- Alexander Bobenko
Technische Universität Berlin
- John Bowers
James Madison University
- Philip Bowers
The Florida State University
- Robert Connelly
- Steven Gortler
- Miranda Holmes-Cerfon
University of British Columbia
- Sabetta Matsumoto
Georgia Institute of Technology
- Anthony Nixon
- Meera Sitharam
University of Florida
Given an incidence structure, one may model a variety of geometric problems. This Semester Program will revolve around two fundamental examples and their applications to modern challenges in the study, analysis, and design of materials. (1) Packings and patterns of circles where the underlying combinatorics are mixed with advanced geometric concepts and strong links are made to discrete differential geometry. (2) The rigidity and flexibility of bar-joint structures where real algebraic geometry is intertwined with sparse graph theory and matroidal techniques. A prime objective of the program is to advance the applicability of these topics to fundamental applications, most notably in statistical physics and materials science.
The program will integrate diverse fields of discrete mathematics, geometry, theoretical computer science, mathematical biology, and statistical and soft matter physics. Various workshops will be designed to attract both theoretical and applied practitioners and to stimulate the cross-fertilization of ideas between these disparate communities.
Confirmed Speakers & Participants
Talks will be presented virtually or in-person as indicated in the schedule below.
- Poster Presenter
- Virtual Attendee
Tulane UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Technische Universität BerlinJan 29-May 2, 2025
James Madison UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
The Florida State UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Cornell UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Virginia TechJan 29-May 2, 2025
University of Hawai'i at MānoaJan 29-May 2, 2025
University of British ColumbiaJan 29-May 2, 2025
Queen Mary University of LondonJan 29-May 2, 2025
Eötvös Loránd UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Ohio State UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Wai Yeung Lam
Université du LuxembourgJan 29-May 2, 2025
Rutgers UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Lancaster UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Yale UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
Syracuse UniversityJan 29-May 2, 2025
University of LuxembourgJan 29-May 2, 2025
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteJan 29-May 2, 2025
Mount Holyoke CollegeJan 29-May 2, 2025
University of FloridaJan 29-May 2, 2025
Smith CollegeJan 29-May 2, 2025
University of TokyoJan 29-May 2, 2025
University of St AndrewsJan 29-May 2, 2025
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. Some funding may be available for travel and lodging. Graduate students who apply must have their advisor submit a statement of support in order to be considered.
ICERM Funding for Fellowships
ICERM has funding available for fellowships to support faculty who attend one of our semester programs. These are often used to cover teaching buyouts so that participants can be in residence throughout a semester program. We welcome requests from those not based at R1 research universities and those based at minority-serving institutions, including HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and AAPISIs. The standard amount for a full semester is $25,000. Email ICERM’s Director for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Those traveling with family who are interested in information about childcare and/or schools should contact email@example.com.
- 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.
- To request special services, accommodations, or assistance for this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as far in advance of the event as possible. Thank you.
- 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. Brown University's "Code of Conduct", "Discrimination and Workplace Harassment Policy", "Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Policy", and "Title IX Policy" apply to all ICERM participants and staff. Participants with concerns or requests for assistance on a discrimination or harassment issue should contact the ICERM Director or Assistant Directors Kathryn Boots or Jenna Sousa; they are the responsible employees at ICERM under this policy.
- Fundamental Research
- ICERM research programs aim to promote Fundamental Research and mathematical sciences education. If you are engaged in sensitive or proprietary work, please be aware that ICERM programs often have participants from countries and entities subject to United States export control restrictions. Any discoveries of economically significant intellectual property supported by ICERM funding should be disclosed.
- 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
- Eligible to be reimbursed
- B-1 or Visa Waiver Business (WB) –if you already have either visa – contact ICERM staff for a visa specific invitation letter.
- Ineligible to be reimbursed
- 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.
ICERM does not reimburse visa fees. This chart is to inform visitors whether the visa they enter the US on allows them to receive reimbursement for the items outlined in their invitation letter.
This section is for general purposes only and does not indicate that all attendees receive funding. Please refer to your personalized invitation to review your offer.
- ORCID iD
- As this program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), ICERM is required to collect your ORCID iD if you are receiving funding to attend this program. Be sure to add your ORCID iD to your Cube profile as soon as possible to avoid delaying your reimbursement.
- 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
- Flights on U.K. 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.)
- Travel Maximum Contributions
- New England: $350
- Other contiguous US: $850
- Asia & Oceania: $2,000
- All other locations: $1,500
- Note these rates were updated in Spring 2023 and superseded any prior invitation rates. Any invitations without travel support will still not receive travel support.
- Reimbursement Requests
Refer to the back of your ID badge for more information. Checklists are available at the front desk and in the Reimbursement section of Cube.
- 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.