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Robert Myers

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Robert Myers is one of the leading theoretical physicists, working in the area of string theory in Canada. He received his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1986, after which he was a postdoctoral researcher at what became the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He moved to McGill University in 1989, where he was a Professor of Physics until moving to Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo in the summer of 2001.

Professor Myers was awarded the Herzberg Medal in 1999 by the Canadian Association of Physicists for seminal contributions to our understanding of black hole microphysics and D-branes. He is also the 2005 winner of Canada's top prize in theoretical and mathematical physics awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques. More recently, he was awarded the 2012 Vogt Medal by the Canadian Association of Physicists and TRIUMF for outstanding theoretical contributions to subatomic physics. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is one of the few people to have won the first-place award in the Gravity Research Foundation Essay Contest more than once (winning in 1995 and 1997). Past winners of this contest, which was established for the purpose of stimulating thought and encouraging work on gravitation, include Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose.

Professor Myers is also a fellow of the Cosmology and Gravity Program of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research, a uniquely Canadian enterprise devoted to networking top-flight researchers from across the country. From 2001 to 2005, he was a founding member on the scientific advisory board of the Banff International Research Station, a facility devoted to hosting workshops and meetings in the mathematical sciences and related areas. Professor Myers has also served on the editorial boards of the following research journals: Annals of Physics (January 2002 - July 2012) and Journal of High Energy Physics (May 2007 - present). Though his current activities remain centered at Perimeter Institute, Professor Myers remains active in both teaching and supervising graduate students with his cross-appointment as an Adjunct Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Waterloo.

Research Interests

I am a member of the string theory group at Perimeter. While I have broad interests in theoretical physics, I would say that my research has primarily focused on gravitational aspects of string theory. In recent years, I have been particularly interested in applications of a set of tools that has emerged from string theory, known as the AdS/CFT correspondence or more broadly as gauge/gravity duality.

Positions Held

  • 2008/09-Present, Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, Adjunct Professor
  • 2007/09-2008/09, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Interim Scientific Director
  • 2006/08-2007/07, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Visiting Physicist
  • 2006/05, Centre de Physique Theorique, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, Visiting Physicist
  • 2004/08, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Visiting Physicist
  • 2003/10-2008/09, Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, Full Professor
  • 2003/08, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Visiting Physicist
  • 2001/09-2003/09, Department of Physics, University of Waterloo, Adjunct Professor
  • 2001/09-Present, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Senior Researcher
  • 2000/01-2003/09, Department of Physics, McGill University, Full Professor
  • 1999/08-1999/12, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Visiting Physicist
  • 1997/09-1998/07, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Visiting Physicist
  • 1994/04-1999/12, Department of Physics, McGill University, Associate Professor
  • 1993/04-1993/06, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Visiting Physicist
  • 1989/09-1994/03, Department of Physics, McGill University, Assistant Professor
  • 1986/09-1989/08, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, Postdoctoral Researcher

Awards

  • Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2013: Awarded by the Governor General of Canada to recognize contributions in establishing the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal, 2012: Awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists and TRIUMF in recognition of outstanding experimental or theoretical contributions to subatomic physics
  • Royal Society of Canada, 2006: Elected fellow of the Society for having achieved distinction, both nationally and internationally, by publishing learned works or original research
  • CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, 2005: Awarded by the Canadian Association of Physicists and the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques in recognition of exceptional achievements in theoretical and mathematical physics
  • Canadian Association of Physicists Herzberg Medal, 1999: Awarded for outstanding achievement by a Canadian physicist aged 40 or less
  • Canadian Institute of Advanced Research: Appointed Associate Member of the Program on Cosmology and Gravity in September 1998; Promoted to Program Fellow in March 2002.
  • Gravity Research Foundation Essay Contest: - First award in 1997 for Pure states don't wear black - First award in 1995 with G. Horowitz for The Value of Singularities - Fourth award in 1988 with J.Z. Simon for Black Hole Evaporation and Higher-Derivative Gravity. This contest was established for the purpose of stimulating thought and encouraging work on gravitation. Past winners in the forty-nine year history of this contest include Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose. I was only the second person to have won the first prize twice.

Recent Publications

  • D.D. Blanco, H. Casini, L.-Y. Hung and R.C. Myers, Relative Entropy and Holography, JHEP 1308 (2013) 060, arXiv: 1305.3182 [hep-th].
  • D.A. Galante and R.C. Myers, Holographic Renyi entropies at finite coupling, JHEP 1308 (2013) 063, arXiv: 1305.7191 [hep-th].
  • R.C. Myers, R. Pourhasan and M. Smolkin, On Spacetime Entanglement, JHEP 1306 (2013) 013, arXiv: 1304.2030 [hep-th].
  • A. Buchel, L. Lehner, R.C. Myers and A. van Niekerk, Quantum quenches of holographic plasmas, JHEP 1305 (2013) 067, arXiv: 1302.2924 [hep-th].
  • F. Carrasco, L. Lehner, R.C. Myers, O. Reula and A. Singh, Turbulent flows for relativistic conformal fluids in 2+1 dimensions, Phys. Rev. D86 (2012) 126006, arXiv: 1210.6702 [hep-th].
  • A. Lewkowycz, R.C. Myers and M. Smolkin, Observations on entanglement entropy in massive QFT's, JHEP 1304 (2013) 017, arXiv: 1210.6858 [hep-th].
  • Alex Buchel, Luis Lehner and Robert C. Myers, Thermal quenches in N=2* plasmas, JHEP 1208 (2012) 049, arXiv: 1206.6785 [hep-th].
  • R.C. Myers and A. Singh, Entanglement Entropy for Singular Surfaces, JHEP 1209 (2012) 013, arXiv: 1206.5225 [hep-th].
  • H. Elvang, D.Z. Freedman, L.-Y. Hung, M. Kiermaier, R.C. Myers and S. Theisen, On renormalization group flows and the a-theorem in 6d, JHEP 1210 (2012) 011, arXiv: 1205.3994 [hep-th].
  • Robert C. Myers and Ajay Singh, Comments on Holographic Entanglement Entropy and RG Flows, JHEP 1204 (2012) 122, arXiv: 1202.2068 [hep-th].
  • Ling-Yan Hung, Robert C. Myers, Michael Smolkin, and Alexandre Yale, Holographic Calculations of Renyi Entropy, JHEP 1112 (2011) 047, arXiv: 1110.1084 [hep-th].
  • Ling-Yan Hung, Robert C. Myers and Michael Smolkin, Some Calculable Contributions to Holographic Entanglement Entropy, JHEP 1108 (2011) 039, arXiv: 1105.6055 [hep-th].
  • Horacio Casini, Marina Huerta and Robert C. Myers, Towards a derivation of holographic entanglement entropy, JHEP 1105 (2011) 036, arXiv: 1102.0440 [hep-th].
  • Ling-Yan Hung, Robert C. Myers and Michael Smolkin, On Holographic Entanglement Entropy and Higher Curvature Gravity, JHEP 1104 (2011) 025, arXiv: 1101.5813 [hep-th].
  • Robert C. Myers and Aninda Sinha, Holographic c-theorems in arbitrary dimensions, JHEP 1101 (2011) 125, arXiv: 1011.5819 [hep-th].
  • Robert C. Myers, Subir Sachdev and Ajay Singh, Holographic Quantum Critical Transport without Self-Duality, Phys. Rev. D83 (2011) 066017, arXiv: 1010.0443 [hep-th].
  • Robert C. Myers, Aninda Sinha, Seeing a c-theorem with holography, Phys. Rev. D82:046006 (2010), arxiv:hep-th/1006.1263.
  • Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Holographic studies of quasi-topological gravity, JHEP 1008:035 (2010), arxiv:hep-th/1004.2055.
  • Robert C. Myers, Brandon Robinson, Black Holes in Quasi-topological Gravity, JHEP 1008:067 (2010), arxiv:gr-qc/1003.5357.
  • Alex Buchel, Jorge Escobedo, Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Michael Smolkin, Holographic GB gravity in arbitrary dimensions, JHEP 1003:111 (2010), arxiv:hep-th/0911.4257.
  • Alex Buchel, Michael P. Heller, Robert C. Myers, sQGP as hCFT, Phys. Lett. B680: 521 (2009), arxiv:hep-th/0908.2802
  • Alex Buchel, Robert C. Myers, Causality of Holographic Hydrodynamics, JHEP 0908:016,2009, arxiv:hep-th/0906.2922
  • Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Holographic Hydrodynamics with a Chemical Potential, JHEP 0906:006,2009, arxiv:hep-th/0903.2834
  • Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Holographic Hydrodynamics with a Chemical Potential, JHEP 0906:006, 2009, arxiv:hep-th/0903.2834
  • Alex Buchel, Robert C. Myers, Aninda Sinha, Beyond eta/s = 1/4pi, JHEP 0903:084,2009, arxiv:hep-th/0812.2521
  • Robert C. Myers, Matthias C. Wapler, Transport Properties of Holographic Defects, JHEP 0812 (2008) 115, arxiv:hep-th/0811.0480
  • Alex Buchel, Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Universal holographic hydrodynamics at finite coupling, Phys.Lett.B669:364-370,2008, arxiv:hep-th/0808.1837
  • Robert McNees, Robert C. Myers, Aninda Sinha, On quark masses in holographic QCD, JHEP0811:056,2008, arxiv:hep-th/0807.5127
  • Robert C. Myers, Miguel F. Paulos, Aninda Sinha, Quantum corrections to eta/s, Phys.Rev.D79:04190, 2009, arxiv:hep-th/0806.2156
  • Robert C. Myers, Aninda Sinha, The fast life of holographic mesons, JHEP 0806 (2008) 052, arxiv:hep-th/0804.2168
  • Mauro Brigante, Hong Liu, Robert C. Myers, Stephen Shenker, Sho Yaida, Viscosity Bound and Causality Violation, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 191601 (2008), arxiv:hep-th/0802.3318
  • Mauro Brigante, Hong Liu, Robert C. Myers, Stephen Shenker, Sho Yaida, Viscosity Bound Violation in Higher Derivative Gravity, Phys. Rev. D 77, 126006 (2008), arxiv:hep-th/0712.0805
  • David Mateos, Shunji Matsuura, Robert C. Myers, Rowan M. Thomson, Holographic phase transitions at finite chemical potential, JHEP 0711 (2007) 085, arxiv:hep-th/0709.1225
  • Vitor Cardoso, Oscar J.C. Dias, Robert C. Myers, On the gravitational stability of D1-D5-P black holes, Phys. Rev. D 76 (2007) 105015, arxiv:hep-th/0707.3406
  • Ruth Gregory, Nemanja Kaloper, Robert C. Myers, Antonio Padilla, A New Perspective on DGP Gravity, JHEP 0710 (2007) 069, arxiv:hep-th/0707.2666
  • Robert C. Myers, Andrei O. Starinets, Rowan M. Thomson, Holographic spectral functions and diffusion constants for fundamental matter, JHEP 0711 (2007) 091, arxiv:hep-th/0706.0162
  • Oscar J.C. Dias, Troels Harmark, Robert C. Myers, Niels A. Obers, Multi-black hole configurations on the cylinder, Phys. Rev. D 76 (2007) 104025, arxiv:hep-th/0706.3645
  • David Mateos, Robert C. Myers, Rowan M. Thomson, Thermodynamics of the brane, JHEP 0705 (2007) 067, arXiv: hep-th/0701132
  • Shinpei Kobayashi, David Mateos, Shunji Matsuura, Robert C. Myers, Rowan M. Thomson, Holographic phase transitions at finite baryon density, JHEP 0702 (2007) 016, arXiv: hep-th/0611099
  • David Mateos, Robert C. Myers, Rowan M. Thomson, Holographic Viscosity of Fundamental Matter, Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 (2007) 101601, arXiv: hep-th/0610184
  • David Mateos, Robert C. Myers, Rowan M. Thomson, Holographic Phase Transitions with Fundamental Matter, Phys.Rev.Lett. 97 (2006) 091601, arXiv: hep-th/0605046
  • Robert C. Myers, Rowan M. Thomson, Holographic mesons in various dimensions, JHEP 0609 (2006) 066, arxiv:hep-th/605017
  • J.L. Hovdebo, R.C. Myers, Black Rings, Boosted Strings and Gregory-Laflamme, Phys.Rev. D73 (2006) 084013, arXiv: hep-th/0601079
  • A. Buchel, R.C. Myers and A. van Niekerk, Universality of Abrupt Holographic Quenches, arXiv: 1307.4740 [hep-th].
  • E. Bianchi and R.C. Myers, On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry, arXiv: 1212.5183 [hep-th].

Seminars

  • "On Spacetime Entanglement'', at the KIAS-YITP Joint Workshop: String Theory, Black Holes and Holography, at Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University, July 1 - 5, 2013.
  • "RG Flows, Entanglement and Holography'', at Strings 2013, at Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, June 24 - 29, 2013.
  • "Geometric Realizations of Quantum Entanglement'', at the 37th Johns Hopkins Workshop: New Perspectives in String Theory, at Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, June 19 - 22, 2013.
  • "Quantum Quenches and Holography'', at the Austin Holography Workshop, at the University of Texas, Austin, May 13 - 14, 2013.
  • "On Spacetime Entanglement'', at the SPOCK Conference, at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, March 2, 2013.
  • "New Dialogues: Entanglement, Holography and Renormalization'', Andrew Chamblin Memorial Colloquium, at the Department of Physics \& Astronomy, University of Kentucky-Lexington, March 1, 2013.
  • "Review of Holographic (and Other) Computations of Entanglement Entropy, and its Role in Gravity'', at Simons Symposium on Quantum Entanglement: From Quantum Matter to String Theory, at Caneel Bay, St. John, US Virgin Islands, February 4 - 8, 2013.
  • "On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry'', at Stanford University, January 23, 2013.
  • "On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry'', at the University of California, Berkeley, January 22, 2013.
  • "On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry'', at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, December 14, 2012.
  • "On the Architecture of Spacetime Geometry'', at the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy, December 12, 2012.
  • "Quantum Quenches and Holography'', at the International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy, December 11, 2012.
  • "On the Architecture of Spacetime'', at the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, November 23, 2012.
  • "Holography, Entanglement entropy and C-theorems'', at Entangle This: Strings, Fields and Atoms Workshop, at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, November 19 -- 21, 2012.
  • "Holographic Calculations of Renyi Entropy'', at Entanglement in Discrete and Continuous Quantum Systems Workshop, at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, Princeton University, October 25 - 26, 2012.
  • "Quantum Quenches and Holography'', at Holographic Thermalization Workshop, at the Lorentz Center, University of Leiden, Leiden, Netherlands, October 8 - 12, 2012.
  • "Holographic Calculations of Renyi Entropy'', at RG Flows, Entanglement and Holography Workshop, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 17 - 21, 2012.
  • "RG Flows, Entanglement and Holography Workshop'' (Opening Introductory Talk), at RG Flows, Entanglement and Holography Workshop, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 17 - 21, 2012.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at Forty Years of Black Hole Thermodynamics, at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, September 3 - 7, 2012.
  • "Conjectures on (A to F)-theorems: Entanglement Entropy, Free Energy & RG Flows'', at Back to the Bootstrap II workshop, at Perimeter Institute, June 11-15, 2012.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at the Joint IIP-ICTP Workshop on Gravity and String Theory, at the ICTP South American Institute for Fundamental Research, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 8-9, 2012.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', 2.5 hours of lectures at the IIP-ICTP School on Gravity and String Theory, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil, May 10-24, 2012.
  • "Quantum Quenches and Holography'', at CIfAR Cosmology and Gravity Meeting, Whistler, BC, April 5-8, 2012.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at 28th Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, at KITP, UC Santa Barbara, March 23-24, 2012.
  • "Holography, Entanglement entropy and C-theorems'', at University of Michigan, February 17, 2012.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at Holographic Duality and Condensed Matter Physics Program, at KITP, UC Santa Barbara, November 10, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at IPMU, Kashiwa, Japan, September 27, 2011.
  • "Holographic (and Non-Holographic) C-theorems'', at IPMU, Kashiwa, Japan, September 27, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at String Theory, Holography and Beyond Conference, at KIAS, Seoul, Korea, September 20--24, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at McGill University, August 1, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at XLI LPTENS Summer Institute, at Laboratory of theoretical physics ENS, Paris, France, August 17 - September 2, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at Cold Materials, Hot Nuclei, and Black Holes: Applied Gauge/Gravity Duality Conference, at ICTP, Trieste, Italy, August 15-26, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at Gravity - New perspectives from strings and higher dimensions Workshop, Centro de ciencias de Benasque Pedro Pascual, Benasque, Spain, July 17-29, 2011.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics Conference, APC, Paris, France, June 14-17, 2011.
  • "Holographic Entanglement Entropy'', at Black Holes VIII Workshop, at Niagara Falls, May 10-14, 2011.
  • "(Quantum) Gravity and (Quantum) Information'', at Quantum Information in Quantum Gravity and Condensed-Matter Physics Workshop, at Aspen Center for Physics, Aspen, Colorado, May 22 - June 5, 2011.
  • "New Directions in Holography'', at CIfAR Cosmology and Gravity Meeting, Whistler, BC, March 31 - April 3, 2011.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at UC Santa Barbara, March 8, 2011.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Caltech, March 4, 2011.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at MIT, March 16, 2011.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Strongly Correlated Systems and Gauge/Gravity Duality} Workshop, at the Aspen Physics Center, Aspen, Colorado, January 31 - February 5, 2011.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Simons Center Seminars in Manhattan, at Stony Brook Manhattan Campus, November 12, 2010.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at AdS4/CFT3 and the Holographic States of Matter Workshop, at the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics, Florence, Italy, November 2, 2010.
  • "Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory'', at Brown University, November 29, 2010. (Physics Department Colloquium)
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Brown University, November 29, 2010.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Oxford University, England, November 8, 2010.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Black holes and higher dimensions workshop, at Imperial College, London, September 20-24, 2010.
  • "Holographic c-theorems'', at Crete Conference On Gauge Theories And The Structure Of Spacetime, at Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymvari, Crete, September 11-18, 2010
  • "AdS/CFT and the Quark-Gluon Plasma (Part 1)'', introductory review lecture at AdS Holography and the Quark-Gluon Plasma Workshop, at the Erwin Schrodinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics, Vienna, Austria, August 3, 2010.
  • "Holography and Higher Curvature Corrections'', at Strong and Electroweak Matter 2010 Conference, at McGill University, June 29 - July 2, 2010.
  • "Seeing a C-theorem with Holography'', at AdS/CFT: Condensed Matter, Holographic QCD and Fluid Mechanics Workshop, at McGill University, June 25-27, 2010
  • "The C-theorem and Holography'', at Application of AdS/CFT Workshop, at Texas A&M University, April 26 - May 2, 2010.
  • "Puzzles and Problems for Gravity and Glue", lectures at Spring School on Superstring Theory and Related Topics, at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, March 22-30, 2010. (4 hour course)
  • "Puzzles and Problems for Gravity and Glue'', at Aspects of Gauge/Gravity Duality Workshop, at Cambridge University, March 22-24, 2010.
  • "Puzzles and Problems for Gravity and Glue'', at AdS/CFT: New Developments and Applications Workshop, at Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, Princeton University, March 11-12, 2010.
  • "Puzzles and Problems for Gravity and Glue'', at CIfAR Cosmology and Gravity Program Meeting, Lake Louise, Alberta, February 18-21, 2010.
  • "Black Holes in Quasi-Topological Gravity'', at Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, January 14, 2010.
  • "Black Holes in Quasi-Topological Gravity'', at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel, January 13, 2010.
  • "Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory'', at Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, January 7, 2010. (Physics Department Colloquium)
  • "Puzzles and Problems for Gravity and Glue'', at Newe Shalom, Israel, January 5, 2010.
  • "Puzzles and Problems for Gravity and Glue'', at Texas A & M University, October 27, 2009.
  • "Black Holes in Pseudo-Topological Gravity", at Black Holes VII: Theory and Mathematical Aspects, Banff, Alberta, May 9--15, 2009.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at University of Southern California, April 17, 2009.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 16, 2009.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at University of Washington, Seattle, April 14, 2009.
  • "Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory", at University of California, Santa Barbara, April 7, 2009. (Physics Department Colloquium)
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at California Institute of Technology, April 3, 2009.
  • "Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory", at CIFAR Cosmology and Gravity Meeting, Mt. Tremblant, Quebec, March 6-8, 2009.
  • "Rheology and the Quark-Gluon Plasma", colloquium at the Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics, University of Maryland, February 13, 2009.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at the Ohio State University, November 25, 2008.
  • "Viscosity Bounds and Black Holes in Higher Derivative Gravity", at Black Holes: Theoretical, Mathematical and Computational Aspects at Banff International Research Station, November 9-14, 2008.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at AdS/CFT, Condensed Matter and QCD Workshop at McGill University, October 3-5, 2008.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at Strings and Gauge Theories Workshop at Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, September 15-26, 2008.
  • "Beyond eta/s=1/4pi", at ICHEP08: 34th International Conference on High Energy Physics, Philadelphia, July 30-August 5, 2008.
  • "The fast life of holographic mesons", at Emerging Directions in String Theory at Banff International Research Station, June 22-27, 2008.
  • "Holographic Theories with Fundamental Matter", lectures at Theory and Particle Physics: the LHC perspective and beyond, Cargese Summer School at Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques de Cargese (3 hour course), June 16-28, 2008.
  • "The fast life of holographic mesons", at Continuous Advances in QCD `08 at University of Minnesota, May 15-18, 2008.
  • "The fast life of holographic mesons", at CIfAR08/Lindefest, KIPAC/SLAC, March 4-9, 2008.
  • "The fast life of holographic mesons", at University of British Columbia, February 11, 2008.
  • "The fast life of holographic mesons", at University of Toronto, January 21, 2008.
  • "Spectral functions (and other stuff) for holographic mesons", at Miami 2007: Celebrating ten years of AdS/CFT, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 13, 2007.
  • "Holographic spectral functions (and other stuff) with fundamental matter", at The Second New England String Meeting, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, November 11, 2007.
  • "Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory", at 18th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation/7th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Sydney, Australia, July 8, 2007. (plenary talk)
  • "A New Perspective on DGP Gravity", at Pre-Strings 2007, Granada, Spain, June 18, 2007.
  • "A New Perspective on DGP Gravity", at CIAR Cosmology and Gravity Program Meeting, Whistler, BC, May 10, 2007.
  • "DGP Gravity: Falling Down", at Mitchell Institute, Texas A&M, April 17, 2007
  • "DGP Gravity: Falling Down", at University of Southern California, April 10, 2007.
  • "Quark Soup al dente: Applied Superstring Theory", at University of Southern California, April 9, 2007. (colloquium for Department of Physics and Astronomy)
  • "DGP Gravity: Falling Down", at 23rd Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting, Caltech, Pasadena, March 16, 2007.
  • "Holographic Theories with Fundamental Matter", at Southern California Strings Seminar, University of California, Los Angeles, December 1, 2006
  • "Cosmic Superstrings", at PASCOS 2006 at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, September 10, 2006.
  • "Holographic Theories with Fundamental Matter", at String Phenomenology 2006, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, California, August 28, 2006.
  • "Holographic Mesons", at QCD and String Theory at Ringberg Castle, Tegernsee, Germany, July 2, 2006.
  • "Holographic Theories with Fundamental Matter", at Strings 2006, Beijing, China, June 19, 2006.
  • "Inflation in AdS/CFT", at Canadian Association of Physicists Conference, Brock University, June 11, 2006.
  • "Holographic Theories with Fundamental Matter", at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2006.
  • "Holographic Theories with Fundamental Matter", at Institut Henri Poincare, Paris, France, May 17, 2006.
  • "Inflation in AdS/CFT", at Centre de Physique Theorique de l'Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau Cedex, France, May 15, 2006.
  • "Cool D3/D7 Thermodynamics", at Great Lakes Strings Conference at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 31, 2006.
  • "An AdS World is Not Enough! (Inflation in the AdS/CFT)", at the Andrew Chamblin Memorial Symposium at University of Louisville, March 22, 2006.
  • "Black rings, boosted strings and Gregory-Laflamme", at 22nd Pacific Coast Gravity Meeting at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, March 3, 2006.
  • "Scanning New Horizons: GR Beyond 4D", at Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, January 23, 2006.
  • "Inflation in AdS/CFT", at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, January 20, 2006.