M. B. Porter Lectures, 2008-09



Rice University
Department of Mathematics


Yuval Peres
Microsoft Theory Group
University of California, Berkeley
University of Washington


February 16-20, 2009


Internal Aggregation, the Abelian Sandpile and Fair Allocation

Monday, February 16, 2009
4:00 - 5:00 pm    Keck Hall 100
For General Audience
An overview of aggregation and allocation models: Some tantalizing pictures and the mathematical problems they raise


Tuesday, February 17, 2009
4:00 - 5:00 pm    Herman Brown 227
The rotor-router model and internal diffusion-limited aggregation: Connection with free boundary problems for the Laplacian


Wednesday, February 18, 2009
4:00 - 5:00 pm    Herman Brown 227
The many faces of the Abelian sandpile: Combinatorics, group theory and the Laplacian again


Thursday, February 19, 2009
4:00 - 5:00 pm    Herman Brown 227
Fair allocation to random points


Friday, February 20, 2009
4:00 - 5:00 pm    Herman Brown 227
Gravitational allocation




There will be a tea preceding each lecture in the Mathematics Commons Room, Herman Brown 438.

Pictures from the week with Dr. Peres


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