Colorado State University to Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics Conference

Colorado State University is hosting the Second Annual Intermountain/Southwest Conference on Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics Feb. 28 and March 1 in the Weber Building on the school’s main campus. Leading academic, government and industry researchers will discuss a variety of topics ranging from the mathematic foundation of missile defense technology to predicting mechanical failures in industrial machines to numerical methods for optimizing heating systems.

The conference includes speakers from IBM, Lockheed Martin, Sandia National Laboratories, Colorado State, Arizona State University and Utah State University who will address the problems associated with mathematics in industrial applications. The symposium also will provide forums for discussing interdisciplinary approaches to broadening traditional mathematics curricula and for preparing mathematicians for jobs in industry and academics.

The meeting will highlight research problems in industrial and interdisciplinary mathematics through invited talks, a poster session and round-table discussions," said Donald Estep, professor of mathematics at Colorado State and lead organizer of the event. "It is a wonderful opportunity for students and faculty to come and meet with academic and industry leaders as they discuss how to develop practical solutions to real-world problems."

The Conference on Industrial and Interdisciplinary Mathematics is open to all interested individuals. Registration is ongoing and there are still spots open for participants.

Conference topics and speakers include:

  • Fast Decoding of Baseline Huffman JPEG Data – Nenad Rijavec, IBM.
  • Advanced Technologies for Developing Parallel Adaptive Multiphysics Applications – James R. Stewart, Sandia National Laboratories.
  • Generic Time-to-Failure Prediction Based on Wear Estimation – Markus Loecher, Siemens Corporate Research.
  • The Transition from Academia to Industry – Anthony Todd, ISR Systems, Lockheed Martin.
  • Studies of Convergence of Time-Integration Methods for Reaction-Diffusion Equations – Curtis Ober, John Shadid and David Ropp, Sandia National Laboratories.
  • Some Mathematical Problems in Multi-Target Tracking – Aubrey Poore and Sabino Gadaleta, Colorado State University.
  • Bayesian Estimation of Uncertainty in Dynamical System Modeling – Thomas J. Taylor, Department of Mathematics, Arizona State University.
  • MRI and Dynamical MRI High Resolution Image Reconstruction – Rick Archibald, Center for System Science and Engineering, Arizona State University.
  • Numerical Methods and Simulation Applied to Optimize Heating Designs – Daniel K. Balls, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Utah State University.
  • The CU Center for Computational Biology – Harvey J. Greenberg, Mathematics Department, University of Colorado at Denver.
  • Modeling and Decision Making in a Semi-Conductor Supply Chain – Rama Chidambaram, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Arizona State University.

The conference is sponsored by Colorado State University, Arizona State University, Utah State University and through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

For more information or for registration details, visit the Web at or call Donald Estep at (970) 491-6722.