UCSB Distinguished Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences

Robert Lang, February 17-18, 2010



Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Engineering Sciences Bldg. 1001

To be followed by a reception

Dr. Robert Lang

Title: From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: the Modern Science of Origami

(Regents Lecture)



Thursday, February 18, 2009, 3:30 p.m.

McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6th floor)

(Refreshments at 3:00 p.m.)

Dr. Robert Lang

Title: Algorithms in Origami

Abstract: The revolutions of the last two decades in origami art came about in large part through the development of algorithms for origami design. In this talk, I will take a deeper look at some of the mathematical design algorithms used by modern origami artists and demonstrate some unusual applications of these algorithms that link a hundred-year old folding puzzle with multi-legged arthropods in paper and the simulation of automotive airbags.