REGISTRATION HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE DECEMBER 16, 2012.
General inquies can be directed to
Oleg Evnin <firstname.lastname@example.org> and/or Auttakit
Chatrabhuti <email@example.com> with "BANGKOK WORKSHOP
2013" in the subject line.
LOCAL ORGANIZERS: Auttakit
CHATRABHUTI and Oleg EVNIN.
INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Ignatios ANTONIADIS (CERN), Eric
BERGSHOEFF (Groningen U), Rajesh GOPAKUMAR (HRI, Allahabad), Henry TYE
(HKUST-IAS, Hong Kong).
DETAILED ARRIVAL INFORMATION
The workshop will broadly focus on issues surrounding conjectured and
proved connections between gravitational and gauge
fields and systems with matrix and string degrees of freedom, as well
as related subjects. Well-known examples of such connections include,
in a non-preferential order,
(1) string worldsheet description of perturbative gravity, (2) AdS/CFT
correspondence, (3) gravitational matrix theories: BFSS, IKKT, etc, (4)
triangulation approach to low-dimensional gravities, (5) matrix
integral description of gauge theories (via reduced models in the large
N limit, and via localization in supersymmetric contexts), (6) spin
foams, Ponzano-Regge model (7) effective confining strings in gauge
Participants are expected to give seminars on their current research
and/or review lectures in their fields of expertise. Due to the
diversity of subjects covered, informal and pedagogical style of
presentation is preferred, and blackboard talks are welcomed.
PRE- AND POST-WORKSHOP RESIDENCE PROGRAM:
Participants are encouraged to remain in residence for informal
communication and collaboration during the weeks preceeding (January
and succeeding (February 4-8) the workshop. Please indicate the
prospective timing of your stay in your registration e-mails.
The workshop will be hosted by the physics department of Chulalongkorn University
(commonly abbreviated as "Chula", pronounced choo-lah), 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
Korea, a number
of South-East-Asian countries and Hong Kong passport holders) enjoy visa-free
to Thailand for
up to 30 days. Some others (including India, mainland China and Taiwan
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 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
. Two neat and clean mid-range (around 1200 baht/night) hotels
within walking distance that we can recommend are Vista Residence Bangkok
and Pathumwan House
Luxurious Pathumwan Princess
located across the street from campus. (Very) basic accommodations can
start at as low as 400 baht/night for a private room, for example, at White
. (As of October 28, 2012, requests are no longer taken for
university-owned housing. Available rooms will be distributed among those
who had submitted requests before that date.)
Climatic conditions in Bangkok are advantageous during the season of
the workshop (roughly corresponding to a pleasantly warm and sunny