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Geometry, robots and society
Start: 05/10/2020, 16:00
End: 05/10/2020, 17:00
Contact:Dr Karin-Theresa Howell -
Location: Online / Aanlyn

​Mathematicians and non-mathematicians are invited to join the African Women in Mathematics seminar for a talk by Prof Federico Ardila​ from San Fransisco State University.

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How do we move a robot efficiently from one position to another? To answer this question, we understand the map of all possible positions of the robot, using techniques from geometry and combinatorics. We also face important ethical questions of special importance in developing countries: how do we apply mathematics in ways that truly benefit our populations?

More about the speaker

Federico Ardila is a Colombian combinatorialist. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a professor at San Francisco State University. He is a Fellow of the American Science Foundation Career Award. Federico leads various initiatives in the US and Colombia to help build an increasingly diverse, equitable, and humane mathematical community. He has advised 50 thesis students, half of whom are women. Federico is also a DJ and percussionist, celebrating the musical dialogue between Latin America and Africa

The online African Women in Mathematics Seminar is open to all nationalities and genders. It aims to showcase African women mathematicians as well as feature international speakers of interest. It provides a forum for women mathematicians across Africa to meet regularly, to be inspired, and to meet mathematicians from across the world.

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