Robert Ghrist is the Andrea Mitchell University Professor of Mathematics and Electrical & Systems Engineering. With appointments in the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Ghrist works at the intersection of applied mathematics, systems engineering and topology.
He has been a pioneer of new approaches to education, including the Funny Little Calculus Text. Available online and downloaded by students around the world, Ghrist’s hand-written and -illustrated book offers a colorful, engaging entry point to calculus. At Penn, he has won both the Good Teaching Award for mathematics and the S. Reid Warren Jr. teaching award for engineering.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE (selected)
- topological signal processing
- algebraic topology and sensor networks
- geometric/topological robotics
- contact topology and fluid dynamics
- knots, links, and braids in dynamics
Funny Little Calculus Text, 2012
Applied Algebraic Topology and Sensor Networks, 2010
Knots and Links in Three-Dimensional Flows, 1997
ACADEMIC WRITING (SELECTED)
R. Ghrist, “Barcodes: The persistent topology of data,'' Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 45(1), 2008, 61-75.
For complete list of Ghrist's papers and publications, visit his CV.
FEATURES + INTERVIEWS (SELECTED)
"Ghrist wins Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching," The Almanac, April 14, 2015
"Writing the Textbook," The Daily Pennsylvanian, March 20, 2015
"Penn Professor's Open Calculus Course Engages Students Locally and Globally," Penn News, August 2014
"MOOCs and The Future of Mathematics," American Mathematical Society, November 2013
"High Schools to Use Penn Coursera Class," The Daily Pennsylvanian, August 29, 2013
"Penn Coursera Course Among First To Be Considered for Credit," The Daily Pennsylvanian, February 7, 2013
"Online Educational Journey: My Travelogue," Coursera Blog, May 9, 2013
"MOOC Professors Claim No Responsibility for How Courses Are Used," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 21, 2013
"Students Rush to Web Classes, but Profits May Be Much Later," The New York Times, January 6, 2013
"Applied Topology and Dante: An Interview with Robert Ghrist," The Endeavour, September 13, 2012
"Penn Engineering's Camp for Girls Grows, Adds Math Classes," Penn News, August 6, 2012
"Following Robert Ghrist," Penn Engineering Magazine, Fall 2011
"Putting Topology To Work," Mathematical Associate of America [audio interview included]
"Calculus: Single Variable," Coursera Course Introduction, April 18, 2012
"Why Is Mathematics Useful?" Penn Arts & Sciences 60-second Lectures, April 8, 2009