Science and Mathematics

Biophysics Seminar: Non-Euclidean virtual reality

January 17, 2020 at 11:00am12:00pm

Physics Building, 202

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Sabetta Matsumoto, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present a seminar as part of the Soft Matter and Biophysics seminar series.

Abstract: The properties of euclidean space seem natural and obvious to us, to the point that it took mathematicians over two thousand years to see an alternative to Euclid’s parallel postulate. The eventual discovery of hyperbolic geometry in the 19th century shook our assumptions, revealing just how strongly our native experience of the world blinded us from consistent alternatives, even in a field that many see as purely theoretical. Non-euclidean spaces are still seen as unintuitive and exotic, but with direct immersive experiences we can get a better intuitive feel for them. The latest wave of virtual reality hardware, in particular the HTC Vive, tracks both the orientation and the position of the headset within a room-sized volume, allowing for such an experience. We use this nacent technology to explore the three-dimensional geometries of the Thurston/Perelman geometrization theorem. This talk focuses on our simulations of H³ and H²×E.

The Syracuse Soft Matter and Biophysics seminar series brings faculty and students together to hear from some of the most eminent researchers in the field. These talks span a broad range of topics, highlighting the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of soft matter and biophysics physics today. The structure of the seminars and intimate setting allows for open dialogue between the speaker and audience, creating a space for deep understanding and collaboration.

This event was first published on January 9, 2020 and last updated on January 14, 2020.

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