Canada-China Workshop on Industrial Mathematics (07w5072)


(University of British Columbia)

(York University)

Gong Qing Zhang (Peking University)


It is a common perception that mathematics is a discipline that does not affect everyday life and society. However next week, more than 30 Canadian and Chinese mathematicians will demonstrate that this widely-held belief could not be further from the truth.

The Canada-China Workshop on Industrial Mathematics, August 5-10, 2007, hosted by the Banff International Research Station (BIRS), will feature Canadian and Chinese mathematicians who are working on real world problems, highlighting the biomedical sector and the finance industry. The event also aims to promote collaboration between the two countries on applied mathematics problems and is sponsored by MITACS and by the Mathematical Centre of the Chinese Ministry of Education (MCME).

The organizers of the workshop are K.C. Chang, a prominent mathematician from Beijing University, Arvind Gupta, Scientific Director of the federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence MITACS and Huaxiong Huang, a professor of applied mathematics from York University.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the mathematical sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at the Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).