Subfactor Theory
Mathematics and Physics
July 14-18, 2014
Maui, Hawaii
The Maui Sunset

Over 30 years since Jones' Index Theorem, the study of subfactors remains a vibrant field. In recent years, exciting new connections have been made between subfactor theory, free probability, random matrices, and conformal field theory. At the same time, through attempts to classify small index subfactors, exotic examples have been discovered which demand new explanations, perhaps coming from the study of fusion categories or vertex operator algebras.

This conference will feature both expository and research talks by experts from across von Neumann algebras and related fields. Additionally, there will be lots of time reserved for informal interaction and collaboration. We will also celebrate the 60th birthday of Vaughan Jones.

Local information

Talks will likely be held at the University of Hawai'i Maui College. Accommodation will be provided for interested participants in shared condos at the Maui Sunset in Kihei, HI. The airport on Maui is Kahului Airport (OGG). We will help organize carpools from the airport to the Maui Sunset, and from the Maui Sunset to UH Maui College, as the conference grows nearer.


Dietmar Bisch (Vanderbilt University)
Arnaud Brothier (Vanderbilt University)
Michael Burns (Jane Street)
Sayan Das (Vanderbilt University)
Rod Downey (Victoria University of Wellington)
David Evans (Cardiff University)
Fred Goodman (University of Iowa)
Pinhas Grossman (University of New South Wales)
Alice Guionnet (MIT)
Michael Hartglass (University of Iowa)
Jesse Peterson (Vanderbilt University)
Hsiang-Ping Huang (University of Utah)
Masaki Izumi (Kyoto University)
Corey Jones (Vanderbilt University)
Vaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University)
Yasuyuki Kawahigashi (University of Tokyo)
Zhengwei Liu (Vanderbilt University)
Gaven Martin (Massey University)
Scott Morrison (Australian National University)
Brent Nelson (UCLA)
David Penneys (University of Toronto)
Emily Peters (Loyola University)
Yunxiang Ren (Vanderbilt University)
Sarah Reznikoff (Kansas State University)
Stephen Sawin (Fairfield University)
Thomas Schucker (CPT Marseille)
Dimitri Shlyakhtenko (UCLA)
Christian Skau (NTNU)
Noah Snyder (Indiana University)
Masamichi Takesaki (UCLA)
James Tener (UC Berkeley)
Dylan Thurston (Indiana University)
Grazia Viola (Lakehead University)
Hans Wenzl (UC San Diego)
Rufus Willet (University of Hawaii)
Harold Williams (UC Berkeley)
Feng Xu (UC Riverside)

Schedule of talks

Monday, July 14
8:00am - 8:45am: Dietmar Bisch
8:55am - 9:40am: Dylan Thurston
Coffee break
10:10am - 10:55am: Masaki Izumi
11:05am - 11:50am: Gaven Martin
12:00pm - 12:45pm: Emily Peters

Tuesday, July 15
8:00am - 8:45am: Feng Xu
8:55am - 9:40am: Yasuyuki Kawahigashi
Coffee break
10:10am - 10:55am: Jesse Peterson
11:05am - 11:50am: Thomas Schucker
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Hsiang-Ping Huang
12:35pm - 1:05pm: Michael Hartglass

Wednesday, July 16
8:00am - 8:45am: Dimitri Shlyakhtenko
8:55am - 9:40am: Pinhas Grossman
Coffee break
10:10am - 10:55am: Alice Guionnet
11:05am - 11:50am: Arnaud Brothier
12:00pm - 12:45pm: Rod Downey

Thursday, July 17
12:30pm - 1:15pm: Sarah Reznikoff
1:25pm - 2:10pm: Zhengwei Liu
Coffee break
2:40pm - 3:25pm: Scott Morrison
3:35pm - 4:20pm: Masamichi Takesaki
4:30pm - 5:15pm: Vaughan Jones

Friday, July 18
8:00am - 8:45am: David Evans
8:55am - 9:40am: Rufus Willet
Coffee break
10:10am - 10:55am: Christian Skau
11:05am - 11:50am: Stephen Sawin
12:00pm - 12:45pm: Hans Wenzl


The organizers are Dietmar Bisch, Arnaud Brothier, Vaughan Jones, Scott Morrison, David Penneys, Noah Snyder, James Tener and Rufus Willet.

For logistical questions, contact Arnaud Brothier at or James Tener at .


The organizers gratefully acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation, DARPA, and Vanderbilt University.

last modified: 8/4/2014