Inside Rensselaer
Volume 6, No. 16, October 26, 2012

Conference on Applied Mathematics Strengthens Ties

The third New York Conference on Applied Mathematics brought together nearly 70 researchers from the northeastern United States and the Province of Ontario, Canada, to discuss diverse topics of applied and computational mathematics on Oct. 13 at the Heffner Alumni House.

The primary goal of the conference was to strengthen ties between applied mathematicians and scientists working in the region, said Fengyan Li, associate professor of math and a local organizer of the conference. Li said Rensselaer was a good choice as host because the Department of Mathematical Sciences specializes in applied (rather than pure) math.

“To me math is more like a language for scientists to communicate,” Li said. “Applied math is concerned with mathematical methods which can be used in many fields, such as science, engineering, business, and also industry. The major components include modeling, analysis, and simulation.”

One example of modeling, covered at the conference, is on predictive emergency response.

“Models are created which enable emergency response management to improve the response and better prepare for emergency situations. One can apply math analysis and numerical simulation to understand and further improve the models,” Li said.

Li said the conference covered some “classical” topics, but also included interesting new areas of applications, such as using mathematics to understand the biomechanics of the inner ear, the fit performance when a contact lens is placed in an eye, and how businesses interact with the marketplace in eBay local.

The conference included two plenary talks and five sessions of standard research presentations, as well as advertisement talks and a poster session.

Conference participants came from 19 universities (and one corporation), including: Rensselaer, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Virginia Intermont College, UMass-Amherst, Brown University, University of Guelph, Hofstra University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology, The College of New Jersey, Eastman Kodak, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CUNY College of Staten Island, McMaster University, and the College of Saint Rose.

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Volume 6, Number 16, October 26, 2012
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