We want to take up the issues outlined in the previous MATRIX editions, sharing ideas, experiences and good practices dealing with hot topics regarding mathematics awareness.

Open plenary Conferences (OP)  

These sessions are open to the general public.

OP1 “Art about mathematics”

Rinus Roelofs (mathematician & artist)

The main subject of my art my fascination about mathematics. And to be more precise: my fascination about mathematical structures. Mathematical structures can be found all around us. We can see them everywhere in our daily live. The use of these structures as visual decoration is so common that we don’t even see this as mathematics. But studying the properties of these structures and especially the relation between the different structures can bring up questions. Questions that can be the start of interesting artistic explorations.

Artistic explorations of this kind mostly leads to intriguing designs of sculptural objects, which are then made in all kind of materials, like paper, wood, metal, acrylic, etc.. It all starts with amazement, trying to understand what you see. Solving those questions often leads to new ideas, new designs.

Since I use the computer as my main sketchbook these ideas come to reality first as a picture on the screen. From there I can decide what the next step towards physical realization has to be. A rendered picture, an animation or a 3D physical model made by the use of CNC-milling, laser cutting or rapid prototyping. Many techniques can be used nowadays, as well as many different materials. But it is all based on my fascination about mathematical structures.

Talk language: English –  Simultaneous interpretation available (Català-English)

OP2  Catastrophes, diseases and crimes: risk prediction with mathematics”

Rosario Delgado (UAB)

Can we predict the risk of a catastrophe? Still more: can we assess how risk is affected if we take certain measures to try to avoid it? Which individuals are at greater risk of suffering from some illness? Can we assess the effect of risk factors or protection factors in our health? And the risk of criminal recidivism? Can we predict it from the available information of a person who goes out of prison and is released? What is the profile of the repeat offender?

Mathematics help us answer all these questions and many more! Bayesian Networks, introduced in the 20s of the last century as a graphic mathematical model that describes the probabilistic knowledge of the relationships between variables that affect a certain non- deterministic phenomenon, have shown to be very useful for risk assessment and profiling, in areas as diverse as economics, medicine, the environment sciences and ecology, the accidents with nuclear waste, or criminology, among many others.

This talk will introduce this tool of Machine Learning, through examples, both academic and real, for a public not specialized but interested in science in general.

Talk language: Català – Simultaneous interpretation available (Català-English)

Internal inspiring Conferences (IC)  

These sessions are exclusive for registered participants.

IC1 The Big Data phenomenon

Lali Soler (Data Analytics Business Manager)

In this talk we will see how the convergence of three relevant trends (big data technologies, artificial intelligence and interactive interfaces) are opening a great amount opportunities in the new data economy, and are changing the way organisations act. Also, some time will be devoted to talk about the maths within the Big Data phenomenon as well as to point out some possibilities to bring them in an interactive space.

Talk language: English

IC2 “Impact Evaluation in science vocation”

FECYT coordinates this panel that will present different Spanish initiatives to evaluate the impacts of non-formal science education and science outreach activities. Firstly, Gonzalo Remiro from FECYT will sum up their experience in evaluation of these kind of activities, with special attention to their publication “Toolkit for evaluation of scientific culture activities”. Following, Digna Couso from CRECIM-UAB, an university professor expert in science education, will show the results of their investigation in the evaluation of non-formal science education activities at qualitative level, including the evaluation of experimental workshops for secondary school students (project with PCB-UB) and the evaluation of school-research collaborations (project with Fundación Elhuyar). Finally, Sergio Marco from Everis will present de study “How to stimulate a scientific mind?” developed by FECYT, Obra Social “la Caixa” and Everis that defined and implemented an impact evaluation system that represent the extent to which the interest in studying STEM increases in the students taking part in outreach activities and identify the key influencing factors in young people’s career choices.

Talk language: English

IC3 “Role-play of coordinates & function dance”

Grup Cúbic & MMACA

There are different types of resources to teach mathematics, in this workshop we propose a very special one where the students themselves and teachers become resources taking on the role of mathematical beings and behaving coherently with this role in the framework of small role-plays. In this conference we will be points in a coordinate system. To finish we have prepared a small surprise… we’re waiting for you!

Talk language: English