The 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics and Education (7OSME) was held at Oxford University (September 4–7, 2018).
The conference was the seventh in a series dedicated to research in the applications of origami and folding in the conference title fields (Science, Mathematics and Education), as well as in technology, design and history. The event has been held every four years, since the First International Meeting of Origami Science and Technology, held in Ferrara, Italy in 1989.
The conference began on Tuesday 4 September with an excursion to the Harwell Space catapult. A facility dedicated to research into the development of space technology. Delegates were given an introduction and demonstration of some of their work. The main conference began on Wednesday with an opening group session, followed by a poster session and the main lecture program.
7OSME had around 250 attendees from around the world. Delegates came from eighteen different countries. The biggest representation coming from USA, United Kingdom, Japan, China, and Germany. 24 delegates came from Japan, part enabled by support from sponsorship from the Daiwa Foundation and the GB Sasakawa foundation. Student attendance was similarly supported by funding from the Paul and Gabriel Rosenbaum foundation.
The event was held across three sites at Oxford University: the Engineering department, the Maths Institute, and St. Anne’s College. This enabled group opening and closing sessions at the Mathematics Institute and four concurrent lectures for the three days of the conference. The conference programme presented more than 120 lectures and 24 posters on different areas of applied Origami; from engineering applications, the use of origami in schools, to folded art installations.
The core of the conference was a technical committee, headed by Dr. Robert J Lang. Dr. Lang coordinated a team of seventeen to peer review papers for presentation and publication at the conference. The conference received 204 two-page abstracts for consideration. Each abstract was reviewed by at least two committee members and 166 authors were invited to present full papers. Amongst them, 110 authors submitted full papers. Each of these papers were reviewed again by at least two experts in the field, selected from the wider origami community. The paper review process involved a team of more than 130 people.
Following the review process 96 papers were selected for publication. These were published in a four-volume set of proceedings entitled Origami7. The proceedings were published to coincide with the conference by Tarquin. The four volumes comprised the main subject areas of the conference. Volume One included papers on Art, Education, History, and Science. Volume two includes papers on Mathematics, and Volumes three and four include papers on origami engineering.
The event was headlined by four keynote speakers, with expertise in the core conference areas. The conference opened with talks from Dr. Sergio Pellegrino and Dr. Tadashi Tokieda. Dr. Pellegrino, is the Joyce and Kent Kresa Professor of Aeronautics and Civil Engineering at the California Institute of Technology; Dr. Tokieda is Professor of mathematics at Stanford University. The closing keynote speakers were Dr. Tomohiro Tachi and Dr. Emma Frigerio. Dr. Tachi is Associate Professor in Graphic and Computer Sciences at the University of Tokyo; and Dr. Frigerio, is a former Maths professor at the University of Milan, Italy.
The main aim of the conference was to look at how the ideas and theories behind Origami are being applied to other applications. In engineering, machines and mechanisms are being developed based on folding ideas, these include, heart stents, crash barriers, car air bags, and expandable space sails. Along with the engineering applications the Mathematics of folding is also being explored.
The inter-disciplinary conference also focused on applications of folding in Education, Art and Design, and looks explores the history and evolution of Origami.
On Thursday evening a three-hour workshop session enabled a collection of informal lectures and workshops. These were outside the main academic programme and enabled a wider participation and an informal ideas exchange. These included lectures on the application of origami in new inventions and designs, new developments in origami education in Israel, and the work of the Origami museum in Zaragoza. There were practical folding workshops too, with sessions and demonstrations on folding tessellations, Miura map folds, and an interactive developing art installation.