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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 13, Number 3

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1. 2012 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award
2. CAIMS 2013 Annual Meeting

Other News

3. Follow-up on the Long Range Plan
4. Mathematical Modeling in Industry, University of Minnesota
5. Recent Developments in Numerical Methods for Seismic Inverse Problems & Applications – University of Calgary
6. Postdoctoral Fellowship “Epidemiological Modelling for Antimicrobial Stewardship”, at Mount Sinai Hospital, York University and Memorial University of Newfoundland

7. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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2012 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award

CAIMS is pleased to announce that the 2012 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award has been awarded to Dr. Vladislav Buksthynov, who completed his doctoral degree at McMaster University under the supervision of Professor Bartosz Protas. Dr. Buksthynov’s Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Computational Methods for the Optimal Reconstruction of Material Properties in Complex Multiphysics Systems”.

This dissertation addresses the problem of optimizing complex thermo-fluid phenomena in advanced welding processes. The major contribution is to develop a novel computational approach for reconstruction of constitutive relations based on incomplete and noisy measurement data. The solution is formulated as an inverse problem in terms of a variational optimization problem. Dr. Buksthynov has pioneered system reduction techniques for systems of partial differential equations using a 4D VAR method. His study opens many exciting new engineering applications.

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CAIMS 2013 Annual Meeting

The organizers of the 2013 CAIMS Annual Meeting encourage you to make a reservation at the conference hotel (Chateau Laurier, reservation code 8789). The price for renting the conference rooms is linked to the number of nights reserved at the hotel and staying at the hotel thus helps the financial aspects of the meeting.

We remind you that the deadline for reduced prices is May 17th and that the number of rooms is limited due to high season.

Item 3

Long Range Plan Update

English version follows

Objet : Le point sur le Plan à long terme pour la recherche en mathématiques et en statistique au Canada


Comme vous le savez peut-être, le Plan à long terme pour la recherche en mathématiques et en statistique au Canada a été publié en décembre 2012. Le plan définit des priorités et des orientations communes pour le développement de la recherche en mathématiques et en statistique au Canada. En réponse à une demande formulée par le CRSNG en 2010 visant l’élaboration d’un plan de réflexion tourné vers l’avenir, le Comité directeur du Plan à long terme a défini une vision claire pour les mathématiques et la statistique dans le nouveau paysage de la recherche et de l’innovation sans frontières.

J’ai le plaisir de faire le point sur les suites du Plan auprès des milieux des mathématiques et de la statistique.

L’une des recommandations clés du Plan consiste à mettre en place un comité de mathématiciens et de statisticiens éminents, choisis en consultation avec la collectivité des chercheurs, pour superviser la mise en œuvre du Plan à long terme. Le CRSNG accepte avec enthousiasme cette recommandation et invitera bientôt les intervenants à faire des suggestions quant à la composition du Comité de mise en œuvre du Plan à long terme, qui tiendra sa première réunion au printemps. Le CRSNG a hâte de discuter avec les membres du Comité de mise en œuvre du Plan de la façon de donner suite aux autres recommandations qui figurent dans le Plan.

Une autre recommandation préconise que le CRSNG crée une enveloppe contenant un pourcentage fixe de ses fonds afin d’appuyer le réseau canadien d’instituts de mathématiques et de statistique. À cet égard, je suis heureuse de vous informer que le CRSNG a récemment lancé le nouveau Programme d’appui aux ressources thématiques et collaboratives en mathématiques et en statistique (ARTCMS), qui fournira un appui ciblé aux ressources thématiques à même une enveloppe réservée aux mathématiques et à la statistique.

Je tiens encore une fois à remercier les milieux des mathématiques et de la statistique de leurs conseils et de leur apport à l’élaboration du Plan. D’autres mises à jour sur les activités du CRSNG à cet égard vous seront transmises régulièrement.

Entre-temps, si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires, veuillez communiquer avec nous à



Subject: Follow-up on the Long Range Plan

Dear colleagues,

As you may know, the Long Range Plan for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences Research in Canada was launched in December 2012 and established a unified vision of priorities and directions for the development of research in the mathematical and statistical sciences in Canada. In response to a request by NSERC in 2010 to develop a forward-thinking plan, the Long Range Plan Steering Committee effectively set out a vision for mathematics and statistics in the new landscape of research and innovation without borders.

I am pleased to provide the mathematical and statistical sciences communities with an update.

A key recommendation was a request from the community to establish a committee of leading mathematical and statistical scientists, chosen in consultation with the research communities, to oversee implementation of the Long Range Plan. NSERC welcomes this recommendation and will soon be inviting stakeholders to provide suggestions for membership on the Long Range Plan Implementation Committee, which will have its first meeting this spring. NSERC is looking forward to discussing with this Committee how to address the other recommendations contained in the Long Range Plan.

Another recommendation was for NSERC to establish an envelope containing a fixed percentage of its funds to support Canada’s network of mathematical and statistical sciences institutes. In this regard, I am pleased to report that NSERC recently launched the new Collaborative and Thematic Resources Support in Mathematics and Statistics (CTRMS) Program, which will provide targeted support of thematic resources within a dedicated envelope for mathematics and statistics.

I would again like to thank the mathematical and statistical sciences communities for their contributions and advice in the development of the Long Range Plan. Further updates on our activities in this regard will be shared with you regularly.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, I invite you to contact us through


Isabelle Blain
Vice-President | Vice-Présidente
Research Grants & Scholarships | Subventions de recherche et bourses
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada | Conseil de
recherches en sciences naturelles et en génie du Canada

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Mathematical Modeling in Industry

August 7 – 16, 2013 at the University of Minnesota

IMA in collaboration with PIMS is holding a 10-day workshop on Mathematical Modeling in Industry. The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates from North America with first hand experience in industrial research.

Students will work in teams of up to 6 students under the guidance of a mentor from industry. 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 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 10-day period.

Students will be selected through a competitive process. The application deadline is **April 26, 2013**

PIMS will provide travel support for Canadian students.

Please see for details about the event.

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Call for participation: Recent Developments in Numerical Methods for Seismic Inverse Problems & Applications

Date: July 16-18, 2013
Location: University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
Abstract submission deadline: May 6, 2013
Registration deadline: May 15, 2013

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Calgary will host a three-day conference. The theme of the conference is computational method for seismic inversion and applications. Topics include but not limited to: Numerical methods for wave equations, inverse modeling, seismic modeling, seismic imaging, full waveform inversion, migration, data acquisition and processing, high performance computing and applications in energy industry. Talks in areas that are broadly related to the conference theme are welcome. You are sincerely invited to participate the conference. For junior researcher (Graduate student/Postdoctoral associate) who gives a presentation on the conference, travel support will be provided. More details are available at the conference website: which is still under construction, more details will be added when it is available.

The conference is jointly sponsored by PIMS and University of Calgary. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided for all conference participants. There is no registration fee, however registration is required for the purpose of event planning. The purpose of this conference is to strengthen the ties between researchers/engineers from energy industry and academic units. Hence talks and participation from industry are particularly encouraged.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship “Epidemiological Modelling for Antimicrobial Stewardship”, at Mount Sinai Hospital, York University and Memorial University of Newfoundland

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral position in epidemiological modeling for antimicrobial stewardship. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to play an important role in a Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) on quantifying antimicrobial resistance in Canadian hospitals, and will join an accomplished team of researchers representing both the health and natural sciences.

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to interact with the team, and be responsible for the epidemiological model development and analysis: model concept design, data retrieval from published literature as well as from the datasets available to the team; mathematical analysis and computer simulations; testing and validating models; performing sensitivity and uncertainty analysis and addressing the issues related to antimicrobial stewardship and infection control strategies.

The fellowship will be jointly supervised by Dr. Andrew Morris (Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto), Dr. Jianhong Wu (York University) and Dr. Amy Hurford (Memorial University of Newfoundland). This fellow will initially be placed at the Centre for Disease Modelling (CDM) in York University and then moved to Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The fellowship can start anytime, initially for one year but can be renewed for up to a total of 3 years. The salary/stipend is in the range of $40,000~48,000 per year (including benefits).

Applicants should have significant experience in mathematical biology. Experience in modeling biodiversity and manipulating large datasets will be an asset.

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

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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 (

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Sharene Bungay, CAIMS-SCMAI Secretary,

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