Flocking behavior research

Flocking behavior is the behavior exhibited when a group of birds, called a flock, are foraging or in flight. There are parallels with the shoaling behavior of fish, the swarming behavior of insects, and herd behavior of land animals. What we want to do is to build the mathematics models and use these models to describe the flocking phenomenon. Many mathematics scientists have made great contribution to study the flocking phenomenon. We will use the knowledge of the differential dynamical system to study it.

Estimation of Weather and Energy Price Relationship and Impact on Load Following Cash Flows

Weather is a significant driver of daily natural gas and electricity price moves in various North American markets. Weather drives retail energy consumption, which in turn drives market prices through a supply and demand process.

An integrative approach to white-tailed deer management in Nova Scotia: Policy review and implementation

The objective of the proposed research is to develop a statistical analysis framework that provides a reliable profile of Nova Scotia’s white-tailed deer population based on deer related data sources. This project is to support improvements to deer management in Nova Scotia. Improved management and conservation of Nova Scotia’s most important big game species supports wildlife habitat conservation by NS DNR, but is also of importance to the forestry industry, and stakeholders such as the NS Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the Fur Institute of Canada.

Modèle de mélange avec noyaux pour la classification des données de grande dimension

Les données qu'on rencontre aujourd'hui sont souvent de grande dimension. Avec les données génétiques, les signaux et les images, des méthodes d'analyse qui tiennent compte de la taille des données est plus que jamais nécessaire. Chez Hydro-Québec, une nouvelle méthode de surveillance des équipements électriques a été développée, qui fait appel à la théorie de la communication. Cette méthode a mis en évidence l'utilité de tenir compte du comportement des données aléatoires dans un espace de grande dimension, bien connu en théorie des communications.

Economic capital and capital allocaton modeling

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors, of which Canada is a member, has recently introduced the notions of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Own Risk and Solvency Assessment (ORSA), as two key components of its regulatory reform. Loosely speaking, the ERM identifies, measures and monitors insurer risks while the ORSA manages them.

Mathematical and Computational Techniques for Cytotoxicity

The study of toxicity is to investigate the adverse effects of chemical and physical agents on living organisms and biological systems, and it is an important topic in the health and environmental sciences. In recent years, Alberta researchers has made great progress and contribution towards developing an innovative toxicity profiling program, and tremendous data sets have been obtained through numerous experimental studies.

Impact of early vaccination during influenza outbreaks

Vaccination is an important preventive measure against influenza infection during both seasonal epidemics and pandemic outbreaks. This research aims to understand the effect of early vaccination during influenza outbreaks. The objectives are to measure the effectiveness of early vaccination in terms of reducing disease burden (e.g., infection, hospitalization). We apply an important methodology, namely mathematical and computational techniques, to achieve our objectives.

Évaluation statistique et prévision de la performance de gestionnaires d’actif

Ce projet porte sur l’évaluation de la performance de gestionnaires de fonds de placement. Plus spécifiquement, dans ce projet on cherche à développer des outils qui permettront à la compagnie de déterminer, à partir de données sur ses rendements passés et sur le rendement d’indices de marché appropriés, si un gestionnaire d’actif a été significativement plus performant dans ses placements que l’indice de marché en question.

The Characterization and Simulation of Futures Markets

Current financial models do an inadequate job of capturing the nuances of actual market movements and often exclude the characteristics that would differentiate the resulting data from randomly generated data. The project will identify the key market characteristics that encompass actual market movements by extending current pricing models to encompass those characteristics that are deemed to be important from the perspective of a market participant.

Evolution of digital access modes in Employee and Family Assistance Programs

Shepell·fgi is a leading provider of Employee and Family Assistance Programs (EFAPs) for domestic and global clients. As digital technology and online social networks became increasingly important, Shepell·fgi added new digital services (First Chat, Video Counselling, Online Access, and other online programs) other than the traditional delivery channels (telephone and in-person appointments). Many recent studies focus on analyzing the clinical and monetary effectiveness of these online programs, however, rarely do they focus on user demographics.