Topology is part of the Pure Mathematics Research Group
The Topology Research Group at Melbourne includes researchers working in a broad range of topological disciplines including: the interplay of geometry and the topology of manifolds in dimensions three and four, surgery theory, algebraic topology and homotopy theory.
Dr Agnese Barbensi is an applied and computational topologist. Her main focus is on understanding how shape influences behaviour, which is a common theme arising in the study of many natural systems. Her interests include topological data analysis, applied knot theory, optimal transport for structured data, network theory, genome 3D organisation and movement research.
Dr Daniele Celoria works in low-dimensional topology; he is especially interested in knot theory, and its relations to combinatorics and 4-dimensional manifolds. He often uses Heegaard-Floer homology and techniques from combinatorial homological algebra to explore these links.
A/Prof Diarmuid Crowley works in the differential topology of high dimensional manifolds and surgery theory. His specific interests span the topological residues of geometric structures such as G_2-structures and contact structures, 7-manifolds, the foundations of surgery, spaces of diffeomorphism and mapping class groups and exotic spheres and the Gromoll filtration.
A/Prof Craig Hodgson works in hyperbolic geometry, low dimensional topology and differential geometry. His research interests include computation of geometric structures using triangulations, and the study of geometric and arithmetic invariants of hyperbolic 3-manifolds. He has also developed a powerful deformation theory of hyperbolic structures using harmonic differential forms to represent cohomology classes. Recently he has been investigating relationships between new invariants of 3-manifolds arising from physics, such as the 3D-index, and classical topology and geometry, including surfaces and hyperbolic structures.
Dr Guillaume Laplante-Anfossi works at the intersection of algebraic topology and discrete geometry. His research focuses on higher homotopical structures (for example, A-infinity algebras) which arise in topology, using the theory of polytopes. These investigations comprise the theory of operads, classical cohomology operations such as Steenrod squares, higher categories and toric topology.
Prof Paul Norbury works in algebraic geometry and topology with particular focus on the moduli space of curves. His recent work is on cohomological field theories which organises algebraic topological invariants of the compactification of the moduli space of curves. He applies the technique of topological recursion which underlies many geometric problems in mathematical physics. He also has interest in gauge theory and the moduli space of super Riemann surfaces.
A/Prof Marcy Robertson works in algebraic topology and is particularly interested in using higher categories and the theory of operads to recast classical topological objects in a homotopical setting. Her recent work has focused on using higher operads to model the moduli space of genus g curves and Teichmüller space. She is also interested in using props and properads to study cohomology operations and deformation theory.
Emeritus Prof J. Hyam Rubinstein works in low dimensional topology and is especially interested in three and four-dimensional manifolds. He is also interested in studying shortest networks with applications to mining, machine learning and financial mathematics.
Dr. TriThang Tran works in algebraic topology and is interested in homological stability, configuration spaces and braid groups. He is also engaged in research in mathematics education, teaching and learning.
Researchers in Related Areas:
A/Prof Nora Ganter works on Moonshine, categorification and is interested in the applications of elliptic cohomology to representation theory.
Prof Christian Haesemeyer works in in the area of algebraic K-theory and motivic homotopy theory. He often uses techniques from algebraic topology and homotopy theory and has an ongoing interest in surgery theory as it relates to quadratic forms.
The Topology group runs several research and working seminars:
- Topology Seminar is a research seminar featuring a mixture of guest and local speakers that meets Mondays at 2:15 pm during the semester.
- Moduli Spaces Seminar is a research seminar that meets Wednesdays at 11:00am during the semester.
- Graduate Topology Seminar is a topics seminar for Ph.D. and Masters students.
The following is a list of selected publications by members and affiliates of the topology group (ordered alphabetically by surname). Full publication lists are available on individuals webpages.
- Diarmuid Crowley
- D. Crowley, J. Nordström, The rational homotopy type of (n-1)-connected manifolds of dimension up to 5n-3, J. Topol. 13 (2020), 539–575. arXiv:1505.04184
- D. Crowley, J. Nordström. The classification of 2-connected 7-manifolds, Proc. London Math. Soc. 119 (2019), 1–54. arXiv:1406.2226
- D. Crowley, T. Schick, W. Steimle. Harmonic spinors and metrics of positive scalar curvature via the Gromoll filtration and Toda brackets, J. Topol. 11 (2018), 1076–1098. arXiv1612.04660
- D. Crowley, J. Nordström, New invariants of G2-structures, Geom. Topol. 19 (2015), 2949–2992. arXiv:1211.0269
- J. Bowden, D. Crowley, A. Stipsicz. The topology of Stein fillable manifolds in high dimensions I, . Proc. Lond. Math. Soc. 109 (2014), 1363–1401. arXiv:1306.2746
- Paul Norbury
- G. Borot, P. Norbury. Loop equations for Gromov-Witten invariants of P1 SIGMA 15 (2019), 061, 29 pages. arXiv:1905.01890
- L. Chekhov, P. Norbury. Topological recursion with hard edges. Inter. Journal Math. 30, No. 3 (2019) 1950014 (29 pages). arXiv:1702.08631
- P. Dunin-Barkowski, N. Orantin, P. Norbury, A. Popolitov, S. Shadrin. Dubrovin’s superpotential as a global spectral curve. J. Inst. Math. Jussieu 18 (2019), 449-497. arXiv:1509.06954
- N. Do, P. Norbury. Topological recursion on the Bessel curve. Comm. Number Theory and Physics 12 (2018), 53-73. arXiv:1608.02781
- Marcy Robertson
- P. Hackney, M. Robertson, D. Yau. Modular operads and the nerve theorem. Advances in Mathematics, 370, 107206 (39pp) (2020). arXiv:1906.01143
- P. Hackney, M. Robertson, D. Yau. A graphical category for higher modular operads. Advances in Mathematics, 365, 107044 (61pp) (2020). arXiv:1906.01144
- P. Boavida de Brito, G. Horel, M. Robertson. Operads of genus zero curves and the Grothendieck-Teichmüller group. Geometry & Topology, 23, 299-346 (2019). arXiv:1612.04660
- P. Hackney, M. Robertson, D. Yau. Infinity Properads and Infinity Wheeled Properads. Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 358 pp, 2015. arXiv:1410.6716
- TriThang Tran
- A. Kupers, J. Miller, T. Tran. Homological stability for symmetric complements. Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 368, 7745-7762, (2015). arXiv:1410.5497
- Nora Ganter
- N. Ganter. Categorical Tori, SIGMA Symmetry Integrability Geom. Methods Appl. 14 (2018), Paper No. 014, 18 pp. arXiv:1406.7046
- N, Ganter. Inner products of 2-representations. Adv. Math. 285 (2015), 301–351. arXiv:1110.1711
- N. Ganter. The elliptic Weyl character formula. Compos. Math. 150 (2014), no. 7, 1196–1234. arXiv:1206.0528
- N. Ganter. Hecke operators in equivarian elliptic cohomology and generalized Moonshine. Groups and symmetries, 173–209, CRM Proc. Lecture Notes, 47, Amer. Math. Soc., Providence, RI, 2009. arXiv:0706.2898
- N, Ganter. Orbifold Genera, Product formulas and Power Operations. Adv. Math. 205 (2006), no. 1, 84–133. arXiv:math/0407021
- Christian Haesemeyer
- C. Haesemeyer, C. A. Weibel, The norm residue theorem in motivic cohomology. Annals of Mathematics Studies, 200. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2019. xiii+299 pp.
- G, Cortiñas, C. Haesemeyer, M. E. Walker, C. A. Weibel. The K-theory of toric schemes over regular rings of mixed characteristic. Singularities, algebraic geometry, commutative algebra and related topics, 455-479, Springer, Cham (2018). arXiv:1703.07881
- G. Cortiñas, C. Haesemeyer, M. E Walker, C.A Weibel. Bass’ NK groups and cdh-fibrant Hochschild homology. Invent. Math. 181 (2010), no. 2, 421–448. arXiv:0802.1928
Here is a chronological list of visitors to the topology group and affiliates.
- A/Prof. Chris Rogers will visit Marcy Robertson from UNR September-October 2023
- Dr. Iva Halcheva will visit Marcy Robertson from Northeastern University 22/07-05/08 2023
- Prof Victor Turchin will visit Marcy Robertson and Diarmuid Crowley from Kansas State University May 2023
- Dr. Luciana Basualdo Bonatto will visit Marcy Robertson from the Max Plank Institute February, 2023
- Dr Csaba Nagy visited Diarmuid Crowley from the University of Glasgow, December 2022
- Alessandro Giacchetto visited Paul Norbury from MPIM, Bonn, February and March 2020.
- Prof Martin Markl visited Marcy Robertson from the Czech Academy of Sciences, December 2019.
- Prof Charles Wiebel visited Christian Haesemeyer, August 2019.
- Prof Søren Galatius visited Diarmuid Crowley from the University of Copenhagen, School Visiting Scholar, Feburary and March 2019.
- Prof Jim Davis visited Diarmuid Crowley from Indiana University, February 2019.
- Dr Huijun Yang visited Diarmuid Crowley from Henan University for a one year post-doc supported by the China Scholarship Council 2018.
Marcy Robertson was awarded an 2021 ARC Future Fellowship which aims to develop the theory of infinity (modular and cyclic) operads and to use homotopical algebraic structures to study variations on Teichmüller space.