Workshop on Nonlinear dispersive and geometric evolution problems: singularities and asymptotics

  • Start Date: 08/17/2009
  • End Date: 08/21/2009

Ioan Bejenaru (Chicago)

Raphael Cote (Ecole Polytechnique)

Patrick Gerard (Orsay)
Manoussos Grillakis (Maryland)

Slim Ibrahim (Victoria)

Markus Keel (Minnesota)

Kay Kirkpatrick (MIT)

Kenji Nakanishi (Kyoto)

Tadahiro Oh (Toronto)

Tohru Ozawa (Hokkaido)

Walid Abou Salem (Toronto)

Jacob Sterbenz (UCSD)

Daniel Tataru (Berkeley)
Yoshio Tsutsumi (Kyoto)


Mini-course Lecturers:
Yvan Martel (Versailles)

Wilhelm Schlag (Chicago)

James Colliander (Toronto)


If you are a speaker, please email your abstract to:
*Please note that your abstract will only be accepted if it is attached in plain text (.txt) format.


University of British Columbia


PIMS/Accelerate Canada Summer School in PDE: Nonlinear dispersive and geometric evolution problems - singularities and asymptotics

More info:


This workshop will focus on nonlinear dispersive problems arising in physics and geomtery. Equations such as the wave map, Schrodinger map, nonlinear Schrodinger (and numerous others), are of basic physical importance (eg. relativity, feromagnetism, water waves, quantum physics, etc.), and in addition, several of these examples have an essential geometric flavour. The interplay of dispersion, nonlinearity, and geometry can yield complex, mathematically challenging, dynamics. Recent years have seen impressive progress toward an understanding of these types of PDE, especially with respect to local (in time) issues. The main goal of the workshop is to survey the state-of-the-art, with the specific hope of stimulating new advances on important, but ill-understood global questions such as singularity formation, and asymptotic behaviour. Topics of specific interest include:* constructions and properties of singular solutions (numerical and analytic)* the roles played by resonance phenomena, geometry and topology in singularity formation* thresholds for singularity formation versus global regularity* asymptotics for long times, and near singularities The format will combine several “mini-course” lecture series by leaders in the field, aimed particularly at student and postdoctoral researchers, with more specialized research talks by particpants.

Abstracts / Downloads / Reports: 


Registration will take place from 8am to 9am on Monday, August 17, at
PIMS Room 110 1933 West Mall.


MATH 100 [website]



S. Gustafson (UBC) J. Colliander (Toronto)

Other Information: 

The locations of PIMS, the Mathematics department and the Marine Drive Residence are marked on the following google map. A printable map of the entire UBC campus is available from the UBC wayfinding website here.



PIMS has reserved a limited number of rooms, at special rates, on campus that are available to workshop participants on a first-come-first-served basis during the PDE Thematic Summer.

When making reservations, please state that you are a participant in the PDE Thematic Summer and give the name of the workshop(s) you are attending. PIMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Please confirm any cancellation or early checkout penalties when making your reservation. Please note that all prices are in Canadian dollars and do not include taxes (15% hotel tax will be applied).


In order to confirm your reservation at the Marine Drive Residence (2205 Lower Mall, UBC, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1X1. Tel 778 588 1500, fax 604 827 3244), please click on one of the links below and follow the instructions:


FOR STUDENTS: Rates are CAD$49 per night for a single room in a shared apartment. Marine Drive Residence is located on campus and within walking distance to the workshops. The deadline for reservations is April 30 2009.


FOR SPEAKERS: Rates are CAD$99 per night for a private studio suite. Marine Drive Residence is located on campus and within walking distance to the workshops. The deadline for reservations is April 30 2009.


Alternatively, there are many other hotels available in Vancouver that may be able to accommodate you during your participation in the PDE Thematic Summer. Here is a selection:

Park Inn & Suites Vancouver Broadway, 898 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1J8; 604-872-8661, fax: 604-872-2270, or toll-free 800-663-5403; rates start at CAD$89 single/double. Complimentary high-speed wireless Internet, bottle of water and newspaper as well as local and 800# calls. All rooms have a balcony. Please visit


Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre, 711 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 3Y2; 604-707-1939; Rates start at CAD$139 per night, single/double. For further information please visit


Make Yourself at Home vary depend on locations. Generally speaking, the closer to UBC the more expensive.


Shaughnessy Village http://www.shaughnessyvillage.comThey offer good deals - e.g. $1,200 for 20 nights including free breakfasts, but the size of bedroom is about 300-400 square feet.



Carey CentreContact: hazel@careytheologicalcollege.ca


TRIUMF House(604) 222-1062Contact: Connie Santiago, TRIUMF House Reservation Office


Green College (Guest rooms / Student residence)Contact: Ms. Simone Goguen(604) 822-8660Email: greencol@interchange.ubc.ca


St. John's College(604) 822-6522Email: allam@interchange.ubc.cacontact: Alice LamRate: $95/night


Reimbursement of Travel ExpensesYou may be able to claim full or partial reimbursement of your travel expenses incurred in attending the PDE Thematic Summer Workshops. The conference organizers will be able to advise you as to what level of funding is available to you. In order to claim reimbursement for your travel expenses, please print off and complete this form TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT FORM. Attach your original receipts. If you are claiming reimbursement for a flight, please attach your flight itinerary and your original boarding passes. Mail the form and supporting documentation to PIMS-Central Office for processing (the address is on the form).


Invitation letters

Participants who require an official invitation letter for visa purposes can contact Ms. Do-Rim Joo with workshop title, travel dates, and mailing address.


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