
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Ruth Corran
University of NSW
Decision problems in braid group like settings.
Friday 2nd June, 121pm, Carslaw 175.
I will describe the solutions of Garside (1969) and Brieskorn and
Saito (1972) to the word, division, conjugacy and embedding problems
of positive braid monoids. Their techniques can be extended to a
larger class of monoids, as I will outline. When such a monoid has a
`fundamental element' (something like the longest word in a Coxeter
group), it can be naturally embedded in a group or related monoid,
and the solution to the word problem in the monoid gives a solution
to the word problem in the group. Results regarding
 singular braid monoids, and
 braid groups of complex reflection groups
will be given.
