Three-day Exposure to Algebras

October 3 - 5, 2012 at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

This three-day programme is part of the Outreach Programmes conducted by The Institute of Mathematical Sciences as part of the year-long activities in conjunction with the Institute completing 50 years of existence. This particular three-day programme has been facilitated by the kind local arrangements made by Prof. S. Somasundaram, the Head of the Department of Mathematics at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. 

Speakers :

  • R. Srinivasan
  • S. Sundar
  • V. S. Sunder

While Sunder received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and is now a Professor at IMSc, the other two (younger) speakers have had almost identical trajectories. Both of them are alumni of M.S. University, received their Ph.D.'s from IMSc, and are currently faculty at the Chennai Math Institute. This University can be justly proud of numbering them among its alumni. All three mathematicians work in the area of Operator Algebras.

These "operator algebras" are natural generalisations of the algebra of matrices, so it is necessary to understand linear or matrix algebra first before getting a feeling for what operator algebras are. And the three speakers will aim to gradually move from concrete matrices and linear algebra to illustrate several features of operator algebras. Every attempt will be made to make these lectures accessible to students with some familiarity with matrices.

Participation :
These lectures are aimed at M.Sc. students and highly motivated B.Sc. students from the three districts, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanyakumari, which come `under the jurisdiction' of Manonmaniyam Sundaranar University (primarily because no arrangements have been made for accommodating outstation participants overnight). Those interested in attending the programme should write a letter to

Prof. S. Somasundaram
Department of Mathematics
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
Tirunelveli - 627012 

or send an email to the address below containing the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Contact details (postal, email, mobile - if possible)
  3. Background in linear algebra (book(s)  read)
  4. Name of a teacher/reference familiar with your mathematics.

It is not necessary to register on this website for participation in the Three-Day Operator Algebra meeting.

Email :  

Organisers : V. S. Sunder and S. Somasundaram