The 69th European Study Group with Industry, will be held from April 20 to April 24 2009 at the
Center for Mathematics of the University of Coimbra
(Department of Mathematics,
Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the
University of Coimbra). 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 previous study groups see
At the beginning of the week, a representative from each company presents their
industrial problem to the participating mathematicians. The academic participants, who are a diverse group of
people with expertise in the mathematical sciences, including PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and professors, allocate themselves to a
group, each of which works in one of the proposed problems with the industrial partner. The work will be developed full-time over the next days.
On the last day, each group will make a presentation of the results obtained and make suggestions for further work. After the study group, a report on each problem will be sent to the
cooresponding firm. Apart from the results obtained during the study
group, this may contain suggestions for further collaboration.
Information for companies
If you think that your company might have something to gain from
discussing a problem with us, do not hesitate to contact us. We will 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 enterprise 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.
Workshop in Industrial Mathematics
Prior to the meeting there will be a three-day workshop on industrial
mathematics that will take place at the Centre of Mathematics of the
University of Porto. The meeting will consist of short courses and
contributed short talks with the purpose of promoting interactions
between the industrial and mathematics communities. More information may
be found here.