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Bristol University, May 12, 2008

Meeting of the Bristol–Oxford–Southampton joint research group in
Geometric and Analytic Methods in Group Theory

Main talks

Alexandre Borovik, Manchester
Probabilistic recognition of black box groups

Frédéric Haglund, Paris–Sud
Groups acting on CAT(0) cube complexes

Richard Weidmann, Heriot–Watt
Maps onto hyperbolic groups


11:4512:15 Introductory talk – Riley
12:2012:50 Introductory talk – Tweedale
12:501:30 Lunch
1:302:30 Borovik
2:303:30 Haglund
3:304:00 Tea
4:005:00 Weidmann

Photo by Joe Dunckley ( Wills Memorial Building

Introductory talks

Two introductory talks will be given — aimed at graduate students and researchers from other fields, and intended to provide some background for the main talks.
Tim Riley What is a hyperbolic group? — some references: S.M. Gersten, J. Howie, H. Short et al.
Michael Tweedale What is a CAT(0) group? slides (pdf)

Practical information

— Talks will be in the seminar room on the 4th floor of Howard House (follow the link for directions).
— For lunch we suggest congregating in the common room on the 4th floor of Howard House with sandwiches etc.. There are a number of sandwich shops near Howard House.
— Tea will be served in the common room on the 4th floor of Howard House.
— Dinner in a local restaurant will be arranged; all are welcome.
Maps and travel advice
Information on visiting Bristol and places to stay


We are grateful to the LMS for support via Scheme 3 grant 3716. Funds are available to assist graduate students to attend the meeting. Please contact Graham Niblo or Tim Riley for further information.


Meeting organiser Tim Riley
Network organisers Martin Bridson, Graham Niblo, Tim Riley