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Free industrial maths advice for SMEs - apply to KTN so European Study Group with Industry can brainstorm solutions to your tricky maths problems

The Knowledge Transfer Network and the e-Infrastructure SIG are supporting a ‘mini-competition’ to support up to five SMEs companies for participation in the 2015 European Study Group in Industrial Mathematics.

The Mathematical Study Group with Industry, the brainchild of Alan Tayler and Leslie Fox, has followed the same format since its first meeting in Oxford in 1968; to bring fresh insight from a large multidisciplinary team to challenges of importance to business.

Among previous Study Groups, at the 100th meeting in Oxford last April, advice to Guildford-based train positioning company RDS International determine the extent to which track curvature can be used for ‘positional fixes’.


107th Study Group in Manchester, 23-27 March 2015

The 2015 Study Group will take place at the Alan Turing Building at the University of Manchester during the week of 23-27 March next year and will be the 107th such Study Group. Around eight companies will present problems at the workshop. In return, they receive ideas, insights and results, which are captured at the end of the week in a short report.

Successful entrants will have the usual £7,500 participation fee covered, plus advice in preparing challenges for presentation at the event.

The closing date for applications is the 19 December 2014 at midnight.


Insights for SME companies from mathematical analysis of problems

The mini competition is being run by the University of Manchester, Smith Institute and the Knowledge Transfer Network.

Participating companies must be able to commit staff to attend most if not all of the event.

We are interested to hear from SME companies that consider they could benefit from insights from mathematical analysis of their problems.

These problems could include:

  • Modelling problems of multi-physical systems and dynamical systems, materials performance;
  • Design, development and optimisation of processes, logistical, manufacturing for example;
  • Problems which address the data processing, algorithms design or performance, or numerically intensive solution of mathematical models.

Three of the problems are being funded by the Industrial Mathematics Group in the KTN and we welcome applications from any industry sector. Two of the problems are being supported by the e-Infrastructure SIG, and as such these problems will be expected to be algorithm or data analysis based, or both.


How to enter

SME companies with a challenge meeting the criteria, are invited to email KTN with a description of the proposed challenge, including background information and the aim the challenge is desired to achieve. One or two sides of A4 will be sufficient at this stage.

We will contact the most promising entries to discuss the challenge further and to explore with you how the Study Group format will bring the most benefits. The University of Manchester, Smith Institute and Knowledge Transfer Network may ask applications to present to a small panel to down select the most promising problems to be explored during the week.

  • Closing date: Friday 19 December 2014;
  • Selected companies contacted by: Monday 5 January 2015;
  • Company presentations anticipated: WC 19 January 2015.

For more details of the scope and requirements please see: Smith Institute, Knowledge Transfer Network Mini Competition for the 2015 Manchester Study Group.

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