About SFU CoLab

Collaborative technologies are critical to modern research and learning. From its inception, Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics (CECM) has maintained a focus on such technologies, advanced publishing and related web issues. Dr. Jonathan Borwein holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Technology (2001-2008) (Personal CRC Profile), under whose aegis HPC@SFU and CECM are building an advanced collaborative facility that is studying human computer interaction, ubiquitous and heterogeneous computing environments, and related topics (such as the use of handheld and wireless devices) with diverse academic and industrial partners.

Three areas of emphasis are scientific visualization, advanced publishing and distributed learning applications in mathematics. Funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), SFU CoLab opened in June 2002 and will provide a mathematical computational environment unrivaled anywhere in Canada.

Collaboration in mathematics is not new, even if the technology is. The collaboration between Hardy and Littlewood is perhaps the most famous example.

More information about CFI programmes can be found at www.innovation.ca/media/background_e.pdf.