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IMA Annual Program Year Workshop
Mathematical Modeling in Industry XVIII
August 6-16, 2014

Richard BraunUniversity of Delaware
George HomsyPacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)
Fadil SantosaUniversity of Minnesota, Twin Cities

The Mathematical Modeling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates with first-hand experience in industrial research.

Workshop Format

Students work in teams of six or seven under the guidance of an industry mentor who helps the student model, analyze, and perform computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem.The mentor will help guide the students in the modeling process, analysis, and computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem.

A progress report from each team will also be scheduled during the period. In addition, each team will be expected to make an oral final presentation and submit a written report at the end of the workshop. Past projects have resulted in papers published in refereed scientific journals.

Optional Trip to Microsoft Research

There will be a special half-day trip to Redmond, WA, to visit Microsoft Research on Saturday, August 16. We will hear presentations from Microsoft researchers about mathematical modeling and computer science applications at Microsoft and get a tour of the facilities. See http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/labs/redmond/ for information about our destination. Participants will travel from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle, WA, on Saturday, August 16; departure is Saturday morning with return in the evening . All expenses will be covered as part of the workshop participation. Attendance will be optional, but non-U.S. citizens should be sure they have the proper visas for travel to and from the United States.

Location: Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Vancouver, BC, UBC PIMS Building

Application Procedure

Deadline May 9, 2014

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are invited to apply using the application link at the top of this page. In addition, two letters of recommendation are required; one must be from the student's advisor, director of graduate studies, or department chair. Prerequisites vary and depend on the project, but computational skills are important.

Selection criteria will be based on background and statement of interest, as well as geographic and institutional diversity. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

On the application form you will be asked to indicate your top three project choices; three different project choices must be submitted.

Accommodation: All participants will be provided with room and board at UBC. Participants from Canadian and U.S. universities will be provided with travel support from PIMS and the IMA based on availability.

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  • Team 1: Mathematical Challenges in High-Throughput Microcalorimeter Spectroscopy

  • Team 2: Quantifying the Uncertainty of Fish Ages

  • Team 3: Fast Calculation of Diffraction by Photomasks

  • Team 4: Efficient and Robust Solution Strategies for Saddle-Point Systems

  • Team 5: Quality Control on Vibroseis Seismic Recordings (StatOil)

  • Team 6: Prediction Under Uncertainties (Siemens and TU Munich)

  • Team 7: Geometry: Nearly Isometric Parametrizations (The Boeing Company)

Teams and Mentors

  • Team 7:
    • Mentor Thomas Hogan, The Boeing Company
    • Marzieh Bayeh, University of Regina
    • Edward Boey, University of Ottawa
    • Eliana Duarte, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Jodie Foster, University of British Columbia
    • Matthew Hassell, University of Delaware
    • Joshua Hernandez, University of Manitoba
  • Team 2:
    • Mentor Andrew Edwards, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    • Xiaoying Deng, St. Francis Xavier University
    • Brian Goddard, University of British Columbia
    • Fang He, University of Western Ontario
    • Nancy Hernandez Ceron, Purdue University
    • Alejandra Herrera Reyes, University of British Columbia
    • Tyler Massaro, University of Tennessee
  • Team 4:
    • Mentor Dimitar Trenev, ExxonMobil
    • James Arias, McMaster University
    • Jeremy Chiu, Simon Fraser University
    • Lola Davidson, University of Kentucky
    • Aritra Dutta, University of Central Florida
    • Jia Gou, University of British Columbia
    • Kak Choon Loy, University of Ottawa
    • Mark Thom, University of Lethbridge
  • Team 6:
    • Mentor Albert Gilg, Siemens AG
    • Wesley Bowman, Acadia University
    • Sergei Melkoumian, McMaster University
    • Nathaniel Richmond, The University of Iowa
    • William Thompson, University of British Columbia
    • Feifei Wang, Iowa State University
    • Argen West, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Team 1:
    • Mentor Bradley Alpert, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • Vincent Morissette-Thomas,
    • Alice Nadeau, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    • Louis-Xavier Proulx, University of Montreal
    • Yun Wei, University of Michigan
    • Jielin Zhu, University of British Columbia
    • Heng Zhu, University of Calgary
  • Team 3:
    • Mentor Apo Sezginer, KLA - Tencor
    • Timothy Costa, Oregon State University
    • John Cummings, University of Tennessee
    • Michael Jenkinson, Columbia University
    • Yeon Eung Kim, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • Jose de Jesus Martinez, Iowa State University
    • Nicole Olivares, Portland State University
  • Team 5:
    • Mentor Art Siewert, Statoil
    • Mentor Michael Lamoureux, University of Calgary
    • Robert Foldes, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    • Zheng (John) Guo, University of Calgary
    • Shixu Meng, University of Delaware
    • Chad Waddington, Colorado State University
    • Evelyn Wainewright, Mount Allison University