New Directions in Theoretical Physics 3

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50 George Square

50 George Square

50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
Description

New Directions in Theoretical Physics is a series of prestigious interdisciplinary conferences organised by the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, aiming to generate an exchange of ideas and highlight new approaches to challenges in all areas of theoretical physics. All talks in this meeting are plenary review talks and are intended to reach out to the entire community of theoretical physicists, inspire researchers and generate a valuable discussion across disciplines.

The January 2019 meeting is the third meeting in this series, following highly successful meetings in 2017 and 2014. It will cover a broad range of topics including particle physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and dark matter, general relativity and gravitational waves, stochastic thermodynamics, entanglement, disorder, complexity and chaos in quantum systems, principles of machine learning and physics of living systems.

The conference venue is 50 George Square in the city centre campus of the University of Edinburgh. This time the conference extends over three full days, Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th January, consisting of review talks (all talks are 45 minutes) and discussion sessions. The list of speakers is below. In the evening of the first day (Wednesday, 9 Jan) there will be a drinks reception (6:30pm) followed by a public talk -- Higgs Public Lecture -- by Nima Arkani-Hamed (starting at 7:30pm). On the Thursday (10 Jan) all participants will be hosted for a conference dinner.

Timetable

View full timetable on Indico

Speakers

  • Ana Achúcarro  (Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU)
    'A new twist on multifield inflation'

  • Ehud Altman (Berkeley)
    'Universal operator growth and emergent hydrodynamics in quantum systems'

  • Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton)
    'Time Without Time'

  • Michael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh)
    'The Fine Structure Constant'

  • Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania)
    'The Power of Random: Information and Emergence From Black Holes to the Brain'

  • Mark Bowick (KITP, Santa Barbara)
    'Statistical Mechanics of 2D Metamaterials'

  • Claudia de Rham (Imperial College London)
    'Physics under the Gravitational Rainbow'

  • Claude Duhr (CERN and UC Louvain)
    'Modern approaches to precision computations in the LHC era'

  • John Ellis (CERN and Kings College London)
    'Prospects for physics at future colliders'

  • Éanna Flannagan (Cornell University)
    'Asymptotic symmetries and charges in general relativity'

  • Gregory Gabadadze (NYU)
    'Beyond Einstein Gravity and Cosmology'

  • Chris Jarzynski (University of Maryland)
    'Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics'

  • Jean-Francois Joanny (Collège de France and ESPCI ParisTech)
    'Physics of Biological Tissues'

  • Satya Majumdar (Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay)
    'Extreme Value Statistics for Random Matrices'

  • Matthew Mccullough (CERN and Cambridge)
    'The hierarchy problem: Exotic signatures from exotic solutions'

  • Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)
    'The hunt for the first black holes'

  • Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)
    'Universal low temperature theory of charged black holes and SYK models of strange metals'

  • Udo Seifert (Stuttgart University)
    'From stochastic thermodynamics to thermodynamic inference'

  • George Sterman (YITP, Stony Brook)
    'Making a place for perturbation theory in the non-perturbative strong interactions'

  • Naftaly Tishby (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)
    'Information theory and statistical physics of Deep Learning'

  • Frank Verstraete (Ghent University)
    'Quantum tensor networks for modelling quantum many body wavefunctions'
     

  • Neal Weiner (New York University)
    'Searching for Dark Matter in Time Domain Astronomy'
     

The Higgs Public Lecture 

On the evening of Wednesday the 9th January you are invited to participate in The Higgs Public Lecture, entitled "The End of Spacetime," by Nima Arkani-Hamed. The lecture will be held at the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, and is free of charge but requires early registration (which is separate to the conference registraion).

Prior to the lecture we invite you to a drinks reception.

Conference Dinner

On the evening of Thursday 10th January you are invited to Surgeons Hall for a delicious three-course meal. Please advise your attendance at the dinner by checking the correct box on the registration form, there is no extra cost to attend.

Delegate Discounts

You will be provided with an Edinburgh Rewards Passport at the registration desk, this gives access to over 100 discounts and exclusive offers at a selection of the city's restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and pre booked taxis. Details of the discounts are at www.edinburghrewards.com as well as the printed passport.

Contact

For any practical question regarding the confrence, please contact the Higgs Centre secretary Ines Foidl <ines.foidl@ed.ac.uk>

All venue information can be found here in Google maps (external link)

We expect all delegates to adhere to the Dignity and Respect Policy of the University of Edinburgh while on University premises.

 

 

Participants
  • Adam Lantos
  • Adam Nahum
  • Akash Vijay
  • Alejandro Cros
  • Alejandro Jenkins
  • Aleksandra Ziolkowska
  • Alessandro Bentivoglio
  • Alexander Morozov
  • Amy Lloyd-Stubbs
  • Ana Achucarro
  • Andrea Incatasciato
  • Andrew Yong
  • Anthony Kennedy
  • Antonin Portelli
  • Aris Ioannou
  • Athoy Nilima
  • Atsuhisa Ota
  • Avery Meiksin
  • Basil Ibrahim
  • Ben Maybee
  • Ben Pullin
  • Benjamin Giblin
  • Brian Pendleton
  • Calum Milloy
  • Chris Jarzynski
  • Claude Duhr
  • Claudia De Rham
  • Dan Luo
  • Daniel Jenkins
  • David McComb
  • Davide Marenduzzo
  • Des Johnston
  • Devarshee Sandilya
  • Dom Corbett
  • Dominic Gribben
  • Dominic Rouse
  • Donal O'Connell
  • Eanna Flanagan
  • Ehud Altman
  • Einan Gardi
  • Elena Villhauer
  • Emmet Byrne
  • Enrico Pajer
  • Eric Laenen
  • Fabian Essler
  • Felix Erben
  • Florian Götz
  • Francesca Lane
  • Francesco Cagnetta
  • Francesco Pace
  • Frank Verstraete
  • Fred Tomlinson
  • Frederika Phipps
  • Gary Robertson
  • George Sterman
  • Gerald Fux
  • Giulio Falcioni
  • Graham Shore
  • Gregory Gabadadze
  • Hang Yu
  • Harald Fox
  • J Tobias Tsang
  • Jakub Dolezal
  • Jean-Fran?Ois Joanny
  • Jelle Hartong
  • Jennifer Smillie
  • Jinjie Dong
  • Joan Simon
  • John Ellis
  • Joscha Reichel
  • Jose Onorbe
  • Joseph Lee
  • Julian Kappler
  • Keith Horne
  • Leonardo de la Cruz
  • Leonardo Vernazza
  • Liam Ruske
  • Lorenzo Magnea
  • Lucile Cangemi
  • Luigi Del Debbio
  • Lukas Müller
  • Lukas Tarra
  • Luke Butcher
  • Maria Derda
  • Marios Kalomenopoulos
  • Mark Bowick
  • Martin Evans
  • Matthew Trott
  • Michael Wilson
  • Mike Cates
  • Naftali Tishby
  • Neal Weiner
  • Niamh Maher
  • Niclas Westerberg
  • Nima Arkani-Hamed
  • Oskar Leimkuhler
  • Patrick Pietzonka
  • Peter Mottishaw
  • Philipp Rueter
  • Piotr Bargiela
  • Priyamvada Natarajan
  • Rajesh Singh
  • Riccardo Gonzo
  • Richard Ball
  • Richard Blythe
  • Richard Szabo
  • Richard van Dongen
  • Roberta Palacino
  • Roger Horsley
  • Roman Zwicky
  • Rosalyn Pearson
  • Sadegh Khochfar
  • satya majumdar
  • Scott Melville
  • Sebastian Jaskiewicz
  • Stephen Watson
  • Subir Sachdev
  • Susan Hezlet
  • Theo Steele
  • Tomasz Andrzejewski
  • Tommaso Giani
  • Udo Seifert
  • Vera Guelpers
  • Veronika Breunhoelder
  • Victoria Martin
  • Vijay Balasubramanian
  • Vittorio Del Duca
  • Wendy Gray
  • Xinhao Yu
  • Yaseen Asad
  • Yongjoo Baek
  • Zhuochao Li
    • 09:00 09:45
      Session 1: Claude Duhr (CERN and UC Louvain): 'Modern approaches to precision computations in the LHC era' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 09:00
        'Modern approaches to precision computations in the LHC era' 45m
        Speaker: Claude Duhr (CERN and UC Louvain)
    • 09:45 10:30
      Session 1: Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton): 'Time Without Time'
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 11:45
      Session 1: Ana Achúcarro (Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU): 'A new twist on multifield inflation' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 11:00
        'A new twist on multifield inflation' 45m
        Speaker: Ana Achúcarro (Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU)
    • 11:45 12:30
      Session 1: Claudia de Rham (Imperial College London): 'Physics under the Gravitational Rainbow' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 12:30 13:00
      Session 1: Discussion G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 14:00 14:45
      Session 2: Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University): 'The hunt for the first black holes'
    • 14:45 15:30
      Session 2: Neal Weiner (New York University): 'Searching for Dark Matter in Time Domain Astronomy'
      • 14:45
        'Searching for Dark Matter in Time Domain Astronomy' 45m
        Speaker: Neal Weiner (New York University)
    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 16:45
      Session 2: John Ellis (CERN and Kings College London): 'Prospects for physics at future colliders' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 16:45 17:30
      Session 2: Matthew Mccullough (CERN and Cambridge): 'The hierarchy problem: Exotic signatures from exotic solutions' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 16:45
        'The hierarchy problem: Exotic signatures from exotic solutions' 45m
        Speaker: Matthew Mccullough (CERN and Cambridge)
    • 17:30 18:00
      Session 2: Discussion G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 18:30 19:30
      Reception 1h Atrium (Informatics Building)

      Atrium

      Informatics Building

      10 Chrichton Street EH8 9AB
    • 19:30 20:30
      Public Lecture by Nima Arkani-Hamed: 'End of Spacetime': 'End of Spacetime'
      Convener: Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton)
      • 19:30
        "The End of Spacetime" -- a Public Lecture by Nima Arkani-Hamed 1h George Aikman Lecture Theatre

        George Aikman Lecture Theatre

        32 George Square EH8 9LH

        https://www.eventbrite.com/e/higgs-centre-public-lecture-by-nima-arkani-hamed-the-end-of-spacetime-tickets-51309535201

        Speaker: Arkani-Hamed Nima (IAS, Princeton)
    • 09:00 09:45
      Session 3: Jean-Francois Joanny (Collège de France and ESPCI ParisTech): 'Physics of Biological Tissues' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      Convener: Prof. Martin Evans
      • 09:00
        'Physics of Biological Tissues' 45m
        Speaker: Prof. Jean-Francois Joanny
    • 09:45 10:30
      Session 3: Satya Majumdar (Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay): 'Extreme Value Statistics for Random Matrices' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 09:45
        'Extreme Value Statistics for Random Matrices 45m
        Speaker: Satya Majumdar (Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay)
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 11:45
      Session 3: Mark Bowick (KITP, Santa Barbara) 'Statistical Mechanics of 2D Metamaterials' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 11:45 12:30
      Session 3: Ehud Altman (Berkeley): 'Universal operator growth and emergent hydrodynamics in quantum systems' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 12:30 13:00
      Session 3: Discussion G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 14:00 14:45
      Session 4: Éanna Flannagan (Cornell University) 'Asymptotic symmetries and charges in general relativity' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 14:00
        'Asymptotic symmetries and charges in general relativity' 45m
        Speaker: Eanna Flannagan (Cornell University)
    • 14:45 15:30
      Session 4: Gregory Gabadadze (NYU): 'Beyond Einstein Gravity and Cosmology'
    • 15:30 16:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 16:00 16:45
      Session 4: Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania) 'The Power of Random: Information and Emergence From Black Holes to the Brain' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 16:45 17:15
      Session 4: Discussion G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 19:00 22:00
      Conference Dinner 3h Playfair Hall (Surgeons Quarter)

      Playfair Hall

      Surgeons Quarter

      Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DW
    • 09:00 09:45
      Session 5: George Sterman (YITP, Stony Brook): 'Making a place for perturbation theory in the non-perturbative strong interactions' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 09:45 10:30
      Session 5: Subir Sachdev (Harvard University): 'Universal low temperature theory of charged black holes and SYK models of strange metals' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 09:45
        'Universal low temperature theory of charged black holes and SYK models of strange metals' 45m
        Speaker: Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)
    • 10:30 11:00
      Coffee Break 30m
    • 11:00 11:45
      Session 6: Naftaly Tishby (Hebrew University, Jerusalem): 'Information theory and statistical physics of Deep Learning' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 11:45 12:30
      Session 6: Frank Verstraete (Ghent University): 'Quantum tensor networks for modelling quantum many body wavefunctions' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 12:30 13:00
      Session 5: Discussion G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 13:00 14:00
      Lunch Break 1h
    • 14:00 14:45
      Session 6: Chris Jarzynski (University of Maryland): 'Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 14:00
        'Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics' 45m
        Speaker: Chris Jarzynski (University of Maryland)
    • 14:45 15:30
      Session 6: Udo Seifert (Stuttgart University) 'From stochastic thermodynamics to thermodynamic inference' G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
      • 14:45
        'From stochastic thermodynamics to thermodynamic inference' 45m
        Speaker: Udo Seifert (Stuttgart University)
    • 15:30 16:00
      Session 6: Discussion G.03

      G.03

      50 George Square

      50 George Square, EH8 9JU, Edinburgh
    • 16:00 16:30
      Coffee Break 30m
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