Distinguished Visiting Professor 2024: Romain Tessera

Wednesday 8th MayWednesday 8th May 2024

Heilbronn colloquium: Romain Tessera

Romain Tessera, Senior Researcher, Université Paris Cité, France

Wednesday 8 May 2024 4pm to 5pm

Venue Lecture Theatre G.10, Fry Building

Followed by drinks reception 5-6pm in the Staff Common Room, Fry Building

Quantitative Ergodic Theory

Ergodic theory is the study of measure preserving actions of groups on a probability space. These may be studied from two different angles: up to isomorphism, or up to “orbit equivalence”. For the latter we merely require an isomorphism between the probability spaces that preserves the orbits of the group actions, but the groups themselves may no longer be isomorphic.

Orbit equivalence has been intensively studied since the eighties, and one of the most impressive results, due to Ornstein and Weiss, says that any two free ergodic actions of infinite amenable groups (such as Z^d for instance) are orbit equivalent. In other words, all information on the (amenable) groups is lost under orbit equivalence. We shall present a new theory, which emerged from the need to nuance Orstein-Weiss’ theorem. Roughly, one defines a way to measure how “good” an orbit equivalence map is in order to restore some information on the group.

Short biography

Romain Tessera defended his PhD in 2006 under the co-direction of Thierry Coulhon and Alain Valette. He then spent 2 years as a postdoctoral researcher at Vanderbilt University. Romain has been a researcher in CRNS (France) since 2008, first at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, then at University of Orsay, and finally as a senior researcher at Université Paris Cité (since 2018). His research focuses on geometric group theory, with incursions in other fields such as ergodic theory, topological rigidity, non-commutative geometry.


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Organised in collaboration with the School of Mathematics, University of Bristol, UK

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