Geometry, Topology and Control System Design (23w5139)


(University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Anthony Bloch (University of Michigan)

Xudong Chen (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Monique Chyba (University of Hawaii)

Angelia Nedich (Arizona State University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Geometry, Topology and Control System Design" workshop in Banff from June 11 to June 16, 2023.

This workshop will focus on geometry, topology and their applications to control systems. Control theory deals with the problem of shaping the behavior of "systems", which can mean an engineered object, such as a robotic arm used for remote surgery, or a natural one, such as a flock of birds or even the brain. The basic driving questions are how to control or design a system which performs as desired.

Geometric and topological ideas have led to technological breakthroughs throughout the years, but geometric thinking in engineering has not yet permeated the mainstream. The goal of this workshop is to bring together a diverse group of engineers and scientists working in geometry, topology and their intersection, in order to open new frontiers of research and applications.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).