

Marco
Pollanen
Associate Professor
B.Sc. (Carleton University); M.Sc., Ph.D.
(University of Toronto)
Department of
Mathematics
Trent University
Peterborough, Ontario
Canada K9J 7B8 

Office: GCS 334
Tel: (705) 7481011 Ext. 7543
Fax: (705) 7481155
Email: marcopollanen@trentu.ca 
Teaching
Fall 2014:
 MATH 3210H: Mathematical
Cryptography
 MATH 3510H: Mathematical
Finance

Winter 2015:
 MATH 1005H: Applied Calculus
 MATH 2600H: Discrete
Structures

Office Hours
 Winter 2015: Tue., Wed., Fri:
12:0012:50pm
Research
Research Interests: Mathematical Software, QuasiMonte Carlo
and Monte Carlo Methods, Mathematical and Computational
Finance
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 pseudorandom and quasirandom sequences
(especially nonuniform and highdimensional 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.
Software
I am lead developer on several opensource
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.
Publications
 Pollanen, M., Cater, B.,
and Kang, S., Risk as a Gamification Element in Online
Homework, accepted for publication, 2015.
 Abdella, K., Mohseniahouei, Y.,
and Pollanen, M., Numerical Solutions of a Hydrodynamic
Model via a SincCollocation approach Based on
Derivative Interpolation, accepted for publication by the Journal of
Computational Science, 2015.
 Pollanen, M., Hooper, J., Cater, B.,
and Kang, S., A TabletCompatible WebInterface for
Mathematical Collaboration, Lecture Notes in Computer
Science 8592, 2014.
 Pollanen, M., Hooper, J., Cater, B.,
and Kang, S., Towards
a Universal Interface for RealTime Mathematical
Communication, CICMWSWiP 2014, Vol. 1186, 2014.
 Mohseniahouei, Y., Abdella, K., and
Pollanen, M., An Application
of the SincCollocation Method to a ThreeDimensional
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 DisabilityMitigating 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. 310324, 2009.
 Pollanen, Marco, and Reynolds,
Michael, A
Model for Effective RealTime Entry of Mathematical
Expressions, Research, Reflections and Innovations in
Integrating ICT in Education, Formatex, 2009.
 Pollanen, Marco, Formal Group Laws and
NonUniform QuasiRandom Sequences, IJPAM, Vol.
37, No. 1, 2008.
 Pollanen, M., Wisniewski, T., and Yu,
X., Xpress: A
Novice Interface for the RealTime Communication of
Mathematical Expressions, Proceedings of MathUI
2007, Linz, Austria, June 2007.
 Pollanen, Marco, GroupTheoretic Generation of
NonUniform PseudoRandom 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,
2007.
 Huang, M.L., Pollanen, M., and Yuen,
W.K. An Efficient
QuasiMonte Carlo Algorithm for the Pareto
Distribution, Monte Carlo Methods and
Applications, Vol. 13., No. 1, 2007.
 Pollanen, Marco, Interactive WebBased
Mathematics Communication, Journal of Online
Mathematics and its Applications, Vol. 6 , No. 4, 2006.
 Hooper, J., Pollanen, M. and Teismann,
H., Effective
Online Office Hours in the Mathematical Sciences.,
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 2, No. 3,
2006.
 Pollanen, Marco, LowDiscrepancy
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,
2003.
 Pollanen, Marco D., and Feldman, P.A.
Calculations
of `BlueBody' 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, 617631. [Republished in
Vol. 5, Dec. 1995 of the American Astronomical Society
CDROM Series.]
 Redman, Russell O., Feldman, P.A.,
Pollanen, Marco D., Balam, D.D., and Jeremy B., June
1995, Flux
Density Estimates at Millimeter Wavelengths of
Asteroids Near Opposition from 1996 to 2005, The
Astronomical Journal, 109, 28692879.
