Recent Advances and New Directions in the Interplay of Noncommutative Algebra and Geometry

Owing to concerns over the current covid-19 outbreak, the conference has been postponed for a year.
The provisional dates for the conference are

July 12-16, 2021

July 13-17, 2020

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

A Conference in Honor of S. Paul Smith on the occasion of his 65th Birthday

General Information


Ken Brown (University of Glasgow)

Tim Hodges (University of Cincinnati)

Ron Irving (University of Washington)

Michaela Vancliff (University of Texas at Arlington)

James Zhang (University of Washington)


The University of Washington will host a week long conference on Recent Advances and New Directions in the Interplay of Noncommutative Algebra and Geometry from July 12, 2021 to July 16, 2021. The conference is being held in honor of S. Paul Smith on his 65th birthday.

This workshop provides a forum for international experts in noncommutative algebra to survey the state-of-the art, and exchange ideas on promising future directions of research. The main themes include noncommutative geometry, quantum groups and Hopf algebras, etc.


Please email the organizers if you plan to attend the meeting. If a registration fee is charged, it will be no more than $20.


Alder Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA


Here is a list of hotels near the University. Participants should arrange their own accommodation. Blocks of rooms will be reserved and information will appear here nearer the date.

Other activities

All graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to give a 10-minute talk about their research between 10:30 and Noon, on Tuesday, July 13. If you would like to contribute to this session, please email the title of your talk to James Zhang.

There will be a poster session from 5:30 to 6:30 before the conference dinner on Tuesday, July 13.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at the University of Washington Club. The cost of attending the dinner will be $35-$60 per person.

Travel Support and Reimbursement

Partial support may be available, particularly for graduate students and early career researchers. More information will be posted when available.

Local information

Campus map

A campus map with building list can be found on the University of Washington website.

The Department of Mathematics is located at Padelford Hall, C-wing.

Arriving in Seattle

See for the most up-to-date information & particpant list & schedule etc.