UCLA Fall 2017

WAGS Fall 2017October 14-15, 2017

University of California at Los Angeles


About WAGS

WAGS is a twice-yearly meeting of algebraic geometers in the western half of the United States and Canada that traces its origins back to the Utah-UCLA Algebraic Geometry Seminar started in 1989. Long term planning for WAGS is currently being organized by Aaron Bertram, Sebastian Casalaina-Martin, Renzo Cavalieri, Sándor Kovács, Ravi Vakil, and Bianca Viray. For more information about WAGS, please visit the WAGS website.


We hope to broaden the community of algebraic geometers. All are welcome to attend. We especially encourage participation from women and members of groups traditionally under-represented in mathematics.


The meeting will be held on the UCLA campus in Westwood, at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). It is hosted and organized by the UCLA Mathematics Department (UCLA Math). The lectures will be in Franz Hall 1260, just south of the IPAM building, whereas registration, coffee breaks, and the poster session will be in the IPAM building.

Registration and financial assistance

Unfortunately, we can accept no more requests for financial assistance.

Click here for the list of participants.

WAGS meetings are supported by the National Science Foundation and by the Department of Mathematics and the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University. WAGS at UCLA is also supported by the UCLA Mathematics Department, the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Cambridge University Press. If you need funding, please apply when you register.

We ask that all participants fill out the registration form whether or not financial assistance is being requested; you must fill out both forms in order to be reimbursed:

Important link for reimbursement:

Fill in this travel form and send it to:

Sheri Hofeling

Department of Mathematics

1874 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1874

If you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, you may receive an email from CSU requesting additional information. Please keep an eye out for it.

Please help us to keep organized by mailing your reimbursement claims by October 31, 2017. We may run into trouble allocating funds for late submissions!

Poster session

WAGS Fall 2017 will include a poster session. One of the main goals of the session is to increase the flow of information between participants. Postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students are warmly and strongly encouraged to participate. Poster session organizers are Dagan Karp (Harvey Mudd) and Omprokash Das (UCLA). Click here for the list of posters.

Design advice:



HMC Math Department


Latex advice/templates:


N. Johnston

M. Coca

P. Hirschfeld

Local information


The following hotels are suggested:

Claremont Hotel

1044 Tiverton Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-5957

Reservations: (800) 266-5957

This is a modest hotel within walking distance of campus. No TVs in rooms. Complimentary coffee & tea, wireless internet, and use of refrigerator and microwave oven.

Hilgard House Hotel

927 Hilgard Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-3945

Reservations: (800)826-3934

Email: Reservations@hilgardhouse.com

Within walking distance to IPAM. Free parking & continental breakfast are included.

Hotel Palomar

10740 Wilshire Boulevard (at Selby Avenue)

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Luxury eco-friendly hotel 2 blocks from Westwood Village and a 20-minute walk from IPAM. The “house car” is available to transport you to IPAM upon request.

Royal Palace Westwood

1052 Tiverton Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-6677

Short walk from IPAM. Complimentary continental breakfast, parking & high speed internet.

UCLA Guest House

330 Charles E. Young Drive East

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: (310) 825-2923

Fax: (310) 825-6108

Email: guesthouse@ha.ucla.edu

On campus. Complimentary continental breakfast & espresso bar. Limited on-site parking; daily campus parking rate is currently $12.

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center

425 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: 855-LCC-UCLA (855-522-8252)

Online reservations: lcc.ucla.edu/reserve

UCLA’s Luskin Conference Center is a short walk from IPAM. Please ask about parking options and rates.

UCLA Tiverton House

900 Tiverton Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90024-3013

Phone: (310) 794-0151

Email: tivertonhouse@mednet.ucla.edu

Short walk from IPAM. Complimentary continental breakfast. Free internet access and parking. Children’s playroom.


The closest airport to UCLA is the Los Angeles International Airport (airport code LAX). It is served by almost all major domestic and international airlines.

From the airport (LAX) to IPAM (UCLA): The LAX FlyAway Express Bus shuttles passengers between LAX and Westwood Village. The fare is $10.00. Tickets are purchased on the bus with a credit or debit card (no cash). It departs from LAX Terminal 1 on the hour 6:00am--11:00pm and picks up at Terminals 2--7 before leaving for Westwood. It departs from Westwood on the hour 6:00am--10:00pm from the bus stop on Kinross Avenue in front of Parking Structure 32, and drops off curbside at each LAX terminal. Upon arrival in Westwood, you can walk or take the UCLA Campus Shuttle to IPAM or your hotel.

By car: Follow this link for details.

Local transportation near UCLA: The Big Blue Bus serves west Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Routes 1, 2, 3M and 8 pick up at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme (a short walk from IPAM) and go to the Santa Monica and Venice beaches, the Third Street Promenade, and other areas with shops and restaurants. The fare is $1.25 per trip.

The Metro Bus serves most of LA. Take the Metro 720 (Wilshire Blvd. at Westwood Blvd.) westbound toward Santa Monica or eastbound to downtown Los Angeles. Metro Bus 2 eastbound (Hilgard at Westholme) will take you into Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles. The base fare is $1.75.

The Culver City Bus serves West Los Angeles and Culver City. Route 6 picks up at Westwood Plaza in front of the NPI building (a short walk from IPAM) and ends at LAX. The base fare is $1.00.


Westwood Village (15-20 min walk south of campus) has a variety of restaurants. Some recommendations, in particular for lunch on Saturday, roughly from north to south:

In-N-Out Burger (burgers, cheap and simple). 922 Gayley Ave.

Bella Pita (a tiny place; light healthy pita sandwiches). 960 Gayley Ave. 

Musashiya Udon Noodle (Japanese noodles). 1049 Gayley Ave.

Northern Cafe (Chinese). 1064 Gayley Ave.

Lamonica's New York Pizza (good cheap pizza). 1066 Gayley Ave.

Falafel King (Middle Eastern). 1010 Broxton Ave.

Bibigo (Korean). 1091 Broxton Ave.

TLT Food (Tasty Mexican-style bar food). 1116 Westwood Blvd.

Tender Greens (Californian). 1109 Glendon Ave.

Kazunori (sushi, fairly expensive). 1110 Gayley Ave.

Native Foods (vegan). 1114 Gayley Ave.

Peet's Coffee (good coffee, not much food). 1154 Westwood Blvd.

800 Degrees (pizza, a bit expensive but good). 10889 Lindbrook Drive.

Mesa Brazilian Eatery (a small place, but tasty). 10917 Lindbrook Drive.

Hammer Museum cafe (a bit expensive, but a very pleasant outdoor courtyard; you can enter from Lindbrook Drive). 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Also, the museum is free.

Le Pain Quotidien (bakery, brunch, coffee). 1122 Gayley Ave.

In addition, Westwood rejoices in the possession of a 24-hour, gigantic Ralph's grocery store, easy walking distance from all hotels listed above.

Cambridge University Press book discount

Participants may order selected Cambridge University Press books at a 20% discount until Nov. 13, 2017. Use the discount code 97915 when ordering.

Local organizers

Local organization is by Omprokash Das, Martin Gallauer, Wenhao Ou, and Burt Totaro; poster session by Dagan Karp (Harvey Mudd) and Omprokash Das. Send questions to fall2017@wagsymposium.org.

Photo credit: Reed Hutchinson.