Leonardo da Vinci Building Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Strada Costiera, 11
I - 34151 Trieste (Italy)
Abstract: I'll explain how to define the curvature of variational problems including those with nonholonomic constraints. Classical Riemannian curvature comes as a very special case. I'll give more details and some applications for the 3D sub Riemannian problem that is the length minimization problem on the space of Legendrian curves on a contact manifold.