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SILO Seminar 021115

SILO Seminar – Ryan Budney

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When: February 11, 2015, 12:30 PM


Contact: 608-316-4401, hstampfli@wisc.edu

Ryan Budney

Ryan Budney

Ryan Budney speaks on Some Tools for Studying Big State Spaces.

In motion planning, one often encounters high-dimensional state spaces that describe the configuration of things, be it the state of a robot(s), the planning necessary to autonomously drive a car or fly a drone.  Many times these state spaces are difficult to come to terms with.  There are however some powerful tools from topology for dealing very effectively with certain state-space “primitives”. These are some infinite-dimensional state spaces relevant to living in a 3-dimensional world. I will describe some tools and methods for navigating through the space of all ways one can knot certain types of rope.

SILO is a lecture series with speakers from the UW faculty, graduate students or invited researchers that discuss mathematical related topics. The seminars are organized by WID’s Optimization research group.

SILO’s purpose is to provide a forum that helps connect and recruit mathematically-minded graduate students. SILO is a lunch-and-listen format, where speakers present interesting math topics while the audience eats lunch.

Speaker: Ryan Budney