Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

November 6, 2014 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/Miami time) On location

The Cubical Route to Understanding Groups

Colloquium presented by Dani Wise (McGill University)

Cube complexes have come to play an increasingly central role within geometric group theory, as their connection to right-angled Artin groups provides a powerful combinatorial bridge between geometry and algebra. This talk will primarily aim to introduce nonpositively curved cube complexes, and then describe some of the developments that have recently culminated in the resolution of the virtual Haken conjecture for 3-manifolds, and simultaneously dramatically extended our understanding of many infinite groups.


CRM, UdeM, Pav. André-Aisenstadt, 2920, ch. de la Tour, room 6214