The 65th European Study Group with Industry 2008

The 65th European Study Group with Industry, will be held from April 21 to April 24 2008 at the Center of Mathematics of the University of Porto (FCUP's Pure and Applied Mathematical Departments) The purpose of these meetings is to streghthen the links between Mathematics and Industry by using Mathematics to tackle industrial problems which are proposed by industrial partners.

This meeting is part of the series of European Study Groups and will count with the participation of several European experts with a large experience in this type of events.

More information on study groups and related aspects is available at the International Study Groups website, the Smith Institute and the European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry. For a fairly comprehensive list of problems and respective reports which have appeared in the UK study groups see here.

Study group

At the beginning of the week, a representative from each company presents their industrial problem to the participating mathematicians. The academic participants then allocate themselves to the groups who work full-time on each problem over the next three days. By the last day, each group of mathematicians must ensure that their ideas are developed enough to collate them into a final presentation to the other study-group participants. The collaboration does not necessarily end at this point as a report will be provided by us for each of the problems considered. This will also function as a formal record of the work done for the company, and provides the possibility of encouraging further research, leading to new links between industry and academia.

Information for companies

Perhaps an industrial problem from your company could be analysed in our study group? We would be more than happy to visit you, at no cost and without any need for an immediate commitment, for an initial discussion about formulating such a problem. Almost all industrial problems have some mathematical aspect to them, although the mathematics is not always recognisable at first. Indeed, from our own experience, some of the most successful study group problems were not well-defined in mathematical terminology at the start of the study group.

The fee for a firm to present a problem at the study group will depend on the size of the enterprize as defined by the EU.

For more information on past study groups, including a description of some of the problems which have been presented at previous meetings, see: Past Study Groups.