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1. Second Montreal Industrial Problem Solving Workshop (CRM, Montreal)
2. Second Annual Meeting of Prairie Network for Research in
Mathematical Sciences (Brandon University)
3. 7th AIMS International Conference on Dynamical Systems,
Differential Equations and Applications (U. Texas at Arlington)
4. Fifth Prairie Discrete Mathematics Workshop (University of Manitoba)
5. Workshop on Population Dynamics and Mathematical Biology (CIRM
Luminy, France, June 16-20, 2008)
6. The 10-th Annual Conference for Canadian Queueing Theorists and
Practitioners at Carleton University
7. MITACS’ Canada-Africa Biomath Network Summer School in Mathematical
Biology, Botswana
8. CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Information

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Second Montreal Industrial Problem Solving Workshop (August 18-22, 2008)


Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to announce that the Second Montreal Industrial Problem
Solving Workshop (August 18-22, 2008)
will be held at the Centre de recherches mathematiques in Montreal.
This workshop is sponsored by MITACS and organized
by the CRM, ncm2 (Network for Computing and Mathematical Modelling),

This year, most of the problems to be studied will fall within the
scope of operations research. For further information, please consult
the site .

Best regards,

Odile Marcotte,
Deputy Director CRM

Chers collgues,

il nous fait plaisir d’annoncer que le Second atelier de resolution de
problmes industriels de Montreal se tiendra au Centre de recherches
mathematiques du 18 au 22 aot 2008. Cet atelier est parraine par le reseau
MITACS et organise par le CRM en collaboration avec le rcm2 (Reseau de calcul
et de modelisation mathematique), le GERAD et le CIRRELT. En 2008, la plupart
des problmes qui seront examines pendant l’atelier relvent de la recherche

Pour toute information supplementaire, veuillez consulter le site .

Sincrement vtre,

Odile Marcotte

Directrice adjointe CRM

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Second Annual Meeting of Prairie Network for Research in Mathematical

The Prairie Network for Research in Mathematical Sciences (PNRMS) was
formally launched in November 2007,
at the inaugural Annual Meeting held at the University of Regina, May
3-5, 2007. The objective of the Network is to help
encourage and advance research in the mathematical sciences in the
provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan (further details about the
PNRMS can be found at the

The Second Annual Meeting of the PNRMS is scheduled to take place at
Brandon University on May 7-9, 2008. This year’s meeting will follow
a Student Workshop
(organized by Professors J. Chipalkatti and A. Stokke of the
Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg, respectively) inAlgebra and
Combinatorics. The Workshop is
broadly aimed at the senior undergraduate or beginning graduate level.
In addition to presentations on research activity, the Annual Meeting
and the Student Workshop
will provide an opportunity for students and faculty at prairie
universities to meet face-to-face and discuss issues and initiatives
related to the Network. The Meeting is organized
by Murray Bremner (Saskatchewan), Douglas Farenick (Regina), Chenkuan
Li (Brandon; Chair), Anna Stokke (Winnipeg) and Nina Zorboska
(Manitoba). The website of
the meeting is located at:

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7th AIMS International Conference on Dynamical Systems,
Differential Equations and Applications (May 18-21, 2008)

The 7th AIMS International Conference on Dynamical Systems,
Differential Equations and Applications will be hosted by the
Department of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington
( The conference will be held on
May 18 – 21, 2008 on the campus of UT Arlington. The city of
Arlington is located at the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex,
about 20 miles from Dallas,
10 miles from Fort Worth.
Plenary Speakers: Lisa Fauci (USA); Carlangelo Liverani (Italy);
Anatoly Neishtadt (Russia and UK); Lassi Paivarinta (Finland);
George Papanicolaou (USA); Jean-Claude Saut (France); Walter Strauss
(USA); Hans Weinberger (USA); Sijue Wu (USA).

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Fifth Prairie Discrete Mathematics Workshop

The University of Manitoba will be hosting the Fifth Prairie Discrete
Mathematics Workshop on May 28 and 29, 2008

This workshop follows the format of the previous Prairie Discrete
Mathematics Workshops. The idea is that there will
be a series of one-hour talks by 10-12 invited speakers.

There will also be a open poster session. See the web site for
instructions. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students
and post-docs.

Invited Speakers Talk

Ralph Stanton TBA
Richard Dukes Permutation Codes of Distance Four
Wayne Broughton Quasi-3 Designs and Regular Hadamard Matrices
Bill Sands TBA
Richard Nowakowski Topic – Games of No Chance
Hugh Williams Primality Proving,Polynomials and Seiving
Donald Kreher Regular Partial Triple Systems
Ortrud Oellermann TBA
Wendy Myrvold Embedding Graphs on Surfaces-Algorithmic
Aspects and Obstructions
Bert Hartnell Well-Covered Graphs
Bill Kocay Graph Reconstruction by Permutations

Registration: There is no formal registration process and no
registration fee will be charged. To help us with our planning,
if you plan to attend the workshop, we would appreciate it if you
could let us know at:

Accommodation: A block of rooms has been reserved at U of M
Residence. Several hotels are listed on the Workshop Website.

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Workshop on Population Dynamics and Mathematical Biology (CIRM Luminy,
France, June 16-20, 2008)

The goal of this workshop is to bring together specialists from
different fields to discuss recent progress in Population Dynamics and
Mathematical Biology focusing on the qualitative analysis of
structured population models, with regards to pattern formation, front
propagation, and bifurcation phenomena. Special attention will be
given to applications in the spread and control of epidemic diseases,
invasion and persistence in ecological systems as well as in
biomedical and cancer modeling.
Participation is by invitation in general. However, any researcher
(especially graduate students and recent Ph.D.’s) active in this field
and interested in attending the workshop is encouraged to contact one
of the organizers:

Organizers: Pierre Magal ( and Shigui
Ruan (

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TThe 10-th Annual Conference for Canadian Queueing Theorists and
Practitioners (Canqueue 2008)

Following the success of 9 previous conferences held in Winnipeg
(1999), London (2000), Waterloo (2001), Saskatoon (2002), Toronto
(2003), Kelowna (2004),
Hamilton (2005), Banff (2006) and Halifax (2007), the 10th CanQueue
meeting will be held in Ottawa, August 28-30, 2008. The conference is
by Carleton University under the sponsorship of Fields Institute and
MITACS, and Laboratory for Research in Statistics and Probability at
School of Mathematics
and Statistics of Carleton University (the conference website is
located at:
The CanQueue conference started from a workshop organized by Dr. A.S.
Alfa at the University of Manitoba in 1999. The name “CanQueue” was
suggested and used at the meeting in London, Ontario, in 2000. The
goal of the conference is to promote research and applications of
queueing theory. The annual conference provides a forum where
scientists, researchers, engineers, executives and students in the
field meet to encourage on-going research and to discuss
work-in-progress. You are invited to participate this meeting!

Registration : Required with no registration fee
Travel Assistance Available: Limited funding is available for
assisting speakers and students to attend the event. Please send your
request of assistance as soon as possible (deadline TBA soon) to the
event organizers, Minyi Huang ( and Yiqiang Q.
Zhao (
For additional information contact,

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MITACS Canada-Africa Biomath Network Summer School in
Mathematical Biology, Botswana

The Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS)
has formed a Canada-Africa Biomath Network in 2007. The central
objective of the
Network, which was formally laucnhed in Kampala, Uganda, November
2007, is to foster collaboration (for research and training) between
mathematical and public health scientists from Canada and their
colleagues in Africa in areas pertaining to the use of mathematical
sciences to combat the spread of emerging and re-emerging
diseases of public health importance. MITACS recognizes that the
globalization of the modern world makes every country, including
Canada, vulnerable to diseases emerging and spreading in other parts
of the
world. It is crucially important for Canada to partake and lead in a
concerted effort to develop training and research programs aimed at
finding effective methodologies to combat the spread of emerging or
re-emerging diseases in other regions of the world (particularly
hot-spot areas like Africa) and also help build and sustain a strong
local research capacity to handle such tasks

The Network focuses on the development of new mathematical models,
methodologies and tools for designing effective public health policy
for controlling
the spread of diseases in Africa, with a view of understanding the
epidemiological and health practices that make the continent of Africa
vulnerable to persistent
outbreaks. Training (of highly qualified personnel) is at the heart
of the Network’s activities. MITACS is pleased to announce the First
Biomath Summer School, scheduled in Botswana August 18-29, 2008. The
School will consist of series of lectures and tutorials on the
design and analyses of models for the spread of emerging and re-emerging
diseases. Various modeling paradigms will be discussed, in addition to
giving introductory lectures on materials pertinent to the course. The
Summer School will include a number of hands-on and computer exercises,
together with group projects to reinforce and extend the various concepts
covered during lectures. Leading and young experts, from Africa and Canada,
will conduct this course. It is expected that medical and public health
specialists from Canada and Africa will also partake in this exercise
(both as speakers and as participants). Those interested in attending the
Summer School should please complete the registration form from the website:

Some funding is available for selected students. For further
information, please contact the Co-chairs of the Organizing Committee:
Professors Abba Gumel (, Arvind Gupta
( and Edward Lungu (

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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:
Abba Gumel, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

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