The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, (SIAM) was formed in 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since its inception, SIAM has grown to over 12,000 members with sections in the U.K., East Asia, Bulgaria, Ireland and Argentina. The primary purpose of SIAM is the industrial application of mathematics. The motto is “Science and Industry Advance with Mathematics.” Its membership comprises engineers, scientists, technicians, mathematics and multi-disciplinary professionals.

### Mathematical models with complicated dynamics for disease study

A paper to be published this week in the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems presents a mathematical model to study the effects of individual movement on infectious disease spread.

### Should a political party form a coalition? Voters and math decide

Mathematical ideas and tools are often used to describe aspects of large macroscopic systems. Examples abound in areas as varied as finance to psychology. In a paper published last month in the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, ...

### Modeling storm surge to better protect Texas

The recent floods in Texas have caused some of the worst flooding since Hurricane Ike in 2008, causing the rainiest month in the state's history.

### New SIR-Network Model helps predict dengue fever epidemic in urban areas

Mathematics is often implemented in healthcare and medical research. From health management to the bio-pharmaceutical fields, math modeling can be used to predict the spread of diseases, how to prevent epidemics and so much ...

### Equilibrium modeling increases contact lens comfort

According to the Vision Council of America, roughly 75% of adults in the United States require some form of vision correction. Yet only 10% of Americans wear contact lenses. Studies estimate that one in four initial contact-users ...

### Applying parameter selection and verification techniques to an HIV model

Physical and biological models often have hundreds of inputs, many of which may have a negligible effect on a model's response. Establishing parameters that can be fixed at nominal values without significantly affecting model ...

### Adaptive control techniques can help manage pests more effectively

As population growth, greater food consumption, competition for land use, and climate change pose challenges to world food production, managing loss of crop due to pests and weeds becomes increasingly important. While chemical ...

### Decision cascades in social networks

How do people in a social network behave? How are opinions, decisions and behaviors of individuals influenced by their online networks? Can the application of math help answer these questions?

### Improving musical synchronization with mathematical modeling

Music functions as a universal connector that pervades most cultures. More specifically, rhythm and synchronization - both within and beyond the realm of music - are forms of communication that stimulate brain activity.

### Improving electric motor efficiency via shape optimization

In our competitive global society, successful and economical design of automotive and industrial structures is crucial. Optimizing the geometry of individual pieces of complex machines improves performance and efficiency ...