Representations and Characters: Revisiting the Works of Harish-Chandra and André Weil

―A satellite conference of the virtual ICM 2022

(01 Jul 2022–15 Jul 2022)

Organizing Committee




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This workshop is devoted to the theory of representations of reductive groups over local fields.

There are two main types of mutually intertwined problems in Representation Theory: to classify all irreducible (unitary) representations and to decompose a representation into irreducible ones. Both problems have important applications to other areas (e.g. Number Theory, Harmonic Analysis, Mathematical Physics), but despite the significant progress made, they are still wide open. Many different approaches can be used to address these problems: an important one consists in studying representations through their invariants.

Characters and matrix coefficients are among the most important analytic invariants of representations. The modern theory of characters started in the work of Harish-Chandra. They are traces of integrated versions of the representations and are in bijective correspondence with irreducible representations. Just to give some examples of their role in representation theory, Harish-Chandra’s description of discrete series representations was based on the construction of their characters, and characters relate to Fourier transforms of coadjoint orbits (Rossmann, Murnaghan). On the other hand, matrix coefficients allow to locate the representations inside the admissible dual and provide a link of representation theory to many aspects of classical analysis.

This workshop puts special emphasis on characters and matrix coefficients, in connection with the recent developments of representation theory, especially those related to the theta correspondence for the Weil representation or those related to general branching problems of representations.

The meeting aims at providing a successful research opportunity to its participants, to exchange on recent developments, share points of view and ideas and strengthen or promote collaborations. To make the more specialized talks accessible to all the participants, some experts will give a few survey talks during the first week. Moreover, two afternoons in the second week will be devoted to talks of young participants.

This workshop is a satellite conference of the virtual 2022 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) that will feature speakers in Section 3 (Number Theory) and Section 7 (Lie Theory and Generalizations). Several invited speakers will be delivering their ICM lectures at the satellite conference.

The ICM Emmy Noether Lecture will also be delivered at the conference. 

Streaming of lectures will be available to registered participants via Zoom.


ICM Emmy Noether LectureView
ICM Section 3 (Number Theory)View
ICM Section 7 (Lie Theory and Generalizations)View
Workshop and ICM Lectures1–15 July 2022View

10 July 2022, Sunday, Hari Raya Haji is a public holiday in Singapore. 11 July 2022, Monday, is also a declared public holiday.




  • ICM Emmy Noether Lecture
    • Marie-France Vignéras (IMJ-PRG, France) (Video)


  • ICM Section 3 (Number Theory) and ICM Section 7 (Lie Theory and Generalizations)
    • Raphael Beuzart-Plessis (Aix-Marseille University, France), Sections 3 and 7, (Video)
    • Evgeny Feigin (HSE University, Russia), Section 7, (Video)
    • Atsushi Ichino (Kyoto University, Japan), Section 3, (Video)
    • Tasho Kaletha (University of Michigan, USA), Sections 3 and 7, (Video)
    • Yiannis Sakellaridis (Johns Hopkins University, USA), Section 7, (Video)
    • Sug Woo Shin (The University of California, Berkeley, USA), Section 3, (Video)
    • Binyong Sun (Zhejiang University, China) and Chen-Bo Zhu (National University of Singapore, Singapore), Section 7, (Video)
    • Weiqiang Wang (University of Virginia, USA), Section 7, (Video)


Other Funding Support

This workshop is partially supported with grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from the Institut Élie Cartan de Lorraine (IECL).


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