A Three Workshop Series on the Physics and Mathematics of F-theory

This NSF (DMS) funded workshop series (2016 - 2018) will rotate between Virginia Tech, Harvard University and Florida State University to facilitate progress on pressing problems at the interface of algebraic/differential geometry and string theory.

String theory provides an arena in which many significant and challenging questions in modern mathematics can be linked, often in surprising and fundamental ways. In this workshop series, this viewpoint will be utilized to study the geometry of elliptically fibered manifolds in singular limits with the goal of bringing together diverse mathematical structures. These range from the moduli spaces of elliptically fibered Calabi-Yau 4-manifolds to those of singular (parabolic/irregular/wild) Hitchin systems; from birational geometry to representation theory; from limiting mixed Hodge structures to the study of invariants of singular varieties.


Tentative Schedule:

Saturday, October 8th

Sunday, October 9th

9 :00-9:30 Welcome 9 :00-9:45 C. Hacon
9:30-10:15 J. Halverson 9:45-10:30 D. Morrison
10:15-11:00 T. Collins 10:30-11:00 Coffee
11:00-11:30 Coffee 11:00-11:45 J. Heckman
11:30-12:15 A. Grassi 11:45-2:00 Lunch
12:15-2:30 Lunch 2:00-2:45 D. Xie
2:30-3:15 K. Matsuki 2:45-4:00 Coffee and Discussion
3:15-4:00 W. Taylor
4:00-4:30 Coffee
4:30-5:15 T. Fei
7:00 - Dinner

Conference Dinner:

All participants are invited to join for a conference dinner on Saturday evening (Oct. 8th). Details to be announced at the Welcome.

Travel Information:

The closest airport to Virginia Tech is the Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), located about 40 miles from Virginia Tech off I-81 (at 5202 Aviation Dr NW, Roanoke, VA). Rental cars and shuttle/limo services are available at the airport. Travel time from the airport to Virginia Tech is approximately 36 minutes.

Transportation links from ROA to Blacksburg include

For visitors staying at the Inn, parking there is free (and close to campus). Otherwise, visitor parking passes can be picked up at the Visitor Center.

Directions and further information about campus is available at this link.

This workshop is made possible by the generous support of these organizations:

Contact info:

Lara B. Anderson
Department of Physics (MC 0435)
Virginia Tech
850 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA, 24060, USA.

Office: Robeson 213
Phone: (540)-231-0317
Fax: (540)-231-7511
email: lara.anderson "at" vt.edu