The conference provides a platform for researchers, educators and artists to share and explore new ideas at the crossroads of origami, technology, mathematics, science, education and art. Concurrent sessions have been planned to cover these topics.
Erik Demaine is Associate Professor in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Demaineís research interests range throughout algorithms, from data structures for improving web searches to the geometry of understanding how proteins fold to the computational difficulty of playing games. He received a MacArthur Fellowship (2003) as a computational geometer tackling and solving difficult problems related to folding and bending, moving readily between the theoretical and the playful, with a keen eye to revealing the former in the latter. He co-authored with Joseph O'Rourke a book about the theory of folding, Geometric Folding Algorithms: Linkages, Origami, Polyhedra (Cambridge University Press, 2007). His interests span the connections between mathematics and art, particularly sculpture and performance, including curved origami sculptures in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York.
Robert J. Lang has been an avid student of origami for some forty years and is now recognized as one of the worldís leading masters of the art. He is one of the pioneers of the cross-disciplinary marriage of origami with mathematics and science and organized the 2006 Fourth International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education at Caltech. He has consulted with commercial companies and U.S. national laboratories on applications of origami to medical devices, air-bag design, and space telescopes, is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles on origami and lectures on the connections between origami, mathematics, science, and technology and in 2009 was awarded Caltech's highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award.