April 11 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Rui Okayasu (Osaka Kyoiku University)
Free group $\mathrm{C}^\ast$algebras associated with $\ell_p$
For every $p\geq 2$, we give a characterization of positive definite
functions on a free group, which can be extended to the positive linear
functionals on the free group $\mathrm{C}^\ast$algebra associated with $\ell_p$. As
a consequence, the associated $\mathrm{C}^\ast$algebras are mutually nonisomorphic,
and they have a unique tracial state.


April 18 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Hiroki Sako (RIMS)
Property A and the operator norm localization property for discrete metric spaces
We study property A defined by Yu and the operator norm localization
property defined by Chen, Tessera, Wang, and Yu. These are coarse
geometric properties for metric spaces, which have applications to
operator Ktheory. It is proved that these two properties are equivalent
for discrete metric spaces with bounded geometry. Combining this theorem
with a recent result by Brodzki, Niblo, Spakula, Willett, and Wright, we
obtain several characterizations of property A.


May 02 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Narutaka Ozawa (RIMS)
Cantor minimal systems and finitely generated simple amenable groups
(after Matui, JuschenkoMonod)
Juschenko and Monod proved the GrigorchukMedynets conjecture that
the topological full groups of any minimal transformation on the Cantor space is amenable.
It was previously known that the commutator subgroup of such a group is simple
(BezuglyiMedynets and Matui) and sometimes finitely generated (Matui).
Thus, these groups give rise to the first examples
of infinite finitely generated groups that are simple and amenable.
I will discuss these results and their background.

May 02
Colloquium 
4:30  5:30 RIMS 110 
Andrzej Żuk (Paris VI & RIMS)
On a problem of Atiyah
In 1976, Michael Atiyah defined $L^2$Betti numbers for manifolds and
asked a question about their rationality. These numbers arise as the von Neumann
dimensions of kernels of certain operators acting on the $L^2$space of the fundamental
group of a manifold. The problem concerning their values is closely related to
the Kaplansky zerodivisor question. We present constructions of closed manifolds
with irrational $L^2$Betti numbers.


May 16 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Mamoru Tanaka (RIMS)
Expander graphs and higher eigenvalues of the Laplacians on graphs
In words, expander graphs are highly connected sparse graphs. They are
used in theoretical computer science, combinatorics, functional analysis,
and so on. It is known that expander graphs are characterized by the
second eigenvalues of the Laplacians on the graphs. In this talk, we give
relations between expander graphs and higher eigenvalues of the Laplacians
on graphs.


May 26 
RIMS 420 
Takagi Lectures


May 28   June 01 
RIMS 111 RIMS 420 
Developments of the geometry of transformation groups
Conference on Geometry


June 04  08 
RIMS 420 
Geometric Group Theory  Kyoto 2012 
June 06
Colloquium 
4:30  5:30 RIMS 420 
Mladen Bestvina (University of Utah)
Group actions on quasitrees and applications
It is Serre who pointed out that SL_2(Z) acts on a tree. According to BassSerre theory, a group that acts on a tree can be decomposed as an amalgam of its subgroups. In this talk I will consider actions of groups on quasitrees  these are metric spaces (e.g. graphs) quasiisometric to a tree. Having an action on a quasitree is a much more flexible condition than having an action on a tree. There is a general construction of such actions for "rank 1" groups. There are also many groups that do not admit nontrivial actions on quasitrees, by the work of Manning, BurgerMozes, N. Ozawa (SL_3(Z) is an example). Applications include a construction of quasimorphisms and quasicocyces on various groups, characterization of elements in mapping class groups with zero stable commutator length, and finiteness of asymptotic dimension of mapping class groups. This is joint work with Ken Bromberg and Koji Fujiwara.


June 20 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Hirokazu Maruhashi (Kyoto)
Parameter rigidity of actions of nilpotent Lie groups
A locally free smooth action $\rho$ of a connected Lie group on
a closed manifold is said to be parameter rigid if each
action which has the same orbits as $\rho$ is conjugate
to $\rho$. There are not so many known parameter rigid
actions of noncommutative groups. In this talk we give
a criterion for parameter rigidity of nilpotent group
actions and construct parameter rigid actions of
nilpotent groups.

June 20
Colloquium 
4:30  5:30 RIMS 110 
Igor Mineyev (UIUC & RIMS)
An introduction to the Hanna Neumann Conjecture
The Hanna Neumann Conjecture is an easytostate question about subgroups of free groups that has been open since 19561957. I will present examples, ways to restate the conjecture, and some ideas of its recent proof.


June 27
Enlarged Colloquium 
2:40  3:40 & 4:30  5:30 RIMS 420 
Koji Fujiwara (Kyoto University)
Hyperbolicity of groups and its application
Kaoru Ono (RIMS)
Lagrangian Floer theory on compact toric manifolds


July 04 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Yusuke Isono (Tokyo)
Weak Exactness for $\mathrm{C}^\ast$algebras and Application to Condition (AO)

July 04
Colloquium 
4:30  5:30 MATH 110 
Yoshikata Kida (Kyoto)
Ergodic theory for type $\mathrm{III}$ actions and BaumslagSolitar groups


July 18 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Hiroshi Ando (RIMS)
Ultraproducts of von Neumann algebras
The ultraproduct of $\mathrm{II}_1$ factors has been one of the most important tools in von Neumann algebra theory. However, due to the lack of a trace, it is not so clear how one should define the ultraproduct of general von Neumann algebras. There are at least two approaches, one given by A. Ocneanu using a normal state in stead of a trace, and the one given by U. Groh and Y. Raynaud based on the Banach space ultraproduct of the predual of a target von Neumann algerba. We will study how these two algebras are related, and show some properties of the modular operator of a ultrapower state. (Joint work with Uffe Haagerup.)


Sep 24  26 
RIMS 420 
Recent developments in operator algebras and related topics (program)


Oct 10 
2:30  4:00 Sci 6809 
Hiroki Sako (RIMS)
Amenability of Thompson's group ? (after Justin Moore)
I will introduce a recent work of Justin Moore ( arXiv:1209.2063). He proved that Richard Thompson's group F is amenable. I will explain the outline of the proof. The problem is reduced to "existence of an idempotent mean" on rooted binary trees.
NB: Moore has retracted his claim.


Oct 17 
2:30  4:00 Sci 6809 
Hiroki Sako (RIMS)
A generalization of expander graphs and local reflexivity of uniform Roe
algebras
Topics of my talk are discrete metric spaces and their
operator algebraic properties.
I will introduce a generalization of expander graphs, which is called a
weak expander sequence.
It is proved that a uniform Roe algebra of a weak expander sequence is not
locally reflexive.
It follows that uniform Roe algebras of expander graphs are not exact.
Key tools for the proof are amenable traces and measured groupoids
associated to discrete spaces.


Nov 07 
2:30  4:00 Sci 6809 
Takahiro Hasebe (Kyoto)
Stochastic independence and cumulants based on spreadability
Many notions of stochastic independence have been proposed to understand noncommutative random variables. Cumulants are quite useful quantities to study independent random variables. The main purpose of this talk is to explain a unifying approach to cumulants and independence. This talk is based on a joint work with Franz
Lehner.


Nov 26 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 111 
Masato Mimura (Tohoku)
pKazhdan constants and nonexpanders
Fundamental idea to study graphs and finitely generated groups (as Cayley graphs) with the path metrics is to "linearize" them. More precisely, to consider good embeddings into wellbehaved Banach spaces. Specially embeddings into the Hilbert space or the $\ell^p$ spaces are intensively studied. A wellknown result states that a sequence of "expanders" does not coarsely embed into the Hilbert space. Here a sequence of "expanders" denotes a family of finite graphs of uniformly bounded degree whose spectral gaps are uniformly bounded below by zero. In this talk, we make an estimate of a decay rate of $\ell^p$version of spectral gaps of a family of "non"expanders. We will then have some information of such family in terms of embedding into the $\ell^p$ spaces. Main exapmle is a family of the Cayley graphs of $\mathrm{SL}_n({\mathbf Z}/k_n{\mathbf Z})$ for $n$ at least $3$ with repsect to standard generating sets of cardinal $4$, where $(k_n)$ is a sequence of integers bigger than two.


Dec 12 
2:30  4:00 Sci 6809 
Reiji Tomatsu (Hokkaido)
Some remarks on noncommutative Poisson boundaries and product type actions of compact quantum groups
I will begin with an overview of theory of noncommutative Poisson boundary that was introduced by Izumi and then study the following topics:
(1) A conjecture about the classical parts of Poisson boundaries;
(2) Product type actions and Poisson boundaries.
I will prove the conjecture affirmatively for qdeformations of any compact Lie groups and give some observations on their product type actions.


Jan 07  10 
Komaba 
Rigidity School


Jan 11 
Komaba 
Miniworkshop on Operator Algebras I


Jan 16 
Komaba 
Miniworkshop on Operator Algebras II


Jan 22  25 
Sci 3110 
Discrete Geometry and Dynamical Systems


Jan 30 
Komaba 
Miniworkshop on Operator Algebras III


Feb 02  03 
Awaji 
Kansai Operator Algebras Seminar


Feb 04  06 
RIMS 420 
Quantization and operator algebras (program)


Feb 13 
2:30  4:00 RIMS 204 
Takumi Enomoto (Kyoto)
Classification theorem of characters of the unitary group of the CARalgebra via asymptotic method
Boyer studied the representation theory of some very big groups. He claimed the factorial characters of the unitary group of the CARalgebra are only tensor products of the canonical representation and its complex conjugate. However there are some gaps in his proof. I will talk about a new proof by VershikKerov's "ergodic method".


Feb 12  15 
RIMS 420 
Markov Chains on Graphs and Related Topics


Feb 20 
1:00  6:00 RIMS 109 
Kyoto Operator Algebra Day Semester End Party


Mar 11 
Komaba 
Miniworkshop on Operator Algebras IV


Mar 20  23 
Kyoto 
MSJ Annual Meeting

