I’m back from another visit to the Bellairs Research Institute on Barbados last week, for Erik Demaine’s annual computational geometry workshop. Here are my photos of the workshop participants.
What I like about these workshops is their collaborative nature: everyone works together in small groups on set research problems, in one place, for two three-hour sessions per day (mornings and early evenings, with the afternoons left as free time). The outdoor picnic table area where this happens is not broken up into discrete islands, so the research groups flow into each other and can change fluidly. If you get bored or stuck on one problem, it’s easy to find another to work on. I hope some sense of this dynamics comes through in these photos.