Workshop on Discrete Methods in Ergodic Theory

Northwestern University

February 24-25, 2011

This workshop will explore some of the ways in which quantitative arguments have come to the fore in the study of dynamical systems.

It will be held in conjunction with the award of the Nemmers Prize in Mathematics to Terence Tao, and is generously funded by the Nemmers Prize Fund.



Wednesday, February 23 - Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Lecture Room 3

Terry Tao

Single-scale ergodic theory

Thursday, February 24 - Chambers Hall (600 Foster Street), Downstairs

Coffee and breakfast

9:30-10:20 Alex Gorodnik

Quantitative ergodic theory and Diophantine approximation

11:00-11:50 Tim Austin

The quantitative ergodic theorem and Banach spaces embeddings of the Heisenberg group

Lunch Break

1:30-2:20 Mike Hochman

Dimension growth of repeated convolutions of fractal measures

2:30-3:20 Alex Furman

Actions on homogeneous spaces as measure-class preserving systems

3:30-4:00 Coffee and cookies

4:00-4:50 Jon Chaika

Some results on diophantine approximation for dynamical systems

Friday, February 25 - Chambers Hall (600 Foster Street), Downstairs

Coffee and breakfast

9:30-10:20 Dima Kleinbock

Ergodic Theory and Schmidt Games

11:00-11:50 Hee Oh

Counting circles and Ergodic theory of Kleinian groups

Lunch Break

2:00-2:50 Terry Tao

The inverse conjecture for the Gowers uniformity norms on [N]

3:00-3:30 Coffee and cookies

3:30-4:20 Michael Christ

On the extremizers of a certain L^p norm inequality

6:00 Conference Banquet



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