Applied Algebraic Topology



We are a UK research network in applied algebraic topology, with nodes at the University of Aberdeen, Durham University, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Southampton. Meetings are partially funded by the London Mathematical Society, the Glasgow Mathematical Journal Trust and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.


Aims and Scope

Our meetings focus on research activity in the UK and worldwide in the field of applied algebraic topology, and usually consist of three research talks and a problem session. Research themes are based on the directions of current research conducted by the members of the group, including (but not limited to):

·        Topology of configuration spaces of particles and mechanisms of different types (including linkages) and their applications in robotics and molecular biology

·        Topology of robot motion planning, complexity of algorithms for autonomous robot motion

·        Stochastic topology (random complexes, random manifolds, random groups etc)

·        Applications of topological data analysis to computer vision, pattern recognition and reconstruction of persistent topological structures in big and noisy data

·        Combinatorial and toric homotopy theory (simplicial complexes and polytopes, moment-angle complexes, polyhedral products, etc)



·         Jacek Brodzki, University of Southampton (j.brodzki AT

·         Michael Farber, QMUL (m.farber AT

·         Mark Grant, University of Aberdeen (mark.grant AT

·         Jelena Grbić, University of Southampton (j.grbic AT

·         Vitaliy Kurlin, Durham University (vitaliy.kurlin AT

·         Dirk Schuetz, Durham University (dirk.schuetz AT



Next meeting

Our next meeting will be held at University of Southampton on Monday 21st November 2016, and will be a joint meeting with the Joining the Dots Programme. Speakers will be Paweł Dłotko (INRIA Orsay), Kiko Belchí (Southampton), Matteo Rucco (Genoa) and Conrad D’Souza (Southampton). 

The talks will start at 11:00 and the workshop will close at 16.00. 

A schedule with abstracts can be found here.


Past meetings

·         AAT1: Queen Mary University of London, 23rd January 2015

·         AAT2: University of Southampton, 9th March 2015

·         AAT3: University of Aberdeen, 8th June 2015

·         AAT4: Durham University, 21st September 2015

·         AAT5: Queen Mary University of London, 22nd January 2016

·         AAT6: University of Aberdeen, 27th May 2016

·         AAT7: Durham University, 23rd September 2016

·         AAT8: University of Southampton, 21st November 2016



Speakers are paid travel and overnight accommodation, and are invited to dinner the evening before the meeting. We have limited funds available to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence for PhD students and young researchers. Please contact the local organizers for more information.