2010 Computational Math Day

The Mathematics Department at Simon Fraser University is pleased to present Computational Math Day 2010 (CMD 2010). CMD 2010 will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at the IRMACS Centre, SFU Burnaby Campus. This annual event will showcase the computational expertise of our Department.


The program includes invited talks and a Poster Session which will cover diverse topics in mathematics with an emphasis on computation. All participants are encouraged to contribute a poster to the Poster Session. Visit the Poster Information page to learn more.

Cash prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate posters will be awarded.


Registration is required.

Getting to SFU and the IRMACS Centre

Get directions to SFU and the IRMACS Centre.


Sponsorship from the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics (CECM), the Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Centre (IRMACS), the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), and the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) is gratefully acknowledged. Learn more about our sponsors.

Design by Andrew Rechnitzer Design by Nilima Nigam

2010 Program

The CMD 2010 Program is a showcase of the SFU Mathematics Department's research in computational mathematics. 

Program Schedule

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2010 Location: IRMACS Centre, Simon Fraser University 

TimeSpeakerSession Title
8:30am Registration  
9:00am Andrew Rechnitzer (UBC) GAS sampling of polygons and knot probability ratios
9:45am Nils Bruin (SFU) Decidability of the existence of rational points on algebraic curves
10:30am Coffee Break / Poster Set Up  
10:45am Poster Session  
12:15pm Lunch at the Himalayan Peak  
1:30pm Anne Greenbaum (UW) Crouzeix's Conjecture and Perturbed Jordan Blocks
2:15pm Nilima Nigam (SFU) How do bones grow? From lab to desktop, a mathematical journey
3:00pm Poster Awards  
3:05pm Coffee Break  
3:30pm Mary-Catherine Kropinski (SFU) Fast intergral equation methods for the heat equation and the modified Helmholtz equation in two dimensions
4:15pm Mike Monagan (SFU) Sparse Polynomial Interpolation
5:00pm Closing Remarks  

2010 Posters & People

Poster Information

The SFU Mathematics Department invites graduate and undergraduate research students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members to participate in the Computational Math Day 2010 Poster Session.

The only requirement is that the poster has mathematics in it. It may be applied, pure, computational or experimental mathematics. If you have already prepared a poster for a presentation at another scientific meeting this year, and you would like to present it to members of the Department, this is an appropriate venue. If you wish to present a computer demo this is also possible.


Up to four prizes (two at 200 dollars and two at 100 dollars) will be awarded to participants with the best posters. Judging criteria are based 50% on content and 50% on presentation.

Submission Details

Poster titles must either be emailed to Marni Mishna, or submitted via the online registration form by Monday, August 2, 2010. Please include the presenter names, title of the poster, and if applicable, the poster file in PDF format. Presenters are responsible for printing their own poster.

Display Details

The posters will be displayed in the IRMACS atrium. Poster presenters can set up their posters as early as 8:30am on August 12, 2010. The poster and demo session will take place from 10:45am to 12:00pm. Awards will be presented at 3:00pm.

Posters and People

Name Affiliation Poster Title
Marni Mishna Simon Fraser University  
Michael Monagan Simon Fraser University  
Mahdi Javadi Simon Fraser University On Sparse Interpolation over Finite Fields
Soo Go Simon Fraser University  
Steve Kieffer Simon Fraser University  
Bryan Quaife Simon Fraser University Fast Integral Equation Methods for the Modified Helmholtz Equation
Stephen Melczer Simon Fraser University Prime Decomposition of Ideals in Polynomial Rings
Petr Lisonek Simon Fraser University  
Hui Yi Lu Simon Fraser university  
Andrew Arnold Simon Fraser University A fast recursive algorithm for computing cyclotomic polynomials
Robert Shih Simon Fraser University Plotting Algebraic Plane Curves Containing Singularities
Todd Keeler Simon Fraser University Rendering Smoke via Fast Vortex Methods
Niamh Chaparro Simon Fraser University An Intro to the Dissipative Particle Dynamics Simulation Method
Sophie Burrill Simon Fraser University On k-crossings and k-nestings of permutations
Cory Ahn Simon Fraser University Multiplication of Univariate Polynomials over Algebraic Number Fields
Radina Droumeva Simon Fraser University Image Segmentation: Finding Eyeballs in 3D Brain MRI Images
Jonathan Jedwab Simon Fraser University  
Michael de Guzman Simon Fraser University A Nonlocal Isoperimetric Problem
Natalia Iwanski Simon Fraser University Directionality of Criminal Vectors- Phase 2: Modelling Disruptions along an Offender's Journey to Crime
Valerie Chong Simon Fraser University The Math Behind Your Childhood Toys
Aki Ayukawa Avis Simon Fraser University Using a Power Filter to Search for Golay Triads
Jane Wodlinger Simon Fraser University
Brittany Froese Simon Fraser University Fast Finite Difference Methods for the Elliptic Monge-Ampere Equation
Reanne Bowlby Simon Fraser University
Simulating N-class Pedestrian Flow Using CLAWPACK
Alexander Molnar Simon Fraser University  
James Ratcliffe Simon Fraser University  
Michael Fry Simon Fraser University Dynamical Systems in the Cognitive Architecture of Syllabification
Veselin Jungic Simon Fraser univerrsity  
Amy Wiebe Simon Fraser University A new construction of Golay sequences of length 2^m
Yun-Jung Kim Simon Fraser University  
Karen Yeats Simon Fraser University  
Aleksandar Vlasev Simon Fraser University Calculation of Feynman Integrals using Dodgson Polynomial Identities
Konrad Duch Simon Fraser University Calculation of Feynman Integrals using Dodgson Polynomial Identities
Kevin Doerksen Simon Fraser University  
Cedric Chauve Simon Fraser University  
Ahmad Mahmoody Simon Fraser University
Ashok Rajaraman Simon Fraser University  
Yuanxun Bill Bao Simon Fraser University Linear Instability of a Wave in a Density Stratified Fluid
Behnam Torabi Simon Fraser University Mathematical Models for Self-organization of Biological Groups
Parousia Rockstroh Simon Fraser University The Closest Point Method
Kai-Uwe Schmidt Simon Fraser University  
Gordon Hiscott Simon Fraser University A Mathematical Model & Numerical Studies of Cyclical Neutropenia
Yang Xin Simon Fraser University  
Mariolys Rivas Simon Fraser University D-finite symmetric functions
Navid Alaei Simon Fraser University  
Nils Bruin Simon Fraser University  
Roman Pearce Simon Fraser University  
Anne Greenbaum University of Washington
Andrew Rechnitzer University of British Columbia  
Thomas Wong University of British Columbia  
Mahdad Khatirinejad Aalto University  
Nilima Nigam Simon Fraser University  
Manfred Trummer Simon Fraser University  
Benjamin Crestel Simon Fraser University  
Mehrnoush Malekesmaeili Simon Fraser University  
Peter Borwein Simon Fraser University  

2010 Location

Location: Talks will be held in the IRMACS Centre's Presentation Studio. The poster session will be held in the IRMACS Centre's Atrium.

Getting to and around the IRMACS Centre at Simon Fraser University

IRMACS is located on the second floor of the Applied Sciences building, SFU Burnaby Campus. Following are links to web pages to help you navigate your way around SFU, Vancouver and BC.

2010 Registration


  • Registration is required in advance of the event. A registration fee of $50 per participant will be charged to all participants except invited speakers and invited guests. The registration fee includes the cost of lunch at the Himalayan Peak.
  • Students may wish to ask their supervisor to pay for their registration fee.
  • The registration fee may be paid by cash at the registration desk on the day of CMD 2010 (receipt will be provided at registration) or through an SFU account (journal voucher).
  • Participants who need assistance with the payment should contact Marni Mishna at mmishna@sfu.ca.
Registration is now closed.

2010 Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors

Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics www.cecm.sfu.ca CECM's mandate is to explore and promote the interplay of conventional mathematics with modern computation and communication in the mathematical sciences. The Centre provides a sophisticated but easy to use computational environment for research and collaboration in the mathematical sciences.
Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences Centre www.irmacs.sfu.ca The IRMACS Centre is a unique, interdisciplinary research facility that enables collaborative interaction - intellectually, physically and virtually. IRMACS focuses on facilitating the human interactions that are critical in interdisciplinary research by providing the technologies and technical support to promote effective interactions (computational, networking, human-computer interaction, remote collaboration, and visualization). By removing the traditional boundaries between scientific disciplines and physical boundaries due to distance, IRMACS creates a synergistic environment on an international scale.
Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences www.pims.math.ca PIMS promotes research in and applications of the mathematical sciences, facilitates the training of highly qualified personnel, enriches public awareness of and education in the mathematical sciences, and creates mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries.
SFU Department of Mathematics www.math.sfu.ca The Department of Mathematics currently numbers 39 faculty. In a typical semester the ranks of regular faculty are augmented with up to 20 post-doctoral fellows and Visiting Professors. At present the Department has a graduate enrolment around 80. The Department has earned a national and international reputation as one of the most forward-looking and broad-based mathematical sciences departments in Canada. Undergraduate and graduate students thrive in the highly interactive and personalized environment which characterizes the Department and is typical of the unique character of Simon Fraser University. We offer a broad program of training in contemporary Mathematics, but also specialize in various areas for which we are internationally recognized.