I am a 3rd-year (out of 5 or 7) graduate student at UCSB in mathematical physics. I like problems in flat surfaces and large-N combinatorics, which are visually intuitive or deal with statistical algorithms or chaotic dynamical systems.
Instead of having a deep interest in one area, I have superficial interests in a variety of areas -- a sort of generalist attitude. And I am a curmudgeon. I complain combinatorics papers are too combinatorial, algebraic geometry papers are too algebraic, ergodic theory and determinantal processes papers are too analytic.
Here are problems that interest me these days:
These are pure math questions that borrow tools from (and hopefully contribute to) topics like 2D quantum gravity, 2D Yang-Mills, AdS/CFT correspondence, Holography, Integrable Systems, D-branes, AGT correspondence and BPS solitons in N=2 Supersymmetric Yang-Mills theory.
Current Classes [Winter]
The material Graphene and the continuously varying families of Conformal Field theories (AdS/CFT correspondence) have gotten a lot of attention as a material last few years.
These two conferences, side by side, continue the link between high-energy and condensed matter physics emphasized last quarter.
I spent Fall quarter as visiting graduate student at IPMU in Kashiwa, Japan, working with the Math and String Theory groups. However, I was enrolled in one class (QFT) at UCSB.
Mostly expository... can't find it anywhere on the net in a unified place.
Go (Weiqi) Baduk:
I am director of the East Coast Go Camp. I spent last summer (2009) in Shantou, China studying Go with Feng Yun, one of three female 9-dan professionals in the world. My KGS and WBaduk name is mrcactu5 and I am 4K or 6K depending on the server.