The economic landscape is changing rapidly: automation and AI are disrupting the employment world, traditional industries are becoming knowledge-based, and entire new sectors are emerging.
The mathematical sciences are at the heart of the new multidisciplinary transformation of our economic landscape. They provide a framework for describing and understanding the phenomena that shape our world in a way that was previously unimaginable, driving innovation in finance, energy, health, and more. To lead in developing tomorrow’s technology, Ontario must educate a critical mass of highly-skilled quantitative scientists able to draw on knowledge from a broad range of disciplines, from mathematics to social sciences. In response to this challenge, the Fields Institute has created the Fields Centre for Quantitative Analysis and Modelling, or Fields-CQAM.
At the heart of Fields-CQAM is a network of academic-industry laboratories, their international collaborators, student trainees, and the industrial receptors able to efficiently commercialize laboratory outcomes for the benefit of the broader economy while training the next generation. These province-wide innovation clusters for research will create training opportunities for students and professionals to address the expanding need for data analytics and modelling, transferring talent, challenges, and solutions between Fields-CQAM and our receptor community.
Our vision for Fields-CQAM? To make Ontario the international leader in developing and deploying advanced mathematical methodologies for the emerging knowledge economy.