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 FieldsMITACS Industrial ProblemSolving Workshop (FMIPW) is
a new initiative in this direction.
MITACS
MITACS leads Canada's effort in the generation, application and
commercialization of new mathematical tools and methodologies within
a worldclass research program. The network initiates and fosters
linkages with industrial, governmental, and notforprofit organizations
that require mathematical technologies to deal with problems of
strategic importance to Canada.
MITACS helps link academia, industry and the public sector, with
a view to developing cutting edge mathematical tools vital to a
knowledgebased economy. It sponsors research partnerships, industrial
interchanges, workshops, and training programs.
MITACS (Mathematics of Information
Technology and Complex Systems)
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.
Proposed Problems:
Proposed Problem 1  CalidusFathom.
Position Sensing Problem
Proposed Problem 2  Mapleridge
Capital Corporation
Irreversibility of Financial Time Series
Proposed Problem 3 Farouk
Eshragi Acculogic Inc.
Optimization Problem, Two Dimensional Linear Motor based Flying
Probes Testers with Articulating Probe Modules
Proposed Problem 4 J.L. Perez Velazquez,
Adam Teitelbaum, Vera Nenadovic
Neuroscience and Mental Health Programme, Brain and Behaviour
Centre,Hospital for Sick Children,
Bounds in the variability of brain coordinated activity in health
and disease
Proposed Problem
5  Andrew JE Seely, Alexandre Iolov, Andre Longtin
Fractal Variability Problem
Earlier Industrial Problem Solving Workshops:
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)
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 and MITACS 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 FMIPW
through a onetime or ongoing financial contribution.
List of Participants as of August 11, 2010:
Full Name 
University Name 

Anvari, Vahid 
York University 

Arabzadeh Esfarjani, Sanaz 
University of Toronto 

Baddour, Natalie 
University of Ottawa 

Beckett, Brian 
CalidusFathom Machinery Inc. 

Bohun, C. Sean 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 

Bose, Chris 
University of Victoria 

Breward, Chris 
University of Oxford 

Butt, Nabeel 
University of Western Ontario 

Chang, Dong Eui 
University of Waterloo 

Chen, Stephen 
York University 

Chen, Tian 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 

Claridge, Jonathan 
University of Washington 

Dhote, Rakesh 
University of Toronto 

Dhote, Sharvari 


Eshragi, Farouk 
Acculogic Inc. 

Foxall, Eric 
University of Victoria 
Fuerst, Carlton 
General Motors 
Gustafsson, Jonathan 
McMaster University 
Hamedani, Hamideh 
Shahid Beheshti University 
Huang, Haohan 
York University 
Huang, Huaxiong 
York University 
Iolov, Alexandre 
University of Ottawa 
Jadallah, Hala 

Kavazovic, Zanin 
Université Laval 
Ketelaar, Christiaan 
Southern Methodist University 
Kloosterman, Matt 
UOIT 
Kohandel, Mohammad 
University of Waterloo 
Lewis, Gregory 
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 
Mahmood, Asif 
State University of New York at Buffalo 
Majumdar, Apala 
University of Oxford 
Marcotte, Odile 
Université de Montréal 
Melnik, Roderick 
Wilfrid Laurier University 
Miasnikof, Peter 
University of Toronto 
Miscoi, Gheorghe 
Free International University of Moldova 
Morfin Ramírez, Mario 
University of Toronto 
Ng, Eddie 
Mapleridge Capital Corporation 
Nigam, Nilima 
Simon Fraser University 
Perez Velazquez, Jose Luis 
University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children 
Phipps, Colin 
University of Waterloo 
Pourziaei, Bobby 
York University 
Pugh, Mary C. 
University of Toronto 
Seely, Andrew 
University of Ottawa 
Sivaloganathan, Sivabal 
University of Waterloo 
Stoica, Cristina 
Wilfrid Laurier University 
Tan, Yongji 
Fudan University 
Teitelbaum, Adam 
Sick Kids 
Westbrook, Rex 
University of Calgary 
Worku, Hailemichael Metiku 
University of Hasselt 
Zia, Amin 
University of Toronto 
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