Geometric rigidity theory and applications
May 30, 2016  Jun 03, 2016
ICMS, 15 South College Street
Organisers
Name  Institution 

Connelly, Robert  Cornell University 
Jackson, Bill  Queen Mary University of London 
Power, Stephen  University of Lancaster 
Schulze, Bernd  University of Lancaster 
A selection of photographs of this workshop are available from the ICMS Flickr account.
Geometric Rigidity Theory is concerned with the study of barjoint frameworks and related constraint systems of geometric objects. The area can be traced back to classical work of Euler, Cauchy and Maxwell on the rigidity of polyhedra and skeletal frames. However in recent years the subject has become particularly active, drawing on diverse areas of mathematics and engaging with a growing range of applications. The activity is driven in part by the solution of some longstanding open problems, such as the socalled Molecular Conjecture, and the determination , of the generic nature of global rigidity, and by new connections with other mathematical areas, such as matrix completion theory or machine learning. Impetus in the area has also come from new themes such as constraint systems with pointgroup or crystallographic symmetries and constraint systems in general normed linear spaces. Both the generic combinatorial theory and symmetric geometric theories are flourishing and in recent years the subject in general has increased its international visibility as an active research area.
The workshop will bring together researchers in order to advance the subject of Geometric Rigidity through expositions of recent results, through consultations between participants and through ensuing disseminations in research journals.
Details regarding participation in the workshop will appear here in due course.
Arrangements
The workshop will begin with registration on Monday morning 30 May (08:3009:00) and close around 13:00 on Friday 3 June 2016. Please take these timings into account when booking your travel.
Participation
Invited delegates were sent an emailed invitation from ICMS, on behalf of the Scientific Organisers, at the beginning of March.
Registration
There will be a £70 registration fee for this workshop.
 Payment can be made on arrival at ICMS  at Registration we will accept cash, credit/debit card payments and sterling cheques (payable to “HeriotWatt University”). Unfortunately, we do not yet have an online payment system at ICMS. If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, please complete the form (available in the link below) and bring the completed form to Registration.
Venue and Talks
The workshop will be held at 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. You may also find this map useful for the workshop. All lectures will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre. The Lecture Theatre is equipped with a data projector, computer, visualiser (the new generation of overhead projectors) and two blackboards. The projector and one board may be used simultaneously. It is best to bring your presentation on a memory stick to use in our ICMS computer. Alternatively, it is possible for you to use your own laptop with our dataprojector, but please be aware that you may have to alter your laptop resolutions/settings.
Travel
Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.
Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.
A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 16.00 to 20.00 GBP to the city centre for a oneway journey. There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.00 single or 7.00 GBP return  the Airlink 100. This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above).
Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.
If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations  Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street. If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The other railway stations are Haymarket and Edinburgh Park at the West End of the city centre.
UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one.
Accommodation
ICMS will organise accommodation for all invited participants
Catering
The workshop grant will cover refreshments throughout the event, lunch on three days, an informal wine reception and a workshop dinner.
Dinner
There will be a workshop dinner on Thursday 2 June at Blonde restaurant , 75 St.Leonard's Street, Edinburgh at 19:00.
Public Lecture
On Tuesday 31 May, Patrick Fowler (University of Sheffield), will give a Public Lecture (title and abstract below). Doors will open to the Public at 17.30, with the Lecture beginning at 18.00. The Public Lecture will be followed by an informal wine reception in the Chapterhouse, Level 1, at ICMS from 19.0020.00. Seats have been reserved in the Lecture Theatre for all the workshop participants so there is no need for you to book a seat.
'Symmetry in chemistry and engineering: Maxwell still going strong at 185'
The ideas of James Clerk Maxwell, a giant of 19th century science, are still helping to make new links between research on structures as small as molecules or as big as bridges. When Maxwell's ideas are combined with consideration of symmetry, engineers, and chemists can learn something from each other about structures that don't fall down, toys, viruses and polyhedra that change shape, and materials that get fatter when stretched. This talk will discuss some of these developments, with a minimum of mathematics and a maximum of pictures.
Programme
Please note that this is a Provisional Programme and may be subject to alteration.
PDF of abstracts now available to download
Monday 30 May
08:3009:00  Registration & Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
09:0009:15  Opening remarks 
09:1510:15  Robert Connelly (Cornell University) 
10:1510:45  Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
10:4511:15  John Bowers (James Madison University) 
11:1511:45  Ciprian Borcea (Rider University) 
11:4512:15  Brigitte Servatius (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 
12:1514:15  Lunch in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
14:1514:45  Offer Shai (Tel Aviv University) 
14:4515:15  Georg Nawratil (Vienna University of Technology) 
15:1515:45  Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
15:4516:15  Franz Kiraly (University College London) 
16:1516:45  Anthony Nixon (Lancaster University) 
16:4518:30  Informal wine reception in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
Tuesday 31 May
09:1510:15  Meera Sitheram (University of Florida) 
10:1510:45  Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
10:4511:15  John Owen (Siemens UK) 
11:1511:45  Viktoria Kazanitzky (Lancaster University) 
11:4512:15  Hakan Guler (Queen Mary University of London) 
12:1514:15  Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse, Level 1(poster setup) 
14:1514:45  Herman Servatius (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) 
14:4515:15  Louis Theran (Aalto University) 
15:1515:45  Tea/Coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
15:4516:15  Oleg Karpenkov (University of Liverpool) 
16:1516:45  Wai Yeung Lam (Technische Universität Berlin) 
17:30  Doors open to the public 
18:0019:00  Public Lecture by Patrick Fowler (University of Sheffield) 
19:0020.00  Informal wine reception in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
Wednesday 1 June
09:1510:15  Shinichi Tanigawa (CWI (& Kyoto University) 
10:1510:45  Coffee/Tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
10:4511:15  Ileana Streinu (Smith College) 
11:1511:45  Gaiane Panina (St Petersburg State University) 
11:4512:15  Bryan Chen (UMass Amherst) 
12:15  Free afternoon 
Thursday 2 June
09:1510:15  Tibor Jordan (Eötvös University) 
10:1510:45  Coffee/Tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
10:4511:15  Audrey St. John (Mount Holyoke College) 
11:1511:45  Jessica Sidman (Mount Holyoke College) 
11:4512:15  Derek Kitson (Lancaster University) 
12:1512:20  Group photo to be taken 
12:2014;15  Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
14:1514:45  Igor Rivin (University of St. Andrews) 
14:4515:15  Leo Liberti (CNRS LIX, Ecole Polytechnique) 
15:1515:45  Coffee/Tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
15:4516:15  Hattie Serocold (Lancaster University) 
16:1516:45  Katie Clinch (Queen Mary University of London) 
19:00  Workshop Dinner at Blonde Restaurant, 75 St. Leonard's Street, Edinburgh 
Friday 3 June
09:1510:15  Simon Guest (University of Cambridge) 
10:1510:45  Coffee/Tea in the Chapterhouse, Level 1 
10:4511:15  James Cruickshank (National University of Ireland, Galway) 
11:1511:45  HansPeter Schröcker (University of Innsbruck) 
11:4512:00  Break 
12:0012:30  Andras Lengyel (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) & Tibor Tarnai (Budapest University of Technology and Economics) 
12:3013:00  Vincenzo Vitelli (Leiden University) 
13:00  Close of workshop (please note that no lunch will be provided)

PDF of abstracts now available to download
Presentations:
Presentation Details  

Borcea, Ciprian  
Auxetic periodic designs  
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Bowers, John  
Nonglobally rigid inversive distance circle packings  
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Chen, Bryan  
Topologically ’polarized’ periodic frameworks and applications to toys and origami  
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Clinch, Katie  
Symmetryforced rigidity of directionlength frameworks  
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Connelly, Robert  
Packing equal disks in a square torus  
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Cruickshank, James  
Block and hole graphs: more than one block  
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Fowler, Patrick  
Symmetry in chemistry and engineering: Maxwell still going strong at 185  
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Guest, Simon  
Counting points and lines with symmetry  
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Guler, Hakan  
Rigidity of bodybar frameworks  
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Jordan, Tibor  
Robust tensegrity polygons  
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Karpenkov, Oleg  
The combinatorial geometry of stresses in frameworks  
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Kaszanitzky, Viktoria  
Sufficient connectivity conditions for rigidity of symmetric frameworks  
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Kiraly, Franz  
Rigidity, matroids and matrix completion  
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Kitson, Derek  
A rigidity theory for matrices  
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Lam, Wai Yeung  
Minimal surfaces from discrete harmonic functions  
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Lengyel, Andras  
Motion of a square antiprism ring  
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Liberti, Leo  
Partial reflection groups and distance geometry of Henneberg graphs  
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Nawratil, Georg  
A necessary geometric criterion for the mobility of $n$pods  
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Nixon, Anthony  
Global rigidity of frameworks on surfaces  
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Owen, John  
Independence and smoothness for nongeneric frameworks  
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Panina, Gaiane  
Discrete morse theory for configuration spaces of flexible polygons, or solitaire game on the circle  
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Rivin, Igor  
To follow  
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Schröcker, HansPeter  
Kempe's universality theorem for rational space curves  
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Serocold, Hattie  
Rigidity of frameworks with a class of coordinated bars  
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Servatius, Brigitte  
On the size of 2d rigid and globally rigid subgraphs of of kvalent graphs  
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Servatius, Herman  
Constrained vector configurations  
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Shai, Offer  
Rigidity theory and geometry in engineering  
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Sidman, Jessica  
Special positions of barandjoint frameworks  
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Sitharam, Meera  
Refutation of a maximality conjecture or a combinatorial characterization of 3D rigidity?  
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St John, Audrey  
Rigidity for multirobot formations  
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Streinu, Ileana  
Polyhedral origami  
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Tanigawa, Shinichi  
Universal rigidity, singularity degree, and metric polytopes of signed graphs  
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Tarnai, Tibor  
Motion of a square antiprism ring  
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Theran, Louis  
Generic global and universal rigidity  
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Vitelli, Vincenzo  
Topological mechanical metamaterials  
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Participants
Name  Institution 

Borcea, Ciprian  Rider University 
Bowers, John  James Madison University 
Chen, Bryan  UMass Amherst 
Clinch, Katie  Queen Mary University of London 
Connelly, Robert  Cornell University 
Cruickshank, James  National University of Ireland, Galway 
Dewar, Sean  Lancaster University 
Fowler, Patrick  University of Sheffield 
Guest, Simon  University of Cambridge 
Guler, Hakan  Queen Mary University of London 
Hahn, Elad  Tel Aviv University 
Jackson, Bill  Queen Mary University of London 
Jordan, Tibor  Eotvos University 
Karpenkov, Oleg  University of Liverpool 
Kaszanitzky, Viktoria  Lancaster University 
Kiraly, Csaba  Eötvös University 
Kiraly, Franz  
Kitson, Derek  Lancaster University 
Lam, Wai Yeung  Technische Universität Berlin 
Lengyel, Andras  Budapest University of Technology and Economics 
Liberti, Leo  CNRS LIX, Ecole Polytechnique 
Nawratil, Georg  Vienna University of Technology 
Nixon, Anthony  Lancaster University 
Owen, John  Siemens UK 
Panina, Gaiane  St Petersburg State University, SPIIRAS 
Power, Stephen  University of Lancaster 
Prabhu, Rahul  University of Florida 
Rivin, Igor  University of St Andrews 
Schröcker, HansPeter  University of Innsbruck 
Schulze, Bernd  University of Lancaster 
Serocold, Hattie  Lancaster University 
Servatius, Brigitte  Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Servatius, Herman  Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Shakir, Qays  National University of IrelandGalway 
Sidman, Jessica  Mount Holyoke College 
Sitharam, Meera  University of Florida 
St John, Audrey  Mount Holyoke College 
Stachel, Hellmuth  Vienna University of Technology 
Streinu, Ileana  Smith College 
Tanigawa, Shinichi  CWI (& Kyoto University) 
Tarnai, Tibor  Budapest University of Technology and Economics 
Theran, Louis  University of St Andrews 
Vitelli, Vincenzo  Leiden University 