Mini-Workshop: New Developments in Newton-Okounov Bodies
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Period21 Aug - 27 Aug 2011
The theory of Newton-Okounkov bodies, also called Okounkov bodies, is a new connection between algebraic geometry and convex geometry. It generalizes the well-known and extremely rich correspondence between geometry of toric varieties and combinatorics of convex integral polytopes. Okounkov bodies were first introduced by Andrei Okounkov, in a construction motivated by a question of Khovanskii concerning convex bodies govering the multiplicities of representations. Recently, Kaveh-Khovanskii and Lazarsfeld-Mustata have generalized and systematically developed Okounkov’s construction, showing the existence of convex bodies which capture much of the asymptotic information about the geometry of ($X,D$) where $X$ is an algebraic variety and $D$ is a big divisor. The study of Okounkov bodies is a new research area with many open questions. The goal of this mini-workshop was to bring together a core group of algebraic/symplectic geometers currently working on this topic to establish the groundwork for future development of this area.