Emily Adlam, Western University
Alex Blum, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG)
Doreen Fraser, University of Waterloo
James Fraser, University of Wüppertal
Adamantia Zampeli, UNAM
Achim Kempf, University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute
Adam Koberinski, University of Pittsburgh
Eduardo Martin-Martinez, University of Waterloo
Michael Miller, University of Toronto
Robert Oeckl, UNAM
Noel Swanson, University of Delaware
David Wallace, University of Pittsburgh
Porter Williams, University of Pittsburgh
Jenann Ismael, Johns Hopkins University (to deliver keynote at LMP graduate conference)
MONDAY, May 15 – Room 1170, WIRB
09:30 am – 10:45 am — Porter Williams (Pittsburgh): The Aim and Structure of Cluster Decomposition
10:45 Coffee Break
11:00 am – 12:15 pm — Noel Swanson (Delaware): Prospects for Wave-Functional Interpretations of QFT
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm — Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm — Emily Adlam (Western): Do we have a viable solution to the measurement problem?
2:45 pm Coffee Break
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm — Eduardo Martin-Martinez (Waterloo): Classical vs Quantum gravity: from the foundations of QFT to tabletop experiments
4:15 pm — Discussion: What is the ontology of QFT?
TUESDAY, May 16 – Room 3000, WIRB
9:00 am – 10:15 am — James Fraser (Wüppertal): The Many Faces of The Renormalization Group
10:15 am — Coffee Break
10:30 am – 11:45 pm — Alex Blum (MPIWG): Re-evaluating UV divergences in the 1950s
11:45 am – 1:00 pm — Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm — Michael Miller (Toronto) and James Fraser (Wüppertal): Why go effective?
2:15 pm — Coffee Break
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm — Adam Koberinski (Waterloo): It’s not 0 K: Conceptual challenges in finite-temperature field theory
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm – David Wallace (Pittsburgh): Spontaneous Symmetry Breaking in condensed-matter and particle physics
5:00 pm — Discussion: What are the reasons for adopting an “effective field theory” point of view? What impact does this have on interpreting QFT?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 – Room 1170, WIRB
9:00 am – 10:15 am — Doreen Fraser (Waterloo): Philosophical implications of measurement in QFT
10:15 am – Coffee Break
10:30 am – 11:45 am — Adamantia Zampelin and Robert Oeckl (UNAM): Composition of local observables in QFT
11:45 am – 12:30 pm — Discussion: What are the distinctive challenges facing measurement theory in QFT?
12:30 pm – Lunch
For individuals traveling to London for the conference, we offer the following suggestions & general information:
Hotels close to campus include:
Our local airport code is YXU (London, Ontario, Canada). It can sometimes be less expensive to fly into either Toronto or Detroit, then take an airport shuttle van (Robert Q) or bus (Greyhound) into London.
The London Transit Commission has several bus routes (2, 6, 9C, 10, 13, 31, 32, 33 and 34) that drop off somewhere on or near the university. Buses tend to run every 15 to 30 minutes (depending on the line, and day of the week). Visit the London Transit Commission website for bus routes and estimated bus arrival times.
Conference Location & Parking
The conference will take place at Western University in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), in Room 1170 and Room 3000 (check schedule for room number). The WIRB is located on Perth Drive, near the Labatt Visual Arts Building. A campus map (depicting visitor parking in blue) is available here. For those of you who will be driving to campus, the closest visitor parking spaces are the pay & display meters located between the Visual Arts Building & the North Campus Building. Information on parking rates can be found here.