Welcome to the Summer Circle Packing Workshop (June 6-9)


The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and students working on problems related to Koebe-Andre’ev-Thurston-style circle packings, conformal maps, conformal tilings, and inversive geometry. The meeting is informal and is focused on fostering collaboration, making progress on current open problems, and identifying interesting new ones. Participants have the opportunity to give flash talks on the first day of the workshop and the remainder of the workshop will be relatively unstructured research collaboration.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to:

  • Inversive distance circle packings and circle polyhedra.
  • Conformal tilings.
  • Algorithms for computing circle packings.
  • Conformal geometry.
  • Inversive geometry.
  • Applications of circle packings.


There is no formal registration for the workshop. If you are interested in attending, you are most welcome. Please simply contact John Bowers (bowersjc -at- jmu.edu) to inform of your intent to attend.


James Madison University is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley on the western side of Virginia in the town of Harrisonburg. Harrisonburg is a quaint college town with a number of good restaurants and coffee shops. The workshop is being held in the ISAT/CS building on the East Campus of JMU which offers expansive views of the George Washington National Forest. We are tentatively organizing a hike for interested participants on Thursday of the workshop.

Tentative Schedule

The workshop is structured around collaboration, conversation, and research and therefore is light on scheduling. Most of the time is alloted to “collaborative research work,” which is defined however the participants choose. The schedule below shows deviations from this. Lunch will be provided at the CS department on Tuesday-Friday. Note: This was a tentative schedule and was changed before the workshop without this website being updated. We decided not to provide any meals to participants. 

Tuesday 6/6 – Morning Flash Talk Session (5-10 minute talks on current research interests)

Wednesday 6/7 – Late afternoon research session at Pale Fire Brewing Company.

Thursday 6/8  – Afternoon hike either along the Shenandoah Range or the George Washington National Forest.

Confirmed Participants

  • John C. Bowers (James Madison University)
  • Philip L. Bowers (The Florida State University)
  • Dane Mayhook (Iowa State)
  • Ken Stephenson (University of Tennessee)
  • Kevin Pratt (University of Connecticut)
  • Maria Ramirez-Solano (Syddansk Universitet)
  • Bill Wood (Northern Iowa University)