Topics in Probability

Organised by

Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI),

Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSC) &

Statistical and Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)

Dates: December 18-20, 2012

Venue: Chennai Mathematical Institute, Siruseri, Tamilnadu.

December 18

9.00-10.00 Registration and Coffee

10.00-11.00 Richard Bass, University of Connecticut

A stability theorem for the elliptic Harnack inequality

Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Manjunath Krishnapur, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Nodal length of random eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on the 2-d torus


2.00-3.00 Anish Sarkar, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Brownian Web in the Scaling Limit of Supercritical Oriented Percolation in Dimension 1 + 1

Coffee break

3.30-4.30 Ramon Van Handel, Princeton University

Conditional ergodicity in infinite dimension.

December 19

10.00-11.00 Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, University of Texas at Dallas

A metric between probability distributions of different sizes and applications to order reduction.

Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Krishanu Maulik, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Rates of convergence of color count in balanced urn models.


2.00-3.00 Sandra Cerrai, University of Maryland

Pathwise uniqueness of stochastic partial differential equations in Banach spaces.

Coffee break

3.30-4.30 Vivek Borkar, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

Certain small noise limits for diffusions.

7.00-10.00 Conference Dinner

December 20

10.00-11.00 Tom Kurtz, University of Wisconsin

Time-change equations for diffusion processes.

Coffee break

11.30-12.30 Arup Bose, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

Limiting spectral distribution of patterned random matrices.


2.00-2.30 SAMSI Information Session

Coffee break

3.00-4.00 Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore

Convergence of Nearest Neighbor Markov chains on discrete trees towards Brownian Motion on real-trees.

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The abstracts are available for download here- Abstracts