2nd Bangkok Workshop on Discrete Geometry and Statistics, January 8-12, 2018, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

LOCAL ORGANIZERS: Yuki SATO, Luca LIONNI, Oleg EVNIN, Auttakit CHATRABHUTI.

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Antonio GONZÁLEZ-ARROYO (IFT UAM/CSIC, Madrid), Þórður JÓNSSON (U Iceland), Dmitri KRIOUKOV (Northeastern U, Boston), Masaki OSHIKAWA (U Tokyo), Jørgen RASMUSSEN (U Queensland), Naoki SASAKURA (Yukawa Inst, Kyoto), Sunder SETHURAMAN (U Arizona), Robert ZIFF (U Michigan).


REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS     (register here)


OBJECTIVES:

The workshop will focus on mathematical statistical physics of discrete systems, and in particular its applications to random geometries. 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 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).

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

The previous workshop of this series: BKK2017DSCR

This workshop preceeds the 7th BANGKOK WORKSHOP ON HIGH-ENERGY THEORY held at the same venue two weeks later.


PRE- AND POST-WORKSHOP RESIDENCE PROGRAM:

Participants are invited to remain in residence for informal communication and collaboration during the weeks preceeding (January 1-5) and succeeding (January 15-19) the workshop. Please indicate the prospective timing of your stay at the time of registration.


REGISTRATION:

There will be no registration fees for the upcoming workshop. Please completely fill the online form in order to register. General inquiries may be directed to Yuki Sato <ysato.phys@gmail.com> and/or Oleg Evnin <oleg.evnin@gmail.com>.


VENUE:

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.


PRACTICALITIES:

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., booking.com 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 and clean mid-range (around 1200-1400 baht/night) hotel within walking distance that we can recommend is Patumwan House. Happy 3 Hotel has been preferred by some of our participants 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).