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### Configurations, Coordination, and Curvature

**Geometry/Topology**

Speaker: | Aaron Abrams, University of Georgia |

Location: | 693 Kerr |

Start time: | Wed, Oct 8 2003, 4:10PM |

Problems involving lots of moving objects can often be clarified by associating a configuration space to the problem. I will describe such a topological approach to motion-planning and shape-planning problems arising in an area of robotics called ``reconfigurable systems.'' We will see that the geometry of the configuration spaces is both mathematically interesting and useful for robotics. (This is joint work with Rob Ghrist.)