PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Global Rigidity, Basic Geometry Questions Answered
Seminar:Center for Dynamics and Geometry Seminars
Speaker:Bob Connelly, Cornell
Suppose that you have a configuration of (labeled) points in front of you. Fix the distance between some pairs of the points in the configuration. Is there another non-congruent configuration with the corresponding pairs of labeled distances the same? It is possible to cook up some configurations, where it is probably impossible to tell the answer to this question. On the other hand, if you are willing to assume that the coordinates of the configuration are generic, there is a pleasant algorithm to answer this question in all dimensions. The ideas in this theory are inspired from structural engineering, but use some non-trivial theory from algebraic geometry and graph theory that have been developed in the last ten years or so.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:10 / 11 / 2010
Time:03:30pm - 05:30pm