Vanderbilt University, Department of Mathematics
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
THE SECOND ANNUAL SPRING INSTITUTE
NONCOMMUTATIVE GEOMETRY AND OPERATOR ALGEBRAS
May 15 to May 25, 2004
The Second Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative
Geometry and Operator Algebras will be directed by
Alain Connes. The
meeting is a combination of spring school and international conference.
During the school part of the meeting
several mini-courses on a variety of topics from NCGOA will be given by
leading experts. The conference will comprise a number of invited research
talks and short contributions.
We strongly encourage students and postdocs to attend this conference.
Please read the section on financial aid below regarding information
on how to apply for financial support.
For information on the Clay Mathematics Institute/Shanks international
conference and spring school on Noncommutative Geometry and
Applications in May 2003 (=the
First Annual Spring Institute on NCGOA), please click
The home page of the research
group in noncommutative geometry and operator algebras at Vanderbilt
University can be found
Talks will start at 9:15 am on Saturday, May 15, and end
at noon on Tuesday, May 25. All lectures will be held
Lecture Hall 4309, Stevenson Center (for short SC).
The seminar room
SC 5208 (right next to SC 4309) and the seminar rooms in the
math building (e.g. SC 1312, SC 1320, SC 1403, SC 1404) are available for
discussions. Limited computer access is available in the computer lab of
the mathematics department (SC 1427). Moreover Vanderbilt campus has a wireless
network which is accessible from many campus locations.
Click here to see the
schedule (postscript file) or
here (ASCII file).
Directions to the lecture hall. The Stevenson Center consists
of several buildings. The mathematics department is located in building 1
and the lecture hall in building 4, which are right next to each other.
For more details, please consult the
campus map (click on ``Building List'', then
``Mathematics Building, Stevenson Center'' to find the math department
and on ``Building List'', then ``Lecture Halls/Stevenson Center'' to
find the lecture hall. Note that the map is zoomable.).
List of participants and abstracts.
Click here to see the
list of participants
(ASCII file) (it will be updated regularly) and the
abstracts (ASCII file) received so far.
Click here to see the
information sheet (postscript file).
The following people have been invited to give mini-courses:
The following people have been invited to give additional talks:
Alain Connes, College de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University
Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry
Nigel Higson and John Roe, Penn State University
The K-theory Proof of the Classic Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem
Masoud Khalkhali, University of Western Ontario
Hopf Algebras and Cyclic Cohomology
Giovanni Landi, University of Trieste
Noncommutative Geometry and Physics
Matilde Marcolli, Max Planck Institute (Bonn)
Noncommutative and Arithmetic Geometry
Henri Moscovici, Ohio State University
Transverse Geometry and Modular Forms
Paula Cohen, Texas A&M University
Automorphic Pseudo-differential Operators
Erik Guentner, University of Hawaii
Uniform Embeddability of Discrete Groups and Metric Spaces
Piotr Hajac, Polish Academy of Sciences
Index Computations for New and Old Quantum Spheres
Xiaodong Hu, University of Toronto
Transversally Elliptic Operators Relative to Compact Lie Group Action
Hanfeng Li, University of Toronto
Recent Progress on Morita Equivalence of Noncommutative Tori
Ralf Meyer, University of Muenster
The Baum-Connes Conjecture via Localization of Categories
Bertrand Monthubert, Universite Paul Sabatier (Toulouse)
An Atiyah-Singer Type Index Theorem for Manifolds with Corners
Sergey Neshveyev, University of Oslo
Quantum Random Walks
Raphael Ponge, Ohio State University
Noncommutative and Pseudodifferential Methods in Cauchy-Riemann
Adam Rennie, University of Newcastle
From Spectral Flow to the Local Index Theorem
Marc Rieffel, UC Berkeley
Distances between Non-Commutative Spaces
Andrzej Sitarz, Jagiellonian University (Cracow)
Spectral Triples and Beyond
Kroum Tzanev, Universite Paul Sabatier (Toulouse)
Hecke Algebras in Operator Theory
Erik Van Erp, Penn State University
The Atiyah-Singer Index Formula for Subelliptic Operators
Mathai Varghese, University of Adelaide
Fractional Analytic Index
Shmuel Weinberger, University of Chicago
Rigidity of Non-Aspherical Manifolds
Transparencies and other material related to the talks
Paula Cohen (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
P. Cohen, Y. Manin, D. Zagier, Automorphic pseudodifferential operators (pdf file)
Alain Connes (link to home page which
contains downloadable articles etc.)
Piotr Hajac (link to home page which contains downloadable articles etc.)
Xiaodong Hu (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Masoud Khalkhali (Lectures on NCG, pdf file)
Masoud Khalkhali (link to home page which contains downloadable articles etc.)
Giovanni Landi (link to
home page which contains downloadable articles etc.)
Matilde Marcolli (Lectures
on Arithmetic Noncommutative Geometry (arXiv link))
Bertrand Monthubert (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Raphael Ponge (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Adam Rennie (transparencies of talk, dvi file)
Compact Quantum Metric Spaces (arXiv link)
Metrics on states from actions of compact groups (arXiv link)
Metrics on State Spaces (arXiv link)
Gromov-Hausdorff Distance for Quantum Metric Spaces (arXiv link)
Group C*-algebras as compact quantum metric spaces (arXiv link)
Narutaka Ozawa, Marc Rieffel,
Hyperbolic group C^*-algebras and free-product C^*-algebras
as compact quantum metric spaces (arXiv link)
Mathai Varghese (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
All participants are asked to register.
Please download the
registration form here, fill it out
and email it to the
Organizing Committee (click on ``registration form here'', then
save the registration form to a file (use your browser's ``Save page as''
feature), edit it and email the file as an attachment to the organizing
If you prefer an email version of the registration form, please request
it by email from the
Organizing Committee. There will be a registration fee of $30.
If you intend to request support, please read the section ``Financial Aid''
before filling out the registration form.
We hope that financial support will be available to (partially) fund
postdoctoral researchers and other participants without grant support.
We encourage those of
you who are asking for support to share accommodations. If you plan
to apply for funding, please fill out the registration form (see section
``Registration'') at your earliest convenience and provide the information
requested. Please submit your request for
financial support by April 15, 2004. Late applications will
be considered as long as financial support is available.
Note that we are unable to provide any support in advance.
Please be advised that according to U.S. immigration laws, individuals who
enter the U.S. and wish to be reimbursed for travel related expenses should
enter only on a B-1, WB or J-1 visa (WT and B-2 visa do not permit
reimbursement of any expenses). Individuals who enter via automobile
from Canada or Mexico should enter on a J-visa. Entering on a Visa Waiver
is discouraged due to concerns as to how the new law will be interpreted
(please call your local US consulate or embassy and inquire what the rules
are pertaining to your country). Canadian visitors are not required to have
an I-94 when entering the country.
NSF funds can be used for reimbursement of air fare only if a
U.S. flag carrier (i.e. a U.S. airline) has been used.
Upon arriving, please see the staff person at the registration desk
for the necessary forms to be filled out and returned prior to your
departure. We will need all original receipts for any expenses for
which reimbursement is claimed and copies of your visa if applicable.
Rooms have been reserved in the following hotels (in alphabetical order).
The quoted rates below may not include a 14.25% state and a 5% city tax.
When you make the reservation for your room, please mention
``The Second Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator
Algebras''. Many of the rooms are doubles
and can be shared. Since we have reserved only a limited number
of rooms in each hotel, we recommend that you make your reservations
as soon as possible in the hotel of your choice.
Other nearby hotels include:
- Days Inn Vanderbilt-Music Row, 1800 West
End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, $65 per night (single and double room rates
are the same). About 4 blocks away. Walking distance (10-15 minutes).
Phone (615) 327-0922 (mention ``Second Spring Institute on Noncommutative
Geometry''), fax (615) 327-0102. To be sure to get the above room rate
reserve 30 days prior to arrival.
- Hampton Inn Vanderbilt,
1919 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, special rate of
$79 per night. 1 or 2 blocks away. Walking distance (5-10 minutes).
Call toll free 1-888-880-5395 to make reservations. Other numbers:
Phone (615) 329-1144 or fax (615) 320-7221. See also
Reserve by April 19, 2004.
- Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt,
2613 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, $80 per night (single and double
room rates are the same). 6 or 7 blocks away. Walking distance (15 minutes).
Phone (615) 327-4707, fax (615) 327-8034. For reservations
you may also call (800) 633 4427. Reserve by April 15,
- Embassy Suites Hotel,
1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203, $80 per night (single king size bed).
Walking distance (10 minutes).
Phone (615) 320-8899, fax (615) 320-8881. For reservations
you may also call (800) EMBASSY. Reserve by April 14,
Remark: Sometimes the best hotel room rates can be obtained by reserving
a room via the internet.
- Extended Stay America, (615) 383-7490. Walking distance,
15 minutes walk.
- Guesthouse Inn and Suites Medcenter, (615) 329-1000.
- Hampton Inn and Suites, Elliston Place, (615) 320-6060.
- Quality Inn Hall of Fame, (615) 242-1631.
Follow the links below for directions, maps, information regarding parking etc..
Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University),
Alain Connes (College de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University; Director
of the Second Annual Spring Institute),
Bruce Hughes (Vanderbilt University),
Gennadi Kasparov (Vanderbilt University) and Guoliang
Yu (Vanderbilt University).
The 2nd Spring Institute on NCGOA is sponsored by the
National Science Foundation, the
Department of Mathematics and the College of Arts and Sciences at
Additional support has been provided by the
Pennsylvania State University,
through a grant from the
National Science Foundation.
Announcement (new poster): Click here
to download the poster announcing the
Further Information Further information may be obtained from
the following sources.
Last update 7/2/04.