The Eighth Conference on Knot Theory and its Ramifications
will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 30, May 1 1999,
at the George Washington University.

You are cordially invited to participate in this and future meetings.

We plan it to be a regional conference (of Washington area) to be held
every semester.

All talks will take place in Funger Hall (2201 G Street, NW), Room 310
(G street / 23 street on GWU campus)


Friday,  April 30, 1999
11:30- 12:50     Lunch
12:50 - 1:00   coffee and refreshments
 1:00 - 2.00   COLLOQUIUM - I
Jeffrey Lagarias (Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories)
Much Ado about Knotting: The Complexity of Unknotting

 2:00 - 2:30   coffee and refreshments
 2:30 - 3:30   COLLOQUIUM - II
Hiroshi Goda (University of California at Davis)
Almost alternating diagrams and fibered links in the 3-sphere

3:40 -    Reception Funger Hall,  Room 310

Saturday, May 1, 1999
10:00 - 10:30   coffee and refreshments

10:30 - 11:10 Ted Stanford (US Naval Academy)
A move on diagrams that generates S-equivalence of knots

11:10-  11:30   coffee and refreshments

11:30 - 11:50
Yongwu Rong (GWU)
A Leibniz type formula for links
 - with application to higher order link polynomials

12:00 -  12:20
Ilya Kofman (UMCP)

12:30 - 12:50
Doug Bullock (UMCP)
The Yang-Mills measure in the Kauffman bracket skein algebra

Lunch break

2:30 -  3:00
Maxim Sokolov (GWU)
Dijkgraaf-Witten invariants and periodic 3-manifolds

3:10 -  3:30
Dubravko Ivansic (GWU)
Hyperbolic manifolds as "knot" complements

3:40 -  4:00
Jozef H. Przytycki (GWU)
Homotopy skein modules of 3-manifolds: an example in Algebra Situs

4:10 -  4:30
Paul Kainen (GeorgeTown University)
Topological graph theory and quantum computing

4:40 - 5:00
Tatsuya Tsukamoto (GWU)
A criterion for almost alternating links to be non-splittable

5:10 - 5:30
Qi Chen (GWU)
The 3-move conjecture for 5-braids

Travel: Metro station, Foggy Bottom-GWU is 2 blocks from Funger Hall;
        Parking is free on Saturdays on most of the streets.
      Funger Hall is located on G Street, NW, between 22nd and 23rd Streets,
      at 2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Local Organizers: Jozef H. Przytycki e-mail:
                           Yongwu Rong       e-mail: