University of Waterloo
MSc, University of Manitoba
BSc, University of Manitoba
In 1997, Dr. Corbett obtained his Ph.D.
degree in Applied Mathematics, from the University of Waterloo.
In 1992, he received a M.Sc. and in 1990 a B.Sc, both in Applied
Mathematics from the University
After obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Corbett
taught mathematics at the University
of Waterloo as well as at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 1999, Dr. Corbett joined the
Operational Research Division (ORD) of the Department of National Defence
where he worked as a Defence Scientist for the Centre for Operational
Research and Analysis (CORA), which is located at 1 Canadian Air Division
Headquarters in Winnipeg.
During his tenure with ORD, Dr. Corbett
worked on projects ranging from the analysis of Search and Rescue
Operations, personnel modelling to the analysis of potential debris fields
in air show environments. His work
on the Pilot Production Absorption and Retention Simulation earned him the
1 Canadian Air Division Commander’s Commendation and his work on the
Maritime Helicopter Risk Assessment gained the personal recognition of
Commander 1 Canadian Air Division.
Dr. Corbett is keenly interested in the
application of mathematics to significant real-world problems. His philosophy of science and mathematics
has been shaped by the contributions of, among others, Norbert Wiener,
Joseph Fourier, Claude Shannon, Ingrid Daubechies, Stephen Mallat,
Shun-ichi Amari and B.R. Frieden. In
view of his interest in the works of the preceding gifted researchers, Dr.
Corbett hopes that his involvement with OCDAG will allow him to make a
small contribution toward the resolution of the following significant and
To what extent can the governing laws of
macroscopic physical processes be inferred directly, and without
encumbrance of a-priori assumptions, from directly observable data?
Dr. Corbett’s current research
interests include applied Fourier and wavelet analysis, innovative
techniques for exploratory data analysis, pattern classification, artificial
intelligence (including Bayesian networks), the modelling and simulation of
large complex systems and inverse problems.
Corbett, N., Modelling the Production, Absorption and Retention of
Pilots: The Development of the Production
Absorption and Retention Simulation (PARSim), CORA
Project Report, In Review.
Corbett, N., An Analysis of Selected Air Show Manoeuvres, CORA
Project Report 0401, October 2004, 104 pages.
Corbett, N., The Impact of Offshore Oil Operations on the Delivery
of East Coast Search and Rescue Services, CORA Project Report 0201,
December 2002, 48 pages.
CORA Research Notes
Corbett, N., Analysis in Support of the Maritime
Helicopter Operational Risk Assessment, CORA Research Note 0401, February
2004, 42 pages.
S., and Corbett, N., Great Circle Route Calculator, CORA Research Note
0201, March 2002, 29 pages.
Latchman, S., Corbett, N., and Hunter, C., Pilot
Production, Absorption, Retention Simulation (PARSim) Model Development,
CORA Research Note 0102, August 2001, 29 pages.
Corbett, N., Nguyen, B. and de Jong, P., A
Critical Assessment of Random Search, CORA Research Note 0007, December
2000, 28 pages.