Mathematics and Statistics


The Topology and
Geometry of Physics

8th Annual Red Raider Mini-Symposium
October 23 - 25, 2008

 Distinguished Speakers | Travel Support | Conference Schedule | Sponsors |   Travel and Accommodation | Contact



The conference is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, which offers travel support mainly to young mathematicians.  If you would like to apply for support, please send the organizer an email with your anticipated airfare cost and number of nights you plan to stay.


All talks will be given in the MESA ROOM of the Student Union Building. The coffee is served in Room 238 of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  





11:00 – 1:00

Reception at the National
Ranching Heritage Center


2:00 – 3:00

Alejandro Uribe

Quantum mechanics and non-abelian theta functions

3:15 – 3:45

Jeremy Sain

Berezin quantization from actions of compact quantum groups

3:45 – 4:30

Coffee at the Math Department


4:30 – 5:30

Charles Frohman

Diagramless homology theories for links in three-manifolds





8:45 – 9:30

Coffee and homemade cookies at the Math Department


9:30 – 10:30

Francis Bonahon

The quantum Teichmüller space of a surface

10:45 – 11:15

Chris Hiatt

Quantum traces in quantum Teichmüller theory

11:30 – 12:00

Tatyana Foth

Kähler manifolds, line bundles, and quantization

12:00 – 2:00

Lunch break

2:00 – 3:00

Constantin Teleman

2-representations of compact groups and Chern-Simons theory

3:00 – 3:45

Coffee at the Math Department


3:45 – 4:15

Carmen Caprau

TQFTs defined on singular 2-cobordisms

4:30 – 5:00

Adam Sikora

3-manifolds and Lagrangian subspaces of character varieties.

6:00 – 9:00

Banquet at the International Cultural Center






8:45 – 9:30

Coffee and homemade cookies at the Math Department


9:30 – 10:30

Louis Kauffman

Knots, braids and elementary particles

10:45 – 11:15

Xiaobo Liu

Quantization of the Teichmüller space

11:30 – 12:00

Alexander Karabegov

Deformation quantization of a Kähler-Poisson structure vanishing on a Levi nondegenerate hypersurface

12:00 – 6:00

Visit and picnic at the Palo Duro Canyon State Park




The mini-symposium is sponsored by Prof. Frits Ruymgaart’s Paul Whitfield Endowed Horn Professorship, the National Science Foundation, and the TTU Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Horn Professor Ruymgaart generously provides funds from his endowed professorship to support distinguished speakers. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics pays other organizational expenses such as advertising and refreshments.


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Flying to Lubbock : Service to Lubbock International Airport include Southwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, and American Airlines. Available transportation service from LIA, located approximately 15 minutes from the conference hotels, includes City Cab (806) 765-7474, Yellow Cab (806) 765-7777, Royal Cab (806) 749 5333, VIP Royal coach Private Service (806) 795 3888, Limousines of Lubbock (806) 743 5466, Lone Star Limousine (888) 286 5466, White Knights Limousines (806) 799 3366.

Driving to Lubbock : Centrally located between Dallas, Texas, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, Interstate 27 connects the city of Lubbock with two east-west interstate systems, I-20 and I-40. State highways 82, 84, 87, and 114 also provide easy access to cities throughout the region. The following numbers may also provide more information: Emergency Road Conditions - (806) 745-4411, Texas Department of Transportation - (806) 745-4411, Tourist Information - (800) 452-9292.

Hotel Information : Special Rates have been negotiated with the Staybridge Suites across from campus.    Call 1-806-765-8900 for reservations (be sure to mention the Red Raider Symposium and the TTU Math Department).  Rooms at the conference rate should be booked by October 1, 2008.

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Razvan Gelca
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Texas Tech University
Phone: (806) 742-2584
Fax: (806) 742-1112