Inanc Baykur: TBA
Robert Gompf: Exotic open 4-manifolds: The first third of a century
We will survey the landscape of smoothing theory for open 4-manifolds, with a focus on recent developments in the field.
Sergei Gukov: 4-manifolds and Vertex Operator Algebras
In this talk I will explain a map (motivated from physics) between smooth structures on 4-manifolds and vertex operator algebras. Hopefully, it can help to address the classification problem on each side (ideally, one might hope this map to be a bijection). I will explain how familiar gadgets on one side (Donaldson invariants, and certain invariants of instanton moduli spaces) are mapped to standard objects used by practitioners of vertex operator algebras.
Tian-Jun Li: TBA
Gordana Matic: TBA
Tom Mrowka: TBA
Peter Ozsvath: TBA
Jongil Park: On symplectic fillings of quotient surface singularities
Ronald Stern: My years with Fintushel: what's old, what's new, and where should we venture
This talk will recall the original problem (still unsolved) that led to nearly 40 years of joint work. We will then discuss our latest understanding of smooth four manifolds and introduce a few new (and hopefully useful) constructions that suggest even more open questions.
Andras Stipsicz: Knot Floer homology and the unoriented genus
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