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Maplesoft
President & CEO
Laurent Bernardin is president and CEO of Maplesoft. Laurent has been with Maplesoft for over 20 years and prior to his appointment to his current role, he held the positions of CTO and COO. Laurent is a firm believer that mathematics matters and has driven Maplesoft’s focus on both academic and professional markets, always with an eye towards both innovation and user experience. Under his leadership, Maple has grown from a research project in symbolic computing to a complete environment for mathematical calculations used by hundreds of thousands of engineers, scientists, researchers and students around the world. Laurent lead the development of MapleSim, a ground-breaking product for modeling and simulation of engineering systems. Laurent oversaw the development of Möbius, the online learning platform, culminating in the successful spin-off of DigitalEd in 2018. More recently, Laurent has been driving Maplesoft’s push into the area of model based systems engineering. Laurent is a recognized authority in the area of scientific computation and has published numerous papers on mathematical algorithms as well as parallel and distributed computation. Laurent is an active member of the research community and has served on numerous editorial boards and program committees. Frequent speaking engagements and invited lectures allow Laurent to share his thoughts with audiences at top research institutions and companies around the world. In 2004, Laurent accepted the NSERC Synergy Award on behalf of Maplesoft, recognizing our long-term partnership with the University of Waterloo. Laurent has served on a number of corporate boards and is currently a member of the board of directors of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. Prior to joining Maplesoft, Laurent held research and IT positions at ETH Zurich, ran a software consulting business and co-founded an e-commerce startup company. Laurent grew up in Luxembourg and holds an engineering degree in computer science as well as a PhD in symbolic computing from ETH Zürich, Switzerland.

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Technology is changing the face of education. An obvious statement, of course. Everybody from students to instructors to parents will agree. Over 40 years ago, the introduction of the pocket calculator allowed us to change the focus from menial calculations to applying our knowledge to solve problems and discover the power of mathematics. 

Since then we have seen leaps from innovation to innovation. The personal computer. Computer Algebra systems. Tablet computing....

Everyone knows that Maple combines a smart user interface with a highly sophisticated mathematical engine, where common tasks are performed quickly and seamlessly with point, click and drag operations. Of equal importance, however, is the fact that Maple is also backed by a comprehensive programming language. Also called "Maple", this language combines elements from procedural languages (like C), functional languages (like Lisp) as well as object oriented languages (like C++...

Every year at Maplesoft, we continue to pursue our mission of making powerful computational mathematics easily accessible within a friendly environment. Maple 17 is no exception: Hundreds of new algorithms, from differential equations to statistics to signal processing, continue to keep Maple ahead of the curve. At the same time, a wealth...

Never before has the educational landscape been changing as fast as it is today, driven by a new generation of students who are growing up with instant access to on-demand information. This generation relies on ubiquitous network access and takes for granted technology that permeates every aspect of their lives. Phones and tablets are everyday companions and are used to connect with their peers, take classroom notes and research school projects. Beyond being mere consumers...

MapleSim has seen a rapid evolution since its inception in 2008 as a multi-domain system-level modeling and simulation environment. Market response has been outstanding: Maplesoft has been working with an expanding list of key industry players such as AISIN AW Co., Ltd. and B&R,  while major customers like

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