Participant Testimonials

May 06 - May 11, 2012

The workshop was an excellent opportunity to get more familiar with recent developments in my research area as well as with new interactions with other areas. It was an occasion to meet researchers from other areas that I did not know yet or that I just met once so far (at the meeting at BIRS in 2010) and to learn more about their work. I appreciated the fact that the workshop had a well defined focus, and I found that the average level of the talks was unusually high, both regarding contents and exposition.

Lidia Angeleri Huegel Dipartimento di Informatica - Settore di Matematica, Universita degli Studi di Verona

During this workshop, we have lots of interesting talks. Moreover, I talked to some colleagues, and the discussion helps me to solve a particular problem in my research. In the same time, I have the opportunity to ask problems to top researchers, like Professor Ringel and Krause, and so on.

Xiao-Wu Chen Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences, USTC Hefei

The subject of the workshop were links between representation theory, singularity theory and non-commutative algebraic geometry. The talks were especially chosen to relate at least two of these subjects. My own expertise is in singularity theory. I learned a lot about new connections, in particular to non-commutative algebraic geometry. This is a subject which I am not familiar with. I got useful insights into this subject and my attention was drawn to relations which I was not aware of. I found particularly interesting a talk of Kazushi Ueda where he gave an general picture of mirror symmetry throwing also a new light on my joint work with David Ploog. Important for my current research was also the fact that I met my coworker Atsushi Takahashi (Osaka) among the participants and we had the opportunity to discuss our ongoing research. I benefitted very much from the workshop and I hope that there will be another workshop of this kind in two years.

Wolfgang Ebeling Institut für Algebraische Geometrie, Leibniz Universität Hannover

The workshop was, like the years before, an excellent selection of talks from algebra and algebraic geometry. My private opinion was, that the workshop covered many new developments, that I took a lot of profit from, and also gave some introduction into recent important developments. In particular, the talks of Ragnar Buchweitz I should mention here. I hope that series will proceed and we can meet again in two years at this excellent place.

Lutz Hille Mathematisches Institut, University Münster

The workshop was very stimulating. I have learned many new ideas from people in various research fields. During the workshop, I was able to find a possible interactive project with people in another research field. I hope it will work!

Izuru Mori Department of Mathematics, Shizuoka University

This was my first experience as a participant of a workshop in BIRS. I met new people and talked to some well known figure (that I didn't really talked to previously) in my area. As a postdoctoral fellow, I even found some opportunities to extend my postdoc. for next year. The organizers gave me the opportunity to give a talk. I had some very constructive comments related to it. They will be useful in my current and future works.

Charles Paquette Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Brunswick