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Testimonials: The Community in Support of CMO/BIRS

Sep 03 - Sep 08, 2017

I would like to report that our workshop was running very successfully. Many participants including me think that this is the most productive workshop ever. We invited excellent speakers with a good variety in terms of research areas, ages and nations. Everybody learned a lot of new things and got many new ideas. Some research collaborations were created during the workshop. We were also having a very pleasant time in Oaxaca, talking, eating, and staying together in five days. I think Oaxaca is an ideal place for holding research workshops, which is an interesting city without too many distractions. All participants are very grateful for CMO accommodating our workshop.

Jiguo Cao Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University

The Workshops held in CMO have been very fruitful to me. The discussion and debates about recent developments and open problems in the analysis of functional data were very interesting. As a result, I found many possible ideas that could impact my current and future research lines.

Carolina Euan Ph.D
Statistics, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Excellent workshop! Definitely a must for anyone interested in strong theoretical foundations with applications to real and complex datasets by means of efficient computational tools. Of course, the new light in my research have not been possible without the clear presentations of my new colleagues. Meeting one of the founders of functional data analysis and celebrating his birthday was also very emotive for me. No words can express that emotion. This workshop has definitely marked a career path in my research. I am completely grateful to the organizers!

Francisco Mendoza PhD
UNAM National Autonomous University of Mexico

There is currently a large, but unnatural chasm between statistics and applied math. As an applied mathematician this workshop was invaluable for learning what is going on in a crucial area of statistics. I learned so many valuable techniques that I can put into effect almost immediately.

Paul Tupper Professor
Mathematics, Simon Fraser University
Aug 27 - Sep 01, 2017

This workshop was great. We got to discuss different tools for state-space models, met people using different tools for relatively similar problems. I have already started to try some new tools with the help of some of the participants. I believe that many new avenues of collaboration have been established.

Juan Morales Dr.
Ecology, Universidad Nacional del Comahue
Aug 20 - Aug 25, 2017

My participation in the workshop has been a real impact in my current research. I have had the opportunity to continue with work that I started approximately one year before during a research visit of one of the participants of the workshop in my University... that was so nice!!!. Also I created new connections related with my current research. Moreover, I really enjoyed the workshop. Thanks a lot to the organizers Eugenia, Dimitri and Egon for inviting me.

Gabriela Araujo-Pardo Mathematics Institute Campus Juriquilla, UNAM

The workshop turned out to be a great academic experience. The organizers did a fantastic job. A well balanced schedule of 30m talks with working time in small groups on various problems proposed and chosen during the first day. The outcome was that we learned a lot about different ways of thinking coming from various backgrounds. For students and young researchers it was stimulating and fruitful in the sense that they got to know many mathematicians in working-mode. Personally, I enjoyed it immensely and left with new problems and insights, and very optimistic for the future of the young mathematicians in the field.

Javier Bracho Instituto de Matematicas, UNAM

During the workshop several open questions were posed. I discussed some of them with other participants, particularly those questions that are closer with my recent research. It was useful to me to see that other people are interested in these topics, and I learned about their intentions of making progress on them. In the future it will be easier to me to find people with whom to collaborate in such topics. On the other hand, I joined a research group on a topic that is new to me, and while doing so I learned a lot about it. This was a good opportunity to attack a problem in a complete new topic for me, surrounded by people that know better that topic and were able to guide me through it. This workshop was also very good for my PhD student. He had the opportunity to talk to leaders of the area about his PhD problem. Moreover, he had a great experience on attacking a problem together with well-known researchers from other parts of the world. I hope that this will be very helpful when looking for a post-doctoral fellowship for him when he finishes his PhD.

Daniel Pellicer Prof
Centro de Ciencias Matematicas, Morelia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

I have new contacts and possibly new collaboration.

Hendrik van Maldeghem Department of Mathematics, Ghent University
Aug 13 - Aug 18, 2017

This workshop has opened my eyes on the ongoing interests in atomic and condensed matter physics in solving numerically, real time propagation of the Dirac equation, laser interactions involving the singular Coulomb potential, and gauge-invariant method of solving synthetic gauge problems. Since I am currently developing methods of removing the Coulomb singularity from path-integral-Monte-Carlo simulations, this gives me further impetus for developing Coulomb algorithms for solving real-time propagation problems. This workshop has inspired me to develop splitting spectral methods for solving synthetic gauge problems, which are of increasing importance in many sub-fields of physics. Rarely have I gained so many new ideas in a single workshop and get to know so many others that I can potentially collaborate.

Siu Chin Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University
Aug 06 - Aug 11, 2017

I have attended many workshops at BIRS. The Thirty Years of Floer Theory for 3-Manifolds workshop was my first trip to CMO. The logistics were very smooth. The scientific content of the workshop and workshop schedule were outstanding. There were many stimulating talks as well as two of the best problem sessions I have attended in years. The schedule provided the right mix between informal interaction time and formal presentations. To me good problems (interesting, open and with a reasonable chance to make progress) are some of the most valuable tools for generating research. There is a positive feedback effect where a good problem naturally leads to other good problems. The problem sessions generated a list of more than 30 problems. Very few were old stand-by questions that were well known. I think the concentration of researchers in the same area and the size of the workshop both contributed to the success of these sessions. I am excited to bring some of these problems back to my university where I have an enthusiastic second year graduate student. The problems will also strengthen my grant proposals this Fall. The list could not have come at a better time for me. Another positive benefit from attending workshops is the interaction with other researchers in the field. I will likely start a new collaborative project with another participant from the workshop last week. Let me make a special thank you to the work that you and your staff do. I spent three years on the directorate at MSRI and so have some idea of the administrative work that takes place in the background. I greatly appreciate all you and your staff do for the mathematical community.

David Auckly Kansas State University

I come back from CMO absolutely inspired. I now have a promising idea to solve a topology problem that I have been working on for 30 years. I could easily take a sabbatical to explore all of the new ideas that I have after these two workshops. These workshops will fuel my research program for the next few years.

David Auckly Kansas State University
Jul 30 - Aug 04, 2017

I recently participated in the CMO workshop "Thirty Years of Floer Theory for 3-Manifolds" and found the experience rewarding professionally. Besides the excellence and breadth of the talks on offer, the schedule permitted lots of time for both networking and work with collaborators.

Steven Boyer Mathematiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
Jun 25 - Jun 30, 2017

Participating in the workshop "Analysis of Dislocation Models for Crystal Defects" was a very positive experience. I had the possibility of presenting my research on this topic and, most importantly, to interact with the other participants and fellow researchers to exchange ideas. The workshop brought together two communities which study the problem using different techniques, so it was very interesting to familiarize a bit with that the others do. I find the BIRS/CMO format successful for interconnecting scientists and to discuss the recent trends of research topics.

Marco Morandotti Dr.
Faculty of Mathematics, Technical University of Munich

The workshop was valuable for me. I had the opportunity to interact with several experts and learn about the latest developments in the Analysis of Dislocations.

Florian Theil Associate Professor
Mathematics, University of Warwick
Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2017

This was one of the most useful conferences that I attended in several years. The choice of the speakers was superb, the general organization was great, and the facility at Oaxaca was fantastic. I want to come there again!

Yuri Latushkin Professor
Mathematics, University of Missouri

The level of the talks were wonderful and for me it was an opportunity to know several reseachers and their contributions. The organization (including hotel, facilities and meals) of the event was fantastic and Oaxaca is a very nice city to visit. Many thanks to Ramon Plaza, Jared Bronski and Peter Miller for the nice meeting! Waiting for the next conference!

Fabio Natali Mathematics, Universidade Estadual de Maringá
Jun 11 - Jun 16, 2017

The meeting was very beneficial for my research. It was a great opportunity to both learn and communicate new ideas, and to create potential new collaborations.

Eli Glasner Mathematics, Tel Aviv University

Workshop like this can really kick-start young mathematician's career. Excellent organization, excellent choice of speakers bringing together experts from several close but separate mathematical areas (in this case set-theory, dynamics, ergodic theory and geometric group theory). As a mathematician working and educating young mathematicians in Mexico I truly appreciate the strength of the mathematical culture CMO brings.

Michael Hrusak Centro de Ciencias Matemáticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

It is a very good idea to have multidisciplinary workshops, like this one. It is a very good opportunity to meet people from other similar areas and learn new stuff. The workshop could potentially have impact in my students when choosing a place for a post doc. It was very useful meeting people working in Mexico.

Jordi Lopez Abad UFR de Mathématiques, Universite Paris 7

The workshop pushed me to think about amplifying my research area. I decided to involve one of my former PhD students to the study of flows on compact spaces.

Michael Tkachenko Prof., Dr.
Matemáticas, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa campus
Jun 04 - Jun 09, 2017

During the conference I had the chance to learn new notions and approaches. The interactions with the other participants have also been very fruitful. It was really useful to get to know a lot of people working on topics related to mine and their research. Moreover from the different interactions I came out also with new concrete ideas for my research that I will develop in the next months.

Giovanni Canepa Institut für mathematik, Universität Zürich

The CMO-BIRS workshop was an outstanding event. It helped me to meet with current collaborators and discuss about the topics of the conference, and it also brought to my attention new ideas, and different approaches for some of the problems I am currently working on. It definitely gave me a fresh insight on the quantization procedure for topological field theories and its connection with derived algebraic geometry and algebraic quantum field theories. As I will be in the job market in the near future, it also helped me to interact with various faculty members, who gave me valuable advice for the upcoming tenure-track hunt. I also had the opportunity to learn different aspects of field theory from a different perspective, and I am very grateful to the organizers for that. I had several fruitful discussions with colleagues from different areas of research and it helped me a lot to have a better understanding of the current state of the field.

Ivan Contreras University of Illinois

This event was a great opportunity to get a finger on the pulse of some of the more interesting new developments in my field. Bringing together a diverse community of researchers, particularly in the relaxed and comfortable environment in which we found ourselves, was a great way to foster informal and unstructured discussions about manifold research topics. I myself was fortunate to have a number of very fruitful interactions with other researchers, including experts in my area, that have really helped clarify some of the trickier points of my current projects.

Vincent Schlegel PhD student
Mathematics, University of Zurich

I was able to give a very short presentation of about my PhD research. One of the attendees - an expert on the subject - commented on some points that he thought were missing, this gave me the chance to discuss with him in more detail and I now have some interesting new ideas for my research (plus, a new contact I wouldn't have made otherwsie). It was also an opportunity to see some people again, and discuss ideas that we already shared for a while. I think I can say we made some progress.

Konstantin Wernli University of Zurich
May 21 - May 26, 2017

The scientific content was excellent, and the organizers did a very good job of scheduling talks by researchers at different levels of seniority.

Matt Gursky Professor
Department of Mathematics , University of Notre-Dame

I really enjoyed my week at Banff. Not only did I hear a number of outstanding lectures, but I was able to catch up with a couple of collaborators of mine to discuss ongoing projects.

Peter Sternberg Mathematics, Indiana University

I really enjoyed my week at Banff. Not only did I hear a number of outstanding lectures, but I was able to catch up with a couple of collaborators of mine to discuss ongoing projects.

Peter Sternberg Mathematics, Indiana University
May 14 - May 19, 2017

The workshop has been great for me, someone who has not studied the subjects discussed very deeply. I was able to learn a lot and get many new ideas which are even helpful for my other projects. And we started a new projects with several other young people.

Hai long Dao Mathematics, University of Kansas

It was a good workshop. I could meet many people who I can do some collaborations in the future. Moreover I could know other research topics and open problems that I can try to solve.

Hernán de Alba Casillas Unidad Académica de Matemáticas, Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas

Thank you for making our workshop at CMO possible. We had a very productive workshop and enjoyed ourselves a lot as well.

Christopher Francisco Department of Mathematics, Oklahoma State University

I had a great time in Oaxaca. One benefit for me was starting a totally unexpected and new project with two of the other participants. It is on a topic I have not really worked on before, but we found a nicecommon ground. It certainly would not have happened without the workshop.

Craig Huneke Mathematics, University of Virginia

From a scientific point of view the workshop was a big success. Progress was made on several interesting and important problems. From a personal perspective, it was also invaluable. As a direct result of the workshop, I am involved in two projects that would certainly never have begun if it were not for the contacts and discussions made possible by the workshop. Many of the participants are people that I do not typically cross paths with, and it was very useful to be able to talk to them (both about the two projects I mentioned and also to gain insights on the broad topics of the workshop).

Juan Migliore Professor
Mathematics, University of Notre Dame

My participation certainly impacted my current research. I was able to start two new collaborations with a mix of people that includes some I have not had an opportunity to work with in the past. We were able to achieve some new results on one project that will hopefully result in a publication. On another project, we achieved additional insights and will continue to work toward new results. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this workshop.

Susan Morey Department of Mathematics, Texas State University

This workshop allowed us to focus on a series of problems in related areas (Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Geometry, Computational Algebra) and covered the state of the art in Ordinary and Symbolic Powers of ideals. The organizers made a list of around 20 problems suggested by the the speakers and the participants. To solve these problems the participants formed teams. I was in a team (together with Susan Morey, Tai Ha, Kuei-Nuan Lin, Enrique Reyes) working on a new class of ideals monomial associated to digraphs (directed graphs) which lead us to start writing a joint paper. As a consequence of the planning of this workshop (few talks, making lists of interesting problems to be discussed in teams), I am sure there will be several new theorems, papers, and new collaborations that will impact the areas of the workshop.

Rafael Villarreal Dr.
Mathematics, Center of Investigations and Advanced Studies IPN
May 07 - May 12, 2017

The workshop was very useful on several fronts. I very much hope to pursue some of the research directions I learned about at the workshop! I certainly learned a lot of things and got many new ideas for projects and directions.

Ana-Maria Castravet Associate Professor
Mathematics, Northeastern University

My current research is in a field parallel to, although not directly related to, toric geometry. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this workshop. From the talks of the participants, many of whom leaders in the field, I got a clear perspective of the subject's scope and methodology. It was indeed a pleasure to listen to geometers coming from outside one's own discipline.

Kee Yuen Lam Professor (Emeritus)
Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia

This was an excellent workshop with great talks and stimulating scientific atmosphere.

Jaroslaw Wisniewski Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics, University of Warsaw
Apr 30 - May 05, 2017

This workshop allowed me to share the state of the knowledge with researchers from all over the world on the subjects I am working on, and to discover modern theories and ideas on the others. The interdisciplinary flavor of this particular workshop increased the opportunity for rich discussions and brings fresh air to my research ideas. Overall, Oaxaca is a very warm and colorful city, the conference venue is peaceful and beautiful and the Angel Inn hotel staff was extraordinarily welcoming.

Lénaïc Chizat PhD Student
Ceremade, Université Paris Dauphine

I am a computer science researcher. Attending BIRS workshops is a great source of inspiration for me. I have a strong belief that exciting new research has great chances to happen at the junction between different domains. By fostering connections between mathematics and computer sciences, by favoring exchanges between researchers in a great environment, BIRS workshops are exactly the place where these cross-domain interactions are likely to happen. I had rich interactions with several colleagues, that are likely to become cooperation projects in a short future. After this workshop, I come back home with a load of new ideas / new directions for the new research group that I am going to create. It had also contacts with young researchers who may apply for a position in this new research group.

Bruno Levy Dr.
ALICE project-team, Inria Lorainne

This workshop was perfectly organized. The place is perfect and well suited to let researchers be in the best conditions to work without any material worries. The place is quiet and propice to mathematical research.

Jean-Michel Loubes Professor
Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse, Université de Toulouse

This was a very interesting workshop which brought together a crowd of researchers which would have not assembled otherwise, I think. Personally, I met new people and have seen a lot of novel ideas. I have no doubt, the workshop brought about many fruitful interactions and eye-opening insights, including for myself.

Jan Obloj Prof
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

This workshop gave me some new insights, especially on how the theory of optimal transport could be related to statistical inference. I think it is a very fruitful workshop, in which I had the opportunity to discuss with people from disciplines outside my field. Those discussions lead to new ideas and thinkings which I haven't realized before.

Jianbo Ye Penn State University
Dec 11 - Dec 16, 2016

I really enjoyed the oportunity to make new contacts, share results. and knowing oaxaca.

NOE Barcenas Centro de Ciencias Matematicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

I was one of the leaders of the Spectral Geometry team, and prior to the workshop I was a bit nervous about whether our team would make progress on our problem and how the team dynamics would work. It turned out to be a wonderful week of stimulating mathematical discussions, close collaboration by our team to produce results, and networking and mentoring among all the participants. Our team is well on our way to producing a publication, and we are currently seeking ways to continue our work together. So the week clearly benefited both my research program and the programs of my teammates, but also served to help me feel connected to a community of women geometers. I can't remember the last time I had such a wonderful time at a mathematics workshop!

Emily Dryden Mathematics, Bucknell University

This excellent workshop afforded me the opportunity to learn about new results, continue an ongoing project, and begin collaboration on a new one.

Chris Kottke Assistant Professor
Mathematics, New College of Florida
Dec 04 - Dec 09, 2016

The workshop was extremely helpful for my research. For one, it was an opportunity to meet former or current collaborators. I have had a discussion with one participant with whom I have an ongoing project and we had the chance to discuss a problem that we are stuck with. To have the opportunity to discuss this in person was very helpful. Secondly, the workshop was an opportunity to learn about new and ongoing research from other colleagues and it was very inspiring in this regard. For instance, one presentation has lead to a new project idea for me that I have used for a PhD project proposal that I submitted yesterday. Finally, I also had the opportunity to discuss with a number of further participants their particular questions that are related to my own research and I have gained new insights into their research in this way too. It was very motivating to see how my research ideas influence other research projects that I was not even aware of.

Vasco Brattka Professor
Department of Computer Science, UniBW Munich

I met new people doing research in topics connected to my interests, but coming from different areas of logics and mathematics in general. This interaction was very interesting and will probably end up in new collaborations. The meeting at CMO-BIRS impacted my current research and gave me new ideas to continue my research.

Santiago Figueira Dr.
Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación and ICC CONICET, Universidad de Buenos Aires

It was really a very good workshop in the area of algorithmic randomness and its interaction with other areas like ergodic theory. Among interesting talks there were enough time to discussions and sessions on open problems. It was pleasant to listen about new results which are very close to my own research as well as about open problems. Some of open problems I consider as important and I will try to solve some of them.

Antonín Kučera professor
Dept. of Theoretical Computer Science, Charles university
Nov 27 - Dec 02, 2016

The workshop enabled to: - Trigger new cooperations with partners in Mexico and in the US - Envisage job positions for one of my postdocs - Have a different look at a problem I have been working on with the perspective of new results

Rachid Guerraoui Professor
Computer Science , Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2016

My discussions with a colleague during the workshop influenced the final form of my last submitted paper. I had also the chance to meet a colleague from US whose work fits perfectly to a project that I am involved in. Future cooperation is planned. A new research idea came up during discussions on the connections of the subject of my talk and point-free topology.

Iosif Petrakis Dr
Mathematics Institute, University of Munich

The meeting and the talks were inspiring, I learned a lot.

Siegfried Rump Prof. Dr.
Mathematics and Computer Science, Hamburg University of Technology

The workshop helped extending my knowledge and obtaining new insights in both of the central areas involved. I met new people which I never had a chance to meet before.

Dieter Spreen Professor
Mathematics, University of Siegen
Nov 06 - Nov 11, 2016

Outstanding program in all respects.

Rodrigo Banuelos Mathematics, Purdue University

The conference site in Oaxaca is a very comfortable hotel, with just the right capacity for a group about 50 people. The conference program was extremely successful. This added to a perfect weather and cuisine made for one of the best conference experiences I have had.

Krzysztof Bogdan Department of Pure and Applied Mathematics, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology

I am very happy and satisfied of my participation to the workshop from many points of view. I had the chance of meeting mathematicians from around the world, with whom I shared subjects of interest. I had also the possibility of seeing some new research in some fields, that even though are not my principle field of study, were nevertheless very interesting. On top of that, I had very pleasent discussions, both scientific and "job oriented".

Claudia Bucur Matematica , Università degli Studi di Milano

The workshop on Stable Processes was very stimulating for me. It gave the opportunity of discussing with Piotr Grazyc and Tomasz Zac on their ongoing work on inversions of diffusions and related subjects. It also allowed me to see the work that is being done in other directions different from those we are working on in Mexico. Specially Bañuelos and Rosinski treated very interesting subjects, as well as Chen with whom I had the occasion of discussing during the workshop. The general ambiance was great and I saw all the participants taking part in many mathematical discussions. I thank you for the various opportunities I have had during this year to attend CMO workshops in probability.

MEMILIA Caballero Instituto de Matemáticas UNAM

The meeting was very friutful to me: - many intersting talks -continuation of current research -New contacts I wouldn't have had otherwise (M.E.Caballero)

Piotr Graczyk professor
Maths, University of Angers

The workshop had a great impact in my research. It allowed me to meet with some of my collaborators and advance in some works in progress, it allowed me also to meet other specialists in the field and enlarging my research network, and to start new projects. In particular, I started a collaboration with a potential postdoc. I participated in the planning of some future meetings either in Mexico or abroad.

Victor Rivero Doctor
Probability and Statistics, CIMAT A.C.

Excellent scientific program. It is too early to talk about new papers, but new ideas and contacts were established. The facilities are great.

Gennady Samorodnitsky School of Operations Research and Information Engr, Cornell University

I really enjoyed my stay at CMO. The area is very beautiful and the conference was very interesting. This was the first time in my scientific life that I attended all talks of the conference! All talks were really interesting and broaden my view at the subject. During the conference I also had several interesting discussions about this part of mathematics I am interested in. Especially fruitful were conversations with professor M.E. Caballero, because it turned out that she is also interested in problems I try to solve. During the month after the conference we continued our discussions using e-mails. I started my talk in Oaxaca expressing my gratitude to all the organizers of this conference.

Tomasz Zak Department of Mathematics, Wroclaw University of Technology
Oct 30 - Nov 04, 2016

I came to this workshop to learn more about "sparse interpolation". It was a good idea since at the end of the week I could start a collaboration with B. Mourrain on showing how this problem could be viewed as a "super resolution" problem for which specialized methods are available and coule be an alternative to Prony's method. We intend to write a paper to develop this idea further.

Jean-Bernard Lasserre LAAS-CNRS and Institute of Mathematics, LAAS-CNRS 7, Toulouse
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2016

This was a great collection of people actively doing interesting work in this area, including some very senior people and an excellent selection of very creative young people. It was a privilege to hear about so many recent results from the authors and to get such a good overview of where the field is.

Nina Amenta Computer Science, University of California

It was a great meeting, we had great lectures of rather fresh exciting results. The environment was friendly and good conversations and discussions arose. I myself started some interesting discussions with 2 people that could lead to new research. Last, but not least, Oaxaca, CMO, and their staff were wonderful to us.

Jesus De Loera Professor.
Mathematics, University of California

I am very happy! The Workshop opened in me a rainbow of new ideas. Many of them do not have an immediate application on my research, but surely in the future I will find the bridges. The CMO is a very nice place and I want to say: THANK YOU for giving me the opportunity of participate in the Workshop. Thanks to the Organizing Committee too.

Vinicio Antonio Gómez-Gutiérrez Departamento de Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNAM

This workshop was undoubtedly useful for my work. There were some very interesting presentations, the results of which I will try to use in my further studies. I have discussed with the other participants a lot of interesting topics and I hope that the results of these discussions, we will make at least two joint projects.

Oleg Musin Mathematics, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2016

The talks and the environment for discussions were phenomenal, I certainly learned a lot this past week. I kept a list of problems and/or research directions motivated by talks in the workshop, and by the end I had a list over 10 strong! Looking forward to another opportunity to attend a workshop in CMO.

Afonso S. Bandeira Mathematics and Center for Data Science, Courant Institute, NYU

The workshop was fantastic with talks that were of the highest possible quality. The workshop gave me the opportunity to learn more about deep learning and I truly appreciated the healthy scientific discussions concerning recent achievements in this field. There were a lot of young participants, who presented spectacular works and contributed many new ideas. It is just wonderful to belong to a field full of vitality, mostly driven by the new generation.

Emmanuel Candes Applied & Computational Mathematics, Stanford University

The environment provided by CMO-BIRS creates excellent conditions for a creative scientific discourse. The workshop was one of the most inspiring events in a long time.

Thomas Strohmer Department of Mathematics, University of California, Davis
Sep 18 - Sep 23, 2016

One of the best conferences I have been to in the last five years. I learned exciting ideas from analysis that could be of use in dynamics, and I have come back with new projects to work on.

Davoud Cheraghi Dr
Mathematics, Imperial College London
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2016

This workshop gave me the opportunity to showcase my most recent research, which was well-liked by the community. In addition, I was very honoured to attend this event alongside most of the most relevant researchers in my area, and get a fresh perspective on their most recent work. I also shared some of my research problems with several attendees, so it is conceivable that in the long run some new collaborations arise from this workshop.

David Fernández Bretón Postdoc
Mathematics, University of Michigan

The workshop gave me the opportunity to meet experts on my field of research, to discuss about our current works and to share our different point of view in related topics. Certainly, these discussions will lead to new projects and future discussions. It was moreover a great occasion to present my previous work to the mathematical community working in related topics.

Claribet Piña Mathematics, Universidad de los Andes

I found this workshop very useful and stimulating for my research. The workshop was masterfully organized, both in terms of number of talks, choice of topics, and quality of the lectures. It is certainly going to impact my research.

Ulises Ariet Ramos-García Assistant Professor
Centro de Cencias Matemáticas, UNAM
Sep 04 - Sep 09, 2016

I found this workshop to be enjoyable, informative and stimulating. The hotel was comfortable and the staff extremely helpful. The scientific organizers had chosen a nice mix of people. One of my students also attended the meeting, and benefited tremendously from it.

Kaushik Bhattacharya Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Aug 28 - Sep 02, 2016

The workshop was very enlightening, although not directly applicable to my current research field, the problems in crowdsourcing are gaining traction and theoretical applications of network structure to solve or produce HITs and tasks are a possibility in the horizon. My hope is to include ore aspect of network structure as determining of their function, to eventually answer questions that move the inclusion of crowds as black boxes to tools with known potentialities. In this sense, the proposed task compiler for crowds maybe an initial step. Therefore, my participation in this workshop has given me a new understanding of this potential application of control theory approach to networks.

Juan Gonzalo Barajas Ramírez Investigador Titular A
División de Matemáticas Aplicadas, IPICYT
Aug 21 - Aug 26, 2016

Estimados organizadores y organizadoras La experiencia vivida en Oaxaca en el encuentro de Mujeres en Matemáticas en Latinoamérica ha sido realmente de gran impacto para mí y ya estoy comenzando a volcar lo aprendido en mi país. Siempre me interesé y me ocupé en mis trabajos por la dimensión de género, pero lo hice sola, y sin darle tanto de mi tiempo ni de mi esfuerzo. El conocer con cifras objetivas, y también a través de experiencias subjetivas, la situación en Latinoamérica, me ha ayudado a tomar conciencia más profunda de esta problemática y tomo como compromiso a partir de ahora, trabajar mas arduamente por la inclusión y desarrollo de la dimensión de género en las actividades que realizo profesionalmente y también a través de la Sociedad Matemática Paraguaya. Muchas gracias por apoyar esta clase de encuentros y muchas gracias por invitarme. Nos falta conquistar a la mitad de la población

Gabriela Gomez Pasquali OMAPA (Organización Multidisciplinaria de Apoyo a Profesores y Alumnos)

Thanks to CMO-BIRS and the organizers for the great atmosphere for scientific interactions. I got to make several new contacts I wouldn't have made otherwise, and also caught up with colleagues I hadn't interacted with for a while.

Cecilia Gonzalez-Tokman The University of Queensland

Me pareció un excelente evento, desconocía varios de los temas que se trataron y realmente me llamó mucho la atención todo. Un excelente trato por parte de todos los participantes y organizadores y me inspiraron a seguir leyendo sobre esos temas e indagar por nuevos.

Guadalupe Martínez Ruíz Estudiante de la Lic en Matemáticas Aplicadas
Universidad del Istmo Campus Tehuantepec

The workshop was very insightful since I was able to learn a lot about gender issues in mathematics, also by listening to the experiences of the other participants of the workshop. I intend to apply many things I learned in my home university and in my country, in order to help in the promotion of women in mathematics.

Carolina Neira Departamento de Matematicas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Thank you to the organizers of this workshop. I was happy to learn a bit about the career of many established women in mathematics, information I hope to use as a guide now that I am in the job market while about to finish my first postdoctoral position. Moreover, I had the opportunity to hear about research and travel grants for latino-american women, that I will possibly apply for. And I was excited to hear about the work of several participants of the conference, whose research interests and/or outreach activities overlap mine.

Sofía Ortega Castillo Matemáticas Básicas, CIMAT

CMO-BIRS workshop has a very positive impact on my life. It marks the beginning of a new phase in my personal development. I have learned a lot about barriers to gender equality all over the world and, in particular, in Latin American countries. During the workshop we discussed about the complex challenges our society face and consequently, makes me think about many things we can do in Argentina. As my students are also interested in gender equality, I hope we can do a good work in our university. The workshop has given me the opportunity of knowing very interesting women. I have many new contacts and Facebook friends. In my research area as mathematician, the exchange of ideas and information with women from different countries was very fruitful. In particular, I will intend to work in collaboration with Victoria Hernandez from Cuba. We will study wave propagation in plate structures with finite element methods. I am very grateful to CMO-BIRS for giving the opportunity to participate in this women meeting.

Victoria Vampa Departamento de Ciencias Básicas. Facultad de Ingeniería. , Universidad Nacional de La Plata

I would like to thank you for this beauty conference and I really liked it a lot. The level of the presentation was very good, the womans were amazing prepared and it was nice to see this intercontinental and international cooperation of womans in math. It was a pleasure for me to meet these ladies, also to see the organisation site of the conference and meet new mathematicions but also friends.

María Zdímalová Department of Mathematics and Descriptive Geometry, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
Aug 14 - Aug 19, 2016

The workshop was an opportunity to meet leading researches in the field. It is and going to be very beneficial for my research and the research of my students.

Alexei Davydov Mathematics, Ohio University

Our workshop on modular categories brought together most of the major figures working on the subject today. They were drawn from a wide variety of mathematical subfields so many different perspectives on the current trends in this research area were presented. My time at CMO was very productive; I personally was able to resolve some questions relevant to my current research, and I learned about some new possibilities for applications to ongoing work on some classification problems.

Henry Tucker Postdoctoral Fellow
Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

This conference was very engaging. I can tell that the organizers made a great effort to make sure that each member of the wide audience gained something from many of the talks. For instance, there were a good number of "Introduction to..." talks as well as a nice distribution of lecture topics at the conference. The research talks were also very interesting and I gained much from the conversations with participants between talks. Moreover, the facilities and location are absolutely fantastic-- the staff is friendly and resourceful and Oaxaca is lovely. I really enjoyed the organized tour to Mitla during the Wednesday afternoon break. In short, I learned a significant amount of mathematics, met (and re-met) a great group of mathematicians, and would definitely go to the next one if there is an opportunity to do so.

Chelsea Walton Department of Mathematics, Temple University
Aug 07 - Aug 12, 2016

I have gained a lot from the communications with all the attendees. I like the arrangement of the talks. The participants have lots of time for questions and lots of break time for discussion. I have learnt many new things and specially have new ideas for some problems. Hope to have some joint papers with some of the participants.

Falai Chen Professor
Mathematics, University of Science and Technology of China

I had a great time at the CMO-BIRS event of last week. The workshop was very well organized, a lot of people I have common interests with, a lot of discussions, definitely new collaborations have started there as well as continuing academic connections. I am definitely looking forward to the next time I get an invitation to one of these events!

Carlos D'Andrea Mathematics and Informatics, University of Barcelona

This workshop was interesting because there was a mix of different communities, so I find that all participants learned something new. I think it was particularly helpful for young participants, but I also got interesting insight that I expect will help me end a current project which still misses some proofs. The organizers did an excellent job.

Alicia Dickenstein Mathematics, FCEN, University of Buenos Aires

The workshop was very good for getting up to date with the main results in the area. It was helpful to meet potential future collaborators in person.

Eliana Duarte Mathematics, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaig

The workshop was well-organized and efficiently run. I met many researchers whom I did not formerly know, and learned a lot about new topics. I was also able to discuss current research interests with many colleagues and gain new insights on problems that I have been working on for a long time. Overall, this was an extremely beneficial, productive, and enjoyable workshop.

Rida Farouki Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC Davis

I really enjoyed the workshop: - the talks were well prepared, clear and interesting, - they covered a large scope from effective algebraic geometry to computer aided design an engineering, - we had nice discussions in a splendid place, - with another participant, we decided to start a new research project, - another participant will visit my place next year, - I was happy to meet several Mexican mathematicians.

Andre Galligo Prof.
Mathematics, University of Nice

The workshop proposes an excellent chance for us to communicate our recent progress. Based on the discussions, we make some important improvements on our topic. I also glad to meet some famous expert in the workshop.

Liyong Shen Chinese Academy of Science

The workshop was a learning experience from a different field, allowing me to discover how concepts familiar in my area are addressed in algebraic geometry.

Jorg Peters CISE, University of Florida

This workshop offered me the opportunity to meet researchers that I already knew and discuss with them about open issues related to my ongoing research projects. It also gave me the opportunity to know new members of the scientific community and have with them fruitful exchanges of ideas.

Lucia Romani Department of Mathematics and its Applications, University of Milano-Bicocca
Jul 31 - Aug 05, 2016

It was a wonderful workshop with very well selected researchers in this field. I really enjoyed all talks and scientific discussion. I am particularly happy as I could have intensive discussion with some researchers whom I knew only by their papers. The participation impacted my current research in a very good sense. I learned many new mathematical techniques, some of which will be readily applied to one of my current research. The size of workshop (number of people) was also quite good to have active discussion. I am very grateful to the organizers for this wonderful workshop.

Joe Yuichiro Wakano Meiji Institute for Advanced Study of Mathematical Sciences (MIMS), Meiji University
Jun 26 - Jul 01, 2016

My participation in the CMO-BIRS workshop 'Random Structures in High Dimensions' had a tangible impact on my current research. Thanks particularly to discussions with some of the other participants, I gained new insight that resulted in the start of a new research project.

Federico Camia New York University Abu Dhabi

It was a beautiful workshop. There were relatively wide ranges of lectures and I could update recent developments in the research fields. I could discuss my on-going joint work with my collaborator during the workshop. Besides, I could discuss possible future collaborations with participants. It was also very nice to meet strong young mathematicians during the workshop. I appreciate CMO-BIRS staffs for their nice organization and thank organizers for their beautiful scientific arrangements.

Takashi Kumagai Professor
Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University, RIMS Kyoto
Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2016

Lovely venue, lots of social fellowship at the dinners. A very good place to make new friends and explore one-to-one discussions of the future of our subject. Great trips to the surrounding countryside. Very full schedule of talks. I learned a lot and feel that I also contributed to the subject in our very open, friendly wide ranging discussions. This was a great set of people, from quite a wide variety of topics. The first day was all Bose-Einstein Condensation. The second day was on nonlocal nonlinear gradient flows modelling the spread of locusts, the evolution of crime wave, social behaviour, some swarming. You get the picture and you have the agenda. The point is that everyone went the extra miles needed to communicate their stories and a real sense of camaraderie and mutual respect emerged. I could see that my planned talk was not in line with the first few days, so on the fourth day I gave a completely new talk based on my discussions during the first two days with my new friends about what they thought were the new directions in their fields. Fortunately, I had some background for this new endeavour and my talk went OK. In any case, I was inspired by the spirit of communication and friendship which kept emerging throughout this workshop. Very rare, in my experience, to find such a simpatico group of people at a workshop, so that even though the topics were quite varied the workshop did not break into isolated factions.

Darryl Holm Professor
Mathematics, Imperial College London

Thank you very much for this event. I was a fruitful experience. I got a fresh insight and now i have new ideas for my research work! A very beautiful event!

Sadoth Sandoval Torres Professor
Chemical Engineering, Instituto Politécnico Nacional - CIIDIR Oaxaca
Jun 12 - Jun 17, 2016

The conference gave me an overall view of new developments in this field, helped me see things in a new way and gave potential ideas for thesis projects for my students.

Richard Montgomery Mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Thank you again for invitation and for wonderful organization. Discussions after my talk with my old partner B A Khesin opened new perspectives in my research.

Claude Roger Institut Camille Jordan, Universite Claude Bernard ( Lyon 1)
Jun 05 - Jun 10, 2016

One of the best workshops that I have attended so far. It brought together many of the world's leading senior galaxy formation theorists, in addition to promising young researchers and a few observers to "keep us honest." One of the best aspects was the large amount of discussion, both during the ample time allocated specifically for discussion and during the talks. The workshop was characterized by intense yet polite debate about many pressing issues. The discourse was quite technical at times (regarding e.g. concerns about numerical resolution of hydrodynamical simulations); for me, this technical discussion was highly informative. There were also very interesting "philosophical" conversations that caused me to step back and think more deeply about the way in which I do science. I found the skeptical nature of the discussion very refreshing, and it was a welcome change from the typical mode of simulation results being presented and received uncritically. I came away with a deeper, more nuanced understanding about galaxy formation simulations and an awareness of potential problems that I need to think about further. The workshop venue lends itself well to informal discussions over meals, during the tour of Monte Albán and sometimes late into the evening. These were enriching and beneficial in a general sense. Moreover, these interactions sparked a new research project: I am now working with one of the other participants to compare the results of my hydrodynamical simulations with his observations. Although he is already a collaborator, this particular project would likely not have been initiated had we not spent time together at the CMO-BIRS workshop. Overall, I commend the organizers for their excellent workshop!

Chris Hayward Moore Prize Postdoctoral Scholar in Theoretical Astrophysics
TAPIR, California Institute of Technology

1) The workshop was extremely helpful for my research. As an observer, I do not have many opportunities to speak with the leading simulators in the field. The workshop provided the perfect opportunity to do this. I am now actively working on new projects as a result of this conference. 2) In addition, I felt that the size of the workshop, and the several discussions that were initiated between talks was ideal to maximize scientific input.

Julie Hlavacek-larrondo Physics, Université de Montréal

The workshop was a fantastic experience. The setting and format were perfect for a targeted scientific workshop with ample time for both presentations of new results and discussion of challenges our field faces. The particular focus on stellar and Active Galactic Nuclei feedback is one such challenge and having key world experts and young researchers in this area in the environment of BIRS was very productive.

Andrey Kravtsov Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago

This was an excellent in every aspects. I had a very productive time and learnt a lot. The location and the food were great.

Nicolas Lehner Physics, University of Notre Dame
May 29 - Jun 03, 2016

The workshop was incredibly well-organized; I learned a lot about current directions concerning research on Dirichlet-to-Neumann maps and Steklov eigenvalues.

Fritz Gesztesy Mathematics, University of Missouri

Not only was the conference location amazing, both from the cultural and convenience point of view, but also this conference was a great occasion to discover new aspects of inverse problems that are related to spectral geometry. This was certainly one of the best events that I attended.

Alexander Girouard Département de mathématiques et de statistique, Universite Laval

The workshop presented a very interesting combination of topics and experts, and I learned several new things. The CMO workshops are a very welcome addition to the excellent tradition of BIRS conferences.

May 22 - May 27, 2016

As the previous related workshop in Banff, the workshop was very inspiring and valuable. I greatly enjoyed it. It was very well organized.

Jan Kallsen Department of Mathematics, University of Kiel

The workshop definitely had an impact on my current research. I had the opportunity to learn the problems in the area which my colleagues are studying. At the same time, new collaborations originated from my interaction with other participants.

Sergio Pulido ENSIIE ÉVRY

It was a great opportunity to witness in just one event the most important subjects under recent research in the field. Directions of the field in the short run were clearly presented. At the same time, it was nice to discuss with experts on our current research.

Erick Treviño Aguilar Universidad de Guanajuato
May 15 - May 20, 2016

First of all I would like to sincerely thank CMO-BIRS team for all they have done for the “Black Holes' New Horizons” workshop. It was a very nice and stimulating workshop for me. We have fruitfully discussed frontier topics in black hole science, gaining new insights into the subject. The workshop has greatly motivated me to think about both new collaborations and new research projects. The warm and friendly atmosphere provided by the organizers and CMO-BIRS team enabled us to establish new contacts with participants from different parts of the world. Finally, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Valeri Frolov and Don Page for organizing such a great and successful event.

Alikram Aliev Professor
Electric and Electronics Engineering, Yeni Y ̈uzyıl University

Since my main research field is complex geometry, I found the workshop at CMO very stimulating. In particular, some talks were presented using standard techniques in differential geometry and hence, I don't exclude the possibility of working on some of these topics (from the mathematical point of view) in a near future.

I enjoyed the workshop very much. The enjoyed meeting fellow scientists and exchanging views on Einstein's gravity, the organization was perfect, I was able to use the time for significant progress in my research and I enjoyed the unusual environment at Oaxaca.

Barak Kol Professor, Head of Physics Studies
Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

This was a wonderful workshop for me. I work in string theory. so it was very useful to meet with general relativists and learn about the tools they are currently using. The talks and discussions at BIRS have given me new avenues to explore in my own work on black holes in string theory.

Samir D. Mathur Ohio State U.

The workshop was of considerable value to me, despite being able to attend for only two days because of health issues at home. As one of two observers surrounded by theorists, I was delighted at the clarity of the talks and their quality. Especially enriching were extensive private discussions with Bill Unruh on the classical Coulomb field, Terry Tomboulis on QFT, Ruth Gregory on tunneling and Marco Cavaglia on LIGO, all individuals who I met for the first time at the workshop. Each of the first three discussions were relevant and enlightening in relation to a theoretical problem I have been playing with for several years. It was a privilege to attend and participate, and to consider with experts the deepest problem in the physical sciences. The venue was outstanding.

Jeffrey McClintock Senior Astrophysicist
High Energy Astrophysics Division, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

I want to thank Valeri Frolov and Don Page for the excellent school organization. The event fulfilled my expectations, help me to update my knowledge and let me learn more about the physics of black holes. I could interact with researchers of high prestige in the world as well as learn new research projects and start collaborations with other institutions. Thermodynamics of black holes will be my new research topic. Thanks everybody who made possible this kind of events. Thank you very much for the opportunity

Claudia Moreno Gonzalez Physics, University of Guadalajara

The workshop had a direct impact on my current research. Some of the prominent workers in the field were there and this direct interaction helped clarify a number of issues and thus directly advance my current project. In addition, a visit and a potential new collaboration were arranged. The workshop also provided the opportunity to explore with some of the participants the possibility of another conference on related topics. In addition, meeting for the first time in person some workers in adjacent areas of research was very beneficial and enjoyable. Overall, this workshop proved very fruitful for my current research.

Terry E. Tomboulis UC Distinguihed Professor
Physics and Astronomy, UCLA
May 08 - May 13, 2016

It provided an ideal place for me to follow the latest advances in the field and work with my collaborators.

Dawei Chen Assistant Professor
Mathematics, Boston College

The workshop was wonderful. The quality of the lectures was very high. I thought that four lectures per day was about right. I liked that there were a number of young people giving lectures. I also had ample time to continue a collaboration with one other participant and really delve deeply into another in a collaboration with two others. In fact all three of us felt that we made significant progress on the problem. Overall it was one of the best conferences I have ever gone to in a long career.

Howard Masur Mathematics, University of Chicago

The CMO-BIRS workshop has an important impact on my current research: first I was able to learn new results (not yet published) from colleagues from around the world and second I could meet my collaborators to continue working in our projects and develop new directions. Given that in the conference there was a well-balanced combination of young and senior researchers fresh insight and perspective was a common denominator on my interactions with my colleagues. Moreover, new collaborations originated during the workshop. The location was just perfect and everything went on smoothly.

Ferran Valdez Centro de Ciencias Matematicas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

I loved the workshop. There were several outstanding talks with very original ideas; papers would appear on arXive only in many months, so it was an exceptional opportunity to learn the news long before getting the texts. It was also an opportunity for me to work with several collaborators from other countries in person and not by e-mail or Skype, which is much more efficient. It was also an incredible opportunity to ask certain narrow questions to the experts in the corresponding areas and to give fast and comprehensive explanations. I also used this opportunity to discuss editorial questions and organization of further conferences with my colleagues. The two PhD students of whom I am taking care directly or indirectly seemed to be extremely happy to participate in the conference: they gained a lot from direct contacts with experts.

Anton Zorich Distinguished Professor
UFR de Mathematiques UMR7586, Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7
May 01 - May 06, 2016

The workshop was a really wonderful occasion to get together with several collaborators, and listen to extremely relevant work in the field. The workshop was masterfully organized, both in terms of number of talks, choice of topics, and quality of the lectures. It is certainly going to impact my research. I had the chance to discuss rather new projects with two distinct sets of collaborators.

Renzo Cavalieri Mathematics, Colorado State University

My research has profited a lot from the workshop. I am involved in two projects with coauthors who I had the chance to meet during the workshop. In the first project, we discussed a new idea and then computed most cases of a classification showing up. Both of us were needed in the discussion and in the computations, and it would have been impossible to reach this far by email or skype. Also the second project moved into a new direction where it would not have ended up hadn't we met. The talks gave me new ideas for projects. My Postdoc is likely to apply for a tenure track position at a colleague's place who we met at CMO. The conference was wonderful, very well organized (thanks to the organizers!), with great talks and enough time for discussions. Thank you BIRS!

Hannah Markwig University of Saarland

The workshop was quite valuable for me, and my students, postdocs, and collaborators. In one collaboration, we seem to have solved a significant open problem during our stay in Oaxaca, which will be a significant step forward in our ongoing work together. I also started a new and quite promising project with one of the other organizers. One of my former students received a serious inquiry about a potential permanent job from one of the senior participants, and I identified two interesting junior participants as potential future postdoc hires in the next couple of years.

Nov 15 - Nov 20, 2015

The workshop was very interesting, especially because it allowed the interaction between a lot of people of different backgrounds to join on a very comfortable space.

Hector Hugo Corrales Sanchez Postdoctoral research
Mathematics, Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute

The workshop gave me the opportunity to meet some great experts in a very exciting area, which shared with me their knowledge and some interesting references. I have got some great ideas about the subject, and discovered new connections with other fields of my interest, like matroid theory. I am so grateful to have had such opportunity.

Cristhian Garay Mr.
Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche (IMJ-PRG), Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI (UPMC)

I have already begun two research projects stemming from my participation in the Sandpile Groups workshop. One of these is a large-scale collaboration with about twelve other mathematicians from Canada, the USA and Mexico, on a topic I learned about for the first time at the workshop. The other project combines a long-standing research direction of mine with ideas from an excellent talk given by another participant (M. Chan). I think the workshop was a great success for myself and many other participants, and I am very grateful to the workshop organizers and CMO-BIRS staff for making it possible.

Jeremy Martin Associate Professor
Mathematics, University of Kansas
Nov 08 - Nov 13, 2015

Claudia Cenedese Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

This was a most enjoyable cross-disciplinary meeting. The organisation of the conference and the facilities provided -- accommodation, food, seminar rooms -- were excellent. Furthermore, the size of the meeting was just right, in order to have talks of a good length and still have plenty of time for discussion.

David Hughes Prof
Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds

The meeting was excellent in every regard. Very useful from a scientific point of view, and in a very pleasant environment that fostered in-depth discussion and collaboration. The meeting size of about 35 participants was just about ideal.

Eckart Meiburg Professor
Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara
Nov 01 - Nov 06, 2015

It was a pleasure to participate in a highly inspirational workshop.

Antoine Deza Computing and Software, McMaster University

This workshop gave me an up-close overview of the state of the art in the field. The relaxed setting, small number of participants, as well as the schedule which allowed for lots of interaction allowed me to ask lots of questions and have informative discussions. While I've initiated some discussions with a couple participants, I'm not sure at present whether these discussions would lead to new results.

Bala Krishnamoorthy Mathematics, Washington State University

It was a fruitful and intense workshop, not only did I meet new researchers from the US and Canada, but some that I hadn't met before from my own country. The format of a selected number of participants motivated a more regular, concentrated, and fluent communication on the topics of interest. I hope the research projects discussed with new and old acquaintances in the workshop will results in future successful collaborations.

Edgar Possani Department of Mathematics, ITAM-Mexico

The workshop has been exciting by an expcetional scientific level of all its participants. The choice of the topic and attendants have been great. The two organizers have done a wonderfull job puting together such a number of specialists in Discrete Optimization.

Justo Puerto Estadística e Investigación Operativa, Universidad de Sevilla

I enjoyed the workshop very much. The organization was terrific and the format was very stimulating. I was able to discuss about my research with some colleagues and was given some ideas for improving it. I also learned about some new areas I would be interested to pursue in the future. The contacts I made were very valuable in this sense. I met new people, and shared some laughs too.

Roger Rios Graduate Program in Systems Engineering, UANL

I became aware of many interesting, advanced approaches and results in discrete optimization. I made new contacts promising of fruitful collaboration. Thank you!

David Romero Instituto de Matemáticas, UNAM, IMUNAM

It was a wonderful opportunity to make new contacts with people in related areas of research. During the spare time, I had opportunity to learn about some interesting open problems in computational complexity and approximation algorithms.

Francisco J. Zaragoza Sistemas, UAM Azcapotzalco
Oct 25 - Oct 30, 2015

Excellent for every aspect (workshop venue, quality of the research program, networking opportunities, staff, communication...)! Thanks a lot for supporting such great initiatives!

Carole Bernard Finance, Grenoble Ecole de Management

Very interesting workshop.

Jan Dhaene AFI, Katholieke Universiteit

This was the best workshop that I have attended in many years. In part this was due to the single focus and the limited number of attendees. Moreover, the success is also due to the warm staff at the conference site in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Edward (Jed) Frees Actuarial Science, Risk Managment and Insurance, University of Wisconsin- Madison

Great idea. Great execution. You gather a group of experts from around the world. Bring them to a lovely (and isolated) location for a week and have them present their research work with no distractions -- which then generates quality and detailed feedback from colleagues. You meet to collaborators and are inspired to work on new projects. Indeed, this was time very well spent and I would definitely consider doing this again.

Moshe Milevsky York University

The workshop has been very useful for my research activity. The style was "informal" and hence stimulating contacts among participants. A very successful initiative!

Ermanno Pitacco Professor
DEAMS, University of Trieste

The workshop is superb! I got to meet with and talk to many excellent researchers in the area and this increases the chance of collaboration with them. Thanks very much for making this happen!

Jiaodong Ren Western University
Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2015

Some young colleagues gave very interesting talks. In one case I could Invite a colleague also for our workshop at the Erwin Schrödinger Institute, Vienna.

Friedrich Haslinger Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna

I am very satisfied with having attended this workshop. As a newcomer to harmonic analysis I am very glad to have attended several talks which got me closer to relevant ideas in the area. I also had very productive discussions with Professors Lanzani, Harrington and McNeal about strong and uniform pseudoconvexity in several variables that will help me understand more deeply the same concept in infinite dimensions, specially in the non-smooth setting, as I have been investigating recently. I also had a chance to discuss job prospects with Loredana Lanzani, Jeff McNeal, Sonmez Sahutoglu and Yunus Zeytuncu. Thanks a lot to the organizers, especially Andrew Raich that was always available to help it go smoothly.

Sofía Ortega Castillo Dr.
Matemáticas Básicas, CIMAT

I had great time in Oaxaca. I listened to excellent talks and worked with my collaborators. I learned new techniques and new questions that other mathematicians are trying to answer. I already have multiple project ideas that I am eager to start working on. I will definitely remember this workshop throughout my career.

Yunus Zeytuncu Assistant Professor
Mathematics and Statistics, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Oct 11 - Oct 16, 2015

Thank you to the organizers! It was a really productive workshop. Due to the short time we only obtain some small new results, but we established some collaboration that hopefully will produce even more important results.

Daniela Maftuleac PhD
Computer Science, University of Waterloo

Excellent place to do research as well as learn about Mexican culture and cuisine.

Anil Maheshwari Professor
School of Computer Science, Carleton University
Oct 04 - Oct 09, 2015

My time allowed for substantial collaboration on an on-going project - an opportunity that is very valuable given a distracting daily schedule. Significant advances were achieved that would not have been otherwise.

Matthew Ballard Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics, University of South Carolina

The workshop has brought together people from different areas like representation theory, algebraic geometry (singularities) and matrix factorizations to discuss interactions between these fields. This has been very fruitful. I have learnt a lot about connections of my current research with other recent developments. It was very useful for me to meet my collaborator A.Takahashi to discuss our ongoing projects. There have been some questions arising in our common research which I presented at the end of my talk and where we needed help from experts of the other fields. This stimulated further discussions on these topics and gave me new insight in these problems. I noticed that some people picked up these questions and discussed them during the workshop. This might lead to further progress.

Wolfgang Ebeling Institut für Algebraische Geometrie, Leibniz Universität Hannover

I had a wonderful experience in Oaxaca at CMO! The conference was excellent, the staff were friendly and helpful and the food was delicious! The CMO also offered me an opportunity to forward my research program with current collaborators and discuss new ideas with other researchers. All in all, I had a great time and would definitely love to come again.

David Favero Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Derived Categories
Mathematics, University of Alberta

Wonderful and stimulating workshop.

Rosa-Maria Miro-Roig Prof. Dr.
Facultat de Matemàtiques, University of Barcelona

The theme of the workshop really fits my research area, so I learned a lot, getting new insights from the presentations in the workshop. Some things I have learned are very useful to my ongoing research projects. In addition, it is very stimulating to discuss possible new projects with participants. We strongly hope that we will make some future collaborations from this workshop. I thank the organizers to have invited me for such a wonderful workshop.

Izuru Mori Department of Mathematics, Shizuoka University
Sep 27 - Oct 02, 2015

Knowing that we had a fully organised and funded workshop coming up at CMO-BIRS actually allowed us to form a cohesive collaboration from all the participants even before arriving in Oaxaca. The time together in Oaxaca then meant that the workshop itself gave us the opportunity to make a lot of progress on a large project together. The end result will be a series of nine papers co-authored by all of the attendees, to be submitted within a year of the workshop. The fantastic support of Silvia and her team meant that we could really focus on doing that science rather than spending time and effort ensuring that the workshop ran properly.

Pat Scott Department of Physics, Imperial College
Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2015

It was he first time at CMO-BIRS for me, and it was a great experience! The place was wonderful, to stay, to work and to discuss with colleagues. I had the opportunity to speak with many people and to learn new interesting facts. I also learned that the main problem I was working on had been solved recently… Well, this is not a very nice thing, but it did not depress me, instead it stimulated me to continue to work on the subject.

Andrea Colesanti Professor
Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Florence

This conference was a wonderful! I had an opportunity to speak to many people in my area of research to discuss several problems I am currently working on. The organization of the meeting was perfect. The talks were very interesting. Beautiful place and amazing conference! Many thanks to organizers for inviting me.

Dmitry Ryabogin Kent State University

It was a very good conference with very interesting talks. A big number of young people gave very good talks. The conditions for the conference were very good, the staff at the hotel was extremely helpful, the waiters went out of their way to accommodate us.

Carsten Schuett Mathematics, Christian-Albrechts-Universitaet

I would like to strongly thank you because I really enjoyed my stay at CMO last week. Moreover I found the workshop very interesting and really productive. Altogether, I would love to have the opportunity to be back there in the future!

Jesús Yepes Nicolás Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas
Sep 06 - Sep 11, 2015

I enjoyed my stay at CMO in several ways and found the workshop useful for my future research. I wish to extend a special thank to Florin Diacu, Jaume Llibre and Ernesto Perez-Chavela for their really hard work to give us such an amazing week of maths. Special thanks to all the people behind CMO-BIRS program, this is one of the best activities that I have seen. I hope some day, to give back in a similar way, all the great experiences that I enjoyed during my time in Oaxaca.

John A. Arredondo Garcia Matemáticas e ingenieria, Universidad Konrad Lorenz

We have really enjoyed our stay at CMO, the workshop was a big success, we had the participation of top researchers in our subject. The informal discussions and open problems sessions were great. During our stay at CMO, I have started a couple of new research projects with different participants and almost finished a paper which I have started more than one year ago with another one. I have also benefitted by the fact that two participants arrived one week earlier to México, and other two departed one week later, with this in my University, we have had four excellent visiting professors who contributed with talks and interesting discussions with our students. Personally I have progressed a lot in my research projects with them. Summarizing, I consider that CMO-BIRS is helping in the development of the Mexican Mathematical Society and in the formation and stimulation of our students. I really appreciate the opportunity to organize this workshop.

Ernesto Perez-Chavela Matematicas, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

The workshop was absolutely great! The location was extremely pleasant and the lectures as well as the discussion about open problems were amazingly fruitful. It was for me the starting point of new collaborations as well as of at least two new research projects. It was an excellent conference with many interesting talks, and is an excellent opportunity for experts to communicate with each other. The atmosphere for top research was outstanding. Almost everybody was impressed by the organization and helpfulness of the staff and by the quality of meals.

Alessandro Portaluri Assistant Professor
Università degli Studi di Torino

The conference was very well organized. The registration process, the accommodation, and the food was first class. It was nice to see that my prior work was referenced by several speakers. The contact with these speakers has encouraged me to continue working on the N-body problem despite the fact that I am retired. It appears that interest in celestial mechanics has diminished in the USA, but it was encouraging to see that around the world there are still vigorous research groups in this area.

Dieter Schmidt Computer Science, University of Cincinnati

My current research was impacted after I attended the CMO-BIRS workshop. A new project will start soon. I will recruit an undergraduate as research assistant to work on one problem that I learnt from the workshop. There is something new I can ask my student to investigate. I will collaborate with other professors to test whether our variational method with SPBC can be used to study Vortex problem. The CMO-BIRS workshop is the most fruitful conference I ever attended.

Zhifu Xie Professor
Department of Mathematics and Economics, Virginia State University
Aug 30 - Sep 04, 2015

The workshop organization, schedule, hospitality and accommodation were all first class. Thank you to all our hosts from Casa Matemática Oaxaca! The workshop's main scientific topic was well defined and clearly communicated to all workshop participants. For me personally our work in plenary sessions and in groups was an excellent learning experience. At the same time, with their choice of plenary speakers, the workshop organizers were able to introduce an array of research outcomes, ideas and activities that enhanced everyone's experience beyond the workshop's principal focus. Still, I think that the best part of the workshop were its participants. I would like to congratulate the workshop organizers on their choice of the scholars and practitioners who they invited to take part in the workshop. A diverse, but very communicative and knowledgeable group of math teachers, math education researchers, in addition to a few community members and administrators, all came together to learn and share their experiences on the topic of "Concept Study".

Veselin Jungic Teaching Professor
Mathematics, Simon Fraser University

My participation in the CMO-BIRS workshop will impact my current research, in the sense that I will expand it including the idea of Concept Study. There are new collaborations with colleagues; we started writing a short paper with the ideas that emerged during the workshop. The Concept Study idea will impact in my students, future mathematics teachers. This concept will help the to better grasp how a mathematics concept evolve through the school levels; something that they need to be aware as future teachers.

Cesar Martínez-Hernández Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Colima

My participation in the CMO-BIRS workshop impact in my current research related to Wejën Kajën in Mathematics Education, a point of view that I develop from indigenous cultures (in particular Ayuujk culture in which one I come from). So, I have some new contacts and I hope to start new collaborations or papers. Thank you.

Xaab Nop Vargas Vásquez Researcher
President, Wejën Kajën Indigenous Research Institute International A.C

As a result of the workshop Concept Study - Profound Understanding of Teachers' Mathematics, I was able to make connections with people involved in Mathematics Education, mostly in Mexico. I have been working in collaboration with the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, UPN, (México) in projects related to mathematics teacher education. This workshop was just one step further in these collaborations which so far include the proceedings of a previous meeting, an edited book, and co-supervising students. From this workshop we will produce a proceeding compiling the insights of several groups that focused on different mathematical concepts essential for education, including: geometry, number systems, and equality. Such explorations were enhanced by perspectives of aboriginal scholars from Canada, US and Mexico. As a result, we are considering a new venue of research regarding aboriginal mathematical knowledge and its impact on mathematics and mathematics education. Prospective PhD students showed interest in conducting research in this topic. Beyond my own benefit from this workshop, other people established connections that I am sure will afford benefits for mathematics teachers and students in Mexico. For instance, a group of young Mexican mathematicians who have a Cátedra CONACYT project in education had the opportunity to meet a network of teachers interested in working with mathematicians. Professors from the UPN established contact with other mathematics educators from universities across Mexico and Canada, including states universities of Yucatán, Zacatecas and Querétaro, as well as UBC, SFU and UofC in Canada.

Paulino Preciado Assistant Professor
Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary
Aug 23 - Aug 28, 2015

The program was extremely interesting and the conference was a great success! The organizers were very generous and they invited not only me, but also three of my students. One of these three students just graduated but he is in the job market and I hope he will be benefited by meeting people in the field and having the opportunity to give a talk. The other two students are in the start of their career (beginning of their 3rd year in the graduate school) so they heard very interesting mathematics from which they will pick problems to work on. I am very grateful to the organizers for inviting me and my students!

George Androulakis Department of Mathematics, University of South Carolina

Excellent meeting! I enjoyed both the scientific program and the quality of the talks and the beautiful location.

Uwe Franz Département de mathématiques de Besançon, University of Franche-Comte
Aug 09 - Aug 14, 2015

The CMO-BIRS workshop has been quite fruitful to my research. I had new ideas and insight on problems I was interested in and I initiated new research with at least one colleague.

Laurent Baratchart Dr
Project APICS, INRIA Sophia Antipolis

From the many interesting talks I heard, I got inspiration to try to solve new problems.

Christian Berg Professor emeritus
Mathematical Sciences, University of Copenhagen

I certainly enjoyed my stay at CMO in Oaxaca. I found the workshop very useful and stimulating.

Abdon Eddy Choque Rivero Instituto de Fisica y Matematicas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo

I had ideas from the talks. I am currently working on a certain class of bivariate orthogonal polynomials. Many lectures were on multiple orthogonal polynomials so I got the idea of trying to extend my work to multiple orthogonal polynomials and I obtained some preliminary results during the meeting. Also talking about my research made me think more about the conceptual aspects of it and this also gave more ideas. I had very productive discussions with Luc Vinet and he was very helpful.

Mourad Ismail Mathematics, University of Central Florida and King Saud University

The workshop gave me the opportunity to interact with leading mathematicians in the field, discuss questions of interest, clarify ideas and inform myself of up to date research. I think it was a great opportunity to take part of it.

Guillermo Lopez Lagomasino Matematicas, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

It was a privilege to take part in this workshop - I certainly learned a great deal about multiple orthogonal polynomials. In particular, I have begun to work on one of the conjectures posed in one of the talks at the workshop.

Doron Lubinsky School of Mathematics, Georgia Institute of Technology
Aug 02 - Aug 07, 2015

As a post-doc, I found this workshop very helpful. I was able to meet a number of important people in the field, get a sense of what is going on across a number of viral dynamics and cancer areas, and deepen my understanding of my own projects.

Andrew Brouwer Epidemiology, University of Michigan

Participating in the viral dynamics CMO-BIRS workshop has given me the opportunity to interact with leading experts in the modeling of Oncogenic and Oncolytic viruses. After the meeting I look forward to dig deeper into virus dynamics using both theoretical and data driven models.

Marcos A. Capistrán Dr.
mathematics, CIMAT Guanajuato

To be at a 5 day CMO-BIRS workshop was an excellent opportunity to be at the cutting edge of scientific advancement of modeling of cancer and virus dynamics. This CMO-BIRS workshop provided me full exposure to a very interesting topic where applied mathematicians and physicians can collaborate to push the scientific advancement of cancer treatment. During my participation, I made new contacts and envision new research projects. Overall, CMO-BIRS is an excellent effort that should be encouraged in the long run, i.e. more than one workshop on the same topic.

José Martín Méndez González Apllied Mathematics, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT)
Jul 26 - Jul 31, 2015

I knew about half the participants, but it was good to meet the others, especially younger people. The variety of models and approaches discussed was impressive. It was also good to have the opportunity to work closely with one of my regular coauthors, who presented some of our joint work.

Steven Brams Professor
Politics, New York Universty

The workshop was excellent. The discussion was at a high level and I met some really interesting new people. I even had one of those moments where I emailed my research assistant to stop what he was doing until I got back as a result of a paper I heard by someone from Mexico City.

Stanley Winer School of Public Policy and Dept. of Economics, Carleton University
Jul 19 - Jul 24, 2015

My stay in CMO last week was very useful because calculations of free energy are not an easy thing to perform. Currently I am working on the numerical simulation and modelling of molecular systems which have organic compounds and are very complex. Additionally they undergo processes which make molecular dynamics simulations very limited in the sense that only metastable states can be achieved. Several talks at Oaxaca addressed these kinds of problems and opened new routes for me to learn more about the systems under study at Instituto de Matemáticas, Unidad Cuernavaca.

Luis Javier Alvarez UNAM

I have attended several lectures which were of direct interest for my work. I will in particular try out one of the techniques I learned during one of the mathematical presentations from this week on my favorite problems of interest as soon as I come back to work. There were also other lectures, more on the applied side, which raised interesting mathematical questions which I will consider solving/proving.

Gabriel Stoltz CERMICS, Ecole des Ponts
Jul 12 - Jul 17, 2015

This was a very-well organized meeting. By listening to talks of experts and conversing with colleagues I have learned a lot and have corrected/expanded my points of view toward the subjects. Being supplied with enough time for discussions with collaborators made the meeting more attractive.

Byunghan Kim Mathematics, Yonsei University
Jul 05 - Jul 10, 2015

I just wanted to thank Jose Antonio, Hyung-Ju, Reinhard and Bernt for this wonderful workshop. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, the place and the talks. I got a lot of new ideas and contacts for my research. It was a great success for me and time well invested.

Ricardo Alonso Departamento de Matemáticas, PUC/Rio

I quite enjoyed my stay at CMO last week. It was really a wonderful experience in Oaxaca, as it was the first time for me to visit Mexico. I think that the workshop is very successful due to the big efforts and time of organisers as well as contributions from all participants. I was very happy to be invited to join the workshop and have made good communications with other colleagues in the same research field. Definitely, the workshop provides us a great platform to make academic exchanges and strengthen good relationship of all researchers from different places in the whole world. Indeed I also felt good to meet others and talk to them for the recent research work. Last but not least, I would like to thank you and CMO for making the event possible to occur. We all participants greatly appreciate your hospitality and generous support!!!

Renjun Duan Department of Mathematics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

I enjoyed all the talks in the workshop. It is no doubt that the organizers did a great job and CMO provides a wonderful place to work and think. Thanks again.

Tong Yang City University of Hong Kong
Jun 28 - Jul 03, 2015

It is very helpful for me to generalize my research fields and it provide a nice chance to know many outstanding experts.

Han Feng Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Alberta

The CMO-BIRS workshop was absolutely very important for me, it actually help me in several points to related to my current research, also, I learn about several topics that, although are not strictly related to my current work, were very interesting. I would like to congratulate and thanks to the organizers Feng Dai, Ronald DeVore, Sergey Konyagin, Vladimir Temlyakov and Sergey Tikhonov for organizing an excellent meeting booth from the academic and logistic point of view. Thanks also to CMO and BIRS for an excellent academic experience.

Pedro Gonzalez-Casanova Henriquez Instituto de Matemáticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

I enjoyed my visit to Oaxaca. It is an enchanting place and good for doing math. I cannot say that it has already helped me obtain further results related to greedy algorithms, but I learned about some new notion in compressed sensing and I am planning to investigate the connection with my previous work. Also, this was a conference in Approximation Theory, but since there were other people from Banach spaces who work in AT as well, I discussed in Oaxaca some problems in non-linear (metric analysis), related to embeddings of graphs in Banach spaces. The research continued during my trip to College Station immediately after Oaxaca and we obtained some new results. After all, it does not matter if the new results are directly connected to the topic of the conference - what matters is to do mathematics.

Denka Kutzarova Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

During the days I attended, I could interact with a couple of colleagues and found a common ground where we can start a collaboration. In fact I will start next week some regular meetings with them in order to continue our discussions on topics that are somehow new for me. Incidentally, this will also influence (for good) the work with a postdoctoral fellow, who started to work under my supervision.

Jorge Rivera Noriega Centro de Investigación en Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos

Contacts with colleagues during CMO-BIRS workshop positively affected my current research in the form of new insights and new research projects. It greatly improved "visibility' of my results. I hope it will lead to new collaborations and new papers.

Isaac Pesenson Temple University

I found this workshop very useful and stimulating for my research. It gave me a chance to communicate with many leading experts in the area of applied functional analysis, continue existing collaborations and start new ones. The workshop provided an interesting overview of several areas including approximation theory, functional analysis, and numerical analysis through their interaction and applications. I discussed several new projects with participants, and plan to work on them in the nearest future.

Igor Pritsker Professor
Mathematics, Oklahoma State University
Jun 21 - Jun 26, 2015

The workshop was great. Nearly every talk was related to things we do and contained relevant new information. The schedule had enough free time to allow for extended discussions which often continued over meals. I got to meet many people in the field for the first, and reacquaint with those I've known before. Overall excellent.

Gary Stormo Professor
Department of Genetics, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

This workshop was one of the best scientific meetings I have ever attended. The participants were chosen very carefully to represent a wide range of experience in the field (postdocs to senior scientists), but with a clear focus on the scientific area of the workshop (protein-DNA recognition). This made for easy and effective communication among all the participants. I learned a lot from everyone. The scientific focus of the workshop almost perfectly fit my own research interests - I realized when I looked at the program that the workshop participants were all scientists whose papers I invariably read when I come across them in the literature. I especially appreciated the opportunity to meet scientists from Central and Latin America, and this led to at least one future collaboration between my lab and a scientist from South America.

Tom Tullius Professor
Chemistry and Bioinformatics, Boston University