The Whitehead conjecture asks whether a subcomplex of an aspherical 2-complex is always

aspherical. This question is open since 1941. Howie has shown that the existence of a finite counterexample implies (up to the Andrews-Curtis conjecture) the existence of a counterexample within the class of labelled oriented trees. Labelled oriented trees are algebraic generalisations of Wirtinger presentations of knot groups.

In this talk we start with an introduction into the field. Then we present several possibilities to show asphericity in the class of labelled oriented trees. There are many known classes of aspherical LOTs given by the weight test of Gersten, the I-test of Barmak/Minian, LOTs of Diameter 3 (Howie), LOTs of complexity two (Rosebrock) and several more.

We introduce a new notion of relative asphericity and proove with this notion the asphericity of injective labelled oriented trees.

aspherical. This question is open since 1941. Howie has shown that the existence of a finite counterexample implies (up to the Andrews-Curtis conjecture) the existence of a counterexample within the class of labelled oriented trees. Labelled oriented trees are algebraic generalisations of Wirtinger presentations of knot groups.

In this talk we start with an introduction into the field. Then we present several possibilities to show asphericity in the class of labelled oriented trees. There are many known classes of aspherical LOTs given by the weight test of Gersten, the I-test of Barmak/Minian, LOTs of Diameter 3 (Howie), LOTs of complexity two (Rosebrock) and several more.

We introduce a new notion of relative asphericity and proove with this notion the asphericity of injective labelled oriented trees.

## Date:

Mon, 08/10/2018 - 12:30 to 14:00

## Location:

Room 70, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel