Finite Simple Groups: Thirty Years of the Atlas and Beyond Celebrating the Atlases and Honoring John Conway

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 5:00pm
Please see the conference webpage at  for more information.Schedule of talks:Monday, November 2 8:50- 9:00 - Introduction 9:00- 9:50 - John Thompson (Cambridge): TBA10:00-10:30 - Coffee break10:30-11:20 - John Conway (Princeton University): TBA11:30-12:20 - Rob Curtis (Birmingham): The Thompson chain of subgroups of the Conway group $Co_1$ and complete graphs on $n$ vertices12:30-14:00 - Lunch14:00-14:30 - Poster session14:30-15:20 - Cheryl Praeger (Perth): Conway groupoids and other structures15:30-16:00 - Coffee break16:00-16:50 - Alex Ryba (Queens College, CUNY): Relative eigenvectors17:00-17:50 - Discussion group "On the Atlases"18:00-19:00 - John Conway Biography Launch Party (Mathematics Department common room)Tuesday, November 39:00-9:50 - Michael Aschbacher (Caltech): The subgroup structure of finite groups10:00-10:30 - Coffee break10:30-11:20 - Ron Solomon (Ohio State): What are the sporadic groups?11:30-12:20 - Simon Norton (Cambridge): The Monster and the projective plane of order 312:30-14:00 - Lunch14:00-14:30 - Poster session14:30-15:20 - Aner Shalev (Jerusalem): Rapid expansion in finite simple groups15:30-16:00 - Coffee break16:00-16:50 - Eamonn O'Brien (Auckland): Algoithms for linear groups: successes, failures, challenges17:00-17:50 - Discussion group "Applications to other areas"Wednesday, November 49:00-9:50 - Michel Broue (Paris 7): A generic Atlas for Spetses?10:00-10:30 - Coffee break10:30-11:20 - Gabriel Navarro (Valencia): Character tables and Slyow subgroups11:30-12:20 - Radha Kessar (City University London): On the block distribution of ordinary characters of finite quasi-simple groups of Lie type via Lusztig induction12:30-14:00 - Lunch14:00-14:30 - Poster session14:30-15:20 - Meinolf Geck (Stuttgart): Towards an atlas of generic character tables15:30-16:00 - Coffee break16:00-16:50 - Gunter Malle (TU Kaiserslautern): Representation theory of finite groups of Lie type: Some open problems17:00-17:50 - Discussion group "Computational and recognition projects"Thursday, November 59:00-9:50 - Martin Liebeck (Imperial College): Character ratios, growth, and random walks on groups of Lie type 10:00-10:30 - Coffee break10:30-11:20 - Gabriele Nebe (RWTH Aachen): Automorphisms of extremal codes11:30-12:20 - Raphael Rouquier (UCLA): What to represent finite groups on?12:30-14:00 - Lunch14:00-14:50 - Sasha Ivanov (Imperial College): Majorana theory15:00-15:50 - Jon Carlson (University of Georgia): Endotrivial modules