October 20, 2016
Initiated by Langlands, the problem of computing the Hasse-Weil zeta functions of Shimura varieties in terms of automorphic L-functions has received continual study. We will discuss how recent progress in various aspects of the field has allowed the extension of the project to some Shimura varieties not treated before. In the particular case of orthogonal Shimura varieties, we discuss the computation of the Frobenius-Hecke traces on the intersection cohomology of their minimal compactifications, and the comparison to the Arthur-Selberg trace formula via the process of stabilization. Key ingredients include comparing Harish Chandra character formulas to Kostant's Theorem on Lie algebra cohomology, and a comparison between different normalizations of the transfer factors for real endoscopy to get all the signs right.