School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Three faces of applied topology

9 April 2019

Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
Speaker: Prof Shmuel Weinberger
Venue: Queens' Building, Room W316

A special Institute of Applied Data Science colloquium lecture will be given by Professor Shmuel Weinberger (University of Chicago). The event is open to everyone; coffee/tea will be provided following the talk.

Venue: QMUL Mile End campus,  Queens' Building, Room W316
Date: Tuesday 9th April
Time: 10:00am
Title: Three faces of applied topology

Abstract:  Topology is a mathematical tool that enables the study of irregular and occasionally imprecisely described objects: it’s the “rubber sheet geometry”.  By providing a methodology that abstracts away the need for the knowledge of the values of functions,  it has a different feel than, say, analysis.  In recent years, it has become a valuable addition to the scientist’s toolbox.  In this talk, I will try to introduce some basic ideas of this field and describe three rather different ways topology gets applied.  I will draw examples from the work of many scientists from areas such as economics, engineering, medicine, and cosmology.