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Michael F. Whittaker
Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
School of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Glasgow
15 University Gardens
Glasgow, G12 8QW
Scotland
email: Mike.Whittaker at glasgow.ac.uk
Office: Room 436 in the Maths Building 


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My primary research interest is the connection between topological dynamical systems and operator algebras. Starting with a dynamical system we construct C*algebras that are used to ascertain dynamical invariants in a noncommutative framework. Some of my specific interests in this area include hyperbolic dynamical systems called Smale spaces, selfsimilar group actions, graph and kgraph algebras, and aperiodic substitution tilings. Using the noncommutative geometry program, developed by Alain Connes, we have used these algebras to construct Ktheoretic invariants including Poincaré duality classes, KMS equilibrium states, and spectral triples. I have been particularly interested in dynamical systems that are fractal in nature, with comprehensible local structure but chaotic global behaviour. Aperiodic tilings are extremely useful for further understanding this type of phenomenon and serve as a geometric model for selfsimilar dynamical systems.

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