Jeremy Blanc (Universität Basel, Switzerland) Title: Automorphisms of P^{1} bundles over rational surfaces Abstract: In this talk, I will present a way to compute automorphisms of P^{1}bundles over rational surfaces. As it will be explained, we can reduce to the case of Hirzebruch surfaces, and then study the action on the fibres in an explicit way, using transition functions. 

Jaroslaw Buczynski (University of Warsaw, Poland) Title: Constructions of kregular maps using finite local schemes Abstract: A continuous map R^{m} > R^{N} or C^{m} > C^{N} is called kregular if the images of any k distinct points are linearly independent. Given integers m and k a problem going back to Chebyshev and Borsuk is to determine the minimal value of N for which such maps exist. The methods of algebraic topology provide lower bounds for N, however there are very few results on the existence of such maps for particular values m. During the talk, using the methods of algebraic geometry, we will construct kregular maps. We will relate the upper bounds on the minimal value of N with the dimension of the a Hilbert scheme. The computation of the dimension of this space is explicit for k< 10, and we provide explicit examples for k at most 5. We will also provide upper bounds for arbitrary m and k. The problem has its interpretation in terms of interpolation theory: for a topological space X and a vector space V, a map X > V is kregular if and only if the dual space V^{*} embedded in the space of continuous maps from X to the base field R or C is kinterpolating, i.e. for any k distinct points x_{1},…,x_{k} of X and any values f_{i}, there is a function in V^{*}, which takes values f_{i} at x_{i}. Similarly, we can interpolate vector valued continuous functions, and analogous methods provide interesting results. The talk is based mainly on: – “Constructions of kregular maps using finite local schemes”, Jarosław Buczyński, Tadeusz Januszkiewicz, Joachim Jelisiejew, Mateusz Michałek, to appear in Journal of European Mathematical Society, arXiv:1511.05707 

Eimear Byrne (University College Dublin, Ireland) Title: Fundamental Operations on Rank Metric Codes Abstract: We outline recent progress in rankmetric coding theory, making reference to the classical theory of Hamming metric codes. In the history of Hamming metric codes, fundamental coding theoretic operations such as puncturing and shortening have played an important role in questions of code optimality and code constructions. They have also arisen in the literature on the zeta function of a Hamming metric code (Duursma 2001). Rankmetric codes have featured prominently in the literature on algebraic codes in recent years. They have applications to errorcorrection in multicast networks We describe properties of shortened and punctured codes for matrix codes, with respect to the rank metric. We introduce a number of ways to define such operations and give a duality result. We use the notion of a rank metric shortened code to describe the rankmetric zeta function of a code in terms of a generating function and relate this object to the rankmetric weight enumerator of a code. We show that, as in the Hamming metric case, the normalized weight enumerator of a rankmetric code is invariant under shortening and puncturing. We outline the differences between the Hamming and rank metric theories on this topic. We discuss the rankmetric covering problem and introduce bounds on the rank metric covering radius. We show how these results can be applied to the classification of MRD and quasiMRD codes. We describe several open problems in the theory of rankmetric codes. 

Lothar Göttsche (International Centre for Theoretical Physics Trieste, Italy) Title: Virtual refinements of the VafaWitten formula Abstract: Based of physics arguments Vafa and Witten made predictions about the Euler numbers of moduli spaces of sheaves on surfaces. They give explicit generating functions in terms of modular forms. These moduli spaces are in general very singular, but they have a perfect obstruction theory, and thus a virtual fundamental class and a virtual Tangent bundle, and thus virtual Chern numbers and in particular a virtual Euler number. In a virtual sense they are smooth projective varieties and carry the virtual versions of the invariants of smooth projective varieties. 

Milena Hering (University of Edinburgh, Scotland) Title: Injectivity in Phase retrieval Abstract: In signal processing, often one cannot measure a complex vector directly, but instead one can measure the modulus of its inner product with a given spanning set. We use algebraic geometry to study the question under what conditions on this spanning set the original vector can be uniquely obtained up to a global phase factor. 

June Huh (Princeton University, USA) Title: Negative correlation and HodgeRiemann relations Abstract: All finite graphs satisfy the two properties mentioned in the title. I will explain what I mean by this, and speculate on generalizations and interconnections. This talk will be nontechnical: Nothing will be assumed beyond basic linear algebra. 

Pierre Lairez (Inria, France) Title: Periods in action Abstract: The study of integrals of algebraic functions has tremendous benefits in algebraic geometry, an early example is Euler’s work on elliptic integrals. Lesser known are the applications to computational mathematics. I will expose some of them. Specifically, the talk will focus on “periods”, that is the result of integrating a multivariate rational function on a cycle. I will show how to compute them, in the form of differential equations, and I will describe two applications to very different problems: the automated proof of binomial identities and the computation of the volume of certain semialgebraic sets. 

Martin Sombra (Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) Title: Macaulay style formulae for the sparse resultant Abstract: The sparse resultant is a classical object from elimination theory, that has been widely used in polynomial equation solving and that has strong connections with combinatorics, toric geometry, residue theory, and hypergeometric functions. In this talk, I will review some of the matrix formulae for this object. The first ones go back to Cayley and Sylvester in the univariate case, and to Macaulay in the dense multivariate case. Formulae for the sparse case were obtained by CannyEmiris 