Vanderbilt University, Department of Mathematics

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Shanks Workshop


Subfactors and Planar Algebras

April 18 to April 20, 2008

This workshop will consist of invited talks and discussions related to recent progress and problems in subfactors and planar algebras. Feng Xu (UC Riverside) will give a series of talks on lattices of intermediate subfactors.

Confirmed participants

Marta Asaeda, UC Riverside
Jose Alameida,
UC Berkeley
Tarje Bargheer, University of Copenhagen
Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University
Filjor Broka
, Vanderbilt University
Richard Burstein, UC Berkeley
Wes Camp, Vanderbilt University
Paramita Das, Vanderbilt University
Shamindra Ghosh, Vanderbilt University
Pinhas Grossman, Vanderbilt University
Zhaobo Huang, Fudan University
Vaughan Jones, UC Berkeley
Yasuyuki Kawahigashi, University of Tokyo
Ang Li, UC Riverside
Katie Liesinger, UC Berkeley
Cody Mitchell, UC Berkeley
Scott Morrison, Microsoft's Station Q

Remus Nicoara, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
David Penneys, UC Berkeley
Emily Peters, UC Berkeley
Jesse Peterson
, UC Berkeley
Thomas Sinclair, Vanderbilt University
Tyler Smith, Vanderbilt University
Noah Snyder,
UC Berkeley
Maria Grazia Viola, Queen's University
Alan Wiggins, Vanderbilt University
Jason Wong, UC Riverside
Feng Xu, UC Riverside
Yi-Jun Yao,
Vanderbilt University
Dechao Zheng, Vanderbilt University

Schedule of talks

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Title and abstract of talks

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Please send email to Dietmar Bisch or Pinhas Grossman.

Financial Support

Funding for this workshop is available from Vanderbilt University's Shanks endowment and the National Science Foundation. Graduate students will be given priority in financial support.

Reimbursement policy

Please see Traveling to the United States (The National Academies), US State Department and US State Department Visa Waiver Program for information about visas. 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). See the web pages above for visitors entering from Canada and Mexico. 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.

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. Please note that Vanderbilt may be required to withold US income tax on your reimbursement. Please see Vanderbilt International Tax office for more information.


We list a few hotels which are within walking distance of 1.2 miles or less from the Mathematic Department, Vanderbilt University. Many of the rooms are doubles and can be shared. We recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible in the hotel of your choice.

1. Courtyard by Marriott

Address - 1901 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Hotel Phone -  615-327-9900
Toll free   -  800-245-1959
Fax -  615-327-8127

2. Extended Stay America
Address - 3311 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Hotel Phone - 615-383-7490
Toll free- 800-804-3724

3. Holiday Inn Select
Address - 2613 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Hotel Phone - 615-327-4707
Toll free - 800-282-0244
Fax - 615-320-4850

4. Hampton Inn -Vanderbilt West End
Address - 1919 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone - 615-329-1144
Toll free - 800-426-7866
Fax - 615-320-7112

5. Hampton Inn & Suites -Vanderbilt Elliston Place
Address - 2330 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone - 615-320-6060 
Toll free - 888-880-5395
Fax - 615-327-4723

6. Embassy Suites Hotel
Address - 1811 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone - 615-320-8899
Fax - 615-320-8881

7. Best Western Music Row
Address - 1407 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203
Phone - 615-242-1631
Toll free - 800-780-7234
Fax  - 615-244-9519

Remark 1: Sometimes the best hotel room rates can be obtained by reserving a room via the internet or booking together with flights.
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.

Travel Information

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


Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Pinhas Grossman (Vanderbilt University), Shamindra Ghosh (Vanderbilt University)

Contact Information

Regular mail: Shanks Workshop 2008
Department of Mathematics, SC 1326
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37240, USA
Phone: (615) 322-6672 (Department of Mathematics)
Fax: (615) 343-0215
Contact: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University)
Pinhas Grossman (Vanderbilt University)
Shamindra Ghosh (Vanderbilt University)

Shamindra Ghosh
Last update: April 17, 2008