OVERVIEW
Objectives:
The objective of the FMIPW is to connect industries with faculty,
postdocs and graduate students who have expertise in industrial
casestudies. This interaction is fostered in the specific context
of a problemsolving session over 5 days. The casestudies in question
have a significant mathematical or statistical content.
The interaction between industry and academia has many potential
benefits for both. Academics learn about interesting potential research
problems and find application for their existing tools. Industries
get access to some of the most experienced mathematical modellers
and problemsolvers on the continent.
Deliverables:
At the end of the week, the academic experts make a presentation
consisting of the problem restatement and their solution. This is
a summary of results; the teams also prepare reports for the industrial
sponsors.
History and mission statement
Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences:
Founded in 1992, the Fields Institute plays a central role in ``promoting
contact and collaboration between professional mathematicians and
the increasing number of users of mathematics". It supports
research in pure and applied mathematics and statistics. Thematic
programs of international interest, academic workshops, and prizes
are organized by the Institute.
Of specific interest to the business community is the Commercial
and Industrial Mathematics program. This program seeks to develop
synergistic links between mathematicians and industrial partners.
The Fields Industrial ProblemSolving Workshop (FIPSW) is a new
initiative in this direction.
What the workshop is about:
Objectives:
The objective of the FMIPW is to connect industries with faculty,
postdocs and graduate students who have expertise in industrial
casestudies. This interaction is fostered in the specific context
of a problemsolving session over 5 days. The casestudies in
question have a significant mathematical or statistical content.
The interaction between industry and academia has many potential
benefits for both. Academics learn about interesting potential
research problems and find application for their existing tools.
Industries get access to some of the most experienced mathematical
modellers and problemsolvers on the continent.
Format:
The FMIPW will occur over 5 days. Participants will include between
3650 academic experts (including mathematicians and statisticians),
and experts from industry. On the first day, the industrial sponsors
will present their problem statements. The academic experts will
divide into teams of 610 people each, with one team assigned
to each problem. The teams spend the next 3 days collaborating
on solutions to their problem, and present their solution on the
final day of the workshop.
Deliverables:
At the end of the week, the academic experts make a presentation
consisting of the problem restatement and their solution. This
is a summary of results; the teams also prepare reports for the
industrial sponsors.
Schedule
Time 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
8:00 
Coffee 
Coffee 
Coffee 
Coffee 
Coffee 
9:00 
Problem 1 ARFI Refocusing Problem (details)
(slides)
Charles Mougenot  Philips Healthcare

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Video
of final presentations
Problem 1 ARFI Refocusing Problem
(slides)

9:30 
Problem 2 Estimating Longterm Risk
Using Short term Data (details)
(slides)
Chris Gifford & Andrew Lin  Dominion Bond
Rating Service

Problem 2 Estimating Longterm Risk Using Short term Data
(slides)

10:00 
Problem 3 Simulation of Oxygen Release
from an Oxygen Delivery Scaffold (details)
(slides)
Huaifa Zhang & Jake Barralet  McGill University

Problem 3  Simulation of
Oxygen Release from an Oxygen Delivery Scaffold 
10:30 
Break 
Break 
Break 
Break 
Break 
11:00 
Problem 4 Mass Filters (details)
Samad Bazargan  Perkin Elmer

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Problem 4 Mass Filters (slides)

11:30 
Problem 5 Modeling of Thermal Dose from
Focused Ultrasound Exposures for Heterogeneous Tissues
(details) (slides)
Adam Waspe  Hospital for Sick Children

Problem 5 Modeling of Thermal Dose from
Focused Ultrasound Exposures for Heterogeneous Tissues 
12:00 
Problem 6  Scenario Quantification
for Operation Risk Modelling (details)
(slides)
Pavan Aroda  OSFI

Lunch

Problem 6 Scenario Quantification for
Operation Risk Modelling

12:30 
Lunch 
NSERC Presentation
Jennifer Bean
(slides) 
OCE Presentation

1:30 
Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Closing Remarks
Lunch 

3:30 
Break

4:00 
Group Discussion 
Group Discussion

Group Discussion

Group Discussion

5:00 
Daily Summary 
Daily Summary 
5:30 


Pizza and Beer
Night 

Workshop Participants
* not confirmed

Full Name 
University/Affiliation 

Andrews, Rob 


Aroda, Pavan 
OSFI 
* 
Barralet, Jake 
McGill University 

Bazargan, Samad 


Bohun, Sean 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 

Budd, Chris 
University of Bath 

Budd, Jeremy 
University of Cambridge 

Butt, Nabeel 
Royal Bank of Canada 

Cao, Melanie 
York University 

Cervi, Jessica 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 

Cheyne, Helen 
University of Western Ontario 

Drapaca, Corina 
Pennsylvania State University 

Ebrahimi, Mehran 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 

Fehribach, Joseph D. 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

Gan, Luhui 
University of Toronto 

Gifford, Chris 
Dominion Bond Rating Service 

Gold, Nathan 
York University 

Haddad, JeanPaul 
University of Waterloo 
* 
Hauck, Cory 
Oak Ridge National Laboratory 

Hosseini, Bamdad 
Simon Fraser University 

Huang, Huaxiong 
York University 

Keener, James P. 
University of Utah 

Komarova, Svetlana 
Shriners Hospital for Children  Canada 

Kuznetzov, Alexey 
York University 

Lin, Andrew 


Lindstrom, Michael 
University of British Columbia 

Luk, Kevin 
University of Toronto 

Madras, Neal 
York University 

Marcotte, Odile 
Université de Montréal 
* 
Mi, Lizhong 
Tongji University 

Mougenot, Charles 
Philips Healthcare 

Moyles, Iain 
University of British Columbia 

Murley, Jonathan 
University of Waterloo 

Nigam, Nilima 
Simon Fraser University 

Olobatuyi, Oluwole 
University of Alberta 

Peshko, Olesya 
McMaster University 

Pugh, Mary C. 
University of Toronto 

Qazi, Sanjive 
Gustavus Adolphus College 

Razaghzadeh, Samad 
Queen's University 

Ryczko, Kevin 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 

Salisbury, Thomas 
York University 

Selventhiran, Urmela 
York University 

Shirgir, Samire 
Concordia University 

Sivaloganathan, Sivabal 
University of Waterloo 
* 
Steprans, Juris 
York University 

Sui, Yi 
University of British Columbia 

Tan, Jeremy 
University of Toronto 

Tsang, Charles 
University of Toronto 

Wang, Renjie 
Concordia University 

Waspe, Adam 
The Hospital for Sick Children 

Zhang, Huaifa 
McGill University 
What's in it for the participating company:
The intellectual dedication of many expert problemsolvers during
the workshop to the phenomenon of interest to the company yields
many benefits. These range from partial or complete solutions to
the problem of interest, to longterm collaboration between the
companies and the participating academics. The forum is an informal
but intensive opportunity for companies to take advantage of the
mathematical and scientific computing expertise of participating
researchers.
Often the academic reformulation and solution of the problem enables
the company to find inexpensive inhouse strategies. Similar workshops
in Europe and North America have saved participating companies hundreds
of thousands of dollars.
In addition, the academic experts typically use stateoftheart
scientific and technological tools, which may prove useful to the
company in other contexts as well.
The workshop also serves as a mechanism for recruitment of talented
graduate students; the company sponsors can watch this pool of potential
employees in action!
Why do academic experts participate?
The potential benefits of the FMIPW to professional mathematicians
involved are myriad. They range from an exposure to interesting
mathematical problems arising outside the confines of academia to
an opportunity to try new scientific tools in novel application
areas. Previous workshops have seen such involvement turn into longterm
collaborations, often leading to journal publications and new research
directions.
Commitment of FMIPW:
The Fields Institute will provide the academic expertise and infrastructure
for this workshop. The recruitment of appropriate faculty and graduate
students to best meet the needs of the problems will be done by
the Fields Institute.
Commitment of industrial sponsors:
Each participating company contributes a problem with mathematical
or statistical content for discussion during the workshop. They
also commit a representative to participate in the workshop during
the problemsolving phase. The company may sponsor part of the FIPSW
through a onetime or ongoing financial contribution.
Earlier Industrial Problem Solving Workshops:
August 2024, 2012
Industrial
ProblemSolving Workshop on Medical Imaging
June 2226, 2009
OCCAMFieldsMITACS,
MathinMedicine Study Group
Biomedical Problems Solving Workshop
August 1115, 2008
FieldsMITACS Industrial
ProblemSolving Workshop (FMIPW)
August 1418, 2006
FieldsMITACS
Industrial ProblemSolving Workshop (FMIPW)
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