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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.

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...

Better borrowing boosts start-ups

Jul 24, 2018 06:26 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Starting a new business can be satisfying but stressful. Among other tasks, entrepreneurs must raise enough funds for their ventures. But it turns out the type of funding matters, not just the amount. Start-ups funded via...

Provinces prepare to push pot

Jul 12, 2018 06:19 am UTC| Insights & Views

Cannabis retailing isnt Doug Fords top priority as Ontarios new premier. But its on his agenda. As he said in June: The stated goal … is to ensure that we can tackle the illegal market. To pursue that goal, Ontario...

Buying pot in Ontario in 2018 will be like buying booze in 1928

May 02, 2018 16:42 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health Law

The legalization of cannabis in Canada is just on the horizon. Canadian provinces are taking different approaches to how it will be sold to the public. The Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation (OCRC) grabbed attention in...

Sears Canada tarnishes the gold standard of pensions

Nov 08, 2017 15:36 pm UTC| Insights & Views Economy

Like many department stores, Sears Canada has struggled with competition from specialty stores and online retailers. Its bankruptcy will eliminate some 12,000 jobs and leave 16,000 retirees worried about their...

Memo to Gordon Gekko: Ethics not greed boost profits

Jun 28, 2017 16:06 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

Stories involving business ethics appear regularly in the news. Some report good deeds, but most allege scandalous corporate behaviour. While these may seem like examples of businesses choosing money over morals, thats a...

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Economy

Why every company needs a Chief Fun Officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Follett noted that...

How we consume electricity has changed dramatically in the past 20 years – and the market has failed to keep up

Its been more than two decades since Britains retail electricity market was opened to full competition in 1999. Before that, retail supply was provided by state-owned entities with regional monopolies. Today, all...

Australia’s headline inflation seen at 0.7 pct q/q in Q4, rise to 1.9 pct y/y: ANZ Research

Australias headline inflation is expected to come in at 0.7 percent q/q in Q4, with the annual rate rising to 1.9 percent, according to the latest report from ANZ Research. The largest contributor to the headline figure...

NZ headline CPI likely to rise 0.5 pct q/q in December quarter, says ANZ Research

New Zealands headline consumer price inflation (CPI) for the December quarter is expected to have risen 0.5 percent q/q, with annual inflation accelerating to 1.9% from 1.5% in Q3, according to the latest report from ANZ...

BI likely to maintain policy rate at 5 pct on Jan 23, remain open to future rate cuts: Scotiabank

The Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to maintain its policy rate at 5 percent at its monetary policy meeting on January 23, but with the door remaining open to future rate cuts amid Indonesias benign inflation outlook,...

Politics

Heading into Iowa: Where do the Democratic candidates stand on health care coverage?

As Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Iowa for the seventh debate, Iran and foreign policy will likely play a central role. But health care will remain the most important topic of debate for many Americans. No...

How politics and poverty affect electricity provision in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwes economic challenges are numerous, but one of the most pressing is electricity scarcity. Around 40% of the countrys population has access to electricity. The country has access to vast and diverse possible...

Three reasons why Boris Johnson's promise to revitalise the north could come back to haunt him

For his forthcoming Budget on March 11, Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised to unleash Britains potential uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal. This was on...

Ivanka Trump revelation: the truth about the First Daughter’s relationship with Melania Trump

Ivanka Trump and her dads third wife, Melania Trump are rarely seen together and there are reports that the two do not see eye to eye which means they have personal issues. And because of this, it is easy to assume that...

Donald Trump's administration responsible for withholding the aid to Ukraine, GAO says

United States President Donald Trump is currently in the midst of an impeachment trial for several charges. A new report reveals that the Government Accountability Office has another charge to place against him. The...

Science

Black hole: Scientists spot strange objects near the Milky Way

Black holes reside in the heart of galaxies, and in a span of billions of years, can consume everything it can come across, including light. Recently, some scientists have spotted strange celestial objects lurking around...

UFOs: Leaked footage can threaten national security, says US Navy

The presence of UFOs or Unidentified Flying Objects has continuously baffled many, from enthusiasts to government agencies. Recently, the United States Navy has warned that having to release more footage of these...

NASA: Hidden room at Cape Canaveral revealed agency's secret space reconnaissance mission

The Cold War saw the United States and the Soviet Union go head to head in what was deemed the Space Race in the early 1960s. A documentary reveals how a secret space mission by NASA was revealed. The documentary NASAs...

NASA: Hubble Space Telescope captures Eta Carinae star system eruptions

If there is one thing to know about space, it is that the phenomena that take place within the galaxies and star systems can be amazing. The Hubble Space Telescope for one, recently captured one of the brightest star...

Technology

Are self-driving cars safe? Expert on how we will drive in the future

Cars are changing fast. But are innovations such as autonomous and flying cars a bright new dawn, or just a wild pipe dream? And if they become the futures way of getting from A to B, can we trust them to take us there...

Virtual reality could expand therapy options in remote areas

In recent years, experts have focused on finding better ways to improve remotely delivered mental health care. Now, virtual reality (VR) may pave the way for myriad new opportunities. Using VR for remote therapy...

‘Overwatch 2’ release date, rumors: New heroes joining the fray

Overwatch 2 has already been confirmed by Blizzard at the BlizzCon 2019. Since then, numerous rumors and speculations have been floating around, which includes the possibility that the title might already be out this...

‘Elder Scrolls 6’ release date, rumors: Why Black Marsh could be an interesting location choice

The Elder Scrolls 6 release date will definitely arrive - Bethesdas Todd Howard already confirmed that the studio is working on it in E3 2018. But the bad news is, its going to be a long wait for fans. Bethesda Is...

Apple iPad Pro 2020 release date, price, specs rumors: Gadget expected to have mmWave 5G support and miniLED display

While the Apple iPad Pro 2020 release date has not been officially announced yet, tech watchers believe that its long overdue and would likely arrive this year. Heres what recent reports say about the upcoming...
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