CAM Colloquium Series: 'Mathematical Aspects of Software Engineering' is Wednesday

CAM Colloquium Series: 'Mathematical Aspects of Software Engineering' is Wednesday

The CAM Colloquium Series introduces the University of St. Thomas community to a variety of problems, careers and professional activities involving applications of mathematics.

The next colloquium will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, inthe 3M Auditorium, Owens Science Hall, St. Paul campus, on "Mathematical Aspects of Software Engineering." The talk will be presented by Pat Moberg, senior IS analyst at BAE Systems, Land and Armaments, of Minneapolis. Refreshments will be available at 2:45 p.m.

Although some software engineers may not use higher-level mathematics on an everyday basis, the foundation of many software principles is based on mathematics. On the other hand, many of the most computationally intensive implementations of software require a great deal of mathematics and theory, specifically the modeling and simulation applications and encryption-related software.

This presentation will focus on a few examples that are heavily linked to mathematics. These instances include proving the sorting algorithm's worst-case efficiency by induction, searching algorithm results-driven performance based on real-time requirements, grouping sets of data to gain optimal performance in database selections, and defining a forecasting equation based on numerical analysis.

Moberg is a Sun-certified Java programmer who graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2003 (B.A.) with a major in quantitative methods and computer science and a minor in mathematics. He is enrolled in UST's Graduate Programs in Software, working toward his master's degree in software engineering with a concentration in computer security.

The final colloquium in the fall series is "Modeling the Mechanics of Living Organisms," which will be presented Dec. 5 by Magda Stolarska, University of St. Thomas.

For more information on the CAM Colloquium Series call (651) 962-5524 or visit the Center for Applied Mathematics Web site.