Ribeira do Porto
The 86th European Study Group with Industry
ISEP/IPP, School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto
7 - 11 May 2012


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The 86th European Study Group with Industry will be held from May 7 to May 11 2012 at ISEP, the School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, organized by the Laboratory of Engineering Mathematics (LEMA).

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. 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.

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. A fairly comprehensive list of problems and respective reports which have appeared in previous study groups is available here. Links to previous study groups held in Portugal may be found 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, 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 corresponding firm. Apart from the results obtained during the study group, this may contain suggestions for further collaboration.

Information for companies

If you think 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.