Upcoming Conferences and Workshops


ECOAS 15: The Thirteenth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 3-4, 2015, University of Iowa
Organizing committee: Ionut Chifan.
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University) and Nigel Higson (Penn State University).
More information: Conference website.

Future East Coast Operator Algebras Symposia (planned): ECOAS 16 at Loyola University Chicago (host: Emily Peters), ECOAS 17 at University of Louisiana, Lafayette (host: Ping Ng).





May 17-25, 2016
The Fourteenth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, University of Bonn
Topics: Von Neumann Algebras: Deformation/Rigidity, Free Probability and Subfactors
Director of the Fourteenth Spring Institute: Vaughan Jones
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones, Sorin Popa, Dima Shlyakhtenko.
More Information: Conference website.




ECOAS 16: The Fourteenth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 1-2, 2016, Loyola University Chicago
Organizing committee: Emily Peters.
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University) and Nigel Higson (Penn State University).
More information: Conference website (not yet available).






Past Conferences


May 1-7, 2015
The Thirteenth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Operator Algebras and Approximation Properties of Groups
Director of the Thirteenth Spring Institute: Vaughan Jones
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones, Jesse Peterson.
More Information: Conference website.



First Joint Indiana University - Vanderbilt University Seminar
November 1, 2014, Vanderbilt University, SC 1432

Morning session (starting at 9:00 am): Vaughan Jones, VU: “All Unoriented Knots and Links Can Be Obtained from Thompsonʼs Group F”; Dylan Thurston, IU: “Rubber Bands to Rational Maps”; Yunxiang Ren, VU, “A New Skein Theory for One-Way Yang-Baxter and Petersen Graph.” Afternoon session (starting at 2:00 pm): Noah Snyder, IU: “A Symmetric Construction of the Asaeda–Haagerup Subfactor”; Matt Hogancamp, IU: “Planar Algebras for Soergel Bimodules”; Ben Hayes, VU: “Fuglede-Kadison Determinants and Sofic Entropy.”





ECOAS 14: The Twelfth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 11-12, 2014, Fields Institute, Toronto
Organizing committee: George Elliott, Ilijas Farah.
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University) and Nigel Higson (Penn State University).
More information: Conference website.




May 2-8, 2014
The Twelfth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Subfactors, Conformal Field Theory and Vertex Operator Algebras
Director of the Twelfth Spring Institute:Vaughan Jones
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones, Jesse Peterson.
More Information: Conference website.




October 26-27, 2013
DARPA & Shanks Workshop "Quantum Symmetries", Vanderbilt University
Organizers: Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones.
More Information: Conference website.




ECOAS 13: The Eleventh East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 12-13, 2013, University of Cincinnati
Organizing committee: Victor Kaftal, Costel Peligrad, Gary Weiss, Shuang Zhang (UC).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University) and Nigel Higson (Penn State University).
More information: Conference website.





May 3-9, 2013
The Eleventh Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Index theory and K-theory
Director of the Eleventh Spring Institute: Vaughan Jones
Organizing Committee: Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.





ECOAS 12: The Tenth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 6-7, 2012, UT Knoxville
Organizing committee: Remus Nicoara (UT Knoxville).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University) and Nigel Higson (Penn State University).
More information: Conference website.





May 4-10, 2012
The Tenth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Conformal Field Theory and von Neumann Algebras
Directors of the Tenth Spring Institute: Alain Connes, Vaughan Jones
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones, Antony Wassermann.
More Information: Conference website.




Shanks workshop Conformal Field Theory and von Neumann Algebras
October 29-30, 2011, Vanderbilt University
Organizing committee: Dietmar Bisch, Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University).
More information: Conference website.




ECOAS 11: The Ninth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 15-16, 2011, Purdue University
Organizing committee: Marius Dadarlat, Caleb Eckhardt, Andrew Toms (Purdue University).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University).
More information: Conference website.





May 9 - 18, 2011
The Ninth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Index theory and Hopf algebras
Director of the Ninth Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Alain Connes, Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.




October 30, 2010, Vanderbilt University
Appalachian set theory workshop: Alekos Kechris : "The complexity of classification problems in ergodic theory"

Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt), Ernest Schimmerling (Carnegie Mellon).
More Information: Conference website.




ECOAS 10: The Eighth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 23-24, 2010, Dartmouth College
Organizing committee: Erik van Erp, Jody Trout, Dana Williams (Dartmouth College).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More information: Conference website.




May 10 - 19, 2010
The Eighth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, Vanderbilt University
Topics: Von Neumann algebras
Director of the Eighth Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Gennadi Kasparov, Jesse Peterson, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website .




February 13 - 14, 2010
Shanks workshop Subfactors and Fusion Categories

Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Richard Burstein.
More Information: Conference website.




ECOAS 09: The Seventh East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 24-25, 2009, Texas A&M University
Organizing committee: Michael Anshelevich, Ken Dykema, David Kerr, Roger Smith (Texas A&M).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More information: Conference website




May 4 - 13, 2009
The Seventh Annual NCGOA Spring Institute to be held at Vanderbilt University
Topics: Geometry over F1, Noncommutative Geometry and Zeta
Director of the Seventh Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Alain Connes, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.



ECOAS 08: The Sixth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 11-12, 2008, Penn State University
Organizing committee: Nate Brown, Nigel Higson, John Roe (Penn State).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More information: Conference website




May 15-18, 2008
Workshop: Noncommutative geometry and geometry over the field with one element
Organizers: Alain Connes (Vanderbilt, IHES, College de France), Katia Consani (Johns Hopkins), Matilde Marcolli (Max-Planck Insitute Bonn, FSU), Henri Moscovici (Ohio State).
More information: Conference website



May 5 - 14, 2008
The Sixth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute to be held at Vanderbilt University
Topics: KK-theory of operator algebras and Noncommutative Geometry
Director of the Sixth Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Alain Connes, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.



April 18-20, 2008
Shanks workshop: Subfactors and Planar Algebras at Vanderbilt
Organizers: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt), Shamindra Ghosh Vanderbilt), Pinhas Grossman (Vanderbilt).
More information: Conference website



February 22, 2007
Workshop on Nil Phenomena in Topology, April 14 & 15, 2007

The Workshop on Nil Phenomena in Topology will focus on several topics in the theory of surgery and manifold theory, such as splitting homotopy equivalences between manifolds, controlled topology and Bass's Nil groups, calculation of Waldhausen's Nil groups, calculation of Cappell's UNil groups, the isomorphism conjectures, decomposition of Waldhausen's A-theory, supersimple L-theory. It will be held in SC 4309. The workshop is supported by NSF and the Shanks Endowment of the Department of Mathematics. For more details click here.




ECOAS 07: The Fifth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
September 29 - September 30, 2007, Wellesley College, Boston
Organizing committee: Stanley Chang (Wellesley), Fred Shultz (Wellesley).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More information: Conference website



The Fifth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras, Topics: Index Theory, Hopf Cyclic Cohomology and Noncommutative Geometry
May 7-16, 2007, Vanderbilt University
Director of the Fifth Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Alain Connes, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.



ECOAS 06: The Fourth East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
September 30 - October 1, 2006, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta
Organizing committee: Jean Bellissard (Georgia Tech).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More information: Conference website


The Fourth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras, Topics: Noncommutative Geometry, Quantum Field Theory and Motives
May 8-17, 2006, Vanderbilt University
Mini-courses:
Alain Connes, Collège de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University NCG, QFT and Number Theory
Katia Consani, Johns Hopkins University & University of Toronto
Herbert Gangl, Max-Planck-Institute Bonn
Li Guo, Rutgers University
Dirk Kreimer, IHES & Boston University
Matilde Marcolli, Max-Planck-Institute Bonn, NCG, QFT and Number Theory
Niranjan Ramachandran, University of Maryland
Laura Reina, Florida State University
Director of the Fourth Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Alain Connes, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov, Matilde Marcolli, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.




ECOAS 05: The Third East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 1 & 2, 2005, University of Pennsylvania
Organizing committee: Robert Powers (University of Pennsylvania) and Geoff Price (USNA).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).



The Third Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras, in conjunction with the 20th Shanks lecture, featuring Vaughan Jones (UC Berkeley) as the Shanks lecturer.
May 9-20, 2005, Vanderbilt University
Mini-courses:
Claire Anantharaman-Delaroche, Université d'Orléans, Correspondences and Type II1 Factors
Alain Connes, Collège de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University Von Neumann Algebras and Noncommutative Geometry
Uffe Haagerup, University of Southern Denmark (Odense), Invariant Subspaces for Operators in II1 Factors
Vaughan Jones, UC Berkeley,
Shanks Lecture: A Trip to the Subfactor Circus
Mini-Coures: A Short Course in Planar Algebra
Narutaka Ozawa, University of Tokyo and UCLA, Hyperbolic Groups and Type II1 Factors
Sorin Popa, UCLA, Deformation and Rigidity Techniques in the Classification of II1 Factors
Dimitri Shlyakhtenko, UCLA, Free Probability and L2-Invariants in Operator Algebras
Dan Voiculescu, UC Berkeley, Topics in Free Probability Theory
Feng Xu, UC Riverside, The Standard Invariant of a Subfactor
Director of the Third Spring Institute: Alain Connes
Organizing Committee: Dietmar Bisch, Alain Connes, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.



Fall 2004 Southeastern Section AMS Meeting
October 16-17, 2004, Vanderbilt University
Invited Plenary Speakers: Ruth Charney (Brandeis University), Peter Ozsvath (Columbia University), Sorin Popa (UCLA) and Rudi Weikard (University of Alabama at Birmingham).
Special Sessions in NCGOA:
Von Neumann Algebras and Noncommutative Ergodic Theory.
Organizers: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University) and Sorin Popa (UCLA).
Invited Session Speakers: Florin Boca (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Talia Fernos (University of Illinois, Chicago), Igor Mineyev (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Nicolas Monod (University of Chicago), Remus Nicoara (Vanderbilt University), Narutaka Ozawa (University of Tokyo and ULCA), Jesse Peterson (UCLA), Florin Radulescu (University of Iowa and Rome II), Roman Sasyk (Purdue University), Dima Shlyakhtenko (UCLA), Roger Smith (Texas A&M University). Schedule of talks.
Index Theory and the Topology of Manifolds.
Organizers: Bruce Hughes and Guoliang Yu (both at Vanderbilt University).
Invited Session Speakers: Greg Bell (Penn State), Stanley Chang (Wellesley), Jim Davis (Indiana), Alex Dranishnikov (Florida), Boris Goldfarb (Albany), Nigel Higson (Penn State), Lizhen Ji (Michigan), Gennadi Kasparov (Vanderbilt), Igor Nikoleav (Calgary), Erik Pedersen (Binghamton), David Rosenthal (St. John's), Chris Seaton (Rhodes), Bruce Williams (Notre Dame), Shmuel Weinberger (Chicago), Nick Wright (Southampton). Schedule of talks.
Operator Theory on Function Spaces.
Organizer: Dechao Zheng (Vanderbilt University). Schedule of talks.

Click here to view the Meeting Program.




ECOAS 04: The 2nd East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
October 2-3, 2004, US Naval Academy, Annapolis
Organizing committee: Alexis Alevras (USNA) and Geoff Price (USNA).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More information: Conference website



The Second Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras
May 15-25, 2004, Vanderbilt University


Mini-courses:
Alain Connes, College de France, IHES and Vanderbilt University, Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry
Nigel Higson and John Roe, Penn State University, The K-theory Proof of the Classic Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem
Masoud Khalkhali, University of Western Ontario, Hopf Algebras and Cyclic Cohomology
Giovanni Landi, University of Trieste, Noncommutative Geometry and Physics
Matilde Marcolli, Max Planck Institute (Bonn), Noncommutative and Arithmetic Geometry
Henri Moscovici, Ohio State University, Transverse Geometry and Modular Forms
The 2nd Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras featured several mini-courses and research talks on noncommutative geometry (see conference web site for more details, including materials related to the talks). The conference/school was directed by Alain Connes. The organizing committee consisted of Dietmar Bisch, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov, Guoliang Yu.
More Information: Conference website.




ECOAS 03: The First East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium
September 20-21, 2003, Vanderbilt University
Dietmar Bisch founded the East Coast Operator Algebras Symposium (ECOAS), 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 took place at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21, 2003.
Organizing committee: Dietmar Bisch, Bruce Hughes, Gennadi Kasparov and Guoliang Yu (all at Vanderbilt University).
Scientific advisory committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), Marius Dadarlat (Purdue University), Nigel Higson (Penn State University) and Dirk Kreimer (IHES & Boston University).
More Information: Conference website (includes lectures notes and transperencies)



The Clay Mathematics Institute international conference and spring school on Noncommutative Geometry and Applications in conjunction with the 18th Annual Shanks Lecture
May 2-13, 2003, Vanderbilt University
This conference/school featured 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 about 20 invited research talks and short contributions were presented at this meeting.
Organizing committee: Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University), David Ellwood (Clay Mathematics Institute & Boston University), Bruce Hughes (Vanderbilt University), Gennadi Kasparov (Vanderbilt University) and Guoliang Yu (Vanderbilt University).
More Information: Conference website (includes lectures notes and transperencies)



Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras
Department of Mathematics
Vanderbilt University
Stevenson Center 1326
Nashville, TN 37240
U.S.A.
Phone: (615) 322-6672
Fax: (615) 343-0215
E-mail: ncgoa[at]vanderbilt[dot]edu