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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

German bunds nearly flat after Eurozone February consumer price inflation meets market expectations

The German bunds traded nearly flat during European session of the last trading day of the week Friday after the Eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of February met market expectations, rising from the...

South Africa’s rating review on Mar 29 likely to cause stronger fluctuations in ZAR exchange rates, says Commerzbank

South Africas rating review on March 29 is likely to lead to increased nervousness on the markets and thus to stronger fluctuations in ZAR exchange rates, according to the latest research report from...

RBA likely to stay on hold in 2019 and 2020 on hopes of stable labour market, says ANZ Research

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to stay on hold in 2019 and 2020 on hopes of a stability in the labour market, after the ANZ Labour Market Indicator (LMI) pointed towards the same, despite leading...

JGBs trade higher following BoJ’s weaker economic assessment; no impact of steady policy rate

The Japanese government bonds traded higher at the end of Asian session Friday after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) in its 2-day monetary policy meeting, concluded early today, cut its economic assessment, while maintaining...

New Zealand’s net migration appears to have levelled off over 2018, uncertainty still remains ahead

New Zealands net migration appears to have levelled off over 2018. But the data remains noisy and suggests inflows surged higher over the past two months, though these outturns are likely to be subsequently revised,...

Politics

Donald Trump 2019: Nancy Pelosi is Surprisingly Against His Impeachment and Here’s Why

The Democrats want Donald Trump to be impeached as soon as possible. They have been calling for the Congress to start the impeachment proceedings now but it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not for it. In a...

Vladimir Putin 2019: Activist Jailed for Putting Up Russian President’s Gravestone

Vladimir Putins hater set up a fake gravestone in the middle of the Russian city, Naberezhnye Chelny, and the act landed him in jail. The fake gravestone featured the presidents picture and the year 1952-2019 was written...

Melania Trump’s #FakeMelania Conspiracy Theory Resurfaced; People Think There Is Someone Pretending to be the FLOTUS

Melania Trump is being accused of casting someone to fill in for her in events like visits to states. The FLOTUS is said to be using a body double so it will appear that she is present on occasions that she should...

Vladimir Putin Claims Russia Stopped 600 Spies in 2018, Passes Law that Will Imprison People Who Will Disrespect Government

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, alleged that the foreign intelligence services stepped up activities after discovering that hundreds of spies attempted to carry out their works in the country. The president claimed...

Donald Trump Warmly Fulfilled A Dying Man’s Wish; Jay Barrett Wants to Talk to the POTUS Before He Dies

Donald Trump made a call to Jay Barrett on Tuesday night and it was not an ordinary call because it was a case of a wish being granted. Plus, the recipient of the call is just an ordinary man who does not have a connection...

Science

Cancer Cure 2019: University of Colorado Research Sparks Hope as AML Patient Marks 2nd Anniversary of Remission

Despite the advancement of science and technology that the world has seen through the past decades, cancer diagnoses remains a piece of very heavy news to whoever receives it. Humanity has yet to find the ultimate cure for...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Hopes Are Up for Potential Cure as 2nd Patient Goes on HIV Remission

The whole world is still on the lookout for the ultimate cure for patients infected with human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). A recent development sparked hope as one patient...

Mining the Moon

If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. Thats because theres no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling...

Why we see hope for the future of science journalism

Eat blueberries for the antioxidants. Exercise daily at a moderate intensity for optimal heart health. Get the vaccine to prevent the disease. Our decision-making and conduct is influenced by what we read, see or hear....

Can robots ever have a true sense of self? Scientists are making progress

Having a sense of self lies at the heart of what it means to be human. Without it, we couldnt navigate, interact, empathise or ultimately survive in an ever-changing, complex world of others. We need a sense of self when...

Technology

Oculus Quest Latest News, Update: To Save VR Industry? Adam Orth Believes Headset is Turning Point

One of the biggest issues that those who have tried or own VR headsets with enough power to make gaming or simulations worthwhile is the matter of the hardware. While the headgear might be fine, all of the cables in the...

‘Rage 2’ Latest News, Update: To Offer Buttery Smooth 60FPS on Xbox One X, Seamless Carnage

It would appear that the Xbox One X Version of the upcoming Rage 2 game is going to be buttery smooth on the console. It was just reported that the open-world FPS will run at 60FPS on the Microsoft game box, which should...

‘Dying Light 2’ Latest News, Update: Developers Dangerously Close to Overpromising? Next 'No Man’s Sky'

Ever since the fiasco that was No Mans Sky, the gaming community has become keenly wary of developers who make big promises. The hype for that game crashed so hard when it launched that it forced the head of Hello Games...

Pixel 4 Release Date, Features, Specs: Budget Phone Included in Google’s 2019 Smartphone Lineup

Google is reportedly joining the latest smartphone trend that is introducing a lower-priced variant of a premium smartphone series. This could mean that the company will release up to three models of Pixel 4 in 2019...

Torrent Latest News, Update: Why a Popular Uploader Was Banned on Multiple Piracy Websites

Torrent sites are often plagued with malicious malware disguised as legitimate files uploaded by certain members. As such, moderators take plenty of time to check everything that is being reported to ensure that users are...
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