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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 14:05 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Dan Margalit ,
Georgia Institute of Technology ,
Organizer: Dan Margalit

A celebrated theorem of Nikolai Ivanov states that the automorphism group of the mapping class group is again the mapping class group. The key ingredient is his theorem that the automorphism group of the complex of curves is the mapping class group. After many similar results were proved, Ivanov made a metaconjecture that any “sufficiently rich object” associated to a surface should have automorphism group the mapping class group. In joint work with Tara Brendle, we show that the typical normal subgroup of the mapping class group (with commuting elements) has automorphism group the mapping class group. To do this, we show that a very large family of complexes associated to a surface has automorphism group the mapping class group.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 11:05 ,
Location: Skiles 005 ,
Justin Lanier ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Justin Lanier

In this lecture series, held jointly (via video conference) with the University of Buffalo and the University of Arkansas, we aim to understand the lecture notes by Vincent Guirardel on geometric small cancellation. The lecture notes can be found here: https://perso.univ-rennes1.fr/vincent.guirardel/papiers/lecture_notes_pcmi.pdf

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 14:05 ,
Location: Skiles 256 ,
Dan Margalit ,
Georgia Institute of Technology ,
Organizer: Dan Margalit
A celebrated theorem of Nikolai Ivanov states that the automorphism group of the mapping class group is again the mapping class group. The key ingredient is his theorem that the automorphism group of the complex of curves is the mapping class group. After many similar results were proved, Ivanov made a metaconjecture that any “sufficiently rich object” associated to a surface should have automorphism group the mapping class group. In joint work with Tara Brendle, we show that the typical normal subgroup of the mapping class group (with commuting elements) has automorphism group the mapping class group. To do this, we show that a very large family of complexes associated to a surface has automorphism group the mapping class group.

Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:05 ,
Location: Skiles 005 ,
Shane Scott ,
Georgia Institute of Technology ,
Organizer: Dan Margalit

In this lecture series, held jointly (via video conference) with the University of Buffalo and the University of Arkansas, we aim to understand the lecture notes by Vincent Guirardel on geometric small cancellation: https://perso.univ-rennes1.fr/vincent.guirardel/papiers/lecture_notes_pc...