The Illustrating Mathematics program brings together mathematicians, makers, and artists who share a common interest in illustrating mathematical ideas via computational tools.
The goals of the program are to:
- introduce mathematicians to new computational illustration tools to guide and inform their research;
- spark collaborations among and between mathematicians, makers and artists;
- find ways to communicate research mathematics to as wide an audience as possible.
The program includes week-long workshops in Geometry and Topology, Algebra and Number Theory, and Dynamics and Probability, as well as master courses, seminars, and an art exhibition.
Mathematical topics include: moduli spaces of geometric structures, hyperbolic geometry, configuration spaces, sphere eversions, apollonian packings, kleinian groups, sandpiles and tropical geometry, analytic number theory, supercharacters, complex dynamics, billiards, random walks, and Schramm–Loewner evolution.
Illustration media include: animation, interactive visualization, virtual and augmented reality, games, 3D printing, laser cutting, CNC routing, and textile arts. In addition, we welcome mathematical journalists, writers, and videographers interested in communicating and illustrating mathematics.
Confirmed Speakers & Participants
University of WashingtonSep 4-Dec 6, 2019; Nov 11-15, 2019
Pitzer CollegeSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of QueenslandSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Institut de Mathématiques de ToulouseSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Carnegie Mellon UniversitySep 16-20, 2019
CornellSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of Illinois at ChicagoSep 4-Dec 6, 2019; Sep 16-20, 2019
The University of OregonSep 4-Dec 6, 2019; Oct 21-25, 2019
Independent (Youtube channels: Numberphile, Periodic Videos with University of Nottingham; Podcast Hello Internet)Sep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of ArkansasSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Churchill College and Statistical Laboratory at University of CambridgeNov 11-15, 2019
City College of New YorkSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of TorontoOct 21-25, 2019
IndependentSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of Michigan, Ann ArborSep 4-Dec 6, 2019; Nov 11-15, 2019
Rutgers UniversitySep 4-Dec 6, 2019; Oct 21-25, 2019
MO-labsSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Georgia Institute of TechnologySep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of WarwickSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Brown UniversitySep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Oklahoma State UniversitySep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of ColoradoSep 4-Dec 6, 2019; Oct 21-25, 2019
Technische Universitat BerlinSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
James Madison UniversitySep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Geometry GamesSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
University of California, Santa CruzSep 4-Dec 6, 2019
Visit dates listed on the participant list may be tentative and subject to change without notice.
ICERM welcomes applications from faculty, postdocs, graduate students, industry scientists, and other researchers who wish to participate in one of our semester-long programs. Some funding may be available for travel and lodging. Applications will be accepted up until the start of the semester program and will be considered as long as funds and space are available.
Any graduate student who applies should have research interests that relate to the program topic; a statement of support from the advisor is required. In addition, graduate students will only be considered if they can remain in-residence for a minimum of six weeks.
Interested in applying for a salaried postdoc position for this program? Applications are accepted via Mathjobs.org (search under “B” for Brown University/ICERM) between June and December in the year prior to the program’s start date.
Your Visit to ICERM
- ICERM Facilities
- ICERM is located on the 10th & 11th floors of 121 South Main Street in Providence, Rhode Island. ICERM's business hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm during this event. See our facilities page for more info about ICERM and Brown's available facilities.
- Traveling to ICERM
- ICERM is located at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence's T.F. Green Airport (15 minutes south) and Boston's Logan Airport (1 hour north) are the closest airports. Providence is also on Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. In-depth directions and transportation information are available on our travel page.
- Visiting ICERM for longer than a week-long workshop? ICERM staff works with participants to locate accommodations that fit their needs. Since short-term furnished housing is in very high demand, take advantage of the housing options ICERM may recommend. Contact email@example.com for more details.
- Those traveling with family who are interested in information about childcare and/or schools should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Family Support
- With a recent gift from Microsoft Research, we are pleased to announce that there are fellowships available to assist in defraying dependent care costs. A separate application for this fellowship will be provided to those that have accepted an invitation to participate in an NSF-funded research program. Fellowship decisions will be made based on the justification and the availability of funds.
- Technology Resources
- Wireless internet access and wireless printing is available for all ICERM visitors. Eduroam is available for members of participating institutions. Thin clients in all offices and common areas provide open access to a web browser, SSH terminal, and printing capability. See our Technology Resources page for setup instructions and to learn about all available technology.
- Discrimination and Harassment Policy
- ICERM is committed to creating a safe, professional, and welcoming environment that benefits from the diversity and experiences of all its participants. The Brown University "Discrimination and Workplace Harassment Policy" applies to all ICERM participants and staff. Participants with concerns or requests for assistance on a discrimination or harassment issue should contact the ICERM Director, who is the responsible employee at ICERM under this policy.
- Exploring Providence
- Providence's world-renowned culinary scene provides ample options for lunch and dinner. Neighborhoods near campus, including College Hill Historic District, have many local attractions. Check out the map on our Explore Providence page to see what's near ICERM.
Contact email@example.com for assistance.
- Need a US Visa?
- J-1 visa requested via ICERM staff
- B-1 or Visa Waiver Business (WB) –if you already have either visa – contact ICERM staff for a visa specific invitation letter.
- Not Reimbursable
- B-2 or Visa Waiver Tourist (WT)
- Already in the US?
F-1 and J-1 not sponsored by ICERM: obtain a letter approving reimbursement from the International Office of your home institution PRIOR to travel.
H-1B holders do not need letter of approval.
All other visas: alert ICERM staff immediately about your situation.
- Acceptable Costs
- 1 roundtrip between your home institute and ICERM
- Flights on U.S. or E.U. airlines – economy class to either Providence airport (PVD) or Boston airport (BOS)
- Ground Transportation to and from airports and ICERM.
- Unacceptable Costs
- Flights on non-U.S. or non-E.U. airlines
- Seats in economy plus, business class, or first class
- Change ticket fees of any kind
- Multi-use bus passes
- Meals or incidentals
- Advance Approval Required
- Personal car travel to ICERM from outside New England
- Multiple-destination plane ticket; does not include layovers to reach ICERM
- Arriving or departing from ICERM more than a day before or day after the program
- Multiple trips to ICERM
- Rental car to/from ICERM
- Flights on a Swiss, Japanese, or Australian airlines
- Arriving or departing from airport other than PVD/BOS or home institution's local airport
- 2 one-way plane tickets to create a roundtrip (often purchased from Expedia, Orbitz, etc.)
- Reimbursement Request Form
Refer to the back of your ID badge for more information. Checklists are available at the front desk.
- Reimbursement Tips
- Scanned original receipts are required for all expenses
- Airfare receipt must show full itinerary and payment
- ICERM does not offer per diem or meal reimbursement
- Allowable mileage is reimbursed at prevailing IRS Business Rate and trip documented via pdf of Google Maps result
- Keep all documentation until you receive your reimbursement!
- Reimbursement Timing
6 - 8 weeks after all documentation is sent to ICERM. All reimbursement requests are reviewed by numerous central offices at Brown who may request additional documentation.
- Reimbursement Deadline
Submissions must be received within 30 days of ICERM departure to avoid applicable taxes. Submissions after thirty days will incur applicable taxes. No submissions are accepted more than six months after the program end.