Conformal and CR geometry (12w5072)


Spyros Alexakis (University of Toronto)

(University of Washington)

(University of Tokyo)

Paul Yang (Princeton University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Conformal and CR geometry" workshop from July 29th to August 3rd, 2012.

Conformal geometry is the study of properties of spaces and mappings which

depend on the measurement of angles but not lengths. An example is the

stereographic projection mapping from a sphere to a plane, in which lengths

are distorted but angles are preserved. Mathematicians have made much

progress in recent years in the study of conformal geometry using tools and

methods from a variety of mathematical fields such as analysis and

algebra. Conformal geometry has also played an important role recently in

the AdS/CFT correspondence in string theory in physics. This

workshop will bring together experts from a variety of mathematical

backgrounds with the goal of furthering our understanding of conformal

geometry and its complex number analogue, CR geometry.

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