00478 - Advanced Geometry

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, with regard to the first learning module the student acquires knowledge of the basic principles in computational topology and of the main theoretical and computational methods used in topological data analysis, with particular reference to topological and homological persistence. As for the second learning module, the student acquires advanced knowledge of the differential calculus, the varieties and its applications and a knowledge of the main problems and methods that arise from the study of geometric structures such as Riemannian, symplectic and complex structures.

Course contents


Geometric and abstract simplicial complexes. Čech complexes, Vietoris-Rips complexes, Delaunay complexes, Alpha-complexes. Vertex maps. Simplicial maps and PL maps induced by vertex maps. Simplicial homology and cohomology with coefficients in Z_2 and their matrix computation. Basic principles in persistent topology and homology.


Differentiable manifolds. Definition and examples. Differential calculus on manifolds. The external differential. Tangent bundle. Vector firlds and their indices. Elements of transversality theory.


Herbert Edelsbrunner and John L. Harer, Computational Topology: An Introduction (recommended).

Allen Hatcher, Algebraic Topology.

L. Tu, Introduction to manifolds, L. Tu.

F. Warner, Foundations of differentiable manifolds and Lie groups.

Teaching methods

Frontal lessons

Assessment methods

The exam mark attributed to the student is given by the average of the marks awarded for the two modules of the course, with rounding to the upper unit. The mark 29 does not preclude 30L as final mark.

For the first module, the examination consists in the passing of a written test and an oral one. In the written test the candidate must solve exercises using the skills acquired in the course.

For the second module the examination consists in the passing of an oral test.

The written test is discussed with the candidate during the oral test.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Sergio Venturini

See the website of Patrizio Frosini