The University of New Brunswick is hosting the Science Atlantic Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science annual conference from Friday, Oct. 13 to Sunday, Oct. 15 on its UNB Fredericton campus.

Around 150 undergraduate and graduate students and 50 faculty members from universities around the Atlantic provinces, including Memorial, Acadia, Dalhousie, Mount St. Vincent, Mt. Allison and UPEI will attend the conference to share their research and network in the hopes of future collaboration.

“This will be the first academic conference for many of the undergraduate students in attendance,” says Patrick Reynolds, a senior instructor in the department of mathematics and statistics at UNB. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for students from around the Atlantic provinces to come together, go to talks, or give a talk of their own, in a friendly atmosphere.”

Undergraduate students are invited to write either a mathematics or programming competition. The programming competition, called the 2017 Atlantic Canadian Preliminary Contest, is an official qualifying contest for the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest being held at Beijing’s Peking University in April, 2018.

There are also three keynote speakers, each distinguished in their respective field of study: David Flatla, University of Dundee, in computer science; Amy Wu, York University, in statistics; and Niky Kamran, McGill, in mathematics.

The conference will also host a banquet and awards ceremony, and a specialized research workshop on Sunday titled “Statistical Learning and Health Data Analytics.”

“It’s always great having mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists from Atlantic Canadian universities gather in one space,” says Dr. Reynolds. “It will be a stimulating and enriching weekend for everyone who participates.”

The conference is held at varying universities throughout the Atlantic provinces each year and was last held at UNB’s Fredericton campus in 2007 and UNB’s Saint John campus in 2014.

Media contact: Hilary Creamer Robinson

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