Descriptive Set Theory and Functional Analysis (12w5099)


Edward Effros (University of California, Los Angeles)

(University of Toronto)

(York University)

Andrew Toms (Purdue University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Descriptive Set Theory and Functional Analysis" workshop from June 17th to June 22nd, 2012.

Descriptive Set Theory is a means of describing the complexity of various kinds of sets or classification problems in mathematics, while Functional Analysis, roughly, is the analysis of infinite-dimensional vector spaces and the maps which act upon them. These subjects have been connected since at least the 1950s, but research on the boundary between them has recently seen impressive growth and the solution of several long-standing problems. Our workshop will capitalize on this momentum with a cast of researchers perhaps never before assembled at a single meeting (this due the the interdisciplinary nature of the topic). We expect this new mix of experts from both fields to produce a vibrant research environment, and to lead to many new collaborations.

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).