September 8-9, 2018
University of Kentucky

Chem-Phys Building: CP 139

505 Rose St
Lexington, KY 40508

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Saturday, September 8

9:00 – 10:00 Coffee, bagels, fruit

10:00 – 11:00 Arnav Tripathy (Harvard)

A geometric model for complex analytic equivariant elliptic cohomology

Abstract: Elliptic cohomology has always been a natural big brother to ordinary cohomology and K-theory. However, in contrast to the plethora of geometric objects that provide representatives for cohomology and K-theory classes, we do not know any geometric objects that provide representatives for elliptic cohomology. I will explain in this talk a step forward for the case of equivariant elliptic cohomology over the complex numbers by using constructions from supersymmetric field theory as geometric models in joint work with D. Berwick-Evans. This talk will need no prior knowledge of either elliptic cohomology or physics of field theories

11:30 – 12:30 Andrew Blumberg (Texas-Austin)

Towards infinite-dimensional norms

Abstract: The description of multiplicative structures on the equivariant stable category for finite groups G in terms of HHR norms has been very successful, and resulted in an essentially algebraic perspective. We know much less in the context of infinite compact Lie groups G. This talk will describe some progress in understanding and speculation about the general setting, inspired by work on a relative version of THH that takes Cn ring spectra as input. This is joint work with Vigleik Angeltveit, Teena Gerhardt, Mike Hill, Mike Mandell, and Tyler Lawson, in various combinations.

12:30 – 2:30 Lunch

2:30 – 3:30 Martina Rovelli (Johns Hopkins)

Characteristic classes as complete obstructions

Abstract: We propose a uniform interpretation of characteristic classes as complete obstructions to the reduction of the structure group of a principal bundle, and to the existence of an equivariant extension of a certain homomorphism defined a priori only on a single fiber. By plugging in the correct parameters, we recover several classical theorems. This leads to the definition of a family of invariants for principal bundles that detect the number of group reductions associated to characteristic classes that a principal bundle admits.

3:30 – 4:00 Coffee, fruit

4:00 – 5:00 Ciprian Manolescu (UCLA)

Homology cobordism and triangulations

Abstract: The study of triangulations on manifolds is closely related to understanding the three-dimensional homology cobordism group. We will survey what is known about this group, with an emphasis on the local equivalence methods coming from Pin(2)-equivariant Seiberg-Witten Floer spectra and involutive Heegaard Floer homology.

5:30 – 7:00 Refreshments at the Math House

Sunday, September 9

9:00 – 10:00 Coffee, bagels, fruit

10:00 – 11:00 Kristen Hendricks (Michigan State)

A simplicial construction of G-equivariant Lagrangian Floer homology

Abstract: Lagrangian Floer homology is an invariant introduced (along with other related invariants) by A. Floer in the 1980's which associates to a pair of Lagrangian submanifolds in a symplectic manifold M the homology of a graded chain complex with a differential arising from considering solutions to a system of partial differential equations. This construction has been an extremely fruitful source of new invariants in symplectic geometry and low-dimensional topology. In this talk we discuss some of the history of equivariant versions of Lagrangian Floer homology. For a Lie group G acting on a symplectic manifold M and preserving a pair of Lagrangians, under certain hypotheses not including equivariant transversality we then construct a G-equivariant Lagrangian Floer homology. This is joint work with R. Lipshitz and S. Sarkar.

11:30 – 12:30 Ben Antieau (UIC)

Cartier modules and cyclotomic spectra

Abstract: I will describe new joint work with Thomas Nikolaus, which describes a t-structure on cyclotomic spectra. Using this t-structure, I will explain how to recover some results of Bhatt--Morrow--Scholze on the relationship between topological periodic cyclic homology of smooth schemes in characteristic p and crystalline cohomology.

Mike Hill (UCLA) will also give the Hayden-Howard lecture on Monday, Sept 10 at 4pm in Room 110 of the Whitehall Classroom Building.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotel
Downtown at the University
1000 Export Street, Lexington, KY 40504
Phone 859.389.6800
Please make your reservation before August 17 in order to
qualify for the group rate (group name Midwest Topology).

Statement of inclusion

We are committed to academic freedom and keeping science open to all individuals. We encourage anyone interested in attending to apply, regardless of race, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, pregnancy, immigration status, or any other aspect of identity. All participants at this conference will be treated with dignity and respect, and discrimination or harassment of any form will not be tolerated. (From GSTC 2018.)

This meeting is funded with support from the University of Kentucky Department of Mathematics, the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences, the University of Kentucky Vice President for Research, and the National Science Foundation.