La rencontre aura lieu dans le bâtiment S3 (=Sciences 3), c'est à dire le bâtiment du laboratoire de maths.
Début Lundi matin à 10h, fin le Mardi à 16h15.
 accueil lundi 9 h 30 salle 247 (bâtiment S3)
 exposés lundi en salle 278 (bâtiment S3)
 mardi en salle 276 (bâtiment S3)
Lundi 
Mardi 
10h11h30: Karen Vogtmann 1 
9h3010h20: Paolo Bellingeri 
10h5011h40: Bert Wiest 
11h5012h40: Ashot Minasyan  11h5012h40: Camille Horbez 
Pause méridienne 
14h1515h45: Karen Vogtmann 2 
14h1515h05: Abderezak Ould Houcine 
16h1017h00: Pierre Pansu 
15h1516h15: Karen Vogtmann 3 
Abstracts of the talks

Paolo Bellingeri:
On ($p$)almost direct products and residual properties of pure braid groups of surfaces.
It is well known that pure braid groups are residually nilpotent, but all known proofs do not extend to pure braid groups on surfaces. However, in the case of surfaces with non empty boundary, the residual nilpotence of these groups can be verified constructing embeddings in some Torelli groups.
The case of closed surface is more complicated: one possible solution implies the structure of ($p$)almost direct product of these groups.
After a short survey on pure braid groups of surfaces, I will explain the notion of ($p$)almost direct product, its consequences on residual proporties and Iadic filtrations and possible applications to finite type invariants for (surface) braids.

Camille Horbez: The Tits alternative for the automorphism group of a free product
A group G is said to satisfy the Tits alternative if every subgroup of G either contains a nonabelian free subgroup, or is virtually solvable. The talk will aim at presenting a version of this alternative for the automorphism group of a free product of groups. A classical theorem of Grushko states that every finitely generated group G splits as a free product of the form $G_1*...*G_k*F_N$, where $F_N$ is a finitely generated free group, and all groups $G_i$ are nontrivial, non isomorphic to $Z$, and freely indecomposable. In this situation, I prove that if all groups $G_i$ and $Out(G_i)$ satisfy the Tits alternative, then so does the group $Out(G)$ of outer automorphisms of G. I will present applications to proving the Tits alternative for outer automorphism groups of rightangled Artin groups, or of some classes of relatively hyperbolic groups. I will then present a proof of this theorem, in parallel to a new proof of the Tits alternative for mapping class groups of compact surfaces. The proof relies on a study of the actions of some subgroups of $Out(G)$ on a version of the outer space for free products, and on a hyperbolic simplicial graph.

Abderezak Ould Houcine: On elementary extensions of free groups
A subgroup $H$ of a group $G$ is called an elementary subgroup of $G$ (and $G$ is called an elementary extension of $H$) if any firstorder formula $\phi(x)$, with parameters from $H$, which is realized in $G$ is realized in $H$. It is well known that any ultrapower of $G$ is an elementary extension of $G$, besides saturated, which allows to study modeltheoretic properties of $G$. However, these ultrapowers don't necessarily have good actions on real trees. We introduce new extensions of free groups and we show some of their modeltheoretic and geometric properties.

Ashot Minasyan: Residual finiteness of outer automorphism groups
A group G is called residually finite if for any nontrivial element $g$ in G there is a homomorphism $\phi$ from G to a finite group K such that $\phi(g)$ is nontrivial in K.
A classical theorem of Baumslag states that if G is a finitely generated residually finite group then the automorphism group $Aut(G)$ is also residually finite
Unfortunately this does not always extend to the group of outer automorphisms $Out(G)=Aut(G)/Inn(G)$.
During my talk I will discuss Grossman's approach to proving that
$Out(G)$ is residually finite together with various new applications of it.

Pierre Pansu: Large scale conformal geometry
A new class of maps between metric spaces is introduced. It is invariant under coarse embeddings of domains and quasisymmetric homeomorphisms between ranges. Nevertheless, following ideas of Benjamini and Schramm, we prove restrictions on the existence of such maps between spaces like hyperbolic groups or nilpotent groups.
 Karen Vogtmann:
On the cohomology of moduli spaces of graphs.
The group Out(F_n) of outer automorphisms of a free group acts
properly on a space of marked metric graphs known as Outer space. The
quotient of Outer space by this action is called the moduli space of
rank n graphs, and is a rational classifying space for the group. I
will discuss what is known about the topology of this moduli space. In
particular, the rational cohomology has been shown to vanish in low
and high dimensions, and only a handful of nontrivial classes have
been found at all. However Euler characteristic calculations show
that there must in fact be huge amounts of cohomology somewhere. I
will discuss recent work with J. Conant, M. Kassabov and A. Hatcher we
investigate candidates for nontrivial classes constructed using spaces
of graphs with marked points and the action of the symmetric group on
associated cohomology groups.

Bert Wiest: Curve complexes and Garside groups
We present a simple construction which associates to every Garside group a metric space, called the additional length complex, on which the group acts. These spaces share important features with curve complexes: they are $\delta$hyperbolic, infinite, and typically locally infinite graphs. We conjecture that, apart from obvious counterexamples, additional length complexes are always of infinite diameter. We prove this conjecture for the classical example of braid groups $(B_n,\Delta)$; moreover, in this framework, reducible and periodic braids act elliptically, and at least some pseudoAnosov braids act loxodromically. We conjecture that for $B_n$, the additional length complex is actually quasiisometric to the curve complex of the $n$~times punctured disk.