# Schedule for: 17w5068 - Mean Dimension and Sofic Entropy Meet Dynamical Systems, Geometric Analysis and Information Theory

Beginning on Sunday, July 23 and ending Friday July 28, 2017

All times in Banff, Alberta time, MDT (UTC-6).

Sunday, July 23 | |
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16:00 - 17:30 | Check-in begins at 16:00 on Sunday and is open 24 hours (Front Desk - Professional Development Centre) |

17:30 - 19:30 |
Dinner ↓ A buffet dinner is served daily between 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Vistas Dining Room, the top floor of the Sally Borden Building. (Vistas Dining Room) |

20:00 - 22:00 | Informal gathering (Corbett Hall Lounge (CH 2110)) |

Monday, July 24 | |
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07:00 - 08:45 |
Breakfast ↓ Breakfast is served daily between 7 and 9am in the Vistas Dining Room, the top floor of the Sally Borden Building. (Vistas Dining Room) |

08:45 - 09:00 | Introduction and Welcome by BIRS Station Manager (TCPL 201) |

09:00 - 09:50 | Lewis Bowen: Introduction to sofic groups and entropy theory (TCPL 201) |

10:00 - 10:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

10:30 - 11:20 | Elon Lindenstrauss: Introduction to mean dimension (TCPL 201) |

11:30 - 13:00 | Lunch (Vistas Dining Room) |

13:00 - 14:00 |
Guided Tour of The Banff Centre ↓ Meet in the Corbett Hall Lounge for a guided tour of The Banff Centre campus. (Corbett Hall Lounge (CH 2110)) |

14:00 - 14:15 |
Group Photo ↓ Meet in foyer of TCPL to participate in the BIRS group photo. The photograph will be taken outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather. Please don't be late, or you might not be in the official group photo! (TCPL Foyer) |

14:15 - 15:05 |
Ben Hayes: Metric Mean Dimension for Algebraic Actions of Sofic Groups ↓ In this work, we are concerned with metric mean dimension in the case of actions of a group G by automorphisms of a compact, metrizable abelian group X. We relate metric mean dimension of this action the von Neumann rank of the dual of X as a Z(G)-module, provided this module is finitely generated (this assumption was later removed and the theorem proved in full generality by Li-Liang). This may be viewed as part of the recent phenomenon of relating the L2-invariants of a Z(G) module A to dynamical properties of the action of G on the Pontryagin dual of A. No knowledge of sofic groups, mean dimension, or von Neumann algebras will be assumed. (TCPL 201) |

15:05 - 15:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

15:30 - 16:20 | George Elliott: Dynamical systems and C*-algebras: Up, up and away! (TCPL 201) |

16:30 - 17:20 | David Kerr: Dimension, comparison, and almost finiteness (TCPL 201) |

17:30 - 19:30 |
Dinner ↓ A buffet dinner is served daily between 5:30pm and 7:30pm in the Vistas Dining Room, the top floor of the Sally Borden Building. (Vistas Dining Room) |

Tuesday, July 25 | |
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07:00 - 09:00 | Breakfast (Vistas Dining Room) |

09:00 - 09:50 | Yonatan Gutman: The embedding problem in topological dynamics (TCPL 201) |

10:00 - 10:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

10:30 - 11:20 |
Brandon Seward: Positive entropy actions of countable groups factor onto Bernoulli shifts ↓ I will show that if a free ergodic action of a countable group has positive Rokhlin entropy (or, less generally, positive sofic entropy) then it factors onto all Bernoulli shifts of lesser or equal entropy. This extends to all countable groups the well-known factor theorem of Sinai. (TCPL 201) |

11:30 - 13:30 | Lunch (Vistas Dining Room) |

13:30 - 14:10 |
Adam Śpiewak: Blind multiband sampling algorithms ↓ For fixed A, N, L > 0, consider the set M of all L2 functions (signals) on the real line whose spectrum (i.e. support of the Fourier transform) is contained in the interval [-A, A] and simultanuosly in a sum of N intervals, each of length at most L (which can be positioned anywhere inside the interval [-A, A]). Blind multiband sampling deals with the problem of existence of a (stable) sampling set for M, i.e. a discrete subset of the real line, such that the signal from M is uniquely determined by its values on this set. During the talk I would present effective (yet, in general, not providing perfect reconstruction) algorithms for blind multiband sampling proposed by Y. Eldar and C. Mishali, which are based on the idea of compressed sensing. (TCPL 201) |

14:20 - 15:00 |
Felix Pogorzelski: Subadditive convergence via hyperfinite equivalence relations ↓ I would like to give a talk about a new Ornstein-Weiss type subadditive
convergence theorem along hyperfinite exhaustions of pmp Borel
equivalence relations. In collaboration with Amos Nevo (Techion), we used
this result to define a new notion of entropy (cocycle entropy)
for pmp actions of abritrary countable groups. It has turned out that
for free actions, cocycle entropy coincides with Rokhlin entropy which is
studied by Brandon Seward et al. However, using subadditive convergence techniques
in order to assign entropy values to measured partitions, our definition is
a priori quite different and more in line with the classical Kolmogorov-Sinai approach.
Moreover, extending Elon Lindenstrauss' techniques to hyperfinite equivalence relations,
we were able to settle the underlying Shannon-McMillan-Breiman theorem for a
vast collection of pmp actions of general countable groups.
Being of very general nature, we expect that our subadditive convergence theorem
will have further important applications for non-amenable entropy theory and beyond.
In the framework of future reserach activities, it is planned to define topological
cocycle entropy and investigate the validity of a variational principle in terms
of relation invariant measures. Further projects might concern (cocycle) mean
dimension and determining the entropy for algebraic actions. (TCPL 201) |

15:00 - 15:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

15:30 - 16:20 |
Wilhelm Winter: Dimension type conditions in dynamics and C*-algebras ↓ In this talk I discuss higher dimensional versions of
topological Rokhlin lemmas in a noncommutative context.
I also describe the use of such lemmas in the structure and
classification theory of simple amenable C*-algebras.
Finally, I describe how to use Cartan MASAs to extract
dynamical information from crossed product C*-algebras,
both in the case of classical topological dynamical systems
and coarse metric spaces. (TCPL 201) |

16:30 - 17:20 |
Zhuang Niu: Classification of C*-algebras and minimal homeomorphisms with mean dimension zero ↓ Slow dimension growth condition is one of essentials in the classification of simple amenable C*-algebras, and it implies that the algebra is regular for the purpose of the classification, i.e., the algebra absorbs the Jiang-Su algebra Z tensorially. Consider a minimal homeomorphism with mean dimension zero, then the corresponding C*-algebra is shown to have slow dimension growth, and hence is covered by the recent progress of the classification program. In particular, this includes the C*-algebra of any uniquely ergodic system. The talk is based on a joint work with George A. Elliott. (TCPL 201) |

17:30 - 19:30 | Dinner (Vistas Dining Room) |

Wednesday, July 26 | |
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07:00 - 09:00 | Breakfast (Vistas Dining Room) |

09:00 - 09:50 |
Benjamin Weiss: On the Slepian-Wolf theorem in ergodic theory ↓ The classic coding theorem of Shannon for zero
error channels has as its ergodic theoretic counterpart
the Krieger generator theorem. Dobrushin, Gray, Ornstein
and Kieffer gave in a similar fashion an ergodic theoretic
version of Shannon's coding theorem for noisy channels.
I will discuss similar ergodic theoretic versions of
of the Slepian-Wolf coding theorem for multiple
correlated sources which are constrained to use
distinct independent channels to a common end without communicating
between themselves. (TCPL 201) |

10:00 - 10:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

10:30 - 11:20 |
N. Christopher Phillips: Mean dimension of a dynamical system and the radius of comparison of its C*-algebra ↓ Let h be a minimal homeomorphism of an infinite compact metric
space. Then $rc (C* (Z, X, h)) \leq 1 + 2 mdim (h)$. If $X$ has infinitekly
many connected components, then $rc (C* (Z, X, h)) \leq (1/2) mdim (h)$. (TCPL 201) |

11:30 - 13:30 | Lunch (Vistas Dining Room) |

13:30 - 17:30 | Free Afternoon (Banff National Park) |

17:30 - 19:30 | Dinner (Vistas Dining Room) |

Thursday, July 27 | |
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07:00 - 09:00 | Breakfast (Vistas Dining Room) |

09:00 - 09:50 | Masaki Tsukamoto: Metric mean dimension is useful: the case of Brody curves (TCPL 201) |

10:00 - 10:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

10:30 - 11:20 | Shinichiroh Matsuo: Brody curves and mean dimension (TCPL 201) |

11:30 - 13:30 | Lunch (Vistas Dining Room) |

13:30 - 14:10 | Karen Strung (TCPL 201) |

14:20 - 15:00 |
Gabor Szabo: An Ornstein-Weiss-Rokhlin lemma for free actions with the small boundary property ↓ For free actions of amenable groups, we discuss an equivalent characterization of the small boundary property in terms of the existence of disjoint open towers with Folner shapes, small diameters, and the remainder having small orbit capacity. An ingredient behind this, which might be of independent interest, is a characterization of the small boundary property as having a special kind of extension on a totally disconnected space. We pose the question of whether this result can be strengthened for the remainder of the towers to be small in a stronger sense, and relate this to a desirable outcome for transformation group C*-algebras. If time permits, we may discuss actions of groups with the Tempelman condition, or possible applications for embeddings into cubical shifts. This is joint work in progress with David Kerr. (TCPL 201) |

15:00 - 15:30 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

15:30 - 16:20 |
Friedrich Martin Schneider: Følner sets in topological groups ↓ Generalizing classical work of Day and Følner for discrete groups, I will present characterizations of amenability of (not necessarily locally compact) topological groups in terms of the existence of almost invariant vectors and almost invariant finite subsets, and discuss some applications of these results, e.g., concerning the coarse geometry of Polish groups. This is joint work with Andreas Thom. Furthermore, linked with concentration of measure, the mentioned amenability criteria provide sufficient conditions for (a strong form of) extreme amenability, which can be used to prove the extreme amenability of topological groups of measurable maps. This is joint work with Vladimir Pestov. (TCPL 201) |

16:30 - 17:20 | Tom Meyerovitch: Predictability and entropy for actions of amenable and non-amenable groups (TCPL 201) |

17:30 - 19:30 | Dinner (Vistas Dining Room) |

Friday, July 28 | |
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07:00 - 09:00 | Breakfast (Vistas Dining Room) |

09:00 - 09:50 |
Hanfeng Li: Mean dimension and von Neumann-Lueck rank ↓ Given a module M of the integral group ring ZG of a discrete group G, one has the von Neumann-Lueck rank of M defined in the L2-invariants theory, closely related to the l2-Betti numbers. One also has the algebraic action of G on the Pontryagin dual of M defined, which makes the dynamical invariants available. I will discuss that the von Neumann-Lueck rank corresponds to the mean dimension in the case G is sofic. Two ingredients are needed. The first is that we have to introduce the mean dimension of one action relative to an extension, which is the same as the absolute mean dimension for amenable group actions but new for sofic group actions. The second is a way to define mean length for modules of the group ring for sofic group G so that an addition formula holds, which also has application to the direct finiteness problem for group rings of G. This is joint work with Bingbing Liang. (TCPL 201) |

09:50 - 10:20 | Coffee Break (TCPL Foyer) |

10:20 - 11:10 |
Tomasz Downarowicz: Tilings of amenable groups and a problem of codeability ↓ We improve Ornstein-Weiss' quasitiling of a countable
amenable group to a "perfect" tiling. The price is that the number
of shapes increases drastically, nonetheless we manage to keep
the entropy equal to zero. It remains a challenge to encode the
system of tilings in a 0-1 subshift. So far we can do that only
under the additional Tempelman's condition. Joint work with Dawid Huczek and Guohua Zhang. Last part with Maxence Phalempin. (TCPL 201) |

11:30 - 12:00 |
Checkout by Noon ↓ 5-day workshop participants are welcome to use BIRS facilities (BIRS Coffee Lounge, TCPL and Reading Room) until 3 pm on Friday, although participants are still required to checkout of the guest rooms by 12 noon. (Front Desk - Professional Development Centre) |

12:00 - 13:30 | Lunch from 11:30 to 13:30 (Vistas Dining Room) |