## About Me

Starting in the fall semester of 2017, I am at Vanderbilt University.

I was previously an FWF Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Analysis and Number Theory at Graz University of Technology. In the fall of 2014, I was a visitor at the ESI at the University of Vienna. In the spring of 2015, I was a visitor at ICERM at Brown University. In the summer of 2016, I was a summer researcher at MSRI. - In the summer of 2017, I was at the Aspen Center for Physics.

I studied at Haverford College and the University of Pittsburgh.

Over the years, my research has been partially supported by these institutions, the FWF, and the NSF in a variety of forms.

I am interested in problems of discrete geometry and geometric optimization that are approachable by synthetic or analytic means and those where brute force computation is becoming tractable.

#### Right now I am thinking about:

- Critical density in packings of anisotropic objects
- The quality of point sets on the sphere
- Configuration spaces of hard disks
- Hyperuniform structures in the compact setting
- Topologically sweeping rope

I am also interested in building physical models of some of these things.

#### Snow from yesterday:

More information can be found in my CV (~2019) or Research Statement (~2017).

For search purposes it may be helpful to consider my name as Woden Kusner or Woeden Kusner.

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## Research

My research papers by type: journal papers; preprints.