Workshop on Special Functions, Representation Theory and Applications

On the occasion of Tom Koornwinder's 60th birthday


August 25th - 27th, 2003


Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Plantage Muidergracht 24
The Netherlands

Route description

Organizers and contacts

Erik Koelink, Eric Opdam, Jasper Stokman, Nico Temme and Jan Wiegerinck

Description and aim

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the recent developments in special functions and representation theory, and their applications in mathematical physics and computer algebra. The workshop aims to provide a forum for exchange of ideas on these active and strongly interacting research fields. The workshop is dedicated to Tom Koornwinder on the occasion of his 60th birthday, and will take place the week after the Seventh International Symposium on Orthogonal Polynomials, Special Functions and Applications in Copenhagen, Denmark. Due to the tight time schedule, all talks are by invitation only.

Special issue of Indagationes Mathematicae

Volume 14 (2003) of Indagationes Mathematicae, New Series is a special issue with research papers dedicated to Tom Koornwinder (contents of the special issue).


View the pictures of the workshop, taken by Mogens Flensted Jensen, by Peter van Emde Boas and by Michael Voit and Margit Roesler.


                                                                          R.A. AskeyMadison, USA
                                                                          F.A. BaisAmsterdam, The Netherlands
                                                                          E.P. van den Ban Utrecht, The Netherlands
                                                                          O. Chalykh Ithaca, USA
                                                                          N. Ciccoli Perugia, Italy
                                                                          J. Faraut Paris, France
                                                                          M. Flensted-Jensen                      Copenhagen, Denmark
                                                                          G.J. Heckman Nijmegen, The Netherlands
                                                                          M.E.H. Ismail Tampa, USA
                                                                          T.H. Koornwinder Amsterdam, The Netherlands
                                                                          V. Kuznetsov Leeds, UK
                                                                          K. Mimachi Tokyo, Japan
                                                                          I.G. Macdonald London, UK
                                                                          M. Noumi Kobe, Japan
                                                                          P. Paule Linz, Austria
                                                                          H. Rosengren Göteborg, Sweden
                                                                          S.N.M. RuijsenaarsAmsterdam, The Netherlands
                                                                          S.O. Warnaar Melbourne, Australia

Workshop programme

Monday, august 25th

   9.00-9.45    Registration, coffee and tea   
   9.45-9.50    Opening   
   9.50-10.40    R.A. Askey      Some q-difference equations
   10.45-11.35    G.J. Heckman      Modular interpretations of ball quotients related to finite Coxeter groups of type H
   11.40-12.30    N. Ciccoli      Quantum duality principle for quantum homogeneous spaces
   14.00-14.50    J. Faraut      Sommerfeld-Watson summation for spherical Fourier series
   15.00-15.50    F.A. Bais      Applications of Hopf symmetry and its breaking in 2 dimensional physics
   Tea break   
   16.10-17.00    O. Chalykh      Quasi-invariants of complex reflection groups and differential operators on singular varieties

Tuesday, august 26th

   9.30-10.20    I.G. Macdonald      Orthogonal polynomials: a historical survey
   10.30-11.20    S.N.M. Ruijsenaars      Asymptotics of orthogonal polynomials vs. relativistic Lamé functions
   Coffee break   
   11.40-12.30    M.E.H. Ismail      Determinants with orthogonal polynomial entries
   14.00-14.50    H. Rosengren      Elliptic quantum groups and elliptic hypergeometric series
   15.00-15.50    K. Mimachi      Intersection numbers of twisted cycles associated with Selberg integrals
   Tea break   
   16.10-17.00    V. Kuznetsov      On integral equation, factorisation and representation for Jack polynomials
   Conference dinner   

Wednesday, august 27th

   9.30-10.20    M. Noumi      Multiple elliptic hypergeometric series: an approach from the Cauchy determinant
   10.30-11.20    E.P. van den Ban      A Paley-Wiener theorem for distributions on reductive symmetric spaces
   Coffee break   
   11.40-12.30    P. Paule      Special functions and computer algebra
   14.00-14.50    S.O. Warnaar      Integral representations of multivariable elliptic hypergeometric series
   15.00-15.50    M. Flensted-Jensen      From special functions to symmetric spaces
   Tea break   
   16.10-17.00    T.H. Koornwinder      Special functions and Lie theory, an interim report after 35 years
   17.00-    Reception on the ground floor     


The registration will take place on the second floor of the Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde, Plantage Muidergracht 24, Amsterdam ( route description) in front of room P.227, where the lectures will be given. The conference dinner on Tuesday evening will be in restaurant Sluizer, Utrechtsestraat 41-45, Amsterdam.

Conferences on related topics


Universiteit van Amsterdam
Nederlandse Stichting voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek
Thomas Stieltjes Institute for Mathematics
Mathematical Research Institute
Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica
Stichting Computer Algebra Nederland
Elsevier Science

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