
Infinite Dimensional Lie Theory and
its Applications
Workshop on Vertex Operator Algebras in Mathematics and
Physics
October 23  27, 2000
Overview
The workshop Vertex Operator Algebras in Mathematics and Physics will
be devoted to a variety of topics, but one special theme will be relations
between the theory of Dbranes and the algebraic and geometric theory
of vertex operator algebras. The theory of vertex operator algebras
has been developing rapidly as a mathematical theory, and an increased
level of understanding of the structures of conformal field theory has
been achieved through extensive study of the geometry and representation
theory of vertex operator algebras, the motivation being both mathematical
and physical. Recent developments in string theory, in particular, the
study of mirror symmetry via Gepner models and the worldsheet approach
to Dbranes, are expected to provide a rich source of problems for mathematicians,
and these developments also suggest that the theory of vertex operator
algebras might provide a mathematical foundation for a number of constructions
in the theory of Dbranes through the mathematical study of boundary
conformal field theory. Since vertex operator algebra theory is formulated
without classical geometry, it might also shed light on the problem
of the meaning of spacetime in string theory or M theory. It is hoped
that the workshop will promote mutually beneficial interaction between
mathematicians and physicists.
S. Berman, University of Saskatchewan 
Y. Billig, University of New Brunswick 
Y.Z. Huang, Rutgers University 
J. Lepowsky, Rutgers University 
Peter Bantay, Eotvos University, Budapest 
Robert L. Griess, University of Michigan 
Katrina Barron, University of California  Santa Cruz 
Haisheng Li, Rutgers University 
Chongying Dong, University of California  Santa Cruz 
Fyodor Malikov, University of Southern California 
Michael Douglas, Rutgers University 
Geoffrey Mason, University of California  Santa Cruz 
Boris Feigin, Landau Institute of Theoretical Physics 
Antun Milas, Rutgers University 
Edward Frenkel, University of California at Berkeley 
Andreas Recknagel, AEI Potsdam 
Igor Frenkel*, Yale University 
Graeme Segal, University of Cambridge 
Juergen Fuchs, ETH Zurich 
Volker Schomerus, DESY Hamburg 
Doron Gepner, Weizmann Institute of Science 
Christoph Schweigert, Paris VI 
Brian R. Greene, Columbia University 
Wenhua Zhao, University of Chicago 
* These speakers are not yet confirmed.

