In Transition: Mathematics, Arts, Design and Architecture


Event details

Date 23.11.2022 17:1518:15  
Speaker Kirsi Peltonen, PhD, Adjunct professor at University of Helsinki, Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis, School of Science, Aalto University

Kirsi Peltonen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis at Aalto University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Helsinki. She is director of the Math and Arts program at Aalto University, whose transdisciplinary courses lie at the intersection of mathematics, visual arts, design and architecture. These courses are open to students in all levels of education, from schools within Aalto University and other universities in Finland, as well as to school teachers. Her student's work has been exhibited at the Heureka Science Centre, the Espoo Cultural Centre, and FutureLab Shanghai. She has given talks at the 2016 Bridges Conference (Jyväskylä, Finland), at the 2017 Geometry Labs United Conference (Seattle), and at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians. She was the chair of the organizing committee for the 2022 Bridges Conference (Aalto University, Finland). In 2018 she was recognized by the Finnish Mathematical Society for her efforts to synthesize math, art, design and architecture through these courses.  
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

This is a talk for a general academic audience interested in possibilities for enhancing contemporary mathematics to interact with arts, design and architecture. I will discuss on the needs for this dialogue in different levels of education, research and broader in the society.  Our recent interdisciplinary activities challenging the traditions and communication of mathematics, arts, design, and architecture at Aalto University in Finland have given a new type of platform to share the beauty of mathematics systematically and open accessible layers to a useful interplay.  Many outcomes and byproducts of these up-to-date experiments are perfect for applications in digital technologies such as programming, CAD, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality.  Some scenarios for the future development will be  presented.

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


  • Marc Troyanov


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