4th Coastal Bend Mathematics and Statistics Conference
March 23, 2019, The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley-- Edinburg Campus

Organized by:
Zhijun Qiao (co-chair) and George Yanev (co-chair)
Dambaru Bhatta, Eleftherios Gkioukelas, Alexey Glazyrin, Sergey Grigorian, Tamer Oraby, Erwin Suazo, Kristina Vatcheva


The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences is pleased to announce the 4th Coastal Bend Mathematics and Statistics Conference.

The Conference provides a leading forum for disseminating the latest research and brings together students, teachers, and industry professionals from the Coastal Bend community, South Texas region, Texas, and the nation. The Conference solicits contributions from both theoretical and applied research in the field of mathematics, statistics, and related areas.

The Conference will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the Edinburg Campus of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Conference Program (finalized)

Plenary Speakers

The following Plenary Speakers have been invited to attend and present at the conference:

  • Dr. Yue Liu, The University of Texas at Arlington
    • Title: Asymptotic Model Equations Arising in Shallow Water Theory
    • Abstract: The study of water waves has a long history starting from Euler in 1752, and continues to be a very active area to the present day. Mathematically, the water wave equations describe the motion of water bounded above by a free surface. This free surface is subject to a constant (atmospheric) pressure, while gravity acts as an external force. In this talk, I will start by demonstrating the underlying complexity of the physical system, and then I will discuss possible simplifications in the "shallow water" regime along with the relevant physical phenomena. In particular, I will focus on the singularity formation of the Cauchy problem for the simplified nonlocal shallow-water models, such as Camassa-Holm-type equations in 1D and 2D cases.
  • Dr. Hon Keung Tony Ng, Southern Methodist University
    • Title: Gamma Degradation Model and Related Applications: From Light Intensity to Drug Dissolution
    • Abstract: In engineering and sciences, the process that a system reduces in performance, reliability or life span of assets gradually and irreversibly is known as a degradation process. Degradation measurements are recorded over time for prognostics and health management purposes. The gamma degradation model has been used to characterize the evolution of degradation measurements. In this talk, I will first provide an introduction to the gamma degradation model. Then, I will introduce a two-phase degradation model and discuss the likelihood and Bayesian inference for this model. The gamma model and the inferential methods are applied to analyze a real data set of light emitting diodes (LEDs). In addition to engineering applications, I will also discuss an application of the gamma degradation model in biopharmaceutical statistics. The gamma degradation model is used for assessing the similarity of two drug dissolution profiles and its merits are discussed.

Directions to campus and hotels

If you haven't done so yet, please arrange your hotel reservations. It is recommended that you have either your car or a rental car available to commute between UTRGV, hotels, and restaurants. The School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences has reserved several rooms for the conference at the following hotel (tell them you are attending the UTRGV CBMSC conference to qualify for a $89 discounted rate):

Holiday Inn Express and Suites (they have shuttle)
3901 S Business, Hwy 281
Edinburg, TX 78539

The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Edinburg offers limited number of rooms at the discounted rate for the CBMS Conference with cutoff date Friday, March 15, 2019.

Several other useful links are givrn below:

Various Tips

  • Parking: Parking is not enforced during the weekends on Zones 1,2,3 and in Visitor Parking. If you will drive to campus from Monday to Friday, If you will drive to campus from Monday to Friday, if you will need to order a visitor parking permit. Vistors can park in Zone 1 or Zone 2. For more details see the UTRGV Parking website and the UTRGV Campus map, noting that the Symposium will be hosted on the Edinburg campus.
  • No State Tax: Conference participants that are employed by Texas state universities are not supposed to pay state hotel tax at the hotels. Please download, fill out, and provide the form Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Exemption Certificate at the hotel check in.
  • Border Patrol: Due to our proximity with the border, be sure to have your immigration documents or proof of citizenship with you, whether you travel by car or airplane. E.g. here is one of the border patrol checkpoints. You will need documents for the return trip, even if you are travelling by airplane.
  • Lunch and Dinner: Complimentary lunch at the University Dining Hall, in honor of the participants, will be provided by the UTRGV School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences on Saturday to the speakers. You will be required to bring your nametag to the University Dining Hall, to eat at no charge. Some of the hotels above have dinner within walking distance. However, your best options, listed below, are accessible by car only.



Below are some of the nicer restaurants in our region. Getting there requires a car.

Within walking distance from UTRGV, we recommend: