SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM ACTIVITY

July 24, 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

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 as of June 16
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

Draft Schedule as of July 23

Time
Tuesday 5 August
Wednesday 6 August
Thursday 7 August
Friday 8 August
Saterday 9 August
Time
           
9:00
Welcome
Meera Sitharam
Audrey Lee-St.John
Plenary Panel: Joan Moss; Donna Kotsopoulos;
Jerome Proulx; Walter Whiteley
Discussion Groups / Model-Making Sessions
9:00
9:15
9:15
9:30
Walter Whiteley
(opening plenary)
9:30
9:45
Abdo Alfakih
Stephen Power
9:45
10:00
10:00
10:15
10:15
10:30-11:00
Break
11:15
Problem Session:
Key open problems
in rigidity theory
DG/MM
DG: rigidity theory
and bridging topics

Nora Newcombe
Yukari Okamoto
11:15
11:30
Carl Lee
11:30
11:45
11:45
12:00
Lunch
Sarah Greenwald
12:00
12:15
12:15
12:30
Lunch
12:30
12:45
12:45
13:00
13:00
13:15
13:15
13:30
Louis Theran
Derek Kitson
Wendy Finbow-Singh
Discussion Groups / Model-Making Sessions
Discussion Groups / Model-Making Sessions
13:30
13:45
13:45
14:00
14:00
14:15
Tony Nixon
Patrick
Fowler
Brief summary of DGs;
presentation of new
problems/directions
14:15
14:30
Poster Session
Closing Session
14:30
14:45
14:45
15:00
Break
N/A
15:00
15:15
Break
15:15
15:30
Break
15:30
15:45
Don Jacobs
Andras Recski
15:45
16:00
Bob Connelly
David Henderson
16:00
16:15
Offer Shai/
Bernd SchulzE

Informal DG/
MM ZmE

16:15
16:30
Informal DG/
MM Zme
16:30
16:45
16:45
17:00
N/A
Tibor Jordan
(public lecture)
N/A
17:00
17:15
17:15
17:30

Banquet & tributes
Tickets required, located at The Faculty Club

17:30
17:45
17:45
18:00-19:00
18:00-19:00

 

Workshop Participants as of July 22st
*To be confirmed

  Full Name University Name
  Alfakih, Abdo Y. University of Windsor
  Braun, Benjamin University of Kentucky
* Bruce, Catherine Trent University
* Clements, Douglas University of Denver
  Connelly, Robert Cornell University
* Craven, Stewart York University
* Finbow-Singh, Wendy Saint Mary's University
  Fowler, Patrick University of Sheffield
  Greenwald, Sarah Appalachian State University
  Henderson, David Cornell University
  Henrich, Douglas Iroquois Ridge High School
  Jacobs, Donald University of North Carolina - Charlotte
  Jordán, Tibor Eötvös Loránd University
* Keszei, Istvan Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design
  Kim, Peter University of Guelph
* King, James University of Washington
  Kitson, Derek Lancaster University
  Kobayashi, Yuki Kyoto University
  Kotsopoulos, Donna Wilfrid Laurier University
  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
  Moss, Joan OISE
* Müller, Andreas Institute of Mechatronics
  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
  Recski, Andras Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  Ross, Elissa Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  Schulze, Bernd Lancaster University
  Sitharam, Meera University of Florida
* Sljoka, Adnan York University
  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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