Ninth Annual NCGOA Spring Institute, May 9-18, 2011
The Department of Mathematics hosted the Ninth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras May 9-18, 2011. The theme of the 2011 event was Index Theory and Hopf Algebras.
The Spring Institute is a combination of spring school and international research conference. During the school portion of the meeting, mini-courses were given by ten researchers in the area of index theory and hopf algebras, including Alain Connes, Paul Baum, and Henri Moscovici.
In addition, about a dozen invited research talks were scheduled on a wide variety of topics ranging from from K-theory and index theory to arithmetic geometry and mathematical physics. More details are available on the conference web site.
The Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through a Special Meetings grant, the Department of Mathematics, and the College of Arts & Science at Vanderbilt University. It is directed by Fields Medalist Alain Connes. The organizing committee of this year's Spring Institute consisted of Alain Connes (College de France, IHES & Vanderbilt University), and Dietmar Bisch, Gennadi Kasparov, and Guoliang Yu (all from Vanderbilt University).