Congratulations to Ms Yue Dong, whose most recent article, "Threaded Ensembles of Supervised and Unsupervised Neural Networks for Stream Learning" won the best paper award at the 29th Canadian Conference on Artificial Intelligence, held at the University of Victoria from May 31 to June 3, 2016. Earlier this spring, her work on “Deep learning in computer vision and visual arts” was distinguished with prizes in two distinct poster competitions. Yue is currently pursuing her MSc in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, with supervisors Vladimir Pestov (Department of Mathematics and Statistics) and Nathalie Japkowicz (EECS). She is an emerging leader in machine learning, which is a domain drawing on deep ideas from mathematical analysis, discrete mathematics and statistics.
Congratulations to Anne Broadbent, winner of the 2016 André Aisenstadt Mathematics Prize of the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques! This prize celebrates outstanding research achievement by a young Canadian mathematician. She will deliver her prize lecture at the CRM on September 23. Save the date!
The University of Ottawa established the annual Excellence in Teaching award to recognize educators of exceptional quality, driven by their passion to advance and share knowledge. These leaders in university education are outstanding in the classroom, in the laboratory and in the field.
This year, the committee selected Dr. Victor Leblanc, of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, for his outstanding work in the classroom and graduate student supervision. He was originally nominated by a petition from the students in his course MAT2322: Calculus III for Engineers, who summarized "Dr. Leblanc's enthusiasm and positive attitude is very contagious ... He truly inspires students to strive to success through hard work." This sentiment was echoed in countless letters of support from his colleagues and students.
From May 7-10, the University of Ottawa hosted the "Workshop on Representation Theory and Analysis on Lie Groups over Local Fields" , organized by Professors Monica Nevins and Hadi Salmasian. This large research conference attracted over 60 participants from all over North America and Europe. This conference was generously funded by the Fields Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the University of Ottawa Vice-President Research Office, and the Faculty of Science Research Office.
From the citation: “This paper addresses a basic question motivated by ecological dynamics -- how behavior at habitat edges affects population persistence and spatial spread -- and comprehensively presents and analyzes a set of broadly applicable tools for incorporating edge behavior. In doing so, Maciel & Lutscher nicely balance tractable models with biological realism and clearly describe how their modeling insights fit into the existing theoretical and empirical context. In addition to advancing the long-standing theory of spatial population dynamics, the findings clearly contribute to the biological understanding of the effect of a variety of movement behaviors, such as faster movement through unfavorable habitat enhancing population persistence and an intermediate strength of patch-quality-based preference enhancing the rate of population spread, with a strong mechanistic understanding for why these dynamics arise. “
First-year math courses can be a stumbling block for many students. With regular work habits and a bit of foresight and preparation, you can make sure that you will succeed. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics wants to help you with their Math Workshops.
Joel Lemay, who recently completed his PhD under the supervision of Alistair Savage, is the winner of the inaugural Best Student Paper Prize 2014-15, for his sole-authored paper “Geometric Realizations of the Basic Representation of glr“ to appear in Selecta Mathematica. This award distinguishes an exceptional paper published by a student of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics during their studies. To quote from the evaluating committee: “The paper is extremely well-written and contains serious results”, having a very high caliber in terms of both mathematical research and mathematical writing.
Charles Starling, a postdoctoral fellow working with Thierry Giordano and Vladimir Pestov, is the winner of the inaugural Junior Excellence in Mathematics Teaching Award 2014-15. This award distinguishes an exceptional teacher from among all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows teaching in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. To quote from his letter of nomination: “Charles’ devotion to teaching is exemplary and he is already an outstanding teacher of high caliber appreciated by the students.”