# New Directions in Theoretical Physics 3

## Abstract

**
New Directions in Theoretical Physics
**
is a series of prestigious interdisciplinary conferences organised by the
Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics
, aiming to generate an exchange of ideas and highlight new approaches to challenges in all areas of theoretical physics. All talks in this meeting are plenary review talks and are intended to reach out to the entire community of theoretical physicists, inspire researchers and generate a valuable discussion across disciplines.

The January 2019 meeting is the third meeting in this series, following highly successful meetings in 2017 and 2014 . It will cover a broad range of topics including particle physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and dark matter, general relativity and gravitational waves, stochastic thermodynamics, entanglement, disorder, complexity and chaos in quantum systems, principles of machine learning and physics of living systems.

The conference
venue is 50 George Square in the city centre campus of the University of Edinburgh.
This time the conference extends over
**
three full days, Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th January
**
, consisting of review talks (all talks are 45 minutes) and discussion sessions. The list of speakers is below. In the evening of the first day (Wednesday, 9 Jan) there will be a drinks reception (6:30pm) followed by a public talk -- Higgs Public Lecture -- by Nima Arkani-Hamed (starting at 7:30pm). On the Thursday (10 Jan) all participants will be hosted for a conference dinner.

## Timetable

### View full timetable on Indico

## Speakers

Ana Achúcarro (Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU)

'A new twist on multifield inflation'Ehud Altman (Berkeley)

'Universal operator growth and emergent hydrodynamics in quantum systems'Nima Arkani-Hamed (IAS, Princeton)

'Time Without Time'Michael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh)

'The Fine Structure Constant'Vijay Balasubramanian (University of Pennsylvania)

'The Power of Random: Information and Emergence From Black Holes to the Brain'Mark Bowick (KITP, Santa Barbara)

'Statistical Mechanics of 2D Metamaterials'Claudia de Rham (Imperial College London)

'Physics under the Gravitational Rainbow'Claude Duhr (CERN and UC Louvain)

'Modern approaches to precision computations in the LHC era'John Ellis (CERN and Kings College London)

'Prospects for physics at future colliders'Éanna Flannagan (Cornell University)

'Asymptotic symmetries and charges in general relativity'Gregory Gabadadze (NYU)

'Beyond Einstein Gravity and Cosmology'Chris Jarzynski (University of Maryland)

'Scaling down the laws of thermodynamics'Jean-Francois Joanny (Collège de France and ESPCI ParisTech)

'Physics of Biological Tissues'Satya Majumdar (Université de Paris-Sud, Orsay)

'Extreme Value Statistics for Random Matrices'Matthew Mccullough (CERN and Cambridge)

'The hierarchy problem: Exotic signatures from exotic solutions'Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale University)

'The hunt for the first black holes'Subir Sachdev (Harvard University)

'Universal low temperature theory of charged black holes and SYK models of strange metals'Udo Seifert (Stuttgart University)

'From stochastic thermodynamics to thermodynamic inference'George Sterman (YITP, Stony Brook)

'Making a place for perturbation theory in the non-perturbative strong interactions'Naftaly Tishby (Hebrew University, Jerusalem)

'Information theory and statistical physics of Deep Learning'Frank Verstraete (Ghent University)

'Quantum tensor networks for modelling quantum many body wavefunctions'Neal Weiner (New York University)

'Searching for Dark Matter in Time Domain Astronomy'

## The Higgs Public Lecture

On the evening of Wednesday the 9th January you are invited to participate in The Higgs Public Lecture, entitled "The End of Spacetime," by Nima Arkani-Hamed. The lecture will be held at the Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, and is free of charge but requires early registration (which is separate to the conference registraion).

Prior to the lecture we invite you to a drinks reception.

## Conference Dinner

On the evening of Thursday 10th January you are invited to Surgeons Hall for a delicious three-course meal. Please advise your attendance at the dinner by checking the correct box on the registration form, there is no extra cost to attend.

## Delegate Discounts

You will be provided with an Edinburgh Rewards Passport at the registration desk, this gives access to over 100 discounts and exclusive offers at a selection of the city's restaurants, bars, tourist attractions and pre booked taxis. Details of the discounts are at www.edinburghrewards.com as well as the printed passport.

## Contact

For any practical question regarding the confrence, please contact the Higgs Centre secretary Ines Foidl <ines.foidl@ed.ac.uk>

All venue information can be found here in Google maps (external link)

*
We expect all delegates to adhere to the
Dignity and Respect Policy
of the University of Edinburgh while on University premises.
*

## Attendees

The following have registered to attend this workshop:

First Name | Last Name | Affiliation |
---|---|---|

Adam | Lantos | University of Edinburgh |

Adam | Nahum | Oxford University |

Akash | Vijay | University of Edinburgh |

Alejandro | Cros | Edinburgh University |

Alejandro | Jenkins | Universidad de Costa Rica |

Aleksandra | Ziolkowska | University of Oxford |

Alessandro | Bentivoglio | The University of Edinburgh |

Alexander | Morozov | University of Edinburgh |

Amy | Lloyd-Stubbs | Lancaster University |

Ana | Achucarro | Leiden Univ. / Univ. of the Basque Country UPV-EHU |

Andrea | Incatasciato | Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh |

Andrew | Yong | University of Edinburgh |

Anthony | Kennedy | University of Edinburgh |

Antonin | Portelli | The University of Edinburgh |

Aris | Ioannou | The University of Edinburgh |

Athoy | Nilima | University of Edinburgh |

Atsuhisa | Ota | DAMTP, University of Cambridge |

Avery | Meiksin | Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh |

Basil | Ibrahim | University of Edinbrugh |

Ben | Maybee | University of Edinburgh |

Ben | Pullin | University of Edinburgh |

Benjamin | Giblin | University of Edinburgh |

Brian | Pendleton | The University of Edinburgh |

Calum | Milloy | University of Edinburgh |

Chris | Jarzynski | University of Maryland |

Claude | Duhr | CERN |

Claudia | De Rham | Imperial College London |

Dan | Luo | The University of Edinburgh |

Daniel | Jenkins | Univeristy of Edinburgh |

David | McComb | University of Edinburgh |

Davide | Marenduzzo | University of Edinburgh |

Des | Johnston | Heriot-Watt University |

Devarshee | Sandilya | University of Edinburgh |

Dom | Corbett | University of Edinburgh |

Dominic | Gribben | University of St Andrews |

Dominic | Rouse | University of St. Andrews |

Donal | O'Connell | Edinburgh |

Eanna | Flanagan | Cornell University |

Ehud | Altman | Berkeley |

Einan | Gardi | The University of Edinburgh |

Elena | Villhauer | University of Edinburgh |

Emmet | Byrne | University of Edinburgh |

Enrico | Pajer | University of Cambridge |

Eric | Laenen | Nikhef/University of Amsterdam |

Fabian | Essler | University Of Oxford |

Felix | Erben | University of Edinburgh |

Florian | Götz | University of Edinburgh |

Francesca | Lane | Institute for Astronomy, Edinburgh |

Francesco | Cagnetta | School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh |

Francesco | Pace | JBCA, University of Manchester |

Frank | Verstraete | Ghent University |

Fred | Tomlinson | University of Edinburgh |

Frederika | Phipps | ROE |

Gary | Robertson | University of Edinburgh |

George | Sterman | Stony Brook University |

Gerald | Fux | University of St Andrews |

Giulio | Falcioni | University of Edinburgh |

Graham | Shore | Swansea University |

Gregory | Gabadadze | New York University |

Hang | Yu | University of Edinburgh |

Harald | Fox | Lancaster University |

J Tobias | Tsang | University of Edinburgh |

Jakub | Dolezal | University of Cambridge |

Jean-Fran?Ois | Joanny | Coll?ge de France / ESPCI ParisTech |

Jelle | Hartong | University of Edinburgh |

Jennifer | Smillie | Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics |

Jinjie | Dong | University of Edinburgh |

Joan | Simon | University of Edinburgh |

John | Ellis | CERN / Kings College London |

Joscha | Reichel | University of Edinburgh |

Jose | Onorbe | Royal Observatory of Edinburgh |

Joseph | Lee | University of Edinburgh |

Julian | Kappler | University of Cambridge |

Keith | Horne | SUPA St Andrews |

Leonardo | de la Cruz | Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics |

Leonardo | Vernazza | University of Amsterdam |

Liam | Ruske | The University of Edinburgh |

Lorenzo | Magnea | University of Torino |

Lucile | Cangemi | University of Edinburgh |

Luigi | Del Debbio | The University of Edinburgh |

Lukas | Müller | Mr |

Lukas | Tarra | The University of Edinburgh |

Luke | Butcher | University of Edinburgh |

Maria | Derda | University of Edinburgh |

Marios | Kalomenopoulos | University of Edinburgh |

Mark | Bowick | KITP, Santa Barbara |

Martin | Evans | University of Edinburgh |

Matthew | Trott | University of St Andrews |

Michael | Wilson | The University of Edinburgh |

Mike | Cates | University of Cambridge |

Naftali | Tishby | Hebrew University, Jerusalem |

Neal | Weiner | New York University |

Niamh | Maher | University of Edinburgh |

Niclas | Westerberg | Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University |

Nima | Arkani-Hamed | IAS, Princeton |

Oskar | Leimkuhler | University of St Andrews |

Patrick | Pietzonka | Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge |

Peter | Mottishaw | School of Physics and Astronomy, Edinburgh University |

Philipp | Rueter | Heriot Watt University |

Piotr | Bargiela | Theoretical Physics MSc student at the University of Edinburgh |

Priyamvada | Natarajan | Yale University |

Rajesh | Singh | University of Cambridge |

Riccardo | Gonzo | Hamilton Institute, Trinity College Dublin |

Richard | Ball | UoE |

Richard | Blythe | University of Edinburgh |

Richard | Szabo | Heriot-Watt University |

Richard | van Dongen | University of Edinburgh |

Roberta | Palacino | University of St Andrews |

Roger | Horsley | University of Edinburgh |

Roman | Zwicky | Edinburgh University |

Rosalyn | Pearson | University of Edinburgh |

Sadegh | Khochfar | University of Edinburgh |

satya | majumdar | CNRS, Universite Paris-Sud, Orsay, France |

Scott | Melville | University of Cambridge |

Sebastian | Jaskiewicz | Technische Universität München |

Stephen | Watson | University of Glasgow |

Subir | Sachdev | Harvard University |

Susan | Hezlet | None |

Theo | Steele | DAMTP, Cambridge University |

Tomasz | Andrzejewski | The University of Edinburgh |

Tommaso | Giani | University of Edinburgh |

Udo | Seifert | Stuttgart University |

Vera | Guelpers | University of Edinburgh |

Veronika | Breunhoelder | University of Edinburgh |

Victoria | Martin | School of Physics, University of Edinburgh |

Vijay | Balasubramanian | University of Pennsylvania |

Vittorio | Del Duca | CERN |

Wendy | Gray | IPPP Durham University |

Xinhao | Yu | MSc theoretical physics student,UoE, |

Yaseen | Asad | University of Edinburgh |

Yongjoo | Baek | DAMTP, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge |

Zhuochao | Li | University of Edinburgh |

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##### Organisers

- Martin EVANS (Edinburgh)
- Einan GARDI (Edinburgh)
- Joan SIMON (Edinburgh)