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Interactions between Asymptotic Geometric Analysis and
                 Mathematical Physics
 
Workshop and Conference  Eilat/Haifa  May 3-10, 2012
 
Shiri Artstein (TAU), Shahar Mendelson and Emanuel Milman
(Technion) are pleased to announce the following two events in
May, taking place one consecutively after the other, on the
"Interactions between Asymptotic Geometric Analysis and
Mathematical Physics".
 
The first is an ISF workshop, to be held during May 3-7, 2012.
The first part (May 3-6) is planned to take place in Eilat,
and the second part (May 7) at the Technion. The workshop is
immediately followed by a Conference at the Technion, to be
held between May 8-10.
 
The list of speakers includes: V. Beffara, I. Benjamini, S.
Bobkov, N. Crawford, R. Eldan, O. Friedland, D. Ioffe, B.
Klartag, G. Kozma, R. Latala, A. Litvak, E. Milman, V. Milman,
E. Mossel, C. Oleszkiewicz, Y. Ostrover, G. Paouris, L.
Pastur, S. Riemer, M. Rudelson, S. Sodin and O. Zeitouni.
 
Additional information may be found on the following websites
(corresponding to the workshop and conference, respectively):
 <http://www.technion.ac.il/~shahar/workshop/>
 <http://www.technion.ac.il/~shahar/interaction/>
 
Below is a short description of the workshop and its aims:
 
The main aim of the workshop / conference is to promote
connections and interaction between the fields of Asymptotic
Geometric Analysis and Mathematical Physics. It is not
surprising that various natural connections exist between
these two disciplines, as convexity (of a Hamiltonian,
interaction between particles, etc..) has always played a
central role in the analysis of spectral, ergodic and other
properties of equilibrium and non-equilibrium physical
systems.
 
As one of many examples, we mention the classical
Brascamp-Lieb analytic inequality, a fundamental tool in
Statistical Physics, which as it turns out is equivalent to
the geometric Brunn-Minkowski inequality from the realm of
Convexity. A more recent example is the study of Random
Matrices, which spans a variety of fields (such as
Probability, Convex Geometry, Empirical Process,
Combinatorics, etc...).
 
Despite the mutual use of tools from one discipline by the
other community, it is only recently that a genuine dialogue
has began between these two communities, and one of our main
aims is to strengthen this interaction in the hope of forming
a long-lasting collaboration. As examples of recent directions
which are relevant for both communities and which will be
presented in the workshop / conference we mention the
quantitative (non-asymptotic) theory of Random Matrices,
Analysis of Spin Systems by Spectral and Geometric tools, the
connection to log-concave measures and the distribution of
volume on convex bodies, geometric inequalities and
concentration of measure on various spaces.
 
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Technion Math. Net (TECHMATH)
Editor: Michael Cwikel   <techm@math.technion.ac.il> 
Announcement from: Emanuel Milman   <emanuel.milman@gmail.com>