Random Walks in Random Environments

  • Start Date: 06/15/2009
  • End Date: 06/19/2009

University of British Columbia


The field of random media has been the object of intensive
mathematical research over the last thirty years. It covers a variety
of models, mainly from condensed matter physics,
physical chemistry,
and geology, where one is interested in materials which have have
defects or inhomogeneities. These features are taken into account by
letting the medium be random. It has been found that this randomness
can cause very unexpected effects in the large scale behavior of these
models; on occasion these run contrary to the prevailing intuition. A
feature of this area, which it has in common with other areas of
statistical physics, is that what was initially thought to be just a
simple toy model has turned out to be a major mathematical challenge. 
The workshop intends to focus on one specific area of random media,
where substantial progress has recently taken place, which is that of
random walk (or diffusion) in a random environment. Within this area a
number of different directions have opened up.



Venue: GEOG 200 [map]




Monday, June 15, 2009

09.00-10.00 *Registration at GEOG student lounge* - Coffee will be served at the same time.

10.00-11.00 Peres
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Alexander
12.30-02.30 Lunch
02.30-03.30 Angel
03.30-04.15 Break
04.15-04.45 Peterson
04.45-05.15 Koenig




Tuesday, June 16, 2009
09.00-10.00  Ben Arous
10.00-11.00  Kenyon
11.00-11.30  Break
11.30-12.30  Kumagai
12.30-02.30  Lunch
02.30-03.30  Giacomin
03.30-04.15  Break
04.15-04.45  Comets
04.45-05.15  Rassoul-Agha



Wednesday, June 17, 2009

09.00-10.00 Sidoravicius
10.00-11.00 Deuschel
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Cerny


Free in the afternoon




Thursday, June 18, 2009
09.00-10.00 Olla
10.00-11.00 Tarres
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Toninelli
12.30-02.30 Lunch
02.30-03.30 Basdevant
03.30-04.15 Break
04.15-04.45 Zerner
04.45-05.15 Yilmaz




Friday, June 19, 2009
09.00-10.00 Hambly
10.00-11.00 den Hollander
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-12.30 Bovier
12.30-02.30 Lunch

02.00-02.45 Sabot

02.45-03.00 Break

03.00-03.45 Lawler




Martin Barlow (UBC)

E. Bolthausen (Zürich)

O. Zeitouni (Weizmann/Minnesota)

Other Information: 

To register for the workshop banquet, please follow link here:


**Please note that you must first register for the workshop BEFORE you register for the banquet.


To register for the Workshop see link at the bottom of the page.




PIMS has reserved a limited number Marine Drive Singles (MD Singles) and Marine Drive Studios (MD studios).

To reserve one of these rooms you should


* register for the Workshop (see above)


*contact Ken Leung (kleung@pims.math.ca) before March 31, 2009. Please put RWRE-workshop in the subject line and indicate your preferred type of room.


Room type

MD Singles are private bedroom with single bed, telephone and clock radio, in a four-bedroom shared apartment. Guests share two washrooms, lounge area and kitchenette (not equipped
with dishes, cooking utensils, etc.).  MD Singles are suitable for guests who come by himself/herself and do not mind sharing facilities such as washroom and kitchen. The rate for MD Singles is $49CAD/night.


MD Studios are private bedrooms with a double bed and clock radio, telephone, private washroom, sitting area and kitchenette
(not equipped with dishes, cooking utensils, etc.). These rooms are suitable for guests who come with a partner, and prefer privacy. The rate for MD Studios is $99CAD/night.


Extra accommodation policy

These room are set and have been paid for arrival on Sunday, June 14, 2009, and departure on Saturday, June 20, 2009. You can ask to extend your stay beyond these dates but you will be asked to pay for your extra accommodation expenses.


Please note that these rooms are provided on a first-come-first-serve basis.



Please print  Marine_info.pdf (in the abstract/download section above) regarding your accommodations. (This contains direction, address, facilities and contact info.)


Directions to UBC:  http://www.ubc.ca/about/maps.html

UBC campus map: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/images/pdf/ubcmap.pdf


Taxi (cab) from the airport to UBC costs $25-30. Bus costs $3.75/trip. Check with the tourist info desk at the airport for details.


Part of the CRM-PIMS Thematic Group on Challenges and Perspectives in Probability.