Annual Fall Workshop

This is a satellite event in association with the `Origins of the Universe' conference that takes place Sept 20-21, 2018 at the Simons Foundation.

Sa, 09/22
8:30 breakfast
9:30-10:30 Stephon Alexander: Dark Fermion Bouncing Cosmology and Scale Invariant Spectrum
11:00-12:00 Slava Mukhanov: Ghost free mimetic massive gravity
1:00-2:00 Mihalis Dafermos: The structure of singularities in black hole interiors
2:30-3:30 Robert Brandenberger: Challenges for the Matter Bounce Cosmology
3:45-5:00 Savdeep Sethi: The Status of the String Landscape
Simons Summer Workshop
Forefronts in Cosmology and Numerical General Relativity

The goal of the workshop is to explore new ideas for explaining the large-scale properties of the universe and concepts ranging from numerical general relativity to string theory that may be used to study them.
Participation is by invitation only.

The confirmed speakers are:

Thu, 07/05 Fri, 07/06 Sat, 07/08
8:00 breakfast breakfast breakfast
9:00 Ijjas Hilditch Lehners
coffee coffee coffee
11:00 Garfinkle Vafa Blumenhagen
lunch lunch lunch
2:00 Baumgarte Clough
coffee coffee
4:00 Okounkova/Cook Komatsu
Simons-PCTS Workshop
Gravity in the Early Universe

This workshop will focus on modifications of Einstein gravity at high (but sub-Planckian) energy densities that would influence the dynamics and evolutionary history of the early universe. Of particular interest are a variety of recent proposals for avoiding the cosmological singularity by stably violating the null-energy condition while remaining in the regime of validity of classical field theories. Understanding these approaches requires the development of new ideas, new analytical tools, and new numerical techniques including novel adaptations of numerical general relativity to cosmology. The goal is to bring together leading experts in cosmology and general relativity to explore these ideas.

This workshop is supported in part by the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science.

Register here

Speakers & Titles

We will have only five speakers and each will be given two 1.5 hour slots, so that there is time for a more pedagogical presentation and lots of time for questions and interaction during and after. In addition, on Tuesday right after lunch, there will be a Special Talk by Herman Verlinde. The confirmed speakers are:

Tentative Schedule
Mo, Jan 08 Tue, Jan 09 Wed, Jan 10
8:30 breakfast breakfast breakfast
9:00 Turok I Langlois I Langlois II
coffee coffee coffee
11:00 Dafermos I Gabadadze II Dafermos II
lunch lunch lunch
1:00 Verlinde
2:00 Mukhanov I Turok II
coffee coffee
4:00 Gabadadze I Mukhanov II