## Simon Brendle : Singularity formation in geometric flows

- Geometry and Topology ( 284 Views )Geometric evolution equations like the Ricci flow and the mean curvature flow play a central role in differential geometry. The main problem is to understand singularity formation. In this talk, I will discuss recent results which give a complete picture of all the possible limit flows in 2D mean curvature flow with positive mean curvature, and in 3D Ricci flow.

## Kristen Moore : Evolving hypersurfaces by their inverse null mean curvature.

- Geometry and Topology ( 118 Views )We introduce a new second order parabolic evolution equation where the speed is given by the reciprocal of the null mean curvature. This flow is a generalisation of inverse mean curvature flow and it is motivated by the study of black holes and mass/energy inequalities in general relativity. We present a theory of weak solutions using level-set methods and an appropriate variational principle, and outline a natural application of the flow as a variational approach to constructing marginally outer trapped surfaces (MOTS), which play the role of quasi-local black hole boundaries in general relativity.

## Dan Lee : Black hole uniqueness and Penrose inequalities

- Geometry and Topology ( 110 Views )I will tell two stories. The first is the story of static spacetimes with black hole boundaries and the attempt to classify them. The second is the story of the Penrose inequality. I will then weave these two stories together in the setting of negative curvature. This last part is a report on joint work-in-progress with A. Neves.

## Paul Allen : The Dirichlet problem for curve shortening flow.

- Geometry and Topology ( 98 Views )We consider the Dirichlet problem for curve shortening flow on surfaces of constant curvature and show long-time existence of the flow when the initial curve is embedded in a convex region. Furthermore, the limit curve of the flow is a geodesic. The proof relies on an adaptation of Huisken's distance comparison estimate for planar curves, a maximum principle of Angenent, and a blow-up analysis of singularities.

## Peter Lambert-Cole : Products of Legendrian Knots and Invariants in Contact Topology

- Geometry and Topology ( 97 Views )I will introduce a product construction in contact topology for Legendrian submanifolds, focusing on products of Legendrian knots. I will then discuss ongoing work to compute a product formula for the Legendrian contact homology invariant and some of the geometric and analytic difficulties involved. In particular, I will describe Ekholm's Morse-theoretic approach to counting holomorphic curves and how to apply it to compute invariants of products of Legendrian knots.

## Saman Habibi Esfahani : Gauge theory, from low dimensions to higher dimensions and back

- Geometry and Topology ( 73 Views )We start by recalling gauge theory and some of its applications in low-dimensional topology. We briefly discuss Donaldson-Thomas program to extend the methods of gauge theory to study higher-dimensional manifolds, specially Calabi-Yau 3-folds and G2-manifolds. Finally, we will see that the study of gauge theory in higher dimensions motivates new ideas and questions in low-dimensional topology.