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Mobile App for MS16 and IS16 Now Available

Good news! A mobile app for the SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS16), happening May 8-12 in Philadelphia, and SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS16), happening May 23- 26 in Albuquerque, is now available for download. Here’s how to get it:

Plug www.tripbuildermedia.com/apps/siam2016events into your mobile browser or computer. The link will automatically detect the type of device and take you to the right place to download the app. It can also be viewed in HTML5 if you connect using your computer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Awards Spotlight: George Em Karniadakis, Kleinman Prize Recipient

George Em Karniadakis was the 2015 recipient of SIAM’s Ralph E. Kleinman Prize, awarded at last year’s International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) in Beijing, China! Read the rest of this entry »

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SIAM News: May Issue Now Available

The May issue of SIAM News‬ is now officially available online! Learn more about mathematical models for fighting Zika Virus‬, mathematical matchmaking, the new national Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Mathematical Modeling Education (GAIMME), a new method for emotional interpretation based on nonlinear time series analysis and many other interesting topics: https://sinews.siam.org/

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Equilibrium Modeling Increases Contact Lens Comfort

According to the Vision Council of America, roughly 75% of adults in the United States require some form of vision correction. Yet only 10% of Americans wear contact lenses. Studies estimate that one in four initial contact-users finds the lenses uncomfortable and stops wearing them. Thus, increasing the comfort level of contact lenses and expanding the market is a continual objective in the vision industry.

In order to understand the factors that contribute to lens comfort, it is important to study the solid and fluid mechanics of a lens’ interaction with an eye. In an article publishing this week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, authors David Ross, Kara Maki, and Emily Holz design an equilibrium model to demonstrate the elastic stresses and suction pressure distribution between a soft hydrogel contact lens and an eye. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Directions in the Teaching of Numerical Computing

New Directions in the Teaching of Numerical Computing, an essay by André Weideman, written for the New Directions in Numerical Computation Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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A New Modeling, Simulation and Optimization Paradigm

“New Modeling, Simulation and Optimization Paradigm”, an essay by Volker Mehrmann, distributed at the New Directions in Numerical Computation Conference.

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Predict the Future … With Math!

art2_150x197As Math Awareness Month (MAM) winds down, we wanted to leave you with another post! The goal of MAM is to increase public understanding and appreciation for mathematics. This year’s theme is “The Future of Prediction”. Many may not realize that mathematics and statistics are widely used to predict a number of things, such as, the outcome of a ball game, the results of elections, U.S industrial production of oil and natural gas prices, and even your health. Joe Kincaid, Senior Business Process Engineer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, determined that the healthcare industry could forecast the likelihood of coronary heart disease through the use of mathematics, statistics, and technology advancements, which he discusses in his essay “To your Health”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Honouring John Francis

“Honouring John Francis”, an essay by Andy Wathen, written for the New Directions in Numerical Computation Conference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Segmenting Ultrasound Video with a Wavelet Variational Model

Image segmentation, the process of separating a digital image into multiple sections for individual examination, is frequently used in medical image analysis. For example, segmentation in ultrasound footage helps identify boundaries and regions of interest (ROI) that facilitate image interpretation. Efficient segmentation of ultrasound videos, however, is often complicated by low contrast, shadow effects, and complex “noise” statistics (unexplained variations). In addition, real-time applications such as navigation during operational surgery require efficient algorithms.

In an article published this month in the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, authors Jiulong Liu, Xiaoqun Zhang, Bin Dong, Zuowei Shen, and Lixu Gu propose a video segmentation model to recognize ROI in ultrasounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Math Predictions for 2016 MLB Winners

The start of April not only brings April showers and Math Awareness Month, it also brings…baseball season. Bruce Bukiet, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Mathematical Sciences Professor and Associate Dean, is using mathematical statistics to predict the winners of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. And according to his math, the Mets win. Read the rest of this entry »

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