The dynamics of blood coagulation, evolution of language and carnivore foraging strategies were just a few of the many topics discussed at the third annual Central Valley Regional Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Student Chapter Conference held on the UC Merced campus April 27.
UC Merced’s student chapter of SIAM Opens a New Window. hosted the conference, which attracted scores of undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities around the Central Valley, including UC Merced, UC Davis, California State University, Stanislaus, and Merced College.
The conference included meet-and-greets, SIAM news updates, an invited keynote speaker and a student poster session. The event featured an expanded awards ceremony, which for the first time included prizes for student poster presentations.
Keynote speaker Professor Matthias Heinkenschloss — the Noah G. Harding chair in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University — delivered a talk called the “Optimization of Engineering Systems Modeled by Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)” to a capacity crowd in one of largest lecture halls in Classroom and Office Building 2. The seminar focused on how optimization techniques and PDEs can be used to improve efficiency in engineered systems, from managing underground oil reservoirs to finding the best shapes for musical instruments.
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