The regular representation of an essentially finite 2-group G in the 2-category 2Vectk of (Kapranov and Voevodsky) 2-vector spaces is defined and cohomology invariants classifying it are computed. It is next shown that all hom-categories in Rep2Vectk(G) are 2-vector spaces under quite standard assumptions on the field k, and a formula giving the corresponding "intertwining numbers" is obtained which proves they are symmetric. Finally, it is shown that the forgetful 2-functor :Rep2Vectk(G)2Vectk is representable with the regular representation as representing object. As a consequence we obtain a k-linear equivalence between the 2-vector space VectkG of functors from the underlying groupoid of G to Vectk, on the one hand, and the k-linear category End of pseudonatural endomorphisms of, on the other hand. We conclude that Endis a 2-vector space, and we (partially) describe a basis of it. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.
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