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Distinguished Lecture Series

Every year, the Distinguished Lecture Series (DLS) brings two to four eminent mathematicians to UCLA for a week or more to give a lecture series on their field, and to meet with faculty and graduate students.

The first lecture of each series is aimed at a general mathematical audience, and offers a rare opportunity to see the state of an area of mathematics from the perspective of one of its leaders.  The remaining lectures in the series are usually more advanced, concerning recent developments in the area.

Previous speakers of the DLS include: Peter Sarnak, Peter Schneider, Zhenghan Wang, Pierre Colmez, Etienne Ghys, Goro Shimura, Jean Bellissard, Andrei Suslin, Pierre Deligne, Michael Harris, Alexander Lubotzky, Shing-Tau Yau, Hillel Furstenberg, Robert R. Langlands, Clifford Taubes, Louis Nirenberg, Oded Schramm, Louis Nirenberg, I.M. Singer, Jesper Lutzen, L.H. Eliasson, Raoul Bott, Dennis Gaitsgory, Gilles Pisier, Gregg Zuckerman, Freydoon Shahidi, Alain Connes, Jöran Friberg, David Mumford, Sir Michael Atiyah, Jean-Michel Bismut, Jean-Pierre Serre, G. Tian, N. Sibony, C. Deninger, Peter Lax, and Nikolai Reshetikhin, Horng-Tzer Yau, Ken Ono, Leonid Polterovich, Barry Mazur, Grigori Margulis, Mario Bonk, Avi Wigderson, John Coates, Charles Fefferman, C. David Levermore, Shouwu Zhang.

The DLS is currently supported by the Larry M. Wiener fund. 

Past Lectures

University of Chicago
05/22/2018 to 05/24/2018
05/08/2018 to 05/10/2018
University of Sydney
05/30/2017 to 06/01/2017
College de France
05/09/2017 to 05/11/2017
Princeton University
04/04/2017 to 04/06/2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
01/24/2017 to 01/26/2017
Stanford University
11/14/2016 to 11/18/2016
Columbia University
05/17/2016 to 05/19/2016
Harvard University
04/25/2016 to 04/28/2016
Princeton University
05/19/2015 to 05/21/2015
Columbia University
02/17/2015 to 02/19/2015
Microsoft Research
11/03/2014 to 11/06/2014
Cambridge University
10/04/2014 to 10/10/2014
Duke University / UC Berkeley
05/19/2014 to 05/23/2014
IAS, Princeton
10/30/2013 to 11/06/2013
Texas A&M
10/22/2013 to 10/26/2013
Eötvös Loránd University
05/28/2013 to 05/30/2013
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
05/07/2013 to 05/09/2013
University of Strasbourg
04/03/2013 to 04/20/2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
01/24/2012 to 01/26/2012
Hebrew University
04/26/2011 to 04/28/2011

Upcoming Lectures

Peter Oszvath

Princeton University

06/06/2018 to 06/08/2018


Series title: Holomorphic disks, algebra, and knot invariants

Lecture 1 (6/6): An introduction to knot Floer homology

Knot Floer homology is an invariant for knots in three-dimensional
space, defined using methods from symplectic geometry (the theory of
pseudo-holomorphic curves).  After giving some geometric motivation
for its construction, I will sketch the construction of this
invariant, and describe some of its key properties and
applications. Knot Floer homology was originally defined in joint work
with Zoltan Szabo, and independently by Jacob Rasmussen; but this
lecture will touch on work of many others.  This first lecture is
intended for a general audience.

Lecture 2 (6/7): Bordered Floer homology

Bordered Floer homology is an invariant for three-manifolds with
parameterized boundary. It associates a differential graded algebra to
a surface, and certain modules to three-manifolds with specified
boundary.  I will describe properties of this invariant, with a
special emphasis on its algebraic structure. Bordered Floer homology
was defined in joint work with Dylan Thurston and Robert Lipshitz.

Lecture 3 (6/8): A bordered approach to knot Floer homology

I will describe current work with Zoltan Szabo, in which we compute a
suitable specialization of knot Floer homology, using bordered
techniques. The result is a purely algebraic formulation of knot Floer
homology, which can be explicitly computed even for fairly large knots.