2018 Summer School on Random Matrices @ MCAIM

Monday, June 18 - Friday, June 29, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


University of Michigan campus

We are delighted to organize and host the second edition of the biennial Summer School on Random Matrices at the University of Michigan during June 18--29, 2018.

We thank the Michigan Center for Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics (MCAIM), the National Science Foundation through the FRG grant "Integrable Probability" DMS-1664531, the Department of Mathematics, the College of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for their generous support.

We look forward to seeing you in Michigan!

Goal of this summer school

Our summer school is motivated by the observation that there are several non-overlapping techniques used in random matrix theory. This summer school is for graduate students and beginning postdocs with some basic working knowledge of random matrix theory (e.g. they know what a GOE ensemble is and what the semi-circle law describes.) This school is not meant for someone totally new to the field. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for participants to learn new techniques different from their own background and to understand how/when/where these techniques can/have/should be applied. We hope that the summer school provides a venue where, for example, a participant already familiar with the orthogonal polynomial method for RMT can learn about how Stieltjes transform techniques are used, and so on.

Previous summer schools


Schedule and Lecturers

The summer school will be composed of four 5-day lectures scheduled as below. We have asked the lecturers to make each course self-contained and cover the necessary basic materials at the level of second-year graduate school students. In addition to lectures, there will be daily homework sets which we collect every day. The homework problems will range from easy to moderate. The participants will be divided into groups of 3 or 4, and the members of each group will discuss and solve the problems together. This format will allow the participants to engage with other participants. The lecturers will also hold "office hours". We expect that the participants will spend 5-7 hours a day solving problems. At the end of two weeks, you will have solved about 100 problems on random matrices.

Week 1 (June 18 - June 22) AM Lecture, Ioana Dumitriu (Washington) - Topic: Moment method in random matrix theory - I
Week 1 (June 18 - June 22) PM Lecture, Antti Knowles (University of Geneva) - Topic: Local laws and universality

Week 2 (June 25 - June 29) AM Lecture Ivan Corwin (Columbia) - Topic: Integrable Probability and KPZ
Week 2 (June 25 - June 29) PM Lecture Sasha Sodin (Queen Mary University of London) - Topic: Moment method in random matrix theory - II


The application is open until February 28, 2018. The link for applying to attend the summer school is here


Jinho Baik (Dept. of Mathematics) and Raj Rao (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)

About Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor is the home of the University of Michigan. The workshop dates coincide with the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Click for a list of things to do and sights to see in Ann Arbor

Airport transfer information

You may take the Air Ride which is a bus from the airport to Ann Arbor (Cost: $12 each way). The list of stops is here.

Other transportation options include taxi ($60 each way) for which you will find directions to the taxi pick-up spot at the airport under "Ground Transportation". Shuttle and other information is available here. Shuttle companies names will contain the word shuttle in it - you must call the shuttle in advance to make a pick-up/drop-off reservation.