Random Theory 2023
This year's workshop on Random Theory will be held August 7–12, 2023 in Estes Park, Colorado, with arrival on August 6 and departure on August 13. Everything you need to know is below. (If you need to know something that isn't actually below, ask the organizers.)
Important: The venue is a private home and the capacity is limited to 10-15 people, so attendance is by invitation. If you'd like to come, please indicate your interest by filling out this form as soon as possible. We will begin sending out invitations on a rolling basis after April 1.
RT23: The Basics
Random Theory 2023 will focus on mathematical interactions between probability, computer science, and physics. The workshop is meant to help the participants discover new connections between fields and advance their ongoing research. We aim to foster an informal, intimate, and collaborative atmosphere. To that end, the workshop will begin with a series of contributed talks by the participants, at most two or three per day, with significant time allotted after each talk for open-ended discussion. After this initial part of the workshop, the rest of the time will be focused on collaborative sessions to explore the ideas and connections that arise during the initial series of talks.
Here are some suggested styles of talk:
The talk format is flexible, but we would like the workshop to be focused on developing new projects and collaborations. Thus, talks should not be presentations of one's completed research or of fully developed research programs of the participants. This workshop is meant to be an opportunity to try something new.
Some topics we imagine may be discussed include:
This list is not meant to be exhaustive — we welcome whatever your interests are!
We do not expect that every talk will lead to an active collaboration, but we do hope that the participants seriously engage with each others' ideas during the discussion sections. For example, past iterations of this workshop led to new results on the minimal width at which neural networks become universal approximators for continuous functions and constraints on elliptic points of Hamiltonian dynamical systems.
We believe that this workshop helps to fill a niche that is underserved by existing academic gatherings. There is a wealth of workshops focused on communication within disciplines, but there are comparatively fewer events where mathematically-minded people from adjacent disciplines can share their insights and find common intellectual interests. The development of such collaborations requires an environment with sufficient time for exploration and serendipity. We have found in past iterations of this workshop that the relatively relaxed talk schedule leads to enthusiastic and productive discussions between the participants.
Due to the size of the conference venue and the structure of the workshop, we expect around 10-15 people to be able to attend this event.
The workshop will also include some optional hikes in the Rocky Mountains surrounding the location. Such recreational activities will be decided according to participant demand at the time of the workshop, as there is no shortage of them in the area.
We sincerely hope that you can attend! If you are interested in attending, please indicate your interest by filling out the form here by April 1. We will begin to send out rolling invitations after this date; we are primarily limited by capacity and will try to invite a group of attendees with diverse but complementary research interests. We may have a limited amount of funding available to support travel to and from the workshop. If your ability to attend is contingent on the availability of funding, please indicate this on the form.
We are making an effort not to over-schedule the conference, because we want to leave a lot of time for spontaneous sessions and collaborative working. Nevertheless, there will be a number of scheduled talks. The full schedule is TBD, but in particular, during the first few days, each participant will give an hour-long talk as described above. Time permitting, after the introductory talks, participants may give more technically detailed follow-up lectures and workshops, or even whole mini-courses on specialized topics. If you would like to present a mini-course (3 or more lecture hours), please be sure to email the organizers well ahead of the event.
Location and How to Get There
RT23 will take place from August 7 to 12, 2023, at a private residence at 1501 St. Moritz Trail, Estes Park, CO 80517 (map). Attendees are encouraged to arrive on August 6 and depart on August 13. The house is in a beautiful secluded location overlooking the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. In hopes that it will encourage you to attend, here are some examples of the views you can expect from the venue:
Eating and Sleeping
During the event, we will cook most of our meals together at the house. There is a kitchen in the house which we will stock with groceries. We'll ask participants to contribute a little bit of money (something like $20-30/person/day) toward the cost of food and other shared expenses.
What to Do Now
What to Bring
In addition to your clothes, toiletries, and whatever else you usually travel with, we recommend bringing the following: