Title: Using geometry and combinatorics to move robots quickly.

Date: 03/16/2017

Time: 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

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 are tremendously large and high-dimensional, and are very difficult to visualize. Fortunately, geometers and algebraists have encountered and studied these kinds of spaces 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 Arlys Asprilla, Tia Baker, Hanner Bastidas, César Ceballos, John Guo, and Rika Yatchak. It will be accessible to undergraduate students, and assume no previous knowledge of the subject.