Speaker: Dani Wise, McGill University
Title: From Riches to Raags: Cubes, Groups and 3-Manifolds
Thursday April 18, 2013, Binghamton University, Science 2, Room 144 3:00pm.
followed by a Reception at 4.15, President's Dining Room, Anderson Center, Binghamton University. This reception is for the whole Binghamton Mathematics Community as well as for our visitors.
Cube complexes have come to play an increasingly central role within geometric group theory, as their connection to right-angled Artin groups provides a powerful combinatorial bridge between geometry and algebra. This talk will describe the developments in this theory that have recently culminated in the resolution of the virtual Haken conjecture for 3-manifolds, and simultaneously dramatically extended our understanding of many infinite groups.