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Peter McNamara Arun Ram Kari Vilonen
Ting Xue Yaping Yang Gufang Zhao
Affiliated Members
Jan de Gier Nora Ganter Alex Ghitza Christian Haesemeyer Jack Hall
Peter McNamara‘s research is in categorical and geometric representation theory. He has worked on a range of topics including quantum groups and their categorifications, perverse sheaves and Schubert varieties, algebraic combinatorics and padic groups.
Arun Ram’s research is in the area of Combinatorial Representation Theory. Topics he has worked on include tableaux combinatorics, crystals, diagram algebras, Lie theory, quantum groups, Hecke algebras, Schubert calculus, Ktheory and cohomology of flag varieties and affine flag varieties. Current projects include constructions of representations of quantum affine algebras and a study of the combinatorics of double affine Hecke algebras and Macdonald polynomials.
Kari Vilonen‘s research is in the areas of real groups, the Langlands program, and related algebraic geometry. He has worked on several aspects of the geometric Langlands program and on more foundational questions on perverse sheaves and Dmodules from the microlocal point of view. His research on real groups, joint with Schmid, includes the proof of the BarbaschVogan conjecture and a conjectural theory of Hodge structures on representations of real groups.
Ting Xue‘s research is in the areas of representation theory and algebraic groups. She has worked on questions related to geometry of nilpotent orbits and Springer theory, including small or bad characteristics. She is also interested in combinatorics arising from representation theory.
Yaping Yang‘s research lies in the area of Lie algebras, geometric representation theory, quantum groups, and the related geometry and topology. Her current work includes KnizhnikZamolodchikov equations, Cohomological Hall algebras, and vertex algebras associated to toric CalabiYau 3folds.
Gufang Zhao‘s research lies at the interface between algebraic geometry and representation theory. More specifically, he has been working on projects concerning derived category of coherent sheaves, oriented cohomology theories of algebraic varieties, and their applications in representation theory. He is also fond of varieties of local systems and instantons, quantum integrable systems, and related aspects in mathematical physics.
Selected papers

 A full list of each member’s publications can be found on their individual webpages.

 M. Lanini and P. J. McNamara, Singularities of Schubert varieties within a right cell. arXiv2003.08616.
 P. J. McNamara, Representation Theory of Geometric Extension Algebras, arXiv:1701.07949.
 P. J. McNamara. Representations of KhovanovLaudaRouquier Algebras III: Symmetric Affine Type. arXiv. Math. Z. 287 (2017), no. 12, 243–286.
 Peter J. McNamara, Finite Dimensional Representations of KhovanovLaudaRouquier Algebras I: Finite Type, arXiv. J. Reine Angew. Math. 707 (2015), 103–124.
 D. George, Arun Ram, J. Thompson and R. Volkas, Symmetry breaking, subgroup embeddings and the Weyl group, arXiv1203.1048, Physical Review D 87 105009 (2013) [14 pages]
 Z. Daugherty, Arun Ram and R. Virk, Affine and degenerate affine BMW algebras: The center, arXiv1105.4207, Osaka J. Math 51 (2014), 257283.
 A. Kleshchev, A. Mathas, and Arun Ram, Universal Specht modules for cyclotomic Hecke algebras , arXiv1102.3519, Proc. London Math. Soc. (3) 105 (2012) 12451289.
 P. Diaconis and Arun Ram, A probabilistic interpretation of the Macdonald polynomials, arXiv1007.4779, The Annals of Probability 40 (2012) Vol. 40 No. 5, 18611896.
 Roman Bezrukavnikov and Kari Vilonen, Koszul Duality for Quasisplit Real Groups, arXiv:1510.08343, Under revision for Invent. Math.
 Masaki Kashiwara and Kari Vilonen, Microdifferential systems and the codimensionthree conjecture. Ann. of Math. (2) 180 (2014) no. 2, 573620.
 Wilfried Schmid and Kari Vilonen, Hodge theory and unitary representations of reductive Lie groups. Frontiers of mathematical sciences, 397420, Int. Press, Somerville, MA, 2011, arXiv
 Kari Vilonen and Ting Xue, Character sheaves for symmetric pairs, arXiv:1806.02506
 TsaoHsien Chen, Kari Vilonen and Ting Xue, Springer correspondence for the split symmetric pair in type A , Compos. Math. 154 (2018), no. 11, 24032425. arXiv
 TsaoHsien Chen, Kari Vilonen and Ting Xue, On the cohomology of Fano varieties and the Springer correspondence, With an appendix by Dennis Stanton. Adv. Math. 318 (2017), 515533. arXiv.
 Ting Xue, Combinatorics of the Springer correspondence for classical Lie algebras and their duals in characteristic 2. Adv. Math. 230 (2012) no. 1, 229–262.
 Marc Levine, Yaping Yang, and Gufang Zhao, Algebraic Elliptic cohomology theory and flops 1, appendix by Joël Riou. Mathematische Annalen volume 375, pages 1823–1855 (2019).
 Miroslav Rapcak, Yan Soibelman, Yaping Yang, and Gufang Zhao, Cohomological Hall algebras, vertex algebras and instantons. Communications in Mathematical Physics volume 376, pages 1803–1873 (2020)
 Yaping Yang, and Gufang Zhao, The cohomological Hall algebras for a preprojective algebra. Proc. Lond. Math. Soc. 116, 10291074.

Representation theory seminar 2021, Semester 1
Basic Notions in Representation Theory
Organisers: Kari Vilonen, Ting Xue, Yaping Yang
Topics: Affine Lie algebras, KazhdanLusztig conjectures, localisation
Time: Tuesdays 3:15pm5pm.
11 May Arun Ram (Melbourne) Decomposition numbers for standard objects in categories O
Abstract: The Verma modules are indexed by their highest weight. They have a simple quotient and so the irreducibles are indexed by their
highest weight. The composition factors of a Verma module must all lie in the same orbit of the Weyl group. In the affine case the orbits take three different shapes depending on whether it is positive level, negative level, or critical level. In each case there is a different family of KazhdanLusztig type polynomials that describes the multiplicity of the irreducible in the layers of the Jantzen filtration of the Verma module. I’ll try to explain what these affine Weyl group orbits and KazhdanLusztig polynomials are.
4 May Anna Romanov (Sydney) The infinitedimensional geometric story: KacMoody groups, affine flag varieties, and Dmodules, continued Notes
27 April Anna Romanov (Sydney) The infinitedimensional geometric story: KacMoody groups, affine flag varieties, and Dmodules Notes
Abstract: In these talks, I will describe some geometric objects that play a role in the representation theory of KacMoody Lie algebras. In the KacMoody setting, we have no Beilinson—Bernstein localisation theorem. However, as Yaping told us last week, Dmodules on certain infinitedimensional varieties can still be used to prove results about representations of affine Lie algebras. This series of talks has two goals: (1) to clarify the state of affairs on Beilinson—Bernsteintype equivalences of categories for affine Lie algebras, and (2) sketch the proof (due to KashiwaraTanisaki) that negative level blocks of category O for an affine Lie algebra are equivalent to certain categories of equivariant Dmodules on the affine flag variety.
In the first week, I will define KacMoody groups and their flag varieties carefully, describe their indvariety structure, and do an SL2 example.
In the second week, I will introduce Dmodules, state the known results about equivalences of categories between Dmodules and representations of affine Lie algebras, and sketch the KashiwaraTanisaki negativelevel proof.
20 April Yaping Yang (Melbourne) KazhdanLusztig Conjecture for KacMoody Lie algebras: continued Notes
13 April Yaping Yang (Melbourne) KazhdanLusztig Conjecture for KacMoody Lie algebras
Abstract: In my talk, I will review the Kac Moody Lie algebras, the affine root systems, and the affine Weyl groups. I will state the KazhdanLusztig Conjecture for KacMoody Lie algebras. In particular, at the noncritical level, the transition matrix of the characters of the irreducible highest weight modules and the characters of the Verma modules is given by the affine KazhdanLusztig polynomial.
30 Mar Kari Vilonen (Melbourne) Summary and conclusion of the Jantzen conjecture
23 Mar Kari Vilonen (Melbourne) the Jantzen conjecture
Past Seminars:
Representation Theory Student Seminar 2021 Semester 1
Organisers: Ting Xue, Gufang Zhao
Overview
This is a learning seminar on representation theory, aimed at 3rd year undergraduate students, MSc students, as well as PhD students in mathematics or related fields.
In the learning seminar, participants are expected to learn a topic based on the references given, and present their work to the other participants. The audience are expected to ask questions and make comments during the presentation. Discussions tangential to the topics are welcome. The idea is for all participants to actively learn and discuss together.
This semester, the topic is representation theory of symmetric groups. We assume basic knowledge of group theory and linear algebra. The seminar will begin with basic notions of representations of symmetric groups and symmetric functions, and statements of theorems on characters. Then, we will discuss two different approaches to establish these theorems, Zelevinsky’s approach using Hopf algebras and the VershikOkounkov approach.
Time: Wednesdays 13:1514:15pm
Location: Peter Hall 213 and/or Zoom (Please contact the organisers for the link)
Schedule
5 May Adam Monteleone Degenerate affine Hecke algebra and representations
28 Apr Weiying Guo GelfandTsetlin algebra and YoungJucysMurphy elements, continued. Notes
21 Apr Weiying Guo GelfandTsetlin algebra and YoungJucysMurphy elements, continued.
14 Apr Weiying Guo GelfandTsetlin algebra and YoungJucysMurphy elements Notes
7 Apr Ennes Mehmedbasic PSH algebra and combinatorial rules
31 Mar Kshitija Vaidya Symmetric functions, continued. Notes
17 Mar Kshitija Vaidya Symmetric functions, continued. Notes
10 Mar Kshitija Vaidya Symmetric functions Notes
3 Mar Zhongtian Chen Universal positive selfadjoint Hopf algebra: uniqueness, continued. Notes
24 Feb Zhongtian Chen Universal positive selfadjoint Hopf algebra: uniqueness, continued. Notes
17 Feb Zhongtian Chen Universal positive selfadjoint Hopf algebra: uniqueness, continued. Notes
10 Feb Zhongtian Chen Universal positive selfadjoint Hopf algebra: uniqueness. Notes
Representation Theory Student Seminar 2020 Semester 2
16 Dec Simon Thomas Hopf algebras, irreducible, and primitive elements, II Notes
9 Dec Simon Thomas Hopf algebras, irreducible, and primitive elements, I Notes
2 Dec Davood Nejaty Frobenius’s formula and applications to topology Notes
28 Oct Yifan Guo Representations of finite groups, characters, symmetric groups, III Notes
21 Oct Yifan Guo Representations of finite groups, characters, symmetric groups, II Notes
14 Oct Yifan Guo Representations of finite groups, characters, symmetric groups, I Notes
30 Sep Organisational meeting
Date  Topics  References  Speaker 
Oct 14/21/28  Representations of finite groups, characters, symmetric groups  [Za] A.1, A.1.2  Yifan Guo 
Dec 2  Frobenius’s formula and applications  [Za] A.1.3  Davood Nejaty 
Dec 9/16  Hopf algebras, irreducible, and primitive elements  [Ze] 1.3 2. (Definition 1.4, Theorem 2.2 and briefly its proof)  Simon Thomas 
Feb 10/17/24, Mar 3, 2021  Universal positive selfadjoint Hopf algebra: uniqueness  [Ze] 3, 6.16.3  Zhongtian Chen 
7 April, 2021  Universal positive selfadjoint Hopf algebra: special elements  [Ze] 4.14.3  Ennes Mehmedbasic 
Mar 10/17/31, 2021  Symmetric functions, induction and restriction  [Ze] 5  Kshitija Vaidya 
Apr 14/21/28, 2021  GelfandTsetlin algebra and YoungJucysMurphy elements  [OV] 1, 2.  Weiying Guo 
May 5, 2021  Degenerate affine Hecke algebra and representations  [OV] 3, 4.  Adam Monteleone 
Branching theorem  [OV] 5, 6.  Davood Nejaty  
Branching rule and Murnaghan–Nakayama rule  [OV] 7, 8  tba  
References  [VO] A. M. Vershik and A. Yu. Okounkov, A New Approach to the Representation Theory of the Symmetric Groups. II, arXiv:math.RT/0503040.
[Za] D. Zagier, Applications of the representation theory of finite groups, appendix to Graphs on Surfaces and Their Applications, (2004). [Ze] A. Zelevinsky, Representations of Finite Classical Groups: A Hopf Algebra Approach, (1981). [CST] T. CeccheriniSilberstein, F. Scarabotti, F. Tolli, Representation Theory of the Symmetric Groups: The OkounkovVershik

Dougal Davis (University of Edinburgh), Mar. 30, 2020Apr. 3, 2020
Xinwen Zhu (Caltech), November 24Dec 1, 2019
ChengChiang Tsai (Stanford University), Nov 19Dec 8, 2019
Geordie Williamson (Sydney), October 2628, 2019
Bill Casselman (University of British Columbia), Oct 2427, 2019
Emily Norton (MPIM), February 19March 2, 2019
Luca Migliorini (University of Bologna), December 39, 2018
ChengChiang Tsai (Stanford University), Nov 3Dec 1, 2018
Xinwen Zhu (Caltech), August 2330, 2018
Anthony Henderson (Sydney), August 2124, 2018
Jessica Fintzen (University of Michigan), November 27December 3, 2017
Sam Raskin (University of Texas at Austin) , September 1222, 2017
Takuro Mochizuki (RIMS, Kyoto University), September 415, 2017
Carl Mautner (UC Riverside), August 1626, 2017
 Kari Vilonen was awarded a highly prestigious ARC Laureate Fellowship on Real groups and the Langlands program.
 Peter McNamara gave a talk on June 25, 2020 at the informal Friday seminar at U Sydney.
 Nora Ganter, Peter McNamara, Yaping Yang and Gufang Zhao are coorganising (with Masoud Kamgarpour and Peng Shan) the MATRIX workshop Frontiers in Representation Theory, 1425 February 2022.
 Ting Xue will be a speaker at AMSI Winter School 2020, New directions in representation theory, University of Queensland. (Postponed.)
 Yaping Yang gave a talk titled “Cohomological Hall algebras and perverse coherent sheaves on toric CalabiYau 3folds” at the GRT at Home seminar on 23 June, 2020.
 Nora Ganter, Yaping Yang, and Gufang Zhao coorganized with Daniel Berwick Evans and Theo JohnsonFreyd the workshop on elliptic cohomology and physics 2528 May 2020.
 Arun Ram gave a performance of “Mendelssohn Salon 1828” with pianist Michael Leslie on
12 March 2020 at Tempo Rubato.  From Dec 2019 to Feb.29 2020, Yaping Yang and Gufang Zhao visited the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (IPMU), Japan. During the visit, Gufang Zhao gave a seminar talk titled “Cohomological Hall algebras and their representation theories” at the Mathematics and String Theory Seminar at IPMU.
 The week of December 1620 2019, Yaping Yang and Gufang Zhao coorganised the workshop on “Geometric Representation Theory and Quantum Field Theory” together with Hiraku Nakajima (IPMU), Peng Shan (Tsinghua), Wenbin Yan (Tsinghua) at TSIMF, Sanya, China.
 Yaping Yang and Gufang Zhao visited the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada during FebMar 2019. During the week of February 25March 1, 2019, Yaping Yang coorganised the workshop “Cohomological Hall algebras in Mathematics and Physics” at Perimeter Institute (with Kevin Costello (PI) and Yan Soibelman (KSU)).
 Yaping Yang received an ARC Discovery Early Career Award (DE 190101231) in Dec 2018.
 Gufang Zhao received an ARC Discovery Early Career Award (DE 190101222) in Dec 2018.