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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.

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,...

Cannabis with your coffee? Ontario could have thousands of pot retailers

Sep 18, 2018 12:37 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

Legalized cannabis is just a month away, but Ontario wont have any cannabis stores until April. Thats due to the provinces recent decision to have cannabis outlets run by businesses rather than a government agency,...

Ontario uproots its plans for selling weed

Aug 27, 2018 15:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health

Ontario has announced big changes to its recreational cannabis retail plan. Government-owned Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) will still sell online, but will no longer open physical stores. Instead, businesses...

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Economy

Australian bonds remain tad down amid muted trading session; U.S. Treasury yields rise on impressive data

Australian government bonds remained tad lower during Asian trading session Friday amid a muted trading session that witnessed data of little economic significance, as the United States Treasury yields also rose following...

JGBs jump at close tracking U.S. Treasuries after China, U.S. data disappoint investor sentiments

The Japanese government bonds ended Thursdays Asian session on a higher note tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries after economic data in China and the U.S. disappointed investor sentiments. At...

Australia’s unemployment rate moves higher despite solid jobs gain; eyes on RBA Governor Lowe’s speech

Australias unemployment rate moved higher during the month of April despite solid gain in jobs; increased labour supply drove the rise in the unemployment rate, with the participation rate at its highest result on record....

German bunds jump even as Q1 GDP cheers investors; April eurozone CPI in focus  

The German bunds jumped during European trading session Wednesday after investors have largely shrugged-off the rise in the countrys gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter of this year, released early this...

Australia’s annual wage growth steadies in Q1’19, makes RBA’s policy decision foggy

Australias annual wage growth steadied at 2.3 percent in Q1 2019. The quarterly result of 0.5 percent was marginally lower than expected but wasnt far off 0.6% at two decimal places. Annual growth in wages including...

Politics

Vladimir Putin: Does the Russian President Watch 'Game of Thrones'?

Game of Thrones will officially close its curtains after its final episode on Sunday, May 19. Is Russian President Vladimir Putin one of the people who would be tuning in to see who sits on the Iron Throne? The question...

Donald Trump Net Worth: U.S. President’s Favorite Mar-a-Lago Resort Earned Less in 2018

Donald Trump may no longer be actively taking care of his businesses but it still earns him a sizeable amount of money every year. However, his latest annual financial report showed that his favorite getaway destination,...

Melania Trump Fashion: FLOTUS Wears $6,000 Dress at White House Event; Who's Paying for It?

The United States First Lady Melania Trump is known for her Be Best anti-bullying campaign. Aside from her official work, her fans are also following her fashion choices. Mrs. Trump, along with U.S. President Donald...

Donald Trump: POTUS Reignites Word War With James Comey

When Donald Trump officially became the United States President, his indifference with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey was also made known very well. This week, the word war between the two...

Vladimir Putin: Russian President ‘Afraid’ of Resistance?; Reiterates Importance of Military Strength Military on Victory Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin, as expected, staged a massive show of force on Victory Day while his speech focused on the supposed threat of collective resistance. Ironically, the big weapons were met with a report that...

Science

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Scientists May Have Found a Way to End HIV Transmission

Apart from finding a complete cure for HIV/AIDS, another important aspect of tackling the epidemic is looking for an effective way to stop its transmission. Scientists may have made a great discovery in that area. A...

Cancer Cure 2019: Researchers Focus on Helping Patients Live Longer

The world has yet to find a complete cure for cancer. But scientists are continuously working in developing and improving treatment strategies. A leading research institute for cancer recently announced a new and...

Cancer Cure 2019: Potentially Effective Vaccine Can Teach Immune System to Heal Tumors

Finding the cure for cancer also requires scientists and researchers to find various strategies on how to heal or destroy cancer cells and tumors. A recently published study offers an interesting approach as it revealed...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Experts Celebrate as ART Drugs Found Effective to Stop the Spread of HIV

Many developments in the works of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic have been reported this year. Most recently, a group of scientists confirmed that a currently available drug can help in stopping the transmission of the virus...

Cancer Cure: Dried Herbs, Mushrooms Cocktail Could Treat Cancer?

While countless scientific and medical research is simultaneously carried out all over the world to find the cancer cure, others opt to take a slightly different route. A former medical practitioner is making headlines for...

Technology

‘Far Cry 6’ Rumors, Leaks: ‘Far Cry Battle Royale,’ Dystopian Future?

There are a lot of questions with regards to Far Cry 6 after the fifth numbered installment in the franchise did incredibly well. This gave rise to rumors, hearsays, and claims that have varying degrees of probabilities....

Torrent News: Sexist Cut of 'Avengers: Endgame' Uploaded on Popular Torrent Site

Someone uploaded a sexist cut of the box office hit Avengers: Endgame to a popular torrent site. The three-hour movie runtime was diminished by half after the uploader explained what scenes they removed. As of this...

iPhone 11 Release Date, Specs, Leaks: New Camera Design, New Color Variants 'Confirmed' Ahead of September Launch

Apples next lineup of smartphones are not expected to be released until fall, but fans have an idea at what it will look like. Another reputable source agreed that the earlier rumored new camera design on iPhone 11 could...

‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Latest News, Update: Characters Rumored to be Included in the Upcoming DLC

Mortal Kombat 11 is set to launch its first DLC content that will introduce new playable characters for the game. Unfortunately, Nether Realms has yet to reveal when this will be although speculations on the web are...

Bitcoin Price Update: BTC Value Soars Amidst Tension Between Countries

Amidst the trade war between China and the United States, Bitcoin has seen a considerable spike in its value, having risen to $8,000 recently but has now slipped to $7,480 at the time of this writing. While the $600 drop...
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