Mathematics Awareness, Training, Resource, & Information Exchange

The MATRIX Conference

September 18 - 20, 2014


General Information

The MATRIX Conference was jointly organized by the National Museum of Mathematics in New York (MoMath) and the Erlebnisland Mathematik in Dresden. IMAGINARY and the KoMSO network served as organization partners. The conference brought together people in charge of running and planning mathematics exhibitions or other math outreach activities for the purpose of exchanging ideas and materials.

KoMSO was represented by its member Dr. Stefan Körkel, by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITWM) in Kaiserslautern, and by Anja Schäfer who introduced her doctoral project.

Dr. Stefan Körkel is head of the BASF Junior Research Group “Optimum Experimental Design”, and member of the Graduate School HGS MathComp, both located at the IWR - Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing at Heidelberg University. He introduced mathematics success stories, which are meant to remind us why modern mathematics are valuable and deserve being disseminated.

Dr. Steffen Grützner and Ilka Blauth represented the Fraunhofer ITWM and introduced industry projects as well as results of the institute’s Mathematical Modeling Weeks for pupils.

Anja Schäfer is a doctoral student at the IWR and member of HGS MathComp. Under the supervision of Prof. Hans Georg Bock and Prof. Heike Leitte she is working on her dissertation on “An optimizational approach for an algorithmic reassembly of fragmented objects”. For her PhD Anja Schäfer uses and modifies methods from mathematics and computer science to help reconstruct Khmer Temples based on data gained with the Breuckmann 3D scanner from the Banteay Chhmar templesite in Cambodia.

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