The Calculus of Variations is at the same time a classical subject, with long-standing open questions which have generated deep discoveries in recent decades, and a modern subject in which new types of questions arise, driven by mathematical developments and by emergent applications. This workshop balanced the traditional variational problems with novel questions with origins in diverse areas, such as economic models of the academic labor market, or differential geometry in metric emasure spaces. In particular, the meeting featured presentations on regularity theory, existence, and classification questions related to minimal surfaces, surfaces of prescribed Gaussian curvature, and mean curvature flow; domain optimization problems; nonlinear elasticity; calibrated geometries; variational formulations of certain dynamical problems; and stochastic variational problems.
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Simon Brendle, Camillo De Lellis, Robert L. Jerrard, Calculus of Variations. Oberwolfach Rep. 11 (2014), no. 3, pp. 1801–1860DOI 10.4171/OWR/2014/33