Symmetry in Newcastle

3:00 pm — 5:30 pm

Saturday, 6th Jun 2020


Schedule (Zoom):

15.00-16.00: Federico Berlai
16.00-16.30: Break
16.30-17.30: Mark Hagen

Dr Federico Berlai

(Department of Mathematics, University of the Basque Country)

From hyperbolicity to hierarchical hyperbolicity

Hierarchically hyperbolic groups (HHGs) and spaces are recently-introduced generalisations of (Gromov-) hyperbolic groups and spaces. Other examples of HHGs include mapping class groups, right-angled Artin/Coxeter groups, and many groups acting properly and cocompactly on CAT(0) cube complexes. After a substantial introduction and motivation, I will present a combination theorem for hierarchically hyperbolic groups. As a corollary, any graph product of finitely many HHGs is itself a HHG. Joint work with B. Robbio.

Dr Mark Hagen

(School of Mathematics, University of Bristol)

Hierarchical hyperbolicity from actions on simplicial complexes

The notion of a "hierarchically hyperbolic space/group" grows out of geometric similarities between CAT(0) cubical groups and mapping class groups. Hierarchical hyperbolicity is a "coarse nonpositive curvature" property that is more restrictive than acylindrical hyperbolicity but general enough to include many of the usual suspects in geometric group theory. The class of hierarchically hyperbolic groups is also closed under various procedures for constructing new groups from old, and the theory can be used, for example, to bound the asymptotic dimension and to study quasi-isometric rigidity for various groups. One disadvantage of the theory is that the definition - which is coarse-geometric and just an abstraction of properties of mapping class groups and cube complexes - is complicated. We therefore present a comparatively simple sufficient condition for a group to be hierarchically hyperbolic, in terms of an action on a hyperbolic simplicial complex. I will discuss some applications of this criterion to mapping class groups and (non-right-angled) Artin groups. This is joint work with Jason Behrstock, Alexandre Martin, and Alessandro Sisto.