I will introduce two basic problems in random geometry. A self-avoiding walk is a sequence of steps in a d-dimensional lattice with no self-intersections. If branching is allowed, it is called a branched polymer. Using supersymmetry, one can map these problems to more tractable ones in statistical mechanics. In many cases this allows for the determination of exponents governing the relationship between the diameter and the number of steps.
School of Mathematics
We show a (3/2-\epsilon)-approximation algorithm for the graphical traveling salesman problem where the goal is to find a shortest tour in an unweighted graph G. This is a special case of the metric traveling salesman problem when the underlying metric is defined by shortest path distances in G. The result improves on the 3/2-approximation algorithm due to Christofides for the case of graphical TSP.
Let G be a connected reductive group over Q such that G(R) has discrete series representations. I will report on some statistical results on the Satake parameters (w.r.t. Sato-Tate distributions) and low-lying zeros of L-functions for families of automorphic representations of G(A). This is a joint work with Nicolas Templier.