Shanks Workshop
``Conformal Field Theory and Von Neumann Algebras''

October 29-30, 2011

Workshop Description
The workshop ``Conformal Field Theory and Von Neumann Algebras'' will be held October 29-30, 2011, at Vanderbilt University in Stevenson Center, Building 1 (math department). The workshop will explore the deep connections between CFT and von Neumann algebras.

Funding for the workshop is provided by DARPA Grant HR0011-11-1-0001, the Shanks endowment and Vanderbilt University. If you are interested in participating in the workshop and need financial support, please contact one of the organizers.

Talks will start at 9:00am on Saturday 10/29/11. The workshop will end around 1pm on Sunday 10/30/11. All talks will take place in the math department (Stevenson Center 1), room SC 1432. Coffee breaks will be in the common room (aka ping-pong room).

Stephen Curran, UCLA
David Evans, Cardiff University
Dan Freed, UT Austin
Terry Gannon, University of Alberta
Andre Henriques, Universiteit Utrecht
Scott Morrison, UC Berkeley & Miller Institute
Antony Wassermann, CNRS, Marseille

Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University
Michael Brandenbursky, Vanderbilt University
Arnaud Brothier, KU Leuven
Richard Burstein, Vanderbilt University
Ionut Chifan, Vanderbilt University
Darren Creutz, Vanderbilt University
Stephen Curran, UCLA
David Evans, Cardiff University
Dan Freed, UT Austin
Terry Gannon, University of Alberta
Mike Hartglass, UC Berkeley
Andre Henriques, Universiteit Utrecht
Vaughan Jones, Vanderbilt University
Scott Morrison, UC Berkeley & Miller Institute
Jesse Peterson, Vanderbilt University
Zhengwei Liu, Vanderbilt University
Emily Peters, MIT
Noah Snyder, Columbia University
James Tener, UC Berkeley
Antony Wassermann, CNRS, Marseille
Chenxu Wen, Vanderbilt University
Rufus Willett, University of Hawaii
Jianchao Wu, Vanderbilt University
Feng Xu, UC Riverside
Guoliang Yu, Vanderbilt University

Talks will take place in Stevenson Center, Building 1 (=math department), room SC 1432. Each talk will be about 1 hour long with ample time for discussion between talks.

Saturday, 10/29/11

Morning talks start at 9:00am

Antony Wassermann, Relating Connes fusion to Segal fusion
Terry Gannon, CFT, K-theory and subfactors

Lunch break

Afternoon talks start at 2:00pm

Dan Freed, Invertibility, modularity, and topological field theory
Andre Henriques, Fusion of defects
Scott Morrison, Connections and planar algebras

Sunday, 10/30/11

Talks start at 9:00am

David Evans, The search for the exotic - subfactors and CFT
Stephen Curran, On the planar algebra of Ocneanu's asymptotic inclusion
Antony Wassermann, Part II

End of workshop

Videos and slides of the talks
Scott Morrison recorded the above talks and posted the videos here. Thanks Scott!

Stephen Curran's slides.
David Evans' slides.
Scott Morrison's slides.

You will need to make your own hotel reservations. Please see this link for a list of local hotels (note that the list is from a previous conference, hence prices do not apply). October 29-30 is a football weekend in Nashville, hence we recommend that you reserve accommodations as soon as possible.

Contact Dietmar Bisch at or Vaughan Jones at for more information.

Last modified: 11/2/2011