**Dr. Monique Chyba**

**Prof. Monique Chyba** is a mathematician at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Her main expertise is the development of geometric methods to solve optimal control problems. One of her central objectives is to understand the role of singular extremals in optimal strategies for nonlinear control systems. Her research is oriented towards applications such as the motion planning problem for multi-agents using spectral graph theory, and geometric approaches to navigation for autonomous underwater vehicles and quadcopters or morphogenesis. She also works on data-driven problem and modeling applied to microbiomes diversification, disease spread and more. Her PhD is from the University of Geneva in Switzerland in Mathematics.