J. A. Rod Blais

Professor Emeritus in Geomatics Engineering

Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

 

 

 

 

Office Location: Engineering EN E228N

Office Phone/Fax: 403-220-7379 / 284-1980

Email: blais@ucalgary.ca

Residence: Unit 50, 3302-50th Street N.W., Calgary, AB, T3A 2C6

Residence Phone: 403-247-3701

 

CURRENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:

Applied mathematics for optimal estimation and information

Geocomputations and visualization for the Earth's gravity field

Inverse problems and multiresolution analysis

Monte Carlo and related numerical simulations

 

ACADEMIC DEGREES:

Ph.D. (Geodesy), University of New Brunswick

M.A. (Mathematics), University of Toronto

B.Sc. (Honours Mathematics), Loyola College (now Concordia University)

 

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE:

Research Officer / Geodetic Mathematician with Geomatics Canada, Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa:

Togographical mapping project: SPACE-M software for adjusting large blocks of stereoscopic models;

Georeferencing datum project: ESTPM software for modeling datum transformations (e.g. NAD 27 --> NAD 83).

 

PREVIOUS UNDERGRADUATE / GRADUATE TEACHING: 

Gravity Field in Geomatics; Geodetic Reference Systems; Computations in Geomatics; Spectrum Estimation Methods; Digital Imaging and Applications;

Estimation and Spectral Analysis; Map Projections and Cartography; Satellite Altimetry and Applications; Geospatial Information Systems; Digital Terrain Modeling and Applications

 

 

RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Blais, J.A.R. [2015]: Multilinear Filtering of Nonstationary Array Data and Inversion. Oral presentation at the AGU-CGU-GAC Meeting in Montreal, QC.

Blais, J.A.R. [2014]: Multilinear Least Squares for Kirchhoff Imaging of Seismic Data. Oral presentation at the CGU-CSSS Meeting in Banff, AB.

Blais, J.A.R. [2013]: Randomness in Computing and Stochastic Simulations. Poster presentation at the CMOS-CGU-CWRA Meeting in Saskatoon, SK.

Blais, J.A.R. [2012]: Some Reflections on Advanced Geocomputations and the Data Deluge. Oral presentation at the CWRA-CGU Meeting in Banff, AB.

Blais, J.A.R. [2011]: Optimal Data Structures for Spherical Multiresolution Analysis and Synthesis. Oral presentation at the CGU-CSAFM Meeting in Banff, AB.

Blais, J.A.R. [2010]: Exploring Various Monte Carlo Simulations for Geoscience Applications. Poster presentation at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA.

Blais, J.A.R. [2010]: Monte Carlo Simulations of Gravimetric Terrain Corrections Using LIDAR Data. Oral presentation at the CMOS-CGU Congress in Ottawa, ON.

Mutulu, P. and J.A.R. Blais [2010]: Modeling Precipitation Uncertainty Effect on Flood Flows in a Medium Sized Watershed. Poster presentation at the CMOS-CGU Congress in Ottawa, ON.

Blais, J.A.R. [2009]: Distributed Geocomputations and Web Collaboration. Oral presentation at the 2009 Joint Assembly Meeting in Toronto, ON.
Zhang, Z. and J.A.R. Blais [2009]: On Monte Carlo Methods and Applications in Geoscience. Oral presentation at the 2009 Joint Assembly Meeting in Toronto, ON.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

Blais, J.A.R. [2013]: Optimal Modeling and Filtering of Stochastic Times Series for Geoscience Applications. (Research Article), Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Vol. 2013, Article ID 895061, 8 pages.

Blais, J.A.R. [2011]: Discrete Spherical Harmonic Transforms of Nearly Equidistributed Global Data. (Research Article), Journal of Geodetic Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp.251-258.

Blais, J.A.R. [2011]: Discrete Spherical Harmonic Transforms for Equiangular Grids of Spatial and Spectral Data. (Research Article), Journal of Geodetic Science, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.9-16.

Blais, J.A.R. and Z. Zhang [2011]: Exploring Pseudo- and Chaotic Random Monte Carlo Simulations. Computers and Geosciences, Vol. 37, pp.928-934.

Blais, J.A.R. [2010]: Least Squares for Practitioners. (Review Article), Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Vol. 2010, Article ID 508092, 19 Pages

Blais, J.A.R. and H. Esche [2008]: Geomatics and the New Cyberinfrastructure. Geomatica, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 431-443.

 

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