THE MALLAT FAMILY FUND FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICS

invites you to a

SPECIAL LECTURE SERIES

to be presented by

Professor Bruce Kleiner
Yale University

 

The lectures will be held in

Room 232

Amado Mathematics Building

 


Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Haifa, Israel


Lecture I:  Monday 14 May, 2007 at 15:30

 

Perelman's work on the Geometrization Conjecture I

 

An overview of Perelman's proof of the Geometrization Conjecture for a general mathematical audience.


Lecture II:  Wednesday, 16 May, 2007  at 15:30

 

Perelman's work on the Geometrization Conjecture II

 

This will be a continuation of the first lecture, in which several important strands of the proof are discussed in greater detail. The lecture will be aimed at people working in Geometry, Topology, or PDE's.


Lecture III:  Thursday, 17 May, 2007  at 15:30

 

BiLipschitz embedding in Banach spaces

 

A mapping between metric spaces is L-biLipschitz if it stretches distances by a factor of at most L, and compresses them by a factor no worse than 1/L. A basic problem in geometric analysis is to determine when one metric space can be bi-Lipschitz embedded in another, and if so, to estimate the optimal bi-Lipschitz constant.  In recent years this question has generated great interest in computer science, since many data sets can be represented as metric spaces, and associated algorithms can be simplified, improved, or estimated, provided one knows that the metric space space in question can be biLipschitz embedded (with controlled bi-Lipschitz constant) in a nice space, such as L^2 or L^1.

 

The lecture will discuss several new existence and non-existence results for bi-Lipschitz embeddings in Banach spaces.  One approach to non-existence theorems is based on generalized differentiation theorems in the spirit of Rademacher's theorem on the almost everywhere differentiability of Lipschitz functions on R^n.  We first show that earlier differentiation based results of Pansu and Cheeger, which proved non-existence of embeddings into R^k, generalize to many Banach space targets, such as L^p for 1 < p < infinity. We then focus on the case when the target is L^1, where differentiation theory is known to fail, and the embedding questions are of particular interest in computer science.   When the domain is the Heisenberg group with its Carnot-Caratheodory metric,  we show that a modified form of differentiation still holds for Lipschitz maps into L^1, by exploiting a new connection with functions of bounded variation, and some very recent advances in geometric measure theory.  This leads to a proof of a conjecture of Assaf Naor.

 

This is joint work with Jeff Cheeger.