Conference schedule
Below you can find the full schedule and abstracts for the Buildings 2019 conference. You can also download the Conference Booklet, which contains all of this plus some practical information and list of participants.
Abstracts
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Massoud Amini: Dynamic asymptotic dimenion

In this talk we discuss the dynamic asymptotic dimension for actions of groups on locally compact spaces. Dynamic asymptotic dimension is the dynamical counterpart of the notion of topological dimension which is related to other invariants such as equivariant asymptotic dimension and nuclear dimension.
In the first part of the talk we overview the existing results including the recent rigidity result on the actions of integers on compact spaces. We also discuss the relevance to celebrated conjectures such as that of BaumConnes, JuanPinedaLeary and FarrellJones.
In the second part of the talk we discuss new results including rigidity results for actions of virtually cyclic and metacyclic groups. We also include results on the actions by locally compact groups, including those related to noncompact type homogeneous spaces.
Sebastian Bischof: On commutator relations in RGD systems

In this talk I will show that the commutator of root groups corresponding to nested roots is trivial in a certain class of RGD systems.
Anneleen De Schepper: The magix box

Recent results of several authors hint at an expansion of the FreudenthalTits magic square, with new rows/columns corresponding to the socalled ternions and sextonions: \(3\) and \(6\)dimensional algebras over \(\mathbb{K}\), respectively, very much behaving like the composition algebras used to construct the square, except that they are degenerate.
I will present a class of "degenerate composition algebras" which put these two cases in a general framework, and for the entire second row of the magic square (both the nonsplit and the split version), I will briefly give a geometric description and axiomatic characterisation of the corresponding varieties, together with their relations to both the nondegenerate versions and to affine buildings.
Luca Giuzzi: Generating and embedding polar Grassmannians

In this talk we shall present some recent results on the generating rank of classical polar spaces and their polar Grassmannians and the dimension of the Grassmann embedding.
Maike Gruchot: Complete reducibility: a buildings' point of view

By results of Serre and BateMartinRöhrle, the usual notion of \(\mathbf{G}\)complete reducibility can be reframed as a property of an action of a group on the spherical building of the identity component of \(\mathbf{G}\), where \(\mathbf{G}\) is a reductive algebraic group.
In this talk, I will introduce a variation of this notion, the socalled relative complete reducibility. I will discuss that relative complete reducibility can also be viewed as a special case of the buildingtheoretic definition. This is a joint work with Alastair Litterick and Gerhard Röhrle.
Ralf Köhl: Generalized spin representations

A classical result states that the real Lie algebra \(\mathfrak{so}(n)\) admits a presentation via the embedded \(\mathfrak{so}(3)\)subalgebras along an \(\mathrm{A}_{n1}\) diagram, similar to the CurtisTits theorem and Phan's theorems.
String theorists are interested in studying the corresponding (infinitedimensional) real Lie algebra \(\mathfrak{k}\) for the diagram \(\mathrm{E}_{10}\). In my talk I will discuss a natural generalization of the classical \(1/2\)spin representation of \(\mathfrak{so}(n)\) to this Lie algebra \(\mathfrak{k}\). I will exhibit a CartanBotttype periodicity for the images of this representation along the \(\mathrm{E}_n\) series, and I will present a general machinery how to extend this \(1/2\)spin representation to higher spin representations. It will turn out that all these extended higher spin representations are controlled by a concise Weylgroupbased formula.
The results presented in this talk are based on prior work of Damour, Kleinschmidt, Nicolai and have been obtained jointly with Hainke, Horn, Lautenbacher, Levy in various combinations. The longterm goal is to develop a representation theory of \(\mathfrak{k}\) and to understand the structure of \(\mathfrak{k}\), for instance, whether \(\mathfrak{k}\) is residually finitedimensional.
Rainer Löwen: Regular parallelisms on \(\mathrm{PG}(3,\mathbb{R})\) admitting a \(2\)torus action

We show that the parallelisms described by the title are precisely the \(3\)dimensional regular parallelisms in the sense of Betten and Riesinger. We point out that there is a problem with the existence proof given by those authors.
Timothée Marquis: Cyclically reduced elements in Coxeter groups

Let \(W\) be a Coxeter group. We provide a precise description of the conjugacy classes in \(W\), yielding an analogue of Matsumoto's theorem for the conjugacy problem in arbitrary Coxeter groups.
Rupert McCallum: Ihara zeta functions for "building lattices"

Ihara introduced a zeta function for cocompact discrete torsionfree subgroups of \(\mathrm{PGL}_2(\mathbb{F})\) for a nonarchimedean local field \(\mathbb{F}\) and Serre showed how to view the Ihara zeta function as an object which can be attached to an arbitrary finite graph. In recent work with Anton Deitmar and Minghsuan Kang we have been exploring possible ways to generalise the Ihara zeta function to the noncompact case and to higher dimensions. We present some of the possible approaches to doing this and prove a conjecture of Anton Deitmar about the rationality of the higherdimensional Ihara zeta function so defined, and also a conjecture made in previous work with Minghsuan Kang about the connection of one such zeta function with an alternating product of Poincaré series.
Jeroen Meulewaeter: Inner line ideal geometries

Extremal geometries are pointline geometries introduced by Arjeh Cohen and collaborators, where points are the extremal elements of specific simple Lie algebras and the lines are some twodimensional subspaces. However, polar spaces cannot be obtained as extremal geometries.
Together with Hans Cuypers, we describe the socalled inner line ideal geometry. Its points are still the extremal elements, but we give a more general definition of lines using inner ideals. This allows us to obtain both the extremal geometries and polar spaces.
Yusra Naqvi: Retractions from infinity

Positively folded galleries arise as images of retractions of buildings onto a fixed apartment and play a role in many areas of maths, such as in the study of affine Hecke algebras, Macdonald polynomials, MVpolytopes, and affine DeligneLusztig varieties. In this talk, we will see a new recursive description of the set of end alcoves of folded galleries which are positive with respect to alcoveinduced orientations. These results further allow us to find the images of retractions from certain points at infinity. This talk is based on joint work with Elizabeth Milićević, Petra Schwer and Anne Thomas.
James Parkinson: Patterns in sets of positive density in trees and buildings

We prove an analogue for homogeneous trees and affine buildings of a result of Bourgain on geometric Ramsay theory in Euclidean spaces. In particular, we show that certain configurations of vertices are guaranteed to exist in any set of positive upper density in a homogeneous tree or affine building. This is joint work with M. Björklund and A. Fish.
Johannes Roth: Constructing (mixed) metasymplectic spaces

A metasymplectic space is a geometry with four types of elements, usually called points, lines, planes and hyperlines. In this talk I will give a short overview on how to construct such a space using a Chevalley group of type \(\mathrm{F}_4\). The elements of the constructed geometry will be 'certain' subspaces of a \(26\)dimensional vector space. Mixing the group will then allow us to obtain a mixed metasymplectic space. Here, however, the hyperlines fail to be subspaces of said vector space.
Eduard Schesler: The \(\Sigma\)conjecture for solvable \(S\)arithmetic groups via Morse theory on Euclidean buildings

Given a finitely generated group \(G\), the \(\Sigma\)invariants of \(G\) consist of geometrically defined subsets \(\Sigma^k(G)\) of the set \(\mathbb{S}(G)\) of all characters \(\chi: G > \mathbb{R}\) of \(G\). These invariants were introduced independently by BieriStrebel and Neumann for \(k=1\) and generalized by BieriRenz to the general case in the late 80's in order to determine the finiteness properties of all subgroups \(H\) of \(G\) that contain the commutator subgroup \([G,G]\).
In this talk we determine the \(\Sigma\)invariants of certain \(S\)arithmetic subgroups of Borel groups in Chevalley groups. In particular we will determine the finiteness properties of every subgroup \(H\) of the group of upper triangular matrices \(\mathbf{B}_n(\mathbb{Z}[1/p]) < \mathrm{SL}_n(\mathbb{Z}[1/p])\) that contains the group \(\mathbf{U}_n(\mathbb{Z}[1/p])\) of unipotent matrices, where \(p\) is any sufficiently large prime number.
Hendrik Van Maldeghem: \(\mathrm{F}_4 < \mathrm{E}_7\)

In this talk I will discuss several features of the occurrence of a building of type \(\mathrm{F}_4\) inside a building of type \(\mathrm{E}_7\).
Magali Victoor: Geometrical constructions of buildings in the magic square

In this talk I follow a geometric approach to the FreudenthalTits Magic Square. The geometries in this square are all buildings and parapolar spaces, and it is well known that they can be embedded in a projective space. This construction is however rather algebraic and not always easily accessible if you want to study these geometries with geometric methods. I give a very explicit construction of the geometries in the second and third row as the intersection of quadratic equations in a projective space. I also give a few examples of how I have already used this construction to study these geometries.
Christian Vock: The weakly complete group algebra of a topological group

We construct a group algebra for every topological group that contains a topology. This group algebra is associated functorially and we call it a weakly complete group algebra that is based on the category of weakly complete vector spaces. In the case that the group is compact, its weakly complete real group algebra contains the group as a proLie group and it contains also a copy of its Lie algebra.
Richard Weiss: Exceptional Tits quadrangles

We will describe efforts to classify Tits quadrangles. The focus of our work has been the Tits quadrangles that arise from exceptional groups. We will discuss applications of our results to the study of exceptional groups of relative rank \(1\). This is joint work with Bernhard Mühlherr.
Katharina Wendlandt: Twin buildings of type \(\tilde{C}_2\)

We describe the classification of all \(\tilde{C}_2\)twin buildings having one residue of exceptional type.