Bahar Acu



Poster of 2012 Women in Math Program at IAS, Princeton

I am primarily interested in the topology and geometry of high dimensional contact and symplectic manifolds and their interactions with several theories such as symplectic field theory and mapping class group theory.


Publications & preprints:


  • Symplectic mapping class group relations generalizing the chain relation

         (Joint w/ R. Avdek), Internat. J. Math. 27 (2016), no. 12, 27 pages, arXiv:1412.3789


  • The Weinstein conjecture for iterated planar contact structures

         Submitted, arXiv:1710.07724


  • Relations in symplectomorphism groups from the geometry of Lefschetz pencils,

    in preparation. (Joint with R. Avdek)


  • High dimensional symplectic cobordisms and open books, in preparation.

         (Joint w/ J. Etnyre and B. Ozbagci)



Awards & Honors in Research:

  • Edward and Dolores Blum Research Prize, University of Southern California, 2016
  • Summer Fellowship, University of Southern California, 2011-2016
  • Association for Women in Mathematics Travel Grant, 2016
  • USC Women in Science and Engineering Travel Grant, 2016
  • AMS Graduate Student Travel Grant, 2016




         Upcoming Talks:






Atilim Geometry Topology Workshop, 2015


    Invited Talks:

  • Kylerec 2017, Symplectic Fillings of Contact Manifolds Workshop, May 2017, Truckee, CA

          Special Session on Symplectic Geometry, Moment Maps and Morse Theory II

          Special Session on Women in Topology

          AWM Workshop


      In Fall 2014, I organized the Graduate Joint LA Geometry and Topology

      Seminar which gathers graduate students studying geometry and topology

      at Caltech, UCLA and USC.


      In Fall 2013 and Spring 2014, I was the organizer of Graduate Geometry

      Topology Seminar at USC.


       Seminar Talks at UCLA


       Seminar Talks at USC

  • Symplectic Camel Problem, Graduate Geometry and Topology Seminar, Spring 2017
  • A geometer's attempt to study the topology of manifolds: Open book decompositions, Graduate Topology Seminar, Spring 2016
  • Introduction to Moduli Spaces of J-holomorphic Curves Part I, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, Fall 2015
  • Introduction to Moduli Spaces of J-holomorphic Curves Part II, Graduate Geometry Topology Seminar, Fall, 2015
  • Giroux Correspondence, Ph.D. Candidacy Oral Exam, Fall 2013
  • Existence and Uniqueness of Stiefel-Whitney  Classes, Topology Working Seminar, Spring 2013


        Notes and Slides:

  • Here you can find slides of my AMS talk on symplectic mapping class group relations.
  • I will soon post some notes on contact and symplectic geometry.