Recent Events

Award ceremony in honor of Noriko Sakurai, Hillel Gauchman and Yossi Friedman(*) May 21, 12:3016:15, 2019, Seminar room 101, Deichmann bldg. 58.

Geometry in the Spring: a miniconference on geometry(*) May 21, 11:0018:00, 2019, Seminar room 101, Deichmann bldg. 58.
Geometry in the Spring
Program:
11:0011:30 Gathering and light refreshements
11:3012:30 Ran Tessler (Weizmann Institute of Science), “The open arf invariant and stratifications of moduli spaces of surfaces with boundary”.
12:3014:00 Lunch
14:0016:15 Award ceremony in honor of Noriko Sakurai, Hillel Gauchman and Yossi Friedman.
 Honorary speaker: Sergey Fomin (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), “Cluster Transformations”.
16:4017:40 Eugenii Shustin (Tel Aviv University), TBA
Organizers:
 Prof. Miriam Cohen (Ben Gurion University),
 Prof. Daniel Sternheimer (Rikkyo University, Institut de Mathematiques de Bourgogne),
 Dr. Inna EntovaAizenbud (Ben Gurion University).
The award ceremony will be held in the presence of Prof. Daniel Sternheimer and Ms. Julia Gauchman.

Mathematical Midrasha in the Negev(*) Feb 19, 09:00Feb 21, 17:00, 2019, שדה בוקר.
המדרשה היא כנס מתמטי המיועד לתלמידי מתמטיקה משנה ג’ והלאה, והיא תכלול ארבע סדרות של הרצאות על ידי חברי סגל מהמחלקה למתמטיקה באוניברסיטת בןגוריון בנגב. זוהי הזדמנות להכיר חוקרים פעילים במתמטיקה, לשמוע הרצאות על תחום מחקרם באווירה ידידותית, לשוחח עימם ולשאול שאלות על מחקר מתמטי.

Lie Superalgebra Day(*) Dec 25, 2018, room 101.
Official Website (containing the full program) and Poster
Some older events may be found on the pages of the Center for Advanced Studies.
Past Events

Gauchman scholarship and Noriko Sakurai fellowships award(*) May 8, 14:0016:00, 2018, Math 101.

Complex and Symplectic geometry(*) May 8, 11:0016:00, 2018, Math 101, BGU.

Set Theory, Model Theory and Applications(*) Apr 2226, 2018, Eilat Campus of BenGurion University of the Negev (Israel).

The Batsheva de Rothschild Seminar on Quasicrystals, Delone sets and Generalizations of Lattices(*) Mar 11, 16:43Mar 16, 16:43, 2018, Sea of Galilee, at Ohalo Manor Hotel.

Cohn’s theory of universal skew fields of fractions Feb 6, 11:30Feb 18, 11:30, 2018, Room 101.
Jurij Volcic (BGU) will give three lectures on the theory of universal skew fields of fractions due to P.M. Cohn, a beautiful and powerful tool of noncommutative algebra little known outside of a small circle of cognoscenti. Everybody is invited (the lectures should be accessible for graduate students).
Time and place:
Tuesday Feb. 6, Thursday Feb. 15, and Sunday Feb. 18 at 11:3013:00 in Room 101
Abstract:
As opposed to the commutative setting, localization in noncommutative rings is a much more intricate topic, accompanied with various subtle obstacles and at first sight counterintuitive phenomena. An exceptional contribution to this field has been made by Paul Moritz Cohn (19242006) with the introduction of universal skew fields of fractions in the 70’s, and his subsequent development of this theory. In the selfcontained course of three talks I will try to present some of Cohn’s core results with the view towards the universal skew field of fractions of a free algebra.
In the first lecture we will consider the general problem of embedding rings into skew fields, and early difficulties accompanying it. Following Cohn we will then introduce the category of epic skew fields and specializations assigned to a fixed ring. This will allow us to talk about universal skew fields of fractions and to draw parallels with the commutative theory.
In the second lecture we will explain the interplay between specializations, singular kernels, matrix ideals in matrix representation of fractions. Our aim will be to determine necessary and sufficient conditions for a ring to admit a (universal) skew field of fractions.
In the last lecture we will finally look at a concrete family of rings admitting universal skew fields of fractions: free ideal rings (firs), among which are free algebras, and their generalizations. We will trace down their distinguishing property that fulfills the sufficient condition from the previous lecture.

Second Local Model Theory Day Dec 17, 11:0017:00, 2017, Math 101.

A night of mathematics and Jazz(*) Nov 26, 18:0022:00, 2017, Math 101.
All faculty and students are cordially invited.
Program
18:00 Undergraduate math club
Barak Weiss, Tel Aviv University
The illumination problem
The following elementary problem in geometry is still open: given a polygon in the plane, say that points and in see each other if there is a billiard path from to . Is there a polygon in which infinitely many pairs of points do not see each other?
Such problems turn out to be easy to state but very difficult to solve. I will explain this and related questions in greater detail, and describe some recent progress which relies on wellknown work of Eskin and Mirzakhani (part of the late Maryam Mirzakhani’s Field medal citation).
19:00 A Jazz show by Tsachik and the perverse sheaves
Ehud Ettun on bass
Haruka Yabuno on Piano
Tsachik Gelander on drums

Geometric Topology and Geometry of Banach Spaces(*) May 1419, 2017, Eilat, Israel.

School on Polish Groups(*) May 2227, 2016, Midreshet SdeBoker.
The School will focus on Polish Groups. General theory, examples, representations of discrete groups with Polish targets, and applications to discrete groups, geometry and dynamics. The three main courses will be:
MiniCourses###
 General theory of Polish groups Jullien Melleray, Christian Rosendal and Todor Tsankov.
 Algebraic groups over Polish fields. Jean Lécureux and Bertrand Rémy.
 Infinite dimensional Lie groups and their symmetric spaces Bruno Duchesne.

ערב חשיפה לתארים מתקדמים Apr 12, 17:0018:30, 2016, חדר סמינרים (101), בניין 58.

Algebraic Combinatorics day(*) Mar 29, 2016, Room 101, Math building (58), BGU.
In honor of Prof. Mikhail Klin, on the occasion of his retirement

Special Seminar Jun 16, 10:0011:00, 2015, Room 101, BGU.
Speaker: Antoine Ducros (Paris 6)
Title: Stability of Gauss valuations
Abstract:
A valued field $(k,.)$ is said to be stable (this terminology has no link with modeltheoretic stability theory) if every finite extension $L$ of $k$ is defectless, i.e., satisfies the equality $\sum e_vf_v=[L:k]$, where $v$ goes through the set of extensions of $.$ to $L$, and where $e_v$ and $f_v$ are the ramification and inertia indexes of $v$. The purpose of my talk is to present a new proof (which is part of current joint reflexions with E. Hrushovski and F. Loeser) of the following classical fact (Grauert, Kuhlmann, Temkin,…) : let $(k,.)$ be a stable valued field, and let $(r_1,\dots,r_n)$ be elements of an ordered abelian group $G$ containing $k^*$. Let $.’$ be the $G$valued valuation on $k(T_1,\dots,T_n)$ that sends $\sum a_I T^I$ to $\max_I a_I\cdot r^I$. Then $(k(T_1,\dots,T_n),.’)$ is stable too.
Our general strategy is purely geometric, but the proof is based upon modeltheoretic tools coming from model theory (which I will first present; no knowledge of model theory will be assumed). In particular, it uses in a crucial way a geometric object defined in modeltheoretic terms that Hrushovski and Loeser attach to a given $k$variety $X$, which is called its stable completion; the only case we will have to consider is that of a curve, in which the stable completion has a very nice modeltheoretic property, namely the definability, which makes it very easy to work with.

Operator algebras and operator theory May 13, 11:1015:30, 2015, BGU.
Joint Operator Algebras and Operator Theory Seminar, bringing together people from BenGurion University, the Technion, Tel Aviv University and the University of Haifa

Award of the Noriko Sakurai Postdoctoral Fellowship(*) May 12, 2015, BGU.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Prof. Ilijas Farah, York University, Canada May 718, 2015, BGU.

Ergodic Theorems and Applications in Probability(*) May 38, 2015, Eilat.

Action NOW(*) Mar 24, 2015, BGU.

The Moshe Flato Lecture Series 2015 Mar 12, 2015, BGU.

Workshop on Generalized Cohomology(*) Feb 812, 2015, Sde Boker.

TRATC2014  Tropicalization, Realization, and AlgebraicTropical Correspondence(*) Sep 28Oct 3, 2014, Eilat.

Award of the Noriko Sakurai Postdoctoral Fellowship(*) May 20, 2014, BGU.

30th European Workshop on Computational Geometry (EuroCG 2014)(*) Mar 35, 2014, Ein Gedi.

Workshop on the Central Limit Theorem(*) Jul 2, 2013, BenGurion University, math. dept. building.

Interactions between Logic, Topological structures and Banach spaces theory(*) May 1924, 2013, Eilat.

Action Now Seminar: Mostow and Rigidity(*) May 7, 2013, BenGurion University Math dept. building.

Workshop on Algebraic, Analytic, and Tropical Geometry (AATG2013)(*) Apr 28May 3, 2013, Kibbutz Ein Gedi.

Mini conference in operator algebras(*) Apr 910, 2013, BGU.

Spring School on Group C*algebras(*) Mar 1721, 2013, Sde Boker.

Workshop on C*algebras and Noncommutative Dynamics(*) Mar 1114, 2013, Sde Boker.

Dynamics on parameter spaces 2013 Jan 27Feb 1, 2013, Sde Boker.

Award of the Noriko Sakurai Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2013(*) Dec 25, 2012, BGU.

The Moshe Flato Lecture Series 2011 Mar 10, 2011, BGU.

The Moshe Flato Lecture Series 2008 Nov 27, 2008, BGU.

The Moshe Flato Lecture Series 2007 Mar 20, 2007, BGU.

The Moshe Flato Lecture Series 2004 Nov 25, 2004, BGU.

The Moshe Flato Lecture Series 2002 Nov 28, 2002, BGU.