BIREP – Representations of finite dimensional algebras at Bielefeld
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Representation Theory

A picture of the Hasse diagrams of the positive parts of the root systems of type E_6, E_7 and E_8
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Welcome to the Bielefeld Representation Theory website!

Representation theory has a long and colourful history, which began with the study of structures like permutation groups and matrix algebras. One of the fundamental objectives in this area is to classify the representations of a given finite dimensional algebra. This particular subject took off in the 1970s, when the language of quivers and methods from homological algebra dramatically changed the way we view representation theoretic problems altogether.

Today, structures like Auslander-Reiten quivers, representation varieties, triangulated categories and Hochschild cohomology comprise only a handful of the various tools one can use to study representations of finite dimensional algebras. There are also beautiful connections to Lie theory, quantum groups, singularity theory and cluster algebras.

Major News

A photograph of William Crawley-Boevey and his new Bielefeld colleagues
(Photo: Humboldt-Stiftung/David Ausserhofer)

A Humboldt Professorship has been awarded to William Crawley-Boevey (Leeds) and in October 2016 he will move to Bielefeld University. An official ceremony took place on 03 May 2016 in Berlin and a short movie was released. The picture shows him with his new Bielefeld colleagues.

Further News

Information on previous Meetings and Activities can be found on the respective pages. Previous news items on other subjects can be found in the News Archive.