Geometric and Analytic Group Theory
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In the last two decades geometric and analytic methods have gained fundamental importance in group
theory and have allowed to obtain significant progress in our understanding of groups and the objects on
which they act. They also propelled the resolution of several outstanding problems, such as the virtual
Haken conjecture or the problem of Atiyah on rationality of L2-Betti numbers.
The scientific activities envisaged in the course of the semester will be articulated around three distinct
but interrelated major themes:
The goals of the semester are two-fold. First, it will be an opportunity to report on the recent
remarkable progress on the main topics of the semester. This will allow for the participants
of the semester to learn the state-of-the-art and provide the opportunity to exhaust the existing
research paths and ideas and consolidate these achievement. This will be particularly important
for PhD students and young faculty, who will have an opportunity to learn the field directly
from world leaders in the area. Second, we expect that the event will allow to draw new directions
for future research, identify the main challenges and stimulate further development of the field.
The established top experts in the field as well as young researchers participating in the program
will guarantee that the semester will serve as an excellent platform for exchanging ideas
and fostering scientific collaboration.