Atkin Memorial Lecture and Workshop
The Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves and Special Values of L-Functions

University of Illinois at Chicago

May 2rd through May 4th , 2014

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. The previous speakers are Ken Ono (2009), Steve Kudla (2010), Winnie Li (2011),William Stein (2012), and Akshay Venkatesh (2013). This year Shou-Wu Zhang of Princeton University will give the Atkin Lecture on Friday May 2nd2014 at 3 PM. The lecture will be followed by a two day workshop with the same title as the lecture. The theme of the workshop is the arithmetic of elliptic curves and special value results for L-functions.

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Confirmed Speakers

Kestutis Cesnavicius (MIT)

David Hansen (Jussieu)

Robert Harron (University of Wisconsin)

Andrei Jorza (Notre Dame)

Kazuya Kato (University of Chicago)

Yifeng Liu (MIT)

Christopher Skinner (Princeton)

Ander Steele (Calgary)

Wei Zhang (Columbia)

Shou-Wu Zhang (Princeton)



Funding is still available!

This workshop is generously funded by the National Science Foundation. As soon as you see this announcement, if you are interested in attending the workshop, please send an email to rtakloo "at" Please state in your email if you will need funding, and whether you are a student. Students should ask their advisor to send a short letter of support to the above email address. Please indicate in your email how much your plane/train/bus tickets will cost. Women, underrepresented minorities, and young mathematicians are strongly encouraged to apply.


Friday, May 2


3 PM

Showu Zhang

Atkin Memorial Lecture: The congruent number problem and L functions

4:15 PM


SEO 300

6:30 PM


Henri Gillet's 60th Birthday. If interested in attending please send an email to the organizers.



Saturday, May 3 (SEO 636)


9 AM  

Rob Harron

L-invariants of symmetric powers of modular forms

10:15 AM

Andrei Jorza

Automorphic cycles and p-adic L-functions on families of Hilbert modular forms

11:30 AM

Kazuya Kato

Degeneration of regulators and height pairings

2:30 PM

Shouwu Zhang

A p-adic Waldspurger formula

3:30 PM

Coffee Break

SEO 300

4:00 PM

Wei Zhang

Selmer groups and the divisibility of Heegner points



Sunday, May 4 (SEO 636)


9 AM  

Chris Skinner

Anticyclotomic main conjectures and ellitptic curves of rank at most one

10:15 AM

David Hansen

Modular elliptic curves and p-adic L-functions

11:30 AM

Kestutis Cesnavicius

Selmer groups as flat cohomology groups

2:30 PM

Yifeng Liu

The universal torus period and p-adic Waldspurger formula

3:30 PM

Coffee Break

SEO 300

4:00 PM

Ander Steel

The p-adic L-function of critical slope Eisenstein series



Abstracts of Lectures

Organizers: Ramin Takloo-Bighash and Shou-Wu Zhang

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