For 2023-2024, I am an Instructor at Lawrence University.
I was at the University of Georgia through the spring of 2022. Previously I was at Vanderbilt University from 2017, and an FWF Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Analysis and Number Theory at Graz University of Technology from 2014. I was also a visitor at the ESI at the University of Vienna and ICERM at Brown University, and a summer researcher at MSRI and the Aspen Center for Physics. Due to the COVID-19 lockdown, I was a remote visitor at the Fields Institute in 2021 and the ESI in 2022.
Over the years, my research has been partially supported by some these institutions, the FWF, and the NSF in a variety of forms.
Recently, I have been studying and teaching a great deal of probability and statistics. If you want some reasons why a mathematician should do that, I refer you to Mumford’s “The Dawning of the Age of Stochasticity”.
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:
Packing problems are in the news! Viazovska is awarded the Fields Medal for her solution to the 8 dimensional sphere packing problem. See also her work on t-designs….
For search purposes it may be helpful to consider my name as Woden Kusner or Woeden Kusner.
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This fall I will be teaching MATH 103.