Presented by: 
Professor Joel Hass (UC Davis):
Mon 19 Apr, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
360 in Physiology Lecture Theaters (63)

Harmonic maps have proven useful in the study of negatively curved manifolds. We will discuss the idea of a simplicial harmonic map, introduced in recent joint work with Peter Scott. These combine aspects of the smooth and discrete settings and give a simple yet powerful method to control the geometry of families of surfaces,. We will indicate both topological and computational applications.

No prior knowledge of any of the topics mentioned is assumed