2-day Workshop on Algorithmic and Combinatorial Aspects of Partition Functions

Organizers: Viresh Patel and Guus Regts

Dates: August 23 and 24.

Location: Science Park 904 Amsterdam (see map).

TopicThe study of various types of partition functions is a very active area of research and lies at the interface of combinatorics, probability, theoretical computer science, and statistical physics. The partition function of the Potts model and the hardcore model, also known as the Tutte polynomial and the independence polynomial respectively are prototypical examples. Some of the fundamental questions in this area include: What sort of network structure allows for efficient computation of the partition function? Which network structures maximizes/minimizes the partition function? How does the partition function of a random network behave? Recent developments have shown strong connections between phase transitions in statistical physics and answers to these type of questions. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers working on different aspects of partition functions in order to exchange ideas and learn about new developments. 

Invited Speakers: 
Participation:  Participation and the conference dinner are free of charge, but participants should register and this can be done by clicking on this link.

Program: The program consists of talks by the invited speakers and contributed talks (20 min). More details will be added later. Please send an email before the 1st of July, providing a short abstract if you wish to give a contributed talk. There are limited funds available for participant support.

SupportWe gratefully acknowledge funding from Networks and NWO.

Local information: The workshop takes place in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Sciencepark 904 can be reached by busses 40 and 240 from Amstel station (see this website for directions)  and by a direct train connection from the central station (see this website for timetables).