Mathematics Lecture Series

Mathematics Lecture Series

Postby staing » Mon Sep 10, 2012 12:16 pm

Mathematics Lecture Series, Fall 2012
Fresno State

Dr. Valerie Peterson
University of Portland

"Geometry, Topology, Group Theory, and Killer Robots "

Friday, September 14, 2012
from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Science 145

Suppose you have robotic agents in your manufacturing plant that help with assembly. The robots move between different work stations to carry out their tasks, but must travel along a shared track in the floor while doing so (more sophisticated robots are quite expensive). How do you coordinate them so that they complete their assembly tasks without colliding? If you’re a mathematician, you might build a configuration space that records all allowable positions of the robots and then examine that space for answers. In this talk, we’ll build some configuration spaces and see lots of examples of settings where they are useful (robotics, biology, and chemistry, to name a few). We will also discuss some surprising ways in which geometry, topology, and group theory make appearances. Definitions (and “robots”) will be provided.

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