TakeAIM: articulating the influence of mathematics


The Industrial Mathematics KTN is delighted to announce that 2013 has been another successful year for the TakeAIM competition. We received a high number of high quality entries from young researchers in the mathematical sciences and the winners gave interesting and thought-provoking presentations at the award ceremony and presentation event in Oxford on 25th November 2013.

Our congratulations go to the two winners:

Francis Watson, University of Manchester, Better imaging for landmine detection

Leonor Garcia Gutierrez, University of Warwick, Maths meets hypertenison

and the two runners-up:

Anna Cederlund, University of Abderdeen, The cartilage calculator

Ellen Webborn, University of Warwick, The mathematics of electricity storage


The TakeAIM competition is organised by the Industrial Mathematics KTN with generous sponsorship, from Cobham, BT, Dyson, NAG, Tessella and ARM. Its goal is to make visible the crucial role that mathematics plays and will increasingly play in all aspects of our lives.

The next few decades will see fundamental changes in the ways we live, work and communicate. Mathematics will have ever greater influence on shaping how we interact with friends, colleagues and neighbours, on the goods and services that we use, on how we maintain our health, how we travel and how we consume natural resources.

Whatever these innovations are, they will be underpinned by mathematics. Research in mathematical sciences is happening right now that will be crucial to our future economy and social well-being. Rapid advances in capacity for computing and data handling are creating opportunities that will be exploited through the imagination and insights of mathematical scientists. Their work will build upon the stunning successes of mathematics in understanding and predicting the behaviour of physical, biological and social systems.

The TakeAIM competition highlights some of the areas where new thinking is coming over the horizon, with influence far outside the academic world. It enables young researchers to express in their own words and for a general audience the potential future impact of their work.

The competition is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students working in the mathematical sciences. Entries are judged by a panel of representatives from the sponsoring companies, together with the Chairman of the Industrial Mathematics KTN's Scientific Committee and Industrial Advisory Board. The two winning entries for 2013 each received an Apple MacBook Air as their prize, with Amazon vouchers being awared to the runners-up.


Email: matt.butchers@ktn-uk.org

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