What's New - Archive

The "what's new" archive contains news shorts about members of the IRMACS community and events at the IRMACS centre itself. You may filter our archives by year, or search for explicit keywords.

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September 10, 2009

The Annual IRMACS Project Leader Meeting is scheduled for September 10. The goals of the meeting are to summarize the Centre's activities during the last year, to showcase the upcoming fall activities and to hold an important discussion about the future directions of the IRMACS Centre.

August 21, 2009

Several IRMACS members defended their masters and doctoral theses during the summer semester. Our congratulations go out to Hayri Ardal, Andrea Blazenko, Pouya Bastani, Yigeng Huang, Qifeng Jiang, Eric Sayre, Christine Stoll, Paul Ottaway, and Vivien Wong.

August 17, 2009

On July 11-12, 2009, two members of the IRMACS management team, Ms. Pam Borghardt and Dr. Veselin Jungic, visited the California Institute for Telecommunication and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California San Diego. They had a series of meetings with the Calit2 administrative and scientific leaders with goals to learn how Calit2, one of the leading interdisciplinary institutions in the world, operates and to explore possibilities of future collaboration between the IRMACS Centre and Calit2.

August 06, 2009

July's issue of the SFU News runs stories about two IRMACS members, Dr. Andrew Park and Dr. Herbert Tsang. With their exceptional knowledge, talent and attitude both Andrew and Herbert have greatly contributed to success of the IRMACS hosted MoCSSy Program.

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July 30, 2009

In his recent "09 Report To Community", the SFU President Dr. Michael Stevenson lists IRMACS' project leaders Lynne Bell, Felix Breden, Robert Hogg, and George Nicholas among "world leading (...) researchers who are conducting research that will change the way the world thinks". For full report see http://www.sfu.ca/report2008/.

July 24, 2009

IRMACS' members Navid Alaei, Natasha Richardson, Steven Rossi, Ying Wang, and Asif Zaman successfully presented results of their research at the 16th Canadian Undergraduate Mathematical Conference (CUMC) held at Carleton University in July 2009. Navid, Steven, and Asif are NSERC USRA summer students, supervised by IRMACS' project leaders Dr. Peter Borwein, Dr. Stephen Choi, and Dr. Alexander Rutherford.

Quiz: In which year did the IRMACS Center host CUMC?

July 16, 2009

The IRMACS Managing Director, Ms. Pam (PJ) Borghardt, a recent recipient of the Golden Jubilee Medal for her life-long contributions to the Girl Guides of Canada, is co-leading a group of local Girl Guide Rangers on a trip to New Zealand. The trip will take place between July 17 and July 31 and the group will participate in an exciting program filled with opportunities to meet other Girl Guides & Girl Scouts from around the world. The group will tour the North Island participating in many adventurous activities as well as visiting cultural sites, nature reserves, and local Maori communities.

July 10, 2009

A group of IRMACS researchers lead by the IRMACS executive co-directors Dr. Peter Borwein and Dr. Uwe Glasser have been invited by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada to submit a full application for the Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program. The working title of the proposal is "The Modelling and Visualization of Complex Systems". The CREATE Program supports the training of teams of highly qualified students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad through the development of innovative training programs.

July 07, 2009

Between July 6 and July 11, the IRMACS Centre hosts several presentations for participants of the regional CMS Math Camp. One of the presenters is our Research Director, Dr. Veselin Jungic. For the schedule of the Math Camp presentations see http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/events/week.

June 26, 2009

Our CFI Leading Edge Fund proposal for the second phase of the development of the IRMACS Centre was not successful in the latest CFI round. We still believe that we had an excellent proposal with an excellent group of researchers and look forward to the reviews next month to understand why we weren't funded. Many thanks to all members of the IRMACS community for their help and support during this long process.