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Special Functions and Quantum Groups

Symposium in honor of Tom Koornwinder

Date: December 11-12, 2008.
Location: Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Plantage Muidergracht 24, Amsterdam (route description).
Organizers: Erik Koelink (RU), Eric Opdam (UvA), Jasper Stokman (UvA), Nico Temme (CWI), Jan Wiegerinck (UvA).

The symposium is organized on the occasion of the retirement of Prof.dr. Tom Koornwinder. The lectures on thursday December 11 are by researchers who have recently been influenced by Tom's groundbreaking work on Special Functions and Quantum Groups. The lectures on friday morning December 12 highlight the research areas Tom has been working in and commemorate some of his research achievements.

Tom's farewell speech

Tom will give his farewell speech De speciale functie van de wiskunde (in dutch) on friday, December 12, 15.00 in the Aula of the UvA, Singel 411, Amsterdam, with reception afterwards.


After Tom's farewell speech a joint present will be handed over to Tom. Everybody is cordially invited to contribute to the joint present. Please transfer your contribution before December 5th to "Winter School", Plantage Muidergracht 24, 1018 TV Amsterdam, account number 73.88.994 (Postbank), with reference to "present Tom Koornwinder".


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Room C3.02, Nieuwe Achtergracht 127, Amsterdam.
10.30-11.30 Hjalmar Rosengren (Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University, Sweden).
An elliptic Izergin-Korepin identity, with applications to three-coloured chessboards
12.00-13.00 Michael Schlosser (University of Vienna, Austria).
Elliptic-commuting variables and combinatorial identities
14.00-14.30 Tom Koornwinder (Universiteit van Amsterdam).
Picture presentation
14.30-15.30 Uri Onn (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel).
Representation zeta functions
16.00-17.00 Jasper Stokman (Universiteit van Amsterdam).
From Tom's twisted primitive elements to reflection equation algebras

Friday, December 12, 2008

Room P2.27, Plantage Muidergracht 24, Amsterdam.
10.30-11.30 Walter van Assche (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium).
Pre Columbian and post Columbian work on Special Functions
12.00-13.00 Erik Koelink (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen).
What is it like to be Tom's PhD-student?

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