A Category of Surface-Embedded Graphs


We introduce a categorical formalism for rewriting surface-embedded graphs. Such graphs can represent string diagrams in a non-symmetric setting where we guarantee that the wires do not intersect each other. The main technical novelty is a new formulation of double pushout rewriting on graphs which explicitly records the boundary of the rewrite. Using this boundary structure we can augment these graphs with a rotation system, allowing the surface topology to be incorporated.

Friday, September 8, 2023 15:00 Europe/Paris
GReTA seminar
Malin Altenmüller
Malin Altenmüller
PhD Student