Vanderbilt University, Department of Mathematics

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Shanks Workshop


Subfactors and Fusion Categories

February 13 to February 14, 2010

The workshop will consist of invited talks and discussions related to recent progress and problems in subfactors, planar algebras and fusion categories.

Confirmed participants

Marta Asaeda, UC Riverside
Stephen Bigelow, UC Santa Barbara
Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University
Richard Burstein, Vanderbilt University
Ionut Chifan, Vanderbilt University
Vaughan Jones, UC Berkeley
David Jordan, MIT
Remus Nicoara, UT Knoxville
Dmitri Nikshych, University of New Hampshire
Victor Ostrik, University of Oregon
Dave Penneys, UC Berkeley
Emily Peters, University of New Hampshire
Jesse Peterson, Vanderbilt University
Mrinal Raghupathi, Vanderbilt University
Eric Rowell, Texas A & M
Thomas Sinclair, Vanderbilt University
Noah Snyder, Columbia University
Maria Grazia Viola, Lakehead University
Rufus Willett, Vanderbilt University
Feng Xu, UC Riverside
Hans Wenzl, UCSD

Schedule of talks

Talks will take place in Stevenson Center, Building 1, room 1432 (this is on the first floor in the mathematics department).

Saturday, 2/13/10
9:15 - 10:00 Vaughan Jones
10:15 - 12:15 Bigelow, Peters, Snyder
12:15 - 2:00 Lunch break
2:00 - 2:45 Dmitri Nikshych
3:00 - 3:45 Victor Ostrik
3:45 - 4:15 Break
4:15 - 4:45 Erik Rowell
5:00 - 5:30 Remus Nicoara
Sunday, 2/14/10
9:30 - 10:15Feng Xu
10:30 - 11:15Hans Wenzl
11:45 - 12:30Richard Burstein
12:30 - Lunch
End of Conference

Titles of talks (click for abstract)

Stephen Bigelow, Emily Peters and Noah Snyder, The extended Haagerup planar algebra and the classification of small index subfactors
Richard Burstein, Enumeration of Bisch-Haagerup Subfactors with small principal graph
Vaughan Jones, Linear and Quadratic Tangles
Remus Nicoara, A finiteness result for commuting squares
Dmitri Nickshych, How to peel and core a fusion category
Victor Ostrik, Witt group of pseudo-unitary modular tensor categories
Eric Rowell, Braided weakly integral fusion categories
Feng Xu, On some questions related to subfactors and fusion categories
Hans Wenzl, Subfactors from another q-Brauer algebra


Please send email to Dietmar Bisch or Richard Burstein.

Financial Support

A very small amount of funding for this workshop is available from Vanderbilt University's Shanks endowment. Graduate students will be given priority in financial support. Please contact the organizers.


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), Richard Burstein (Vanderbilt University)

Contact Information

Regular mail: Shanks Workshop 2010
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)
Richard Burstein (Vanderbilt University)

Richard Burstein
Last update: October 27, 2009