PIMS Lunchbox Lectures

  • 27-Nov-08

Oil Price Uncertainty

Recent empirical research on the relationship between oil prices and real economic activity has emphasized the importance of sustained increases in oil prices, abstracting from transitory fluctuations associated with increased volatility. Econom   more››

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  • 6-Nov-08

The Elementary Particles of Arithmetic

The Large Hadron Collider is gathering steam at CERN and beginning its search for Higgs boson --- one of the most important particles in the Standard Model. Although the scale of   more››

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  • 25-Sep-08

PIMS-Shell Lunchbox Lecture

On the Complexity of Some Easy and Not-So-Easy Problems   more››

Calgary Place Tower (Shell)

  • 24-Apr-08


The origin of the chemical elements that make up our world is one of the oldest most fundamental scientific questions. The universe after the Big Bang consisted only of hydrogen and helium with traces of lithium. All the other elements, including the   more››

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  • 17-Apr-08

Gas Hydrates: Evaluating Their Technical Producibility

It is estimated that the amount of natural gas trapped in hydrates around the world is roughly two orders of magnitude more than the recoverable gas in conventional reservoirs. Activities are underway in relation to a number of hydrate accumulations:   more››

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  • 25-Mar-08

Breast cancer detection with microwave imaging

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among Canadian women. Regular breast examination and imaging are suggested to promote early detection of this disease. However, X-ray mammography that is typically used for breast imaging, has acknowledged limi   more››

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  • 26-Feb-08

Some Mathematical Aspects of Earthquake Research

An earthquake is the motion produced when stress within the Earth builds up over a long period of time until it exceeds the strength of the rock, which then fails by breaking along a fault. Although catastrophic earthquakes are rare, earthquakes occu   more››

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  • 4-Dec-07

Computer Arithmetic and Cryptography

Computer arithmetic is a fascinating subject, and not at all the drudgery that most of us experienced in mastering the third 'R' of the three R's at school. Efficiency in performing computer arithmetic is of paramount importance to signal processing   more››

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  • 22-Nov-07

Compressive Sampling

Modern signal processing aims to capture physical signals in the form of sound, images, and scientific data by collecting enormous numbers of digital samples and manipulating them in a computer. Conventionally, the rule of thumb for sampling is given   more››

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  • 4-Oct-07

Scaling, universality and spatio-temporal clustering in seismicity and rock fracture phenomena

In this talk, Dr. Davidsen will give an overview of new methods from nonlinear sciences and complex network theory to characterize temporal and spatio-temporal clustering of point processes with a particular focus on their application to seismicity a   more››

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