Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2015

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The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in Van Vleck B135.

The schedule for the previous semester is here.

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Fall 2015 Schedule

date speaker title host(s)
September 18 Eric Riedl (UIC) TBA Jordan
September 25 David Zureick-Brown (Emory) TBA Jordan
October 2 Vasily Dolgushev (Temple) A manifestation of the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group in geometry Andrei
October 9 Laurentiu Maxim (Madison) TBA local
October 23 Jesse Kass (South Carolina) How to count zeros arithmetically? Melanie
November 13 Jake Levinson (Michigan) TBA Daniel


Jess Kass

How to count zeros arithmetically?

A celebrated result of Eisenbud--Kimshaishvili--Levine computes the local Brouwer degree of a real polynomial function at an isolated zero as the signature of a quadratic form. I will discuss a parallel result in A1-homotopy theory, and time permitting, explain how to study a singularity by applying these results to the gradient of a defining equation. This is joint work with Kirsten Wickelgren.

Vasily Dolgushev

A manifestation of the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group in geometry

Inspired by Grothendieck’s lego-game, Vladimir Drinfeld introduced, in 1990, the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group GRT. This group has interesting links to the absolute Galois group of rationals, moduli of algebraic curves, solutions of the Kashiwara-Vergne problem, and theory of motives. My talk will be devoted to the manifestation of GRT in the extended moduli of algebraic varieties, which was conjectured by Maxim Kontsevich in 1999. My talk is partially based on the joint paper with Chris Rogers and Thomas Willwacher: