Alfréd Rényi Institute
7th - 20th August 2011
In the past half a century or so, combinatorics has matured into a major branch of mathematics, with important connections with probability theory, number theory, geometry, computer science, and other fields. The aim of this two-week summer school is to introduce the participants to some core areas of modern combinatorics: although in the short time available it is impossible to give a proper grounding in any one of these fields, the participants will be introduced several basic problems and arguments.
The program will be led by Professor Béla Bollobás of the University of Memphis and University of Cambridge. There will be four series of lectures: Random Geometric Graphs by Professor Paul Balister of the University of Memphis, Percolation by Professor Béla Bollobás, Algebraic and Geometric Methods in Additive Combinatorics by Professor Gyula Károlyi of the Eötvös University of Budapest, and Ramsey Theory by Professor Imre Leader of the University of Cambridge. The lectures will cover not only basic results, but also recent ones; in addition, the lecturers will present several open problems.
The daily schedule will consist of morning lectures and afternoon workshops; throughout the program, the students will present papers on topics related to the courses, will give informal seminars, and will work in small groups. There will be a chance to attend seminars given by senior mathematicians. In the summer school, the participants will work with many foreign students and researchers as well, not only from Eötvös University, the science university of Budapest, and the Rényi Institute, but also from the University of Cambridge and other centers of learning in Europe.
Budapest is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, an international center of cultural and scientific activities: the participants will have a chance to get acquainted with many of the attractions of the city, including not only the Opera House, the Basilica, the Parliament, Margaret Island, the Heroes Square, but also the many historic baths and attractive coffee houses.
Participation available on a competitive basis for a select group of students. The application process requires
- two letters of recommendation
- an updated CV
Lodging will be arranged by program coordinators. The cost is 300.00 (USD) and must be prepaid by July 12, 2011. Accepted participants should click here to make your online payment for lodging for your stay. Requests for stays beyond the program end date (August 22, 2011) will be handled on a case by case basis, according to availability. Extended stays should not be considered confirmed until additional payment has been made and you have received written acknowledgment. It is urgent that you provide the requested detailed arrival information at the time you make your online payment as a coordinator will have to meet you at the airport to check you into your lodging. Apartment assignments will be made later in July and details will be sent to the email address associated with your application information.
Lodging payment refund policy: Full refunds for lodging will be issued if requested by July 25, 2011. After July 25, 2011 no refunds will be given.
Applications for funding are no longer being accepted.
Professor Béla Bollobás and Mrs. Tricia Simmons
University of Memphis
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-5610