Speakers

Fabrice Bethuel ( Université Pierre & Marie Curie )
Tuesday 9h00: Concentration sets for multiple equaldepth wells potentials in the 2D elliptic case
The formation of codimensionone interfaces for multiwell gradientdriven problems is wellknown and established in the scalar case, where the equation is often referred to as the AllenCahn equation. The vectorial case in contrast is quite open. This lack of results and insight is to a large extend related to the absence of known appropriate monotonicity formula. I will focus on the elliptic case in two dimensions, and describe some methods which allow to circumvent the lack of monotonicity formula.

Pierre Bousquet ( Université de Toulouse )
Tuesday 10h30: Density of bounded maps in Sobolev spaces into closed manifolds
A minimizing harmonic map u from the unit ball B in R^m with values into a manifold N is smooth outside a small singular set. Some of these singularitites are topologically non trivial, in the sense that u cannot be approximated in a neighborhood of this singular set by smooth maps with values into N. In this talk, we present classical and more recent counterexamples and positive results on the density of smooth maps C^{infty}(overline{B};N) in Sobolev spaces W^{1,p}(B;N), both for the strong and the weak topology. We consider the case when the target manifold N is closed but not necessarily compact, where both the geometry and the topology of N play a crucial role. This is a joint work with Augusto Ponce and Jean Van Schaftingen.

Paul Bryan ( Macquarie University )
Tuesday 15h00: Distance comparison for Curve Shortening of Networks
The curve shortening flow for networks, first introduced by Mullins to study the evolution of grain boundaries models twodimensional multiphase systems capturing the dynamics of interface boundaries. It is also an example of a Brakke fow by Mean Curvature, that is necessarily singular, exhibiting qualitative differences in behaviour to the smooth case. This talk will discuss joint work in progress with Mariel Sáez adapting distance comparison techniques previously used in the smooth setting to nonsmooth regimes. Many novel features arise such as nonuniqueness of embedded, selfsimilar solutions, and generally expected singular behaviour. Understanding singularity formation is an actively studied topic and is an essential ingredient for further analysis and global results for the flow. The distance comparison techniques described in this talk may prove useful in such analysis.

Esther CabezasRivas ( Frankfurt University )
Monday 10h30: tba
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Qun Chen ( Wuhan University )
Tuesday 16:30: Existence for Dirac equations and Diracharmonic maps
Diracharmonic maps are solutions of a coupled system of a Dirac equation and harmonic map type equation. They are critical points of a functional coming from the nonlinear supersymmetric sigma model, generalizing both the classical harmonic maps and harmonic spinors. However, the general existence problem for them turn out to be challenging. In this talk, we will discuss the existence and uniqueness of solutions of Dirac equations satisfying a class of local elliptic boundary value conditions, and the existence of Diracharmonic maps and their heat flows. This is based on joint works with J.Jost, J.Y.Li, L.L.Sun, G.F.Wang and M.M.Zhu respectively.

Friederike Dittberner ( Universität Konstanz )
Wednesday 16h00: tba
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Andreas Gastel ( Universität DuisburgEssen )
Wednesday 16h30: Analytic remarks on 2gauge theory
2Gauge theory is a theory from mathematical physics that roughly has the same scaling and invariance properties on 6manifolds that usual gauge theory has on 4manifolds. There is a sort of 2YangMillsfunctional that locally controls Sobolev norms of 2connections whenever they are in a 'good gauge'. We discuss the problem of finding a good gauge and show that the answer is simpler than in classical gauge theory.

Alexandra Gilsbach ( RWTH Aachen )
Monday 15h00: Symmetric Critical Points of the Integral Menger Curvature
In geometric knot theory, one tries to examine knots by using energy functionals. These socalled knot energies shall determine whether and to what extent a curve is knotted. We focus on the integral Menger curvature and try to evaluate its energy landscape. Using a modified version of Palais' symmetric criticality principle, we show the existence of at least two distinct critical points in torus knot classes. Furthermore, we apply a numerical gradient flow to approximate energy values of the symmetric critical points and the minimiser in the whole knot class. In addition, we gain numerical evidence concerning the nature of the newly gained critical points.

Maria del Mar González Nogueras ( Universidad Autónoma de Madrid )
Tuesday 11h30: On higher dimensional singularities for the fractional Yamabe problem: a nonlocal MazzeoPacard program
We consider the problem of constructing solutions to the fractional Yamabe problem that are singular at a given smooth submanifold, for which we establish the classical gluing method of Mazzeo and Pacard for the scalar curvature in the fractional setting. This proof is based on the analysis of the model linearized operator, which amounts to the study of a fractional order ODE, and thus our main contribution here is the development of new methods coming from conformal geometry and scattering theory for the study of nonlocal ODEs. Note, however, that no traditional phaseplane analysis is available here. Instead, first, we provide a rigorous construction of radial fastdecaying solutions by a blowup argument and a bifurcation method. Second, we use conformal geometry to rewrite this nonlocal ODE, giving a hint of what a nonlocal phaseplane analysis should be. Third, for the linear theory, we use complex analysis and some nonEuclidean harmonic analysis to examine a fractional Schrödinger equation with a Hardy type critical potential. We construct its Green's function, deduce Fredholm properties, and analyze its asymptotics at the singular points in the spirit of Frobenius method. Surprisingly enough, a fractional linear ODE may still have a twodimensional kernel as in the second order case.

Pengfei Guan ( McGill University )
Friday 11:30: Interior $C^2$ estimates for immersed hypersurfaces in $R^{n+1}$.
Heintz proved in 1960s the interior $C^2$ estimate for immersed surfaces with positive Gauss curvature in $R^3$. The result is a consequence of his interior estimate for MongeAmpere equation in dimension 2. Such interior estimate is false if $n>2$ by counterexamples of Pogorelov. It is also false for convex solutions of kHessian equations and for kmean curvature equations when K>2 in general. It has been a longstanding problem of the question of interior $C^2$ estimates for solutions of 2Hessian equation and for prescribing scalar curvature equations. We will present recent results jointly with Guohuan Qiu, providing an affirmative answer for convex solutions of these equations. The argument yields interior $C^2$ estimate for immersed hypersurfaces with positive intrinsic scalar curvature in any dimension.

Bo Guan ( Ohio State )
Tuesday 14h00: Estimates for some fully nonlinear elliptic equations on manifolds
Establishing a priori estimates is crucial in study of nonlinear PDEs. In this talk we discuss some recent progresses in this direction. We shall consider some fully nonlinear equations in connection with conformal deformation of ChenRicci curvatures on Hermintian manifolds, a LoewnerNirenberg type theorem, as well as the Neumann problem for Hessian equations on Riemannian manifolds, if time allows.

Gerhard Huisken ( Oberwolfach )
Wednesday 09h00: tba
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Ben Lambert ( University College London )
Tuesday 16h00: tba
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Yuxiang Li ( Tsinghua University )
Thursday 10h30: JohnNirenberg Inequality and Collapse in Conformal Geometry
Let $g$ be a metric over $B$, and $g_k=u_k^frac{4}{n2}g$. We assume $R(g_k)_{L^p}<C$, where $R$ is the scalar curvature and $p>frac{n}{2}$. We will use JohnNirenberg inequality to prove that if $vol(B,g_k) rightarrow 0$, then there exists $c_k rightarrow + infty$, such that $c_k u_k$ converges to a positive function weakly in $W^{2,p}_{loc}(B)$. As an application, we will study the bubble tree convergence of a conformal metric sequence with integralbounded scalar curvature.

Katarzyna Mazowiecka ( Université catholique de Louvain )
Wednesday 15h00: Boundary regularity of minimizing biharmonic maps
Biharmonic maps (i.e., critical points of the Hessian energy) can be seen as a generalization of harmonic maps into 4th order problems. It is known that (even minimizing) biharmonic maps may have singularities. We prove that, for sufficiently smooth boundary data minimizing biharmonic maps must be smooth in a neighborhood of the boundary.

Vincent Millot ( Université Paris )
Monday 16:30: tba
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Michał Miskiewicz ( University of Warsaw )
Monday 16h00: Singularities of minimizing harmonic maps
Minimizing harmonic maps between manifolds are known to be smooth outside the socalled singular set. In general this is a rectifable set of codimension 3, i.e., it can be covered by countably many Lipschitz pieces, but still may have many small gaps. In one special case of maps from a 4dimensional domain into the 2dimensional sphere Hardt and Lin proved that the singular set consists of topological curves. I will show a generalization to higher dimensional domains and discuss the topological obstruction responsible for preventing gaps in the singular set.

Michiaki Onodera ( Tokyo Institute of Technology )
Thursday 11h30: Hyperbolic solutions to Bernoulli's free boundary problem
Bernoulli's free boundary problem is an overdetermined problem in which one seeks an annular domain such that the capacitary potential satisfies an extra boundary condition. There exist two different types of solutions: elliptic and hyperbolic solutions. Elliptic solutions are ``stable'' solutions and tractable by variational methods and maximum principles, while hyperbolic solutions are ``unstable'' solutions of which the qualitative behavior is less known. I will present a recent joint work with Antoine Henrot in which we show the existence and qualitative behavior of hyperbolic solutions by a new flow approach.

Oliver Schnürer ( University of Konstanz )
Monday 11h30: Noncompact Stability
We discuss stability questions for noncompact solutions to Ricci and mean curvature flow.

Felix Schulze ( University College London )
Wednesday 10h30: Optimal isoperimetric inequalities for 2dimensional surfaces in HadamardCartan manifolds in any codimension
Let (M^n,g) be simply connected, complete, with nonpositive sectional curvatures, and Sigma a 2dimensional closed integral current (or flat chain mod 2) with compact support in M. Let S be an area minimising integral 3current (resp. flat chain mod 2) such that partial S = Sigma. We use a weak mean curvature flow, obtained via elliptic regularisation, starting from Sigma, to show that S satisfies the optimal Euclidean isoperimetric inequality: 6 sqrt{pi} M[S] leq (M[Sigma])^{3/2}. We also obtain an optimal estimate in case the sectional curvatures of M are bounded from above by kappa < 0 and characterise the case of equality. The proof follows from an almost monotonicity of a suitable isoperimetric difference along the approximating flows in one dimension higher and an optimal estimate for the Willmore energy of a 2dimensional integral varifold with first variation summable in L^2

Miles Simon ( Universität Magdeburg )
Wednesday 11h30: Integral estimates for Ricci flow in four dimensions
We prove some integral estimates for Ricci flows on compact manifolds in four dimensions which hold for any solution. We explain some consequences of these estimates if one further assumes that the scalar curvature is bounded up to the singular time.

Knut Smoczyk ( University of Hannover )
Friday 10h30: Mean curvature flow of Whitney spheres
It is shown that an equivariant Lagrangian sphere with a positivity condition on its Ricci curvature develops a typeII singularity under the Lagrangian mean curvature flow that rescales to the product of a grim reaper with a flat Lagrangian subspace. In particular this result applies to the Whitney spheres.

Peter Topping ( University of Warwick )
Friday 09h00: Pyramid Ricci flows
I will discuss some recent theory for starting Ricci flows in situations where no classical solution is expected to exist. My plan is to emphasise the (geometric) PDE theory rather than the applications, with the socalled Pyramid Extension Lemma a key target. Joint work with Miles Simon and Andrew McLeod.

Jean Van Schaftingen ( Université catholique de Louvain )
Monday 14h00: Uniform boundedness principle for Sobolev maps between manifolds
The classical uniform boundedness principle of Banach and Steinhaus for linear operators between Banach spaces is a theorem that transforms a bound depending on the point in the domain into a global uniform bound. The nonlinear character of Sobolev spaces between manifolds makes it unapplicable in these spaces. By relying on the structure of the domain of Sobolev maps, we have obtained a quite general uniform boundedness principle for energies of Sobolev maps, which allows us to recover known estimates and counterexamples for the problems of weakbounded approximation, of extension of traces, of lifting and of superposition. The result covers fractional and first order Sobolev spaces.

Changyou Wang ( Purdue University )
Wednesday 14h00: Some recent results on mathematical analysis of EricksenLeslie System
The EricksenLeslie system is the governing equation that describes the hydrodynamic evolution of nematic liquid crystal materials, first introduced by J. Ericksen and F. Leslie back in 1960's. It is a coupling system between the underlying fluid velocity field and the macroscopic average orientation field of the nematic liquid crystal molecules. Mathematically, this system couples the NavierStokes equation and the harmonic heat flow into the unit sphere. It is very challenging to analyze such a system by establishing the existence, uniqueness, and (partial) regularity of global (weak/large) solutions, with many basic questions to be further exploited. In this talk, I will discuss some results we have obtained from the last few years.

Yu Yuan ( University of Washington )
Thursday 9h00: Exterior Bernstein and Bernstein problems for Hessian equations
We survey some new and old uniqueness results for Hessian equations such as special Lagrangian equations, MongeAmpere equations, and symmetric Hessian equations. In particular, a unified approach to quadratic asymptote of solutions over exterior domainsbased on an 'exterior' EvansKrylov, corresponding to AllardAlmgren's uniqueness of tangent cones in minimal surface situation  will be presented (joint with D.S. Li and Zh.S. Li). Special Lagrangian and MongeAmpere equations are the potential equations for minimal and maximal 'gradient' graphs in Euclid and pseudoEuclid spaces respectively.
Registered Participants

Daniel BallesterosChavez (Durham)

Maria Chiara Bertini (Roma 3)

Sarah Biesenbach (Aachen)

Franziska Borer (Frankfurt)

Li Chen (Hubei University)

Balazs Csikos (Eötvös Loránd University)

Gianmichele DiMatteo (Queen Mary University)

Marco Doemeland (RWTH Aachen)

Marco A. Fontelos (ICMAT Madrid)

Wadim Gerner (Aachen)

Jinyu Guo (Xiamen)

Fritz Hiesmayr (Cambridge)

Hyunsuk Kang (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology)

Wilhelm Klingenberg (Durham)

Brian Krummel (Berkely)

Heiko Kröner (Freiburg)

Bastian Käfer (RWTH Aachen)

Tim Laux (Berkely)

Ming Li (Freiburg)

Jing Mao (Hubei University)

Hannes Matt (Aachen)

Wolfgang Maurer (Konstanz)

Ashraf Mohamed (Cairo University)

Marius Müller (Ulm)

Wongbae Park (Michigan State University)

JongDo Park (Kyung Hee University)

Marc Pegon (Paris 7)

Giuseppe Pipoli (L'Aquila)

Sven Pistre (RWTH Aachen)

Maximilian Rauchecker (Uni Regensburg)

Susanna Risa (Roma)

James Roberts (Bath)

Remy Rodiac (UCLouvain)

Fabian Rupp (University Ulm)

Mohammad Sadegh ShahrokhiDehkordi (University of Tehran)

Adrian Spener (Ulm)

David Szeghy (Eötvös Loránd University)

Azahara De la Torre Pedraza (Freiburg)

Qiang Tu (Hubei University)

Michael Ullmann (KIT)

Liangjun Weng (Freiburg)

Ling Yang (Fudan)

Hao Yu (Heidelberg)

Masoumeh Zarei (Beijing University)

Liuyang Zhang (Freiburg)

Shijin Zhang (Beihang University)

Jintian Zhu (Peking University)
Schedule
Time  Speaker  Description 

Monday (July 23rd, 2018) 

Monday 10h00  Registration   
Monday 10h30  Esther CabezasRivas: tba Frankfurt University  tba 
Monday 11h30  Oliver Schnürer: Noncompact Stability University of Konstanz  We discuss stability questions for noncompact solutions to Ricci and mean curvature flow. 
Monday 12h30  Lunch   
Monday 14h00  Jean Van Schaftingen: Uniform boundedness principle for Sobolev maps between manifolds UC Louvain  The classical uniform boundedness principle of Banach and Steinhaus for linear operators between Banach spaces is a theorem that transforms a bound depending on the point in the domain into a global uniform bound. The nonlinear character of Sobolev spaces between manifolds makes it unapplicable in these spaces. By relying on the structure of the domain of Sobolev maps, we have obtained a quite general uniform boundedness principle for energies of Sobolev maps, which allows us to recover known estimates and counterexamples for the problems of weakbounded approximation, of extension of traces, of lifting and of superposition. The result covers fractional and first order Sobolev spaces. 
Monday 15h00  Alexandra Gilsbach: Symmetric Critical Points of the Integral Menger Curvature RWTH Aachen  In geometric knot theory, one tries to examine knots by using energy functionals. These socalled knot energies shall determine whether and to what extent a curve is knotted. We focus on the integral Menger curvature and try to evaluate its energy landscape. Using a modified version of Palais' symmetric criticality principle, we show the existence of at least two distinct critical points in torus knot classes. Furthermore, we apply a numerical gradient flow to approximate energy values of the symmetric critical points and the minimiser in the whole knot class. In addition, we gain numerical evidence concerning the nature of the newly gained critical points. 
Monday 15h30  Coffeee Break   
Monday 16h00  Michał Miskiewicz: Singularities of minimizing harmonic maps University of Warsaw  Minimizing harmonic maps between manifolds are known to be smooth outside the socalled singular set. In general this is a rectifable set of codimension 3, i.e., it can be covered by countably many Lipschitz pieces, but still may have many small gaps. In one special case of maps from a 4dimensional domain into the 2dimensional sphere Hardt and Lin proved that the singular set consists of topological curves. I will show a generalization to higher dimensional domains and discuss the topological obstruction responsible for preventing gaps in the singular set. 
Monday 16:30  Vincent Millot: tba Université Paris Diderot  tba 
Tuesday (July 24th, 2018) 

Tuesday 9h00  Fabrice Bethuel: Concentration sets for multiple equaldepth wells potentials in the 2D elliptic case Paris 6  The formation of codimensionone interfaces for multiwell gradientdriven problems is wellknown and established in the scalar case, where the equation is often referred to as the AllenCahn equation. The vectorial case in contrast is quite open. This lack of results and insight is to a large extend related to the absence of known appropriate monotonicity formula. I will focus on the elliptic case in two dimensions, and describe some methods which allow to circumvent the lack of monotonicity formula. 
Tuesday 10h00  Coffee break   
Tuesday 10h30  Pierre Bousquet: Density of bounded maps in Sobolev spaces into closed manifolds Université de Toulouse  A minimizing harmonic map u from the unit ball B in R^m with values into a manifold N is smooth outside a small singular set. Some of these singularitites are topologically non trivial, in the sense that u cannot be approximated in a neighborhood of this singular set by smooth maps with values into N. In this talk, we present classical and more recent counterexamples and positive results on the density of smooth maps C^{infty}(overline{B};N) in Sobolev spaces W^{1,p}(B;N), both for the strong and the weak topology. We consider the case when the target manifold N is closed but not necessarily compact, where both the geometry and the topology of N play a crucial role. This is a joint work with Augusto Ponce and Jean Van Schaftingen." 
Tuesday 11h30  Maria del Mar González Nogueras: On higher dimensional singularities for the fractional Yamabe problem: a nonlocal MazzeoPacard program Universidad Autónoma de Madrid  We consider the problem of constructing solutions to the fractional Yamabe problem that are singular at a given smooth submanifold, for which we establish the classical gluing method of Mazzeo and Pacard for the scalar curvature in the fractional setting. This proof is based on the analysis of the model linearized operator, which amounts to the study of a fractional order ODE, and thus our main contribution here is the development of new methods coming from conformal geometry and scattering theory for the study of nonlocal ODEs. Note, however, that no traditional phaseplane analysis is available here. Instead, first, we provide a rigorous construction of radial fastdecaying solutions by a blowup argument and a bifurcation method. Second, we use conformal geometry to rewrite this nonlocal ODE, giving a hint of what a nonlocal phaseplane analysis should be. Third, for the linear theory, we use complex analysis and some nonEuclidean harmonic analysis to examine a fractional Schrödinger equation with a Hardy type critical potential. We construct its Green's function, deduce Fredholm properties, and analyze its asymptotics at the singular points in the spirit of Frobenius method. Surprisingly enough, a fractional linear ODE may still have a twodimensional kernel as in the second order case. 
Tuesday 12h30  Lunch   
Tuesday 14h00  Bo Guan: Estimates for some fully nonlinear elliptic equations on manifolds Ohio State  Establishing a priori estimates is crucial in study of nonlinear PDEs. In this talk we discuss some recent progresses in this direction. We shall consider some fully nonlinear equations in connection with conformal deformation of ChenRicci curvatures on Hermintian manifolds, a LoewnerNirenberg type theorem, as well as the Neumann problem for Hessian equations on Riemannian manifolds, if time allows. 
Tuesday 15h00  Paul Bryan: Distance comparison for Curve Shortening of Networks Macquarie University  The curve shortening flow for networks, first introduced by Mullins to study the evolution of grain boundaries models twodimensional multiphase systems capturing the dynamics of interface boundaries. It is also an example of a Brakke fow by Mean Curvature, that is necessarily singular, exhibiting qualitative differences in behaviour to the smooth case. This talk will discuss joint work in progress with Mariel Sáez adapting distance comparison techniques previously used in the smooth setting to nonsmooth regimes. Many novel features arise such as nonuniqueness of embedded, selfsimilar solutions, and generally expected singular behaviour. Understanding singularity formation is an actively studied topic and is an essential ingredient for further analysis and global results for the flow. The distance comparison techniques described in this talk may prove useful in such analysis. 
Tuesday 15h30  Coffeee Break   
Tuesday 16h00  Ben Lambert: tba University College London  tba 
Tuesday 16:30  Qun Chen: Existence for Dirac equations and Diracharmonic maps Wuhan University  Diracharmonic maps are solutions of a coupled system of a Dirac equation and harmonic map type equation. They are critical points of a functional coming from the nonlinear supersymmetric sigma model, generalizing both the classical harmonic maps and harmonic spinors. However, the general existence problem for them turn out to be challenging. In this talk, we will discuss the existence and uniqueness of solutions of Dirac equations satisfying a class of local elliptic boundary value conditions, and the existence of Diracharmonic maps and their heat flows. This is based on joint works with J.Jost, J.Y.Li, L.L.Sun, G.F.Wang and M.M.Zhu respectively. 
Wednesday (July 25th, 2018) 

Wednesday 09h00  Gerhard Huisken: tba Oberwolfach  tba 
Wednesday 10h00  Coffee break   
Wednesday 10h30  Felix Schulze: Optimal isoperimetric inequalities for 2dimensional surfaces in HadamardCartan manifolds in any codimension University College London  Let (M^n,g) be simply connected, complete, with nonpositive sectional curvatures, and Sigma a 2dimensional closed integral current (or flat chain mod 2) with compact support in M. Let S be an area minimising integral 3current (resp. flat chain mod 2) such that partial S = Sigma. We use a weak mean curvature flow, obtained via elliptic regularisation, starting from Sigma, to show that S satisfies the optimal Euclidean isoperimetric inequality: 6 sqrt{pi} M[S] leq (M[Sigma])^{3/2}. We also obtain an optimal estimate in case the sectional curvatures of M are bounded from above by kappa < 0 and characterise the case of equality. The proof follows from an almost monotonicity of a suitable isoperimetric difference along the approximating flows in one dimension higher and an optimal estimate for the Willmore energy of a 2dimensional integral varifold with first variation summable in L^2. 
Wednesday 11h30  Miles Simon: Integral estimates for Ricci flow in four dimensions Universität Magdeburg  We prove some integral estimates for Ricci flows on compact manifolds in four dimensions which hold for any solution. We explain some consequences of these estimates if one further assumes that the scalar curvature is bounded up to the singular time. 
Wednesday 12h30  Lunch   
Wednesday 14h00  Changyou Wang: Some recent results on mathematical analysis of EricksenLeslie System Purdue University  The EricksenLeslie system is the governing equation that describes the hydrodynamic evolution of nematic liquid crystal materials, first introduced by J. Ericksen and F. Leslie back in 1960's. It is a coupling system between the underlying fluid velocity field and the macroscopic average orientation field of the nematic liquid crystal molecules. Mathematically, this system couples the NavierStokes equation and the harmonic heat flow into the unit sphere. It is very challenging to analyze such a system by establishing the existence, uniqueness, and (partial) regularity of global (weak/large) solutions, with many basic questions to be further exploited. In this talk, I will discuss some results we have obtained from the last few years. 
Wednesday 15h00  Katarzyna Mazowiecka: Boundary regularity of minimizing biharmonic maps Université catholique de Louvain  Biharmonic maps (i.e., critical points of the Hessian energy) can be seen as a generalization of harmonic maps into 4th order problems. It is known that (even minimizing) biharmonic maps may have singularities. We prove that, for sufficiently smooth boundary data minimizing biharmonic maps must be smooth in a neighborhood of the boundary. 
Wednesday 15h30  Coffeee Break   
Wednesday 16h00  Friederike Dittberner: tba Universität Konstanz  tba 
Wednesday 16h30  Andreas Gastel: Analytic remarks on 2gauge theory Universität DuisburgEssen  2Gauge theory is a theory from mathematical physics that roughly has the same scaling and invariance properties on 6manifolds that usual gauge theory has on 4manifolds. There is a sort of 2YangMillsfunctional that locally controls Sobolev norms of 2connections whenever they are in a 'good gauge'. We discuss the problem of finding a good gauge and show that the answer is simpler than in classical gauge theory. 
Thursday (July 26th, 2018) 

Thursday 9h00  Yu Yuan: Exterior Bernstein and Bernstein problems for Hessian equations University of Washington  We survey some new and old uniqueness results for Hessian equations such as special Lagrangian equations, MongeAmpere equations, and symmetric Hessian equations. In particular, a unified approach to quadratic asymptote of solutions over exterior domainsbased on an 'exterior' EvansKrylov, corresponding to AllardAlmgren's uniqueness of tangent cones in minimal surface situation  will be presented (joint with D.S. Li and Zh.S. Li). Special Lagrangian and MongeAmpere equations are the potential equations for minimal and maximal 'gradient' graphs in Euclid and pseudoEuclid spaces respectively. 
Thursday 10h00  Coffee break   
Thursday 10h30  Yuxiang Li: JohnNirenberg Inequality and Collapse in Conformal Geometry Tsinghua University  Let $g$ be a metric over $B$, and $g_k=u_k^frac{4}{n2}g$. We assume $R(g_k)_{L^p}<C$, where $R$ is the scalar curvature and $p>frac{n}{2}$. We will use JohnNirenberg inequality to prove that if $vol(B,g_k) rightarrow 0$, then there exists $c_k rightarrow + infty$, such that $c_k u_k$ converges to a positive function weakly in $W^{2,p}_{loc}(B)$. As an application, we will study the bubble tree convergence of a conformal metric sequence with integralbounded scalar curvature. 
Thursday 11h30  Michiaki Onodera: Hyperbolic solutions to Bernoulli's free boundary problem Tokyo Institute of Technology  Bernoulli's free boundary problem is an overdetermined problem in which one seeks an annular domain such that the capacitary potential satisfies an extra boundary condition. There exist two different types of solutions: elliptic and hyperbolic solutions. Elliptic solutions are ``stable'' solutions and tractable by variational methods and maximum principles, while hyperbolic solutions are ``unstable'' solutions of which the qualitative behavior is less known. I will present a recent joint work with Antoine Henrot in which we show the existence and qualitative behavior of hyperbolic solutions by a new flow approach. 
Thursday 12h30  Lunch   
Thursday afternoon  Excursion   
Thursday 19:30  Conference Dinner   
Friday (July 27th, 2018) 

Friday 09h00  Peter Topping: Pyramid Ricci flows University of Warwick  I will discuss some recent theory for starting Ricci flows in situations where no classical solution is expected to exist. My plan is to emphasise the (geometric) PDE theory rather than the applications, with the socalled Pyramid Extension Lemma a key target. Joint work with Miles Simon and Andrew McLeod. 
Friday 10h00  Coffee break   
Friday 10h30  Knut Smoczyk: Mean curvature flow of Whitney spheres University of Hannover  It is shown that an equivariant Lagrangian sphere with a positivity condition on its Ricci curvature develops a typeII singularity under the Lagrangian mean curvature flow that rescales to the product of a grim reaper with a flat Lagrangian subspace. In particular this result applies to the Whitney spheres. 
Friday 11:30  Pengfei Guan: Interior $C^2$ estimates for immersed hypersurfaces in $R^{n+1}$. McGill University  Heintz proved in 1960s the interior $C^2$ estimate for immersed surfaces with positive Gauss curvature in $R^3$. The result is a consequence of his interior estimate for MongeAmpere equation in dimension 2. Such interior estimate is false if $n>2$ by counterexamples of Pogorelov. It is also false for convex solutions of kHessian equations and for kmean curvature equations when K>2 in general. It has been a longstanding problem of the question of interior $C^2$ estimates for solutions of 2Hessian equation and for prescribing scalar curvature equations. We will present recent results jointly with Guohuan Qiu, providing an affirmative answer for convex solutions of these equations. The argument yields interior $C^2$ estimate for immersed hypersurfaces with positive intrinsic scalar curvature in any dimension. 
Friday 12:30  End of the conference   
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