2ND ANNOUNCEMENT

4th  STRATHMORE INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS CONFERENCE

JUNE 19 – 23, 2017

Background and Introduction

The “4th Strathmore International Mathematics Conference will be held in Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya, during the week of June 19 – 23, 2017.  The conference will be organized in plenary and parallel sessions of oral presentations. The Conference paper presentation sessions will be preceded by a number of 2-day schools (June 19 and 20) on broad research topics of contemporary interest and relevance.

Theme:  “Enhancing Collaborative Research in Mathematical Sciences”

Goal

The goal of this conference is to provide mathematics researchers from around the world, working in various mathematical disciplines, to discuss latest developments and share their research results in contemporary areas of mathematics research and applications. This conference also intends to forge new cross-disciplinary interactions among participants and farther existing partnerships among the international mathematics community and in particular, young researchers in Eastern Africa. Apart from encouraging postgraduate students to attend and make presentations, the conference will make provision for undergraduates to attend and make contributed paper and poster presentationsFor the undergraduate, the conference fee will be Ksh 10,000 for the three conference days​. The conference provides a unique opportunity for in-depth technical discussions and exchange of ideas in mathematical sciences, as well as explores the potential of their applications in natural, biomedical and social sciences, engineering and technology and industry and finance.

Objectives

  1. To provide a forum for researchers, educators, students, contributors, users of mathematical knowledge and industries to exchange ideas and communicate and discuss research findings and new advancement in mathematics and statistics;
  2. To explore possible avenues to foster academic and student exchange, as well as scientific activities;
  3. To promote and encourage exchange of ideas on recent discoveries in the fields of mathematics, statistics and mathematical education.

Research Areas

The 2017 Strathmore International Mathematics Conference (SIMC 2017) is dedicated to address the challenges in the areas of Mathematics and its Applications, thereby presenting a consolidated view to the interested researchers in the aforesaid fields. The conference looks for significant contributions to Mathematics and its applications in theoretical and practical aspects.

Authors may contribute to the conference by submitting articles that illustrate research results, projects, surveying works and industrial experiences that describe significant advances in the following areas, but are not limited to:

Algebra and Applications, Computational Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Geometry and Topology, Number Theory, Differential Equations, Approximation Theory, Coding Theory, Image Processing, Control Theory, Cryptology, Difference and Functional Equations, Discrete Mathematics, Dynamical Systems and Egordic Theory, Fluid Mechanics, Fuzzy Mathematics, Game Theory, Graph Theory, Integral Equations, Mathematical Biology and Mathematical Ecology, Bioinformatics, Mathematical Modelling in Environmental Sciences, Theoretical Computer Science, Data Mining and Soft Computing, Mathematical Economics and Financial Mathematics, Financial Econometrics, Stochastic Modeling, Stochastic Calculus and Applications, Theory and Application of Statistical Linear Models; Bayesian Models and Data Analysis; Biometric Models and Data Analysis, Modeling Climatic Changes; Spatial Analysis; Exploratory Methods and Functional Data Analysis. Mathematics Education.

Conference Format

The conference will be organized in plenary and parallel sessions of oral presentations. The plenary sessions will include keynote papers and invited papers on topics of broad interest and appeal by distinguished researchers in the respective fields. The parallel sessions will include invited and contributed papers in each of the respective areas of focus. On each day of the conference there will be graduate students’ and postdoctoral poster sessions. Each session will be organised by a convenor, or two joint convenors who will be  renowned researcher(s) in the respective area of focus. The convenor(s) will have the responsibility of organizing the sessions, inviting the key speakers, and selecting contributed papers and graduate students’ posters. The conference will be crowned on the last day with an open industry session that will include a plenary presentation or public lecture by a leading researcher with experience in application of mathematical sciences to problems in industry and business. The session will be open to participants from industry and the general public. At the end of the public lecture there will be an expert panel to discuss current problems and future directions in mathematics research and applications in Africa.

For those who wish to have their papers published in the Conference Proceedings, their papers will be peer-reviewed and then selected for publication in the Proceedings.

Pre Conference Schools

The Conference paper presentation sessions shall be preceded by a number of 2-day schools on broad research topics of contemporary interest and relevance, chosen from the following research areas: Pure Mathematics and Applications; Applied Mathematics and Applications; Statistical Modeling and Applications; Stochastic Modeling and Applications; Biomathematics; Financial Mathematics; and Mathematics Education. The aim of these schools is to nurture research careers of young mathematicians and to sow the seed for future generation of mathematics researchers in East African region. The participants in the schools will be drawn from mathematicians in the peridoctoral stage, meaning, those who are close to finishing their doctorates or have recently finished. The schools will bring together budding mathematicians with a passion for research and provide them with structured lectures and activities aimed at helping them explore and exchange current trends in mathematics research and to build collaborative networks. Each school will be directed by a senior researcher who is an international leader in the research topic of the school. The participants in the schools will be expected to participate in the conference.

Rationale for the Conference

The forthcoming “4th  Strathmore International Mathematics Conference” during the week of  June 19 – 23, 2017 is part of a series of biannual international mathematics conferences that the Institute of  Mathematical Sciences (Strathmore University) hosts every two years, as a part of its research initiatives and mandate.

This will be a follow up of the recent “3rd  Strathmore International Mathematics Conference (SIMC 2015)” in August 3 – 7, 2015 held at its Madaraka campus (Nairobi, Kenya). During this 3rd  conference, both formal and informal discussions during the course of the week concluded with a strong observation that there is a real need for universities and other organizations in Africa to foster activities focused on nurturing the research careers of young mathematicians, and sowing the seeds for building future groups of research collaboration.

In addition to addressing the conference theme, the 2017 conference will also promote collaboration in nurturing future Mathematics researchers and elevating training of professional Mathematicians for universities in Kenya and the region.

Significance of the Conference

The conference will promote research collaborations in mathematical sciences and enhance the level and quality of research in Mathematics and its applications in society.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes of the conference are varied. These can be broadly classified as follows:

  • Nurturing/mentoring young researchers: The conference will serve as an initiative for preparing the next generation of Mathematicians in Kenya and the region by inspiring passion for research in mathematics and providing opportunity for senior researchers to  guide and  mentor young mathematics researchers.
  • Collaboration: The conference will serve to bring together researchers whose work is dispersed and isolated to enhance collaboration among researchers in the various areas of Mathematical Sciences within Kenya and across the borders.
  • Exposure : The formal and informal interactions in the parallel and plenary sessions will expose researchers both the young and old in the region to emerging research areas in Mathematical Sciences and its applications

Improved Quality of teaching and Research: Underlying everything is the desire that the conference will enhance the level and quality of mathematics teaching and research.

Statistical Modeling

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Lawrence Kazembe, University of Namibia; Semiparametric and nonparametric models.
  • Prof. Henry Mwambi, University of KwaZulu Natal, Current Advances on Analysis of Incomplete Longitudinal data.

Pre-conference School Topic

  1. Semiparametric and nonparametric models for complex survey analysis, Prof. Ngianga-Bakwin Kandala, Northumbria University, UK.
  2. Statistical distributions and applications, Professor N. Balakrishnan, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, McMaster University, Canada.

Mathematical Modeling

Keynote speakers

Prof. Bruno Buonomo, University of Naples Federico II, ITALY: Application of Mathematics in Medicine

Pre-conference School Topics

  1. Introduction to behavioral mathematical epidemiology:  Prof. Bruno Buonomo, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
  2. Stability Analysis, Bifurcation and Lyapunov functions: Prof. F. Nyabadza, Stellenbosch University, SOUTH AFRICA.
  3. Fitting data to models: Dr. Zindoga Mukandavire, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, LONDON.

Pure Mathematics

Keynote speakers

Prof. Stephen Wagner – University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)

Pre-conference School Topics

  • Topics in Combinatorics – Prof. Stephen Wagner – University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)
  • Topics in Algebraic Geometry  –  Prof. Senderoi Balasz ­ and Dr. David Li-Bland (University of Califonia)

Mathematical Finance

Pre-conference School Topics

Dr. Frank Adekambi and Dr. John Muteba Mwamba, University of Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Applications of time series in quantitative risk management.

Dr. Samuel Chege, IBM, Kenya

Mathematics Education

Pre-conference School Topics

  • Researchable Problem in the context of Mathematics Education – Prof Peter T. Olszewski, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College USA.
  • Literature Review & Theoretical/Conceptual Framework
  • Dr Oduor Olande, Linnaeus University, SWEDEN
  • Dr Keith Leatham, Brigham Young University, USA.
  • Data Collection & Quantitative Analysis
  • Dr Rachel Ayieko,Duquesne University, USA.
  • Dr Penina Kamina, SUNY Oneonta, USA.

Algorithm and Computing

Keynote speakers

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU),

UGANDA: Computational modeling and simulation.

Pre-conference School Topics

Prof Patrick Job Ogao, Technical University of Kenya: Data analytics and visualization.

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU),

UGANDA: Computational modeling and simulation – Application of Barya function in IT