----------------------------------------------- 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. --------------------------------------------------------- Technion Math. Net (TECHMATH) Editor: Michael Cwikel <techm@math.technion.ac.il> Announcement from: Emanuel Milman <emanuel.milman@gmail.com>