||The Web of Modularity
An NSF-CBMS Conference
June 3-7, 2003
Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Many thanks to the six speakers and the 90 participants for making this
meeting such a success.
- Ken Ono (University of Wisconsin)
- Jan Bruinier (Cologne)
- YoungJu Choie (Postech)
- Masanobu Kaneko (Kyushu)
- Winfried Kohnen (Heidelberg)
- Ram Murty (Queen's)
Travel Participants should plan to arrive on Monday, June 2.
The conference will begin on the morning of Tuesday, June 3.
We will be finished on the afternoon of Saturday, June 7.
See more information on transportation below.
On one evening we will have an informal banquet (= pizza and beverages).
There may be a nominal charge for this event; please indicate
whether or not you would like to participate on the registration form.
On Tuesday evening, there will be an opening reception from 5-6:30
pm. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and light snacks will be served.
Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements. You are encouraged
to make arrangements as early as possible.
For the first
three options listed below, please mention the CBMS Web of Modularity meeting
when making a reservation.
- The primary facility for accommodations is the Hendrick House.
This is a private guest house with inexpensive rooms, about
a five minute walk from the conference site.
There are two buildings: East and West. Please call early to reserve the type of room of your choice.
The West Building is somewhat more modern.
Single rooms: $25 per night.
Double rooms: $20 per night per person.
Prices for East Building:
Single rooms: $21 per night.
Double rooms: $17 per night per person.
Parking is $3 per day.
Bathrooms in both buildings are semi-private
(there is one bathroom for every two rooms).
904 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
- The Illini Union Guest Rooms
are a more upscale (and more expensive) choice. The union is next to the conference site.
Rates run between $68 and $84 per night for single/double rooms,
with parking included.
1401 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
- A small number of rooms may also be available at the
Hampton Inn (about a ten minute walk to the conference site).
The rate is $60 single/$65 double with parking included.
1200 W. University Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 337-1100
Fax: (217) 337-1143
- For other possibilities in the area, see the Visitor's guide.
The application deadline has now passed, and we have distributed the funds
available to us.
There is a slim possibility that more funds may become available; please contact the organizers
if you wish to check on this.
Goals of the Conference
- To present an organized and motivated description of the important and diverse role which modular forms play in
Number Theory and other areas of mathematics.
- To provide young mathematicians and newcomers to the field with an accessible account of important techniques, theorems, and open problems
at the forefront of this area of research.
- To provide mathematicians working in areas related to the themes of the conference with an account of some areas of investigation in which their existing
knowledge may prove invaluable.
- To provide established researchers an opportunity
to share their expertise and to interact with each other and with younger mathematicians.
- To plan a scientific program which will lead to a published monograph of lasting
importance to the wider mathematical community.
Some of the topics to be considered.
- Introduction to Modular Forms.
- Arithmetic and Algebraic Interpretations of Coefficients of Modular Forms.
- Representation Theory of Finite Groups.
- Partition Theory.
- Gaussian Hypergeometric Series.
- Infinite Product Expansions of Modular Forms.
- Hypergeometric Series and Values of L-functions.
- Nonvanishing Theorems for Modular L-functions and Ranks of Elliptic Curves.
- Shafarevich-Tate Groups, Class groups of Quadratic fields, and Visibility.
Scott Ahlgren and Bruce Berndt. For questions please email
Transportation, Parking and Maps
Planes: Willard Airport (CMI)
in Champaign has service from Chicago (American Airlines), St. Louis (American Airlines),
and Detroit (Northwest). "Yellow" and "Corky's" shuttles meet most flights at Willard Airport, and
charge $10 one-way to the Illini Union.
Shuttle service from Chicago O'Hare and Chicago Midway airports (about 130 miles)
and from the Indianapolis airport (about 110 miles) is available through
for approximately $100 round trip. There are very good discounts for
those traveling in groups of two or more.
You can also obtain shuttle service from
Trains: Amtrak has daily service to Champaign from the
north (Chicago) and from the south (New Orleans). From the station (the "Illinois Terminal"),
catch almost any eastbound or southbound city bus ($1) or
take a cab the 1 mile to the Illini Union.
Automobiles: Champaign-Urbana is at the intersection of I-72, I-74 and
campus and the area, including
Altgeld Hall and the
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