The 11th Annual Pi Mu Epsilon Lecture will be given by Prof. Ileana Streinu the Charles N. Clark Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Smith College.
The PME lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 1st at 4:00 pm in Avery 115.
Preceded by reception (refreshments): 3:30 - 4:00 pm, Avery 348.
About the Speaker
Ileana Streinu is the Charles N. Clark Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Smith College. She is a 2012 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and has been awarded the 2010 Robbins Prize of the American Mathematical Society and the 2004 Moisil Prize of the Romanian Academy. Ileana Streinu won the Robbins Prize of the American Mathematical Society for her algorithmic solution of the carpenter’s rule problem, which asks whether any polygonal chain – a connected series of line segments – can be continuously straightened out in a way that avoids self-intersections. She was awarded the Grigore Moisil Award by the Romanian Academy for estimating the number of distinct planar embeddings of minimally rigid graphs with a given number of vertices.
Professor Streinu's area of research is combinatorial and computational geometry. She enjoys working on both theoretical and applied problems. She employs tools from combinatorics, graph theory, rigidity theory, oriented matroids, linear programming and computational algebraic geometry, to work on problems with applications in computer graphics, graph drawing, robotics, statistics, data visualization and, more recently, computational structural biology. Whether theoretical or applied, geometry lies at the heart of all of Professor Streinu's investigations, providing a unifying thread for her research.
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Previous Pi Mu Epsilon Lecturers
|2016||David J. Saltman||Princeton University|
|2015||Michael Dorff||Brigham Young University|
|2014||Colin Adams||Williams College|
|2013||Suzanne Lenhart||University of Tennessee|
|2012||Michael Parks||Sandia National Laboratories|
|2011||Paul Zorn||Saint Olaf College|
|2010||James A. Sellers||Penn State University|
|2009 (Fall)||Andrew F. Rich||Manchester College (North Manchester, Indiana)|
|2009 (Spring)||Gwen Fisher||Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo|
|2008||David M. Bressoud||Macalester|