American Institute of Mathematics, Palo Alto, California
Tatiana Nagnibeda and Mark Sapir
This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to various incarnations of the notion of amenability for a finitely generated group. The main goal of the workshop is to gain better understanding of the meaning of being amenable or nonamenable for a discrete, finitely generated group. Our attention will be concentrated on a certain number of concrete open problems about (non)amenability of groups with origins in very different areas of mathematics, and the workshop will bring together researchers from these diverse areas.
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The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and parallel working sessions.
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