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200 Leading Experts in Applied Math To Attend NJIT’s Fifth Annual Math Conference Set for May 19-21, 2008 in Newark

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) will host May 19-21, 2008, more than 200 leading experts for the fifth annual Frontiers in Applied and Computational Mathematics Conference, an unusual three-day event featuring leading researchers who will discuss the latest news and research findings in their fields.

This year topics to be discussed will include mathematical biology, mathematical fluid dynamics, applied statistics and biostatistics, electromagnetic waves and acoustics.  All events are scheduled to take place in Kupfrian Hall on the NJIT Campus. For more information about attending the conference please visit http://www.math.njit.edu.

“All the FACM conferences have been organized as forums where there is a free exchange of ideas and results at the frontiers of research in the mathematical sciences,” said Michael Siegel, PhD, professor of mathematical sciences and chairman of the event.

An overriding aim of these conferences, he added, is to show the diversity of difficult problems in the biomedical, physical and social sciences, and in engineering and technology, and how they can be treated using mathematical modeling. 

“Our newest conference will feature 20 contributed presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral researchers,” said Siegel.

A special feature of this fifth conference will be a celebration of the work of Daljit Ahluwalia, PhD, professor and former chair of the math department at NJIT and director since 1986 of the Center for Applied Mathematics and Statistics.

“Daljit has played a key role in creating a vibrant and collegial environment in which to pursue research and teaching. We are fortunate for his vision and legendary energy,” said Siegel.  “Since Daljit arrived in 1986, the faculty has increased in numbers by 100 percent, the physical space has grown 300 percent and computing power has increased by a million.” 

Four plenary lectures will highlight the proceedings.

Jean-Marc Vanden Brock, of University College, London offers the first plenary talk: “Studies of Nonlinear Three Dimensional Free Surface Flows,” May 19, 2008 at 10 a.m., in the Kupfrian Hall Theatre on the NJIT campus. Siegel will provide the introduction.

Frank Hoppensteadt of Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences will provide the second plenary talk at 5 p.m. the same day.  The topic will be “Multi-Scale Methods, Computer Stimulations and Data Mining: Difference and Renewal Equations.”  Robert Miura, PhD, professor at NJIT, will provide the introduction.

G Bard Ermentrout of the University of Pittsburgh speaks May 20, 2008 at 9 a.m. also in the theater about “When Noise Is the Signal: Stochastic Synchronization in Neurons.” Amitabha Bose, PhD, professor at NJIT, will provide the introduction.

Later that same day at 4 p.m. also in the theater, I. David Abrahams, University of Manchester, UK, will discuss “Asymptotic Homogenization and Effective Material Properties in Elasticity and Electromagnetics.”  Gregory A. Kriegsmann, PhD, professor at NJIT, will provide the introduction.

The National Science Foundation, Society for Mathematical Biology and NJIT have all provided support for the event. The department of mathematical sciences at NJIT is the largest on campus and in 2004 was selected to receive strategic priority funding to achieve national prominence within a five-year period. The department annually receives more than $2 million in federal funding.

Last year, Academic Analytics ranked the department number 10 in the nation. Academic Analytics http://www.academicanalytics.com/About/AboutUs.aspx is a privately-owned company with a mission to deliver objective, analytical data on faculty productivity to universities. The company bases ratings on the number of competitive federal grants researchers annually produce.

Other featured invited speakers and their topics include the following.

J. Thomas Beale, professor, Duke University: “Numerical Methods for Moving Boundaries in Viscous Fluid Flow”

Richard Bertram, associate professor, Florida State University: “Bursting in Pituitary Cells: A Totally Different Animal”

Lora Billings, associate professor, Montclair State University: “ADE in Multi-Strain Disease Models”

George Biros, assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania: “Numerical Simulation of 2D Fluid Membranes”

Yassine Boubendir, assistant professor, NJIT: “Non-Overlapping Domain Decomposition Method and Boundary Element Method for Helmholtz Equation”

Paul Bressloff, professor, University of Utah: “Diffusion of Protein Receptors on a Cylindrical Dendritic Membrane with Partially Absorbing Traps”

Javier Cabrera, associate professor, Rutgers University: “A New Data Mining Paradigm for Biopharmaceutical Data”

Aloknath Chakrabarti, PhD, professor, Indian Institute of Science: “Scattering of Water Waves by Freely Floating Semi-Infinite Elastic Plates on Water of Finite Depth”

Stephen Childress, professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU: “Inertial Effects in Locomotion at Finite and Large Reynolds Numbers”

Wooyoung Choi, PhD, associate professor, NJIT: “Short-Wave Instability of Internal Solitary Waves and a Regularized Long Wave Model”

Dharam V. Chopra, professor, Wichita State University: “On the Existence and Applications of Balanced Arrays”

Paul Chow, Wayne State University: “Asymptotic Solutions of Some Randomly Perturbed Nonlinear Wave Equations”

Michael D. Collins, adjunct professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “Physics of an Avian Controversy”

Pam Cook, professor, University of Delaware: “Steady and Transient Flows of Entangled Polymeric and Micellar Solutions”

Sharon Crook, assistant professor, Arizona State University: “Modeling Activity-Dependent Changes in Dendritic Spine Structure”

Steven A. Cummer, associate professor, Duke University: “Cloaking and Other Material-Based Manipulations of Acoustic Waves”

Linda J. Cummings, lecturer, University of Nottingham: “Fluid Dynamics and Crystal Deposition in Stented and Catheterised Urinary Tracts”

Manisha Desai, assistant professor, Columbia University: “Multiple Imputation to Reduce Selection Bias in Molecular Epidemiology Studies with Non-Ignorably Missing Data”

Rabia Djellouli, associate professor, California State University at Northridge: “Performance Assessment of a New Class of Local Absorbing Boundary Conditions for Elliptical-Shaped Boundaries in the Low Frequency Regime”

Brent Doiron, professor, University of Pittsburgh: “Microcircuits and Macrodynamics in Cortical Processing”

Donald Drew, professor and Ricketts Chair, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “Random Spatial Networks: A Biological Solution to the Structure/Transport/Connection Problem”

Alan Elcrat, professor, Wichita State University: “Axisymmetric Vortices with Swirl”

Richard B. Evans, research professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: “Convergence of Galerkin Approximations for Differential Eigenvalue Problems with Derivative Discontinuities”

Nina Fefferman, assistant research professor, Princeton University: “Evolutionary Epidemiology In Silico: Endogenous Social Structure and Disease Defense”

Jayanta Ghosh, professor, Purdue University: “Motivation and Convergence of Two "New" Fast Algorithms for Estimating the Mixing Distribution in Mixture Models”

Thomas Hagstrom, professor, The University of New Mexico: “Accurate Numerical Methods for Time-Domain Scattering Problems”

Jingfang Huang, associate professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: “Krylov Deferred Correction Methods for Time Dependent Partial Differential Equations”

John Klein, professor, Medical College of Wisconsin: “Direct Regression Models for Survival Parameters Based on Pseudo-Values”

Charles Knessl, professor, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Applications of Applied Mathematics Methods to the Analysis of Algorithms and Tree Properties”

John Kolassa, associate professor, Rutgers University: “Conditional Saddlepoint Approximations for Non-Continuous and Non-Lattice Distributions”

Trine Krogh-Madsen, Weill Cornell Medical College: “Termination and Resetting of Reentrant Cardiac Activity”

Rachel Kuske, associate professor, University of British Columbia: “Transients + instabilities + noise = structure?”

Michelle Lacey, assistant professor, Tulane University: “A Sharp Error Probability Estimate for the Reconstruction of Phylogenetic Quartets”

Ming-Chih Lai, professor, National Chiao Tung University: “An Immersed Boundary Method for the Simulation of Interfacial Flows with Insoluble Surfactant”

Rachel Levy, assistant professor, Harvey Mudd College: “Settling of Particles in a Slurry Flow down an Inclined Plane”

Timothy Lewis, associate professor, University of California, Davis: “Global Bifurcations and the Appearance of a One-Dimensional Spiral Wave in Excitable Media”

Regina Liu, professor, Rutgers University: “Mining Massive Text Data: Classification and Tracking Statistics”

Ji Meng Loh, associate professor, Columbia University: “Accounting for Spatial Correlation in the Scan Statistic”

John Lowengrub, professor, University of California-Irvine: “Multiscale Models of Solid Tumor Growth and Angiogenesis”

Donald Ludwig, emeritus professor, University of British Columbia: “Mathematical Bioeconomics of Environmental Change”

Marianthi Markatou, professor, Columbia University: “Analysis of Variance of Cross Validation Estimators of the Generalization Error of Computer Algorithms”

Victor Matveev, assistant professor, NJIT: “Non-Synchronous Dynamics in Non-Weakly Coupled Inhibitory Networks of Type-I Oscillators”

David McLaughlin, professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU: “Quantifying Neuronal Network Dynamics through Coarse-Grained Event-Trees.”

Colleen Mitchell, assistant professor, University of Iowa: “Do Neurons Have Sharp Time Windows?”

Kannan Natarajan, Novartis Pharmaceutical Corporation: “Statistical Challenges in Drug Development”

David P. Nicholls, University of Illinois at Chicago: “Spectral Stability of Traveling Water Waves”

Nilima Nigam, assistant professor, McGill University: “Integral Equation Methods and Vortex Motion on Spheres”

Robert O’Malley, professor, University of Washington: “Doing Asymptotics Using the Renormalization Group Method”

Lev A. Ostrovsky, professor, Zel Technologies/University of Colorado: “Theoretical Models of Strongly Nonlinear Internal Waves”

John Pelesko, associate professor, University of Delaware: “Dynamics of Electrostatic MEMS”

Edsel A. Peña, professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia: “Modeling and Analysis of Recurrent Events”

Thomas M. Roberts, Air Force Research Laboratory: “Efficient Ranking of Polyomino-based Antennas”

Anton Schick, professor, Binghamton University: “Rates of Convergence for Estimators of Convolutions of Densities”

Sebastian Schreiber, University of California, Davis: “Cycling in Space:  Persistence of Rock-Scissor-Paper Metapopulations”

Jie Shen, professor, Purdue University: “Efficient and Stable Spectral Methods for the Helmholtz Equation in Exterior Domains”

Arthur Sherman, National Institutes of Health: “Bifurcation Analysis of the Dual Oscillator Model for Pancreatic Beta-Cell Calcium Oscillations”

Gregory D. Smith, associate professor, The College of William and Mary: “Moment Closure for Local Control Models of Calcium-Induced Calcium Release in Cardiac Myocytes”

Marc K. Smith, professor, Georgia Institute of Technology: “The Vibration of an Inviscid Incompressible Sessile Drop”

Christian Stucchio, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences: “Stable Outgoing Wave Filters for Anisotropic Waves”

Sundar Subramanian, associate professor, NJIT: “Survival and Hazard Function Estimation for the Missing Censoring Indicator Model”

Charles Tier, senior lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology: “Asymptotic Approximations to Models of Financial Derivatives”

Catalin Turc, assistant professor, University of North Carolina-Charlotte: “Fast, High-Order, Well-Conditioned Algorithms for the Solution of Three-Dimensional Acoustic and Electromagnetic Scattering Problems”

Barbara Wagner, Weierstrass Institute, Germany: “On the Wavelength of the Contact-Line Instability of Dewetting Fronts”

Thomas Ward, adjunct assistant professor, University of California-Los Angeles: “Electrohydrostatically Driven Flows in Microscale Geometries"

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