FrankFest 2016

Conference on Isoperimetric Problems

Williams College

Friday and Saturday, February 5-6, 2016

Frank Morgan

General Information

Williams College hosted a conference on the occasion of Frank Morgan's retirement from Williams College. The conference started with a lecture on Friday, February 5, at 8:00 PM and continued with a full day of talks on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

The organizers were Colin Adams (Williams) and Cesar Silva (Williams).

Partial support by an NSF conference grant, and Williams College Class of 60's Fund.

Group Picture


Isoperimetric problems have been a fascinating area of study for centuries, and continue to be an area of current research interest. Please follow this link for the abstracts.


Bronfman Auditorium, Bronfman Science Center

8:00 PM Jonathan Lovett (Obama speech writer, creator of primetime TV show 1600 Penn and FacTrak)


Wege Auditorium (Chemistry 123)

8:50 AM Welcome and Introduction

9:00 - 9:40 AM Ivan Corwin (Columbia) "Integrable probability and the KPZ universality class" (Large file as it includes movies)

9:50 - 10:10 William Wylie (Syracuse) "Comparison Geometry for manifolds with density"

10:15 - 10:35 Sarah Tammen (Georgia) "The isoperimetric problem in Rn with density rp"

10:35 - 10:55 COFEE/TEA Break

10:55 - 11:15 Alexander Diaz-Lopez (Notre Dame) "Isoperimetric problems in sectors with density"

11:20 - 11:40 Diana Davis (Northwestern) "Billiards and the double pentagon"

11:50 - 12:20 Herbert Edelsbrunner (IST, Austria) "Approximation and convergence of the intrinsic volume"

12:25 - 1:25 LUNCH, Science Atrium

Wege Auditorium (Chemistry 123)

1:30 - 2:10 Michael Hutchings (Berkeley) "Fun with symplectic embeddings"

Parallel Sessions (Bronfman Science Center classroms; please see here for details)

2:20 - 2:35 Robin Walters; Joel Foisy; Patricia Klein; Ellie Cowen

2:40 - 2:55 Jeff Jauregui; Sean Howe; Thomas Coleman; Mark Conger

3:00 - 3:15 Matt Simonson; Ben Steinhurst; Jake Levinson; Nicholas Neumann-Chun

3:15 - 3:35 COFEE/TEA Break

3:35 - 3:50 Hung Tran; Trubee Davidson; Rob Silversmith; Ted Welsh

3:55 - 4:10 Max Engelstein ; Fred Brasz; Luis Sordo Vieira ; Rohini Ramadas

Wege Auditorium (Chemistry 123)

4:20 - 4:50 Joel Hass (UC Davis) “Isoperimetric Regions”

5:00 - 5:40 Jason Zimba (Common Core; Student Achievement Partners) "Is Math for Everyone? Lessons I Learned from Frank Morgan at Williams and Beyond"

6:30 PM RECEPTION, Faculty House

7:00 PM BANQUET, Faculty House

Traveling to Williams College

Williams College is located in Williamstown, MA, about an hour drive from the Albany, New York airport.

See also Williams College's own information for visitors.

Hotel Reservations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Williams Inn at the college rate ($120 plus tax, including breakfast). Please make your own reservations by calling the Inn and mentioning FrankFest. Rooms will be held until Januray 5, 2016.


Please register for the conference by following Registration . Please send the following information: Name, affiliation, and arrival and departure dates. If requesting financial support please send in a short budget. NSF grant support for the conference is expected.


7:00 PM Faculty House


For more information please contact Colin Adams or Cesar Silva.