Frozen Boundaries and Log Fronts

Speaker: 
Andrei Okounkov
Date: 
Mon, Oct 16, 2006
Location: 
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Conference: 
PIMS 10th Anniversary Lectures
Abstract: 
In this talk, based on joint work with Richard Kenyon and Grisha Mikhalkin, Andrei Okounkov discusses a binary operation on plane curves which
  1. generalizes classical duality for plane curves and
  2. arises naturally in probabilistic context,
namely as a facet boundary in certain random surface models.