The intended model of the homotopy type theories used in Univalent Foundations is the ∞-category of homotopy types, also known as ∞-groupoids. The problem of higher structures is that of constructing the homotopy types needed for mathematics, especially those that aren’t sets. The current repertoire of constructions, including the usual type formers and higher inductive types, suffice for many but not all of these. We discuss the problematic cases, typically those involving an infinite hierarchy…

Read moreThe intended model of the homotopy type theories used in Univalent Foundations is the ∞-category of homotopy types, also known as ∞-groupoids. The problem of higher structures is that of constructing the homotopy types needed for mathematics, especially those that aren’t sets. The current repertoire of constructions, including the usual type formers and higher inductive types, suffice for many but not all of these. We discuss the problematic cases, typically those involving an infinite hierarchy of coherence data such as semi-simplicial types, as well as the problem of developing the meta-theory of homotopy type theories in Univalent Foundations. We also discuss some proposed solutions.