Atkin Memorial Lecture and Workshop: Arithmetic cycles on Shimura varieties and automorphic forms
University of Illinois at Chicago

April 30 and May 1, 2010

A.O.L (Oliver) Atkin, a noted mathematician of international fame and professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, died on December 23, 2008 at the age of 83. He made lasting contributions to the theory of numbers: the theory of modular forms (Atkin-Lehner operators, congruences, modular forms for non-congruences groups), theory of partitions, and cryptography (Schoof-Elkies-Atkin Algorithm), among others. He was also a pioneer of the use of computers in mathematics. He was born in England and worked at Bletchley Park in World War II. He completed his doctorate at Cambridge in 1952 under John Littlewood. He joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1972. Atkin remained mathematically active until his death. The annual Atkin Memorial Lecture is aimed at remembering Oliver Atkin's lasting contributions to mathematics and the University of Illinois. Ken Ono gave the first Atkin Lecture on May 1, 2009. This year Steve Kudla of the University of Toronto will be giving the lecture on April 30th.



Ben Howard (Boston College)
Stephen Kudla (Toronto; Principal Speaker)
Kartik Prasanna (Michigan)
Ulrich Terstiege (Harvard)
Tonghai Yang (Wisconsin)

Schedule (TENTATIVE)

Friday, April 30th

3:00 PM (Atkin Memorial Lecture) Steve Kudla Cycles on ball quotients and modular forms (Abstract below)
4:15 PM   Wine and Cheese Reception SEO 300
6:00 PM Dinner If you plan to attend dinner, please inform Ramin

Saturday, May 1

9 AM   Stephen Kudla Values of Green functions on big CM points
10:15 AM Tonghai Yang CM values of automorphic Green functions over a totally real field
11:30 AM Ben Howard An intersection problem on the GU(n,1) Shimura variety
2:30 PM Kartik Prasanna Algebraic cycles and p-adic L-functions
3:30 PM Coffee Break SEO 300
4:00 PM Ulrich Terstiege On the structure of special cycles on the Shimura variety of GU(1,2)


Organizer: Ramin Takloo-Bighash

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