Random Interacting Systems, Scaling Limits, and Universality

(04 Dec 2023–22 Dec 2023)

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Modern probability research often studies systems of many randomly interacting components, which model phenomena originating from physics, biology, etc. When the space-time scale becomes large and the number of interacting components tends to infinity, we often observe universal behaviour that are independent of the microscopic details. Proving such universal behaviour and identifying the macroscopic scaling limit has been a central theme in modern probability research. Some prominent examples in recent years include the study of two-dimensional models with conformally invariant scaling limits, two dimensional random planar maps and their scaling limits known as Liouville Quantum Gravity, the KPZ universality class of random surface growth models, and the weak universality of singular stochastic partial differential equations such as the KPZ equation.

The aim of this program is to bring together researchers working on the general theme of identifying scaling limits and establishing universality, especially researchers scattered across the East Asia region. We hope the program can help facilitate the exchange of ideas, nurture young researchers, and forge new networks of collaboration.

The program will consist of a mixture of mini-courses and research seminars, spread over 2-3 weeks.


Mini-Courses by Tom Hutchcroft, Caltech, USA and Xin Sun, University of Pennsylvania, USA4 to 8 Dec 2023N/A
Week 2: Workshop in Honour of Takashi Hara11 to 15 Dec 2023N/A
Week 3: Workshop on Random Interacting Systems18 to 22 Dec 2023N/A

List of Participants

Week 2:

  • Michael Aizenman (Princeton University, USA)
  • Federico Camia (NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE)
  • Lung-Chi Chen (National Chengchi University, Taipei)
  • Cristian Giardina (Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy)
  • Roberto Fernandez (Utrecht University, Netherlands, and NYU Shanghai, China)
  • Ryoki Fukushima (Tsukuba University, Japan)
  • Takashi Hara (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Markus Heydenreich (Universität München, Germany)
  • Fumio Hiroshima (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Remco van der Hofstad (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Mark Holmes (The University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Takashi Kumagai (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Pierre Nolin (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China)
  • Tomoyuki Shirai (Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Daisuke Shiraishi (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Gordon Slade (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Hirofumi Osada (Chubu University, Japan)
  • Kenkichi Tsunoda (Kyushu University, Japan)


Week 3:

  • Sung-Soo Byun (Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Korea)
  • Yuki Chino (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu)
  • David Croydon (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Eric Endo (NYU Shanghai, China)
  • Yichao Huang (Beijing Institute of Technology, China)
  • Stefan Junk (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Naotaka Kajino (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Yoshinori Kamijima (National Center for Theoretical Sciences, Taipei)
  • Makoto Katori (Chuo University, Japan)
  • Kunwoo Kim (Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea)
  • Wai-Kit Lam (National Taiwan University, Taipei)
  • Xinyi Li (Peking University, China)
  • Kyeongsik Nam (Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea)
  • Wei Qian (City University of Hong Kong, China and CNRS, France)
  • Insuk Seo (Seoul National University, Korea)
  • Jian Song (Shandong University, China)
  • Hao Wu (Tsinghua University, China)
  • Wei Wu (NYU Shanghai, China)
  • Qiang Zeng (University of Macau, China)



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