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AUS holds 17th UAE Math Open Day
More than 120 academics and advanced level students came together to discuss the latest research and advances made in the diverse areas of mathematics and its applications at the 17th edition of the UAE Math Day held at American University of Sharjah (AUS) on March 16. Experts and academics from all over the Gulf participated in the day-long event which included two keynote addresses, 65 oral specialized presentations and 10 parallel sessions that span most major branches of mathematics.
This annual event is being held in various educational institutions all across the country. AUS has previously hosted it in 2004 and 2012. This reflects remarkable strides that UAE has made in the field of mathematical research and education. New mathematics departments have opened up across the UAE, with many talented and highly qualified mathematicians as faculty members. Graduate degrees in the subject are being offered at leading universities in the country, such as AUS, and the quality and quantity of research being done is rising.
Commenting on the importance of the event, Dr. Mahmoud Anabtawi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at AUS, said:
“The UAE Math Day offers an excellent forum for researchers from around the region to meet, share ideas and establish cutting-edge collaborative research. Mathematics is the unrelenting search for ideas, constructions and concepts that continues to revolutionize our world today. With the UAE well on the path to becoming a knowledge economy, students in the country will find it exceedingly rewarding to pursue a career in mathematics. We, at AUS, offer degrees in mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate level taught by a faculty that is world class.”
Organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at AUS, the event provided an opportunity for academics to discuss the advances and opportunities for mathematics as well as to popularize the discipline, often globally referred to as the ‘queen of science’.
Dr. Hana Sulieman, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics and Head of the Department, said:
“Organizing UAE Math Day at AUS is aligned with the new vision of the institution to become more research oriented. Mathematics underpins all scientific fields and advances in mathematical research have certainly positive impact on research in other sciences.”
As the chair of the organizing committee for this year's edition, Dr. Ziyad Sharawi, Associate Professor of Mathematics at AUS, said:
“We live in a high-tech society in which mathematics forms the core of everything we do. Our science is at the heart of the digital revolution and plays an increasingly decisive role in biology and the life sciences. Mathematical modeling touches all fields of science and makes it possible to analyze data and phenomena, to quantify them, to interpret them and even to predict evolution. Occasions such as this Math Day play a vital role in allowing us to share experience, discuss research ideas and advances that can have a profound impact on how our environments and societies are shaped.”
For more information about the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at AUS and its talented faculty and students, visit www.aus.edu/cas/department-of-mathematics-and-statistics.