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SMRI Algebra and Geometry Online: Gardam 'Solving semidecidable problems in group theory'
SMRI Algebra and Geometry Online
'Solving semidecidable problems in group theory'
Giles Gardam (University of Münster)

Abstract: Group theory is littered with undecidable problems. A classic example is the word problem: there are groups for which there exists no algorithm that can decide if a product of generators represents the trivial element or not. Many problems (the word problem included) are at least semidecidable, meaning that there is a correct algorithm guaranteed to terminate if the answer is "yes", but with no guarantee on how long one has to wait. I will discuss strategies to try and tackle various semidecidable problems computationally with the key example being the discovery of a counterexample to the Kaplansky unit conjecture.

Biography: Giles Gardam is a research associate at the University of Münster working in geometric group theory. He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Sydney, receiving his Bachelor's degree in 2012, and completed his doctorate at Oxford in 2017. He was then a postdoc at the Technion before starting at Münster in 2019.

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Oct 5, 2021 04:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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