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January 19, 2007

Knot Homology in Faro

Posted by John Baez

This year’s Oporto Meeting on Geometry, Topology and Physics will actually take place in Faro, the capital of the Algarve — the southernmost region of Portugal:

The subject this year will be The combinatorics, geometry, topology and physics of knot homology.

Back in the mid-1990’s, when a bunch of us got interested in how n-categories show up in physics, the meetings that Roger Picken organized in Oporto, Portugal played a crucial catalyzing role. I remember some great conversations with John Barrett, Louis Crane, Marco Mackaay, Justin Roberts, Steve Sawin, David Yetter and other folks. You can read a sample of what it was like in week58 of This Week’s Finds.

The tradition lives on!

But now, Khovanov homology and its generalizations are all the rage. This year’s speakers will include Sergei Gukov, Mikhail Khovanov, Peter Ozsvath and Paul Seidel. Jacob Rasmussen and Paul Turner will also give a 1 hour lecture each.

As always, there are slots available for contributed talks by other participants. The registration deadline is March 31, 2007. For more information, see the conference webpage.

Posted at January 19, 2007 12:09 AM UTC

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Re: Knot Homology in Faro

Any sort of financial support through the conference? This would be great and right up my alley, but my bank account will hate me in the morning.

Posted by: John Armstrong on January 19, 2007 2:11 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: Knot Homology in Faro

Dunno. Guess you’ll have to wait ‘til their server comes up.

I vaguely recall that Aaron Lauda may be going to this meeting. I can’t attend it myself: I’m slated to spend most of July visiting Paul-André Melliès at the ‘Proofs, Programs and Systems’ group of the CNRS.

Posted by: John Baez on January 19, 2007 3:09 AM | Permalink | Reply to this

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