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My mentor is Rahul Pandharipande.
The focus of my research is motivic homotopy theory,
which applies powerful methods of algebraic topology
to shed light on mysteries of algebraic geometry.
"The more I learned, the more conscious did I become of the fact that I was ridiculous. So that for me my years of hard work at the university seem in the end to have existed for the sole purpose of demonstrating and proving to me, the more deeply engrossed I became in my studies, that I was an utterly absurd person."
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Title: The beauty of the beast: the Hilbert scheme of infinite affine space
Abstract: Various invariants have been computed for Hilbert schemes of surfaces, however our knowledge about Hilbert schemes (of points) of higher dimensional schemes is quite limited. In particular, Hilbert schemes of n-dimensional affine spaces have very complicated geometry for high n. In this talk we will discuss the homotopy type of the Hilbert scheme of infinite dimensional affine space, which turns out to be surprisingly simple. We will also mention the motivation for this result, coming from algebraic K-theory. Based on joint work with Marc Hoyois, Joachim Jelisiejew, Denis Nardin, and Burt Totaro.
E-mail: maria.yakerson at math.ethz.ch