conference is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Mathematical
Sciences and the Abdul Salam International Center for Theoretical
is also being held under the auspices of the Atiyah Distinguished
Visitors Program. A generous gift from the Simons Foundation created the
Atiyah Chair in Mathematical Sciences and the Atiyah Distinguished
Visitors Program to provide outstanding intellectual scholarship in the
Middle East and to stimulate the flow of visiting mathematicians to AUB.
The chair is named in honor of Sir Michael Atiyah,
a strong supporter of AUB's Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences
and one of the greatest living mathematicians of the 20th century.