Optimal transportation and applications (10w5025)


Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich)

Yuxin Ge (Universite Paris Est Creteil)

Young-Heon Kim (University of British Columbia)

Robert McCann (University of Toronto)

Neil Trudinger (Australian National University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Optimal transportation and applications" workshop from April 18 to 23, 2010.

Optimal transportation is the study of how to transport objects from
their present positions to their desired locations as efficiently as
possible. Its mathematical origins can be traced back to Gaspard Monge's
famous paper of 1781: "Memoire sur la theorie des d'eblais et des
remblais". Since that time it has resurfaced as a recurring theme in
many sciences ranging from engineering design to economics (where it stimulated the Nobel prize-winning research of Kantorovich and Koopmans), and most recently in geometry and mathematical analysis. The aim of this workshop is to bring young and established researchers together from a range of different fields with common interests in subjects related to the mathematics of transportation. A successful meeting will disseminate recent progress while stimulating new collaborations, new questions, and new lines of research. It will accelerate the rate of progress within mathematics and in the transfer and application of mathematical techniques between mathematics and adjacent areas of science, including economics, engineering, and meteorology, having a lasting impact through the targeting of new directions for future research.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí­a (CONACYT).