Heilbronn Colloquium 2024: Daniel Wise

19 Feb 2024, by ablahatherell in Events

Monday 11 March 2024 at 16:00

Venue: Lecture Theatre 4, School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock’s Close, Bristol BS8 1TS

Organised in collaboration with the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK

Colloquium Style Lecture (followed by wine reception)

The Cubical Route to Understanding Groups

Daniel Wise, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Cube complexes have come to play an increasingly central role within geometric group theory, as their connection to right-angled Artin groups provides a powerful combinatorial bridge between geometry and algebra. This talk will introduce nonpositively curved cube complexes, and then describe the developments that culminated in the resolution of the virtual Haken conjecture for 3-manifolds, and simultaneously dramatically extended our understanding of many infinite groups.

Short Biography: Daniel Wise grew up in New York and received his BA from Yeshiva University and his PhD from Princeton (1996). After stimulating postdocs and visiting positions at Berkeley, Cornell, and Brandeis, he moved to McGill in 2001, where he is a James McGill Professor. His primary research agenda has been to explore and promulgate the utility and ubiquity of non-positively curved cubical geometry in group theory and topology. He has received an AMS Veblen Prize, the CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lobachevsky Medal, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Daniel Wise is currently on Sabbatical at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Professor Daniel Wise is also giving a Seminar on Friday 15 March at 13:00 in Lecture Theatre 2.41, Fry Building.

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