PIMS Workshop on Mathematical Sciences and Clean Energy Applications

  • Start Date: 05/21/2019
  • End Date: 05/24/2019

University of British Columbia


To avoid the worst consequences of climate change, the energy chain of the global economy must be drastically decarbonized. This exploratory workshop will build a greater dialogue between those in the mathematical sciences and the clean energy sector. The workshop will include: first-hand accounts of mathematical scientists working in clean energy projects, kind and gentle introductions to clean energy systems and mathematical tools, graduate student presentations, and panel discussions on topics such as challenges in clean energy. The goal of the workshop is to inspire interest in further exploration and to nucleate collaborations between mathematical scientists and practitioners in clean energy. Mathematical scientists with no previous experience in
clean energy research are welcome.


Confirmed Speakers:

  • Eric Anderson, PhD, Head of Technology, Anderson Optimization
  • Aleksandr Aravkin, Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, UWashington
  • Tony Bi, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Director, Clean Energy Research Centre, UBC
  • Matthew Breakey, P.Eng, Senior Specialist, WSP, Wind Energy, Nanaimo, BC
  • Guy Dumas, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of CFD laboratory LMFN, ULaval
  • Michael Friedlander, Professor of Computer Science and Institute of Applied Mathematics Director, UBC
  • Lorne Gettel, PhD, Co-founder and President,  Electra Motor Corporation
  • Bhushan Gopaluni, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Associate Dean of Applied Science, UBC
  • Takashi Hikihara, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Advanced Electrical Systems Theory Lab, KyotoU
  • Artem Korobenko, Assistant Professor of  Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UCalgary
  • Justine McMillan, Scientist, Rockland Scientific International
  • Iain Moyles, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Limerick, Ireland
  • Elena Popovici, PhD, Senior Computer Scientist, Neurio Technology Inc.
  • Bryson Robertson, Associate Professor of Civil and Construction Engineering Oregon State University & Director Pacific Marine Energy Centre
  • Deniz Sezer, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Calgary
  • Akeel Shah, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
  • Pang-Chieh Sui, PhD, Professor of Automative Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology
  • Blake Shaffer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Anatoliy Swishchuk, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, UCalgary
  • Mike Thiessen, Manager, Sustainable Research, Genus Capital Management
  • Peter Vorobieff, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico
  • Cameron Wade, PhD Student, UVictoria
  • Antony Ware, Professor and Head of Mathematics and Statistics, UCalgary
  • Andrew Weaver, Member of BC Legislative Assembly and Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences, UVictoria
  • Brian Wetton, Professor of Mathematics, UBC
  • David Wood, Schulich Chair in Renewable Energy, Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UCalgary


Session Topics:

1. Wind

2. Energy Market Modelling

3. Water

4. Optimization

5. Solar

6. Storage and Distribution

7. Electrochemical 

8. Energy policy 



Download the event poster below! 




Background Document:

More information  on this meeting, and its goals can be found here.



Bill Aiello, UBC

Richard Karsten, Acadia University

Brian Marcus, UBC
Vakhtang Putkaradze, UAlberta

Pacific Insitute for the Mathematical Sciences 

Other Information: 
Conference Dates & Location:

May 21- 24, 2019

Main Meeting Venue:Earth Sciences Building

2207Main Mall, UBC. V6T1Z4



Call for poster presentations:

The organizers invite interested participants to submit an abstract (maximum 200 words, in English) of a proposed poster presentation. 


Complete the poster application here January 25, 2019. You do not need to register or pay the registration fees before you apply to present. 


Applications for funding (travel and accommodation):

Requests for travel funding (travel and accommodation) are now being accepted A limited amount of funding is available to participants; applicants should try to find alternative sources of funding to complement the amounts they may receive from the workshop. Priority for funding will go to graduate students, postdocs and those without access to other sources of funding. Women and under-represented minorities are encouraged to apply.


Complete the application process here by January 25, 2019. Applicants will be informed of decisions via email. You do not need to register or pay the registration fees before you apply for funding.




A discounted room block for the conference is now available at UBC ponderosa Studios and premium single rooms in the Gage Tower apartments. 


Ponderosa Studios: Private studio room with double bed in bed sitting room with phone and internet. Sleeps one or two people. TV, washroom with shower (no bathtub). Fully equipped kitchen. Suite does not have air conditioning. Rate: $149/night


Premium Single Rooms at Gage Towers: Private single bedroom with high speed wireless internet. Sleeps one person. Guests share a lounge with TV and washroom with two showers (no bathtub) with three other guests. Located on floors 14 to 17 in each Tower. Room does not have air conditioning. Rate: $59/night/person.


Follow the link below to book your accommodation. 

 *Clean Energy Room  Block* 


You can review other possible on-campus accommodation options below:

- Carey Centre Rooms: Link here.

- St. John's College UBC: Link here



Industry Sponsors:

If your company would likle to sponsor a component of the program orhost an infromation table during the event, please contact Ruth Situma




Participants should scroll to the bottom of this page and click the Sign up/Login button to register (You will be required to create a PIMS account if you do not already have one). Registration fees cover morning and afternoon coffee breaks as well as a particpant package and program*.


Early Bird Registration Fees: Until February 25, 2019, 4:00pm PST

  • Current graduate students & Postdoc fellows: $75
  • Faculty & industry particpants: $125

*No registration required for confirmed speakers.


Regular Registration Fees: After February 25, 2019, 4:00pm PST

  • Current graduate students & Postdoc fellows: $100
  • Faculty & industry particpants: $175

*No registration required for confirmed speakers.






For queries or additional information, please contact Prof. Brian Marcus