Vanderbilt University, Department of Mathematics
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The Clay Mathematics Institute international conference and spring school on


in conjunction with the

18th Annual Shanks Lecture

honoring Baylis and Olivia Shanks

Shanks Lecturer: Alain Connes, IHES & College de France

Friday, May 2 to Tuesday, May 13, 2003


This conference/school will feature a lecture series by Alain Connes and several mini-courses by leading experts in noncommutative geometry and its applications to physics and geometry. In addition there will be a number of invited research talks and short contributions. Since a major component of the meeting will be the school, we strongly encourage graduate students and postdocs to participate.

Talks will start on Friday, May 2 in the morning and end around noon on Tuesday, May 13. We will have a day off on Friday, May 9 (Vanderbilt's commencement takes place on that day). All talks will be held in 103 Wilson Hall unless otherwise noted (click to see pictures of Wilson Hall).

Click here to see a schedule of talks .

If you would like to download the schedule of talks as a postscript or a text (ASCII) file, please follow the links: schedule of talks (postscript file, 117k) or schedule of talks (ASCII file).

Click to see the list of participants (postscript file, 75k), or list of participants (ASCII file) (updated 5/11/03).

Lecture Notes

  • Bellissard

  • Chabert

  • A. Connes, C*-algebras and Differential Geometry
  • A. Connes, H. Moscovici, Cyclic Cohomology and Hopf Symmetry
  • A. Connes, A Short Survey of Noncommutative Geometry
  • A. Connes, H. Moscovici, Differentiable cyclic cohomology and Hopf algebraic structures in transverse geometry
  • A. Connes, Michel Dubois-Violette, Noncommutative finite-dimensional manifolds. I. Spherical manifolds and related examples
  • A. Connes, Cyclic Cohomology, Quantum group Symmetries and the Local Index Formula for SUq(2)

  • A. Connes, H. Moscovici, Modular Hecke Algebras and their Hopf Symmetry
  • A. Connes, H. Moscovici, Rankin-Cohen Brackets and the Hopf Algebra of Transverse Geometry

  • Debord

  • Dumitrascu

  • Guentner

  • Hadfield

  • Higson, lecture notes and slides

  • Konechny, lecture 1
  • Konechny, lecture 2
  • Konechny, lecture 3

  • Monthubert

  • Oyono-Oyono, lecture
  • Oyono-Oyono, preprint (with Chabert, Echterhoff)

  • Ponge

  • Wright

    Invited Speakers

    The following people have agreed to give mini-courses on the topics indicated in italics. Additional talks will be given by the following people:


    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 committee). If you prefer an email version of the registration form, please request it by email from the Organizing Committee. If you intend to request support, please read the section ``Financial Aid'' before filling out the registration form.

    Financial Aid

    We expect that some financial support will be available to (partially) fund graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. 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 March 15, 2003. Late applications will be considered as long as financial support is available. Note that we are unable to provide any support in advance.

    Reimbursement policy. 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 country.

    NSF funds can be used for reimbursement of air fare only if a U.S. flag carrier has been used.

    Upon arriving, please see Ms. Geneva Shilliday in the math office 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.


    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 the ``Vanderbilt Geometry Conference 2003''. Many of the rooms are doubles or suites 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:

    Travel Information

    Follow the links below for directions, maps, information regarding parking etc..

    Organizing Committee

    Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt), David Ellwood (Clay Mathematics Institute & Boston University), Bruce Hughes (Vanderbilt), Gennadi Kasparov (Vanderbilt) and Guoliang Yu (Vanderbilt).


    The conference/school is co-organized by the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI). Sponsors include CMI, the National Science Foundation, the Shanks foundation, and Vanderbilt University.

    Poster: Click here to download the conference poster (pdf file, 129kb).

    Further Information

    Further information may be obtained from the following sources.
    Email: email Organizing Committee
    Regular mail:Noncommutative Geometry/Shanks 2003
    Department of Mathematics, SC 1326
    Vanderbilt University
    Nashville, TN 37240, USA
    Phone: (615) 322-6672 (Department of Mathematics)
    Fax: (615) 343-0215
    Contact Person: email Geneva Shilliday, (615) 322-4163

    Last update 5/12/03.