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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Discretized configuration spaces
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Aaron Abrams, Department of Mathematics Emory University
Abstract:
Configuration spaces model the collective motions of several objects, such as cars on a road, packets across a network, robots in a factory, or molecules in a solution. They also arise naturally in mathematics, and topologists have studied them for decades. In some contexts it is natural to approximate continuous motions by discrete ones, thereby constructing a corresponding discretized configuration space. We can then employ combinatorial techniques, in addition to topological ones, for their study. In this talk I will describe one way to carry out this discretization process, and I will give some examples and applications in topology, geometry, combinatorics, group theory, and robotics.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:10 / 06 / 2011
Time:04:00pm - 05:00pm