Richard Hoshino

Richard Hoshino joined the Quest family in February 2013, as the faculty’s third mathematics tutor. Prior to his arrival at Quest, Richard was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo (2010-2012), and was a mathematician with the Government of Canada (2006-2010), leading the mathematics and data exploration section at the Canada Border Services Agency.  He completed his PhD at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He has published over 25 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, marine container risk-scoring, biometric identification, and sports tournament scheduling. He has consulted for a billion-dollar professional baseball league, as well as three Canadian TV game shows (Qubit, Splatalot, Spin-Off), and has presented papers at the world’s most prestigious AI conference in each of the past four years.

In March 2010, Richard moved to Tokyo after his wife Karen landed her dream job at a highly-regarded Japanese university. As an unemployed house-husband starting a new life in a new country, Richard pondered the following Question: “In what ways can a student experience mathematics to develop the confidence, critical thinking, and communication skills so important in life?”

Five years later, Richard published his Keystone Project, a 475-page novel titled “The Math Olympian”, the story of an insecure teenager who dreams of representing her country at the International Mathematical Olympiad, and thanks to the support of innovative mentors, combined with her own relentless perseverance, discovers meaning, purpose, and joy.

Students in Richard’s mathematical problem-solving foundation course use this novel as a springboard to reflect upon their own mathematical journeys, and explore how elegant problem-solving principles and techniques can be applied to address some of society’s toughest challenges.

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