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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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Ten years ago, I wrote an article for Dr. Dobb’s Journal on Analytical Computing. Many of the techniques I discussed there, like hybrid symbolic-numeric computing and automated code generation have since revealed themselves as indispensable tools for engineering. Others, like exact computing, have yet to reveal their potential.

 A lot has happened since that article, of course, and it’s about time I share some thoughts about what the current challenges are. There are three areas that are top of my mind and that I would like to discuss here: Parallel computing, collaborative software and user interface abstractions.

Modelica is an open language for (lumped parameter) modeling and simulation and is generating a growing following, especially in Europe. Modelica is also at the heart of simulation tools like MapleSim. We are generally not making a big deal of that fact and as a result we have a regular stream of actual and potential customers asking us why we are not more vocal about our use of Modelica. Do we not believe in open...

For almost 20 years, Math education has been recognized as the first killer application for symbolic computing. By taking out the grunt work of manipulating equations, calculating integrals and performing matrix computations with symbolic entries, systems such as Maple have transformed the math classroom.

To the members of the MaplePrimes community,

I am posting this message in response to some comments that have been made about Maplesoft’s commitment and involvement in the MaplePrimes community.  Let me assure you that we at Maplesoft take these comments seriously, and I would like to take this opportunity to personally address this issue.

I'd like to gauge interest in an online session on authoring Maple documents using new features in Maple 10: document blocks, embedded components, tables, autoexec code, task templates, embedded assessment, 2d math, etc. Would you participate in such a (free) session? -Laurent
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