May 26, 2017

Workshop on Industry, Business, Mathematics and Computer Algebra

A workshop on the practical application of mathematics and modern computing tools in industry and business.
Friday, 25 October 2002


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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