$\mathbf{(\infty, 1)Prof}$ is the (∞,2)-category of (∞,1)-categories, (∞,1)-profunctors, and natural transformations.

Recall that a (∞,1)-profunctor from $A$ to $B$ is a (∞,1)-functor $B^{op}\times A\to \infty Grpd$. Composition of (∞,1)-profunctors in $(\infty, 1)Prof$ is by the “tensor product of (∞,1)-functors” homotopy coend construction: if $H\colon A ⇸ B$ and $K\colon B ⇸ C$, their composite is given as a functor $C^{op}\times A \to \infty Grpd$ by

$(c,a)\mapsto \int^{b\in B} H(b,a)\times K(c,b).$

The identity on an (∞,1)-category $A$ is its hom-functor $Hom_A(-,-)$.

Note that every (∞,1)-functor $f\colon A\to B$ gives two representable (∞,1)-profunctors $B(f-,-)$ and $B(-,f-)$. This defines two (∞,2)-functors $(\infty,1)Cat \to (\infty,1)Prof$ that are the identity on objects. The relationship between (∞,1)Cat and $(\infty,1)Prof$ encoded in this way makes them into an $(\infty, 1)$-version of an equipment, see (Haugseng 15).

$(\infty, 1)Prof$ can act as a classifying object for kinds of (∞,1)-functors; see higher exponentiable functor.

$(\infty,1)Prof$ is equivalent to the full subcategory of Pr(∞,1)Cat whose objects are presheaf categories.

- Rune Haugseng,
*Bimodules and natural transformations for enriched ∞-categories*, (arXiv:1506.07341)

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