Long before Asimov, the idea of robots has captivated our imagination and held a fascination for us. Mathematics, and topology in particular, has a fundamental role in making these fictional images a reality.
A robot is an autonomous machine capable of performing a task in the physical world. An interdisciplinary approach is necessary to plan the motions needed to achieve this goal. Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science are the main disciplines involved in the field of Robotics.
Under the supervision of Professor Hellen Colman, a group of students at Wright College conducted research in the field of Topological Robotics. Their work centered on motion planning for several robots moving in a physical space while avoiding collisions. Their outstanding inquiry into investigation allowed them to make a unique contribution to the field. They applied their theoretical findings to a futuristic track that would join the City Colleges campuses, providing individual transportation in small driverless vehicles.
The students will present their research in a public forum on Thursday, December 4th at Wright College. Join us to support the students and their work. Components of their research can be found on the students’ blog, Special Topics Mathematics (see below for images).
What: Research Presentation on Topological Complexity of Configuration Spaces
Who: Wright students Marijan Peric, Ricky Salgado and Emiliano Velazquez
When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Science Building, S-100 (Wright in Your Corner Student Center)
Wright College Net Contributor: Victoria Polotsky, Chair, Wright College Department of Mathematics