Sheaves for engineering problems

SpeakerDr. Michael Robinson
Organization American University
LocationEngineering Building II Room 1230
DateJanuary 18, 2013 12:50 PM


Many systems operate by taking local measurements and exerting local control.  The mathematical abstraction that describes locality and local data is that of a "sheaf."  Sadly, sheaves have typically been avoided in practice (even among mathematicians), due to the highly technical nature of the theory.  However, the little-known thesis of Shepard (Brown University) showed how to avoid much of the technicality while retaining a compelling and useful theory.  I will outline the key aspects of this theory, and discuss applications to several engineering problems of current interest.


Michael Robinson is an assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at American University and a research engineer at SRC, Inc. His 2008 Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics [Cornell University] and recent work in topological signal processing is complemented by a background in Electrical Engineering and current work in radar systems analysis.

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