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Güncellenme Tarihi:

With the support of the French program ANR Finsler

Master Class on
Finsler Geometry and Applications

10-17 April 2014

Galatasaray University, İstanbul, Turkey

(in collaboration with GSU and TUBITAK)

Objectives

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This is a one-week long research school with a
focus on the following thematic areas: Finsler geometry, dynamics, hyperbolic geometry, projective geometry, systolic geometry, Teichmüller theory.
There will be some opportunities for young researchers to deliver research talks and poster presentations. Schedule will be announced on March 2014.


Some funding may be available for qualified research students coming from the region.

Registrations are now closed.


Scientific Committee


Organizing Committee


Lecturers




Program

The title and the abstract of the courses will be added once they are determined. The following information can be partial.

Sarah Bray
The dynamics of non-strictly convex Hilbert geometries

Any open, properly convex domain $\Omega$ in $\R\P^n$ admits a Hilbert metric, compatible with a Finsler norm. Of particular interest are compact quotients of $\Omega$ by discrete subgroups of $\PGL(n+1,\R)$. The dynamical, topological, algebraic, and regularity properties of such quotients with the line flow have been exhaustively studied by Benoist and others in the case that $\Omega$ is strictly convex and consequently $\delta$-hyperbolic. My agenda is to expand previous studies to the convex but not strictly convex case for $\Omega$. In this talk, I will introduce a class of higher dimensional examples, constructed by Benoist, which exhibit some hyperbolicity properties. I will explicitly describe the topological and ergodic dynamical properties of the line flow on the projective triangle, which plays a focal role as an obstruction to hyperbolicity in the non-strictly convex examples of Benoist. I will assure you that we expect this obstruction to be surmountable.


Moon Duchin
Nilpotent groups and their sub-Finsler geometry

I will discuss the structure of finitely generated nilpotent groups and their large-scale geometry. I'll build up some of the Mal'cev theory for nilpotent groups and explain Pansu's theorems describing their asymptotic geometry in very concrete terms. One theme will be exploring how the geometry of the limit metric gives information about the discrete group.


Viveka Erlandsson
Margulis cusps of hyperbolic 4-manifolds

Consider a discrete subgroup G of the isometry group of hyperbolic n-space and a parabolic fixed point p. The Margulis region consists of all points in the space that are moved a small distance by an isometry in the stabilizer of p in G, and is kept precisely invariant under this stabilizer. In dimensions 2 and 3 the Margulis region is always a horoball, which gives the well-understood picture of the parabolic cusps in the quotient manifold. In higher dimensions, due to the existence of screw-translations (parabolic isometries with a rotational part), this is no longer true. When the screw-translation has an irrational rotation, the shape of the corresponding region depends on the continued fraction expansion of the irrational angle. In this talk we describe the asymptotic shape of the Margulis region in hyperbolic 4-space corresponding to an irrational screw-translation. As a consequence we show that the corresponding parabolic cusps are bi-Lipschitz rigid. As a corollary to the asymptotic shape we also obtain a necessary discreteness condition for isometry groups of hyperbolic 4-space, which can be viewed as a generalization of Shimizu's and Jorgensen's conditions in lower dimensions. This is joint work with Saeed Zakeri.


Ludovic Marquis
Coxeter groups in Hilbert Geometry

I will present a construction of convex bodies Omega of the real projective space which admit discrete subgroup of automorphism Gamma such that the quotient Omega/Gamma is compact, or of finite volume or convex-cocompact or geometrically finite. This construction is a given by a Theorem of Tits Vinberg and uses Coxeter group. After, i will discuss the geometrical properties of general quotient Omega/Gamma and moduli space of convex projective manifold (a.k.a such quotient Omega/Gamma).


Thomas Mettler
Compatibility of two-dimensional conformal and projective structures and applications to Finsler 2-spheres of constant curvature.

Recall that a projective structure P on a manifold M is an equivalence class of affine torsion-free connections on TM where two such connections are called equivalent if they share the same unparametrised geodesics. A conformal structure [g] on M is called compatible with a given projective structure P if P contains a connection preserving [g]. In this talk I will show that the space of conformal structures compatible with a projective structure P is given by the kernel of a projectively invariant quasi-linear first order differential operator. Furthermore, in the surface case, I will show that the conformal structures compatible with P are in one-to-one correspondence with certain holomorphic curves in a disk bundle over M. These results allow to rederive a Theorem of Bryant about rectilinear Finsler structures of constant curvature on the 2-sphere.


Hideki Miyachi
Rough homotheties on metric spaces

I would like to talk rough homotheties on metric spaces. It is known that if a Finsler space is not isometric to a Minkowski space, the Finsler space does not admit any k-homothety with k\ne 1. Motivated by this theorem, I would like to consider the existence problem of rough homotheties (rough similarites) on metric spaces. I will deal with the hyperbolic disk. If time permits, I will discuss the problem for Teichmuller space.


Constantin Vernicos
Introduction to Hilbert geometries

Hilbert geometries are defined in the interior of a convex set and are a generalisation of the Klein model (or projective model) of the Hyperbolic geometry. The aim of these lectures will be to introduce the audience to the main properties of these metric spaces and some of the current questions.


Sumio Yamada
Convex Bodies in the Euclidiean, Spherical, Hyperbolic and Teichmuller Spaces

The goal for the series of lectures is to convey the importance of convexity and to share the ideas used in understanding the geometric properties of convex bodies appearing in various contexts in mathematics. I will start with the Euclidean convex bodies, and its associated Finsler geometry, and then generalize the arguments to curved spaces, including the sphere, the hyperbolic space, and finally the Teichmuller space. Some knowledge of Riemannian geometry and Riemann surfaces would be helpful, but not necessary.


Schedule

  Thursday Friday Saturday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10.04.14 11.04.14 12.04.14 14.04.14 15.04.14 16.04.14 17.04.14
09:30 – 10:30 Norbert A'Campo
University of Basel
Norbert A'Campo
University of Basel
Norbert A'Campo
University of Basel
Ludovic Marquis
University of Rennes
Ludovic Marquis
University of Rennes
Norbert A'Campo
University of Basel
Norbert A'Campo
University of Basel
10:30 – 11:00 Break Break Break Break Break Break Break
11:00 – 12:00 Sumio Yamada
Tohoku University
Sumio Yamada
Tohoku University
Moon Duchin
Tufts University
Moon Duchin
Tufts University
Moon Duchin
Tufts University
Sumio Yamada
Tohoku University
Sumio Yamada
Tohoku University
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Constantin Vernicos
Université Montpellier 2
Ludovic Marquis
University of Rennes
Lunch Lunch Lunch Constantin Vernicos
Université Montpellier 2
13:00 – 13:30 FREE AFTERNOON FREE AFTERNOON FREE AFTERNOON
13:30 – 14:30 Sumio Yamada
Tohoku University
Ludovic Marquis
University of Rennes
Constantin Vernicos
Université Montpellier 2
Ludovic Marquis
University of Rennes
14:30 – 15:00 Break Break Break 15 minutes Break
15:00 – 16:00 Constantin Vernicos
Université Montpellier 2
Constantin Vernicos
Université Montpellier 2
Moon Duchin
Tufts University
Moon Duchin
Tufts University
16:00 – 16:30   Break Break 15 minutes Break
16:30 – 17:30 Hideki Miyachi
Osaka University
Thomas Mettler
University of Oxford
Özgür Evren
Istanbul Bilgi University
Viveka Erlandsson Aalto University
            15 minutes Break  
Sarah Bray
Tufts University

 

Application

For participants: There may be some travel/accomodation support available thru TUBITAK, only for graduate students and researchers of age at most 35 and who will participate the conference outside from İstanbul.

The deadline for all participants was March 14, 2014. If you have questions, please contact with the Organizing Committee.

Registration Fee

There will be a fee of 50€ to be paid on arrival.

Help

When you need a help, please contact with the organizing committee.

Hotel Info

The official hotels of the workshop are Harem Hotel and Yeni Saray Hotel. (subject to change) In case you prefer a more comfortable stay, you may make your own hotel reservation, preferrably in the quarters of Galata, Cihangir, Beşiktaş, Ortaköy or Üsküdar.

  • Harem Hotel (***)

    Address: Ambar Sokak, No:2 Selimiye 34668 Istanbul - TURKEY
    Phone: +90 (216) 310 68 00     Fax: +90 (216) 334 77 30
    web: http://www.haremhotel.com/en/     E-mail: info@haremhotel.com
    Room prices: TBA

    Harem hotel has 100 rooms. All of its rooms are equipped with satellite TV, individual air conditioner and central heating, WC, shower cabin, hair dryer, mini bar (stuff inside the mini bar is not included to room price), wi-fi, phone. Breakfast is an open buffet and its bar is 7/24 open and there is also a Laundry, meeting room, generator. In addition, there are a swimming pool, Turkish Bath and Sauna (steam room), and these are free. This hotel is near the Harem otogar and Harem-Sirkeci ferry port, and at 30 minutes walk-distance to Üsküdar. Between Harem hotel and Üsküdar either you can walk along seaside or take a dolmuş (or taxi). But if you have time, it is suggested to walk along seaside, near the maiden's tower you can give a tea break. To learn the location of Harem hotel and some other important places you can use this interactive googlemaps.

    How to go to Harem Hotel from Atatürk airport?: there are 3 or more ways:
    *  First and easist way, of course taking a taxi to Harem, it will cost ~80TRY (1,5 hour). Especially prefer this way after midnight, beacuse you may not find a ferry or a tram after midnight.
    *  Second way, get on a Metro at the Ataturk airport and change it to tram at Zeytinburnu. Get off from the tram at Sirkeci. Then get on a ferry from Sirkeci to Harem and cross the sea (To ceheck the Sirkeci-Harem ferry schedule, please click here). When you reach the Harem ferry port, on the top of hill you will see the Harem hotel, walk up to there. * Third, if you miss the Sirkeci tram station or in that hour if there is no ferry from Sirkeci to Harem, you can get on a ferry/boat either from Eminönü or Karaköy or Beşiktaş to Üsküdar. Then, get on a dolmuş from Üsküdar to Harem, and get of near the Harem Otogar, or take a taxi.

    How to go to Harem hotel from Sabiha Gökçen airport?: there are 2 ways:
    *  First and easist way, of course taking a taxi to Üsküdar, it will cost ~70TRY (1 hour).
    *  Second but cheapest way, havataş shuttles. Get on a havataş shuttle to Kadıköy (12 TRY, check the shuttle schedule from here), and then take a taxi to Harem (10 TRY).

    How to go to Galatasaray University from Harem hotel?
    First walk down up to main street, then get on a dolmuş to Üsküdar (if you are four people, you can take a taxi, it will totally cost cheaper than dolmuş's.) and get off at Üsküdar. Probably the driver will drop you before ferry port. Do not worry, just follow the crowd (If you have time, it is suggested to walk along the seaside to Üsküdar from the hotel (30 minutes), you will have great times). Get on a ferry/boat from Üskdar to Beşiktaş and cross the Bosphorus (you will really enjoy this trip). When you arrive to Beşiktaş, walk 15 minutes along Çırağan street (the main street parallel to the sea) in the direction of Ortaköy, then you will see the main entrance of the university on the right.

  • Yeni Saray Hotel (**)

    Address: Selmanipak Caddesi, Çeşme Sokak, No:31, Üsküdar, Istanbul - TURKEY
    Phone: +90 (216) 553 07 77  /  334 34 85     Fax: +90 (216) 334 56 55
    web: http://www.yenisarayotel.com/english.index.html    E-mails: info@yenisarayotel.com / yenisarayhotel@yahoo.com
    Room prices: TBA

    Yeni Saray hotel has 39 rooms. All of its rooms are equipped with satellite TV, individual air conditioner and central heating, WC, shower cabin, hair dryer, mini refrigerator (drinks inside of the refrigerator is not included to room price), wi-fi, phone. There is a bar and Laundry. This hotel is at the center of Üsküdar, near the Kanaat Lokantası (Kanaat Restaurant) and at 5 minutes walk distance Üsküdar-Beşiktaş ferry port. To learn the location of Yeni Saray hotel and some other important places you can use this interactive googlemaps.

    How to go to Yeni Saray hotel from Atatürk airport?: there are 3 or more ways:
    *  First and easist way, of course taking a taxi to Üsküdar, it will cost ~80TRY (1,5 hour). Especially prefer this way after midnight, beacuse you may not find a ferry or a tram after midnight.
    *  Second but cheapest way, get on a Metro at the Ataturk airport and change it to Tram at Zeytinburnu. Get off from the tram at Eminönü. Then get on a ferry from Eminönü to Üsküdar and cross the sea (the last ferry is at 23:00, to check the winter-time schedule of the Eminönü-Üsküdar ferry, please click here). Then ask some one the Yenisaray Hotel (or its nextdoor the Kanaat Restraunt).
    * Third, if you are using Havaş shuttles, first you will come to Taksim, then either get on a bus or take a taxi to Beşiktaş, and then get on a ferry to Üsküdar (after midnight there is no ferry from Beşiktaş to Üsküdar).

    How to go to Yeni Saray hotel from Sabiha Gökçen airport?: there are 2 ways:
    *  First and easist way, of course taking a taxi to Üsküdar, it will cost ~70TRY (1 hour).
    *  Second but cheapest way, havataş shuttles. Get on a havataş shuttle to Kadıköy (12 TRY, check the shuttle schedule from here), and then either get on a Kadıköy-Üsküdar bus (12a), or take a taxi. The last stop of the buss is at walk distance to hotel.

    How to go to Galatasaray University from Yeni Saray hotel? : First walk 5 minutes up to Üsküdar-Beşiktaş ferry port, there are private ferries near the park (they are more confortable, same price, and there is a ferry per 15 minutes). Get on a ferry from Üsküdar to Beşiktaş. When you arrive to Beşiktaş, walk 15 minutes along the Çırağan Street (the main street paralel to the sea) in the direction of Ortaköy, the main entrance of the university is on the right. You may practice this interactive googlemaps.

  • La Maison(***):

    Address: Muvezzi Cad. No:63, 80700 Çırağan, Beşiktaş, İstanbul_TURKEY
    Phone: + 90 (212) 227 42 63     Fax: +90 (212) 258 87 29
    Web: http://www.lamaison.com.tr    E-Mail: mail@lamaison.com.tr
    Room prices: TBA

    La Maison hotel has 34 rooms. All of its rooms are equipped with satellite TV, individual air conditioner and central heating, WC, shower cabin, hair dryer, mini bar (stuff inside the mini bar is not included to room price), wi-fi, saffety box. There is a bar, laundry, meeting room, generator and Otopark.

    La Maison Hotel is at 20 minutes walk distance from the Galatasaray University. To learn how you can go to the La Maison hotel, please read the paragraph answering the question How to reach Galatasaray University? which is in the Useful info part of this page. Keep in mind that, Müvezzi street is near the 5-star luxiruous hotel, named Çırağan Hotel Kempinski which is a part of the Çırağan Palace, starts near from the bus stop and goes up (250 m) along the Yıldız Park. (At the beginning of the Müvezzi street, on the left side there is an old hotel, named Çırağan hotel, and on the right side there is a Yıldız park with high walls. If you saw these, you are on the right street.) If you walk 7-8 minutes along the Müvezzi street, on the top of hill you will see La Maison hotel. You may practice on this interactive googlemaps.

    If you are planning to stay at La Maison hotel, please make your own reservation from its webpage or contacting them via e-mail: mail@lamaison.com.tr. Since La maison hotel is quite confortable, it will be much more expensive comparing to the Harem Hotel and Yeni Saray hotel.

  • SED Hotel (**)

    Address: Ömer Avni Mah. Besaret Sk. No:14 Ayaspaşa 80040 İstanbul - TURKEY
    Phone: +90 (212) 252 27 10  /   Fax: +90 (212) 252 42 74
    web: http://www.sedhotel.com/    E-mail: info@sedhotel.com
    Room prices: TBA

    SED hotel has 50 rooms. All of its rooms are equipped with satellite TV, individual air conditioner and central heating, WC, shower cabin, hair dryer, mini refrigerator (stuff inside the refrigerator is not included to room price), wi-fi, phone. There is a bar and Laundry. To learn the location of SED hotel and some other important places you can use this interactive googlemaps.

    If you take a taxi from Atatürk airport, give the adress to driver, Probably he knows the hotel. In any case keep in mind that this hotel closed to both of Kabataş tram station (if driver is near the kabataş) and AKM building and German consulate (if driver is near Taksim, this sketch will be useful).
    There is another way to SED hotel from Atatürk airport. Get on the Metro at airport and change to Tram at Zeytinburnu. The last stop of tram is Kabataş. Then ask some one the place of SED otel. Do not forget, after midnight there is no Metro and Tram. Third way, take a Havaş shuttle from airport to Taksim, and then either walk or take a taxi to SED hotel. You may practice on this interactive googlemaps.

Useful Info

  • How to reach Galatasaray University?:

    Galatasaray University is 24 km away from the İSTANBUL ATATÜRK AIRPORT. Right in front of the exit door of the Ataturk International Airport, take the HAVATAŞ bus to TAKSİM (40 mn, 10 TRY) and get off at the last stop, TAKSIM SQUARE (for detailed information about HAVATAŞ buses please visit http://havatas.com/en/coach.aspx?i=1 ). Then either take a taxi (15mn, ~15 TRY), or take a bus and get off at the stop Galatasaray University. The number of busses are: 40 (Taksim - Sarıyer), 42T (Taksim - Bahçeköy), 40T (Taksim - İstinye - Dereiçi), DT1 (Taksim - Ortaköy Dereboyu), DT2 (Taksim - Ortaköy Dereboyu).

    Second possibility, from İstanbul Atatürk Airport to Galatasaray University is taking a taxi (45 mn, ~70 TRY).

    Finally, you may take the metro from İstanbul Atatürk Airport and change to tramway at the Zeytinburnu station. Get off at the last stop in Kabataş. From Kabatas taxi costs 8 TRY, there are also regular buses (get on the bus going to Ortaköy direction).

    If you are coming from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, take the HAVATAŞ bus to TAKSİM (~1.5 hr, 17 TRY) (for more detailed information, please visit http://havatas.com/en/coach.aspx?i=2 ).

    Keep in mind that, Atatürk Airport is more closer than Sabiha Gökçen Airport to the Galatasary University.

  • Local Information:

    Galatasaray University is at 10-15 minutes by walk from both Beşiktaş and Ortaköy. If one wants to take a bus to University, he/she can take any bus working on the shore (for example, the number of busses from Kabataş: 22, 22RE, 25E; from Ortaköy: 40, 40T, 42T, DT1, DT2).

    The best way to reach Galatasaray University from Anatolian side of the city is to take a boat to Beşiktaş from Kadıköy or Üsküdar.

    For Metro, Tram, Ferry 9and Busses either you can use Akbil (1.95 TRY per trip, and you can charge your Akbil Card) or use tickets (1 ticket: 4 TRY, 2 ticket: 7 TRY, 3 ticket: 10 TRY, 5 ticket: 15 TRY, 10 ticket: 28 TRY).

  • Time Schedule of IDO Ferries: http://sehirhatlari.com.tr/en
  • Istanbul Rail Network Map
  • http://www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/media/8540/erisim_2200px_1546px-01.jpg
  • Bank Services:

    In general Banks are open between 8:30 - 17:30 from Monday to Friday.

  • Currency:

    he currency in Turkey is Turkish Lira (TRY). Actually 1 US $ = 1.95 TRY and 1 Euro = 2.60 TRY (August 20, 2013)

  • Drinking Water:

    Although it is safe to drink tap water, it is recommended to buy bottled drink water which can be found almost everywhere at stores. There are several supermarkets in Beşiktaş which is 15 minutes on walk from GS University. You can safely brush your teeth with tap water.

  • Electricity:

    The electricity supply is 220 V, 50 Hz, with the type of sockets which are standard in most European countries.

  • Language:

    In Turkey the official language is Turkish. The Turkish language comes from Central Asian Languages Family and very different from the european languages. The Turkish alphabet is based on the latin alphabet. In general, in Istanbul many people talk English and you can easily communicate with other people. As İstanbul is a touristic city you can find many tourism offices.

  • Phone Information:

    As it belongs to two continents in İstanbul there are two geographical regions : European and Asian sides. The local telephone code of European side is 212 and the one of the Asian side is 216. The national telephone code of Turkey is 90. All of the telephone numbers consist of 7 digits. For example telephone number of Galatasaray University is 2274480 and the code of the European side is 212. So if you want to call Galatasaray University from Asian side the number transforms into 0 212 2274480. If you want to call the same number from abroad it transforms into 00 90 212 2274480. There are prepayed telephone cards of Turkish Telecom specially designed for calling abroad.

  • Shopping:

    Almost all of the shopping centers are open every day until 22:00 hours.

  • Safety:

    Beware of dangerous and inconsiderate driving, especially when crossing roads. Even if you are on a pedestrian crossing, look carefully before crossing. Turkey is a comparatively safe country as far as crime is concerned, but it is best to take reasonable precautions against pickpockets in crowded areas.

  • Time Zone:

    The time zone is 1 hour later from Central European Time Zone, 2 hours later from the Greenwich Mean Time.

  • Visa information for foreigners (general):

    http://www.mfa.gov.tr/visa-information-for-foreigners.en.mfa"

Research Activities at GSU

Venue

The conference venue is Mathematics Department of Galatasaray University, and its address is

Galatasaray University
Department of Mathematics,
Çırağan Caddesi, No: 36,
34357 Ortaköy, Beşiktaş,
İstanbul / Turkey.

To be familiar with the location of the Galatasaray University campus, and some hotels, please overview the interactive Googlemaps below. Please read the Useful Info part to learn how to reach how to reach Galatasaray University.


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Registered Participants

  • Morvan Xavier
  • Hideki Miyachi
  • Zeina Yassine
  • Alberge Vincent
  • Sarah Bray
  • Hyosang Kang
  • Ivan Babenko
  • Viveka Erlandsson
  • Thomas Mettler
  • Ines Adouani
  • Fernand Pelletier
  • Guillaume Bulteau
  • Nesrine Yousfi
  • Moon Duchin
  • Hyosang Kang
  • Eman Al-Shemas
  • Ozgur Ince
  • Adara-Monica Blaga
  • Merve Yücel
  • Ozgur Evren
  • Charalampos Charitos
  • Sumio Yamada
  • Constantin Vernicos
  • Ludovic Marquis
  • Norbert A'Campo
  • Athanese Papadopoulos
  • A. Muhammed Uludağ
  • İrem Portakal
  • Ayberk Zeytin
  • Hakan Ayral
  • Celal Cem Sarıoğlu
  • İsmail Sağlam
  • Meral Tosun
  • Susumu Tanabe
  • Serge Randriambololona