
Date Time 
Location  Speaker 
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08/30 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Guihua Gong University of Puerto Rico 
Invariant and classification of inductive limit C*algebras with ideal property
After the recent sucessful classification of unital simple separable nuclear C*algebras of finite decomposition rank due to GongLinNiu and ElliottGongLinNiu, it is becomes important to seek possible generalization of the classification to non simple C*algebras. A C*algebras A is said to have ideal property if each ideal I of A is generated by the projections inside the ideal. The class of C*algebras with ideal property is a common generalization of the class of unital simple C*algebras and real rank zero C*algebras. In this talk, we will give a classificsation of AH algebras (of no dimension growth) with ideal property. In this classification, it invloves a new ingrent in the invariant: compatibility of Hausdorffized algebraic K_1 group. 

09/06 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Shilin Yu Texas A&M University 
Towards a geometric understanding of MackeyHigson bijection
Connes and Higson observed that the wellknown BaumConnesKasparov conjecture in operator algebra suggests a mysterious bijection between the tempered dual of a real reductive group and that of its Cartan motion group, which was already conjectured by Mackey in 1970's. In this talk, I will show that this bijection follows naturally from families of Dmodules on the flag variety. I will also discuss its relationship with Kirillov's coadjoint orbit method if time allows.


09/13 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Xiang Tang Washington University at St. Louis 
A longitudinal index theorem on an open foliation manifold
In this talk, we will introduce the concept of Roe C*algebra for a locally compact groupoid whose unit space is in general not compact, and that is equipped with an appropriate coarse structure and Haar system. Using Connes' tangent groupoid method, we will define an analytic index for an elliptic differential operator on a Lie groupoid equipped with additional metric structure, which takes values in the Ktheory of the Roe C*algebra. And we will discuss applications of our developments to longitudinal elliptic operators on an open foliated manifold. This is joint work with Rufus Willett and YiJun Yao. 

09/20 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Yi Wang Texas A&M University 
On the pessential normality of principal submodules of the Bergman module on strongly pseudoconvex domains
We show that under a mild condition, a principal submodule of the Bergman module on a strongly pseudoconvex domain, generated by a holomorphic function defined on a neighborhood of its closure, is p essentially normal for p>n. Two main ideas are involved in the proof. The first is that a holomorphic function defined in a neighborhood 'grows like a polynomial'. This is illustrated in a key inequality that we prove in our paper. The second is that commutators of Toeplitz operators behave much better than the operator themselves.


09/29 2:00pm 
*BLOC 220* 
Sherry Gong Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Marked link invariants: Khovanov, instanton, and binary dihedral invariants for marked links
We introduce a version of Khovanov homology for alternating links with marking data, $\omega$, inspired by instanton theory. We show that the analogue of the spectral sequence from Khovanov homology to singular instanton homology (Kronheimer and Mrowka, \textit{Khovanov homology is an unknotdetector}) collapses on the $E_2$ page for alternating links. We moreover show that the Khovanov homology we introduce for alternating links does not depend on $\omega$; thus, the instanton homology also does not depend on $\omega$ for alternating links.
Finally, we study a version of binary dihedral representations for links with markings, and show that for links of nonzero determinant, this also does not depend on $\omega$.
(* Note the special time and room.) 

10/11 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Benben Liao Texas A&M University 
Noncommutative maximal inequalities for group actions
Let $G$ be a finitely generated group, and $M$ a semifinite von Neumann algebra on which $G$ acts. When the group $G$ has polynomial growth, we obtain strong type $(p,p),p>1,$ and weak type $(1,1)$ maximal inequalities for $G$ acting on $M$. The result extends the work of Yeadon and JungeXu for $G$ being the integer group. This is based on joint work with Guixiang Hong and Simeng Wang (https://arxiv.org/abs/1705.04851). 

10/25 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Suleyman Kagan Samurkas Texas A&M University 
Bounds for the rank of the finite part of operator $K$Theory
We derive a lower and an upper bound for the rank of the finite part of operator $K$theory groups of maximal and reduced $C^*$algebras of finitely generated groups.
The lower bound is based on the amount of polynomially growing conjugacy classes of finite order elements in the group.
The upper bound is based on the amount of torsion elements in the group.
We use the lower bound to give lower bounds for the structure group $S(M)$ and the group of positive scalar curvature metrics $P(M)$ for an oriented manifold $M$.
We define a class of groups called ``polynomially full groups'' for which the upper bound and the lower bound we derive are the same.
We show that the class of polynomially full groups contains all virtually nilpotent groups.
As example, we give explicit formulas for the ranks of the finite parts of operator $K$theory groups for the finitely generated abelian groups, the symmetric groups and the dihedral groups.


11/01 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Guoliang Yu TAMU 
Higher eta invariants of elliptic operators and its applications
We apply Suleyman Kagan Samurkas' recent result to extend John Lott's higher eta invariants to a more general setting. We prove a higher index theorem for manifolds with boundary using the higher eta invariants. We establish rationality of the higher eta invariants when the BaumConnes conjecture holds. This is joint work with Zhizhang Xie. 

11/08 2:00pm 
BLOC 628 
Rufus Willett University of Hawaii 
Finite dynamical complexity and controlled Ktheory
I’ll discuss a notion of finite dynamical complexity introduced in joint work in Erik Guentner and Guoliang Yu. This notion applies for topological dynamical systems (and more generally for étale groupoids). I’ll sketch connections to amenability and the earlier idea of finite decomposition complexity (introduced by Guentner, Tessera, and Yu), and applications to computing Ktheory.


11/30 2:00pm 
*BLOC 220* 
Ronghui Ji IUPUI 
From relative amenability to relative soficity for countable groups
We define a relative soficity for a countable group with respect to a family of subgroups. A group is sofic if and only if it is relatively sofic with respect to the family consisting of only the trivial subgroup. When a group is relatively amenable with respect to a family of subgroups, then it is relatively sofic with respect to the family. We show that if a group is relatively sofic with respect to a family of sofic subgroups, then the group is sofic. This in particular generalizes a result of Elek and Szabo. An example of relatively amenable group G with respect to an infinite family of subgroups F is constructed so that G is not relatively amenable with respect to any finite subfamily of F. 