Clifton Williamson, Director of Formatter
Development, Seagate VLSI, California
Computer Algebra and Coding Theory: Two Applications
Context Info: The VLSI organization at Seagate develops disc drive controller
chips, that is, the ASIC's which control the flow of data between the
host computer system and the read channel. My group works on the Data
Formatter block, which serves as the interface between the controller
chip and the magnetic medium. The formatter block controls data format
and defect management, tracks the position of the head on the magnetic
medium, and provides state-of-the-art coding techniques to correct errors
in data read from the medium.
Gregory Frank, Bank of Montreal
From the Lecture Hall to the Trading Floor: Some Examples of Computer
Algebra in Computational Finance
Computational finance is the application of analytical techniques to
quantitative problems posed by modern finance. Often complicated and
ill-posed questions must be analyzed and results communicated to decision-makers
very quickly, leading to the need for fast, accurate and relevant computer
models and systems. Computer algebra systems have emerged as a key component
of the analysis, design, solution and communication of solutions.
This talk will give three examples of recent quantitative problems
from the world of option pricing and risk management and show how computer
algebra systems have contributed to finding accurate and practical solutions
to some interesting and complex computational finance problems.
Daniel Stubbs, Nanodesign Inc.
Examples of computational chemistry
I give a brief discussion of some of the mathematical problems that
we have to tackle here at Nanodesign. The problems are for the most
part connected with graph theory and computational geometry.
David Jeffrey, University of Western Ontario
Mathematical models in the paper industry: refiner design
For the most part, the equipment of the paper industry is empirically
based, and the mathematical theories of operation are crude or non-existent.
One area where there is a definite theory is disk refining. I shall
describe the Miles-May theory and discuss the computational requirements.
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