Raymond J. Spiteri
I am a Professor at the University of
Saskatchewan in the Department
of Computer Science. My research is run out of the
Numerical Simulation Laboratory.
From Sep-Dec, 2013, I am teaching
Numerical Analysis III (Numerical Solution of Differential
MATH223 (Intermediate Calculus I for Engineering students).
From Jan-Apr, 2014, I am teaching
Parallel Programming for Scientific Computing.
My subject areas of research expertise are
applied mathematics and computer
science, in particular algorithms and software for continuous
mathematics and scientific computation. I am involved in several
projects, many of which span more than one field of application.
My core research area focuses on the development of novel numerical
methods and software (specifically problem-solving software
environments) for nonlinear algebraic equations, ordinary
differential equations, and time-discretization methods for partial
differential equations, in particular optimal design of
implicit-explicit (IMEX) and strong-stability-preserving (SSP)
Runge-Kutta time-discretization methods for computational fluid
dynamics and differential-algebraic equations. I am also working on
projects involving software for high-order variational integrators,
simulation of electrical activity in myocardial tissue, fuel cell
simulation, fluidized bed gasifier simulation for clean coal
technology, and numerical algorithms and software for exascale
I often have opportunities for students to join my research group at
all levels (undergraduate, Master's, Ph.D., and PDF). Many of these
opportunities involve an industrial component to the research. Please
feel free to contact me if you wish to enquire about the availability
and/or scope of any of these opportunities.
I was the leader of the Mprime
project Advanced Mathematical
Modelling and Simulation of Transport Phenomena. Our
industrial partners in this research included the Automotive Fuel Cell
Corporation (AFCC), Ballard Power, FourStones Ltd., the Simula Research Lab of Oslo, Norway, Environment Canada, SoilVision, and IBM. I was also the Mitacs / Mprime Regional Scientific
Director for the Prairie Provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan,
I am the Director of the Centre for
High-Performance Computing in the College of Arts and
Science at the University of
I am also on the Executive Committee of the WestGrid high-performance computing
consortium of Compute
For more information about what I do while on the job, check out my research interests or publications. Copies of some of my students' work is also available.
Here are the files for an introductory presentation on Matlab: the slides in pdf format, and the matlab code. These are the files that I used at St. Mary's University on Wed. Oct.
30, 2002. Here are some other matlab tutorials.
my Ph. D. from the Department of
Mathematics at the University of British Columbia under the
direction of Drs. Uri Ascher
and Dinesh Pai.
At UBC, I was a member of the
Institute of Applied Mathematics, which offers interdisciplinary
graduate-degree programs to students from many different departments
(such as physics, chemistry, computer science, economics, geology,
...) having some form of scientific
computation at the heart of their research.
Another biographical note: I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario in
1990. My advisor was Dr. M.A.H. (Paddy) Nerenberg, after whom the Nerenberg
Lecture Series is named. Here is an excerpt from the description,
put here is his honour, as a model for the rest of us:
The Nerenberg Lecture Series is first and foremost about people and
ideas. Knowledge is the true treasure of humanity, accrued and passed
down through the generations. Some of it, particularly science and its
language, mathematics, is closed in practice to many because of
technical barriers that can only be overcome at a high price. These
technical barriers form part of the remarkable fractures that have
formed in our legacy of knowledge. We are so used to those fractures
that they have become almost invisible to us, but they are a source of
profound confusion about what is known.
The Nerenberg Lecture is named after the late Morton (Paddy)
Nerenberg, a much-loved professor and researcher born on 17 March--
hence his nickname. He was a Professor at Western for more than a
quarter century, and a founding member of the Department of Applied
Mathematics there. A successful researcher and accomplished teacher,
he believed in the unity of knowledge, that scientific and
mathematical ideas belong to everyone, and that they are of human
importance. He regretted that they had become inaccessible to so many,
and anticipated serious consequences from it. The series honors his
appreciation for the democracy of ideas. He died in 1993 at the age of
Other useful and fun links:
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