Conference: Curves and Automorphic Forms

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Curves and Automorphic Forms will take place at Arizona State University, March 10-14, 2014.
The theme will be extensions of the modularity theorem for elliptic curves over the rationals. We plan to have talks that describe work on computations of elliptic curves over number fields and of hyperelliptic curves over the rationals, on the conjecturally corresponding modular forms (e.g., Hilbert, Siegel, Bianchi), and on associated L-functions.

The format will be a hybrid of a traditional conference and a workshop with lectures in the morning and afternoons devoted to collaborative work. We hope that bringing together experts on these various objects will encourage collaborations in new directions. Time will be available for work on the L-functions and Modular Forms Database, the lmfdb.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:00 Cremona Siksek Kedlaya Yasaki Poor and Yuen
10:30 Voight Deines Lemurell Koutsoliotas

Talks will take place in ECG 236. Names in the schedule are links to the slides for the talk where possible.

There will be coffee available in PSA 206 each day at 8:30am, 10:00am, and 3:00pm.

Confirmed participants

  • Donald Adams
  • Andrew Altman
  • Samuele Anni
  • Jennifer Balakrishnan
  • Jonathan Bober
  • Andrew Bremner
  • Nancy Childress
  • Sarah Chisholm
  • William Cocke
  • Jenny Cooley
  • Shawn Elledge
  • Ricky Farr
  • Ed Hall
  • Paula Hamby
  • Zach Harrison
  • Brian Hwang
  • Angelos Koutsianas
  • Tim Lai
  • Pedro Lemos
  • Pascal Molin
  • Mark Morgan
  • Luke Nelson
  • Dong Quan N Nguyen
  • Ekin Ozman
  • Ameya Pitale
  • Soma Purkait
  • David Roberts
  • Eugenia Rosu
  • Mike Rubinstein
  • Malcolm Rupert
  • Renate Scheidler
  • Harald Schilly
  • Ralf Schmidt
  • Mehmet Haluk Sengun
  • Joe Wells
  • Scott Zinzer

Group photos

Organizing committee

  • David Farmer
  • Paul Gunnells
  • John Jones
  • Holly Swisher


We will use rooms in two buildings, PSA (a.k.a. the Bateman Physical Sciences A wing a.k.a. Wexler Hall) and ECG (a.k.a. Engineering Center G wing). This buildings face each other.
  • lectures will be in ECG 236
  • coffee and snacks are in PSA 206
  • PSA 206 will be our main work room
  • if people want to get away from the crowd to talk some math, or need additional space, we have also reserved PSA 102 and PSA 309 as well.
Here are some walking routes:
  • This map shows a walking route from the Days Inn to the conference buildings which is just under a mile.
  • This map shows the walking route from the light rail to the buildings. PSA is just above point B, and ECG is just below it.

Contributing to the LMFDB

During the afternoons, some people will be working on the $L$-function and Modular form Database, i.e., the LMFDB. Here is the beginnings of a developer's guide.


There is no registration fee, but please send us an e-mail at to indicate that you are coming so that we have a reasonable count of the number of participants before the workshop starts.

Hotel information

We will make reservations for people supported by the conference so that the hotel can be billed directly to us. We just need arrival/departure dates to do that.

People supported by the grant will be staying at a Day's Inn. It provides wifi, breakfast, and a place to sleep. It also provides an airport shuttle; call (480) 968-7793 when you have your luggage and they will tell you where to go to be picked up.

To get between the Day's Inn and the ASU math department, you can walk (just under one mile), take the light rail to campus, or take an Orbit (Mars or Mercury from near Lemon and Terrace (a block northwest of the hotel). Get off at the next light rail stop and walk (about 0.3 miles) from there. SoMSS is located in the A Wing of the Physical Sciences Center.

People with their own funding might want to consider one of the following hotels. Some are closer to ASU, some are nicer. To get your bearings, most of the hotels are SE of campus, SoMSS is near the north-central point of campus, and Mill Avenue where most of the restaurants are located is NW of campus.
  • Four Points is just off the SE corner of campus
  • Super 8 is part of a chain of budget hotels. It is between the Day's Inn and Four Points and one regular visitor always asks to stay there.
  • Mission Palms is nice and close to Mill Avenue, but also more expensive than the others
  • Twin Palms is on the south/central edge of campus, but wifi costs extra and you do not get breakfast.
  • Holiday Inn Express is near Four Points, Super 8, and Days Inn. Their cheapest rooms are sold out for one conference night (when I called for a group rate), but maybe an individual calling can do better.

Transportation from the airport

The Day's Inn has a free shuttle. Call (480) 968-7793 when you get your luggage (or when you enter the terminal if you have no checked luggage). They will send the shuttle and tell you where you will be picked up. It is about a 10 minute ride, so the wait should not be long.

If that doesn't work out for some reason, the Phoenix light rail works well (I use it!). From terminal 2 or 3, take the free airport bus to terminal 4. From terminal 4, take the SkyTrain (free airport train) to the light rail. A light rail ticket costs $2 (the machine takes cash or credit cards). You don't need to scan the ticket or anything, just get on the train going east. Get off at the Dorsey Lane/Apache Blvd stop; it is right in front of the hotel. The last train goes by the airport station at 11:39pm (except on Friday and Saturday, when it is even later).

Local transportation

In addition to city buses, Tempe has two free bus systems and the light rail.
  • Flash buses are free, and basically circle campus (with an extra arm to their routes to visit outlying ASU areas)
  • Orbits are free buses with several useful routes
  • The light rail costs $2 per trip. For Tempe, there is just one route making it simple. Notable stops (in order) are: Phoenix airport, Mill Avenue, ASU campus, the Days Inn.


ASU is home to 59,000 students, and that is a lot of mouths to feed. This conference takes place during spring break, so a few places on campus may be closed, but by and large there should be many options for places to eat. Places with a * are ones we sometimes take visitors.
  • Memorial Union basement (on campus): Burger King, Jamba Juice, Subway
  • Memorial Union ground floor (on campus): Papa John's, Einstein Bro. Bagels, Taco Bell, Sushi, Chic-fil-a
  • Memorial Union 2nd floor (on campus): *Engrained -- slightly upscale, local ingredients
  • Tempe center (west of campus): *Sacks (sandwiches)
  • SE corner of Rural and University: *Delhi Palace (Indian lunch buffet or dinner), Gus's New York-style pizza
  • NE corner of Rural and University: Sushi 101 (lunch specials or dinner), Einstein Bro. Bagels
  • Rural (east of campus): *Thai Basil
  • University, N of campus: *ChuckBox (burgers, rustic looking place)
  • College Avenue (north of campus): Subway, Port of Subs, Panda Express, Smashburger, Dickie's BBQ, Jimmy Johns
  • Mill Ave, N of campus: *Rula Bula (Irish pub), *Z'Tejas (on 6th, just west of Mill -- southwestern), *P.F. Changs, *House of Tricks (on 6th, E of Mill, fancy and quite expensive), 5 guys, Mellow Mushroom, World of Beer, Gordon Biersch Brewery/restaurant, Fat Burger, Big Fat Greek Restaurant, many bars which serve some food
  • *Four Peaks Brewery (on 8th east of campus, ride the free Mercury Orbit bus 1/2 mile to get there/back)
  • *Cornish Pasty Company (E. of campus, on Hardy north of Univ., can take the Venus Orbit bus 1 mile on 5th and walk 200 yards from 5th and Hardy)


The ASU campus is not really a tourist destination, but you can kill a few minutes looking around:
  • live rattlesnakes: the Life Sciences Center, immediately southwest of the math building, has live rattlesnakes in the hallway. Watch your step.
  • petrified wood: in front of PSF, just east of the math building, is a decent piece of petrified wood. For more, drive a few hours north to the Petrified Forest National Park.
  • Faucault pendulum, and other physics exhibits: inside PSF. Just enter at the petrified log and look around.
  • Dinosaur fossils, a nice triceratops head, a model of a mars rover, meteorites, and other science exhibits are on the first two floors of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4, which is southeast of the math building (walk east to the 1st street, McCallister, turn right and go one block, it is on the SE corner)
  • Gammage auditorium: on the southwest corner of campus, this auditorium was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This is where touring Broadway shows play, but not the week of the conference.
  • Tempe City Hall: just north of campus, it is shaped like an inverted pyramid, which is a little unusual
  • "A mountain": this is the hill north of campus with an A on it. It is a pretty easy walk to the top. From the tippy top, you can see over the other side to Tempe Town Lake and Scottsdale beyond that.


Funding is provided for speakers and invited participants. There is is a (small) amount of additional travel funding available for people who would like to attend the conference. Preference will be by reverse seniority (graduate students first, full professors last), and to members of underrepresented groups. To apply, send e-mail to with:
  • Your name
  • Your affiliation
  • Your rank
  • A brief description of your research, and if it not clear, how it relates to the themes of the conference


Support for this conference is provided by the NSF and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at ASU.
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