2016 Graduate Mathematical Modelling in Industry Workshop

  • Start Date: 08/07/2016
  • End Date: 08/13/2016

University of British Columbia


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The Mathematical Modelling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates with first-hand experience in industrial research in the mathematical sciences. This one week event in Vancouver will focus on team work to tackle specific projects in mathematical and statistical modelling of industrial process, with an emphasis on the development of young researchers.


This year's workshop is a joint project of Le Centre de recherches mathématiques, the Fields Institute, and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, and funded through NSERC's support of the Institutes Innovation Platform. Students participating in the graduate modelling workshop are encouraged to apply for the 2016 Industrial Problem Solving Workshop in Toronto, scheduled for the following week of August 15-19.





The event will start with a meet and greet on the evening of Sunday, August 7. The workshop starts first thing on the morning of Monday, August 8, and concluding on the afternoon of Saturday, August 13 at the PIMS offices on UBC campus in Vancouver BC. Short courses on mathematical modelling and use of scientific software for calculation and simulation will be held throughout the week, with a focus on applying to specific problems that arise in industrial settings. Team work on the problems and group interaction will to take place throughout the week. A wrap up on Saturday will include presentations of the work performed by each team.



Workshop Schedule

  • Huaxiong Huang
  • Michael Lamoureux
  • Odile Marcotte
Other Information: 

Problems and short courses:



Problems    Mentors
1.  Stochastic modelling for hydro-electric reservoir management Fabian Bastin - University of Montreal
2. Variable selection problem and statistical prediction for an industrial reactor Derek Bingham - Simon Fraser University
3. Growth of nanoparticles for industrial production Tim Myers - Centre de Recerca Matemàtica, Spain
4. "This party is too big, folks" - Setting room capacities for safety. Nilima Nigam - Simon Fraser University
5. Modelling the performance of rechargable Li-Ion batteries   Brian Wetton - University of British Columbia
6. Modelling and optimisation of traffic light systems Chris Budd - University of Bath, UK



Please also see the complete project descriptions (pdf) for each project.



Accommodation and travel:

All non-local participants will be provided with housing at UBC for the duration of the workshop, and a food allowance. Travel support will be provided to successful applicants.


Previous PIMS/IMA and IMA/PIMS/CIMAT graduate modelling camps:



Local Information:

Directions to UBC: Directions from the Vancouver airport (YVR) to UBC are available here.


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Event Evaluation:

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