Swagato Mukherjee (BNL)
I will review the recent progress and results on the bulk thermodynamic properties of QCD matter from Lattice. In particular I will highlight the recent calculations of the equation of state, pressure of QCD matter to the finite baryon density regime as far as $\mu_B/T~2.5$, giving us some preliminary bounds on the location of the critical end-point. I will also stress upon the fact that Lattice techniques are now entering into precision era where it can provide us with new insights on even the microscopic degrees of freedom in different phases of QCD. I will discuss some instances from the recent studies of of topological fluctuations and screening masses. The progress in the understanding of transport properties of the QCD matter and the effects of anomalous $U_A(1)$ symmetry on the chiral crossover transition will also be discussed.
Dr Sayantan Sharma (The Institute of Mathematical Sciences)