Professor Katifori is one of the coordinators of the KITP program
Life above a certain size relies on a circulatory system for oxygen and
nutrient delivery -- without it, no complex animal would be more than a
few millimeters big since, by diffusion alone, oxygen would not be able
to travel more than 100μm in its tissue. Plants, animals and fungi
have developed circulatory systems of striking complexity to solve their
problems of nutrient delivery and waste removal. In this talk Professor
Katifori will discuss some of Nature.s ingenious solutions to the
problem of vascular network design. She will explore how, from the
reticulate vascular architecture of the leaf, to the hierarchies of the
veins and arteries in our brain, common architectural principles appear.
You will see how and why organisms evolved vascular systems of
unparalleled complexity, and, in the process, will learn valuable
lessons applicable to engineered systems.
is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics
and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of Greece,
she received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, working with David
Nelson on problems in statistical mechanics and the elasticity of thin
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