Random growth models

Series: 
Research Horizons Seminar
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 12:20pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 005
,  
Georgia Tech
Organizer: 
Random and irregular growth is all around us. We see it in the form of cancer growth, bacterial infection, fluid flow through porous rock, and propagating flame fronts. In this talk, I will introduce several different models for random growth and the different shapes that can arise from them. Then I will talk in more detail about one model, first-passage percolation, and some of the main questions that researchers study about it.