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IMA Public Lecture: Mathematics in Modern Architecture

Date: 04/29/2014

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: 2-650 Moos Health Sciences Tower

Cost: Free


Many of today's most striking buildings are nontraditional free-form shapes. While using current modeling tools to digitally design free-form geometry is well understood, fabrication on the architectural scale is a big challenge, providing a rich source of research topics in geometry and geometric computing. Mathematician Helmut Pottmann will provide an overview of recent progress in the emerging field of architectural geometry, discuss its relation to contemporary research in geometry and computer graphics, and illustrate the shift of mathematical research into architectural practice.

About the Speaker

Helmut Pottmann is a professor of applied mathematics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and a professor of geometry at Vienna University of Technology. His research interests are in applied geometry and visual computing with a recent focus on geometric computing for architecture and manufacturing.

About the Lecture Series

The IMA Public Lecture Series features distinguished mathematicians and scientists who illuminate the role of mathematics in understanding our world and shaping our lives. The purpose of these talks is to give the public a better understanding about how contemporary mathematical ideas are applied to important technological and scientific problems, conveying the significance and excitement of these applications. These engaging and informative lectures are designed for a broad audience, appropriate for middle-school students and older. This well-established series regularly draws diverse audiences of several hundred people.


  • Name: Amanda Baumann
  • E-mail: aaranows@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-7881
  • Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering


Parking is available at the Washington Avenue Ramp.

More information: http://www.ima.umn.edu/public-lecture/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the event sponsor.

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