Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund 2017

Applicant’s Biography: Gehan Abouelseoud

Dr. Gehan Abouelseoud graduated from EGC School in 1994, a place that helped her develop a love for teaching, endeavor for mathematical modelling and enthusiasm for seeking innovation. She finished her B.Sc, M.Sc. and first PhD in electrical/communications engineering in 1999, 2002 and 2007, respectively. In 2011, she started research in biomedical engineering and in 2013 she registered a second PhD on the topic. She worked as a part-time instructor of mathematics and automatic control engineering at the same university from 1999 to 2009. During this period she noticed that many students lack motivation for learning mathematical details. They believe that these details are not important for successful engineering practice. This motivated her to adopt proving that rigorous mathematical understanding of a problem's nature is the route to reliable problem solving as a common principle in all her research.

Project Editorial: Educational kits for mathematical courses in Alexandria University, Faculty of Engineering, Egypt.

The true continuous progress of mathematical sciences can only be guaranteed by preparing generations of scientists from different disciplines who master mathematics just as much they master their own field of specialization. Unfortunately, this is jeopardized by several factors. In many developing countries the quality and capacity of laboratories are quite limited. This makes it difficult to include suitable labs in mathematical courses to illustrate motivating practical applications. Even in developed countries, existing educational kits use advanced software tools that mask mathematical details from students. Together these factors, lead to lack of motivation in learning mathematics. The Elsevier mathematical sciences grant will help us to start an initiative seeking to overcome these factors. We plan to use the funding to prepare a series of educational kits that will be used in mathematical courses in Alexandria University, Faculty of Engineering, Egypt. We plan to share some of the kits with the faculty of medicine as well. The kits will be control and signal processing projects in which the students will be involved in all mathematical details. They will be carefully prepared to prove to students how understanding these details is the only route to reliable, innovative designs.

Applicant’s Biography: Daniele Bartoli

Daniele Bartoli is a researcher at the Department of Mathematics, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy. His main research interest are the following:

  1. Algebraic Geometry in positive characteristic (automorphisms of curves, maximal curves);
  2. Construction and classification of objects in finite projective and affine spaces over Galois fields (complete arcs, complete caps, saturating sets, semiovals, blocking sets);
  3. Coding Theory (functional codes, AG codes, quantum codes, additive codes, subspace codes);
  4. Permutation Polynomials;
  5. Semields.

Project Editorial: The study of connections between Coding Theory and non-linear geometric objects in Galois spaces

The primary objective of this project is to study connections between Coding Theory and non-linear geometric objects in Galois spaces, by using both theoretical and computational instruments. Linear error correcting codes are deeply involved in the process of transmission of information, since they protect information against errors occurring during the transmission process; without this protection information received could be unusable. Linear error correcting codes are fundamental tools, and they are used to transmit digital information in many different contexts, such as military transmissions and web transmissions. The main aim is to study Algebraic-Geometry Codes (AG Codes for short), which have huge applications in Coding Theory. Among them, Reed-Muller codes and more general Goppa codes are the most studied in the literature, since they have high performances and very good parameters. The study will also focus on particular types of non-linear geometric objects: arcs, (n; r)-arcs, caps, saturating sets, and algebraic varieties. These objects can be viewed as projective systems or dual projective systems of points, and therefore they correspond to specific types of linear codes. The construction of this type of codes is based on curves over finite fields having many Fq-rational points and a large automorphism group. In general maximal curves, that is curves attaining the upper bound given by the Hasse-Weil Theorem with respect to their genus, are used for this purpose since they have both a large number of Fq-rational points and a large automorphism group. In particular, maximal curves of Kummer type ym = f(x), with f(x) polynomial over the finite  field Fq will be studied in order to both collect theoretical results on Weierstrass semigroups at many points and construct many points algebraic geometric codes with good parameters.

Applicant’s Biography: Nantel Bergeron

Nantel Bergeron is a York Research Chair and full professor of pure mathematics at York University who specializes in algebraic combinatorics. He received his BSc and MSc in pure mathematics from Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He completed his PhD in 1990 at the University of California at San Diego and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton. Before being hired by York University in 1994, he held a Benjamin Pierce Assistant Professorship at Harvard 1991-94. He has received several distinctions, including a Canada Research Chair from the Government of Canada (2001-11), Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the government of Ontario (2000-05) and Fields Institute Fellow (2012). He also appears in the documentary “20 moves” by Harvey Glazer (2014, 2015).

Project Editorial: Combinatorics Summer school in Medellin, Colombia

Our project is a two weeks summer school in Medellin, Colombia June 18-28, consisting of four introductory mini-courses in combinatorics taught in Spanish. The school will attract undergraduate and masters students with no previous (or very little) experience in combinatorics, eager to become active part of the combinatorial community. The Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund will be used to sponsor student participants from Colombia. This is crucial for our project to be successful and we are very thankful to have such help.

Applicant’s Biography: Francky Fouedjio

Dr Francky Fouedjio is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Statistician at CSIRO Mineral Resources in Australia. He completed his undergraduate studies in Statistics and  Economics at the Sub-regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Yaounde, Cameroon. He earned a Master of Science in Statistics & Econometrics from Toulouse 1 Capitole University and a Master of Research in Statistical Information Processing from Paris Dauphine Unversity in France. He received his PhD in Geostatistics from MINES ParisTech, France. Francky's current research focuses on the development of spatial statistics and machine learning methods for use in geoscience applications spanning the minerals value chain.

Project Editorial: Attending the Spatial Statistics 2017 Conference

Dr Francky Fouedjio applied for funding to attend the Spatial Statistics 2017 conference. This will be a great opportunity for him to present his paper on clustering of multivariate geostatistical data, hear from leading edge speakers, network with peers, gain insights into new research interests, and emerging trends in spatial statistics.

Applicant’s Biography: Prasanna Kumar

Dr. Prasanna Kumar is a resourceful mathematician with huge background and active engagement in research on topics in Geometric Function Theory, Geographic Information Science and Algebra. He has been associated with Department of Mathematics, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani K K Birla Goa Campus, Goa India, one of the premier institutes in India, in various capacities for last twelve years and currently working as the Chair, in the same department.  Dr. Kumar is well-known in his field of research with profound expertise in mathematics teaching/research at the undergraduate and graduate level for last fifteen years. His proven record of scholarly accomplishment with several published research articles; demonstrated academic credentials in leading sponsored research projects, and his involvement in interdisciplinary research reflect  the academic journey he had through his carrier. Dr. Kumar is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Auburn University, Alabama, USA.

Project Editorial: Teaching Strategies in Mathematics – Workshop for College Teachers during 28-29 April 2017 at Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani K K Birla India.

Goa is a well-known and popular hotspot on the tourist map of India and the world. This charm and beauty sets the right ambience for Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani K K Birla India, an Institute of excellence in Technology and Sciences.  BITS, Pilani - K. K. Birla Goa Campus, which was commissioned in 2004. In the midst of idyllic, sylvan beauty, the Campus houses the Main building, having academic and administrative offices, Guest House, Hostels for boys and girls, Student Activity Centre, faculty and staff quarters, Medical Centre, Playground and Shopping Complex. The Campus, in keeping with the tradition of innovation and creativity, has given a state-of-the-art touch to the infrastructure of the entire institute without diminishing in the least, the natural beauty of Goa, surrounding its Campus. Spacious Labs State of art Classrooms with soundproof acoustics, modern furniture, computer labs with Internet facility and Library define the infrastructural counters of the institution.

Goa is one of the smaller states in India with relatively less awareness about mathematical happenings in the world. That is why we a premier institute in India decided to conduct a series of training and workshops for faculty of college/university level. This project will be a first one in this series. We invite mathematicians to share their knowledge with as many as fifty participants in the vicinity of Goa state, India. We intend to give the adequate and up-to­date information on ongoing works in mathematics teachers’ instructional improvement and current research. The impact of the workshop will be the effective classroom practice, teachers’ pedagogical shaping and motivating them towards research supported teaching.  Internationally renowned scholars like Dr Gururaj Karjage, Director, Academy of Creative Teaching, Bengalure, Prof. V. D. Sharma, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay, Prof. Veerappa Gowda, TIFR Bengaluru, Prof. Nagaraj D S, IMSc Chennai and Prof. S. Arumugam, Director n-CARDMATH, Kalasalingam University Tamilnadu, India will train the participants for two days.

Applicant’s Biography: Luca Rizzi

Luca Rizzi is a Chargè de Recherche CNRS, at the Institut Fourier, in Grenoble, France. He received his degree in Physics in 2010 at University of Insubria, Como, Italy. He then received his PhD degree in Geometry, at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, on May 2014. His thesis, on the curvature of optimal control problems with applications to sub-Riemannian geometry, has been awarded the SISSA "Lutman Prize" for the Best Ph.D. Thesis in Mathematics, 2015. From June 2014 to September 2016 he held a postdoctoral research fellowship at CMAP, Ecole Polytechnique, France. His research interests involve sub-Riemannian geometry, in particular the aspects related with curvature, and geometric inequalities, spectral geometry of singular spaces, with special attention to almost-riemannian structures.

Project Editorial: Sub-Riemannian geometry seminars

Since 2011, the sub-Riemannian geometry seminars in Paris are a recurrent seminar cycle which attracts all the main experts in the field of sub-Riemannian geometry and related fields. The seminars are held from October to May, for a total of 8 sessions each year. Thanks to the support from the Elsevier Mathematics Sciences Sponsorship Fund, I will be able to finance round trips to Paris to participate to the seminars, collaborate with colleagues, and discuss about last results in the field.

Applicant’s biography: Graham Wheeler

Graham Wheeler is a Bayesian Medical Statistician in the Cancer Research UK and UCL Cancer Trials Centre at University College London (UCL), and a Visiting Researcher in the Medical Research Council (MRC) Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge. He holds a degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from the University of Warwick, and a Master’s degree in Medical Statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Graham completed his PhD in Biostatistics at Peterhouse, Cambridge, during which he received an MRC Centenary Award to conduct research in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, New York. From 2014 he worked as a post-doctoral statistician at the MRC Biostatistics Unit and joined UCL in 2016. Graham’s research focusses on adaptive designs for early phase clinical trials in oncology, particularly Bayesian methods and their practical implementation. He is a statistician for several clinical trials in lung cancer and leukaemia, and also a lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses at UCL’s School of Life and Medical Sciences.

Project Editorial: 2nd Symposium on Early Phase Trial Design Methodology

The 2nd Symposium on Early Phase Trial Design Methodology will take place from April 26th to 28th at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. The aims of this biennial symposium are to allow members from academia, the pharmaceutical industry and regulatory organisations to present and discuss the latest advances in novel methods for designing and analysing early phase clinical trials, and to foster collaboration between these communities. The symposium has an international outreach, with speakers from France, the UK and USA confirmed.

Thanks to an award from the Elsevier Mathematical Sciences Sponsorship Fund, Graham will be attending the symposium to present his research on Bayesian adaptive designs for phase I dose-escalation studies, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Statistics in Medicine. The award will cover travel, accommodation and conference expenses.

Applicant’s biography: Víctor Rivero

Víctor Rivero was born in México city in 1976. He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in 1999. After this he got a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in the University of Paris VI and obtained his PhD in 2004 at the University of Paris VI. From 2003 to 2005 he held a position in the University of Paris X, Nanterre. During a year in 2007-2008 and a further one in 2014-2015, he realized an academic stay in the University of Bath, where he maintains a rich collaboration. He collaborates with colleagues in France, England and Mexico. He is continuously invited to give talks in the most important events in the fields of Probability and Stochastic Processes around the world. In August 2013 he obtained the price of Mathematical Congress of the Americas for outstanding results obtained in the early years of his mathematical career. Since his PhD studies he realizes researches in Lévy, self-similar Markov, branching and general Markov processes. He has been developing his career in the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas in Guanajuato since August 2005.

Finally, in addition to his mathematical merits, Víctor Rivero has also contributed significantly to the positive environment at CIMAT. In particular, it is worth to point out his role as chair of graduate studies in probability and statistics and, currently, as Interim Director, as well as in the organization of several international academic events in probability and stochastic processes in Guanajuato and in Mexico overall.

Project editorial: Funding the participation of up to 6 young researchers in the various prestigious academic events to be held at CIMAT during the year 2017

The main purpose of this project is to fund the participation of up to 6 young researchers in the various prestigious academic events to be held at CIMAT during the year 2017. Their participation would contribute to increase their expertise in advanced and contemporary research topics that are at the edge of knowledge, to disseminate their research work, for the younger ones to have the experience to present their work in an international forum, to establish new contacts for collaboration or continue their training as independent researchers, and to get acquainted with the academic community in Latin America. With this project it will increase and diversify its portfolio of collaborators and research activity, and at the same time, it will help to build a model to consolidate the Department of Probability and Statistics as one of the world's leading centers of excellence in the theory and applications of probability and statistics.

The expected outcome of this project will be that a long-term strategy for engagement will be formalized, leading to a strengthening of the Mexican research network in probability and statistics through quality projects and people.

Applicant’s biography: Lubna Amro

My name is Lubna Amro from Palestine. I am a PhD student in Ulm university since October 2015. Since I was in high school in Palestine, I believed that mathematics, especially statistics, is an important factor in this life. All human activities in several fields will run well if they are cited in a good mathematics framework. This simulated me to do a Bachelor in Applied Mathematics and later on a Master of Statistics in my country Palestine.

During and after my master study, I had the chance to be a lecturer of mathematics and statistics. Also, I worked as a statistical consultant for private and institutional clients. Working as a statistics lecturer needed a deep knowledge of fundamental mathematics and experiences in advanced research of applied statistics. Unfortunately, we don’t have PhD degrees of statistics in Palestine universities. I was lucky to get the DAAD  PhD Scholarship  to do research under the supervision of Prof. Markus Pauly. Our main research area is investigating  the effect of applying randomization tests on handling the missing values in matched pairs and independent factorial designs. During the last year, we were able to develop a statistical test for incomplete paired data that is robust against deviations from normality, 0-symmetry or homoscedasticity of the data and also leads to valid inference in case of heteroscedasticity or skewed distributions. We were able to achieve it by applying a clever randomization approach to handle missing data.

Project Editorial: Funding the participation of the European Meeting of Statisticians (EMS) during 24-28 July 2017 in Helsinki, Finland

This grant will help me to attend and present some recent results of my PhD study in the European Meeting of Statisticians (EMS), 24-28 July 2017, in Helsinki, Finland. It is an international conference and the main conference in statistics and probability in Europe. It will be a great opportunity to enrich my skills and broaden my knowledge. I have the opportunity to present my research in front of many great statisticians, discuss its results with them and hear their very valuable comments. As I’m coming from a developing country with few resources and I’ve not had the chance to participate in an international conference. I feel that by attending or participating in conferences, helps me become a better researcher.