Tiling and Discrete Geometry
​Pavages et géométrie discrète
September 2017 – February 2018

The main purpose of this project is to study self-inducing systems and their generalizations from many different point of views and to increase research interactions among discrete geometry, number theory, fractal geometry, theoretical computer science and dynamical systems. The basic examples, substitution dynamical systems, are symbolic codings of self-inducing system with bounded return time, with long history.

Poincaré’s recurrence theorem tells us that, for a measure-preserving dynamical system in a given probability space, almost every orbit starting in a set of positive measure returns to the set. The induced system is defined by the first return map to this set. A self-inducing system is a system which is conjugate to its induced system. Such a system appears often as periodic points in many number theoretical algorithms, like continued fraction, interval exchange transforms, beta expansion and piecewise isometries. Once a self-inducing structure is found we may give precise description of the orbits, and deduce fruitful number theoretical results; symbolic dynamics can be very useful for this purpose. A very natural generalization of self induced systems consists in a family of dynamical systems such that, for any system in the family, the induced system is again is the family; this leads to the notion of S-adic systems, where the initial system is defined by an infinite sequence of inductions (the self induced case corresponds to a constant sequence). Self-affine tiling dynamical systems generalize substitutive dynamical systems to higher dimension. They encode self-inducing structure in general dynamical system and work as nice models of systems having additive and multiplicative actions at the same time. They also gives a mathematical model of quasi-crystals which exists as real materials.

The almost periodicity of the tiling is equivalent to the pure discreteness of the associated tiling dynamical system. The central problem in this area is whether a 1-dimensional tiling dynamical system generated by an irreducible Pisot substitution is almost periodic. Further many researchers are interested in to what extent the conjecture could be generalized. This problem has potential applications in quasicrystals, number theory, discrete geometry.

In this project, we study self-inducing structures from theoretical side in the conference ‘Tilings and recurrence’ and from algorithm side in ‘Zero entropy systems’. These topics fit very well with local mathematicians in Marseille as well as many leading international experts who will be invited to participate.

> Prof. Shigeki AKIYAMA 
University of Tsukuba
Shigeki Akiyama is Professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. A regular organizer of the annual workshop on quasi-periodic tilings at RIMS, he has also spent time as organizer or invited professor on several occasions  in France (Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg) but also in Debrecen and at the Chinese University of Hong-Kong.
> Prof. Pierre ARNOUX
Aix-Marseille Université
Pierre Arnoux is Professor at the Institut de Mathématiques de Marseille (I2M) of the University of Aix-Marseille. He is a member of the Geometry,  Dynamics, Arithmetics and Combinatorics team. A former associate professor at  Ecole polytechnique, he has been a reviewer for many journals and is very interested in the teaching of mathematics. He has been invited to give graduate courses in Japan, Cambodia, Tunisia, Lebanon, China and Nepal.

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Tiling Dynamical System (1720)
Pavages et systèmes dynamiques

20 – 24 November 2017
Tilings and Recurrence (1721)
Pavages et récurrence
4 – 8 December 2017
Zero Entropy System (1804)
Système d’entropie nulle
27 November – 1st December 2017
Bernoulli Convolutions and Salem Numbers (1805)
23 October – 3 November 2017
Tree Shifts, Quasi-Similarity and their Applications (2122)
5-16 February 2018
Guests in residence during the semester
Invités du semestre 

This book presents a panorama of recent developments in the theory of tilings and related dynamical systems. It contains an expanded version of courses given in 2017 at the research school associated with the Jean-Morlet chair program.
Tilings have been designed, used and studied for centuries in various contexts. This field grew significantly after the discovery of aperiodic self-similar tilings in the 60s, linked to the proof of the undecidability of the Domino problem, and was driven futher by Dan Shechtman’s discovery of quasicrystals in 1984. Tiling problems establish a bridge between  the mutually influential fields of geometry, dynamical systems, aperiodic order, computer science, number theory, algebra and logic. The main properties of tiling dynamical systems are covered, with expositions  on  recent results in self-similarity (and its generalizations, fusions rules and S-adic systems), algebraic developments connected to physics, games and undecidability questions, and  the spectrum of substitution tilings.

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