### Higher Algebraic and Geometric Structures: Modern Methods in Representation Theory

#### Posted by Alexander Hoffnung

This past October Alistair Savage and I organized a workshop on Category Theoretic Methods in Representation Theory at the University of Ottawa. The event was generously supported by the Fields Institute.

Following the success of the October workshop, Oded Yacobi, Chris Dodd, and I decided to hold another workshop, this time with a focus on researchers who are still very early on in their careers. The Fields Institute has again offered funding and this time will host the event as well.

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming Young Researchers Workshop on Higher Algebraic and Geometric Structures: Modern Methods in Representation Theory to be held May 7-9, 2012 at the Fields Institute in Toronto.

Keep reading below the fold and see the workshop website for more on the content of the workshop, registration information, and applications for financial support.

This three day workshop will bring together young (mainly postdoctoral and graduate student) researchers in representation theory and related fields with a focus on exciting new developments in algebraic and geometric methods.

The meeting will incorporate both a graduate student workshop and a research level conference. The workshop component will consist of a series of three lectures by Ben Webster (Northeastern) explaining S-duality. In addition to these lectures, there will be research talks given by the leading young researchers in representation theory and related fields.

The goals of this workshop are:

- to highlight algebraic-geometric and categorical methods in representation theory which have made important contributions in recent years,
- to learn about the program on S-duality initiated by Braden, Licata, Proudfoot, and Webster,
- to provide an opportunity for young researchers in the field to learn of and present cutting-edge research, and to foster interaction between Canadian and American researchers working in this area.

There will be approximately 12 talks, each 50 minutes in length, spread out over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with ample time in between talks for discussion. Three of these talks will be reserved for Ben Webster’s lectures.

Here is the current list of speakers:

- Ben Cooper (University of Virginia)
- Ben Elias (MIT)
- David Jordan (UT Austin)
- Carl Mautner (Harvard)
- Weiwei Pan (Göttingen) *
- Jaimie Thind (University of Toronto)
- Peter Tingley (MIT) *
- Ben Webster (Northeastern)
- Xinwen Zhu (Harvard) *

(* tentative)

We will be able to provide limited support for some graduate student and postdoc participants. Registration and applications for support will be open soon at the website. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of us if you have any questions.

We hope to see you there!

## Re: Young Researchers Workshop on Higher Algebraic and Geometric Structures: Modern Methods in Representation Theory

I have only briefly looked at the slides

Ben Webster,

Representation theory and a strange duality for symplectic varieties, 2010 (pdf)On slide 80 it says

I have trouble locating the reference that says this in more detail. Is this related to

Tudor Dimofte,

S-duality and mirror symmetry in Chern-Simons theory(talk)Tudor Dimofte, Sergei Gukov,

Chern-Simons Theory and S-duality(arXiv:1106.4550)?