News and events

  • Colloquium Talk Dr. Michelle Molino: An introduction to Symmetric Determinantal Varieties

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite graduate students as well as anyone else interested to a talk by Dr. Michelle Molino entitled An introduction to Symmetric Determinantal Varieties. The talk will take place on Monday February 3 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM and be held in Plaza room 409. Graduate students are encouraged to attend.

    Abstract:
    In this talk, we will introduce the definition, main results, and properties of symmetric determinantal varieties. In addition, we are going to define the multiplicity of a pair of modules, and calculate such multiplicity for a special pair of modules (Jacobian and Normal modules) associated with a symmetric determinantal variety. Finally, we will show the connection between this multiplicity and the Singular Theory.

  • Colloquium Talk Dr. Paul Voutier: Explicit Effective Diophantine Approximation

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite graduate students as well as anyone else interested to a talk by Dr. Paul Voutier entitled Explicit Effective Diophantine Approximation. The talk will take place on Friday January 10 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM and be held in Goodman School of Business room 408. This lecture will be accessible to graduate students,and even enthusiastic advanced undergraduates.

    Abstract:
    Diophantine problems go back to the early days of civilisation. Our earliest written evidence of such problems is found on the famous Babylonian clay tablet, Plimpton 322, dating back to 1800BC. Diophantine problems continue to play an important role up to the present day with the use of elliptic curves in cryptography. There are several categories of diophantine results. We speak of qualitative, quantitative, elective and explicit elective results. In this lecture, we focus on the last of these: explicit elective results. Under certain conditions, we can obtain very good explicit bounds on how well we can approximate some interesting irrational numbers by rational numbers. That is the goal of this lecture: providing a clear presentation of such techniques, while also providing insights into the latest and sharpest results in this area.

  • Congratulations to Rachel Morris

    Our former Statistics Master student Rachel Morris starts a new Data Analyst position at Sun Life Insurance Canada in Waterloo, Ontario this January. Congratulations Rachel! We wish you continued success!

  • Colloquium Talk Dr. Omar Kihel: Journey Through Cryptography

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite graduate students as well as anyone else interested to a talk by Dr. Omar Kihel (Brock University) entitled Journey through Cryptography. The talk will take place on Wednesday November 27, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm and be held in Goodman School of Business room 305.

    Colloquium November 27, 2019 (O Kihel)

  • Xinsi Huang – MSc Research Project presentation

    Xinsi Huang, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, will present his project titled “Linear Shrinkage, Pretest and Stein-type Estimation: A Review” on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 9:30 am in TH 248.

    Please see poster attached for additional information.

    Everyone is welcome to attend.

    Xinsi Huang – project presentation poster

  • Congratulations to our students Rachel Van Herk and Ashley Kapoor

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to extend congratulations to two of our recent Statistics graduates, Ashley Kapoor and Rachel Van Herk. Last week, their hard work and determination was recognized with the Governor General Silver Medal awarded at Fall Convocation.  This award was given to the two graduates with the highest academic averages during their undergraduate studies. Further details are available in this article in the Brock News.  Congratulations to you both Rachel and Ashley. We wish you continued success in your future!

  • Dr. Nanayakkara Colloquium Talk Wed Oct 2 2:30 PM TH 247

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite anyone interested, including graduate students, to a Colloquium Talk by Dr. Basic Nanayakkara on Wednesday October 2, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. The talk will take place in Thistle 257 and is entitled Theory of Schemes.

    Abstract:

    The theory of schemes is the language of modern (post-Grothendieck) algebraic geometry. In this talk, we will start with the theory of sheaves (of commutative rings with unity) over a topological space and then specialize to the theory of schemes. We will proceed at a pace comfortable to the participants, without paying attention to the time. If time runs out, the rest will be discussed in a future talk.

  • Master’s Project Presentation Sicheng Zhao

    On Friday, September 13 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in MCJ 404, Sicheng Zhao will present his MSc. Research Project. The Department of of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite faculty, students and anyone interested to this presentation. The project is entitled Integrable peakon systems from two new extensions of sl (2,R) modified AKNS method

    The evaluation committee members for this project are Dr. Thomas Wolf, Dr. Alexandre Odesski and Dr. Stephen Anco.

  • Master’s Project Presentation Derek Vaillancourt

    On Wednesday, September 11 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in MCJ 404, Derek Vaillancourt will present his MSc. Research Project. The Department of of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite faculty, students and anyone interested to this presentation. The project is entitled Integrable Peakon Equations from an Improved Method Based on a Modified AKNS Scheme

    The evaluation committee members for this project are Dr. Thomas Wolf, Dr. Alexandre Odesski and Dr. Stephen Anco.

  • Dr. Nanayakkara Colloquium Talk Thursday Sept 19 2019

    The Department of Mathematics and Statistics would like to invite anyone interested, including undergraduate and graduate students, to a Colloquium Talk by Dr. Basic Nanayakkara on Thursday September 19, 2019 from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. The talk will take place in South Block 216 and is entitled Rings and the spectra in Algebraic Geometry.

    Abstract:

    Given a commutative ring with unity, we will construct its spectrum as a topological space. If time permits we will study the notion of affine schemes. This is an introductory talk on algebraic geometry and so is accessible to undergraduate students who are familiar with the notion of rings and the definition of a topology on a set