Illinois Geometry Lab
Illinois Geometry Lab
Video produced by University of Illinois Department of Mathematics
Interview with Illinois Geometry Lab
Video produced by IGL Member Yuhao Zhu
The Illinois Geometry Lab (IGL) is a facility at the Mathematics Department focusing
on mathematical visualization and community engagement.
At the lab, undergraduate students work closely with graduate students and postdocs on
visualization projects set forth by faculty members, as well as to bring mathematics to the
community through school visits and other activities.
The IGL follows in the footsteps of the Geometry Center
which pioneered computer visualization in the 90's. We are associated with the
Experimental Geometry Lab at the University of Maryland College Park, and with the
Experimental Algebra and Geometry Lab at the
University of Texas Pan American.
In the Media
Work done in the Fall 2014 IGL project Hyperbolic space
on the Oculus Rift (mentor: Pierre Albin) was featured
in the 2017 Nature
create warped worlds in virtual reality.
IGL Managers Michelle Delcourt, Melinda Lanius and Claire
Merriman were profiled in a June 2016
Claire Merriman was interviewed on local TV station WCIA
about the 2016 Summer Illinois Math Camp.
The IGL conducted an activity on constructing and exploring platonic solids and other surfaces at the Champaign-Urbana Scholars Foundation
"Freshman Focus" event on June 4, 2013.
The IGL was featured in a Spring 2013 Postmarks article "X students + 1 subject + 1 room = creative and fun teamwork".
The IGL, EGL, and EAGL were featured in the Scientific American article
"Deep Spaces: Geometry Labs Bring Beautiful Math to the Masses" in July 2012.
Honors and Awards
First Annual IGL Research Awards
announced. At the 2017 Department of
Mathematics Award Ceremony, the IGL awarded its
first annual IGL Research Awards. The 2017 IGL
Research Award was presented to the Fall 2016 groups
Traffic Patterns in Manhattan (faculty mentors Rich
Sowers and Dan Work) and Quantum Mechanics on Graphs
and CW Complexes (faculty mentor Ivan Contreras).
Honorable Mention goes to the Spring 2016 group
Synchrony and Plasticity in the Kuramoto model
(faculty mentor Jared Bronski).
Vaibhav Karve awarded the 2016 People's
Choice Award of the Graduate College Research Live!
Competition. The award was given for his
presentation on the Fall 2016 IGL project Traffic Patterns
in Manhattan, mentored by Rich Sowers and Dan Work.
See his winning presentation here.
Michelle Delcourt awarded the 2016 Graduate
Student Leadership Award.
was given for her work on the outreach initiatives
Sonia Math Days and GEMS (Girls Engaged in
Mathematics and Science).
SIM Camp supported by grants from the Public
Engagement Office. The 2015 and 2016
Summer Illinois Math Camps are supported by grants
from the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement.
Power Series talk among "Final Three" for Best
Presentation Award at the Rose-Hulman
Undergraduate Mathematics Conference, April
11-12, 2014. The presentation
"The Strange Case of the Moebius Power Series:
Reconciling Theory and Numerical Evidence" by
Yiwang Chen, Daniel Hirsbrunner, Tong Zhang
from AJ Hildebrand's 2013/14 Number Theory
group was among three talks chosen as
finalists for the Best Talk Competition at the
2014 Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Conference.
Graphics from "Intersecting Cylinders" project to be featured in new edition of Gardner book. The images in question, depicting two intersecting cylinders and a sliced version of this intersection, were created by the 2012/13 Integrals Calculus/Integrals group (Lingyi Kong, Luvsandondov Lkhamsuren, Abigail Turner, Ananya Uppal) using Mathematica software. We have been contacted by the publisher of a new edition of Martin Gardner's book "Unexpected hangings" for permission to use these images.