Research Areas

Our department is uniquely diverse and encompasses many facets of the mathematical sciences. We have three main groups within our department structure: applied mathematics, pure mathematics, and statistics, along with numerous subgroups with additional interests. Our diversity is easily seen, for example, via our seminar series.

Our department has a number of research groups with interests in the theoretical underpinnings of mathematics and statistics. These include strong disciplinary groups in algebra, analysis, discrete geometry, mathematical statistics, probability, and set theory. Many of these groups have strong links to the Fields Institute, an internationally renowned facility in downtown Toronto of which York is a principal sponsoring university.

It is also of interest to consider the fields to which some of the research in our department is applied. Major areas of high ongoing activity include actuarial science, biostatistics, climate and environmental modeling, computational and numerical mathematics, disease modelling, financial mathematics, image analysis, industrial mathematics, mathematics education, and statistical machine learning.

Additional details are provided below, split, for the convenience of the reader, between

  • Applied and Industrial Mathematics
    • Industrial Mathematics
    • Mathematical Biology
    • Mathematical Finance
    • Scientific Computing
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra, Discrete Math, and Algebraic Combinatorics
    • Analysis
    • Category Theorey
    • Number Theory
    • Probability
    • Set Theory
  • Statistics and Actuarial Science
    • Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
    • Statistics and Big Data
    • Statistical Methodology and Theory
    • Statistical Machine Learning and Data Mining
    • Actuarial Science

We also have a group interested in mathematics education and scholarship of teaching, which interacts with the above larger sections, as well as the Faculty of Education. Our department offers programs with overlapping courses, faculty members and students from mathematics and education. We have faculty members that design, teach and conduct research in our mathematics courses that are grounded in current mathematics education literature.
FACULTY: Rapke, Whiteley