### Events

The Future of Art - Direct Collaboration with Math &
Science

Aaron Bocanegra (SCI-Arc)

4:30pm, Tuesday, February 16

Science Center 199

abstract

This Colloquium talk is co-sponsered by the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics and the Art Department.

### Education

Ph.D. Univesity of Oregon, 2008. My advisor was Dan Dugger.

M.S. University of Oregon, 2004.

B.S. Rochester Institute of Technology, 2002. My undergraduate research advisor was Darren Narayan.

### Research

My broad research field is Algebraic Topology. My dissertation involved studying the equivariant cohomology of spaces with a Z/2 action. I have restricted my attention to studying Rep(Z/2)-complexes, an equivariant analogue of CW-complexes. Chad Giusti (University of Oregon) and I have a project where we are computing equivariant cohomology for certain Rep(Z/2)-complexes.

I've recently begun to expand my research interests to the new and growing field of Applied Algebraic Topology.

### Projects

I am currently collaborating with Aaron Bocanegra (SCI-Arc) on an interactive math/art project where techniques and results in Applied Algebraic Topology are used to collect geometric information from a sensor network which are then fed back into the exhibit to affect the environment. Swarthmore undergraduate Kyle Skolfield '10 helped us over summer of 2009 with programming some of the algorithms used in this project.

### Personal

Aside from mathematics, I also enjoy ultimate frisbee, cooking, home brewing, the Buffalo Sabres, and playing games, lately cribbage and scrabble.

My cousin Brandt Kronholm is also a mathematician.