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Research at UW-Madison in algebra

UW-Madison offers a large, active, and varied research group in algebra, including researchers in number theory, combinatorics, group theory, algebraic geometry, representation theory, and algebra with applications to science and engineering.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty in algebra

Eric Bach: (Berkeley, 1984) Theoretical computer science, computational number theory, algebraic algorithms, complexity theory, cryptography, six-string automata. (Joint appointment with CS.)

Nigel Boston: (Harvard, 1987) Algebraic number theory, group theory, arithmetic geometry, computational algebra, coding theory, cryptography, and other applications of algebra to electrical engineering. (Joint appointments with ECE and CS.)

Andrei Caldararu: (Cornell, 2000) Algebraic geometry, homological algebra, string theory.

Tullia Dymarz: (Chicago, 2007) Geometric group theory, quasi-isometric rigidity, large scale geometry of finitely generated groups, solvable groups and quasiconformal analysis.

Jordan Ellenberg: (Harvard, 1998) Arithmetic geometry and algebraic number theory, especially rational points on varieties over global fields.

Shamgar Gurevich: (Tel Aviv, 2005) Geometric representation theory, with applications to harmonic analysis, signal processing, mathematical physics, and three-dimensional structuring of molecules.

I. Martin Isaacs: (Harvard, 1964) Group theory, algebra.

Donald Passman: (Harvard, 1964) Ring theory, group theory, group rings and enveloping algebras of Lie algebras.

Paul Terwilliger: (Illinois, 1982) Combinatorics, representation theory and special functions.

Melanie Matchett Wood: (Princeton, 2009) Number theory and arithmetic geometry.

Tonghai Yang: (Maryland, 1995) number theory, representation theory, and arithmetic geometry: especially L-functions, Eisenstein series, theta series, Shimura varieties, intersection theory, and elliptic curves.


Postdoctoral fellows in algebra


Matthew Ballard: (U Washington, 2008) Homological mirror symmetry.

Robert Harron: (Princeton, 2009): Algebraic number theory, Iwasawa theory, p-adic Galois representations and automorphic forms.

Zev Klagsbrun: (UC-Irvine, 2011): Algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry.

Sukhendu Mehrotra: (Penn, 2005) Algebraic geometry, homological algebra and string theory, specifically, derived categories of coherent sheaves on algebraic varieties.

Seminars in algebra

The weekly schedule at UW features many seminars in the algebraic research areas of the faculty.

Algebraic Geometry Seminar (Fridays at 2:30)

Combinatorics Seminar (Mondays at 2:25)

Lie Theory Seminar (Mondays at 1:20 in VV901)

Group Theory Seminar (Mondays at 3:30)

Number Theory Seminar (outside speakers)(Thursdays at 2:30)

Number Theory Seminar (grad student speakers) (Tuesdays at 2:30)

SILO (Systems, Information, Learning and Optimization) (Wednesdays at 12:30)


Upcoming conferences in algebra held at UW

Applied Algebra Days, October 21-23 2011

Graduate student conference in number theory, Fall 2011

Previous conferences in algebra held at UW

RTG Graduate Student Workshop in Algebraic Geometry, October 2010

Workshop on Pseudo-Anosovs with Small Dilatation, April 2010

Singularities in the Midwest, March 2010

RTG Midwest Graduate Student Conference in Number Theory, November 2009

Midwest Number Theory Day, November 2009

Miniconference on pro-p groups in number theory, April 2008

Pro-p groups and pro-p algebras in number theory, April 2007

Graduate study at UW-Madison in algebra

Algebra is among the most popular specializations for UW Ph.D. students. Regularly offered courses include a four-semester sequence in number theory; a two-semester sequence in algebraic geometry; homological algebra; representation theory; advanced topics in group theory. We also regularly offer more advanced topics courses, which in recent years have included the Gross-Zagier formula, classification of algebraic surfaces, and p-adic Hodge theory. Here is a list of this fall's graduate courses.

The department holds an NSF-RTG grant in number theory and algebraic geometry, which funds several research assistantships for graduate students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) working in those areas.

Recent Ph.D. graduates from the group have been very successful on the job market; in the last few years, we have sent alumni to postdoctoral fellowships at Berkeley, Harvard, Imperial (UK), MIT, Princeton, Stanford, University of Cologne(Germany), and UT-Austin, to tenure-track jobs at McGill, Wake Forest, Bucknell, the University of New Mexico, and the University of South Carolina, and to non-academic positions at places such as Credit Suisse and the Center for Communications Research, La Jolla.