Ottawa grants $21.6 million for mathematics network

November 18, 2004, vol. 31, no. 6

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MITACS, the mathematics-oriented national network of centres of excellence (NCE) located at SFU, recently received a $21.6 million four-year investment from the federal government.

The funding enables researchers at 36 universities to continue their collaboration with corporate and government partners as they apply mathematical tools and methodologies to solve problems in industry sectors such as biomedical and health, environment and natural resources, information processing, risk and finance, and networks and security.

“With this important funding, MITACS can forge ahead,” says Arvind Gupta, MITACS scientific director and a professor of computing science at SFU.

The five-year-old centre of excellence will use a significant portion of the new funds to focus on research in the healthcare field, including the treatment and control of such diseases as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The funding is good news for the 17 SFU faculty researchers involved in MITACS projects. Their research currently investigates the application of math to such diverse projects as analyzing the genetic traits of diseases, developing mathematical models for optimizing dispatch systems and using mathematics to model diabetes.

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