Jan Verschelde obtained his PhD in Computer Science in 1996 at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. After postdoctoral studies at Michigan State University and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, he joined the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he teaches courses in symbolic computing, numerical analysis, computational geometry, industrial math & computation, scientific software, and supercomputing. He is the main developer of PHCpack, a software package to solve polynomial systems by homotopy continuation.
PHCpack is a software package for solving polynomial systems via homotopy continuation methods. Our interface exports the functionality of PHCpack either via the executable or the shared object file, via its C interface. The software is free and open source and we have a cloud server that hosts the application at phcpack.org.
Our talk will also explore a specific application area in the design of mechanisms.