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.