The algebraic structure of C*-algebras associated to groups

Matthew Kennedy (University of Waterloo, Canada)

Thursday 18th June, 2020 16:45-17:30 Contact for Zoom info


Since the work of von Neumann, the theory of operator algebras has been closely linked to the theory of groups. On the one hand, operator algebras constructed from groups provide an important source of examples and insight. On the other hand, many problems about groups are most naturally studied within an operator-algebraic framework. In this talk I will give an overview of some problems relating the structure of a group to the structure of a corresponding C*-algebra. I will discuss recent results and some possible future directions.

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