KAIST Advanced Institute for Science-X (KAIX) hosts a thematic program this summer. As a part of the program, there will be a summer school on mathematics from August 4th to August 15th. This year's theme is "Algebraic and Topological Methods in Geometry." and organized by Prof. Hyungryul Baik and Prof. Yongnam Lee. 

If you want to participate, please register. For registration, send us an email to kaixmathschool(at)gmail.com and 
say you would like to participate. 

For participants from overseas, we have limited amount of funding for financial support. 
Here is a direction for how to come to Daejeon and KAIST. 

For domestic participants, we have no financial support. 
There are some reasonable housing options around the campus, we list a few of them just for your information: 

All talks are at the building E6-1, Room 1401. 
The schedule is as in the table below. 

   Aug 5 Aug 6  Aug 7  Aug 8  Aug 9  Aug 12  Aug 13  Aug 14 
9:30-10:30  Baik Baik Park Wu Wu W.Kim S.KimZhi Jiang
10:45-11:45 Baik Park Park WuWu S.Kim S.Kim Zhi Jiang
14:30-15:30 Bestvina Bestvina BastianelliBastianelli W.KimZhi Jiang HenselHensel
15:45-16:45 Bestvina Bestvina Bastianelli Bastianelli W.Kim Zhi Jiang HenselHensel

The lectures will cover topics including: basic hyperbolic geometry, mapping class groups, translation surfaces, 
outer-automorphisms of free groups, groups acting on the circle, basic algebraic geometry. 

The list of the speakers and the subject of the lectures include (abstracts of the lectures will be added in due course): 
Harry Baik (KAIST): Introduction to mapping class groups and their normal generators 
Abstract: Mapping class groups are ubiquitous object in geometric group theory and low-dimensional topology. We will give a basic introduction to mapping class groups, and how to understand their elements and subgroups.

- Lecture note by prof. Caroline Series. http://homepages.warwick.ac.uk/~masbb/Papers/MA448.pdf
- Farb, Benson, and Dan Margalit. A primer on mapping class groups (pms-49). Princeton University Press, 2011. 
- Löh, Clara. Geometric group theory. Springer International Publishing AG, 2017. 

Francesco Bastianelli (Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro): Measures of irrationality for projective varieties 
Abstract: There has been a great deal of recent interest and progress in studying issues of rationality for algebraic varieties. The purpose of these lectures is to investigate a complementary circle of questions: in what manner can one quantify and control `how irrational' a given complex projective variety X might be? I will consider various birational invariants measuring the failure of X to be rational. In particular, I will focus on the `degree of irrationality’ (i.e. the least degree of a dominant rational map from X to the projective space) and the `covering gonality’ (i.e. the minimal gonality of a family of curves covering X). Initially, I will introduce these ideas and discuss various examples. Then I will present some techniques based on positivity properties of canonical bundles, which lead to lower bounds for those birational invariants. Finally, I will show how these techniques can be used to describe the invariants for hypersurfaces of large degree in the complex projective space. 

- F. Bastianelli, R. Cortini and P. De Poi, The gonality theorem of Noether for hypersurfaces, J. Algebraic Geom. 23 (2014), 313-339. 
- F. Bastianelli, P. De Poi, L. Ein, R. Lazarsfeld, B. Ullery, Measures of irrationality for hypersurfaces of large degree, Compos. Math. 153 (2017), 2368-2393. 
- F. Bastianelli, Irrationality issues for projective surfaces, Boll. Unione Mat. Ital. 11 (2018), 13-25. 
- F. Bastianelli, C. Ciliberto, F. Flamini, P. Supino, Gonality of curves on general hypersurfaces, J. Math. Pures Appl. 125 (2019), 94-118. 
The files of each reference can be downloaded from https://sites.google.com/site/francescobastianelli/pubblicazioni

Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah)

Zhi Jiang (Fudan University)

Wansu Kim (KAIST)

Jinhyun Park (KAIST)

Chenxi Wu (Rutgers University) 

If you have any question, please email kaixmathschool(at)gmail.com