Associate Professor Matthew Kennedy received a $120,000 Discovery Accelerator Supplement from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) for his work within the field of operator algebras.
Operator algebras have applications in physics, where they play a prominent role in quantum information theory, and to other areas of mathematics like group theory and the theory of dynamical systems. It was John von Neumann’s work on the mathematical foundations of quantum physics that first convinced mathematicians to view various structures arising in the theory of operator algebras as noncommutative counterparts of classical objects. It’s this philosophy that underlies Kennedy’s work. Read the full story.