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CAIMS*SCMAI E-News Volume 16, Number 2

Editor: Justin Wan (


Society News

1. CAIMS Election 2016
2. CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics: Jean-Philippe Lessard


3. Workshop on Nonlinear Optimization Algorithms and Industrial Applications
4. Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery & Experimental Mathematics
5. CAIMS*SCMAI E-news Information

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CAIMS Election 2016

CAIMS*SCMAI will be holding an election in April 2016 for three Member-at-Large positions on the Board of Directors. This year, we are excited to announce that we will be using an online voting system. Only current 2016 members, including life time members, are eligible to vote. No paper ballot will be mailed and instead, an email message will be sent out that will provide information on the e-voting website and login credentials.

Watch out for the online voting email by the end of March. As this is the first time we adopt e-voting for election, we hope it will be a pleasant experience for everyone and welcome any feedback from the members.

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CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics: Jean-Philippe Lessard

CAIMS*SCMAI and PIMS are pleased to announce that Professor Jean-Philippe Lessard of Université Laval is the winner of the 2016 CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics. Professor Lessard obtained his PhD in 2007 from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He held postdoctoral positions at the Free University of Amsterdam, Rutgers and Princeton, and is now associate professor at Université Laval. He is also a member of the Groupe Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Éléments Finis (GIREF), which brings together researchers and research groups from a number of universities to promote research, development, specialist training and interaction with industry, in the field of modeling and numerical simulation.

Professor Lessard’s research interests are in dynamical systems. In particular, he uses and develops rigorous computational methods, topological methods and analytic estimates for the study of solutions of partial differential equations, delay differential equations and ordinary differential equations. Professor Lessard has made substantial contributions to the theory of rigorous computing, and was cited for being ¿one of the world leading experts in [rigorous computing]¿ and “at the forefront of applied mathematics in Canada, blending traditional analysis with traditional computation to build something entirely new.”

Professor Lessard will receive his award and deliver a plenary lecture at the 2016 Annual CAIMS*SCMAI meeting at the University of Alberta in June, 2016.

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Prix CAIMS/PIMS Early Career en mathématiques appliquées

CAIMS*SCMAI et PIMS ont le plaisir d’annoncer que Jean-Philippe Lessard de l’Université Laval est le récipiendaire du Prix ¨CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award¨ en mathématiques appliquées. Le professeur Lessard a obtenu son doctorat en 2007 de la Georgia Institute of Technology. Il a été chercheur postdoctoral à la Free University of Amsterdam, Rutgers, Princeton et est présentement professeur agrégé à l’Université Laval. Il est aussi membre du Groupe Interdisciplinaire de Recherche en Éléments Finis (GIREF). Le GIREF rassemble des chercheurs et groupes de recherche de différentes universités favorisant la promotion, le développement, la formation spécialisée ainsi que les interactions industrielles dans les domaines de la modélisation et des simulations numériques.

Les intérêts de recherche de M. Lessard sont en systèmes dynamiques. Plus particulièrement, il utilise et développe des méthodes computationnelles rigoureuses, des méthodes topologiques et des estimés analytiques pour l’étude de solutions d’équations aux dérivées partielles, d’équations différentielles avec retards et d’équations différentielles ordinaires. Plusieurs contributions de M. Lessard à la théorie des calculs rigoureux sont fondamentales et il a été cité comme étant un des experts mondiaux dans ce champ de recherche et à l’avant-garde des mathématiques appliquées au Canada, innovant en combinant les méthodes traditionnelles de l’analyse et du calcul numérique.

Le Professeur Lessard recevra son prix et présentera une conférence plénière à la réunion annuelle 2016 de CAIMS*SCMAI à la University of Alberta en juin 2016.

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Workshop on Nonlinear Optimization Algorithms and Industrial Applications

A Workshop on Nonlinear Optimization Algorithms and Industrial Applications will take place at the Fields Institute, Toronto, on June 2-4, 2016. Everyone is welcome to attend the workshop, which will celebrate the 70th birthday of Andrew R. Conn. Thursday June 2 will be designated as Industry Day, with all talks focused on topics relevant to industry, so participants from industry and students interested in industrial careers are especially encouraged to attend on Thursday, and, if they wish, present a poster in the poster session. A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students and early career researchers who present a poster. The deadline for applying for a travel grant is March 31.

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Computationally Assisted Mathematical Discovery and Experimental Mathematics

12-15 May 2016

Western University, London, Canada


Themes of the conference:
* Experimental Mathematics
* Visualization
* Mathematical Explorations
* Reliable Knowledge of Science & Mathematics through computation

Invited Speakers:
David H. Bailey     Jonathan M. Borwein     James R. Brown
Ernest Davis        Patrick Fowler          Ann Johnson
Lila Kari           Neil J.A. Sloane        David R. Stoutemyer

Key Participant: Yuri V. Matiyasevich

Please register for the conference and submit contributions through the conference website

Conference fee:
$100 CAD (Faculty);
$50 (Student, Post-doc, Emeritus)

Abstract submission: April 8, 2016
Notification:        April 15, 2016
Conference :         May 12-15, 2016

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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:

Justin Wan, 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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The Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society, which dates from 1979, has a growing presence in industrial, mathematical, scientific and technological circles within and outside of Canada.

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