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CAIMS-PIMS Early-Career Award 2017 co-winners: Ben Adcock, Hau-tieng Wu

CAIMS and PIMS are pleased to announce Ben Adcock of Simon Fraser University, and Hau-Tieng Wu of the University of Toronto as the co-winners of the 2017 Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics.

Professor Adcock received his PhD in 2010 from the Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics at Cambridge. Since leaving Cambridge, he has received a post-doctoral fellowship at Simon Fraser, and has held a faculty position at Purdue University. In 2014, Professor Adcock returned to Simon Fraser, taking up his current position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics there.

Professor Adcock’s research interests are broad. They include (but are not limited to) numerical analysis, signal processing, and sampling theory. He has been described as a researcher who attacks classical problems “with a distinctly modern flair” and with “exceptional technical skill and creativity.” It is no wonder, then, that Adcock’s work promises to encourage advances in medical imaging, microscopy, and data mining.

Professor Wu received his PhD in 2011 from the Department of Mathematics at Princeton. He also held post-doctoral positions at UC Berkeley, and Stanford before joining the Math Department at the University of Toronto in 2014 as an Assistant Professor.

Prior to his PhD studies, Professor Wu trained as a medical doctor, and served as radiologist resident in Taiwan. Wu clearly draws on his unique experience when tackling research challenges. Indeed, his work brings results from geometry, harmonic analysis, graph theory, and statistics to bear on issues of medical and biomedical significance.

Professors Adcock and Wu will be presented with their award, and each will deliver a plenary lecture at the upcoming Annual Meeting of CAIMS*SCMAI, at Dalhousie University in July, 2017.


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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