Southern Ontario Operator Algebra Seminar (2018)

(organized by Matthew Kennedy and Paul Skoufranis)


The first annual Southern Ontario Operator Algebra Seminar (SOS) will be on  February 17-18, 2018 at the University of Waterloo.  The goal of this seminar is to promote inter-university research in Operator Algebras and to promote talented  young researchers in this field.  This year, we are delighted to have presentations from the following speakers:

Plenary Speakers
- Kenneth Davidson (University of Waterloo)
- Kenneth Dykema (Texas A&M University)

Early Career Speakers
- Sarah Browne (Pennsylvania State University)
- Christopher Schafhauser (University of Waterloo)
- Jianchao Wu (Pennsylvania State University)



No registration is required for this seminar.  Please contact Paul Skoufranis if you are planning to attend so we can have a rough attendance estimate for refreshments.



All talks will take place at the University of Waterloo in the Mathematics and Computing Building, Room 5501.  A pdf of the schedule together with abstracts may be found here.

Saturday February 17th, 2018
  • 9AM-10AM: Kenneth Davidson (University of Waterloo), Part 1.
  • 10AM-11AM: Break
  • 11AM-12PM: Sarah Browne (Pennsylvania State University).
  • 12PM-2PM: Lunch Break
  • 2PM-3PM: Jianchao Wu (Pennsylvania State University).
  • 3PM-4PM: Break
  • 4PM-5PM: Kenneth Dykema (Texas A&M University), Part 1.
Sunday February 18th, 2018
  • 9AM-10AM: Kenneth Dykema (Texas A&M University), Part 2.
  • 10AM-11AM: Break
  • 11AM-12PM: Christopher Schafhauser (University of Waterloo).
  • 12PM-2PM: Lunch Break
  • 2PM-3PM: Kenneth Davidson (University of Waterloo), Part 2.




There are several accommodations close to the University of Waterloo.  For a modern room, one option is the Delta Hotel, with rooms at around $200 per night.  For a more rustic feel, The Waterloo Hotel has a weekend 2-night special for $250 total.  For other options for accommodations, please see Google or AirBnB.


For participants in Sourthern Ontario, we recommend driving the (dreaded) 401 to Highway 8 to Highway 85 to Waterloo.  For other Canadian and International participants, we recommend flying into either Waterloo International Airport (service from limited location) or Pearson International Airport in Toronto.  From Pearson, you can either book a shuttle which costs about $100 for one-way, or you can rent a car and drive.  Note on a Friday evening, driving to Waterloo from Pearson can take anywhere from 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours.



We hope to offer partial support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.  Otherwise we will not be able provide any additional reimbursement.


Confirmed Participants

  • Mihai Alboiu (University of Toronto)
  • Serban Belinschi (Institut de Mathematiques de Toulouse)
  • Sarah Browne (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Kenneth Davidson (University of Waterloo)
  • Christian Despres (University of Toronto)
  • Kenneth Dykema (Texas A&M University)
  • George Elliott (University of Toronto)
  • Ilijas Farah (York University)
  • Georgios Katsimpas (York University)
  • Matthew Kennedy (University of Waterloo)
  • Rob Martin (University of Cape Town)
  • Laurent Marcoux (University of Waterloo)
  • Andu Nica (University of Waterloo)
  • Vern Paulsen (University of Waterloo)
  • Heydar Radjavi (University of Waterloo)
  • Christopher Schafhauser (University of Waterloo)
  • Paul Skoufranis (York University)
  • Nico Spronk (University of Waterloo)
  • Jianchao Wu (Pennsylvania State University)