The Erwin Schroedinger Institute for Mathematical Physics

Thematic Programme: Optimal Transport

Location: ESI, Boltzmann Lecture Hall, Boltzmangasse 9, 1090 Vienna

Dates: April 15 - June 14, 2019

Organisers: Mathias Beiglböck (U Vienna), Alessio Figalli (ETH Zurich), Jan Maas (IST Austria), Robert McCann (U Toronto), Justin Solomon (MIT)

The problem of Optimal Transport goes back to Monge in 1781: how should one transfer mass from a given initial distribution to a prescribed target distribution in such a way that the total transport cost is minimised? In modern mathematics, Optimal Transport plays a major role in developments at the interface of analysis, probability and geometry. Moreover, the field receives renewed interests by practitioners in data analysis, learning, computer graphics, and geometric modelling.
The program brings together researchers working on Optimal Transport in diverse areas, such as stochastic analysis, mathematical finance, analysis in singular spaces, geometric inequalities, gradient flows, optimal random matching, optimal transport for density matrices, numerical methods, computer vision, and machine learning. The aim of the proposed ESI programme is to establish interactions, encourage new collaborations, and identify synergies between these different disciplines.

The programme contains the following activities:

Introductory School
Optimal Transport
May 6-10, 2019

Workshop 1
Optimal Transport: from Geometry to Numerics
May 13-17, 2019

Workshop 2
Optimal Transport in Analysis and Probability
June 3-7, 2019

There is limited capacity for junior researchers to participate in the program. Interested PhD students and postdocs are kindly requested to apply by sending an email to jan.maas[at] with the following information: (i) CV; (ii) a short statement of interest (at most 1/2 page); (iii) preferred period of stay; (iv) an indication whether support is requested for travel and/or accommodation.