Event History

On Thursday, April 27 2023:


Dr. K. Andrew ParkerOn Thursday, April 27th, 2023, virtually via Zoom from 1:00-2:00 PM

Zoom Credentials


Meeting ID: 823 5958 3249 Passcode: 168179

“From Lab to Laptop: Cutting-Edge AI Research Made Accessible.”

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving fields in computer science today. Recent advancements in large language models and other AI technologies have led to breakthroughs in areas such as natural language processing, image recognition, and robotics. However, most of this research has traditionally been conducted on powerful server farms and specialized hardware, limiting accessibility to a small group of experts. In this talk, we will explore recent developments in AI that make it possible to run cutting-edge algorithms on a desktop computer or mobile device. We will discuss the challenges involved in adapting AI models to consumer hardware, including the need for efficient memory usage and reduced power consumption. We will also demonstrate how these advancements are opening new opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs, and everyday users alike. Attendees will come away from this talk with a better understanding of the latest advancements in AI and how they can be leveraged on consumer hardware to create innovative new products and services. We will also discuss the ethical considerations and potential pitfalls of democratizing AI, ensuring that attendees leave with a comprehensive understanding of this exciting and rapidly evolving field.

Dr. K. Andrew Parker is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the New York City College of Technology. Their current work involves blending learning, technology, and entertainment to aid in the transfer of knowledge between STEM disciplines, funded by the US Department of Education. They are also an executive board member of The Webwork Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to open-source software development in the field of online STEM assessment.



On Thursday, November 10th, 2022:

Dr. Ronald Michael Baecker
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science and
Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction Founder, Technologies for Aging Gracefully Lab and
Knowledge Media Design institute Co-founder, Dynamic Graphics Project,
University of TorontoOn Thursday, November 10th, 2022 Virtually via Zoom FROM 1:00-2:00 PM.
Meeting ID: 586 526 2264 and Passcode: SIAM2022
The talk is on
“Ethical Tech Startups: Principles For Success”

As of 2020, 14 of the world’s 50 wealthiest billionaires made their money in technology. Microsoft alone has created over 10,000 millionaires. Unicorns are privately held startup companies worth over $1 billion. Approximately 2000 unicorns have emerged since 2015. Of the 50 with the greatest valuation, at least 39 are digital tech firms or companies leveraging software.

Although many digital tech products now cause much evil, you can create ethical tech startups — both “ethical tech” startups and ethical “tech startups”. Based on my experience creating 5 software startups and 36 years of learning and teaching technical entrepreneurship, I will explain the two senses of the phrase “ethical tech startup” and outline 7 principles for success:

  1. Seek solutions that solve important problems or that leverage opportunities created by new technologies.
  2. Develop competitive advantage through proprietary technology and distinctive competence.
  3. Validate your strategy and products by user experience design at every stage from idea to shipping product.
  4. Think about your strengths; leverage them in creating an identity and communicate this to customers.
  5. Design your business model and go-to-market strategy; devote significant resources to digital marketing.
  6. Plan and project your finances carefully with a forecasting model; raise funds expeditiously but vigorously.
  7. Hire only the best; motivate and guide them with inspirational leadership by a capable management team.

I shall illustrate these principles using examples of successful ethical tech ventures. I will highlight examples of ethical and unethical behavior throughout the presentation.




On Thursday, October 13th, 2022:


Dr. Francis Patricia Medina


On Thursday, October 13th, 2022 Virtually via Zoom FROM 1:00-2:00 PM.

Meeting ID: 586 526 2264 and Passcode: SIAM2022
The talk is on
“Using Machine Leaning and Math in LiDAR 3D point clouds”

LiDAR point clouds contain measurements of complicated natural scenes and the classes are comprised of natural features. We present a preliminary comparison study for the classification of 3D point cloud LiDAR data that includes several types of feature engineering. We also include experiments with several dimension reduction strategies and introduce the product coefficients which might have different patterns for different classes. We’ll compute the product coefficients on a simple example to get further understanding of how they can represent a measure. The idea is that we can see the connections between mathematical tools from areas on mathematics such as measure theory and machine learning in the sciences.

Dr. F. Patricia Medina is an assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics at City Tech. Dr. Medina holds a PhD in Mathematics from Oregon State University, two masters in Mathematics and a postdoc in machine learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She also was visiting postdoctoral scholar in ICERM, Brown University. Before coming to City Tech, Dr. Medina was an assistant professor in Computer Science at Yeshiva University. Dr. Medina’s background includes Banach space theory, measure theory, machine learning, numerical analysis and applied functional analysis. She has several publications on machine learning and the mathematical analysis of methane models and has made several presentations on her research. Her grants include Azure computing from Microsoft and Google Explore.
She co-organized the AMS-AWM Session on Mathematical and Computational Research in Data Science (AWM Sponsored) at the Join Mathematics Meeting (the largest mathematics meeting in the world). She was also part of the 2017 and 2019 ICERM research collaboration workshops at Brown University, launching the Women in Data Science and Mathematics (WiSDM) Research Network.



On September 15th, 2022 Virtually via Zoom FROM 1:00-2:00 PM.
Dr. Tanvir Prince

Meeting ID: 586 526 2264 and Passcode: SIAM2022

The talk is on: “How Image Morphing and Image Compression are related to Linear Algebra”
Mathematics is full of theories and applications. Students sometimes may have the misconception that you can only learn about application once you learn some advanced mathematics. But, on the contrary, some elementary introductory mathematics can have critical applications. Without image morphing and compression, we cannot imagine websites, Facebook, YouTube, and movie industries, to name a few, but 
it has applications in many other fields. I will explain it all in straightforward language. Introductory knowledge of linear algebra may be helpful but not required.

Dr. Tanvir Prince has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University and is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Hostos Community College, City University of New York. He is interested in such areas as Topological Quantum Field Theory and Recreational Mathematics. He has recently become very interested in Mathematics Education. He has presented at numerous international and national conferences. He regularly publishes articles on pure mathematics and mathematics education in various peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Prince is also collaborating on projects that expose community college students to mathematical research early in their academic careers. His other interests include traveling and cooking.

JUNE 10, 2022


Mr. Rahul Patel
Chief Information Officer

Rahul Patel is currently working as a chief Information Officer for KBC
Bank USA. He is responsible for all Information Technology, Innovation
and Cyber Security related activities for North America. He has more than
twenty years of IT experience in the financial industry. He holds a Masters
degree in business administration from Cornell University and a Masters
degree in Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. He is also a
chartered financial analyst (CFA) and holds several IT and Infosec industry
related certifications.

Technology plays a vital role in Banking, improving customer experience
and operation efficiency. Yet, with the continued adoption of technology,
banking institutions face the challenges of safeguarding customer
information and digital assets, as well as the challenges of managing
necessary IT infrastructure. Mr. Patel will be giving a brief overview of the
company and will talk about Technology, Infrastructure and Cybersecurity
for Banking Operations. Additionally, he will be talking about the
internship requirements and opportunities available at KBC Bank, USA

Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID:
841 7090 9909
Passcode: 004137

11:30-12:30 pm talk

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Celebration of

MATHEMATICA and Wolfram|Alpha Pro Webinar

To support the Wolfram technology license at City Tech, Andy Dorsett of Wolfram Research will provide a free webinar covering Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha Pro.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 1-2pm.

To receive the Zoom link for the webinar, please register here: https://wolfr.am/CityTech

Topics to be demonstrated:

Basics of Mathematica and how to build with our software before learning any syntax
Wolfram|Alpha and its integration within Mathematica
Building interactive models involving basic, intermediate, and advanced concepts
Creating dynamic documents and slideshows
Research applications (Machine learning, statistical analysis, image processing, and more)

All users (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) will come away with useful tools and concepts for teaching and research. This webinar is open to faculty, staff, and students; so please forward this note to anyone who might want to attend.

Event is facilitated by the City Tech Mathematics Department and its SIAM student chapter.


On December 2nd, 2021:

“Actuarial Sciences” by Mr. Daanial Ahmad

From 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Please join us visually via Zoom

Meeting ID: 586 526 2264 and Passcode: SIAM2021

He will present an introduction to the Actuarial Profession and how Actuaries saved the Billion Dollars Variable Annuities Retirement industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. All are welcome!

Daanial Ahmad is a recent graduate of City Tech’s Applied mathematics program. He is an avid analyst and dabbles in the financial markets. Daanial has passed five of the Actuarial examinations (Financial Mathematics, Models for Financial Economics, Short Term Actuarial Mathematics, Statistics for Risk Modeling and VEE Mathematical Statistics) and plan to pursue Graduate Studies in Financial Engineering. He has extensive experience as a tutor for the ASAP program and is committed to helping his peers.


On November 19th, 2021:

“Some Challenges of Causality” by Dr. Karim Benakli

From 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Please join us visually via Zoom

Meeting ID: 586 526 2264 and Passcode: SIAM2021


On March 18th, 2021:

“Applications of Data Science to Finance: is the model too good to be true?”

by Dr. Veronica Mejia Bustamante

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please join us visually via Zoom

Meeting ID: 586 526 2264 and Passcode: SIAM2021


On February 11th, 2021:

“Math and Music: some useful analogies”

by Dr. Robert Schneiderman

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


On December 3rd, 2020:

“The Other Pythagorean Equation”

by Dr. David Smith

From 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


On November 12th, 2020:

“Introduction to Quantum Computation”

by Professor Marianna Bonanome

From 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm


On October 8th, 2020:

“Probabilistic Simulations as a Predictive Tool”

by Professor Satyanand Singh

Slides will be uploaded soon


On February 13th, 2020:

Permutation polynomials over finite fields & their application to Cryptography

by Dr. Daniele Bartoli

Room A104 from 12:50PM to 1:50PM


On Nov 14th, 2019:

SIAM Alumni Event

Room N1002 from 12:50PM to 1:50PM


On Oct 17th, 2019:

Applications of the Factor Oracle Automaton in Music Improvisation

by Dr. Adam James Wilson

Room N1002 from 12:50PM to 1:50PM