2017 MPS Annual Meeting

Date & Time


Gerald D. Fischbach Auditorium
160 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10010 United States

2017 MPS Annual Meeting Booklet
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The Mathematics and Physical Sciences Annual Meeting will gather together Simons Investigators, Simons Fellows, Simons Society of Fellows and Math + X Chairs and Investigators to exchange ideas through lectures and informal discussions in a scientifically stimulating environment.

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    Thursday, October 19

    8:30 AMCheck-in & Breakfast
    9:30 AMEve Ostriker | The Interstellar Medium: Engine of Cosmic Evolution
    10:30 AMBreak
    11:00 AMAshvin Vishwanath | Topology and Entanglement in Quantum Matter
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:30 PMOskar Hallatschek | The Role of Chance in the Survival of the Fittest
    2:30 PMBreak
    3:00 PMBjorn Poonen | Undecidability in Number Theory
    4:00 PMBreak
    4:30 PMChris Tully | The Universe at One Second After the Big Bang
    6:00 PMDinner @ W Union Square

    Friday, October 20

    8:30 AMCheck-in & Breakfast
    9:30 AMLeonardo Rastelli | The Superconformal Bootstrap
    10:30 AMBreak
    11:00 AMPiotr Indyk | Conditional Quadratic-Time Hardness for Big Data Problems
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:00 PMIngrid Daubechies | Image Analysis and Machine Learning Helping Art Conservators
    2:00 PMMeeting Concludes
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    Air and Train

    The foundation will arrange and pay for all air and train travel to the Annual Meeting. Please provide your travel specifications by clicking the registration link above.

    Ground Transportation


    Those arriving on Wednesday, October 18th via an NY area airport or train station are asked to take a taxi or public transportation to the W Union Square located in Manhattan. Please retain your cab receipt for reimbursement.

    Those arriving on Thursday, October 19th will be contacted by Emily Klein to arrange transportation directly to the Simons Foundation.


    The foundation will arrange transportation for all participants departing on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st back to their departing airport or train station.

    Departure notices will be delivered shortly after check-in. Included in the notice will be departure times to New York area airports and train stations. Elise Volpe will be available via email or phone to assist with train and airline issues.

    Personal Car

    For participants driving to Manhattan, the W Union Square offers valet parking, the fees of which are covered by the foundation. Please note that there are no in-and-out privileges when using the hotel’s garage, therefore it is encouraged that participants walk or take public transportation to the Simons Foundation.


    The Simons Foundation will reimburse travel by subway, bus or taxi. Please submit receipts with your expense report following the meeting.

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    All attendees requiring accommodations are hosted by the foundation for a maximum of three nights at the W Union Square, located at 201 Park Avenue South, NY, NY 10003, between 17th and 18th Streets.

    Any additional nights are at the attendee’s own expense.

    To arrange accommodations, please register at the link above.

    For driving directions to the W Union Square, please click here.

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    The Simons Foundation will provide the following meals:

    • Thursday breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Friday breakfast and lunch

    Guests will not be reimbursed for meals purchased at these times.

    All other meals outside those listed above are reimbursable per the foundation’s expense reimbursement policy. Receipts are required for any expense over $50 USD.

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    Travel Assistance

    Elise Volpe, Protravel International
    (516) 465-1006

    Registration, Hotel and General Meeting Assistance

    Meghan Fazzi
    Senior Executive Assistant, Simons Foundation
    (212) 524-6080

    Ground Transportation

    Emily Klein
    Program Associate, Simons Foundation
    (646) 751-1262

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