Walter Whiteley

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Walter Whiteley
AwardsAdrien Pouliot Award
Academic background
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorGian-Carlo Rota
Academic work
InstitutionsYork University

Walter John Whiteley is a professor in the department of mathematics and statistics at York University in Canada.[1] He specializes in geometry and mathematics education, and is known for his expertise in structural rigidity and rigidity matroids.

Education and career[edit]

Whiteley graduated from Queen's University in 1966.[2][3] He earned his Ph.D. in 1971 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a dissertation titled Logic and Invariant Theory supervised by Gian-Carlo Rota.[4] He worked as an instructor at Champlain College Saint-Lambert, with a joint appointment in mathematics and humanities, from 1972 until he joined the York University faculty in 1992.[2][3]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2009, Whiteley won the Adrien Pouliot Award of the Canadian Mathematical Society for his contributions to mathematics education.[3] In August 2014, the Fields Institute at the University of Toronto hosted a workshop on rigidity theory and spatial reasoning, "inspired by the distinguished career of Professor Walter Whiteley".[5]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Roth, B.; Whiteley, W. (1981), "Tensegrity frameworks", Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 265 (2): 419–446, doi:10.2307/1999743, MR 0610958.
  • Connelly, Robert; Whiteley, Walter (1996), "Second-order rigidity and prestress stability for tensegrity frameworks", SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, 9 (3): 453–491, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1137/S0895480192229236, MR 1402190.
  • Whiteley, Walter (1996), "Some matroids from discrete applied geometry", Matroid theory (Seattle, WA, 1995), Contemporary Mathematics, 197, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, pp. 171–311, doi:10.1090/conm/197/02540, MR 1411692.
  • Whiteley, Walter (1997), "Rigidity and scene analysis", Handbook of discrete and computational geometry, CRC Press Ser. Discrete Math. Appl., CRC, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 893–916, MR 1730205.
  • Eren, T.; Goldenberg, O.K.; Whiteley, W.; Yang, Y.R.; Morse, A.S.; Anderson, B.D.O.; Belhumeur, P.N. (2004), "Rigidity, computation, and randomization in network localization", Proceedings of the Twenty-third Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies (IEEE INFOCOM 2004), Vol. IV, doi:10.1109/infcom.2004.1354686.
  • Aspnes, J.; Eren, T.; Goldenberg, D.K.; Morse, A.S.; Whiteley, W.; Yang, Y.R.; Anderson, B.D.O.; Belhumeur, P.N. (2006), "A theory of network localization", IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, 5 (12): 1663–1678, doi:10.1109/tmc.2006.174.
  • Connelly, Robert; Weiss, Asia Ivić; Whiteley, Walter, eds. (2014). Rigidity and Symmetry. New York: Springer. ISBN 9781493907809. OCLC 941174259.


  1. ^ Faculty, York University Department of Mathematics and Statistics, retrieved 2015-11-21.
  2. ^ a b Curriculum vitae: Walter John Whiteley (PDF), April 2001, retrieved 2015-11-21.
  3. ^ a b c 2009 Adrien Pouliot Award (PDF), Canadian Mathematical Society, retrieved 2015-11-21.
  4. ^ Walter Whiteley at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Workshop on Making Models: Stimulating Research In Rigidity Theory And Spatial-Visual Reasoning, Held at the Fields Institute, August 5–9, 2014, retrieved 2015-11-21.

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