Vanderbilt University, Department of Mathematics
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
THE FIRST EAST COAST
OPERATOR ALGEBRAS SYMPOSIUM
September 20 and 21, 2003
The East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium (ECOAS)
is a new yearly conference
series in operator algebras and applications which will be held during the
fall semester at various venues along the generalized east coast. The first
meeting in this series will take place at Vanderbilt University on Saturday,
September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2003. The second symposium is
tentatively planned at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis during fall 2004.
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.
Talks will start on Saturday, September 20, at 9:15 am and end
at 3:50 pm on Sunday, September 21. 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.).
Click to see the schedule of talks
(pdf file, 51k) (last updated 9/4/03),
the list of participants (ASCII file, 11k)
or list of participants (ps file, 38k)
(last updated 9/22/03) and the abstracts
(dvi file, 1kb) or abstracts
(pdf file, 72kb) (last updated 9/16/03).
Alexis Alevras, US Naval Academy
Semigroups of endomorphisms of B(H)
Marta Asaeda, University of Iowa
Khovanov homology of links in F x I
Hari Bercovici, Indiana University
Eigenvalue inequalities and addition of free random variables
Nate Brown, Penn State University
C*-algebras and numerical analysis?
Dorin Dumitrascu, Dartmouth College
On C*-algebras and K-theory for infinite-dimensional
Vaughan Jones, UC Berkeley
An obstruction to being a principal graph
Dirk Kreimer, IHES & Boston University
The bare bones of QFT: numbers, Hopf algebras and NCG
Henri Moscovici, Ohio State University
Rankin-Cohen deformations along the transverse fundamental class
Narutaka Ozawa, Tokyo University (visiting UC Berkeley)
Weakly exact von Neumann algebras
John Roe, Penn State University
Finite propagation operators which are Fredholm
Junhao Shen, University of Pennsylvania
On the free entropy dimension of some von Neumann algebras
Maria Grazia Viola, Texas A&M University
On non-outer conjugate actions of a cyclic group on an interpolated free
Transparencies and other material related to the talks
Dumitrascu (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Jones, Planar algebras I (preprint) (ps file)
Jones, Quadratic tangles in planar
algebras (incomplete preprepreprint) (ps file)
Factorization in quantum field theory: an exercise in Hopf algebras and
local singularities ("Frontiers in Number Theory, Physics and Geometry",
Les Houches, March 2003; hep-th/0306020)
New mathematical structures in renormalizable quantum field theories
(Annals Phys. 303 (2003) 179-202; hep-th/0211136)
Moscovici (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Roe (transparencies of talk, pdf file)
Shen (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 $20.
If you intend to request support, please read the section ``Financial Aid''
before filling out the registration form.
Financial support is available to (partially) fund graduate students,
postdoctoral researchers and other participants without grant support.
We will try to fund graduate students and postdocs fully.
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 September 5, 2003. 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.
Canadian visitors are not required to have an I-94 when entering the
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 city tax.
When you make the reservation for your room, please mention
``East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium'' (or ECOAS). 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.
- Days Inn Vanderbilt-Music Row, 1800 West End Ave., Nashville, TN
37203, $65 per night. About 4 blocks away. Walking distance (10-15 minutes).
Phone (615) 327-0922 or fax
(615) 327-0102. Reserve by August 28, 2003 .
- Holiday Inn Select Vanderbilt,
2613 West End Ave., Nashville, TN
37203, $80 per night. 6 or 7 blocks away. Walking distance (15 minutes).
Phone (615) 327-4707 or fax (615) 327-8034. For reservations
you may also call (800) 633 4427. Reserve by August 20,
Other nearby hotels include:
- Extended Stay America, (615) 383-7490.
- Embassy Suites Hotel, (615) 320-8881. For reservations you
may also call 1-800-EMBASSY.
- Guesthouse Inn and Suites Medcenter, (615) 329-1000.
- Hampton Inn Vanderbilt, (615) 329-1144.
- 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), Bruce Hughes (Vanderbilt University),
Gennadi Kasparov (Vanderbilt University) and Guoliang
Yu (Vanderbilt University).
Scientific Advisory Committee
Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University),
Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston
The symposium is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Shanks
foundation and the department of mathematics at Vanderbilt University.
First announcement (flyer): Click here
to download a simple flyer announcing the
symposium (pdf file, 32kb).
Further Information Further information may be obtained from
the following sources.
Last update 9/22/03.