Workshop, May 2018

Geometry and Topology of 3-manifolds workshop


May 25 - May 28, 2018

(arrival date 5/24; departure date 5/29)


Invited Speakers


Benjamin Burton, University of Queensland

Marc Culler, University of Illinois, Chicago

Oliver Dasbach, Louisiana State University

David Gabai, Princeton University

Chuichiro Hayashi, Japan Women's University

Josh Howie, Monash

Autumn Kent, University of Wisconsin

Eiko Kin, Osaka University

Sadayoshi Kojima, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Ana Lecuona, l'Universite d'Aix-Marseille

Yoav Moriah, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Tali Pinsky, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Hyam Rubinstein, University of Melbourne

Makoto Sakuma, Hiroshima University

Stephan Tillmann, University of Sydney

Abigail Thompson, University of California, Davis



Tentative list (pdf)


Accommodation and Local Information

The conference venue for May 25-28 is Seaside House, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan

The public lecture by Joel Hass on May 24th is held on the main OIST campus. 

For other accommodation and local information, please refer to this page.


Schedule with abstracts (pdf)

Thursday, May 24

There will be a special public lecture by Joel Hass on OIST campus followed by tea. The location will be at the room B250, Level B, Central Building.

16:00–17:00  Public lecture by Joel Hass (UC Davis)

Comparing shapes of genus zero

17:00–17:30   Tea time (Central Building, floor B, room B253)


Friday, May 25

10:00–10:50  Oliver Dasbach (Louisiana State University)

The Colored Jones Polynomial, q-series identities, and the hyperbolic volume

11:10–12:00   David Gabai (Princeton University)

Small cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds

     12:00–13:20  Lunch

13:20–14:10   Eiko Kin (Osaka University)

A construction  of pseudo-Anosov braids  with small normalized entropies

14:30–15:20  Hyam Rubinstein (University of Melbourne)

Counting incompressible surfaces in 3-manifolds

15:40–16:30  Tali Pinsky (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

An upper bound for volumes of geodesics

16:45–17:00  Robert Baughman (Executive Vice President, OIST )



Saturday,  May 26

9:30–10:20 Abigail Thompson (UC Davis)

Trisections and link surgeries    

10:40–11:30   Chuichiro Hayashi (Japan Women's University) 

2-spheres in Morse positions with respect to the open-book decomposition of the 3-sphere

11:30-12:15   lunch

12:15-17:30   excursion (or free time)

     17:30– Dinner


Sunday,  May 27

10:00–10:50  Sadayoshi Kojima (Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Quasi-Isometry of Invariants

11:10–12:00   Makoto Sakuma (Hiroshima University)

Kleinian groups generated by two parabolic transformations

12:00–13:20  Lunch

13:20–14:10   Stephan Tillmann (University of Sydney)

Structure of minimal triangulations

14:30–15:20  Benjamin Burton (University of Queensland)

From parameterised to non-parameterised algorithms in knot theory

15:40–16:30  Marc Culler (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Computation of Character Varieties



Monday,  May 28

9:00–9:50  Autumn Kent (University of Wisconsin)

Skinning maps along thick rays

10:10–11:00 Ana Lecuona (l'Universite d'Aix-Marseille)

The slope of a link: computation and applications.

11:20–12:10  Josh Howie (Monash University)

Geometry of alternating links on surfaces

12:10–13:10  Lunch

13:10–14:00 Yoav Moriah (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology)

Diagram uniqueness for highly twisted knots

     17:00– Dinner


Transportation Schedule

from Moon Beach Hotel (pdf)

from OIST campus and Peridot Smart Hotel (pdf)

from Seaside House (pdf)

Registration is closed.

The conference facility is limited to 75 participants. Due to this, registration/application is required from non-speaking participants.  
Update: We have closed registration.  Emails should be sent very shortly if you have not heard from the organizers already.


The conference is supported by NSF and OIST funding. Support can be provided for participants that are not based in Okinawa. Recent PhD's and graduate students with no external funding can be supported fully, while others can be supported partially. The preference is given to those applied by December 10, 2017. The registration form has more information.


Joel Hass, University of California, Davis, USA
Jessica Purcell, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Anastasiia Tsvietkova, OIST, Japan/ Rutgers University, Newark, USA

Local Co-Organizers

Tirasan Khandhawit, OIST, Japan
Dale Koenig, OIST, Japan
Nicholas Owad, OIST, Japan
Robert Tang, OIST, Japan

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