THE Final ANNOUNCEMENT, May 2, 2003
 May 5-7, 2003
       The Sixteenth Conference on Knot Theory and its Ramifications
University of Maryland, College Park

You are cordially invited to attend and give a talk at our Knots in Washington XVI conference.
This regional conference is held every semester, in various locations in the Washington area
(see ).

The conference will take place at University of Maryland, College Park.

Direction, Parking, Hotels 

We plan several survey talks - 50 minutes long, and 20-30 minutes long research talks.
On Monday, May 5, the UMD Geometry-Topology Seminar will be part of the conference 

You are cordially invited to participate in this and future meetings. We will start on May 5 , 2:20pm (Math 1313). If you plan to attend please contact one of the organizers. No registration fee! 

If you would like to give a talk please submit your abstract: The viewing page is at
The submission (of abstracts) page is at

Speakers include: Marta M. Asaeda, Richard Brown, Mieczyslaw K.Dabkowski, William M. Goldman, Brenda Johnson, Paul Kainen Slava Krushkal, Eun Soo Lee, John J.Millson, Adrian Ocneanu, Jozef H.Przytycki, Teresa M.Przytycka, Jonathan M.Rosenberg, Richard Schwartz, Adam S.Sikora, Piotr Stachura, George Stantchev,...

Monday, May 5:
2:10 - 2:40 Slava Krushkal (Math 1313)
4-dimensional surgery: the A,B-slice problem
2:40 - 3:00 Coffee and refreshments
3:00 - 4:00 Geometry-Topology Seminar (Math 1311):
Marta M. Asaeda,
Topics from subfactor theory and TQFT
4:00 - 4:20 Coffee and refreshments
4:20 - 5:10 (Math 1308)
Adrian Ocneanu,
Quantum subgroups, canonical basis, and boundary topological invariants, I.
5:30 - 6:20 (Math 1308)
Richard Schwartz
Modular circle quotients and PL limit sets
6:30 - 7:00 (Math 1308)
Mieczyslaw K.Dabkowski
Rational moves on links.

Tuesday, May 6:
Talks take place in Coloquium room (10- 3:15) and room Math 1308 after 3:15
Speakers include B.Johnson, E.S.Lee, A.Ocneanu, T.Przytycka, J.Rosenberg, P.Stachura, G.Stantchev,...
10:00 -- 10:30 breakfast: coffee and refreshments
10:30 -- 11:20 Adrian Ocneanu
Quantum subgroups, canonical basis, and boundary topological invariants, II.
11:30 -- 12:20 Jonathan M. Rosenberg
Equivariant Euler Operators and Characteristics.
12:20 -- 1:20 lunch
1:20 -- 2:10 Teresa M. Przytycka
"Topology" of protein folds.
2:20 -- 3:10 George Stantchev
Dynamics of the modular group acting on GL(2,R)-characters of a once-punctured torus
3:20 -- 3:50 Brenda Johnson
Links in spatial embeddings of graphs
4:00 -- 4:50 Piotr Stachura
C*-algebras and (locally) Compact Quantum Groups - an overview
5:00 -- 5:50 Eun Soo Lee
Khovanov invariant
6:00 -- 6:30 Richard Brown
Automorphisms of the Fricke characters of free groups

8:00 Concert at Gildenhorn Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Art Center.
Medieval--Renaissance Christian-Sephardic-Moordic musics, Collegium Musicum, U of Maryland.

Wednesday May 7, at Colloquium room:
Speakers include W.Goldman, P.Kainen, J.Millson, J.Przytycki, A.Sikora...
10:00 -- 10:30 Breakfast: coffee and refreshments
10:30 -- 1:30 talks
10:30 -- 11:00 Adam S.Sikora
Relations between the Sl(2,C)-representations of knot groups and the Jones polynomial of a knot.
11:10 -- 12:00 John J.Millson
Representations of braid groups of Lie type .
12:00 -- 12:20 Coffee and refreshments
12:20 -- 1:10 William M.Goldman;
Flat Lorentz 3-manifolds: an overview
1:20 -- 1:40 Jozef H.Przytycki
Kauffman-Harary Conjecture holds for Montesinos knots
1:50 -- 2:10 Paul Kainen
Quantum algebra and the Four Color Theorem
2:10 Lunch, excursion to the National Galery of Art (East Building) for "Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1880-1938" exhibition.
7:30 - A small party at Przytycki's house in Bethesda.

Conference Organizers
Marta M. Asaeda (UMD),
William M. Goldman (UMD),
John J. Millson (UMD),
Jozef H. Przytycki (GWU),