Professor of Mathematics
B.Sc. (Carleton University); M.Sc., Ph.D.
(University of Toronto)
Canada K9J 0G2
||Office: GCS 334
Tel: (705) 748-1011 Ext. 7543
- MATH 4510H: Risk Management
- MATH 2600H: Discrete Structures
- Fall 2017: Mon. 11:00-11:50am & Thurs. 12:00-12:50pm
Research Interests: Mathematical Software, Quasi-Monte Carlo
and Monte Carlo Methods, Mathematical and Computational
Current Directions: My
research lies in the intersection of mathematics and
computing and falls broadly into two main areas:
mathematical software and mathematical simulation. In the
area of mathematical software I am currently investigating
interfaces for mathematical communication and mathematical
equation input. Topics include usability and algorithms
for the recognition of handwritten mathematics. In the
area of simulation I am interested in algorithms for
generating pseudo-random and quasi-random sequences
(especially non-uniform and high-dimensional sequences) as
well as their application to Monte Carlo problems that
arise in mathematical finance. One finance problem that I
am currently investigating is the pricing of drought
option contracts to protect agricultural producers from
the financial impacts of drought, as well, I am developing
stochastic models to simulate rainfall and other
underlying variables of drought. This work is partially supported by the Qatar
National Research Foundation.
I am lead developer on several open-source
mathematical software packages, namely, a mathematical
communication whiteboard called enVision, the
adaptive learning environment Xero, and a mathematical
expression entry system called Xpress. This work has
been recognized with a National
Technology Innovation Award and a Desire2Learn
Innovation Award. Click here for a flash video demonstration of the Xpress model converting user-drawn mathematics to LaTeX.
Pollanen, M., Kang, S., Cater, B., Chen, Y., Lee, K.H.
Classroom Collaborator, Proceedings of MathUI 2017, 8 pages, 2017.
Pollanen, M., and Cater, B. The Evidentiary Value of Big Data Analysis,
IAFOR Journal of Politics, Economics & Law, vol. 4, pp. 4-12, 2017.
Pollanen, M., Kang, S., and Cater, B. Manipulation of Mathematical
Expressions in Collaborative Environments, Lecture Notes in Computer
Science 10296, pp. 60-70, 2017.
Issaka, A.I., Paek, J., Abdella, K., Pollanen, M., Huda, A.K.S., Kaitibie, S., Goktepe, I.; Haq, M.M., and
Moustafa, A.T., Analysis and Calibration of Empirical Relationships for
Estimating Evapotranspiration in Qatar: Case Study, Journal of Irrigation and
Drainage Engineering, Vol. 143, 2017.
Pollanen, M., Kang, S., and Cater, B. Increasing Engagement of Women in
Quantitative Courses through Online Communication, (in press), 2017.
- Cater, B., Kang, S.,
and Pollanen, M., An Efficient Gamified Model for Online
Homework in the Mathematical Sciences, Proceedings of the 2015 International
Symposium on Teaching, Education, and Learning – Summer Session, 14-27, 2015.
- Pollanen, M., Cater, B.,
and Kang, S., Risk as a Gamification Element in Online
Homework, Proceedings of The 4th MAC 2015.
- Pollanen, M., Hooper, J., Cater, B.,
and Kang, S., A Tablet-Compatible Web-Interface for
Mathematical Collaboration, Lecture Notes in Computer
Science 8592, 2014.
- Pollanen, M., Hooper, J., Cater, B.,
and Kang, S., Towards
a Universal Interface for Real-Time Mathematical
Communication, CICM-WS-WiP 2014, Vol. 1186, 2014.
- Mohseniahouei, Y., Abdella, K., and
Pollanen, M., An Application
of the Sinc-Collocation Method to a Three-Dimensional
Oceanography Model, World Academy of Science,
Engineering and Technology, Vol. 77, 2013.
- Cater, B., Kang, S., Lew, B., and
Pollanen, M., Permanent
Injury and the Disability-Mitigating Effects of
Education, Economics Bulletin, Vol. 33, 2013.
- Zhu, J., Pollanen, M., Abdella, K.,
& Cater, B., Modeling
Drought Option Contracts, ISRN Applied Mathematics,
vol. 2012, Article ID 251835, 2012.
- Pollanen, Marco, Uniform
Equipartition Test Bounds for Multiply Sequences,
International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics,
Vol. 72, No. 4, 2011.
- Gozli, Davood., Pollanen, Marco, and
Reynolds, Michael, The
Characteristics of Writing Environments for
Mathematics: Behavioral Consequences and Implications
for Software Design and Usability, Lecture Notes
in Artificial Intelligence 5625, Proceedings of MKM
2009, Grand Bend, Ontario, Canada, pp. 310-324, 2009.
- Pollanen, Marco, and Reynolds,
Model for Effective Real-Time Entry of Mathematical
Expressions, Research, Reflections and Innovations in
Integrating ICT in Education, Formatex, 2009.
- Pollanen, Marco, Formal Group Laws and
Non-Uniform Quasi-Random Sequences, IJPAM, Vol.
37, No. 1, 2008.
- Pollanen, M., Wisniewski, T., and Yu,
X., Xpress: A
Novice Interface for the Real-Time Communication of
Mathematical Expressions, Proceedings of MathUI
2007, Linz, Austria, June 2007.
- Pollanen, Marco, Group-Theoretic Generation of
Non-Uniform Pseudo-Random Sequences for Simulation,
IJPAM, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2007.
- Pollanen, Marco, Improving
Learner Motivation with Online Assignments,
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 3, No. 2,
- Huang, M.L., Pollanen, M., and Yuen,
W.K. An Efficient
Quasi-Monte Carlo Algorithm for the Pareto
Distribution, Monte Carlo Methods and
Applications, Vol. 13., No. 1, 2007.
- Pollanen, Marco, Interactive Web-Based
Mathematics Communication, Journal of Online
Mathematics and its Applications, Vol. 6 , No. 4, 2006.
- Hooper, J., Pollanen, M. and Teismann,
Online Office Hours in the Mathematical Sciences.,
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 2, No. 3,
- Pollanen, Marco, Low-Discrepancy
Sequences in Probability Spaces, Ph.D. Thesis
(supervisor L. Seco), University of Toronto, 2005.
- Pollanen, M.D., and May, L.E., Matrix
Derivatives, International Journal of Mathematical
Education in Science and Technology, Vol. 34, No. 2,
- Pollanen, Marco D., and Feldman, P.A.
of `Blue-Body' Spectra for Cosmic Dust Emission,
Canadian Journal of Physics, Herzberg Issue, 2001.
- Pollanen, Marco D., and Feldman, P.A.,
July 1995, A
Catalogue of the Youngest YSOs and Candidate
Protostars, Publications of the Astronomical
Society of the Pacific, 107, 617-631. [Republished in
Vol. 5, Dec. 1995 of the American Astronomical Society
- Redman, Russell O., Feldman, P.A.,
Pollanen, Marco D., Balam, D.D., and Jeremy B., June
Density Estimates at Millimeter Wavelengths of
Asteroids Near Opposition from 1996 to 2005, The
Astronomical Journal, 109, 2869-2879.