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KITP Conference: Superstring Cosmology (Oct 20-24, 2003)
Coordinators: T. Banks, S. Carroll, J. Maldacena, J. Polchinski, G. Veneziano

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Monday, October 20, 2003


8:45am David Gross (Director KITP) WELCOME TO THE KITP! [Aud][Cam]
9:00am Lisa Randall (Harvard) A Dynamical Approach to the Cosmological Constant [Aud][Cam]
9:50am Paul Steinhardt (Princeton University) Recent Progress on Cyclic Models[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10:40am MORNING BREAK
11:10am Marc Kamionkowski (California Institute of Technology) Cosmological questions and new physics[Aud][Cam]
12:00pm LUNCH
2:00pm Sandip Trivedi (Tata Institute of Fundamental Research) Attempts at Inflation in String Theory[Slides][Aud][Cam]
2:50pm Michael Douglas (Rutgers University) Counting flux vacua[Aud][Cam]
3:40pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:10pm Robert Wald (Fermi Institute ~ University of Chicago) Some Lessons from Recent Progress in Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime[Slides][Aud][Cam]


Tuesday, October 21, 2003


9:00am Michael Dine (University of California ~ Santa Cruz) Is There a String Theory Landscape?[Slides][Aud][Cam]
9:50am Slava Mukhanov (Institute for Nuclear Research ~ Academy of Sciences) Cosmological perturbations and CMB[Aud][Cam]
10:40am MORNING BREAK
11:10am Robert Brandenberger (Brown University) Challenges for Brane Gas Cosmology[Slides][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm LUNCH
2:00pm Eva Silverstein (Stanford University ~ SLAC) Acceleration from D-cceleration [Slides][Aud][Cam]
2:50pm Savas Dimopoulos (Stanford) Anthropic relation of the cosmological constant and gauge hierarchy problems [Slides][Aud][Cam]
3:40pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:10pm Andreas Albrecht (University of California ~ Davis) Inflation and Causal Patch Physics[Slides][Aud][Cam]
5:00pm WINE AND CHEESE PARTY
5:30pm SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER


Wednesday, October 22, 2003


9:00am Joanna Karczmarek (Harvard) Matrix Models of 2D Cosmologies[Slides][Aud][Cam]
9:50am Gia Dvali (New York University) Alternative Cosmic Clocks [Aud][Cam]
10:40am MORNING BREAK
11:10am Stephen Hawking (University of Cambridge) A Nonsingular Universe[Aud][Cam]
12:00pm LUNCH
2:00pm Thibault Damour (Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques) Hyperbolic Kac-Moody Algebras, Cosmological Chaos and a "Small Tension Expansion" of M theory[Slides][Aud][Cam]
2:50pm Thomas Hertog (UC ~ Santa Barbara) Cosmic Censorship Violations in String Theory [Slides][Aud][Cam]

FREE AFTERNOON



Thursday, October 23, 2003


9:00am Emil Martinec (University of Chicago) Having the World on a String -- Toy models of inflation and cosmology[Slides][Aud][Cam]
9:50am Ben Craps (University of Amsterdam) Cosmological Singularities in String Theory[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10:40am MORNING BREAK
11:10am Alan Guth (MIT) Eternal Inflation[Slides][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm LUNCH
2:00pm Nemanja Kaloper (University of California ~ Davis) Inflation and Short Distance Physics [Slides][Aud][Cam]
2:50pm Pierre Binétruy (LPTHE ~ University Paris XI) Aspect of Brane Worlds [Slides][Aud][Cam]
3:40pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:10pm Alexander Vilenkin (Tufts University) Dark energy models and anthropic selection [Slides][Aud][Cam]
5:30pm SPECIAL EVENTS DINNER


Friday, October 24, 2003


9:00am Lenny Susskind (Stanford) Thoughts About Populating the Landscape [Aud][Cam]
9:50am Lev Kofman (University of Toronto) Probing extra dimensions with cosmological fluctuations[Slides][Aud][Cam]
10:40am MORNING BREAK
11:10am Andrei Linde (Stanford University ~ SLAC) Inflationary barriers in stringy landscape[Slides][Aud][Cam]
12:00pm LUNCH
2:00pm Willy Fischler (University of Texas at Austin) Holographic Cosmology [Slides][Aud][Cam]
2:50pm Nima Arkani-Hamed (Harvard University) Ghost condensation and a consistent infrared modification of gravity [Aud][Cam]
3:40pm AFTERNOON BREAK
4:10pm Juan Maldacena (Princeton IAS) What does AdS/CFT teach us about the wavefunction of the universe [Slides][Aud][Cam]
 
4:10pm Acknowledgements To the KITP Staff[Aud][Cam]

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