CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 07 Number 2
February 4, 2007

Editor: Rod Edwards (edwards@math.uvic.ca)



Society News:

1. CAIMS-SIAM reciprocity agreement

2. NSERC releases mathematics funding survey results

3. NSERC conducts Institute site visits

4. CAIMS*SCMAI 2007 - Registration deadline

5. 2nd Congress Canada-France - Call for sessions

Other News:

6. Pauline van den Driessche wins ICIAM prize

7. ICIAM support for developing countries

8. New Master's in Computational Mathematics at University of Waterloo

Summer Schools, Courses and Workshops:

9. Dynamic Modeling of Biological Regulatory Networks (Les Houches,

10. Biomedical Modeling and Cardiovascular-Respiratory Control (Graz,

11. Analysis and Control of Complex Networks (Milan, Italy)


* Links to the web pages for these and other conferences can be found
by clicking on "Upcoming Meetings and Workshops" at the CAIMS*SCMAI
home page: www.caims.ca.

12.* Symbolic-Numeric Computation (SNC 2007) (London, Ontario)

13.* 4th International Symposium on Voronoi Diagrams (Pontypridd, Wales)

14. CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information



From: Bill Langford <wlangfor@uoguelph.ca>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 15:15:17 -0500

CAIMS - SIAM reciprocity approved.

Both the CAIMS Board of Directors and the SIAM Board of
Directors have approved a Reciprocal Membership Agreement
between our two societies. This agreement reflects the
good relations that exist between CAIMS and SIAM, marked
by successful joint meetings in past years and the ICIAM
2011 world congress that our societies are co-hosting
with MITACS in Vancouver.

It is expected that the Reciprocal Membership Agreement
can be implemented beginning with the 2008 membership year.
Under the terms of this agreement, regular CAIMS members
who live in Canada will be eligible for a 20% discount on
regular SIAM membership dues. Regular SIAM members who
live in the USA will be eligible for a 30% discount on
annual CAIMS dues. (Note that, due to the large difference
in the dollar amount of the dues of the two societies, this
actually represents a larger saving for CAIMS members than
for SIAM members.)

Leah Keshet, Membership Committee Chair, is to be thanked
for initiating the discussions that led to this agreement,
with the SIAM President at the 2006 York Meeting.

Canadian CAIMS members are advised to ensure that their
2007 membership is in good standing, so that they will be
eligible for the reciprocity discount when paying 2008
SIAM dues later on in 2007.



From: Bill Langford <wlangfor@uoguelph.ca>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 15:15:17 -0500

NSERC releases mathematics funding survey results.

CAIMS members know that in 2006, NSERC consulted the
Canadian mathematics community on the subject of the
future funding mechanism for the mathematics research

Two options were considered: One was "Distinct Budgets"
in which the institutes would be funded under the Major
Resources Support (MRS) program, and Discovery Grants
and Research tools and Instruments (RTI) would remain
independently funded as before under the GSC's. The
other was the "Mathematics Envelope" in which these
funds would be combined in an envelope managed by the
two Pure and Applied Mathematics Grant Selection
Committees (GSC's 336 and 337).

The advantages and disadvantages of the two options
were widely debated. The mathematics institute
directors tended to prefer the envelope option. Some
CAIMS members were concerned that the envelope option
could disadvantage the multidisciplinary work of the
institutes and they preferred the independence of the
distinct budgets option.

The NSERC consultation process included a survey of
the current applicants to the GSC's 336 and 337, asking
these researchers to indicate their preference between
the two options. The results of that survey were
released in January. The response rate was 48%
(fairly high for an elective survey like this one).
Of those responding, 53.7% voted in favour of distinct
budgets, 35.6% voted in favour of the envelope option
and 10.7% indicated no preference.

Since a majority of CAIMS members are not funded from
GSC's 336 or 337, some felt disenfranchised by the NSERC
decision to survey only those funded by those GSC's.
Following the NSERC presentation at the CAIMS Annual
Meeting at York University in June 2006, NSERC agreed
to allow CAIMS to pose the same survey questions to
the CAIMS membership. This survey, conducted in July
2006 had a low response rate, only 25 replies. However,
the preferences were remarkably similar to those in
the official NSERC survey.

In conclusion, NSERC decided to maintain "distinct
budgets", with the GSC's deciding Discovery Grants and
RTI and the institutes reviewed within the MRS program.

The three institutes are currently undergoing this
review. CAIMS has expressed its strong support for
funding of the mathematics institutes in letters sent
to all three institutes and to NSERC.



From: Bill Langford <wlangfor@uoguelph.ca>
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 12:33:49 -0500

NSERC conducts Institute Site Visits

During the week of January 21 2007, an NSERC-appointed
committee conducted site visits at each of the three
mathematics institutes: PIMS, Fields and CRM. This
Site Visit Committee will make recommendations to the
new Major Resources Support (MRS) Program, on the
renewal of funding of the math institutes. The Committee
was made up of 7 international experts on research in
the mathematical sciences and in the operation of
research institutes.

This is a crucial decision for the Canadian mathematics
community, which has come to value the math institutes
very highly. CAIMS has taken the position that all three
institutes must be funded at a healthy level that will
allow them to continue to enhance research in the full
breadth of the mathematical sciences. This view was
expressed in a letter from the President of CAIMS to
NSERC and to all three institute directors. In addition,
CAIMS was strongly represented at each of the site visits,
by Bob Russell at PIMS, Bill Langford at Fields and Jacques
Belair at CRM.

More information on the new MRS Program can be found on
the NSERC website: www.nserc.gc.ca



From: "Roderick Edwards" <edwards@math.uvic.ca>
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 14:04:00 -0800

CAIMS*SCMAI 2007 Registration Deadline

Please note that the deadline for early registration and accommodation at
the annual CAIMS*SCMAI meeting in Banff is rapidly approaching. After
Feb. 23, 2007, the registration fees increase, so register now at




From: Christiane Rousseau <rousseac@DMS.UMontreal.CA>
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 15:16:07 -0500

Call for sessions - Second Congress Canada-France 2008

The second Congress Canada-France will take place in Montreal (UQAM) on
June 2-6 2008. The Scientific Committee chaired by Octav Cornea, Nassif
Ghoussoub and Franois Loeser has already planned the plenary talks and a
large number of sessions (see attached pdf document).

There remains room for a few unfunded sessions (3-4). If you decide to
submit a proposal, then it should include both a Canadian and a French
co-organizers, a title, a short description of the orientation and the
scientific purpose of the session, the expected number of talks (no more
than 16) and a potential list of speakers.

Your proposal should be sent to:

Octav Cornea (cornea@dms.umontreal.ca)

Deadline: March 1st 2007



From: Bill Langford <wlangfor@uoguelph.ca>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 15:15:17 -0500

Pauline van den Driessche wins ICIAM prize.

The International Council on Industrial and Applied
Mathematics (ICIAM) has announced that Pauline van den
Driessche, University of Victoria, has won the first
Olga Taussky Todd Lecture Award. Her lecture will be
presented at the ICIAM Congress in Zurich, in July 2007.
This award was introduced by the Association for Women
in Mathematics (AWM) and European Women in Mathematics

Pauline is a valued member of CAIMS and a former CAIMS
Board member. CAIMS extends warm congratulations to
Pauline on this well-deserved award.



From: Ross Moore <ross@ics.mq.edu.au>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2007 09:28:43 +1100

Dear ICIAM Colleague:

Let me first take the opportunity to wish to all members of the ICIAM
family all success and happiness in 2007.

I think you will recall that the ICIAM Board has been keen to implement a
policy of helping mathematics and its applications in developing countires
and regions by giving support to existing conferences, in the form of
ICIAM Fellowships to increase the participation of delegates from
developing countries and regions.

The following advertisement, which turns the promise into a reality, now
appears on the ICIAM web site. (Look for "Support for developing
countries" in the left hand column.)

If you know of any suitable 2008 conferences, please draw the attention of
the orgnaisers to this notice, and also tell me of the conference.

Before I finish, let me point out, in case you missed it, that the
early-bird registration period for the great Congress to be held in Zurich
in July has been extended to the end of January. Don't miss out!

Ian Sloan
President of ICIAM


ICIAM Conference Support for Applied and Industrial Mathematics in
Developing Countries


The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM)
has adopted the policy that in non-Congress years it will give support to
existing conferences (typically to two conferences per year), with the
support used to fund a number of ICIAM Fellowships for participants from
developing countries and regions.

For conferences in 2008 the following principles will govern this support.

1. Applications for support will be called for on the ICIAM web site at
http://www.iciam.org in January, 2007.

2. Applications should be submitted by email to the ICIAM Secretary, by
May 30, 2007. There is no prescribed form for the application.
Applicants should give details of the conference, the organising body,
and the plans for the use of ICIAM funds.

3. The decision on which conferences to support, if any, will be made by
the ICIAM Board at its meeting in July 2007. The Board's decision will be

4. The level of support for 2008 will be $3,000(US) per conference.

5. The ICIAM funds are expected to be used to fund a number of "ICIAM
Fellowships" for selected delegates from underdeveloped countries and

6. The selection of the ICIAM Fellows and the deterination of their level
of support will be the responsibility of the conference organisers.

7. The existence of the ICIAM Fellowships should be advertised under that
name on the conference web site, and the support of ICIAM acknowledged in
an appropriate way on that web site and in printed materials for the

8. Within six months of the end of the Conference a report should be
submitted to the ICIAM Treasurer. The report should briefly describe the
scientific achievements of the conference, list the ICIAM Fellows and
where they travelled from, and indicate the funds expended on each ICIAM

9. Unexpended funds must be returned to the ICIAM Treasurer.

10. Other things being equal, preference will be given to conferences
held in developing countries.



From: Hans De Sterck <hdesterck@uwaterloo.ca>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 15:24:07 -0500

New Master's in Computational Mathematics at University of Waterloo

The Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo announces a
new one-year Master's program in Computational Mathematics. The
program comprises courses in both the theory and applications of the
interdisciplinary field of Computational Mathematics, and culminates
in a one-term supervised research project. Core areas include
discrete computational mathematics, numerical methods, computational
statistics and machine learning, scientific computing, and
computational optimization. The program is subject to approval by the
Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

Application deadline is March 31st for entry in September 2007. The
program is targeted to students with a bachelor's degree in
mathematics, statistics, or computer science, or in another program
with a strong mathematical component, including economics,
engineering and any of the physical sciences. Funding is available
for qualifying applicants.

Read more about the Waterloo Computational Mathematics Master's
program at
www.math.uwaterloo.ca/ComputationalMathematics .



From: Hidde de Jong <Hidde.de-Jong@inrialpes.fr>
Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 09:08:40 +0100

Spring School on Dynamical Modelling of Biological Regulatory Networks
April 9-20 2007, Les Houches, France

The principal objective of the spring school is to give an introduction to
the variety of mathematical methods and computational tools available for
the dynamical modelling, analysis and validation of biological regulatory

The school will consist of lectures and training sessions, with focus on
qualitative and analytical aspects of regulatory network modelling, as
well as on concrete applications.

In addition to providing primers in molecular and cellular biology, the
school notably covers the following modelling approaches:
Dynamical systems : differential equations, symbolic dynamics,...
Discrete models : graphs, logical automata,...
Formal methods : temporal logic, model checking,...
The lecturers address the following issues:
Scope and limits of the different approaches
Modelling questions : available information, abstraction level
Existing tools, especially those that are freely available

Much emphasis is given to practical sessions with hands-on computer
exercises and mini-projects under the guidance of at least one instructor.
The school is oriented towards researchers, PhD students, postdocs and
faculty interested in the modelling of biological systems, with various
scientific backgrounds, including mathematics, physics, biology, and
computer science.

For more information and pre-registration, see the url

Some financial support is available upon request for academic
researchers and students, thanks to the contributions of the CNRS,
INRIA, INSERM , as well as from DIAMONDS and HYGEIA EU FP6 projects.



From: Mostafa Bachar <mostafa.bachar@uni-graz.at>
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 14:09:10 +0100

Graz Summer School and Workshop Event 2007: "Biomedical Modeling and
Cardiovascular-Respiratory Control: Theory and Practice"

The focus of the event will be on providing the school participant with an
understanding of the theory and practice of modeling physiological control
systems with a primary application of studying clinical problems related
to the cardiovascular and respiratory control systems. Course instructors
will include mathematicians, bio-engineers, and life scientists from
academia and industry as well as medical clinicians.

Date: July 22 to August 4, 2007

Mostafa Bachar, Jerry Batzel, and Franz Kappel, Institute for Mathematics
and Scientific Computing, University of Graz, Austria.

Scientific Focus
To explore mathematical modeling techniques essential for studying human
biomedical and clinical problems at primarily the organ and system level
with an emphasis on control mechanisms and clinical problems arising from
deficiencies in these control mechanisms.

The school will consider these issues using the cardiovascular-respiratory
control system as the central application.

Web Page

BioMedMath 07-10: This school/workshop is the first in a series of 4
events sponsored by The Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses
Program with each event combining a summer school and an associated
workshop on the same topic. These events will be held sequentially between
2007 and 2010. This series of events (BioMedMath 07-10) is organized by
the University of Graz in partnership with the University of Copenhagen,
the Biomathematical Laboratory Rome, and the University of Dundee.
See web page:



From: "Societa' Italiana Caos e Complessita'" <info@sicc-it.org>
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 00:03:03 -0700

Analysis and Control of Complex Networks

Milan, Italy, May 24-26, 2007.

International advanced course jointly organised by:
SICC - Italian Society for Chaos and Complexity, and DEI, Politecnico di
Milano, Italy,

and co-organised by
FEEM - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.

The course is primarily oriented to young researchers and PhD students
interested in the study of networks of nonlinear dynamical systems.

The main topics of the course include networks topology, emergence of
collective behaviours, various forms of synchronization, clusters and
pattern formation, and control of synchronization.
The aim of the course is to cover both introductory and advanced topics.
The basic theory and methods will be introduced through examples and
applications in various fields of Science and Engineering, by O. Popovych,
Research Centre Julich, Julich, Germany, while specific topics dealing
with particular theoretical aspects or applications will be described by
the other lecturers.


Oleksandr Popovych (Julich, Germany)
Stefano Boccaletti (Firenze, Italy)
Martin Hasler (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Vito Latora (Catania, Italy)
Carlo Piccardi (Milano, Italy)
Antonello Provenzale (Torino, Italy)
Alessand! ro Villa (Grenoble, France)

Participants will be allowed to download papers, manuscripts and teaching
material from a reserved area of the web page, and will receive a
certificate of attendance. Further information on the program and the
online application form can be found on the website at



From: SNC 2007 Conference <snc2007@scl.csd.uwo.ca>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 09:12:14 -0500

Symbolic-Numeric Computation 2007 (SNC 2007)

July 25-27, 2007 -- London Canada


C A L L f o r P A P E R S


Algorithms that combine ideas from symbolic and numeric computation have
been of increasing interest over the past decade. The growing demand for
speed, accuracy and reliability in mathematical computing has accelerated
the process of blurring the distinction between two areas of research that
were previously quite separate.

The goal of the present workshop is to support the interaction and
integration of symbolic and numeric computing. Earlier meetings in this
series include the SNAP 96 Workshop, held in Sophia Antipolis, France,
and the SNC 2005 meeting, held in Xi'an, China. Following the tradition,
Symbolic-Numeric Computation 2007 will be held July 25-27 in London,

SNC 2007 is affiliated with the 2007 International Symposium on Symbolic
and Algebraic Computation (ISSAC 2007). Co-located with this workshop
will be PASCO 2007, the 2007 International Workshop on Parallel Symbolic
Computation. SNC and PASCO will be held immediately prior to the ISSAC
2007 meeting, both at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. ISSAC
2007 will be held nearby in Waterloo, Canada.

Call for Papers:

The program of SNC 2007 will include invited presentations, contributed
research papers and posters. Specific topics include, but are not
limited to:

* Hybrid symbolic-numeric algorithms
* Approximate polynomial GCD and factorization
* Symbolic-numeric methods for solving polynomial systems
* Resultants and structured matrices for symbolic-numeric computation
* Differential equations for symbolic-numeric computation
* Symbolic-numeric methods for geometric computation
* Symbolic-numeric algorithms in algebraic geometry
* Symbolic-numeric algorithms for nonlinear optimization
* Numeric computation of characteristic sets and Grobner bases
* Implementation of symbolic-numeric algorithms
* Model construction by approximate algebraic algorithms (e.g. numerical
sparse interpolation, the approximate Buchberger-Moeller algorithm)
* Applications of symbolic-numeric computation

The conference invites submission of papers presenting original research,
either in the form of extended abstracts (3 pages) or full papers
(up to 16 pages in 11 point font). A paper template is available at

To submit a paper, visit http://www.easychair.org/SNC2007 .

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: April 2, 2007
Notification: May 28, 2007
Camera ready version due: June 15, 2007
Workshop: July 25-27, 2007



From: "Marina Gavrilova" <marina@cpsc.ucalgary.ca>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2007 21:33:00 -0700


The Fourth International Symposium on Voronoi Diagrams in Science and

July 9-11, 2007 University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK

followed by the

Workshop on Voronoi Algorithms in GIS
Sponsored by the EU Marie-Curie Chair in GIS and the GIS Research Group,
University of Glamorgan

July 12th, 2007 University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, Wales, UK

ISVD web site: http://www.comp.glam.ac.uk/GIS/ISVD07/default.html


Under the funding of the EU Marine-Curie Chair in GIS, research students
may submit claims for travel expenditure. Funding will be distributed as
far as possible.

The Fourth International Symposium on Voronoi Diagrams in Science and
Engineering is a continuation of the three previous ones held in Tokyo,
Japan (2004), Seoul, Korea (2005) and Banff, Canada (2006).

The Symposium was started because of the pressing demand for an
international forum devoted exclusively to one of the most versatile and
fascinating data structures in Computational Geometry - the Voronoi
diagram, and due to the renewed interest in this area from many applied
as well as fundamental sciences. It was intended as, and it has become,
an interdisciplinary forum for leading researchers to present the latest
developments and applications of the Voronoi diagrams, to discuss
cutting-edge techniques, to exchange research ideas and to promote
international collaboration in this field.

Key topics for the Symposium are:
1) Theoretical aspects of Voronoi diagrams
2) Computational and implementation aspects of Voronoi diagrams
3) Generalization of Voronoi diagrams
4) Voronoi Art
5) Applications of the Voronoi/Delaunay methodology to all areas of

- Theoretical aspects of Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations
- Geographic Information Systems and Voronoi diagrams
- Generalizations of Voronoi diagrams and Delaunay triangulations
- Algorithmic aspects of Voronoi diagrams
- Mathematical properties of Voronoi diagrams
- Computational and implementation aspects of Voronoi diagrams
- Conceptual and logical data models based on Voronoi diagrams
- Terrain modeling and meshes using Delaunay triangulation
- Visualization, animation and morphing using Voronoi diagrams
- Pattern analysis and recognition using Voronoi diagrams
- Motion analysis and planning using Voronoi diagrams
- Collision detection, navigation and obstacle avoidance using Voronoi
- Network analysis and communication using Voronoi diagrams
- Clustering using the Voronoi diagram
- Computer modelling and simulation using Voronoi diagrams
- Dynamic data modelling and simulation using Voronoi diagrams
- Spatial and autocorrelation analysis using Voronoi diagrams
- Image processing and Distance Transform computation using Voronoi
- Molecular modelling using Voronoi diagram
- Biological and Physical modeling using Voronoi Diagram
- Voronoi diagrams in Bioinformatics
- Voronoi diagrams in astronomy, geography, chemistry, material science,
location science, solid modelling and operations research
- Other applications
- Voronoi art

Submissions in other related areas will also be considered.

Submission of intention/expression of interest: as soon as possible
Submission of full paper: 02 March 2007
(Please contact the Chair if you have any specific problems)
Notification of Acceptance 05 April 2007
Camera ready version of papers 20 April 2007
(conference registration required to submit final version)
ISVD 2007 Symposium 9-11 July 2007
Voronoi GIS workshop 12 July 2007

Please direct any questions to:
voronoi_AT_gmail_DOT_com (with subject as :ISVD07)

ISVD 2007 Chair,
Prof. Christopher Gold, EU Marie-Curie Chair in GIS
Department of Computing and Mathematics
University of Glamorgan
Pontypridd CF37 1DL Wales, UK
e-mail: chris.gold_AT_gmail_DOT_com
Web site: www.voronoi.com



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