Summer School

Randomness in Physics and Mathematics

From Quantum Chaos to Free Probability

August 5 - 17, 2013

ZiF - Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Bielefeld University



     The event is supported by Volkswagenstiftung and by ZiF


The aim of this summer school is to bring together and educate international PhD students and young post-doctoral fellows from physics, mathematics as well as from engineering. Statistical methods and in particular randomness play an important role in many modern applications in physics and other natural sciences, as well as in several branches of mathematics. One of the common themes that interlaces fields as divers as probability theory, complex analysis and combinatorics is that of random matrices. On the physics side applications include the transition from classical to quantum chaos, classical problems such
as random walks or the theory of spin glasses up to problems of entanglement in quantum computation. Random matrices also appear in optimisation in telecommunication, a very active field in engineering. The proposed school will try to cover all these recent topics in an intense two week summer course consisting of 8 interdisciplinary, interactive lecture series lead by world leading international experts.

The event is supported by the Volkswagenstiftung and by the ZiF. In addition to accomodation and subsistance for all participants we can offer 10 stipends providing travel support. We particularly welcome applications by female participants. Childcare can be aranged for any participant who is accompanied by his children.

Applications to participate and for travel support are welcome and should be directed to

the conference centre ZiF (Ms Marina Hoffmann).

The deadline for requesting participation has passed and registration is closed.

There will be a participation fee of 50 Euro.

For informal enquiries including the scientific part, please, contact any of the organisers.


Ivan Corwin
, MIT Boston, MA, USA
Yan Fyodorov, London, GBR
Alice Guionnet, MIT Boston, MA, USA
Satya Majumdar, Paris, FRA
Ralf Müller, Erlangen, GER
Sebastian Müller, Bristol, GBR
Roland Speicher, Saarbrücken, GER
Craig Tracy, Davis, CA, USA

Gernot Akemann
, Bielefeld
Friedrich Götze, Bielefeld

Conference Office:
phone: +49 521 106-2768

ZiF - Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung, Universität Bielefeld,
Wellenberg 1, D-33615 Bielefeld, Germany