The Universal Renormalization Group Machine - 1

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Functional renormalization group techniques based on Wetterichs equation provide a powerful tool for studying the properties of gravity in the quantum regime and its connection to the observable low-energy world. Explicit computations in this framework require the evaluation of functional traces over operator-valued functions. In these lectures I will give a pedagogical introduction to the Universal Renormalization Group Machine, a combinatorial algorithm which allows evaluating such traces in a systematic way. Moreover, I will discuss flow equations for “composite operators” which may pave the route towards developing a microscopic description of quantum spacetime within the Asymptotic Safety approach.