K-Theory of Operator Algebras and its Applications to Geometry and Topology I-II,   Guoliang Yu,   Vanderbilt University,  Fri, 5 February, 2010,   10:00 a.m. A-209


I will discuss K-theory of a class of C*- algebras naturally arising from geometry and topology, its connection to geometric group theory, and its applications to problems in differential geometry and topology.

In particular, I will discuss my recent work with Kasparov on the Novikov higher signature conjecture and related open questions. I will make an effort for these lectures to be accessible to graduate students.

Note: Seminar ends at 11:50 am