Knots in Washington VI


The conference will take place Feb.8-9, 1998, at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Chauvenet Hall, Room 116. There are directions and maps on the USNA web site (

Sunday, February 8:

1:30 - 1:50 p.m.: Adam Sikora, U. of Md., "On skein approach to TQFT"

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.: Feng Luo, Rutgers, "Simple loops on surfaces and applications"

3:00 - 3:20 p.m.: Yongwu Rong, GWU, "Vassiliev Invariants from Link Polynomials via Disconnected Cabling".


4:00 - 4:20 p.m.: Jozef Przytycki, GWU, "On the Jones polynomial of a torus link in a solid torus."

4:30 - 4:50 p.m.: Ted Stanford, USNA, "A generalized Magnus expansion, with applications to string links"

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Maxim Sokolov, GWU, "3-Manifold invariants coming from 2-term skein relations."


Monday, February 9th

4:00 - 4:50 p.m.: Thang Tu Quoc Le, SUNY, Buffalo, "The Kontsevich integral and invariants of 3-manifolds."

Dinner in Annapolis

7:00 - 7:50 p.m.: Joan Birman, Columbia University - Barnard College, "Permutations and Braids"