SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM ACTIVITY

September 19, 2014
THE FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

August 5-9, 2014
Workshop on Making Models:
Stimulating Research In Rigidity Theory And Spatial-Visual Reasoning
Held at the Fields Institute

Organizing Committee:
Stewart Craven, Ontario Science Centre and York University
Wendy Finbow-Singh, St. Mary's University
Ami Mamolo, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Elissa Ross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Bernd Schulze, Lancaster University
Adnan Sljoka, University of Colorado Boulder and Ryerson University

Registration --on-site August 5
Fees: $25/day, Banquet tickets:$50
(fees waived for invite speakers)
Schedule Program Confirmed participants
Housing and hotels in Toronto
On-campus summer residences

Overview

The design, development, and use of models are prominent in the work of many mathematicians as they investigate, illustrate, and communicate key ideas in the discipline. In particular, researchers in the field of discrete geometry frequently explore questions based on visual models, whether they are pictorial (e.g., a diagram or picture), physical (e.g., a tactile three dimensional object) or virtual (e.g., digital animations). Similarly, mathematics educators are asking questions based on the use, development, and purpose of models for fostering specific content knowledge as well as important mathematical practices such as spatial reasoning, generalization, and proof. The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers in the fields of rigidity theory and mathematics education to make models, share research using or inspired by models, and reflect on pedagogical elements of model-making and model-use. The workshop is inspired by the distinguished career of Professor Walter Whiteley who has made important contributions to both discrete geometry and mathematics education, and whose passion for the use of models informs his research in both fields. Through this conference we hope to both celebrate the contributions and directions of his work, while also pushing forward to explore the new frontiers of these research disciplines.

The first part of the workshop will bring together leading experts in the field of rigidity theory to share new research and work on open problems. The second part of the workshop will focus on key issues in education research and practice that connect to the mathematical content and thinking processes inherent in rigidity theory, with specific attention to visual and spatial reasoning in and for school and post-secondary mathematics. All attendees are warmly invited to participate in both parts of the workshop.

Confirmed Speakers

Braun, Benjamin --University of Kentucky
Connelly, Robert -- Cornell University
Henderson, David --Cornell University
Jordán, Tibor-- Eötvös Loránd University
Kitson, Derek -- Lancaster University
Kotsopoulos, Donna -- Wilfrid Laurier University
Lee, Carl --University of Kentucky
Moss, Joan -- OISE
Newcombe, Nora -- Temple University
Nixon, Anthony -- York University
Okamoto, Yukari -- University of California
Power, Stephen -- Lancaster University
Recski, Andras -- Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Sitharam, Meera -- University of Florida
St. John, Audrey -- Mount Holyoke College
Theran, Louis -- Freie Universität Berlin
Whiteley, Walter --York University

Schedule

Workshop Participants

Full Name University/Affiliation
Alfakih, Abdo Y. University of Windsor
Braun, Benjamin University of Kentucky
Cheung, Matthew York University
Connelly, Robert Cornell University
Duatepe Paksu, Asuman York University
Finbow-Singh, Wendy Saint Mary's University
Fowler, Patrick University of Sheffield
Greenwald, Sarah Appalachian State University
Hambleton, Daniel MESH Consultants
Hawer, Zachary University of Toronto
Henderson, David Cornell University
Henrich, Douglas Iroquois Ridge High School
Jacobs, Donald University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Jordán, Tibor Eötvös Loránd University
Kim, Peter University of Guelph
Kitson, Derek Lancaster University
Kobayashi, Yuki Kyoto University
Kotsopoulos, Donna Wilfrid Laurier University
Langemeyer, Melanie Georgian College
Lee, Carl University of Kentucky
Mackrell, Kate University of London
Mamolo, Ami University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Margerm, Pat York University
Melnik, Roderick Wilfrid Laurier University
Mendaglio, Judy John Fraser Secondary School
Nahornick, Ashley Columbia University
Newcombe, Nora Temple University
Nixon, Anthony York University
Okamoto, Yukari University of California, Santa Barbara
Owen, John Siemens PLM Software
Power, Stephen Lancaster University
Proulx, Jérôme Université du Québec ŕ Montréal
Radakovic, Nenad University of Toronto
Rapke, Tina York University
Recski, Andras Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Ross, Elissa Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Schulze, Bernd Lancaster University
Sitharam, Meera University of Florida
Sljoka, Adnan Ryerson University and University of Boulder Colorado
St. John, Audrey Mount Holyoke College
Tepylo, Diane OISE
Theran, Louis Freie Universität Berlin
Ughi, Emanuela Universita degli Studi di Perugia
Whiteley, Walter York University
Younger, Martha OISE

 

 

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