We are pleased to announce that the 7th annual workshop on Operator Algebras and their Applications will be held at the School of Mathematics of Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM) on January 6-9, 2020. These workshops intend to bring home new advances in modern analysis and give graduate students and young researchers an opportunity to meet well-known researchers in the field of operator algebras. This year, the workshop will focus on recent developments on Dynamical Systems, Ergodic Theory, and Operator Algebras.
We look forward to welcoming you in Tehran and meeting you at IPM.


  • Massoud Amini (IPM and Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)
  • Mohammad Bagher Asadi (IPM and University of Tehran, Iran)
  • Mehrdad Kalantar (University of Houston, USA)
  • Fatemeh Khosravi (IPM, Iran)
  • Mohammad Sadegh Mojahedi Moakhar (IPM and Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)

  • Important Dates

    Registration and accommodation request: December 31, 2019 (Dey 10, 1398)
    To pay registration and accommodation fees: December 31, 2019 (Dey 10, 1398)

    Previous workshops

  • January 2014: Quantum Groups and Harmonic Analysis
  • January 2015: Actions and Crossed Products
  • January 2016: $\text{C}^*$-Dynamics
  • December 2016: Classification of $\text{C}^*$-algebras
  • January 2017: Approximation Properties,
  • February 2018: Coarse Geometry
  • January 2019: Quantum Groups

  • Program

    Invited Speakers

    Abstract: download as pdf

    Lecture Note: download as pdf
    Abstract: One of the definitions of property (T) is that a group G has (T) if every unitary representation of G that weakly contains the trivial representation actually contains it strongly. This automatically generalizes into two different directions: One is a quantitative version of that statement saying that almost invariant vectors are close to invariant vectors. The second is the Wang's theorem which allows us to substitute any finite-dimensional irreducible representation for the trivial representation from the original definition. We unify these two generalizations by proving a quantitative version of the Wang's theorem. We provide several applications of that result. One of them concerns description of 'generic unitary representations', i.e. unitary representations whose unitary equivalence class is generic in the sense of Baire category. This is based on joint work with Maciej Malicki and Alain Valette.
    Abstract: Let $X$ be a compact metric space and $\mathcal{E}$ be a Hilbert $C^*$-correspondence over $C(X)$. Then one can associate to $\mathcal{E}$ a Cuntz-Pimsner $C^*$-algebra. This $C^*$-algebra is simple and unital provided $\mathcal{E}$ is full, non-periodic, and minimal. Right Hilbert $C(X)$-module of continuous sections of a vector bundles over $X$ with twisting the left multiplication with a minimal homeomorphism provides us an example of such correspondences. Cuntz-Pimsner algebra of such $C^*$-correspondence over $C(X)$ can be viewed as a generalization of crossed products of homeomorphisms. Studying orbit breaking subalgebras of such (generalized) crossed products is a powerful tool to understand their properties, such as $K$-theoretic properties or $\mathcal{Z}$-stability, which are central in the Elliott classification program of $C^*$-algebras.
    In this talk, I will discuss how to identify orbit breaking subalgebras in the Cuntz-Pimsner algebra associated to a $C^*$-correspondence as above. Then I will explain the Cuntz-Pimsner algebra is $\mathcal{Z}$-stable when the minimal homeomorphism has mean dimension zero. This is joint work with Adamo, Archey, Georgescu, Jeong, Strung, and Viola.
    Abstract: Tracial $\mathcal{Z}$-absorption was defined by Hirshberg and Orovitz in 2013 to be a local version of $\mathcal{Z}$-absorption. The two notions are not equivalent in general, but coincide for simple, unital, separable, nuclear algebras. We give a distinguishing example which is purely infinite. A stably finite example was given by Niu and Wang. We define a suitable notion of tracial $\mathcal{Z}$-absorption for simple nonunital C*-algebras and we prove its permanence properties. We study integer actions and finite group actions with the weak tracial Rokhlin property on these algebras. Then we obtain crossed productswhich are simple and tracially $\mathcal{Z}$-absorbing. The talk is based on a joint work with M. Amini, S. Jamali, and N. C. Phillips.
    Abstract: We study dynamical and ergodic properties of groups, from the point of view of their associated C* and von Neumann algebras. In particular, we are interested in rigidity phenomena of these algebras. We establish some framework in which this rigidity occur and draw conclusions about representation rigidity and minimal injectivity of von Neumann algebras.
    Abstract: Multipliers of a discrete group can be used to characterise approximation properties of the associated reduced group C*-algebra. These techniques have proved influential in the theory of approximation properties of C*-algebras: they have shed new light on some C*-algebra properties and motivated the introduction and study of others. I will begin by introducing multipliers defined on a group, and describe how they can be used to characterise approximation properties of the reduced group C*-algebra. I will then discuss some of the difficulties one encounters in trying to describe approximation properties of the reduced crossed product C*-algebra associated to a group action. To get around these difficulties I will introduce multipliers of group actions, which generalize multipliers of groups, and explain how these allow us to characterise approximation properties of reduced crossed products, as well as give new proofs of existing results on such properties.
    Abstract: The primitive spectrum of a $C^*$-algebra has been extensively used as a main tool of study in the realm of commutative $C^*$-algebras. As an alternative for this underlying topological space in the non-commutative setting, Akemann proposed the so-called hull-kernel structure for a $C^*$-algebra, in which the role of open sets is taken over by certain projections in the double dual of the algebra. With this new tool, he went quite far and established non-commutative versions of several major results such as the Stone-Weierstrass theorem, Urysohns lemma, etc. On the other hand, beginning with the pioneering works of von Neumann, Kaplansky and others on type classification, the set of equivalence classes of projections with its order structure has been widely exploited in the structure theory of $C^*$-algebras. As a result, axioms that guarantee the abundance of projections to a certain extent, have become an indispensable part of this area.
    In this talk, I will first review some of the more important such axioms and their relationships, and then present characterizations of them in terms of Akemanns non-commutative topology. Next, by introducing the notion of a $\sigma$-compact projection, I will state a new characterization of Rickart $C^*$-algebras as well as go over its proof. A similar characterization for the so-called small projections property and some other new information about this axiom will also be discussed. This is based on a joint work with G. H. Esslamzadeh.
    Abstract: Let $\Gamma$ be a countable discrete group. A $\Gamma$-boundary in the sense of Furstenberg is a minimal strongly proximal $\Gamma$-space. In 2014 Kalantar and Kennedy proved that the spectrum of $\Gamma$-injective envelope of complex numbers $\mathrm{I}_{\Gamma}(\mathbb{C})$, is identified with the universal $\Gamma$-boundary. Generalizing this, we show that the spectrum of $\mathrm{I}_{\Gamma}(C(X))$ when $X$ is a minimal $\Gamma$-space, is the universal minimal strongly proximal extension of $X$ in the sense of Glasner. This helps us to characterize the notion of $(\Gamma, X)$-boundary when $X$ is minimal and finite. As an application, we answer a problem of Hadwin and Paulsen in negative and find necessary and sufficient conditions for the corresponding reduced crossed product to be exact.
    Abstract: In this talk, we introduce some relations between the scalar Lipschitz or Holder functions and operator Lipschitz or operator Holder functions. Also, we introduce some famous operator Lipschitz type inequalities for normed ideals of compact operators.
    Abstract: We briefly study the Baum-Connes assembly map and review some conjectures concerning the K-theory of C*-algebras. We also review the K-theory of inverse limit of C*-algebras that arise naturally in the study of coarse Baum-Connes assembly map and noncommutative analogues of classical Lie groups (introduced by N. C. Phillips in 1990). If $A$ is a $\sigma$-C*-algebra, we show that the inclusion map from the space of all $A$-Kasparov cycles to the space of all $A$-Fredholm operators is a weak homotopy equivalence. Then we use the representable K-theory of $\sigma$-C*-algebras and the Milnor ${\rm lim}^{1}$-exact sequence for RK-functor to show that the space of $A$-Fredholm operators, represents the functor $X \mapsto {\rm RK}_{0}(C(X, A))$ from the category of countably compactly generated spaces to the category of abelian groups. This fact can be regarded as a generalization of Atiyah-Janich Theorem for $\sigma$-C*-algebras. In particular, we show that the Grothendieck group of $A$-vector bundles over $X$ need not be isomorphic to $[X, \mathcal{F}(H)]$ of homotopy classes of continuous maps from $X$ to the space of Fredholm operators on $H = l^2(A)$. We finally obtain a Milnor ${\rm lim}^{1}$-exact sequence for homotopy groups of $A$-Fredholm operators.


    Abstracts of the Talks

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    Lecture Notes

    You can download the pdf file of the Lecture Notes by clicking here.


    To register for the workshop, please fill out the Registration Form.

    Registration fee for the workshop:

    1) Registration fee for Iranian participants:
    You can get more information about the registration fee here.

    2) Registration fees for international participants:
    The registration fee is 250 Euro for faculties and postdocs and 150 Euro for students. The registration fee for international participants will be due in cash at the time of registration on the first day of the meeting. Please note that standard credit cards; e.g., Visa, Master or AmEXP, cannot be used in Iran.

    Registration fee includes: Participation in the workshop, documentation package, lunches and coffee breaks during the meeting.  

    Residence fee at IPM guest house is 40 Euro per night.



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