Using Geometry and Combinatorics to Move Robots Quickly by Prof. Federico Ardila, San Francisco State University

Oliver Lecturer and Class of 60s Speaker

Abstract:  How do we move a robot quickly from one position to another?  To answer this question, we need to understand the "space of possibilities” containing all possible positions of the robot.  Unfortunately, these spaces live in high-dimensions and are very difficult to visualize.  Fortunately, geometers and  algebraists have encountered and studied them before.  Thanks to the tools they’ve developed, we can build “remote controls” to navigate these complicated spaces, and move (some) robots optimally.

This talk is based on joint work with my students Tia Baker, Hanner Bastidas, Cesar Ceballos, John Guo, and Rika Yatchak.  It will be accessible to a general audience, and assume no previous knowledge of the subject.

Monday, September 11 at 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Bronfman Science Center, Bronfman Auditorium

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Mathematics & Statistics

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