IMA-PIMS Math Modeling in Industry Workshop

  • Start Date: 08/06/2014
  • End Date: 08/16/2014

University of British Columbia


Team 1: Mathematical Challenges in High-Throughput Microcalorimeter Spectroscopy (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Team 2: Quantifying the Uncertainty of Fish Ages (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Team 3: Fast Calculation of Diffraction by Photomasks (KLA-Tencor)

Team 4: Efficient and Robust Solution Strategies for Saddle-Point Systems (ExxonMobil)

Team 5: Quality Control on Vibroseis Seismic Recordings (StatOil)

Team 6: Prediction Under Uncertainties (Siemens and TU Munich)

Team 7: Geometry: Nearly Isometric Parametrizations (The Boeing Company)


For abstracts please click here.



The Mathematical Modeling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates from Canada and the USA with first-hand experience in industrial research.


Workshop Format

Students work in teams of six or seven under the guidance of an industry mentor who helps the student model, analyze, and perform computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem.


A progress report from each team will also be scheduled during the period. In addition, each team will be expected to make an oral final presentation and submit a written report at the end of the workshop. Past projects have resulted in papers published in refereed scientific journals.


Optional Trip to Microsoft Research

There will be a special half-day trip to Redmond, WA, to visit Microsoft Research on Saturday, August 16. We will hear presentations from Microsoft researchers about mathematical modeling and computer science applications at Microsoft and get a tour of the facilities. See for information about our destination. Participants will travel from Vancouver, BC, to Seattle, WA, on Friday, August 15. All expenses will be covered as part of the workshop participation. Attendance will be optional, but non-U.S. citizens should be sure they have the proper visas for travel to and from the United States.


Location: Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Vancouver, BC, UBC PIMS Building


Application Procedure

Students interested in applying should consult the IMA project descriptions then apply using the IMA application template. Deadline May 9, 2014.

The updated schedule can be found here.


Richard Braun (University of Delaware), George Homsy (PIMS), Fadil Santosa (University of Minnesota)

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