Bangkok Workshop on Discrete Geometry and Statistics, January 30 - February 3, 2017, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


Jan AMBJØRN (Niels Bohr Inst), Bergfinnur DURHUUS (U Copenhagen), Masaki OSHIKAWA (U Tokyo), Naoki SASAKURA (Yukawa Inst, Kyoto), Robert ZIFF (U Michigan).





The workshop will focus on mathematical statistical physics of discrete systems, and in particular its applications to random geometries, as well as a few other related research directions. Real-life motivations for such studies range from attempts to quantize gravity to problems in condensed matter physics to mathematical modelling of cooperative phenomena in macroscopic communities. Some concrete directions include:
1) Discrete random geometries with applications to gravity quantization,
2) Discrete mathematical models in equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical physics (the Ising model and its relatives, percolation, lattice gases, etc),
3) Random matrix and tensor models,
4) Random graphs and dynamics of complex networks,
5) Topics in lattice gauge theory (especially with emphasis on analytic approaches),
6) Conformal field theories (especially with connections to the above subjects),
7) Miscellaneous discrete aspects of dynamical evolution (cellular automata, time-periodic structures, etc).

The talks are expected to be informal and interactive, with a substantial pedagogical component.

This workshop succeeds the 6th BANGKOK WORKSHOP ON HIGH-ENERGY THEORY held at the same venue two weeks earlier.


Participants are invited to remain in residence for informal communication and collaboration during the weeks preceeding (January 23-27) and succeeding (February 6-10) the workshop. Please indicate the prospective timing of your stay at the time of registration.


There will be no registration fees for the upcoming workshop. Registration has been closed. General inquiries may be directed to Yuki Sato <> and/or Oleg Evnin <>.


The workshop will be hosted by the physics department of Chulalongkorn University (commonly abbreviated as "Chula", pronounced choo-lah, with a stressed second syllable), Thailand's leading school in natural science fields centrally located in the modernized Pathumwan district of Bangkok.


Citizens of a large number of nations (including EU, US, Canada, Russia, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, a number of South-East-Asian countries and Hong Kong passport holders) enjoy visa-free entry to Thailand for up to 30 days. Some others (including India, mainland China and Taiwan passport holders) can obtain a visa-on-arrival at the airport for up to 15 days.

Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodations, though the organizers can provide some advice in this matter. Reservations should not be difficult to make via, e.g., or other similar sites, or by contacting the hotels directly. Being an epicenter of a gigantic tourist industry, Bangkok offers plentiful accommodations at all luxury levels, priced considerably lower than the general international standards. It should not be difficult to find housing within 1km of the workshop location indicated on this map. A neat mid-range (around 1200-1400 baht/night) hotel within walking distance that we can recommend is Patumwan House. (The Vista Residence hotel, which has been enjoyed by many workshop participants in the past, is closing down for remodelling, and no longer takes bookings.) Happy 3 Hotel has been preferred by some of our visitors as a somewhat more upscale alternative. We generally advise against the luxurious corporate highrise hotels, a few of which are located close to the university, but inquire if interested. (Very) basic accommodations can start at as low as 400 baht/night for a private room, for example, at Cozy Bangkok or White Lodge.

Climatic conditions in Bangkok are advantageous during the season of the workshop (roughly corresponding to a pleasantly warm and sunny summer in temperate countries).