Sydney Random Matrix Theory Workshop

13–16 January 2014

School of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of Sydney

Supported by AMSI and AustMS


Analysis, computation and applications of random matrices.

Organizer: Sheehan Olver (U Sydney)


The workshop will take place in New Law Building Lecture Theatre 104. Here are the title and abstracts.

Sunday, 12 January
18:00 Meet at Opera Bar/Kitchen
Monday, 13 January
09:00 Raj Rao NadakuditiRandom matrix theory and universal perfect transmission in opaque media
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Alan Edelman On an integral geometry inspired method for conditional sampling from Gaussian ensembles
11:30 Folkmar Bornemann Random remarks on computing gap probabilities: methods, software, applications, open problems
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Tom Trogdon Monte Carlo methods and universality in numerical algorithms
14:30 Discussion: Computation
15:30 Afternoon Tea
16:00 Arnab Sen Continuous spectra for sparse random graphs
17:00 Ioanna Dumitriu Finding the (numerical) rank: a randomized approach
18:00 Welcome reception Eastern avenue foyer
Tuesday, 14 January
09:00 Arno Kuijlaars Singular values of products of random matrices
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Tom Claeys Biorthogonal ensembles with two-particle interactions
11:30 Lun Zhang Universality and critical behaviour in the chiral two-matrix model
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Dong Wang Nonintersecting Brownian motions on the circle and discrete Gaussian orthogonal polynomials
14:30 Discussion Determinantal point processes with boundary conditions
15:30 Afternoon Tea
16:00 Maurice Duits Central limit theorems for biorthogonal ensembles with a recurrence
17:00 Seung Yeop Lee 2D Coulomb gas by orthogonal polynomials
Wednesday, 15 January
09:00 Pavel Bleher Random matrices and the six-vertex model
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Alfredo Deaño Asymptotic analysis of the partition function in the cubic random matrix model
11:30 Daan Huybrechs Universality in orthogonal polynomials with respect to oscillatory weights
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Gregory Schehr Near-extreme eigenvalues and the first gap of Hermitian random matrices
14:30 Discussion Normal random matrices
15:30 Afternoon Tea
16:00 Peter Clarkson Semi-classical orthogonal polynomials and the Painlevè equations
17:00 Guilherme Silva S-property in polynomial external fields
19:00 Pre-dinner drink The Bar at the End Of The Wharf, Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay
19:45 Workshop dinner Dede’s on the Wharf, Walsh Bay
Thursday, 15 January
09:00 Peter Forrester Asymptotics of spacing distributions
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Nicholas Witte Eigenvalue densities for the Gaussian β ensembles
11:30 Maciej Nowak Spectral shock waves in dynamical random matrix theories
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Peter Miller The semiclassical sine-Gordon equation and rational solutions of Painlevè-II
14:30 Discussion Random linearized Hamiltonians
15:30 Afternoon Tea
16:00 Adrien Hardy Fluctuations of the extremal eigenvalues of Gaussian complex covariance matrices


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