Banff International Research Station
Organizers: Maria Grazia Viola (Lakehead), Zahra Afsar (Sydney), Sarah Reznikoff (Kansas State)
CMI Enhance and Partnership Program
Operator algebras, a major branch of functional analysis, deals mainly with C∗C∗-algebras and von Neumann algebras. These are ∗∗-subalgebras of the algebra of bounded linear operators on a Hilbert space that are closed in an appropriate topology. The field of operator algebras originated with von Neumann in the 1920s as a mathematical framework for modelling phenomena in quantum mechanics. It has since become a fundamental part of modern theoretical physics, as the natural setting for quantum information theory and quantum computing. In addition, operator algebras has connections to several areas of mathematics such as knot theory, dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and foundations.
The main goal of the workshop is to provide an environment for female operator algebraists to collaborate on pioneering research projects. The workshop also aims to develop the network of women in operator algebras and foster collaboration, support, and mentoring between its members. The participants will work in small groups of 4--6 members each led by one or two leaders.