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Second annual Industrial Problem Solving Workshop being held at UNB

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Jul 12, 2019

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John

Industrial Problem Solving Workshop

The Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS) is hosting their second Industrial Problem Solving Workshop (IPSW) at the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus from July 15 to 19.

The goal of the IPSW is to connect researchers in industry, non-profit organizations and academia.

During the workshop, six organizations from Atlantic Canada and elsewhere will present problems and participants will break into teams to explore solutions to these problems. The problems, which cover a wide variety of subject areas, are designed to be solved by students and postdocs with backgrounds in mathematics, modelling, scientific computing, computer science and data analysis.

On Wednesday, July 17, from 1 to 3 p.m., members of the public are invited to attend the Formulating Success Research Connector. This special IPSW event, which takes place at the Wu Conference Centre, will give Atlantic Canadian companies the chance to seek solutions to various mathematical sciences-based challenges. Sponsorship for both this event and the workshop has been provided by Springboard Atlantic, the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, ACENET, the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute, Mitacs, UNB’s School of Graduate Studies, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.

“The idea of the workshop is to get math and stats graduate students together with local companies and non-profits for a week's worth of intensive collaboration,” says Sanjeev Seahra, director of AARMS and professor and chair of the department of mathematics and statistics at UNB. “Some of the problems this year include developing statistical models for the allocation of health resources throughout the province, creating mathematical models for the control of prosthetic limbs, and developing automated algorithms to analyze provincial Medicare billings.”

The goal of AARMS is to strengthen research and education in the mathematical sciences with a specific focus on Atlantic Canada. Not only does AARMS foster scientific collaborations, but it also provides educational opportunities in order to build expertise and attract talent to the region.

Media contact: Angie Deveau

Photo: Sanjeev Seahra