Some problems in the theory of simple groups  12 - 16 September 2016

Room : BI A0 448


Radha Kessar, City University London

Gunter Malle, TU Kaiserslautern

Donna Testerman, EPFL

This workshop will consist of three lecture series of 5 hours each.

Tim Burness, Bristol University
Simple groups, fixed point ratios and applications
In the first part of the series, we describe the main results on fixed point ratios including some classical estimates, plus more recent work for groups of Lie type. For the classical groups, this will include a discussion of subgroup structure, conjugacy classes and also some representation theory.
We also mention analogues (and recent work) at the level of algebraic groups.
In the second half, we concentrate on applications of the work described in Part I, e.g. to generation and random generation problems for simple groups, with connections to spread and generating graphs, to problems in permutation group theory such as base sizes, to random walks on groups, and monodromy groups.

Martin Liebeck, Imperial College London
Applications of character theory
We will describe some applications of the character theory of finite groups of Lie type to the following topics: width  questions, word maps, mixing times of random walks, and representation varieties.

Eamonn O'Brien, University of Auckland
Algorithms for linear groups
The development of high-quality algorithms to investigate the structure of a linear group is a highly active area of research. Natural questions include:
* How do we compute the order of a given matrix?
* How do we decide if a linear group acts reducibly on its underlying vector space?
* How do we compute conjugacy classes of elements and characters of the group?
We will consider these and related topics and describe the algorithms used to answer such questions.
Name University Dates of visit
Radha Kessar City University London 12/09/2016 - 16/09/2016
Gunter Malle TU Kaiserslautern 12/09/2016 - 16/09/2016
Donna Testerman EPFL 12/09/2016 - 16/09/2016
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