal
elliptic surfaces to the class of birationally equivalent relatively
minimal genus one fibered varieties and we give results in this
direction.

**Hodge theory and o-minimal geometry
(Benjamin Bakker, May 2, 2018):**

Hodge structures on cohomology groups are fundamental invariants of algebraic
varieties; they are parametrized by quotients $D/\Gamma$ of periods domains by
arithmetic groups. Except for a few very special cases, such quotients are
never algebraic varieties, and this leads to many difficulties in the general
theory. We explain how to partially remedy this situation by equipping
$D/\Gamma$ with an o-minimal structure, and show that period maps are
"definable" with respect to this structure.

As a consequence, we obtain an
easy proof of a result of Cattani--Deligne--Kaplan on the algebraicity of
Hodge loci, a strong piece of evidence for the Hodge conjecture. The proof of
the main theorem relies heavily on work of Schmid, Kashiwara, and
Cattani--Kaplan--Schmid on the asymptotics of degenerations of Hodge
structures. This is joint work with B. Klingler and J. Tsimerman.

**Singularities of general fibers in positive characteristic
(Joe Waldron, April 18, 2018):**

Generic smoothness fails to hold for some fibrations in positive
characteristic. We study consequences of this failure, in
particularly by obtaining a canonical bundle formula relating a fiber
with the normalization of its maximal reduced subscheme. This has
geometric consequences, including that generic smoothness holds on
terminal Mori fiber spaces of relative dimension two in characteristic
$p\geq 11$. This is joint work with Zsolt Patakfalvi.

**Conformal blocks attached to twisted groups
(Chiara Damiolini, April 11, 2018):**

Let $G$ be a simple and simply connected algebraic group over $\mathbb{C}$.
We can attach to $G$ the sheaf of conformal blocks: a vector bundle on
$M_{g}$ whose fibres are identified with global sections of a certain
line bundle on the stack of $G$-torsors. We generalize the
construction of conformal blocks to the case in which $\mathcal{G}$ is
a twisted group over a curve which can be defined in terms of covering
data. In this case the associated conformal blocks define a sheaf on a
Hurwitz space and have properties analogous to the classical case.

**Derived categories of moduli spaces of stable rational curves
(Ana-Maria Castravet, March 28, 2018):**

A question of Manin is whether the derived category of the
Grothendieck-Knudsen moduli space $M_{0,n}$ of stable, rational curves
with n markings admits a full, strong, exceptional collection that is
invariant under the action of the symmetric group $S_n$. I will present
an approach towards answering this question. In particular, I will
explain a construction of an invariant full exceptional collection on
the Losev-Manin space. This is joint work with Jenia Tevelev.

**The indeterminacy of universal Abel-Jacobi sections
(Nicola Pagani, March 14, 2018):**

The (universal) Abel-Jacobi maps are the sections of the forgetful
morphism from the universal Jacobian to the corresponding moduli space
$M_{g,n}$ of smooth pointed curves. When the source and target moduli spaces
are compactified, these sections are only rational maps, and it is
natural to ask for the largest locus where each of them is a
well-defined morphism. We explicitly characterize this locus, which
depends on the chosen compactification of the universal Jacobian (for
the source we fix the Deligne-Mumford compactification $\bar{M}_{g,n}$
by means of stable curves). In particular, we deduce that for every
Abel-Jacobi map there exists a compactification of the universal
Jacobian such that the map extends to a well-defined morphism on
$\bar{M}_{g,n}$. We apply this to the problem of defining and computing
several different extensions to $\bar{M}_{g,n}$ of the double
ramification cycle (= the locus of smooth pointed curves that admit a
meromorphic function with prescribed zeroes and poles at the points).

This is a joint work with Jesse Kass.

**Algebraic dynamics from topological and holomorphic dynamics
(Rohini Ramadas, Feb. 28, 2018):**

Let $f:S^2 \to S^2$ be an orientation-preserving branched covering from
the 2-sphere to itself whose *postcritical set*
$P := \{ f^n(x) | x\ \mathrm{is\ a\ critical\ point\ of\ f\ and}\ n>0 \}$
is finite.
Thurston studied the dynamics of $f$ using an induced holomorphic
self-map $T(f)$ of the Teichmuller space of complex structures on
$(S^2, P)$. Koch found that this holomorphic dynamical system on
Teichmuller space descends to algebraic dynamical systems:

1. $T(f)$ always descends to a multivalued self map $H(f)$ of the moduli
space $M_{0,P}$ of markings of the Riemann sphere by the finite set $P$

2. When $P$ contains a point $x$ at which $f$ is fully ramified,
under certain combinatorial conditions on $f$, the inverse of $T(f)$
descends to a rational self-map $M(f)$ of projective space $P^n$. When,
in addition, $x$ is a fixed point of $f$, i.e. $f$ is a
`topological polynomial', the induced self-map $M(f)$ is regular.

The dynamics of $H(f)$ and $M(f)$ may be studied via numerical invariants
called dynamical degrees: the k-th dynamical degree of an algebraic
dynamical system measures the asymptotic growth rate, under iteration,
of the degrees of k-dimensional subvarieties.

I will introduce the dynamical systems $T(f)$, $H(f)$ and $M(f)$, and
dynamical degrees. I will then discuss why it is useful to study $H(f)$
(resp. $M(f)$) simultaneously on several compactifications of $M_{0,P}$.
We find that the dynamical degrees of $H(f)$ (resp. $M(f)$) are
algebraic integers whose properties are constrained by the dynamics of $f$
on the finite set $P$. In particular, when $M(f)$ exists, then the more
$f$ resembles a topological polynomial, the more $M(f): P^n \to P^n$
behaves like a regular map.

**Curves, maps, and singularities in genus one
(Dhruv Ranganathan, February 21, 2018):**

I will outline a new framework based on tropical and logarithmic methods to
study genus one curve singularities and discuss its relationship with the
geometry of moduli spaces. I will focus on two applications of these ideas.

First, they allow one to explicitly factorize the rational maps among
log canonical models of the moduli space of n-pointed elliptic curves.
Second, they reveal a modular interpretation for Vakil and Zinger's famous
desingularization of the space of elliptic curves in projective space, a short
conceptual proof of that result, and several new generalizations.

Time permitting, though it rarely does, I will mention some applications
to both classical and virtual enumerative geometry. This is based on work with
Len and with Santos-Parker and Wise, as well as ongoing work with Battistella
and Nabijou.

**Equations of Cartwright-Steger surface
(Lev Borisov, February 7, 2018):**

Cartwright-Steger surface is an algebraic surface of general type
which appeared in the study of fake projective planes.
I will describe the technique that allowed us to find equations of it,
in its bicanonical embedding. This is a joint work with Sai Kee Yeung.

**An arithmetic site of Connes-Consani type for Gaussian integers
(Aurélien Sagnier, Jan. 24, 2018):**

Connes and Consani proposed to study the action of the multiplicative
monoid of positive integers $\mathbb{N}^\times$
on the tropical semiring $(\mathbb{Z},max,+)$,
as an approach to the Riemann zeta function. This construction depends
upon the ordering on the reals. I will first explain their approach,
then give an extension of this construction to the Gaussian integers.

**Gonality of complete intersection curves
(Brooke Ullery, Dec. 13, 2017:**

The gonality of a smooth projective curve is the smallest degree of a map
from the curve to the projective line. If a curve is embedded in projective
space, it is natural to ask whether the gonality is related to the embedding.

In my talk, I will discuss recent work with James Hotchkiss. Our main result
is that, under mild degree hypotheses, the gonality of a complete intersection
curve in projective space is computed by projection from a codimension 2
linear space, and any minimal degree branched covering of $\mathbb P^1$
arises in this way.

**Equivariant K-theory associated to Kac-Moody groups
(Seth Baldwin, Dec. 6, 2017):**

The cohomology ring of flag varieties has long been known to exhibit
positivity properties. One such property is that the structure constants
of the Schubert basis with respect to the cup product are non-negative.
Brion (2002) and Anderson-Griffeth-Miller (2011) have shown that positivity
extends to K-theory and T-equivariant K-theory, respectively. In this talk
I will discuss recent work (joint with Shrawan Kumar) which generalizes
these results to the case of Kac-Moody groups.

**Local-global principles for rational points and zero-cycles
(Julia Hartmann, Nov. 15, 2017):**

Given a variety over a field $F$ and a collection of overfields of
$F$, one may ask whether the existence of rational points over each of
the overfields (local) implies the existence of a rational point over
$F$ (global). Such local-global pinciples are a main tool for
understanding the existence of rational points on varieties.

In this talk, we study varieties that are defined over semi-global
fields, i.e., function fields of curves over a complete discretely
valued field. A semi-global field admits several natural collections
of overfields which are geometrically motivated, and one may ask for
local-global principles with respect to each such collection. We
exhibit certain cases in which local-global principles for rational
points hold. We also show that local-global principles for zero-cycles
of degree one hold provided that local-global principles hold for the
existence of rational points over extensions of the function
field. This last assertion is analogous to a known result for
varieties over number fields.

(Joint work with J.-L. Colliot-Thélène, D. Harbater, D. Krashen,
R. Parimala, and V. Suresh)

**Explicit equations of a fake projective plane
(Lev Borisov, Nov. 8, 2017):**

Fake projective planes are complex algebraic surfaces of general type
whose Betti numbers are the same as that of a usual projective plane.
The first example was constructed by Mumford about 40 years ago
by 2-adic uniformization. There are 50 complex conjugate pairs of such
surfaces, given explicitly as ball quotients (Cartwright+Steger).
However, a ball quotient description does not on its own lead to an
explicit projective embedding. In a joint work with JongHae Keum, we
find equations of one pair of fake projective planes in bicanonical
embedding, which is so far the only result of this kind.

**Birational geometry of moduli spaces of parabolic bundles
(Han-Bom Moon, October 18, 2017):**

I will describe a project on birational geometry of the moduli space
of parabolic bundles on the projective line in the framework of
Mori's program, and its connection with classical invariant theory
and conformal blocks. This is joint work with Sang-Bum Yoo.

**Linear Systems on General Curves of Fixed Gonality
(David Jensen, Oct. 4, 2017:**

The geometry of an algebraic curve is governed by its linear
systems. While many curves exhibit bizarre and pathological linear
systems, the general curve does not. This is a consequence of the
Brill-Noether theorem, which says that the space of linear systems of
given degree and rank on a general curve has dimension equal to its
expected dimension. In this talk, we will discuss a generalization of
this theorem to general curves of fixed gonality. To prove this
result, we use tropical and combinatorial methods.

This is joint work
with Dhruv Ranganathan, based on prior work of Nathan Pflueger.

**Character levels and character bounds
(Pham Huu Tiep, September 27, 2017):**

We develop the concept of character level for the complex irreducible
characters of finite, general or special, linear and unitary
groups. We give various characterizations of the level of a character
in terms of its Lusztig's label, of its degree, and of certain dual
pairs. This concept is then used to prove exponential bounds for
character values, provided that either the level of the character or
the centralizer of the element is not too large. This is joint work
with R. M. Guralnick and M. Larsen.

**K-classes of Brill-Noether loci and a determinantal formula
(Nicola Tarasca, September 20, 2017):**

I will present a formula for the Euler characteristic of the
structure sheaf of Brill-Noether loci of linear series on curves with
prescribed vanishing at two marked points.

The formula recovers the classical Castelnuovo number in the
zero-dimensional case, and previous work of Eisenbud-Harris, Pirola,
Chan-López-Pflueger-Teixidor in the one-dimensional case. The
result follows from a new determinantal formula for the K-theory class
of certain degeneracy loci of maps of flag bundles.

This is joint work with Dave Anderson and Linda Chen.

**A general algebraic structure theory for tropical mathematics
(Louis Rowen, September 13, 2017):**

We study triples (A,T,-) of a set A with algebraic structure
(such as a semiring), a subset T and a negation operator '-' on T.
A key example is the max-plus algebra T. This viewpoint enables
one to view the tropicalization functor as a morphism,
suggesting tropical analogs of classical structures such as
Grassmann algebras, Lie algebras, Lie superalgebras, Poisson
algebras, and Hopf algebras.

Charles Weibel / weibel @ math.rutgers.edu / January 1, 2020