CATEGORY THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS

A CONFERENCE IN MEMORY OF SAUNDERS MACLANE

In conjunction with

THE 2006 UNNI NAMBOODIRI LECTURES

and

THE SPRING, 2006, MIDWEST TOPOLOGY SEMINAR

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO

April 7-11, 2006

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Remembrance of Saunders MacLane

Bond Chapel, 10:00-12:00 April 7

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Namboodiri Lectures

John Baez, University of California at Riverside

Title: Higher category theory, higher gauge theory

April 7, 4:00; April 10, 4:00; April 11, 4:30

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Conference Theme and Speakers

A number of Mac Lane's students, colleagues, collaborators, and friends will speak during the conference. Its primary mathematical focus will be recent applications of category theory. As MacLane's book ``Categories for the working mathematician'' emphasized, he was interested both in the internal development of category theory and in its development with a view towards applications in other areas of mathematics. The conference will highlight recent work that introduces new category theory aimed directly at applications in differential geometry (and hence to mathematical physics) and in algebraic topology. As Saunders would very much have liked, most of the speakers will be young mathematicians actively engaged in just such research.

- Steven Awodey, Carnegie Mellon University
- Julie Bergner, Kansas State University
- Eugenia Cheng, University of Chicago
- Alissa Crans, Ohio State University
- Zbigniew Fiedorowicz, Ohio State University
- Thomas Fiore, University of Chicago
- Peter Freyd, University of Pennsylvania
- Nick Gurski, University of Chicago
- Peter Johnstone, Cambridge University
- Andre Joyal, University of Quebec
- William Lawvere, SUNY at Buffalo
- Peter May, University of Chicago
- Ieke Moerdijk, University of Utrecht
- Michael Shulman, University of Chicago
- Danny Stevenson, University of Adelaide

Friday | Saturday |
Sunday |
Monday |
Tuesday |

10:00--12:00 MacLane Memorial |
9:30--10:30 Johnstone 11:00--12:00 Lawvere |
9:30--10:30 Stevenson 11:00--12:00 Fiedorowicz |
9:30--10:30 Gurski 11:00-12:00 Bergner |
9:30--10:30 Fiore 11:00-12:00 Shulman |

2:00--3:30 Reminiscences |
2:00--3:00 Crans |
2:00--3:00 Moerdijk |
2:00--3:00 Awodey |
1:30--2:30 Freyd 3:00--4:00 May |

4:00--5:00 Baez/Namb. |
4:00--5:00 Joyal |
4:00--5:00 Cheng |
4:00--5:00 Baez/Namb. |
4:30--5:30 Baez/Namb. |

For information about lodging and travel arrangements, see Eugenia Cheng's page