Using Algebraic Topology in Robotics/Sensing

Speaker: Robert Ghrist , University of Pennsylvania

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Note: all times are in the Eastern Time Zone

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Location: D463 (Star)

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Host: Russ Tedrake, CSAIL, MIT

Contact: Anirudha Majumdar,

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Reminder Subject: TALK: Using Algebraic Topology in Robotics/Sensing

Abstract: This talk will survey some of the exciting work happening in Applied Algebraic Topology with a focus on applications to robotics and sensing. The talk will include a gentle introduction to the tools (homology/cohomology/persistence/sheaves), alongside relevant applications to motion planning, sensor coverage, mapping, optimization, and sensing.

Speaker bio: Robert Ghrist is the Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical & Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Prof. Ghrist is an applied mathematician whose expertise consists of finding novel applications for previously un-applied branches of Mathematics to Engineering Systems. Examples include applications of algebraic topology to sensor networks, sheaf theory to optimization and network data, CAT(0) geometry to robot motion planning, and braid theory to dynamical systems. His work has been honored by Scientific American as a "SciAm50 Top for Research Innovation" in 2007 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2004. The S. Reid Warren, Jr. Award was granted to Prof. Ghrist by Penn students in 2009 for exceptional teaching. Prof. Ghrist is the 2013 recipient of the Chauvenet prize, the highest award for mathematical expository writing.

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Created by Anirudha Majumdar Email at Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM.