### Minimization Problems Involving Policonvex Integrands

- Series
- Dissertation Defense
- Time
- Friday, April 24, 2015 - 13:30 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 249
- Speaker
- Romeo Awi – School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech

This thesis is mainly concerned with problems in the areas of the
Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations (PDEs). The
properties of the functional to minimize play an important role in
the existence of minimizers of integral problems. We will introduce the
important concepts of quasiconvexity and polyconvexity. Inspired by
finite element methods from Numerical Analysis, we introduce a
perturbed problem which has some surprising uniqueness properties.