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Friday, June 8, 2018 - 15:00 to 16:00
Valley Library Room Willamette West

While topology has been of great interest to pure mathematicians, it did not seem to have substantial real life applications until about 20 years ago. In this talk we explore the basics of topological data analysis, a new field that combines the powerful toolbox of algebraic topology with large data sets, in order to determine properties of the data's underlying structure. In particular, we present results from the joint work of Dr. Robert Ghrist and Dr. Vin de Silva, in which they ask the following question: Given a compact domain covered by sensor nodes that have the capability to provide a signal to some radial area around themselves, when does one know if the whole domain has been covered by the signal? This talk serves as the public presentation portion of the Masters defense.