How to stretch taffy most efficiently?

Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:10
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
GA 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.