# Mathematics Colloquia and Seminars

model which puts a global curvature constraint on the classical Ulam's problem in the plane, and studies the longest increasing path from (0,0) to (n,n) trapping atypically large area. As is typical in these models, the first order behaviour of this random contour is determined by a variational problem which we explicitly solve. More interesting are exponents related to local fluctuation properties which capture the competition between the global curvature constraint and the behaviour of an unconstrained path governed by KPZ universality. These can be studied via maximal facet lengths of the convex hull of the contour and the Hausdorff distance from the hull for which we identify scaling exponents 3/4 and 1/2 respectively.  I shall also discuss  connections to different models  and several open problems.Joint work with Shirshendu Ganguly and Alan Hammond.