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Mathematical models describing optimal paths
Date: 2017/12/20             Browse: 209

Speaker:     Dr. Elio Eduardo Espejo Arenas

Time:          Dec   20.   10:00   —  11:00 

Location:    Room 1A-200, SIST Building

Host:          Prof. S?ren Schwertfeger


This talk deals with the ability of some organisms in the nature to find the shortest path between two points. In particular, we are going to talk about a mathematical model describing the dynamics of the physarum on a maze. The challenge is to find an algorithm explaining the capacity of this kind of bacteria to find the shortest path between points, which can connect the starting position of the colony with a final requested destination, which can be given by one or several food sources. We will also discuss about the potential applications of this research in medicine and engineer.


Mathematician graduated from the National University of Colombia. After graduating from his PhD in mathematics in the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, he has been working on the construction and analysis on mathematical models inspired by the study of different phenomena in biology. He has worked as a researcher in the biotechnology group from Chile University and in the math department from Technion University in Israel and since one year in the Kyushu University in Japan. Currently, he is looking for the possible applications of the knowledge developed in math biology and in particular in the analysis of swarm intelligence to robotics.

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