Québec-Vermont Number Theory Seminars 2002-2003
Explanations for schedule:
Schedule for 2002-2003
Suggestions are always welcomed. In particular, if you
want to contribute a lecture on
your own research, or to suggest a speaker. Many
of the speakers below were
suggested by the participants.
Time and location - Montréal
Thursday morning: 10:30-12:00, McGill
University, Burnside Hall 920.
Thursday afternoon: 2:15-3:45,
Concordia University, Library Building LB-540.
Time and location - Burlington
Thursday morning: 10:30-12:00, University
of Vermont, Mathematics Conference Room.
Thursday afternoon: 2:15-3:45,
University of Vermont, Mathematics Conference Room.
Chateau Versailles *
Map of Montreal
To McGill University:
805 Sherbrooke Str. West. The univeristy down-town campus is on Sherbrooke
street (one of the main streets of down-town going East-West). The math
department is in Burnside Hall, which is the tall building to your right
when you stand on Sherbrooke str. facing the campus. The lecture room is
on the 9-th floor, the secretaries' on the 10-th, and the library
on the 11-th. From the Chateau Versailles of from the Monfort, you
have to go on Sherbrooke, heading east (or take bus 24 on Sherbrooke).
It is a 15 minutes walk (even in a snow blizzard).
To Concordia University:
1455 Maisoneuve West. There are two buildings. The math dept is on
the southern one (also called the Library building). The lecture room is
on the 5-th floor, and CICMA offices are on the 6-th floor. The Library
is on the 2-nd floor, accessible by stairs from the ground floor only.
To the Math. Dept. U. Vermont, Burlington:
The math dept address is 16 Colchester ave. Here is a link
(or here) to the dept.
web-site. The lecture room itself in on the ground floor of the building.
Coming on Hwy 89, take Exit 14 West which is Main Street. You drive (heading
west) on Main street heading towards the University of Vermont Lake Champlain.
Turn right on South Prospect Street and immediately left to College Street
and park at the Visitors parking. To get to the math dept continue on South
Prospect Street heading North (!), turn right on Pearl Street (note that
``Pearl Street"= ``Colchester Ave.", the former west of Prospect, the latter
East of Prospect) . The deparment of Math would be one of the next buildings
on your left. You would recognize it from the picture.
Here is a link to the univerity's
Thursday, September 19, 2002.
AM - Speaker: Mak Trifkovic (CICMA)
Title: On mu-Invariants of Elliptic Curves
PM -Speaker: Brian Conrad (Michigan)
Title: Descent theory in non-archimedean geometry
1. After Conrad's lecture there will be a beginning of term
reception at 4:00 PM at McGill in Burnside Hall 1024. All seminar participants (and particularly newcomers to Montreal) are encouraged to attend.
2. On Friday, September 20, at 4:00, Brian Conrad will be giving the
Location: UQAM, Pavillon Sherbrooke, 200, rue Sherbrooke O., salle SH-3420
Speaker: Brian Conrad, University of Michigan
Title: Prime values of polynomials
The students in the number theory group should definitely attend.
Thursday, October 10, 2002:
AM - Speaker: Frauke Bleher (Iowa)
Title: Deformations of complexes and applications
PM - Speaker: Nathan Ng (CICMA)
Title: Moments of the Riemann zeta function
Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at 2:00 PM in BH920:
Special Montreal Number Theory Seminar
Speaker: Alexandru Ghitza (MIT)
Title: Hecke eigenvalues of Siegel modular forms (mod p)
Thursday, October 17, 2002:
AM -Speaker: Hui Xue (IAS)
Title: Central values for Rankin L-functions
PM - Speaker: Stephen Kudla (University of Maryland)
Title: An arithmetic theta function
Special lecture 4:30-6:00, in LB 540 János Kollár
Title: Rational varieties over finite fields
On Friday, October 18, at 4:00, János Kollár
will be giving the
As usual, students are strongly encouraged to attend!
Friday, October 25, 2002, 1:30 PM
Burnside Hall 934
Special Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar
Speaker: Michael Larsen (University of Indiana)
Title: Irrationality of motivic zeta-functions.
Thursday, October 31, 2002:
AM - Speaker: Robert Sczech (Rutgers Newark)
Title: A refinement of Stark's conjecture over complex
cubic number fields
PM - Speaker: Ambrus Pal (CICMA)
Rigid analytical class number formula for K2 of Drinfeld modular curves.
Thursday, November 14, 2002
AM - Speaker: Fred Diamond (Brandeis)
Title: Serre weights and nuclear families of Hilbert modular forms
PM -Speaker: Kevin Buzzard (Imperial College and Harvard)
Special lecture 4:00-5:30 John Friedlander (Toronto)
Title: Uniform Distribution, Large Periods and Cryptography.
Note: John Friedlander will also be giving the CRM-ISM colloquium on
Friday of that week, where he will receive the CRM-Fields Institute Prize.
Special Quebec-Montreal Number Theory Lecture
In the usual room at Concordia.
Tuesday, November 19, 2002 :
2:00 PM: Ernst Gekeler (Saarbrucken)
Title: Frobenius distributions of elliptic curves over finite prime fields
Special don't-even-think-about-taking-this-Thursday-off seminar
Thursday, November 21, 2002.
3:30, in the usual room at Concordia
Ram Murty (Queens)
Title: Ramanujan Graphs
Special Quebec-Montreal Number Theory Day
Thursday, November 28, 2002 :
AM - Speaker: Alina Carmen Cojocaru (UIUC)
Title: Elliptic curves mod $p$
PM -Speaker: Lev Borisov (Wisconsin)
Elliptic functions and equations of modular curves
Thursday, December 5, 2002:
AM -Speaker: Adam Logan (CICMA)
Title: Calculating Stark-Heegner points attached to periods of
Hilbert modular forms
PM -Speaker: Amod Agashe (Austin)
Title: The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer
conjectural formula for modular abelian varieties.
Thursday, December 12, 2002:
AM - Speaker: Matt Baker (Georgia)
PM -Speaker: Matt Papanikolas (Brown)
Title: Extensions of elliptic curves over number fields
Starting January, we have decided to amend the structure of the
seminar, by adding to the two scheduled 90 minute lectures
an extra talk of 30 or 45 minutes in the 4:14-4:45 or 4:15-5:00 slot.
This slot is reserved for members of the local community (students, faculty,
post-docs, visitors...) who wish to give a brief account of their work.
Presentations of work in progress and communications
of a speculative nature are allowed, even encouraged.
If you wish to give a talk in one of these slots (for the time being all except
one are free) please let me know by sending me
an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, January 16, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920:
Andrew Granville (Université de Montréal)
Title: Residue Races, and misleading things that arithmetic geometers say.
2:15-3:45, in LB-540:
Adrian Iovita (Concordia)
p-adic families of exponential maps
Thursday, January 30, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Andrew Booker (Princeton)
Title: Converse theorems and Artin's conjecture
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Ben Howard (Harvard)
Iwasawa theory of elliptic curves
4:15-5:00, in LB-540: Henri Darmon (McGill)
Title: Elliptic curves of large rank over function fields.
Thursday, February 13, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Christopher Skinner (Michigan)
Title: p-adic L-functions and anticyclotomic
main conjectures for unitary groups.
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Tonghai Yang (Madison)
Title: On CM abelian varieties over an imaginary quadratic field
4:30-5:30, Special Lecture at McGill : Matthias Beck
Title: Dedekind sums: a geometric viewpoint
Thursday, February 20, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Jonathan Pila (IAS and University of Melbourne)
1. Density of integer and rational points on curves and surfaces.
2. Entire arithmetic functions
2:00-3:30, in LB-540: David Cox (Amherst)
Title: Why Eisenstein proved the Eisenstein
Criterion and why Schönemann proved it first.
Note the unusual time!!
4:00-4:45, in LB-540: Andrew Granville (Université de
Title: The ABC's of Goldbach
Friday, February 21, 2003:
10:30-11:30, in BH-920: Jonathan Pila (IAS and University of Melbourne)
Special Lecutre: Algorithms with curves over finite fields.
Thursday, March 6, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Preda Mihailescu
Title: Zooming into Catalan's
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Preda Mihailescu
Title: Zooming into Catalan's
4:15-5:00, in LB-540: Ambrus Pàl (CICMA)
Title: Regulators and reciprocity laws on curves
Thursday, March 13, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Gebhard Boeckle (ETH)
Title: An Eichler-Shimura type isomorphism
for Drinfeld modular forms
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Serge Lang (Yale)
Title: Spherical inversion on totally geodesic embeddings
4:14-4:45, in LB-540: Hershy Kisilevsky (CICMA)
Title: Ranks of Weil curves over cyclotomic fields.
Thursday, March 20, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Kristin Lauter (Microsoft)
Title: Complex multiplication methods for generating
curves over finite fields.
Thursday, March 27, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Bo-Hae Im (Indiana)
Title: The rank of elliptic curves over large fields
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Robert Pollack (Chicago)
Title: A missing p-adic L-function
4:15-5:00, in LB-540: Samit Dasgupta (Berkeley)
Title: Elliptic units and real quadratic fields
Thursday, April 10, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Michael Rubinstein (AIM)
Title: Algorithms and computations in
analytic number theory
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Andras Biro (Hungarian Academy)
Title: On the class number
one problem for special real quadratic fields
4:15-5:00, in LB-540: Andrew Archibald (CICMA)
Title: Intersection theory on surfaces --
A talk for number theorists
Thursday, April 24, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Oliver Bultel (Heidelberg)
Title: l-adic monodromy of abelian varieties
in characteristic p,
2:15-3:45, in LB-540:Ron Livné (Hebrew University)
Title: Higher dimensional analogs of Ramanujan
graphs and Hilbert Modular Forms
5:00-6:30, at McGill BH-1B24 (in the basement of Burnside Hall)
Special School of Computer Science Colloquium
Yuri Matiyasevich (Steklov Institute)
Title: Hilbert's Tenth Problem Today: Main Results and Open Problems
Thursday, May 15, 2003:
10:30-12:00, in BH-920: Tom Tucker (Rochester)
2:15-3:45, in LB-540: Alexander Brown (Claremont)
Title: The endomorphism algebras
of modular motives
4:15-5:15, in LB-540: Ram Murty
Title: An Application of Mumford's Gap Principle