November 14, 2017
Professor Amanda Lohss from Messiah College will present "Tableaux and the ASEP." Free pizza and everyone is welcome to attend.
Combinatorics is an amazing area of mathematics in which seemly simple objects are surprisingly rich in applications. Tableaux are such combinatorical objects which are as simple to define as the rules for Sudoku (and actually quite similar). Several variations of tableaux have recently been introduced due to connections with an important particle model, the ASEP, which has been said to be the default model for transport phenomenon and is used extensively in physics, biology, and biochemistry. This connection allows various questions about the ASEP to be translated in terms of tableaux and proven in a mathematically elegant way. This talk will discuss the surprising relationship between tableaux and the ASEP as well as some results on tableaux which solve previous conjectures significant in terms of the ASEP.