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Pacific Institute for theMathematical SciencesYear in Review 2012Simon Fraser University • University of Alberta • University of British Columbia • University of Calgary   University of Regina • University of Saskatchewan • University of Victoria • University of Washington  University of Lethbridge • Portland State University • University of Northern British ColumbiaTable of  ContentsFrom the Director        1 About PIMS         22012 Activity Overview        3  Collaborative Research Groups       4-5  International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology  6Education          7  Postdoctoral Fellows        8  2012 Prizes & Awards        9PIMS-Mprime Summer School in Probability      10-11IMA/Mprime/PIMS Math Modeling in Industry     122013 Event Highlights        13OrganizationPIMS Central Office, University of British ColumbiaDr. Alejandro Adem, Director    Dr. G. M. “Bud” Homsy, Deputy DirectorDr. Mark Gotay, Assistant Director   Ms. Denise Feighan, Finance and Administration ManagerDr. Ian Allison, Systems and Network Manager Ms. Clare Kiernan, Communications ManagerPIMS Site DirectorsDr. Nils Bruin, Simon Fraser University  Dr. Charles Doran, University of  AlbertaDr. Clifton Cunningham, University of  Calgary Dr. Donald W. Stanley, University of  ReginaDr. Marcelo Laca, University of  Victoria  Dr. Peter Hoff, University of  WashingtonDr. Chris Soteros, University of  Saskatchewan  Dr. G. M. “Bud” Homsy, University of  British ColumbiaDr. Amir Akbary, University of  LethbridgePIMS Board of Directors Dr. Brian H. Russell (Chair), Vice President, Hampson - Russell, CalgaryDr. Alejandro Adem, PIMS and Department of  Mathematics, UBCMr. Fernando Aguilar, President and Chief  Operating Officer, Calfrac Well ServicesDr. Ken Barker, Dean of  Science, U Calgary Dr. Peta C. Bonham-Smith, Vice-Dean, Science, College of  Arts and Science, U SaskatchewanDr. Charmaine Dean, Dean of  Science, U Western OntarioDr. Darrell Duffie, School of  Business, Stanford U.Dr. Renée Elio, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Department of  Computer Science, U AlbertaMr. Haig Farris, President, Fractal Capital CorporationDr. Norbert H. Haunerland, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Department of  Biological Sciences, SFUDr. Jim Hendry, Department of  Geological Sciences, U SaskatchewanDr. John W. Hepburn, Vice-President (Research) and Department of  Chemistry, UBCDr. George M. “Bud” Homsy, PIMS and Departments of  Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, UBCDr. Daniel Gagnon, Dean of  Science, U ReginaDr. Michael Miller, Associate Vice President Research and Department of  Computer Science, UVicMr. Engin Özberk, Vice-President, Innovation and Technology Development, Cameco CorporationDr. Edwin Perkins, Department of  Mathematics, UBCDr. Nils Petersen, Associate Dean of  Research, Faculty of  Science and Professor of  Chemistry, U AlbertaDr. Vaho Rebassoo, Former Chief  Information Technology Officer (IT Services), Boeing Dr. Werner Stuetzle, Divisional Dean of  Natural Sciences and Department of  Statistics, U WashingtonDr. Andrew S. Wright, Director, Actenum, Zymeworks, and Pharos CapitalDr. Zelda B. Zabinsky, Department of  Industrial Engineering, U WashingtonCover photo: Map of the Internet by the Opte ProjectFrom the DirectorThe year 2012 brought many important activities and accomplishments. Our headquarters moved to a state-of-the-art facility in the new Earth Sciences Building (ESB) at The University of  British Columbia. PIMS’ new space in this impressive $75 million building includes a reception, offices and lab workspace as well as a dedicated videoconferencing room, a spacious lounge and an array of  classrooms for seminars and workshops. We look forward to welcoming the mathematical sciences community to our new facility. Also this year, PIMS welcomed the University of  Lethbridge as a full member, the ninth university in our consortium.In 2012 we launched two new Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs): Optimization: Theory, Algorithms and Applications and Algorithmic Theory of  Networks. Four other CRGs held activities during 2012 in a variety of  areas such as number theory, non-commutative geometry, quantum information and applied/computational harmonic analysis.PIMS also organized or sponsored nine summer schools. We are particularly proud of  the PIMS-Mprime Probability Summer School; it was an impressive month-long event with world-class speakers and excellent international students. A detailed account appears in this Year in Review.In July PIMS sponsored the second Marsden Memorial Lecture by Richard Montgomery, which took place at the Fields Institute, and in October we sponsored a special lecture by Les Valiant (Nevanlinna and Turing Prize winner) on occasion of  the centennial of  Turing’s birth.In November PIMS hosted the second Hugh Morris Lecture in Calgary, delivered by Professor Henri Darmon from McGill University. It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of  Hugh Morris, former Chair of  the PIMS Board, by whom this lecture series was kindly endowed.The IGTC in Mathematical Biology continued its excellent work, under the leadership of  Dan Coombs. This program has trained some truly outstanding students at PIMS universities. Meanwhile, the PIMS postdoctoral program continues to attract top level talent to PIMS universities; in 2012 PIMS funded over 30 postdoctoral fellows either through CRGs or our standard competition.In June PIMS, IMA and Mprime organized the very successful Mathematical Modeling in Industry Workshop for graduate students. This event featured industrial problems from several companies/labs. Thanks are due to Fadil Santosa (IMA Director) and the local organizers in Calgary for a superb event. A second joint IMA-PIMS-Mprime event is planned for 2014 in Vancouver.Our educational programs are distinguished throughout Western Canada, and 2012 was a banner year. In June, the Vancouver Foundation decided to fund our programs enhancing the mathematical education of  Aboriginal/First Nations students and teachers in British Columbia and in December, the Government of  Saskatchewan announced funding for enhanced PIMS activities for the First Nations, Inuit and Metis population. Let me conclude this introduction to the PIMS Year in Review 2012 by expressing our gratitude to all of  our generous donors, with particular thanks to George Burke, Darell Duffie, Haig Farris, Vaho Rebassoo, Brian Russell, Sharon Dos Remedios, Ken Spencer and Andy Wright.1Alejandro Adem DirectorThe Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences was founded in 1996, it is a consortium of universities in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Member universities: Simon Fraser University, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan , University of Victoria and University of Washington. Affiliates: University of Northern British Columbia and Portland State University.The PIMS mandate is to promote research and applications of  the mathematical sciences of  the highest international caliber; to facilitate the training of  highly-qualified personnel at the graduate and postdoctoral level; to enrich public awareness of  mathematics through outreach; to enhance mathematical training for teachers and students in K-12; and to create mathematical partnerships with similar organizations in other countries, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Pacific Rim.The central office is at the University of  British Columbia, with a PIMS site office and a Site Director local to each of  the nine member universities. The Site Director facilitates local opportunities and synergies, while the PIMS site offices provide administrative assistance for organizing local events. This distributed structure renders it quite unique, involving strong local site offices and activities, and allowing a broad impact across Western Canada and beyond.The Board of  Directors oversees the administration of  PIMS, with membership consisting of  the V. P. of  Research from each of  the member universities, as well as distinguished scientists and representatives from industry. An independent Scientific Review Panel composed of  internationally renowned mathematical scientists assesses proposals for scientific events and programs. You can contact us at: PIMS Central Office   tel: (604) 822-39224176-2207 Main Mall   fax: (604) 822-0883University of  British Columbia email: reception@pims.math.caVancouver BC, V6T 1Z4  website: www.pims.math.caCanadaAbout PIMS22012 Activity Overview3Conferences and Workshops: In 2012 there were over 3,300 participants at PIMS-supported conferences and workshops, including the Canadian Number Theory Association XII Meeting at ULethbridge, the Hot Topics Workshop on Computational Criminology at UBC and the PIMS Young Researchers Conference at UCalgary.Summer Schools: PIMS hosted nine summer schools in 2012, including the PIMS-Mprime Summer School in Probability (featured in this issue) and the Mitacs/PIMS/SFU Summer School for Undergraduates in Algebraic Graph Theory.Lecture and Seminar Series: PIMS supports a number of  lecture series including the Hugh Morris and Marsden Memorial Lecture Series, the Computer Science Distinguished Lecture Series at UBC and the PIMS/UBC Distinguished Colloquium, featuring recent speakers such as Ben Green (Cambridge) and Emmanuel Candès (Stanford), as well as ongoing seminar series on topics such as algebraic geometry, math biology, topology and probability.Industrial and Applied Activities: Events included the very successful IMA-Mprime-PIMS Mathematical Modeling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students, which attracted 40 students, as well as industry representatives from Corning Incorporated, Siemens and CGGVeritas and more. The short course, Monte Carlo Methods for Quantitative Finance, examined how to use Monte Carlo methods for accurate option pricing, hedging and risk management and how to increase the efficiency of  their applications. Collaborative Research Groups: A record-setting total of  six CRGs were sponsored by PIMS in 2012, on topics including non-commutative geometry, quantum information, number theory, applied harmonic analysis, networks and optimization.PIMS is a leading mathematical institute in North America, with worldwide impact on the mathematical sciences and their applications. PIMS has established innovative programs which have had a transformative effect on mathematical research and training of students and postdoctoral fellows.During 2012 PIMS helped to support over 100 scientific activities. These involved more than 5,500 attendees who spent nearly 18,000 attendee days at PIMS activities.Robert Lang, PIMS Public Lecture.Hot Topics in Computational CriminologyNorthwest Probability SeminarFunda Ergun  (SFU)Valerie King  (UVic)Petra Berenbrink  (SFU)Collaborative Research Groups4PIMS Collaborative Research Groups (CRGs) develop research and training networks, establishing lasting interdisciplinary links between geographically separate groups of researchers at member universities. Groups organize thematic activities, such as workshops, summer schools and seminars, make joint postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) appointments and develop joint graduate training programs. PIMS has developed 26 CRGs since its inception in areas ranging across all the mathematical sciences. These have served as catalysts for producing mathematical research of the highest quality in Western Canada and attracting outstanding faculty to PIMS universities. PIMS had six CRGs operating in 2012: Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis (2011-2014); L Functions and Number Theory (2010-2013); Mathematics of Quantum Information (2010-2013); Operator Algebras and Non-commutative Geometry (2009 - 2012); Optimization: Theory, Algorithms and Applications (2012-2015) and Algorithmic Theory of Networks (2012-2015).Algorithmic Theory of Networks (2012-2015)The technology revolution of  the 1990s and 2000s owes much of  its existence to the advances in computer networking technologies. These advances have made profound changes in how users and researchers model, construct/modify, maintain, use and ultimately view, networks in terms of  scale, structure and functionality. Scientific and technical communities are faced with new networking paradigms which are complex, heterogeneous and data-intensive. The resulting theoretical and practical problems are multifaceted, requiring a wide range of  expertise. The group will organize a major event on Massive Scale Modeling and Algorithms for Networks at SFU Harbour Centre, as well as a workshop on Randomization in Networks at UVic, in addition to hosting a distinguished speaker series, postdoctoral fellows, summer schools and research visits.This CRG brings together researchers from four major universities in Western Canada: Petra Berenbrink and Funda Ergun (SFU) and Valerie King (UVic) as the lead researchers, and Will Evans, Nick Harvey, and David Kirkpatrick (UBC), Bruce Kapron and Venkatesh Srinivasan (UVic) and Lisa Higham and Philipp Woelfel (UCalgary).CRG Leaders Optimization: Theory, Algorithms and Applications (2012–2015)This CRG’s goal is to facilitate the creation of  new mathematics that ultimately supports better decision making by creating a truly collaborative and permanent network of  optimizers in the Pacific Northwest. The collaborative network will allow the optimization community to organize and integrate itself, to enhance existing largely informal collaborations, to better identify new promising research projects and teams and to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with rich and productive work environment and research experiences. The group plans to hold a variety of  scientific activities including the West Coast Optimization Meetings, a workshop on Robust Optimization, a conference on Geometric Aspects of  Optimization, and Women Optimize in the West (WOW), a mentor-mentee international workshop. They will also host multiple distinguished visitors, as well as three postdoctoral fellows who are expected to spend time at two separate PIMS sites. 5Research Impacts: The Non-Commutative Geometry of Algebraic Integers.In one of  the main outcomes of  CRG20, Operator Algebras and Non-Commutative Geometry, Joachim Cuntz, Christopher Deninger and Marcelo Laca associated Toeplitz-type C*-algebras to the rings of  integers of  algebraic number fields. In earlier work Cuntz and Li had produced purely infinite simple C*-algebras from rings of  algebraic integers, and Laca and Raeburn had introduced a Toeplitz type C*-algebra for the natural numbers. The C*-algebras of  [CDL] are simultaneous generalizations of  the latter and extensions of  the former; they have the right functorial properties, and thus the potential for generating invariants for number fields. Moreover, the natural noncommutative (quantum) dynamical systems based on the C*-algebras from [CDL] have equilibrium states exhibiting phase transitions that point to a connection with class field theory. This work has already had a significant impact, sparking further research in several directions. One of  the most interesting new directions is the study of  C*-algebraic invariants for number fields that combine K-theory and ideal structure, appearing in subsequent work of  Cuntz-Li, Li, and Echterhoff-Laca. The CRG fostered the generation of  key ideas and attracted new researchers to the interface between operator algebras and number theory; the increased level of  activity in this area prompted a focused workshop in Münster (December 2011), an Oberwolfach workshop in April 2012, and a BIRS workshop that will take place in 2013.[CDL] J. CUNTZ, C. DENINGER, and M. LACA, C*-algebras of  Toeplitz type associated with algebraic number fields, Math. Ann. (2012), DOI: 10.1007/s00208-012-0826-9.[EL] S. ECHTERHOFF and M. LACA, The primitive ideal space of  the C*-algebra of  the affine semigroup of  algebraic integers, Math.  Proc. Cambridge Philos. Soc. (2012), DOI: 10.1007/s00208-012-0826-9.Yuriy Zinchenko  (UofC)Heinz Bauschke  (UBC-Okanagan)Michael Friedlander  (UBC)CRG LeadersThe PIMS vision for creating the International Graduate Training Centres (IGTC) is to “Seize scientific leadership on the world stage and to launch a strategic training program in emerging areas in mathematics.” This is to be achieved through training a generation of  researchers in the application of  new mathematics to present-day global problems. To these ends, PIMS created the IGTC in Mathematical Biology in 2007, which is directed by Prof. Dan Coombs of  the University of  British Columbia.In 2012, the Centre continued in its mission to support graduate student education and skills training in mathematical and computational biology. An exciting development has been the financial support of  Mprime, which allowed the recruitment of  five additional new student fellows, thus extending the IGTC into 2014.In May, Leah Edelstein-Keshet taught a summer course in Mathematical Cell Biology for graduate students. The course was taught live at UBC, but as a pilot web-based course, lectures and materials were shared online with the regional mathematical biology community.The annual IGTC summit was attended by nearly 40 students from UVic, UBC, UBC-O, SFU, UAlberta, Venezuela and Mexico. Special guest Prof. Steven Krone (UIdaho) gave an interactive workshop on biological modelling with interacting particle systems and a detailed research seminar on spatial pattern formation in bacteria-phage experimental systems.PIMS is proud to support IGTC student Stephanie Peacock (UAlberta)“My interest is in host-parasite dynamics in wildlife populations and domesticated animals’ impact on wildlife through disease transfer. I use mathematics to help understand interactions between farmed and wild salmon populations on the coast of  British Columbia. A key aspect is connecting mechanistic models to data in order to answer applied questions. This connection has led me to collaborate with scientists from very different backgrounds. I learn from mathematicians, share data with government and industry partners, and work closely with salmon conservation biologists at eNGOs and other universities.“As a student with a background in biology, I look forward to PIMS meetings and summits of  the IGTC as opportunities to build collaborations with mathematicians. I have made valuable contacts with students and professors who I might not have otherwise met. The IGTC provides a forum for students in mathematical biology to meet, exchange ideas and generate new research avenues. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program, and I look forward to participating as an alumni in future events!”International Graduate Training Centre in Mathematical Biology62012 IGTC summitA sample bag containing a juvenile pink salmon and sea louse. Photo by Stan ProboszczAn integral part of the PIMS mandate is to enrich public awareness of mathematics through outreach and to enhance mathematical training for teachers and students in K-12. PIMS is nurturing the pipeline of younger generations in Western Canada, including those with First Nations backgrounds. PIMS promotes numeracy as an integral part of development and learning. Some of the 2012 education activities included:7Math Mania An event for elementary and middle schools in BC that presents a variety of interactive demonstrations, puzzles, games and art designed to demonstrate fun ways of learning math. 7 events were held with approximately 200 participants in 2012.Math Central 3.5 million hits per month from approximately 250,000 visitors. Math Central attracts answer submissions from all over the world including Italy, Romania, Turkey and Indonesia. Changing the Culture A yearly one-day meeting that brings together mathematicians, mathematics educators and school teachers from all levels to improve teaching. 100 participants in 2012.Aboriginal Scholarship Program Since 2007 PIMS has collaborated to support scholarships for more than 57 Aboriginal students in the BC Lower Mainland. Elmacon A yearly event for Grades 5 to 7 students from Lower Mainland BC and Victoria-area schools. ELMACON provides an opportunity to experience mathematics as an exciting sport. 275 students participated in 2012.Math on the Move Visited 7 schools in 5 Saskatchewan school districts and delivered inquiry-based mathematics activities to 157 students. Support was provided by PIMS, the Faculties of Education and Science at URegina, and Math Central.EducationPostdoctoral FellowsEvery year PIMS sponsors numerous postdoctoral fellows (PDFs), attracting outstanding young scientists who contribute to PIMS research programs, many of whom later become faculty members at Canadian universities. PDFs are distributed throughout PIMS sites on a competitive basis. In addition, each CRG is allocated several PDFs, the selection of which is determined by an assessment panel. In 2012 PIMS supported a total of 45 PDFs at its sites. 2012 Incoming Postdocs: Kun Wang (UAlberta)Vladimir Zubov (UCalgary)Benjamin Lundell (UWashington)Xiaosheng Zhuang (UAlberta)Ryan John Hamilton (UCalgary)8Featured Postdoctoral Fellow: Andrew King“I completed my Ph.D. at McGill University in 2009 under the supervision of  Bruce Reed, working on structural and algorithmic approaches to graph colouring. I spent the last year of  my Ph.D. at ITI in Prague working with Daniel Kral, followed by two years as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University with Maria Chudnovsky. Throughout that time, much of  my work was on the subject of  claw-free graphs, particularly using structural decomposition to solve colouring and other problems efficiently. Another highlight was the proof  of  the Lovász-Plummer Conjecture on perfect matchings in cubic graphs.“I have been at SFU for just over a year now, under the joint supervision of  Pavol Hell and Bojan Mohar. Although my current research covers several problems, many of  the threads surround the theme of  sharpening our view of  Reed’s Conjecture on the chromatic number of  a graph. A closer look at the fractional relaxation suggests that there is a hierarchy of  local versions of  the conjecture. Understanding this hierarchy properly may give insight into not only the nature of  what the conjecture really means, but also how to approach it.”Nathan Krislock (UBC)Yi Shen (UAlberta)Andrew D. King (SFU)Sara Madariaga (USask)Emil Wiedemann (UBC)Tong Zhang (UAlberta)Matieu Huruguen (UBC)Ohad Giladi (UA)CAIMS/PIMS Early Career Award in Applied Mathematics Theodore Kolokolnikov (Dalhousie University)This award, which recognizes outstanding research in any branch of  applied mathematics, was presented to Professor Kolokolnikov, for his highly influential contributions to the study of  pattern formation in systems governed by nonlinear differential equations. A versatile researcher, he uses a wide range of  mathematical techniques including asymptotic methods, PDE theory, complex analysis, dynamical systems, and scientific computation. He combines these tools in novel ways to derive precise, quantifiable predictions. His work is motivated by, and has wide applications to, the natural sciences, including such varied topics as models of  laser fusion, patterns in chemical reactions, phytoplankton distribution in oceans, hot spots in microwave heating, models of  crime, cell aggregation in chemotaxis and biological swarming. 2012 Prizes & Awards9CRM - Fields - PIMS Prize   Stevo Todorcevic (University of Toronto)The CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize is the premier Canadian award for research achievements in the mathematical sciences. Professor Todorcevic’s contributions to set theory have made him a world leader in this topic. His work is recognized for its striking originality and technical brilliance. Among the most striking recent accomplishments of  Todorcevic (and co-authors) are major contributions to the von Neumann and Maharam problems on Boolean algebras, the theory of  non-separable Banach spaces, including the solution of  an old problem of  Davis and Johnson, the solution of  a long standing problem of  Laver, and the development of  a duality theory relating finite Ramsey theory and topological dynamics. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair at the University of  Toronto.PIMS Education Prize Mark MacLean (University of British Columbia)This prize recognizes individuals who have played a major role in encouraging activities that enhance public awareness and appreciation of  mathematics. Dr. MacLean is making a major impact on teaching in Mathematics at UBC and beyond. He is an original member of  the UBC Science One program and has contributed greatly to its success. In addition to his excellence in teaching, MacLean has taken leadership roles in course development, instructor supervision, tutorial centre management, and TA training. His energetic outreach activities include leadership in the Euclid Contest and teacher professional development in the area of  Aboriginal Education. Special thanks to CGGVeritas: Hampson-Russell for sponsoring the 2012 PIMS Education Prize. PIMS-Mprime Summer School in Probability 10Held in June, this major training event attracted over 80 registered participants from around the world. The Summer School was organized by Omer Angel, Ed Perkins, and Gordon Slade, and was supported financially by PIMS and Mprime as well as the UBC Department of  Mathematics and the US National Science Foundation. Past PIMS Summer Schools in Probability have been held at UBC in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 (the latter joint with the Centre de Recherches Mathématiques), and at the University of  Washington in 2010.The format of  the PIMS Summer School is unique, with a core consisting of  two full-length courses, given by Omer Angel (UBC) and Grégory Miermont (CNRS-PIMS researcher), each comprising 24 hours of  lectures. This was supplemented by 30 lectures given by Summer School participants themselves; for many, their first lecture in an international conference. The two courses were official UBC graduate courses and were taken for academic credit by UBC graduate students. Five keynote lectures were also given, by Alexander Holroyd (Microsoft), Rick Kenyon (Brown), Yuval Peres (Microsoft), Gordon Slade (UBC), and Bálint Virág (Toronto).The organizers relied heavily on the Summer School’s Scientific Panel, which consisted of  Siva Athreya (Bangalore), María Emilia Caballero (Mexico City), Dayue Chen (Beijing), Zhen-Qing Chen (Seattle), Takashi Kumagai (Kyoto), Jean-François Le Gall (Orsay), Neal Madras (Toronto), and Vladas Sidoravicius (Rio de Janeiro). Panel members  stimulated participation from young scientists in their part of  the world, and advised the Local Organizers on which applicants merited funding. Their work was successful, as participants did attend from India, China, Japan, Israel, Poland, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico and of  course, from the United States and Canada. The calibre of  the attending students was very impressive. In particular, the large Probability Group at UBC benefitted greatly from all the activities of  the Summer School, as did many students from the University of  Washington.Grégory Miermont11Omer Angel’s course, Interacting Particle Systems, focused on the many incarnations of  totally asymmetric exclusion processes, and included a presentation of  his work with Holroyd, Romik and Virág on random sorting networks. This is a spectacular example of  order coming from complete randomness and although fascinating results have been proved, they remain far away from capturing what the simulations are showing. The resulting conjectures are amazing. Take a randomly chosen sequence of   nearest-neighbour swaps which take 1, . . . , n to n, . . . , 1. The rescaled trajectory of  a randomly chosen particle will converge to a random sine curve (the amplitude and phase are random). The rescaled halfway permutation matrix (put a 1 in the ith column at the location of  the original i) will converge to the distribution on the disc obtained by projecting surface area on the 2-sphere S2. The buzz in the room when these simulations were playing and the conjectures were being made was clearly audible. At the breaks Professor Angel was dealing with crowds of  students wanting more. Grégory Miermont’s course on Random Maps focused on a major recent result on scaling limits of  random maps that was announced in 2011 and obtained independently by different methods by Miermont and Le Gall. Take a randomly chosen graph with n vertices on the 2-sphere S2 with each face bounded by q edges, e.g,. if  q = 3, this is a triangulation. Equip the resulting graph with the graph distance and rescale by n1/4. The resulting random metric spaces then converge in distribution as  (i.e., their random statistics converge) to a universal limiting metric space called the Brownian map. The result was the culmination of  over ten years of  work by many mathematicians, in a marvellous blend of  combinatorics, geometry, and probability.We look forward to the next PIMS Summer School in Probability, in June 2014 at PIMS-UBC’s splendid new site. Grégory MiermontOmer Angel Simulations of the particle trajectories for the random sorting network-- clearly sine waves but all we know for sure is that they are Hölder continuous.Summer school students continuing their discussions with Omer Angel on Leading Peak atop Anvil Island.MMIW 2012 was held June 18-27 at the University of Calgary. Funding was provided by IMA, PIMS, Mprime, and NSERC.   The workshop brought industrial researchers, mathematicians and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows together in an intensive workshop devoted to the development and solution of  mathematical models of  pressing industrial problems. There were 40 students total – 19 from Canadian institutions, one from Mexico and the remainder from the USA.  The workshop consisted of  seven projects, with approximately six students per project.  Further details on the projects and team members is available on the IMA website.Notable outcomes of  this event included an almost 100% level of  participant satisfaction (measured by an exit survey) and a significant increase in students’ interest in industry and industrial mathematics.Project Titles:• Touch Sensing, Silhouettes, and “Polygons-of-Uncertainty”   (Corning Incorporated)• Validation of  Service Concepts for Oil Drilling by Simulation    (Siemens)• Azimuthal Elastic Inversion for Fracture Characterization  (CGGVeritas)• Identifying Sugars   (National Institute of  Standards and Technology)• Multi-Objective Design of  a Fuel Tank (Boeing)• Interactive Treatment Planning in Cancer Radiotherapy   (University of  California, San Diego)• Valuation of  Over-the-Counter Derivatives with Collateralization   (Royal Bank of  Canada)12IMA/Mprime/PIMS Math Modeling in Industry In November the Hugh Morris lecture series moved to Calgary, where Henri Darmon (McGill University) delivered a beautiful lecture titled Numbers and Shapes. Attended by PIMS Director Alejandro Adem, PIMS Board Chairman Brian Russell and other members of  the PIMS community including a strong contingent from the PIMS CRG on L-functions and Number Theory. Darmon’s lecture ranged from some of  the latest techniques in Diophantine analysis to sophisticated results in algebraic topology. Darmon’s lecture is available on mathtube.org.This lecture series was made possible by an endowment from the late Dr. Hugh Morris, former Board Chair and longtime friend of  the mathematical sciences.Hugh C. Morris Lecture SeriesHugh Morris (1932-2012)EVENTS, CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS2013 Event Highlights17-19 January Disease Dynamics 2013: Immunization,    a True Multi-scale Problem   University of British Columbia3-4 May 2013  Prairie Discrete Mathematics Workshop   Thomson Rivers University21-24 May PIMS Young Researchers Conference    University of Alberta23-25 May International Workshop on Perspectives on    High Dimensional Data Analysis   University of British Columbia26-30 May CMOS/CGU/CWRA Joint Scientific Congress   University of Saskatchewan3-7 June  Automata Theory and Symbolic Dynamics   University of British Columbia10-13 June CANADAM 2013   St. John’s, Newfoundland10-20 June Recent Advances in Hodge Theory:    Period Domains, Agebraic Cycles, and   Arithmetic   University of British Columbia19-21 June Workshop on Curves and Applications   University of Calgary24-28 June Pacific Rim Mathematical Association    Congress   Shanghai Jiaotong University, ChinaSUMMER SCHOOLS27 May - 14 June PIMS IGTC Mathematical Biology Summer School   University of Alberta17-21 June Canadian Summer School on Quantum Information   University of Calgary25 June - 5 July Seminaire de Mathematiques Superieures   CRM - Université de MontréalPUBLIC & DISTINGUISHED LECTURES14 January  Margot Gerritsen    University of British Columbia7 February          Gerda de Vries   University of Regina15 February  Béla Bollobás   University of British Columbia8 March  Avi Wigderson    University of British Columbia5 April  Jean-Pierre Bourguignon   University of British Columbia27 May  Yann Brennier   University of British Columbia18 July  Bruce Reed   Simon Fraser UniversityCOLLABORATIVE RESEARCH GROUPS2013 – 2016 Geometry and Physics 2012 - 2015 Algorithmic Theory of Networks2012 - 2015 Optimization: Theory, Algorithms and    Applications2011 - 2014 Applied and Computational Harmonic    Analysis2010 - 2013 Mathematics of Quantum Information25-28 June International Conference on Applied    Cryptography and Network Security   Banff, Alberta1-5 July  Rolfsenfest - Low Dimensional Topology,   Knots, and Orderable Groups   CIRM Luminy-Marseille7-12 July  Analysis and Partial Differential Equations   University of British Columbia16-18 July Recent Developments in Numerical   Methods for Seismic Inverse Problems   and Applications    University of Calgary22-26 July Recent Trends in Stochastic Analysis   University of British Columbia24-26 July Complex Fluids and Flows in Industry and    Nature II   University of British Columbia29 July - 2 August Celestial, Molecular, and Atomic Dynamics   University of Victoria5-9 August Mathematical Congress of the   Americas   Guanajuato, Mexico8-10 August Numerical Linear Algebra and Optimization    University of British Columbia4-16 August Selected Areas in Cryptography   Simon Fraser UniversityMPE2013 COLLABORATIVE THEMATIC PROGRAMS1 Jan - 30 Nov Models and Methods in Epidemiology,     Ecology and Public Health1 Jan - 30 Sept  Celestial MechanicsPacific Institute for theMathematical SciencesUnite Mixte Internationale No. 3069Thank you to:100%The PIMS-UBC site has moved to a new state-of-the-art facility.

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