Department of Mathematics, Vanderbilt University, May 3-9, 2019

Nashville skyline Welcome to the homepage for the Seventeenth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras & 34th Shanks Lecture

This year’s topic is Algebra and Geometry Quantized and Quantified. The Spring Institute 2019 will focus on common themes and recent developments in topology, quantum algebra, topological condensed matter physics, subfactor theory and quantum information theory.

The Seventeenth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras will be held in conjunction with the 34th Shanks Lecture, delivered by Fields Medalist Michael Freedman (Microsoft Research). The annual spring institute on NCGOA is a combination of spring school and international conference. During the school part of the meeting several mini-courses or short talk series on a variety of topics from noncommutative geometry, operator algebras and related topics will be given by leading experts. The conference will consist of a number of invited research talks and short contributions. We strongly encourage students and postdocs to attend this conference. Please read the section on financial aid below regarding information on how to apply for financial support.

Invited Speakers

Speaker Affiliation Title
Michael Freedman (Shanks Lecturer) Microsoft Quantum – Santa Barbara
Maissam Barkeshli University of Maryland
Anna Marie Bohmann Vanderbilt University
Martin Bridson University of Oxford
Meng Cheng Yale University
Iris Cong Harvard University
Colleen Delaney UC Santa Barbara
Lukasz Fidkowski University of Washington
Cameron Gordon University of Texas, Austin
Sergei Gukov Cal Tech
Daniel Harlow MIT
Matthew Headrick Brandeis University
Corey Jones Ohio State University
Vaughan Jones Vanderbilt University
Slava Krushkal University of Virginia
Zhengwei Liu Harvard University
Ashley Milsted Perimeter Institute
Scott Morrison Australian National University
Yoshiko Ogata The University of Tokyo
Tobias Osborne Leibniz University of Hannover
Vincent Pasquier IPhT Saclay
Emily Peters Loyola University, Chicago
Julia Plavnik Indiana University
Hubert Saleur University of Southern California
James Tener Australian National University
Kevin Walker Microsoft Quantum
Zhenghan Wang Microsoft Quantum
Shmuel Weinberger University of Chicago
Tim Ziman Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble and CNRS
Modjtaba Shokrian Zini UC Santa Barbara


All participants, including invited speakers, are asked to register online. All questions should be directed to . If you intend to request support, please read the section Reimbursement Policy. There will be a registration fee of $50 (waived for speakers). Payment by cash or check is accepted at the conference.

Financial Aid

We expect that some financial support will be available to (partially) fund graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and other participants without grant support. We encourage those of you who are asking for support to share accommodations. If you plan to apply for funding, please fill out the “Request Financial Support” portion of the registration form. International participants need to fill out a Business Visitor Questionnaire. Please submit your request for financial support by March 15, 2019. Late applications will be considered as long as financial support is available. Note that we are unable to provide any support in advance.


Funding for the Seventeenth Annual Spring Institute on Noncommutative Geometry and Operator Algebras & 34th Shanks Lecture is provided by the College of Arts & Science and the Shanks Endowment of the Department of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University. We are grateful for their support.

Organizing Committee

Dietmar Bisch, Vanderbilt University
Michael Freedman (Microsoft Quantum- Santa Barbara)
Vaughan Jones, Vanderbilt University

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