When designing a bridge, how can we minimize the amount of building materials while maintaining stability? Are there computational tools that can help predict protein flexibility, a key component in drug design? Rigidity theory seeks to answer these questions by studying structural properties from mathematical and computational perspectives. In this talk, I will discuss the fundamental questions considered by rigidity theory and its applications, including those in robotics, structural biology and Computer Aided Design for mechanical engineers.
Bio: Audrey Lee-St. John is an assistant professor at Mount Holyoke College. She holds Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wellesley College and Master's and PhD degrees from UMass Amherst. She is currently working on problems in computational geometry, particularly in rigidity theory, with applications to problems in CAD and biology.