Tel-Aviv University
School of Mathematical Sciences

Department Colloquium

Monday, April 4, 2011

Schreiber 006, 12:15

Aviv Censor

Tel Aviv University

Towards Topological Groupoidification

Abstract: Groupoidification, a form of categorification, was introduced by John Baez, James Dolan and Todd Trimble. It has been successfully applied to several structures, which include Feynman Diagrams, Hecke Algebras and Hall Algebras. In order to expand the scope of groupoidification and its inverse process of degroupoidification, we take first steps in extending the theory from the discrete setting to the realm of topology, measure theory and analysis. In particular, we describe how to generalize two notions which play key roles in the theory: groupoid cardinality and the weak-pullback construction. This is a joint project with Daniele Grandini. The talk will be suited for a general mathematical audience, prior acquaintance with groupoids will not be assumed.

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at Schreiber building 006