Research group Differential geometry and mechanics

Head of the research group
Frans Cantrijn Frans.Cantrijn@UGent.be
Members of the research group
Willy Sarlet Willy.Sarlet@UGent.be
Mike Crampin crampin@bt.internet.com
Bavo Langerock Bavo.Langerock@UGent.be
Tom Mestdag Tom.Mestdag@UGent.be
Goedele Waeyaert Goedele.Waeyaert@UGent.be

Current research topics

Differential geometry applied to problems in mechanics and to the study of dynamical systems.
  • separability of systems of second-order equations
  • derivations of forms along a map
  • modelling of non-holonomic mechanics
  • geometric control theory
  • Lagrangian mechanics on Lie algebroids
  • generalisations of bi-Hamiltonian systems
  • the inverse problem of Lagrangian mechanics
  • symmetry and reduction of mechanical systems
  • theory and applications of connections
  • classical (nonholonomic) field theory
  • geometric fluid dynamics and control