## Spring 2019 Minerva Lectures

Starting **Friday, March 29, 2019** Professor **Bálint Virág **(University of Toronto) will be giving a special lecture titled **Random Interfaces, Geodesics and the Directed Landscape**.

“Coastlines, the edge of burned paper, the boundary of coffee spots, the game of Tetris: random interfaces surround us. Still, the mathematical theory of one of the the most important cases, the “KPZ universality class”, has only been cracked very recently.

This class is related to traffic models, longest increasing subsequences of random permutations, the RSK correspondence, last passage percolation, integrable systems and the stochastic heat equation. A new random metric in the plane, the “directed landscape” captures the essence of these problems.”

**Time & Location**

Friday, March 29, 2019 from 3:15 – 5:00 pm in Rm 407

Monday, April 1, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Rm 507

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Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 4:10 – 5:40 pm in Rm 507

Tea will be served at 4 pm in 508 Mathematics

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