Jerusalem Mathematics Colloquium

Thursday, 31st March 2005, 4:00 pm
Mathematics Building, Lecture Hall 2

Assaf Naor
(Microsoft Research)

"The Lipschitz Extension Problem"


The Lipschitz extension problem asks for conditions on a pair of metric spaces X, Y such that every Y-valued Lipschitz map on a subset of X can be extended to all of X with only a bounded multiplicative loss in the Lipschitz constant. This problem dates back to the work of Kirszbraun and Whitney in the 1930s, and has been extensively investigated in the past two decades. The methods used in this direction are based on geometric, analytic and probabilistic arguments. In particular, the methods involve stable processes, random projections, random partitions of unity and the analysis of Markov chains in metric spaces. In this talk we will present the main known results on the Lipschitz extension problem, as well as several recent breakthroughs.

Light refreshments will be served in the faculty lounge at 3:30.

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