2023 CIMPA School

Crossroads of geometry, representation theory and higher structures

Najib Idrissi (Universite de Paris) Configuration spaces, algebraic topology and operads. I plan to explain how two classical objects in algebraic topology are related: configuration spaces, and operads. Configuration spaces, on the one hand, consist in collections of pairwise distinct points in a given manifold. The study of these spaces is a classical problem in algebraic topology. Operads, on the other hand, are algebraic objects whose representations are categories of algebras (e.g., associative algebras, commutative algebras, or Lie algebras). The intimate relationship between these two objects comes in the form of the little disks operads, a certain family of operads which is central in many applications and which involves the configuration spaces of the Euclidean spaces. I will show how ideas that come from the theory of operads — namely, the proof of the formality of the little disks operads — is useful in order to settle the question of the rational homotopy invariance of configuration spaces.

More detailed information can be found in the speaker’s website.


Victor Roca i Lucio was the assistant to Najib Idrissi for this course’s tutorials.

Victor is a postdoc at Ecole Fédérerale Polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He completed his PhD in 2022 at the Université Sorbonne Paris Nord under the supervision of Bruno Vallette. His research interests are algebraic operads, homotopical algebra, rational homotopy, deformation theory and penguins.

Victor Roca i Lucio


(1) Fresse, Benoit. Homotopy of Operads and Grothendieck–Teichmüller Groups Part 1: The Algebraic Theory and its Topological Background. Mathematical Surveys and Monographs Volume 217, AMS. (Parts Ia y Ib).

(2) Idrissi, Najib. Real Homotopy of Configuration Spaces, Peccot Lecture, Collège de France, March and May 2020. Springer International Publishing, 2303, 2022, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 10.1007/978-3-031-04428-1.