(RESCHEDULED) Workshop on ‘Mathematical Modelling & Computational Thinking’


Workshop on ‘Mathematical Modelling & Computational Thinking’ 

December 15 - 16, 2018


{Due to declaration of hartal in Kerala on December 14 (Friday), 2018, the workshop is rescheduled on December 15 (Saturday), 2018 and December 16 (Sunday), 2018}  

A mathematical model is a description of a system using mathematical concepts and language. The process of developing a mathematical model is termed Mathematical Modelling (MT). Mathematical models are used in the natural sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as in the social sciences
Computational Thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics and dispositions. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including the humanities, math, and science. Learning and practicing CT across the disciplines can result in visualisation of  relationship between diverse subjects and situations.

The elements of CT, includes:

·         Decomposition: Breaking down data, processes, or problems into smaller, manageable parts
·         Pattern Recognition: Observing patterns, trends, and regularities in data
·         Abstraction: Identifying the general principles that generate these patterns
·         Algorithm Design: Developing the step by step instructions for solving this and similar problems

The Innovation Hub of RSC & Planetarium, Calicut proposes to organise a two day workshop on “Mathematical Modelling & Computational Thinking” during December 14 - 15, 2018. The participation is open to Students, Teachers and other interested persons from the field of Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Applications and Basic Sciences at UG & PG level. Interested teachers dealing with the subject at +2/ HSE can also apply. Participation will be free but with prior registration. A maximum of 50 will be registered for the event. There will be invited talks by experts, activity sessions, modelling challenge and contest, demonstrations of algorithms for sorting, searching, shortest path, Agent Based Modelling etc. Participation Certificate will be given to all participants who have attended the sessions. 

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Day 1: Dr. Satyananda Panda, Department of Mathematics, NIT, Kozhikode

Day 2: Dr. Chandrasekhan Lakshminarayanan, Department of Computer Science, IIT, Palakkad

Workshop Structure

Programme Schedule

Day 1 (15.12.2018, Saturday)


09:00 am – 09:45 am                          Registration

10:00 am – 10:30 am                          Inauguration


Technical Sessions

Resource Person: Dr. Chandrashekar Lakshminarayanan, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology,  Palakkad


Session Type &

Title of Activity

Core content of the Activity

10:30 – 11:30

Invited Talk



Introduction  to Agent  Based Modelling

Ø  Agent Based Modelling (ABM) – What is it?

Ø  Tools & Techniques of ABM

Ø  Introductory Models

Ø  Complex Models

Ø  When to use AGM

Ø  Creating AGM Models

Ø  Components of an AGM Models

Ø  Analysing, Verification, Validation & Replication

11:45 – 13:00

Hands On



Building a simple AGM

Activity Session

14:00 – 15:30

Invited Talk



Introduction to Computational Thinking

Ø  What is computational Thinking?

Ø  Four Corner stones of computational Thinking – Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction, Algorithm

Ø  Illustration

15:45 – 16:30

Hands On



Physical illustrations

Ø  Shortest Path Problem

Ø  Searching Problem

Ø  Sorting Problem






Day 2 (16.12.2018, Sunday)

10:00 am to 10: 45 am       Special Talk: ‘Infinity' – Dr. Ramachandran P. T., HOD & Associate Professor,   Department of Mathematic, University of Calicut

Resource Person: Dr. Satyananda Panda, Associate Professor, National Institute of Technology, Calicut


11:00 – 11:50

Invited Talk



Introduction to Mathematical Modelling

Ø  Need for Mathematical Modelling

Ø  Techniques

Ø  Classifications

Ø  Simple Illustrations

12:00 – 13:00

Invited Talk



Problem presentation

Modelling Problems

14:00 – 14:30

Problem session



Problem solving activities

Group formation

Preliminary discussion with team members and resource person

14:30 – 15:30



Problem solving activities

 Discussion and preparation of slides about preliminary solution

15:30 – 16:30


A brief presentation from each group

Presentation session about preliminary ideas for possible solution of the problem

16:30 - 17:00






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