Women in Shape Analysis 4 (21w5128)


(Occidental College)

Erin Wolf Chambers (St. Louis University)


The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) will host the "Women in Shape Analysis 4" workshop in Oaxaca, from June 13 to June 18, 2021.

BIRS Oaxaca’s Casa Matemática will host the fourth workshop for Women in Shape Analysis. These workshops are designed to strengthen the shape modeling community by bringing together women researchers at various stages in their careers (from graduate student to senior researcher) and from across the world, to foster research collaboration and mentorship. Because shape modeling is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from mathematics, computer science, biotechnology, and many other fields, collaborations are especially crucial. Furthermore, since no single country has many women working in shape modeling, international collaborations are essential to forming robust networks of women researchers. Hosting this workshop in Mexico will represent an opportunity to broaden the network to researchers in Central and South America for the first time. Participants will spend one week working together in small groups to solve one of a selection of open questions in shape modeling. Instead of the more typical workshop structure where participants watch presentations of established results, WiShT participants will begin generating new results in collaboration with other participants. Following the workshop, the research network will be maintained and strengthened by publishing a proceedings volume and organizing follow-up conferences and reunions for participants and other researchers in the area. Mentoring and professional development will happen both formally and informally.

Shape analysis is a critical component in many applications areas, including image recognition, medical imaging, biomedical engineering, graphics, and computer animation. The workshop will tackle a set of very different challenging problems in shape modeling and analysis in groups led by experienced researchers, and the broad range of participants will allow an interdisciplinary team of scholars to make substantial progress in each area. Groups will develop new tools drawn from deep learning, algebraic, differential, and computational geometry, mathematical modeling, and statistics. Results from each group will be published in an AWM-Springer volume, as well as disseminated via conference and journal publications.

The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in Mexico, and the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) in Banff, are collaborative Canada-US-Mexico ventures that provide an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station in Banff is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). The research station in Oaxaca is funded by CONACYT