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Michael J. Armstrong

Michael J. Armstrong

Associate professor of operations research, Brock University

I work in the field of operations research. This specialty uses mathematical models to analyze and improve the performance of systems in business and the public sector. My current research involves models of military combat. These models can help us understand issues in international security studies and in military history. I have analyzed missile warfare at sea (e.g., anti-ship cruise missiles), rocket defenses on land (e.g., Israel's Iron Dome), and key battles in history (e.g., Balaclava, Gettysburg, and Coral Sea).

I have also collaborated on research to help university students make better decisions about their studies. We have examined how students respond to feedback about their grades, and how well they perform when repeating courses.

I have been a Fulbright visiting research chair at Norwich University, and a visiting professor at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Most of my research papers are available on Brock University's Digital Repository site.
http://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/6819

I teach courses in quality improvement, game theory, and operations management. I hold several professional certifications from the American Society for Quality.

Global Geopolitics Series

Iran flexes its missile muscle with terrible consequences

Jan 14, 2020 00:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) recently demonstrated its sophisticated missile technology by attacking U.S. military bases in Iraq. But later the same day, its missiles unintentionally destroyed an...

Cannabis quality involves careful science and carefree highs

Jun 19, 2019 02:03 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Canadas legal cannabis industry continues to make progress. Product shortages are decreasing. Store numbers are increasing. And edible cannabis regulations have just been finalized. With these basics falling into place,...

How Canadians are buying cannabis and getting high now that it's legal

Feb 19, 2019 16:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law Health

There was much speculation throughout 2018 about Canadas soon-to-be-legal cannabis market. But only recently has data become available that shows what cannabis consumers really want and actually buy. For example,...

Where's the weed? Clues to Canada's cannabis shortages

Jan 27, 2019 14:33 pm UTC| Business

Wheres the weed!? Thats been a common Canadian refrain lately. Shortages appeared almost immediately after recreational cannabis sales began last October. Provincial distributors subsequently blamed producers and...

Rewarding your loyalty with points

Dec 16, 2018 13:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

How many points have you collected so far this holiday shopping season? Like millions of consumers, you likely belong to at least one loyalty rewards program. These programs give you points, miles or some virtual...

Israel-Gaza brinkmanship slips over the brink

Nov 26, 2018 16:55 pm UTC| Insights & Views

The Israeli-Gazan conflict flared up dramatically recently when Gaza militants fired more than 460 rockets and mortar shells into Israel. Iron Dome interceptors shot down about 100 of the projectiles, while most of the...

Legal cannabis vs. black market: Can it compete?

Oct 17, 2018 21:57 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The Oct. 17 launch of legal recreational cannabis in Canada brings many challenges. Retailers are now worrying about possible product shortages or web site glitches. Governments are still debating how to handle amnesties,...

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Economy

UK gilts shrug off solid retail sales data; 10-year yield falls to 1-week low as coronavirus fear haunts

The United Kingdoms held gains during European trading hours on Thursday even as the countrys January retail sales remained solid and promising, with month -over- month data rising to seven month high of 0.9...

German bunds hold gains as investors monitor coronavirus situation

German bunds held gains during afternoon session on Thursday as traders seek refuge in safe-haven assets on fear that the coronavirus outbreak will slow the global economy. The German 10-year bond yield, which move...

Australian jobless rate lifts to 5.3 pct in January, employment change modest

In a reversal of Decembers move, Australias unemployment rate ticked back up to 5.3 percent in January, while employment rose modestly. The underutilisation rate jumped to a 19-month high. Alongside this, the participation...

Australian bonds surge as January employment data raises prospects of RBA rate cut

Australian bonds surge on Thursday as January disappointing employment data has strengthened the prospects for Reserve Bank of Australia interest rate cut. The yield on Australias benchmark 10-year note, which moves...

Coronavirus impact likely to affect Japan’s export recovery, says Oxford Economics

After exports to China had picked up in previous months, the renewed contraction in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak underscores risks to growth and dents hope for a near-term export recovery, according to the latest...

Politics

Michelle Obama encourages students to vote in the upcoming elections

Former first lady Michelle Obama wants people to vote. In fact, shes encouraging students to vote by sharing her photo taken when she was still a student. Now, everyone knows Michelle Obama wore a polka-dotted dress to...

Donald Trump spent ‘virtually’ no time, not interested with Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany

Donald Trumps relationship with his five children has been a topic for discussion among netizens. The majority of which are convinced that the POTUS is not a hands-on dad to Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and...

Melania Trump shock: FLOTUS doesn’t want to vouch for Donald Trump at upcoming elections

Melania Trump has been criticized for not supporting Donald Trump as much as the other first ladies supported their respective husbands. According to Political Flare, the POTUS doesnt have the support of women, which he...

Melania Trump fury: FLOTUS underserving of Women of Distinction award; Be Best initiative ‘laughable’

Melania Trump received the Women of Distinction award from a small Florida Christian college this week. However, the decision to grant her with the recognition didnt sit well with a lot of people. During her speech, the...

Melania Trump has a Valentine’s Day tradition that involves visiting sick children

First Lady Melania Trump has a Valentines Day tradition not many people know about. For three years now, the FLOTUS spent part of the special day with patients at the Childrens Inn at the National Institutes of Health...

Science

Aliens: Scientists plan exploring other Earth-like planets in search of alien life

Space agencies all over the world continue to explore what lies beyond Earth and into the cosmos. Now, a group of scientists claims that alien life forms may exist in other exoplanets similar to that of Earth. Over the...

Asteroids: Rock traveling 48,400 mph heading towards Earth, says NASA

Another asteroid is apparently on its way towards Earth as space agency NASAs asteroid trackers have caught sight of the rock. A new report reveals how fast the asteroid is going, and whether or not it would actually...

Aliens: Extra-terrestrial hunter organization makes their data available to the public

For decades, various organizations and agencies, both public and private, have been on the search for signs of extra-terrestrials or life beyond Earth. One ET hunting organization, in particular, is asking the public for...

The ice melt in Antarctica 129,000 years ago caused a drastic increase in sea levels

Climate change is an issue that many are bringing to light and urging influential figures to make a change in the process, with activists like Greta Thunberg headlining the movement. Looking back at the cause of an extreme...

Technology

GoPro HERO8 Black: Display Mod pre-order is expected to go live soon

It has been four months since GoPro unveiled HERO8 Black, but fans of the action camera still have some things to look forward to at this point. The company has also announced mod accessories specifically designed for the...

Nintendo Switch: ‘Cooking Mama’ franchise to debut in the console next month, per video leak

As Nintendo Switch fans already now coming into 2020, there is a long list of highly anticipated games already slated to launch for the hybrid portable console. But that list keeps getting longer as more popular titles are...

Pocophone F2’s launch with top-tier Snapdragon chip is still uncertain

Consumers and the top tech enthusiasts were in unison throughout 2019 that Pocophone F2 is part of their smartphone wish list. However, Poco, as a brand, remained silent about its plans on future device launches until the...

‘NBA 2K20’ ratings update no. 5 upgrades Damian Lillard to a 94 OVR

One of the aspects of NBA 2K games that keep it the talk of the town is the changes in the players overall ratings from time to time. In the latest update, fans of Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson will be delighted as...
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