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EPSRC Reference: EP/W007509/1
Title: Combinatorial Representation Theory: Discovering the Interfaces of Algebra with Geometry and Topology
Principal Investigator: Baur, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Martin, Professor PP Marsh, Professor BR Parker, Dr AE
Gonçalves Faria Martins, Dr J Faber, Dr EM
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
NTNU (Norwegian Uni of Sci & Technology) Texas A and M University University of Cologne
University of Quebec at Montreal University of Talca Uppsala University
Department: Pure Mathematics
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Programme Grants
Starts: 01 April 2022 Ends: 31 March 2027 Value (£): 2,554,972
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Algebra & Geometry Logic & Combinatorics
Mathematical Physics
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
08 Sep 2021 EPSRC Mathematical Sciences Programme Grants Interview Panel September 2021 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
A fundamental, and often successful, way of studying an abstract mathematical object is to consider methods of representing it in another, more concrete object. This is a powerful idea, and recent progress in algebraic representation theory and related areas has given rise to strong opportunities for the transformation of other fields. In particular, geometric and combinatorial phenomena initially specific to representation theory have emerged in many other fields, leading to effective new techniques and applications. Our team is at the forefront of these developments. The PI and the five CoIs have contributed to major advances in the past decade, with their expertise ranging from algebra, geometry, and topology to mathematical physics. This provides new ways to link algebra and geometry & topology. Examples include the categorification of the Grassmannian cluster structure, the McKay correspondence for reflection groups, the lifting of Lie-theoretic techniques to 2-dimensional category theory, with applications to topological physics, and the derivation of decomposition matrices of Brauer algebras from generalised Lie geometry. In all cases, the medium for interpolating between the theories is an emergent geometrical property which is not well understood. For the advancement of research, there is a strong need for explaining these phenomena and placing them in an encompassing novel paradigm. Our proposal hence seeks to understand and investigate relations between very different areas, and so to push on from there in a more systematic framework. This aim would benefit from a broad, holistic view of representation theory, embracing Lie theory, algebraic geometry, low dimensional topology and mathematical physics. Our team in Leeds is uniquely qualified to pursue this programme. Together with specialist collaboration of many mathematicians at our international partner institutions, we will address the current challenges, provide solutions to open questions and develop applications by establishing bridging to other fields. We are in a position to embrace the perspectives of both pure and application-driven mathematics, and with the potential, in the long term, for serving the needs of physical sciences, life sciences and engineering. This unification of perspectives requires a programme-level research structure and algebra is the right core platform for such an ambitious venture. Thus our proposal will push forward the mathematical state-of-the-art and will shape the future directions in the areas we touch upon.
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