CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 15, Number 4

March 19, 2015.

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1. CAIMS 2015 Annual Meeting (Deadline for Early Bird Registration: March 31, 2015)
2. 2015 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award
3. CAIMS-SCMAI Facebook page / La page Facebook de CAIMS-SCMAI

Other News

4. Postdoctoral position in real-time user tracking & attribution analytics

5. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

Item 1

CAIMS 2015 Annual Meeting

(Deadline for Early Bird Registration: March 31, 2015)

You are invited to participate in the 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS Congress, Waterloo, Canada (June 7-12, 2015).

Abstract submission is now open. Plenary speakers at the Congress include R. Albert (Penn State), T. Bielecki (Illinois Institute of Technology), C. Budd (University of Bath), Wing Kam Liu (Northwestern University), S. Mallat (Ecole Normale Superieure), K. Oosterlee (Delft University of Technology and CWI), S. Schreiber (University of California, Davis), E. Vanden-Eijnden (Courant Institute, New York University), Y. Yi (University of Alberta), N. Zabaras (University of Warwick). Refereed proceedings will be published by Springer and selected papers, presented at the conference, will be invited to several journal issues.

The Congress is an international event combining the AMMCS and CAIMS meetings at the same location. It focuses on recent advances in Applied Mathematics, Modeling and Computational Science (AMMCS) and includes major CAIMS Scientific Themes. The 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS Congress is organized in cooperation with AIMS and SIAM and will take place in Waterloo, ON, Canada, June 7-12, 2015.

Further details are at the conference website: (contact us at

We look forward to welcoming you in Waterloo.
AMMCS-CAIMS Congress Organizing Committee

Item 2

2015 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award

CAIMS*SCMAI and PIMS are pleased to announce that Prof. Jane Heffernan of York University is the winner of the 2015 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. Prof. Heffernan obtained her PhD in 2005 from the Department of Applied Mathematics at Western, and was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal. She held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Warwick before joining the faculty at York in 2007, where she is an Associate Professor, the Director of the Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM), and was recently awarded a York Research Chair. She will receive her award and deliver a plenary lecture at the 2015 Annual CAIMS*SCMAI meeting in Waterloo in June, 2015.

Prof. Heffernan was cited "for the novelty, depth and breadth of her work at the interface of immunology and epidemiology" and for the "rare ability to clearly connect mathematics to applicable treatment strategies and public policy". Prof. Heffernan uses techniques that combine computational and analytical methods from deterministic and stochastic approaches to analyze both the dynamics of infectious diseases and impacts of human intervention on disease outbreaks. This plays a vital role in designing pandemic mitigation strategies.

Item 3

CAIMS-SCMAI Facebook page / La page Facebook de CAIMS-SCMAI

The CAIMS-SCMAI Facebook page is now available. For the moment, you can reach it by searching for CAIMS-SCMAI within Facebook. A Facebook address will be available soon.

Looking forward to seeing your contributions on our page.

La page Facebook de CAIMS-SCMAI est maintenant disponible. Pour l'instant, vous pouvez la trouver en faisant une recherche dans Facebook avec le mot clé CAIMS-SCMAI. Une adresse Facebook sera disponible bientôt. Au plaisir de voir vos contributions sur notre page.

Item 4

Postdoctoral position in real-time user tracking & attribution analytics

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral position in real-time user tracking & attribution analytics.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to play an important role in an NSERC Collaborative Research and Development project "Enterprize Software for Data Analytics", and will join a team of accomplished researchers representing applied mathematics, computer science and digital business analytics from the Laboratory for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (LIAM)/York University, and InferSystem Inc./ Kochava (

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to interact with a team creating leading edge mobile user tracking, attribution and analytics tools; to design and implement highly-available, fault-tolerant, near-real-time, distributed systems for Kochava’s core offering; and to maintain and optimize the legacy systems.

The fellowship will be jointly supervised by Dr. Jianhong Wu (Canada Research Chair in Industrial and Applied Mathematics, LIAM, York University) and Dr. Yanyi Pan (Optimization Scientist, Kochava). This fellow will be working at York University for the first few months, and then relocate to Kochava for the remaining part of the fellowship. The fellowship can start immediately, initially for one year but can be renewed for up to a total of 2 years, and may be turned into a Software Developer at any stage mutually agreeable. The salary/stipend is in the range of $40,000~45,000 per year (including benefits).

Applicants should have a PhD degree and significant experience in data mining and analytics. Applicants should have

some expertise with low- & high-level concurrent and distributed algorithms and systems, and expertise in both server and client-side web development - PHP and / or Node.js, HTML 5, CSS 3, client-side JS rameworks, etc. Familiarity with large-scale storage systems and data sets, including MongoDB, MySQL, Druid and other database technologies, is a definite plus. The applicants must be comfortable with back-end programming as well as working in a Linux environment. Experience with mobile and strong communication is an asset.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae along with complete contact information and some representative research papers or industrial work, and arrange for two letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Dr. Jianhong Wu at Applications will be reviewed immediately, and only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Item 5

CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

CAIMS*SCMAI E-News is distributed electronically several times a year by the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society/Societe Canadienne de Mathematiques Appliquees et Industrielles (

Past issues are available on the web at
Submissions are welcome and should be sent in plain text format to:

Sharene Bungay, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent those of the Board or Membership of CAIMS*SCMAI. The editorial policy of this publication is to encourage the discussion of issues and facilitate the dissemination of information relevant to Canadian applied and industrial mathematics.

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