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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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March 14, 2013

Speaker: Mitchell Kovacic, Ontario Tech University

Title: Matrix-Free Pseudo-Arclength Continuation On A Recent, Dynamically Rich Animal Aggregation Model

Abstract: First a brief overview of animal aggregation models is given, explaining what they are and their different ‘flavours’. A relatively new nonlocal animal aggregation model is introduced which exhibits a zoo of interesting dynamics. Several examples of the dynamics possible are showcased along with an example where bifurcations in the system lead to realistically observable dynamics. A short description of bifurcations and continuation methods is given along with reasoning for the use of continuation methods for observing dynamics in the system. Pseudo-spectral methods are introduced and lightly touched on, highlighting nontrivial applications of the methods in the model with examples where it may cause problems. A recently developed algorithm for a matrix-free pseudo-arclength continuation method is shown with emphasis on the advantages over conventional continuation methods. Finally the Generalized Minimal Residual (GMRES) method is introduced for the solving of systems arising from the pseudo-arclength continuation. Current results are then given with highlight to future use of continuation software being developed.