Dr. Tan Invited to Speak at Workshop on Future Directions in Applied Mathematics

Dr. Tan was among the twelve invited speakers at the Workshop on Future Directions in Applied Mathematics, organized by the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University, on March 10-11, 2011.


The workshop provided a forum that highlighted emerging problems and applications in which mathematics is expected to play a fundamental role. The areas addressed by the speakers included  electromagnetics and nondestructive evaluation, biological applications including control strategies for diseases, advanced materials including emerging polymers and transductive compounds, alternative energy including bio-energy and model-based design of nuclear reactors, mathematics of psychology, and mathematical models for climate change and the environment. All of these applications are highly interdisciplinary and require collaboration between teams of disciplinary and mathematical scientists to achieve present and future objectives.


Dr. Tan's talk, entitled "Soft Sensing and Actuation Materials: A Systems Perspective", discussed the profound role a systems perspective can play in addressing some of the challenges in understanding and applying electroactive polymer materials. The full list of speakers and talk abstracts is available at the workshop website.