Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
geometric group theory
algorithms on presentations
algorithms in group theory
The (non)existence and complexity of algorithms has been a central theme in combinatorial and, later, geometric group theory since their inception, with low dimensional topology providing both motivation and a significant field of application. In this talk I will review some of the milestones in the development of decision problems in group theory, highlighting the geometry behind them. I shall then survey the current state of the art, with an emphasis on applications to geometry and topology and including decision problems for profinite groups
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