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Applications of Computational Topology and Geometry

Applications of Computational Topology and Geometry

Speaker: David L. Millman

This is a talk in two parts.

Part 1: Classically, the field of Computational Geometry and Topology (CompTaG) is considered a branch of theoretical computer science that investigates efficient algorithms for processing and identifying invariants of spatial data. Recently, the techniques developed in CompTaG have started to be used by fields as diverse as Physics, Astronomy, Biology, and GIS (to name a few). In this talk, I provide an overview of some of the major techniques from CompTaG, and a few examples of how the techniques are used to solve real world problems.

Part 2: Geometry and Topology is not all we do at Montana State.  From Software Engineering to Machine Learning, Bioinformatics to Networks.  Our School of Computing has a diverse set of expertise and works on a wide variety of research problems.  In the second part of the talk, I will discuss some of the research areas of the department and some opportunities offered by Montana State for current undergraduate students.

David L. Millman is an assistant professor in the School of Computing at Montana State University. He joined MSU in 2017 after helping to bild the initial versions of ProductionPro and Nowsta. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC Chapel Hill in 2012 under the guidance of Jack Snoeyink. Dr. Millman’s research is in Computational Geometry and Scientific Computing and some of their unusual applications.

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