Waterloo graduate student David Qian, under the guidance of the Faculty of Mathematics’ Ricardo Fukasawa and Jochen Koenemann, introduced optimization techniques based on integer and dynamic programming to surgeons at SickKids hospital. By applying mathematical optimization algorithms, Qian and team advised doctors on the best surgical cut points to minimize the volume-difference between the surgically modified skull, and an ideal skull.
David Qian's research on applying optimization methods to determine the placement of cuts for a particular form of skull surgery called Cranial Vault Remodeling was featured in a February 2018 article of Maclean's.
Sherry Shannon-Vanstone told a crowd of academics, business professional and entrepreneurs that people don't buy what you do, but why you do it. To explain what she meant, Shannon-Vanstone opened her toolbox and shared her tools to commercialize information technology.
Professor William Cook delivered an MAA invited address entitled "Information, Computation, Optimization: Connecting the Dots in the Traveling Salesman Problem" at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in San Diego.