Mathematics Department Colloquium: Combinatorics of the asymmetric simple exclusion process

Colloquium | April 5 | 4-5 p.m. | 60 Evans Hall

 Sylvie Corteel, CNRS and Universite Paris Diderot, and Miller Professor

 Department of Mathematics

The asymmetric simple exclusion process (ASEP) is an interacting particle system introduced in 1970 by Frank Spitzer in Interaction of Markov Processes. Many articles have been published on it in the physics and mathematics literature since then, and it has become a paradigm in modeling and analyzing non-equilibrium traffic systems. In this talk, I will show that beautiful combinatorics emerge from studying this model on a finite line with open boundaries.