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CMS COVID-19 Research and Education Meeting (CCREM)

July 13 - 16

The CMS had to postpone the 2020 CMS Summer Meeting planned for this June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since we cannot hold a meeting in person, the CMS still wants to provide a virtual platform for mathematicians to come together and learn during this difficult time. We feel that a meeting focused on the changes caused by COVID-19 to the way we plan, teach and do research would be of great benefit to the Canadian mathematical community.

Math Escape Adventure

Take some down time each day of the conference to solve through the Math Escape Adventure. Each day, more of the story will unfold, and more puzzles will be posted. Not all questions must be solved, so puzzle over what you like! Correct answers to the puzzles will unlock a small prize on the last day. The Adventure can be found in Whova. 

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Plenary Speakers

Stan Matwin



Privacy at the Time of the Pandemic

There are three approaches to bound R0, the reproduction number driving the most common models predicting the number of COVID-19 cases: vaccine, herd immunity, and testing followed by tracking and tracing. Scalable and reliable track-and-trace systems must be based on technological, rather than manual means of collecting information about contacts between humans. In this talk, we will outline the leading designs of track-and-trace systems based on the Bluetooth proximity tracing technologies. Our focus will be on privacy aspects of these systems and their utility for health authorities. We will present three design principles on which, in our opinion, the public should insist to protect the modicum of personal privacy, while at the same time enabling track and trace tools that may be necessary in an epidemiological crisis. We will briefly mention the technical and algorithmic means that could be used to guarantee that these principles are followed by a given system.

Daniel Coombs

University of
British Columbia


Real-time modelling of the Coronavirus epidemic

The COVID-19 global pandemic has led to unprecedented interest in mathematical modelling as a tool to understand the dynamics of disease spread and predict the impact of public health interventions. I will talk about how different kinds of mathematical and statistical tools have been used to build our understanding of different aspects of the epidemic as it has progressed, with particular reference to the evolving situations in British Columbia, and in Canada as a whole.

Pauline van den Driessche

University of Victoria


Mathematical Modeling of Some Infectious Diseases

By using a simple Susceptible-Infectious-Recovered model for an infectious disease, the concepts of basic reproduction number and herd immunity are introduced. Brief discussion is given of more complicated models that in-corporate more biological realism for some diseases, for example, influenza, tuberculosis, West Nile virus and cholera. Parts of the talk may be applicablefor inclusion in differential equation, linear algebra or modeling courses.

Jim Fowler

Ohio State


Moving the Ross Mathematics Program to an online format

The Ross Mathematics Program is a six-week residential mathematics program for advanced high school students, and has run every summer since 1957. For Summer 2020, the Program was moved online. In
this talk, we’ll discuss the online platform “Circle Z” which was created to facilitate the transition. Circle Z integrates TeX-based chatrooms, audio chat via Mumble, various video and livestreaming solutions (Zoom, Twitch, Douyu). Each problem set is a real-time collaborative TeX editor, where students and the graders can collaboratively edit a document. The talk will reveal the current platform and suggest where such technology might be headed.

Thursday July 16 

with Adèle Ngi-Song, Program Officer, and Robert Attrell, Program Officer for Mathematics and Chemistry RTI Programs. Introduction by Richard Brewster, Thompson Rivers University and CMS Member

The session will cover NSERC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic including new funding opportunities for researchers, changes in policies for NSERC Discovery grants and scholarship and fellowship programs. NSERC staff will also be answering questions regarding the coming Discovery grant competition.

In the near-apocalyptic future, 2 teams of agile mathematicians battle from the shadows for the good of humanity. The only secure channel of communication is one shared with the other team.

Attend a “secret” Zoom meeting, get clues from your spymaster and identify your team’s agents by their mathy codenames cards on the screen. Win glory and bragging rights for your team by avoiding the hidden assassin card and identifying all your agents before the other team.

Registration Rates

CMS Member Students/Postdocs $7

CMS Members / Speakers $15

CMS Nonmember Students/Postdocs $10

CMS Nonmember $30


Kseniya Garaschuk (University of the Fraser Valley)

Julien Arino (University of Manitoba)