

dates:  August 8  16, 2008  
location: 
The IRMACS Centre at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (Greater Vancouver), British Columbia CANADA 

organizers: 
David Austin (Grand Valley State University) Robert Bradshaw (University of Washington) Nils Bruin (Simon Fraser University) Bill Casselman (University of British Columbia) William Stein (University of Washington) 

information: 
Nils Bruin Email: nbruin@sfu.ca Phone: 778.782.3794 

web site:  http://www.pims.math.ca/science/2008/08mgvw/  
sponsors:  MITACS, SFU, PIMS Technical support by IRMACS 

objectives:  This workshop is intended to teach skills in mathematical graphics for research articles, for presentation, and on web pages, to graduate students and advanced undergraduates.  
target audience: 
The workshop is aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in
mathematics and related fields. We shall accept applicants from all over
the world, but give priority to those based in North America.
Programming experience will help, but is not required. Skills taught in the workshop will be valuable to those in nearly all fields of mathematics. 

rationale:  Mathematical concepts are often most effectively communicated by images. Nowadays, everybody has the technical means available to produce professional quality graphics to help in the exposition of research, but the skills necessary to produce great graphics are not easy to come by. In this workshop, you will learn the basic skills necessary to produce professional quality visualization of mathematical concepts.  
programme: 
Good graphics requires skill in both mathematics and computer programming.
Our primary graphics tools will be based on the programming language
Python, and interaction with the computer algebra system SAGE.
The program will include lectures and computer labs. Students will work on projects chosen by them and make presentations at the end of the workshop. 

funding: 
Participants will be housed on campus in SFU student dorms at no cost to
the participant. We will also provide a per diem to help cover local costs.
We have funds available to cover some travel costs, but not enough to cover everyone's. We expect most participants to find their own source. If you need them to be covered, please explain in your application. 

applications:  You can apply online. A complete application consists of


computing equipment:  You will spend a large part of the workshop working on computers. We have a number of workstations available, but we shall not be able to provide everybody with a workstation. You are encouraged to bring a laptop with wireless networking capability and a modern web browser (such as Firefox 2.0) installed.  
