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

June 20-24, 2022

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)

Welcome message

Welcome to Seattle, and thank you all for participating in the conference. We really appreciate that you are making great efforts to come to Seattle during this difficult time with lots of uncertainties. In addition to a celebration of Paul's birthday, this conference is one of several celebrations of our own research field (and one of several major conferences in this field this year around the world). We would like to encourage you to talk to each other, to collaborate, to inspire our graduate students and junior members of this community.

Seattle is a beautiful city. If you are free on the afternoon of Wednesday June 22, you may consider a visit to the downtown area. One option is to take the light rail from the U-district to downtown (there are several light rail stations in the downtown area: Westlake Station, Pioneer Square, and International District/Chinatown stations). If you do plan to visit downtown, there are a lot of different attractions (museums, sports, foods, etc). Locally, there are two attractions on campus: Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (in a brand new building) and the Henry Art Gallery, both a short walk from Alder Hall. Here is a link to UW campus map

Also see!/ald.

There are many different kinds of restaurants in this neighborhood, most within walking distance, many along University Way (which is also called ``The Ave''). There are more (and more expensive ones) in the downtown area. We recommend searching online (and you can see the ratings, etc, etc), see for example .

Please note that Monday June 20 is a state and federal holiday, so that various services (banks) will be closed, as well as the UW itself. Also note that the front door to our lecture hall is facing south on NE 40th street. For program and UW wifi information, see

program and UW Wireless Access info.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us. We hope you have a pleasant time during the conference.


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 June 20, 2022 to June 24, 2022. The conference is being held in honor of S. Paul Smith on his 65th birthday. Here is a conference poster. Here is the main conference website.

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.


Registration is now open, at

The conference fee is $85, payable on registration. A late fee will apply after June 10, 2022. The fee covers administrative support, tea/coffee, and the conference dinner. Please note that, in part due to Covid safeguards, the number of participants will be limited, and we therefore encourage early registration to avoid disappointment. In the event that you have to cancel on or before June 10, 2022, your fee will be returned, apart from $9.50 for UW's administrative costs. Please see the registration form for exact details. For the question on the registration form that asks about payment using a budget number, if you are not a UW faculty member or student, then click ``no''. If you have technical issues with the registration link, please contact


Here is a schedule of talks with links to the abtsracts and a pdf.file of the schedule.

All lectures are given in Alder Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA. Some pictures picture one, picture two, picture three, picture four.

Here are pdf.files of some talks. 10 min talks 30 min talks 50 min talks

There is no whiteboard/chalkboard in the lecture room; i.e., talk should be prepared for use with an overhead projector and computer.


Here is a list of hotels near the University. Participants should arrange their own accommodation.

Other activities

All graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to give either a poster presentation in the afternoon of Monday, June 20 or a 10-minute short talk on Tuesday about their research.

The poster session will be given in the afternoon of Monday, June 20.

Short talks will be given on Tuesday, June 21. A tentative schedule for all short talks can be found here.

Conference Dinner

A conference dinner will take place in the evening of Tuesday, June 21 at the Walker-Ames Room on the second floor in Kane Hall, UW campus.

Covid guidelines at the University of Washington

At this time, masks are optional inside most facilities at the University of Washington (UW), but the UW strongly recommends wearing a high-quality mask (in particular, without a vent), due to higher case rates in the region. Our policy for the conference is to follow the UW's covid policy in place during the week of the conference. For your information, some websites of possible interest are:

1. UW general covid guidelines

2. UW policy regarding face coverings

3. UW advice on choosing a face covering

4. UW building ventilation practices

A limited number of masks and hand sanitizers will be provided during the conference, but we recommend that participants bring their own too.

Travel Support and Reimbursement

The conference has a limited amount of funds available to support participants. Priority for funding will be given to PhD students, early-career researchers and speakers, but all are welcome to apply. Please use alternative sources of funding if any are available to you, so that as many applicants can be funded as possible. If you wish to apply for support, please see

and enter the password uw65sps when prompted. Review of funding applications will begin on Feb 12 2022 but later applications will be considered if there are still funds available. For PhD students, a letter of recommendation is required from the student's PhD advisor, in addition to the application form; see the previous link for details.

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

Contact Information

If you have questions about the conference, please email the organizers at

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