Student Colloquium talk by Professor Matthew Mizuhara ’12 of The College of New Jersey
Title: An Orchestra without a Conductor: The Mathematics of Synchronizing Fireflies
Abstract: In Amphawa, Thailand trees are lined with thousands of fireflies spontaneously flashing in near perfect unison. However, there is no “leader” driving this coordination. The Kuramoto model, a non-linear system of differential equations, describes the firefly flashes. Using numerical simulations, we can capture this spontaneous emergence of synchronization and explore other, new patterns which can arise. No background in differential equations is required to enjoy this talk!
Yili Wang ’21, who is majoring in Applied Mathematical Sciences, is featured in this video about the “Cool Class” DANC 200: Art of Chinese Watersleeve.
Student Colloquium talk by Professor Lucas Waddell of Bucknell University
Title: Using Genetic Algorithms for U.S. Army Robot Design
Abstract: In recent years, Operations Research practitioners have increasingly utilized nature-inspired algorithms (NIAs) to solve real-world, large-scale optimization problems. One of the most popular NIAs is the Genetic Algorithm (GA), which is based on ideas from Darwin’s theory of evolution. This talk will provide an introduction to GAs through the lens of a project that Lucas worked on for the U.S. Army during his time as an Operations Research Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories.