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September 27, 2008

OctoberFest 08

Posted by John Baez

Canada is a great country for category theory — much better than the US, for example. One of their traditions is to have a conference on the subject every October. This year it’ll be held at Concordia University in Montreal:
  • OctoberFest 08, Concordia University, Montreal, October 4–5, 2008.
We can get a sense of what’s going on in Canadian category theory by looking at the program…
This is just a tentative program; it may change:

Saturday, 4 October - morning session
9:15-9:45 Michael Makkai Revisiting the coherence theory for bicategories and tricategories
9:45-10:15 Victor HarnikPlaced composition in higher dimensional categories
coffee break
10:45-11:15 Walter Tholen Towards an enriched understanding of Hausdorff and Gromov metrics
11:15-11:45 Claudio Hermida TBA
11:45-12:15 Michael Warren Types and groupoids
afternoon session, in honour of Philip J. Scott
2:00-2:30 Pieter Hofstra From poset to quantifier
2:30-3:00 Robin Cockett Differentiation, linear matters, and other discussions from the Green Door
3:00-3:30 Joachim Lambek In praise of quaternions
coffee break
4:00-4:30 Brian Redmond Safe recursion revisited
4:30-4:50 Jeffrey Morton 2-vector spaces and finite groupoids
4:50-5:10 Telyn Kusalik The Continuum Hypothesis in topos theory and algebraic set theory
5:10-5:30 Rory Lucyshyn-Wright TBA
5:30-6:00 G. Lukacs TBA
6:00-6:20 Cyrus Nourani Functorial parallel worlds model computations
free evening
Sunday, 5 October
9:00-9:30 Noson Yanofsky On the algorithmic informational content of categories
9:30-10:00 Susan Niefield Par-valued lax functors and exponentiability
10:00-10:30 André Joyal TBA
coffee break
11:00-11:30 Gavin Seal Kock-Zöberlein monads from monads on SET
11:30-12:00 Dorette Pronk Translation groupoids and orbifold homotopy theory
12:00-12:30 John Kennison Spectra for symbolic dynamics
12:30-1:00 Peter Freyd TBA

I’m very happy that my student Jeffrey Morton is talking about his work on finite groupoids and 2-vector spaces.
Posted at September 27, 2008 10:07 PM UTC

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Re: OctoberFest 08

I can’t come. Each time I ask our administration to give me time off and funding to go to the Oktoberfest their reaction is very unsupportive…

(This is a joke. But I can’t come anyway. However, I do wonder if calling a conference “OctoberFest” is meant to sound funny, as certainly it does in one part of this world. )

Posted by: Urs Schreiber on September 28, 2008 4:32 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: OctoberFest 08

I think it’s meant to sound funny. Category theorists have a certain sense of humor regarding their conference names. Ross Street’s 60th birthday conference was called the StreetFest, which is also a pun. And then there’s the Peripatetic Seminar on Sheaves and Logic, or PSSL — when people pronounce this, it sounds like pissle.

There’s an obvious joke to be made, combining the words “OctoberFest” and “pissle”.

Posted by: John Baez on September 28, 2008 6:01 PM | Permalink | Reply to this

Re: OctoberFest 08

I think funny is a stretch. I take it as a name that resonates and stays in memory and indicates a tradition.

Posted by: jim stasheff on September 29, 2008 2:10 PM | Permalink | Reply to this
Read the post Freely Generated ω-Categories
Weblog: The n-Category Café
Excerpt: The notion of strict infinity-categories which are "freely generated".
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