Maria Grazia Viola

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 705-330-4008ext. 2615
Office Location: 
Orillia Campus 3027
Office Hours: 
Tuesday 11:30 - 1:00 Wednesday 2:30-4:00Thursday 2:30 - 4:00  or by appointment
Academic Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2002
  • HBSc. University of Rome II, 1993
Date joined Lakehead: 
September 2008
Previous Teaching/Work: 
Teaching (2016-2017)
  • MATH 0212 FAO  Quantitative Methods Social Sciences
  • MATH 1151 FAO  Calculus I Social & Life Sciences
  • GEOG 2271 FAO Quantitative Methods in geography
  • MATH 1152 WAO  Calculus II Social & Life Sciences
  • MATH 2255 WAO  Linear Algebra I
Work Experience

2016 - present   Associate Professor, Lakehead University Orillia

2014 - present   Visiting researcher, Fields Institute, Toronto

2010 - 2015      Assistant Professor, Lakehead University Orillia

2008 - 2010      Assistant Professor, Limited term appointment, Lakehead University Orillia

2007 - 2008       Visiting researcher at the Fields Institute for the Operator Algebra program - Instructor at the University of Toronto Scarborough

2005 - 2007       Coleman Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen's University

2002 - 2005       Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A & M University   


Research Interests: 

I am interested in Von Neumann algebras, subfactors theory,  free probability, classification of C*-algebras, planar algebras, and K-theory.


Selected Publications:

  • N. C. Phillips and M. G. Viola, Classification of spatial Lp  AF algebras.
  • N. C. Phillips and M. G. Viola, A simple separable exact C*-algebra not anti-isomorphic to itself, Math. Ann. 355 (2013), 783-799.
  • K. Dykema and M. G. Viola, Non-outer conjugate Zp2 -actions on free product factors, J. Operator Theory 57 (2007), 267-301.
  • M. G. Viola, On a subfactor construction of a factor non-antiisomorphic to itself, International Journal of Mathematics vol. 15 No. 8 (2004), 833-854.


Supervision of High Qualified Personnel

Postdoctoral fellows: (co-mentored with G. Elliott at the University of Toronto and the Fields Institute)

Bhishan Jacelon (2016-present)

Qingyun Wang (2015-1016). Currently a postdoc at the University of Oregon.

Kun Wang (2014-2015). Currently a postdoc at Texas A&M University.

Graduate Students:

James Lutley, Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto, co-supervised with Dr. George Elliott. Expected to graduate in May 2017.


Conference organized:

Workshop "Quantum Groups and Quantum Information Theory", held at Herstmonceux Castle, UK,  July13-17 2015.


Outreach Activities:

Organizer of the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest at Lakehead University Orillia since 2014.

Co-organizer of the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest at Lakehead University Thunder Bay in  2013-2014.