AMSI-CARMA Workshop on Mathematical Thinking

Name:AMSI-CARMA Workshop on Mathematical Thinking
Calendar:Conferences & meetings
When:Wed, November 14, 2018 - Fri, November 16, 2018

AMSI–CARMA Workshop on Mathematical ThinkingCARMA logo

This workshop is part of the CARMA Special Semester on Mathematical Thinking.

Dates: Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 November
Venue: University of Newcastle, X803 NewSpace (City Campus)

Mathematics underpins much of the scientific and technological progress of modernity. This workshop will bring together experts to study the conceptual and neurological basis of mathematical thought and creativity, different aspects of which are associated with brain structures evolved for different purposes. We will explore links to machine learning, which plays a critical role as a model for cognition, as well as cognitive psychology, neuroscience, philosophy and pure and applied mathematics.

At this workshop, we will target discussions at forming new interdisciplinary collaborations and formulating concrete research questions with a view towards major grant applications in the ARC Discovery and linkage programmes, among others. Expected benefits arising from such collaborations include machine learning improvements, computer assistance for mathematical research and other high-level cognitive tasks, and improved insight into mathematics education at all levels.

Themes represented at this workshop include:

  • the cognitive foundations of mathematical thinking, such as the theory of Embodied Mathematics.
    Prof. Rafael Nunez (Univ. California San Diego, USA), one of the founders of this theory, will present a keynote talk.
  • the relationship between mathematical thinking and dance, as well as other physical and creative forms of expression.
    A workshop on mathematical dance will be presented by keynote speakers Erik Stern (Math Dance) and Rachel Bachman (Weber State Univ., USA).
  • the relationship between mathematical thinking and critical thinking.
    A keynote talk on critical thinking will be presented by Peter Ellerton (Univ. Queensland).
  • the neurological foundations of mathematical thinking (keynote speaker TBA).
  • applications of machine learning, computer experimentation and visualisation to mathematical thinking and vice versa.
    Keynote lectures will be presented by Veselin Jungic (Simon Fraser Univ., Canada) and Uri Wilenski (Northwestern Univ., USA).
  • the broader applications of mathematical thinking in education and its significance to the general public.
    A public lecture, live streamed to local schools, will be presented by keynote speaker and renowned public outreach expert Keith Devlin (Stanford Univ., USA).
Contributed talks on all aspects of Mathematical Thinking are welcome.

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Created:10 Oct 2018 02:32 am UTC
Modified:10 Oct 2018 03:05 am UTC
Updated: 10 Oct 2018