Richard Hoshino teaches computer science at the Vancouver campus of Northeastern University. He began his Northeastern career in June 2020. For seven years, Richard was a professor of mathematics and computer science at Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia.

Prior to his arrival at Quest in 2013, 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 has published 35 research papers across numerous fields, including graph theory, marine container risk-scoring, biometric identification, and sports scheduling. He has consulted for a billion-dollar professional baseball league, as well as three Canadian TV game shows (Qubit, Splatalot, Spin-Off).

Richard is heavily involved in high school outreach, and continues to visit dozens of schools each year to share his passion and love for mathematics. He is also the author of "The Math Olympian", a novel that is currently ranked #1 by GoodReads in Best Young Adult Books that Empower.

Richard was the 2017 recipient of the Adrien Pouliot Award, awarded by the Canadian Mathematical Society as a lifetime achievement award to celebrate "significant and sustained contributions to mathematics education".

Richard holds a B.Math. from the University of Waterloo, a B.Ed. from Queen's University, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Dalhousie University.



Richard in the Media

Quest Prof wins prestigious national math award, feature story by Jennifer Thuncher, Squamish Chief, November 2017.

What it truly means to be gifted, op-ed published in the Toronto Star, June 2017.

Making an Impact, not an Impact Factor, article posted in Canadian Science Publishing, August 2015.

Quest professor writes novel to inspire youth to embrace numbers, article by Jennifer Thuncher, Squamish Chief, March 2015.

Canadian scientist uses math to green Japanese baseball, feature story by Stephen Hesse, Japan Times, November 2012.


Selected Presentations


A Life of Service and Purpose (PDF)
Commencement Address to the 2016 Graduates of Quest University Canada. Squamish, British Columbia, April 2016.

The Probabilistic Life (PDF)
Feature Presenter at TEDx Southpointe Academy. Tsawwassen, British Columbia, November 2015.

Inspiring Change Through Computer Science (PDF)
Keynote Presentation at the Canadian Undergraduate Computer Science Conference. Kelowna, British Columbia, July 2015.

Teaching a Semester-Long Mathematical Problem-Solving Course in just 18 Days (PDF)
Presentation at the Canadian Mathematics Education Forum. Ottawa, Canada, May 2014.

Applying Combinatorics to Inspire Change (PPT)
Keynote Presentation at the 25th Annual Combinatorial Potlatch, University of Victoria, November 2013.

A Life of Perseverance, Passion, and Purpose (PDF) (Powerpoint) (Handouts) (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3) (Part 4)
Keynote presentation at the Kumon Program Completer Celebration Event. Toronto, Canada, May 2011.

Optimizing the Scheduling of Nippon Professional Baseball Using Graph Theory (PDF) (Handouts)
Optimization Seminar, Tokyo University of Science. Tokyo, Japan, March 2011.

Developing a Photographic Memory (PDF) (Handouts)
Workshop for employees at the Canada Border Services Agency. Ottawa, Canada, October 2009.

How Many Rectangles? (PDF)
Keynote presentation at the 2005 OAME Leadership Conference. Toronto, Canada, February 2005.