The Many Aspects of Mahler's Measure -- Schedule

Saturday, April 26
Arrival day. No talks were scheduled.
In fact, there was a freak spring snowfall of 60 cm in Calgary, virtually shutting down the airport! So the few participants that managed to arrive (mainly from Europe) settled down to a pleasant evening, while Dale Rolfsen took over to rearrange the schedule.
Many thanks, Dale!
All talks were held in Max Bell Room 159

Sunday, April 27
  • Due to the late arrival of so many participants, the morning and afternoon sessions were cancelled. Those who had arrived spent a sunny day exploring Banff!
  • Evening Session (Chair, D. Rolfsen)
  • 19:30--20:00 Peter Borwein, The Mahler measure of polynomials with odd coefficients
    20:00--20:15 Coffee break , BIRS Lounge, 2nd floor, Room 5210
    20:15--20:45 Thomas Ward, Mahler measure and entropy

    Monday, April 28
  • Morning Session (Chair, F. Rodriguez Villegas)
  • 09:30--10:00 Christopher Sinclair, The distribution of Mahler's measures of reciprocal polynomials
    10:15--10:45 Matt Baker, Heights in Abelian Extensions
    10:45--11:15 Coffee break
    11:15--11:45 Jorge Pineiro, Mahler measure for dynamical systems on PL1
    Lunch Break
  • Afternoon Session (Chair, F. Rodriguez Villegas)
  • 14:00--14:30 Amnon Besser, Variation of complex and p-adic regulators
    14:45--15:15 Jeff Lagarias, de Branges spaces, entire functions and zeros
    15:15--15:45 Coffee break
    15:45--16:15 James Lewis, An explicit formula for the Beilinson regulator for higher Chow groups
    16:30--17:00 Sam Vandervelde, Computing Mahler measure with a cyclic quadrilateral
    Dinner Break
  • Evening Session (Chair, P. Borwein)
  • 19:30--20:15 David Boyd, Mahler's measure and A-polynomials
    20:30--21:00 Jeff Vaaler, Mahler's measure and the ABC Inequality

    Tuesday, April 29
  • Morning Session (Chair, D. Boyd)
  • 09:00--09:30 Walter Neumann, The Extended Bloch group and the Chern-Simons invariant
    09:40--10:15 Fernando Rodriguez Villegas, A new proof that .1666666666666.... = 1/6
    10:15--10:30 Coffee break
    10:30--11:00 Adam Sikora, A-polynomials and the colored Jones polynomial of a knot
    11:10--11:40 Susan Williams, Knots, Homology and Mahler measure
    11:50--12:20 Daniel Silver, Twisted Links and Lehmer's Question
  • 12:20--12:30   Group Photo on the front steps of Corbett Hall
  • Free Afternoon for excursions and/or discussions

  • Wednesday, April 30
  • Morning Session (Chair, D. Lind)
  • 09:00--09:30 Marie-Jose Bertin, Mahler's measures of some K3 hypersurfaces
    09:40--10:10 Ruth Kellerhals, Polylogarithms, hyperbolic volume and Mahler measure
    10:10--10:30 Coffee break
    10:30--11:00 Matilde Lalín, Examples of Mahler measures as multiple polylogarithms
    11:10--11:40 Chris Smyth, Explicit formulas for the Mahler measures of a family of n-variable polynomials
    11:50--12:20 Vincent Maillot, Mahler measure in Arakelov Geometry
    Lunch Break
  • Afternoon Session (Chair, F. Rodriguez Villegas)
  • 14:00- 14:30 Michael Mossinghoff, Polynomials with restricted coefficients and prescribed factors of small Mahler measure
    14:40-15:10 Eknath Ghate, The arithmetic and geometry of Salem numbers
    15:10-15:50 Coffee break
    15:50-16:20 Graham Everest, Arithmetic in Bilinear Recurrence Sequences
    16:20--17:00 Doug Lind, Mahler variations

    Thursday, May 1
    No formal activities scheduled
    Departure day: Bon Voyage!

    Meals:   All meals are provided by BIRS from dinner on April 26 until lunch on May 1
    07:00-09:00 Breakfast (Continental) 2nd Floor Lounge, Corbett Hall
    11:30-13:30 Lunch (Buffet) Main Dining Room, Donald Cameron Hall
    17:30-19:30 Dinner (Buffet) Main Dining Room, Donald Cameron Hall
    Coffee Breaks 2nd floor lounge, Corbett Hall
    Map:   Corbett Hall, Max Bell and Donald Cameron Hall are within close proximity of one another,
    at the lower left hand corner of the map of Banff Centre (for a printable pdf version, click here )

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