How to stretch taffy most efficiently?

Series: 
Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:10
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 006
,  
Georgia Tech
Taffy pullers are machines designed to stretch taffy. They can modeled by surface homeomorphisms, therefore they can be studied by geometry and topology. I will talk about how efficiency of taffy pullers can be defined mathematically and what some of the open questions are. I will also talk about Macaw, a computer program I am working on, which does related computations and which will hopefully help answer some of the open questions.