Last week I attended a conference at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, titled “Hopf Algebras in Kitaev’s Quantum Double Models: Mathematical Connections from Gauge Theory to Topological Quantum Computing and Categorical Quantum Mechanics”. My flight from LAX (Los Angeles) to YYZ (Pearson-Toronto) was delayed due to a maintenance issue, leaving me sitting in the plane on the tarmac for about an hour and a half before takeoff, right close to midnight. My flight to Oxford for the QPL conference (Quantum Physics and Logic) two years ago had a similarly long delay… Hmmmn. Despite this conference being fairly small—40 people on the list of participants—there were several people present that I met at that QPL conference (Ross Duncan, Stefano Gogioso, and Pawel Sobocinski), and a couple more that I met while I was a grad student at Riverside (Tobias Fritz and Derek Wise). It turns out Ross and Stefano are sharing an apartment on the floor above my room. Continue reading
It has been nearly two years since my last post here, and several things of note have occurred or are about to occur. My Ph.D was conferred last December. My dissertation, Categories in Control: Applied PROPs, is available on the arXiv and via eScholarship. In the meantime I have been teaching as adjunct faculty at Victor Valley College in the Mathematics and Physics departments, keeping an eye on conferences of interest and postdoc positions.
Since I last wrote, there are two new countries’ stamps on my passport, and in a few days I’ll finally be adding one from a country that shares a land border with the U.S. Less cryptically, I will be spending next week in Canada, attending a conference on Hopf Algebras and other things in a title that is longer than this description at the Perimeter Institute. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tobias Fritz for bringing the conference to my attention and Daniel Gottesman for providing the Perimeter Institute invitation. Saying the invitation covers practically all the expenses is putting it mildly.
I have been in courtship with a postdoc position since about the beginning of June with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio. There is a close connection there with a group at Penn led by Daniel Koditschek. I have been invited to give a talk and spend a couple of days at Penn in early September so we can get to know each other better, both personally and mathematically.
A little bit farther in the future, I am looking with interest at the upcoming AMS sectional meeting in November at UC Riverside and the upcoming Joint Math Meeting in January in San Diego. I still need to submit an abstract for the Applied Category Theory session at the sectional meeting. I plan to simply attend the JMM—it will be 14 years since the last time I went to a JMM, when it was last in Phoenix. It will be nice to have a fresh look from a more mathematically mature perspective.