Vanderbilt University, Department of Mathematics
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
THE THIRD ANNUAL SPRING INSTITUTE
NONCOMMUTATIVE GEOMETRY AND OPERATOR ALGEBRAS
in conjunction with the
20th ANNUAL SHANKS LECTURE
honoring Baylis and Olivia Shanks
Shanks Lecturer: Vaughan Jones, UC Berkeley
May 9 to May 20, 2005
The Third Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative
Geometry and Operator Algebras
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
here. For information on the
Second 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 Monday, May 9, 2005, and end
at noon on Friday, May 20, 2005. Friday, May 13, 2005, will
be a day off since commencement/graduation will take place at
Vanderbilt on that day. 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.
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.).
Schedule. Click here to see the
the schedule (pdf file)
(or the schedule (ASCII file)).
List of participants and abstracts.
Click here to see the
a list of participants (pdf file)
or list of participants (ASCII file) and
here to see the
abstracts (pdf file) or
abstracts (ASCII file).
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:
Claire Anantharaman-Delaroche, Université d'Orléans
Correspondences and Type II1 Factors
Alain Connes, Collège de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University
Von Neumann Algebras and Noncommutative Geometry
Uffe Haagerup, University of Southern Denmark (Odense)
Invariant Subspaces for Operators in II1 Factors
Vaughan Jones, UC Berkeley
Shanks Lecture: A Trip to the Subfactor Circus
Mini-Course: A Short Course in Planar Algebra
Narutaka Ozawa, University of Tokyo and UCLA
Hyperbolic Groups and Type II1 Factors
Sorin Popa, UCLA
Deformation and Rigidity Techniques in the Classification of
Dimitri Shlyakhtenko, UCLA
Free Probability and L2-Invariants in Operator Algebras
Dan Voiculescu, UC Berkeley
Topics in Free Probability Theory
Feng Xu, UC Riverside
The Standard Invariant of a Subfactor
Teodor Banica, Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse)
Random Walks on Discrete Quantum Groups
Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University
A Notion of Free Product for Planar Algebras
Florin Boca, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Some Statistical Problems Related to the Equation ad-bc=1
Ken Dykema, Texas A&M University
Multilinear Function Series and Transforms in Free Probability
Alex Furman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Measure Equivalence and Rigidity of Higher Rank Lattices
Shamindra Ghosh, University of New Hampshire
Representations of a Planar Algebra
Pinhas Grossman, UC Berkeley
Intermediate Subfactors with No Extra Structure
Adrian Ioana, UCLA
Amalgamated Free Products of w-rigid Factors and Calculation of
their Symmetry Groups, part II
Kenley Jung, UCLA
Some Free Entropy Dimension Inequalities for Subfactors of
Yasuyuki Kawahigashi, University of Tokyo
Classification of Extensions in Algebraic Quantum Field Theory
and Vertex Operator Algebras
Roberto Longo, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome 2)
Noncommutative Spectral Invariants and Black Hole Entropy
Wolfgang Lück, Universität Münster
Middle Algebraic K-theory of von Neumann Algebras, Group
C*-Algebras and Group Rings
Matilde Marcolli, Max-Planck-Insitute Bonn
KMS States and Complex Multiplication
Sergey Neshveyev, University of Oslo
Types of von Neumann Algebras Arising from Boundary Actions of
Remus Nicoara, Vanderbilt University
On II1 Factors Arising from 2-Cocycles of w-rigid Groups
Jesse Peterson, UCLA
Amalgamated Free Products of w-rigid Factors and Calculation of
their Symmetry Groups, part I
Florin Radulescu, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Rome 2)
A Hochschild ``Obstruction'' to Isomorphism and the Rademacher
Roman Sauer, Universität Münster
Another Approach to Gaboriau's L2-Betti Numbers of
Hanne Schultz, University of Southern Denmark
Brown Measures of Sets of Commuting Operators in a
Roland Speicher, Queen's University
Free Probability and Random Matrices
Yoshimichi Ueda, Kyushu University
HNN Extensions of von Neumann Algebras
Alain Valette, Université de Neuchâtel
Group II1-factors with Trivial Fundamental Group
and all L2-Betti Numbers Zero
Zhenghan Wang, Indiana University
Quantum Topology, Quantum Physics and Quantum Computing
Antony Wassermann, CNRS, Luminy
Outomorphic Representations of Locally Compact Groups on Operator Algebras
Transparencies and other material related to the talks
Teodor Banica (link to home page, downloadable articles)
Alain Connes (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Alain Connes (link to home page
which contains downloadable articles etc.)
Pinhas Grossman (transparencies of talk, ps file)
Adrian Ioana (transparencies of talk, ps file)
Adrian Ioana (transparencies of talk, dvi file)
Yasuyuki Kawahigashi (link to downloadable preprints)
Roberto Longo (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Wolfgang Lück (link to home page, downloadable articles)
Remus Nicoara (transparencies of talk, dvi file)
Narutaka Ozawa (LN of mini-course, pdf file)
Jesse Peterson (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Jesse Peterson (home page)
Hanne Schultz (Brown measure of sets of commuting operators,
Schultz (link to home page, downloadable articles)
Dima Shlyakhtenko (transparencies of talk 1, pdf file)
Dima Shlyakhtenko (transparencies of talk 2, pdf file)
Yoshimichi Ueda (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Alan Valette (transparencies of talk, ps file)
Alan Valette (transparencies of talk, dvi file)
Dan-Virgil Voiculescu (references for mini-course, ASCII file)
All participants are asked to register.
Please download the
registration form here, fill it out
and email it to the organizing committee at
(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 3, 2005. 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 do not include a 14.25% state and city tax.
When you make the reservation for your room, please mention
``The Third 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:
- Courtyard by Marriott,
1901 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, $97 per night (single and double
room rates are the same). Walking distance (10-15 minutes).
For reservations please call Marriott Reservations at 800-245-1959 or
the hotel directly at (615) 327-9900 (mention Shanks Lecture-Third
Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry & Operator Algebras for
Vanderbilt Mathematics Department).
Reserve by April 24, 2005.
- 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 (15 minutes).
Phone (615) 327-0922, fax (615) 327-0102. Reserve by
April 8, 2005 (mention the room block
for the Vanderbilt Mathematics Department).
- Hampton Inn Nashville/Vanderbilt,
1919 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, special rate of
$79 per night. 1 or 2 blocks away. Walking distance (10 minutes).
Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-At the
2330 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203, special rate of
$79 per night. 3 blocks away. Walking distance (15 minutes).
To make a reservation call (615) 329-1144 (Hampton Inn Nasvhille/Vanderbilt)
resp. (615) 320-6060 (Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-At the University).
You can also call toll free 1-800-426-7866. The fax number is (615) 321-7282. See www.hamtponinnnashville.com for more information.
Reserve by April 8, 2005 (mention that you
are with The Noncommutatve Geometry and Operator Algebras group,
or use the group code NCG, to receive the special rate of $79.00 plus
14.25% tax available at both properties. You can also book online
using the group code, NCG, to receive the special rate).
- Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt,
2613 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203, $91 per night (single and double
room rates are the same). 6 or 7 blocks away. Walking distance (10-15
minutes). Phone (615) 327-4707, fax (615) 327-8034. For reservations
you may also call (800) 633 4427. Reserve by Saturday,
April 9, 2005 (ask for the Third Spring Institute Conference
Remark 1: Sometimes the best hotel room rates can be obtained by reserving
a room via the internet.
- Embassy Suites Hotel, 1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203.
Walking distance (10 minutes). Phone (615) 320-8899, fax (615) 320-8881.
For reservations you may also call (800) EMBASSY.
- Extended Stay America, (615) 383-7490.
Walking distance, 15 minutes walk. Ask for the weekly rates.
- Quality Inn Hall of Fame, (615) 242-1631.
Remark 2: The Extended Stay America has offered good
rates in the past for longer stays (weekly rates). You may want to
check it out first and compare rates.
Follow the links below for directions, maps, information regarding parking,
airport, weather etc..
- Getting to
Vanderbilt. How to get to Nashville, and then how to get to the
- Directions to Vanderbilt University. Another page with directions to campus, directions to
A zoomable campus map.
- Another map
, which shows the lecture hall and the math department.
Vanderbilt. A link to the office of traffic and parking at Vanderbilt
University. Parking information for visitors.
Nashville International Airport
. Flight information, airport guide, ground transportation.
Incare Shuttle Service
(airport shuttle). Incare Shuttle Service, 1102 Buchanan St.,
Nashville, TN 37203, (615) 255-3519.
A virtual tour of campus.
Vanderbilt University, campus webcams.
Vanderbilt University home page.
Department of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University.
Restaurants. A list of restaurants close to campus.
More information on Nashville.
Current weather in Nashville.
The Nashville Scene.
Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University),
Alain Connes (Collège de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University; Director
of the Third Annual Spring Institute),
Bruce Hughes (Vanderbilt University),
Gennadi Kasparov (Vanderbilt University) and Guoliang
Yu (Vanderbilt University).
The Third Spring Institute on NCGOA/20th Shanks lecture is sponsored by
the National Science Foundation through a
Research Training Group grant, the Shanks
Foundation, the Department of Mathematics and Vanderbilt University.
Poster (new as of January 14, 2005):
to download the poster announcing
the spring institue/20th Shanks lecture.
Further Information Further information may be obtained from
the following sources.
| Web:|| http://www.math.vanderbilt.edu/~ncgoa05/
| Web (NCGOA at Vanderbilt):||
| Regular mail:||NCGOA 2005|
Department of Mathematics, SC 1326
Nashville, TN 37240, USA
| Phone:|| (615) 322-6672 (Department of Mathematics)
| Fax:|| (615) 343-0215
| Contact Person:||
Lori Rafter (same email address as above), (615) 322-4163
Last update 7/2/05.