Groups, graphs and stochastic processes (11w5141)


(Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics)

Balint Virag (University of Toronto)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Groups, graphs and stochastic processes" workshop from June 19th to June 24th, 2011.

Studying the asymptotic behavior of large finite networks with few edges is important in many fields, including physics and computer science. The local theory (what do I see from a node in my network) seems to be connected to ergodic theory via group actions in manifold ways. Often, the methods employed are probabilistic in nature. In particular, percolation and random walks come into the game. This field is not yet established in a strong way, but there are already a number of exciting results by various people working in different areas of mathematics.
The workshop aims to bring together top experts and young researchers to boost further interaction and make a step towards building a general theory.

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 U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).