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AIAS Seminar: Alexandra-Iulia Otiman, AIAS-COFUND Fellow

Non-euclidean geometry: What is a straight line?

Info about event


Monday 19 February 2024,  at 11:00 - 12:00


AIAS, Building 1630 room 301

Alexandra-Iulia Otiman, AIAS-COFUND II Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow

The seminar is held in-person, but online attendance is possible via: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/67482436575


Have you ever wondered why the shortest path from Aarhus to Los Angeles goes over Greenland? The secret lies in understanding straight lines on a curved space. We will try in this talk to analyze the geometry of non-Euclidean spaces and understand how shapes drastically differ from the familiar flat model. Moreover, we will offer a glimpse to modern geometry and to complex shapes.

Moderator at the seminar: Mie Andersen, AIAS-COFUND Fellow and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University.

Short Bio

Alexandra-Iulia Otiman is an AIAS-COFUND Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) and Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research focus lies on differential geometry. More precisely, she is interested in complex manifolds carrying special structures. She graduated from University of Bucharest, where she defended her PhD thesis "Conformal Geometry on Hermitian and Symplectic manifolds" in 2017. She held post-doc positions at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Roma Tre University and University of Florence. She is also a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy.

What is an AIAS Seminar?

The AIAS Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellows, AIAS Visiting or Tandem Fellows or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, a fellow will present and discuss her/his current research and work-in-progress for 30 minutes, closing off with 30 minutes for questions, comments and discussion.

All seminars are held in English.