Collaborative technologies are critical to modern research and learning. From its inception, the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics (CECM) has maintained a focus on such technologies and related web issues. Jonathan Borwein holds a Canada Research Chair in Information Technology (2001-2008), under whose aegis CoLab and CECM have built an advanced collaborative facility that is studying human computer interaction, ubiquitous and heterogeneous computing environments, and related topics (such as the use of handheld and wireless devices) with diverse academic and industrial partners.
Three areas of emphasis are scientific visualization, advanced publishing and distributed learning applications in mathematics. Funded by Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), SFU CoLab opened officially on September 23, 2002 and will provide a mathematical computational environment unrivaled anywhere in Canada.