Recent developments in noncommutative algebra and related areas

March 17-19, 2018


The purpose of this three-day conference is to bring together researchers who work in noncommutative algebra and related areas, such as algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, representation theory, and their interactions. We will focus on recent developments and new directions in noncommutative algebraic geometry, Hopf algebras and quantum groups, noncommutative invariant theory, (higher) category theory, and algebraic aspects of mathematical physics.


This conference is supported by the US National Science Foundation (grant no. DMS-1764210), Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), and the University of Washington, Department of Mathematics (the Milliman Fund).


Jonathan Beardsley, University of Washington, USA
James J. Zhang, University of Washington, USA


Please email the organizers if you plan to attend the meeting. There is no registration fee.


Savery Hall Room 166, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA (Coffee break in SAV Room 156).


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


Click here for a tentative schedule, a detailed schedule , and abstract .

Other activities

In addition to regular talks (from 9am-5:30pm for 3 full days), we have some other activities during the conference.

Every graduate student is encouraged to give a 5-minute talk about his/her research between 2:30-3:30pm, March 17. If you are interested in, please email the ppt of your talk to James Zhang. Here is a list of 5-minute presentations

In ``Career Panels'' from 2:30-3:30pm, on March 18, we will discuss job applications for graduate students and postdoc fellows. This session will be lead by Chelsea Walton (Temple University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Elizabeth Wicks (University of Washington) will be organizing an AWM (the Association for Women in Mathematics) gathering in the evening of March 18.

We have a session on ``Computations in Algebra'' from 2:30-3:30pm, March 19. Frank Moore (Wake Forest University) and John Palmieri (University of Washington) will demonstrate some software concerning computations in algebra (specially in noncommutative algebra).

A partial list of participants

Click here for a partial list of participants and a conference photo.

Conference Proceedings

Message on Dec. 1, 2018: Due to low number of submissions, we have decided to cancel the special issue ``Proceedings of Seattle Conferences'', after consulting with the Editor-in-chief of the Journal ``Communications in Algebra''. All previously submitted papers to the special issue will be treated as regular submissions to the Journal ``Communications in Algebra''. We apologize for the change and any inconvenience caused by this change. If you have any questions and concerns, please contact James Zhang ( Thank you very much for your support.

(Original message on March 17, 2018: We will publish conference proceedings of this conference in the Journal ``Communications in Algebra''. The guest editors for this issue are Ellen Kirkman, Chelsea Walton and James Zhang. All participants of this conference (and previous Seattle conferences) are encouraged to submit their research papers to the proceedings between January 1 to Dec. 1, 2018. Here is the submission link. Please submit your paper to Ellen Kirkman or Jason Bell (editor-in-chief) and mention in the cover letter that the paper is submitted to the Proceedings of Seattle Conference. Every paper will be peer-reviewed and will be accepted if the paper meets the standard of the Journal.)

Conference Dinner

Conference dinner is going to take place at 6:30pm on March 17, 2018 (Saturday) at
Optimism Brewery in Capitol Hill (1158 Broadway, Seattle WA 98122). It will be catered by a local food truck called Off the Rez. The cost of attending the dinner will be $45 per person. This covers reserving the space for our group (and includes beer), as well as dinner.

Travel Reimbursement Form

If your travel is supported by the conference (either partially or fully), please fill out the form and email it with your receipts to James Zhang by March 30, 2018.
If you are not a US citizen, and crossed the U.S. border to come to Seattle, please also email James Zhang ( a copy of your passport (the page with your photo) and your visa status. Thank you very much.

Local information

Campus map

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

Savery Hall is located near the center of the north central part of the UW campus, see this map.

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

Arriving in Seattle