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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 15, Number 6

Editor: Sharene Bungay (


Society News

1. The 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS Congress
2. 2015 CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize
3. 2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award
4. CAIMS Facebook page

Other News

5. “Domain Decomposition Methods for PDEs” Short Course + Collaborative Workshop
6. 2015 Bluenose Applied and Computational Math Days Workshop
7. 2015 Summer Solstice 7th International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems

8. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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The 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS Congress

1. The preliminary version of the Congress Program (as of April 30) is available on the web at
2. If you plan to attend the Congress banquet to be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015, we need to know about it as soon as possible – this is essential for planning. Please complete your registration for the banquet following the link at (it is the top item on the list).
3. We would like to attract attention to several prizes (, including the AMMCS Kolmogorov-Wiener Prize for Young Researchers (K-W Prize, nominations for this award from established researchers are welcomed). Complete applications for the K-W Prize ( are expected by May 15.

We look forward to welcoming you at the 2015 AMMCS-CAIMS Congress this June!

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2015 CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize

CAIMS*SCMAI is pleased to announce that Professor Thomas Hillen of the University of Alberta is the winner of the 2015 CAIMS*SCMAI Research Prize. Prof. Hillen obtained his PhD and Habilitation from the University of Tubingen in 1995 and 2001, respectively.

Since 2001 he is a faculty member at the University of Alberta and he has been Associate Chair Graduate for 2009-2014.

Professor Hillen is recognized for his outstanding contribution to the understanding and treatment of cancer through mathematical modeling, analysis and simulations. Of particular importance is his series of studies in such important aspects as modelling of cell movement, modelling of brain tumor spread, optimization of radiation treatment, and modelling of cancer stem cells. Professor Hillen is also recognized for his fundamental research in the area of chemotaxis, with significant discoveries on interesting dynamical properties including pattern formation and spatio-temporal chaos. The volume filling mechanism introduced by Hillen and Painter in 2001 has become a standard modelling ingredient.

Professor Hillen is a leading scientist in the field of transport equations, their scaling limits and their use for cell movement. His work, using the transport equations to model the non-homogeneous and anisotropic spread of glioma has demonstrated the potential use of this modelling approach for treatment planning of glioma. Professor Hillen is a main contributor to the development of the tumor control probability models based on detailed stochastic processes, and one of his models that includes cell-cycle dynamics is now known as “Dawson-Hillen TCP”. He also developed a cancer stem cells model to explain the tumor growth paradox.

Professor Hillen is recognized for his leadership in looking at the mathematical and application related challenges in parallel, as he simply puts “Quite often, biological ideas manifest themselves in mathematical properties, and mathematical results uncover biological processes”.

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2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award

The DDA committee has met and unanimously agrees that the 2014 Cecil Graham Doctoral Dissertation Award be given to Dr. Diego Ayala for his thesis titled “Extreme Vortex States and Singularity Formation in Incompressible Flows”. The thesis contains truly novel work that uses optimal control theory and scientific computation to study extreme and singular behavior in the Navier-Stokes equations. The results are important in a variety of applications from atmospheric science to hematology. The committee was impressed with the breadth of the work: the thesis bridges basic methods of analysis with scientific and high performance computing, obtaining new insights into analytical results. Dr. Ayala received his PhD from McMaster University under the supervision of Professor Bartosz Protas in the Department of Mathematics
and Statistics. Dr. Ayala is continuing his research as a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.

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CAIMS Facebook page

Dear CAIMS membership

I am looking for a picture/image which is a representative of the work done by members of CAIMS to serve as the cover picture for the Facebook page. Please feel free to send me ( or post directly on the Facebook page. The picture should have roughly the aspect ratio and size of the box on the Facebook page. I’ll then run a little survey to find a winning entry which will be kept as the initial cover for a little while. I will also alternate with some of the other popular entries. Thank you.

Chers membres de la SCMAI,

Je suis à la recherche d’une photo ou image qui représente bien le travail fait par les membres de la SCMAI et qui pourrait servir comme image de couverture pour la page Facebook. SVP, faites-moi parvenir (à ou bien afficher directement vos suggestions sur la page Facebook. L’image doit avoir approximativement la forme et les dimensions de la boite sur la page Facebook. Un petit sondage sera effectué pour déterminer une image gagnante qui sera gardé comme couverture pendant un certain temps. Je vais aussi alterner avec d’autres suggestions d’images qui ont étés populaires. Merci.

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“Domain Decomposition Methods for PDEs” Short Course + Collaborative Workshop

Registration now open for:

“Domain Decomposition Methods for PDEs” Short Course + Collaborative Workshop, organized by the Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) Collaborative Research Group in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Aug. 3 (evening), 2015 — Aug. 8, 2015 – Halifax, NS, Canada

The use of computational methods to treat mathematical models in science and engineering is widespread. Such models often involve PDEs, and the efficiency of these algorithms on modern high performance computing systems relies on the ability to parallelize the computations. The aim of this workshop is to provide an introduction to the state of the art in theory and practical applications of domain decomposition (DD) methods for PDEs. DD methods are a divide and conquer approach to solving PDEs, splitting the global problem into small pieces whose solutions are obtained on individual processors or cores. These local solutions are then recombined to give a solution to the global problem.

The program will begin with a two-day short course given by Prof. Martin Gander (Geneva). Prof. Gander is an internationally recognized leading expert in Schwarz methods – a class of DD methods for steady state and time dependent PDEs. Prof. Gander has taught similar courses in Europe and Asia. The middle component of the program will focus on presentations by researchers whose work may benefit from the use of DD methods for PDEs arising as mathematical models in practical applications. The final segment of the program will feature a workshop format in which breakout teams will investigate the process of introducing DD techniques into the numerical simulations that arise in the applications identified earlier. This segment will also include several talks by researchers working in DD methods.

The organizers invite participation by researchers in DD methods for PDEs, researchers working in applied PDEs whose work may benefit from the use of DD methods for PDEs, and students and post docs. The program will have room for 5 – 8 talks by researchers in application domains. Researchers, students and post-docs will also participate through the collaborative workshop teams.

Confirmed DD experts include David Keyes (Kaust), Victorita Dolean (Nice) and Felix Kwok (Hong Kong Baptist).

Some funding for students will be available. More information with links for accommodations and registration are available through


Herman Brunner (Hong Kong Baptist and Memorial)
Ronald D. Haynes (Memorial)
David Iron (Dalhousie)
Scott MacLachlan (Memorial)
Paul Muir (Saint Mary’s)

Item 6

2015 Bluenose Applied and Computational Math Days Workshop,
July 11-12, Halifax, Nova Scotia

The 2015 Bluenose Applied and Computational Math Days Workshop will be held at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, July 11-12.

The themes for the workshop include “Software and Tools for Reliable Mathematical Modelling in Scientific Computing”, “Waves and Patterns in Nonlinear Systems”, “Reaction-Diffusion Systems”, “Structure Preserving Discretization of Differential Equations”, and “Numerical Analysis of Singularly Perturbed ODEs and PDES”, but talks and posters in other areas of applied and computational mathematics and scientific computing are welcome.

Please see the attached information for full details or go to

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2015 Summer Solstice
7th International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems

June 17-19, 2015, The Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You are invited to submit abstract and/or participate at the 2015 Summer Solstice International Conference on Discrete Models of Complex Systems. Complex systems are studied in many areas of natural sciences, social sciences, engineering and mathematical sciences. Discrete modeling in terms of cellular automata, lattice gas cellular automata, multi-agent based models, or networks represent the integral part of these interdisciplinary studies. These models can be seen as the simplest digital laboratories to study phenomena exhibited by complex systems like self-organization processes, pattern formation, cooperation, adaptation, competition, attractors, or multi-scale phenomena. The objective of the conference is to provide a forum for presentation of research and for discussion of potential future directions and developments in the field of discrete modeling of complex systems and analysis of their dynamics. The conference will cover both theoretical and applied research and topics will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Challenges, benefits and theory of modeling and simulation of complex systems using cellular automata, lattice gas cellular automata, multi-agent based models, complex networks
  • Discrete models in biology and medicine –Discrete models in economy and social science
  • Discrete models of man made complex systems from nanotechnology to information networks –Tools of analysis of dynamics and multiscale phenomena of discrete models of complex systems

The Post Conference Proceedings are planned and some financial support is available for graduate students to participate. To submit an abstract, register or apply for support see:

May 25, 2015 – contributed presentation abstract submission extended deadline
May 31, 2015 – notification if contributed presentation is accepted and if it is oral or poster FINANCILA SUPPORT OF GRADUTE STUDENTS AND POSTOCTORAL FELLOWS May 17, 2015 – application deadline for financial support
May 26, 2015 – notifications about receiving the financial support
PROCEEDINGS September 21, 2015 – Post Conference Proceedings manuscript
submission for referring


D. Ashlock (Univ. of Guelph, Canada); J. Baetens (Ghent Univ., Belgium); F. Bagnoli (Univ. of Florence, Italy); A. Deutsch (Tech. Univ. of Dresden, Germany); S. Drozdz (Polish Academy of Sc., Cracow, Poland); B. Farzad (Brock Univ., Canada); P. Flocchini (Univ. of Ottawa, Canada); R. Hoffmann (Tech. Univ. of Darmstadt, Germany); P. Lio (Univ. of Cambridge, UK); J. Mendes (Univ. of Aveiro, Portugal); R. J Mondragon (Queen Mary Univ. of London, UK); D. C. Parker (Univ. Waterloo, Canada); A. Rapisarda (Univ. of Catania, Italy); H. Thille (Univ. of Guelph, Canada); E. Thommes (GlaxoSmithKline Inc., Canada); B. Tadic (J. Stefan Institute,
Slovenia); J. Was (AGH Univ. of Science and Tech.), Poland.

A. T. Lawniczak (Chair) Guelph, Canada
M. Cojocaru, Guelph, Canada
B. N. Di Stefano, Toronto, Canada
H. Fukś, Brock, Canada
D. Makowiec, Gdansk, Poland

G. Acampora (Nottingham, UK); F. Bagnoli (Florence, Italy); M. Boguna (Barcelona, Spain); M. Cojocaru (Guelph, Canada); B. Di Stefano (Nuptek Systems Ltd., Canada); N. Fates (INRIA, France); H. Fukś (Brock, Canada); E. A. Goles (Santiago, Chile); A. Krawiecki (Warsaw, Poland); A. T. Lawniczak (Guelph, Canada); D. Makowiec, (Gdansk, Poland); J. Mendes (Aveiro, Portugal); P. de Oliveira (São Paulo, Brazil); A. Rapisarda (Catania, Italy); R. Rechtman (México, Mexico); M. A. Serrano
(Barcelona, Spain); B. Tadic (Ljubljana, Slovenia); B. Voorhees (Athabasca, Canada); G. A. Wainer (Ottawa, Canada); J. Yuan (Beijing, China).

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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:

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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