2016 Summer School on Random Matrices

Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 24, 2016, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA


University of Michigan campus

We are delighted to organize and host the 2016 edition of the biennial University of Michigan Summer School on Random Matrices. This random matrix summer school will be hosted at Michigan every two years and run through 2020, and beyond.

We thank the 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 (often) non-overlapping techniques used in random matrix theory. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for graduate students (and postdocs) to learn these different techniques and acquire the background necessary to understand how/when/where they can/have/should be applied for understanding the properties of random matrices.

We expect students to have some basic working knowledge on random matrix theory (e.g. they know what a GOE ensemble is and what the semi-circle law describes.)

We hope that the summer school provides a venue where, for example, a student already familiar with the orthogonal polynomial method for RMT can learn about how Stieltjes transform techniques are used, and so on.

We have asked the lecturers to make each course self-contained and cover the necessary basic materials at the level of a first and second year graduate school student.


We had lots of fun doing math. Here are some pictures

Schedule and Lecturers

The summer school will be composed of four 5-day courses scheduled as below.

Week 1 (June 13 - June 17) AM Lecture, Location CC Little 1528: Roman Vershynin (Math, Michigan) - Topic: Concentration of measure in random matrix theory
Week 1 (June 13 - June 17)PM Lecture, Location Weiser Hall Room 170: Charles Bordenave (Math, Toulouse) - Topic: Sparse random graphs

Week 2 (June 20 - June 24) AM Lecture Location CC Little 1528: Paul Bourgade (Math, Courant) - Topic: Universality
Week 2 (June 20 - June 23) PM Lecture Location Weiser Hall 170: Gregory Schehr (Physics, U. Paris-Sud) - Topic: Tracy-Widom and Statistical Physics

The daily schedule is as given below:

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Morning lecture in CC Little 1528
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Problem solving session + Informal lecturer office hours in East Hall Math Atrium
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Afternoon lecture in Weiser Hall 170
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Problem solving session + informal lecturer office hours in East Hall Math Atrium


Jinho Baik (Dept. of Mathematics) and Raj Rao (Dept. of Electrical Engg. 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.

Speakers will be staying at the Campus Inn so they might find it useful to get off at the Blake Transit Center; walking directions to Campus Inn (0.5 mile) can be accessed 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.