Quasisymmetric Functions (10w5031)


(Cornell University)

(University of Washington)

Richard Stanley (University of Miami)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Quasisymmetric Functions" workshop from November 14 to 19, 2010.

For over a century, symmetric functions have played a major role in
mathematics with applications in algebraic topology, combinatorics,
representation theory, and geometry. Quasisymmetric functions are
extensions of symmetric functions that are becoming of comparable
importance. We propose that the Banff International Research Station
hold a five-day workshop on the theme of "Quasisymmetric Functions"
in hopes of bringing together the various researchers using these
functions in different ways. The goal of this workshop would be to
make further connections between the various aspects of their work, to
foster new developments, and to enhance the common understanding of
the applications.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT).