Graduiertenkolleg Gruppen und Geometrie
Mathematisches Institut

Bunsenstr. 3-5
D-37073 Göttingen

Workshop and Miniconference

"Smooth Fibre Bundles and Higher Torsion Invariants"

September 1 - 7, 2003

The workshop consisted of four interdependend courses: 

Kiyoshi Igusa (Brandeis):

A functors and higher Franz-Reidemeister torsion

Michael Weiss (Aberdeen):

An index theory without operators

Bruce Williams (Notre Dame):

Reidemeister torsion via Riemann Roch

Sebastian Goette (Regensburg):

Analytic torsion for families


The following miniconference consisted of about nine lectures about current results and ongoing research in the different areas dealing with higher torsion
invariants and applications:

W. Doriabiala: Product and sum theorems for parametrized Franz-Reidemeister torsion
J. Heitsch: Riemann Roch Grothendieck and torsion for foliations
K. Igusa: Characterisation of higher torsions
J.R. Klein: Homotopical intersection theory
K. Köhler: Quaternionic torsion
X. Ma: Torsion for manifolds with boundary
H. Reich: Algebraic K-theory of group rings and topological cyclic homology
M. Weiss: Cohomology of the stable mapping class group
B. Williams: Lefschetz-Riemann-Roch for K-theory of spaces