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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

Canceled bookings cost hosts to lose thousands of dollars a month

A number of Airbnb hosts in the United States are planning to sell their properties as well as the furnishings they bought to adorn their homes due to the financial fallout from the pandemic. Canceled bookings cost...

Imports of Japanese beer fell 89 percent to $630,000, while Japanese vehicles dropped 59 percent to $62 million

South Korea imported US$249 million worth of Japanese consumer goods in April, down 37 percent from last year, mainly due to backlash from Korean consumers against Japans export restrictions. Imports of Japanese beer...

The country's economy already struggled before it had to deal with the outbreak.

Indias economy would plummet for the fiscal year of 2020-2021 despite a rebound in activity in the coming months, says the head of Indias central bank Shaktikanta Das. He gave his projection while announcing a slew of...

However, overall exports dipped 1.4 percent in the first quarter.

South Koreas exports of eight new-industry goods in the first-quarter jumped 17 percent from the previous year to $21 billion despite a drop in overall exports. The goods include aviation products and drones, biohealth...

The rise in inequality is attributed to the shrinking wages of low-income households, and a cut down in temporary positions

The income disparity between the top 20 percent and bottom 20 percent of households widened with many of the countrys low-paying jobs being slashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The average monthly income of households...

Politics

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf endorses Joe Biden as President

Former vice president Joe Biden has received endorsements from many workers organizations as of late. His latest endorsement comes from Pennsylvanias Governor Tom Wolf. Wolf announced his decision to endorse Biden...

Donald Trump, Melania Trump face backlash for not wearing face masks during public events

Donald Trump and Melania Trump has received some backlash online after attending public Memorial Day events without face masks. The criticisms amass as the United States continues to see a daily increase in COVID-19...

Barack Obama can reportedly visit Queen Elizabeth again even after he left the White House

Presidents and first ladies of the United States have been some of the usual visitors of Queen Elizabeth and the British Royal Family over the years. However, the 44th US President Barack Obama reportedly left such a good...

Netizens outraged at President Donald Trump's latest attack on Joe Scarborough

President Donald Trump continues his Twitter tirade against Morning Joe host and former Congressman Joe Scarborough. Trump once again attacked Scarborough despite calls to stop pushing conspiracy theories, sending many on...

Science

New study suggests asteroid collision did not cause extinction of the dinosaurs

It is widely believed that an asteroid collision on Earth was responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. However, a new study seems to suggest that it was not the case at all. Express reports that researchers...

Apollo 11: Buzz Aldrin reveals how they planted the US flag on the Moon

The historical Apollo 11 mission took place in 1969, with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin becoming the first men on the Moon. In uncovered interview footage, Aldrin reveals something about the flag they planted on the...

NASA: Rocosmos says Russia is to begin work on new space station

As NASA and Elon Musks SpaceX program are to make their first-ever launch on American soil, this would mean NASA would no longer rely on Russian space agency Rocosmos for launching its astronauts into space. Rocosmos chief...

Asteroids: Asteroid-comet hybrid spotted by NASA's asteroid warning system

Hybrids of objects seen in space are very rarely sighted, until recently. NASAs asteroid warning system in Hawaii recently spotted one hybrid of an asteroid and a comet known as Trojans. Express reports that astronomers...

Technology

PS Plus free games June 2020: ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ confirmed, second title could be ‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ or ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

Sony is doing things a bit differently with its announcement for the PS Plus free games for June 2020. The first game, Call of Duty: WWII, is already available for PS4 console gamers even before May ended. However, the...

Square Enix reportedly works on ‘Kingdom Hearts’ TV pilot with Unreal Engine

Rumored plans to bring Sora to the TV screens appear to be moving along. Square Enix has been reportedly asked to make the Kingdom Hearts TV series pilot using the Unreal Engine. Square Enix is involved in making...

‘The Sims 5’ listed as an ‘incoming PS5 game’ on PlayStation Magazine

EA and Maxis may have been very quiet about their plans for The Sims 5, but it appears that the PlayStation Magazine is not. The latter listed the next life simulation title as one of the incoming games to Sonys...

Free Games with Gold June 2020: “Sine Mora,” “Destroy all Humans” and other Xbox One and Xbox 360 games next month

Microsoft has officially unveiled the rooster of titles included in its Games with Gold for June 2020. Next months free Xbox One and Xbox 360 games include Destroy all Humans, Sine Mora, Shantae and the Pirates Curse, and...

‘GTA 6’ release date is likely happening in 2023

There has been quite a debate among fans and industry insiders about the release date window of GTA 6. Some of them may have gotten it right, as it now appears that the next game will not be launched until 2023. GTA 6...
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