D3EMO Modeling Week – Data Driven Decision Making and Optimisation

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The D3EMO Modeling Week on Data Driven Decision Making and Optimization took place on 3rd-7th September 2018 at the Copenhagen Business School (CBS) in Copenhagen, Denmark

It was organised by

–       Prof. Dolores Romero Morales, Professor of Operations Research, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics

–       Prof. Emilio J. Carrizosa Priego, Professor of Statistics and Operations Research, University of Seville, Department of Statistics and Operations Research

Problems were presented by

  • AirFrance (Augustine Lombard)
  • Central Bureau voor de Statistiek (Marc Ponsen)
  • DSB (Natalia Rezanova)
  • TESCO (Eleanor Evans and Matthew Fryett)

PhD, PostDoc and researchers from all over the world (Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Poland, Spain, UK, Vietnam, etc.) attended this modelling week.

On Monday 3rd, after the welcome given by organizers, two companies (TESCO and CBS) presented their problems and the seventeen participants were divided into two groups, one for each problem; we had time until Tuesday evening to study the problem and propose some solution methods. On Wednesday 5th the other two companies (DSB and AirFrance) introduced their two problems and two new groups were formed, which worked together until Thursday evening. 

Companies’ problems can be classified into two macro-category: dealing with a lot of data (forecasting and visualization) and reasoning about the abstract problem (modeling).

During Friday, the last day of the Modeling Week, every group exposed its results, through an oral presentation and some slides; DSB representatives were present. Moreover, also some trainees talked briefly about their research topics. The study group ended in the early afternoon.

All groups analysed deeply the companies’ problems and produced written reports or slides, which will be delivered to the companies. In particular:

–       The TESCO group tried to replicate the company model to forecast the customer daily demand for each product and store of the firm; they implemented some forecasting models after analysing the dataset through queries and statistical methods;

–       The CBS group studied the dataset about air pollution and proposed methods to visualize data in order to have more sociological impact;

–       The DSB group modelled the problem of scheduling cleaning operations of trains in the same way of the company (except for some simplifications), they developed their own instances and also suggested other models and ideas to tackle the problem;

–       The AirFrance group tried to model the planning of aircrafts but had to deal with constraints very difficult to describe mathematically.

Another main outcome the whole modelling week produced was making all of us trainees bond with each other, creating connections that will last in the years to come, as well in other conferences or PhD schools. It was also great and inspiring to see companies really interested to collaborate with universities and research centres, giving us the chance to work on real problems.

By Alice Raffaelle


About the Author:

Alice Raffaelle is a PhD student in Operations Research from Italy. She is finishing her first year and is interested in OR at 360 degrees. From modelling to polyhedral analysis, but mostly its applications to industrial problems and the interplay between optimisation and data science. She enjoys educational mathematics, i.e. activities and games for children attending primary and secondary schools, to make them discover the beauty of maths and problem solving.


Happy New (Academic) Year

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 11.05.49It has been another very successful year for MI-NET; highlights include the publication of the ‘Handbook for running a sustainable European Study Group with Industry’, and in widening participation, for example Macedonia, Israel, and Slovenia hosting their first Industrial Workshop, Modelling Week, and Study Group with Industry, respectively. We were also delighted to welcome Montenegro to MI-NET in January 2018.

It was rewarding to receive a very positive mid-term progress report, with particularly favorable feedback on collaboration, multidisciplinary research, early-career investigator participation, and on both the numbers of activities and countries involved in the Action.

“MI-NET shows an excellent progress, in line with the outcomes expected after 24 months of implementation. The analysis of the current Action status shows a significant degree of achievement of objectives and outcomes stated in MOU.” [Progress review summary]

Thank you very much for all the contributions to the report, and in particular to Filipa Vance for pulling it all together, and in the words of our Science Officer “managing such a demanding Action”!

Screen Shot 2018-09-11 at 11.08.39The only area of improvement was on dissemination, which forms a substantial part of our activity this year. Katerina Kaouri and Poul Hjorth organised a Science to Business session at the high-profile European Science Open Forum, ESOF 2018, Working Group 2 is currently finalising a Modelling Week Guide, and Working Groups 3 and 4 are compiling a “Mechanisms for enabling industrial maths” handbook, comprising examples of different mechanisms for collaboration and illustrative case studies from MI-NET funded work. Your input to this handbook is very much encouraged, please contact Dr Katerina Kaouri or Hilary Ockendon for more details on how to contribute.

MI-NET’s varied programme of events is on our webpage, and there are still a few STSMs – which need to take place before April 2019 – to be awarded, please encourage your colleagues to apply.

It was great to see so many members of MI-NET at the Management Committee meeting in Limerick in March, and many thanks to MACSI for hosting us. I particularly enjoyed  DY1Q2_mW0AE2GjDhearing about the wide range of industrial maths activity going on in each country, the slides of which can be downloaded here. Next Spring, the final Management Committee meeting and a celebration of MI-NET will be hosted by the Institute for Mathematical Innovation.
at the University of Bath alongside the British Applied Mathematics Colloquium (BAMC) 24-26 April 2019. This is a particularly fitting event as it typically attracts many PhD students, post-docs, and early-career researchers. The BAMC planning committee warmly invite MI-NET themed mini-symposia submissions, and contributions to the poster session. Calls will open later in the Autumn, with more details to be circulated as they become available.

As I have recently resigned from the University of Bath, I am pleased to let you know that our Vice-Chair, Prof Dietmar Hoemberg, and I have swapped roles for the final months of the MI-NET grant. Many thanks for all the hard work you are doing in championing industrial maths in your countries, and looking forward to seeing you in Bath in April!

Mi-NET-logoJoanna Jordan
September 2018

MI-NET, COST Action TD1409, stimulates activities in Switzerland

This September, for the third year in a row, the COST Conference on Mathematics for Industry in Switzerland will be hosted by the Institute of Applied Mathematics and Physics, the Institute of Data Analysis and Process Design and the School of Management and Law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW in Winterthur, Switzerland. The focus of the event this year will be on the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in industry and finance.

The COST Action MI-NET supports the initiative by sponsoring the conference as in previous years. In 2016 and 2017, the conferences have brought together academics, young researchers, students, and engineers from industry. Therefore, they had a chance to get an overview, to discuss applications, implementations, and existing challenges of the latest technologies.

The conference has grown from 60 participants in 2016 to over 190 participants in 2017. This second year has seen participants from all-over Switzerland, including the French and Italian speaking parts. 50% of our speakers came from within Switzerland, with the remaining 50% from mostly European countries.

In recent years artificial intelligence has gained widespread importance and can be seen in many different fields, ranging from self-driving cars to customer recommendation systems. Therefore, such conferences can cause a notable impact on different fields of industries because researchers and engineers attending events can find solutions to their challenges, and start collaborations more efficiently.

Researchers from different fields have found together and connected with the industry. Several new COST initiatives have been supported by those researchers in fields such as statistics and energy.

Consequently, MI-NET has had great impact on the distribution of “Mathematics for Industry” across Switzerland and future research as well as co-operations in that area.

Author: Pocevicius Matas

A moment from a conference session in 2017

ESGI 139


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ESGI 139 jointly organized by the Technological Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI) and Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry (math-in), will be held on 9-13 July in Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

Across a five day workshop, this ESGI will provide a forum for industrial scientists to work alongside academic mathematicians on problems of direct industrial relevance. The 139th ESGI, brings experts from Applied Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research together to promote the Mathematical Technology transfer to Industry actively seeking research and development projects where mathematics is of particular relevance.

Problems will include:

All the information concerning the event will be continuously updated on the organiser’s website.

Attendance is free, but prior registration is required.

The registration deadline is July 5th, 2018.

COST Action TD1409, Mathematics for Industry Network (MI-NET) co-organizes and co-funds this event.

ESGI 142: the very first ESGI in the Baltic states

This week, scientists from Kaunas University of Technology Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (KTU MGMF) hold the European Study Group with Industry (ESGI) or Workshop on Mathematical Solutions in Business and Industry in Palanga, Lithuania.

This year the scientists are solving problems presented by these companies: Finpass, SEB, DPD, Aon and SBA Concern.

28 scientists were separated into 5 groups. Each group is solving one problem. Scientists came from different universities and organizations: Howard Science Limited (UK), Oxford University (UK), Belarusian State University (Belarus), Ferdowsi University of Mashhad (Iran), University of Oldenburg, Vilnius University (Lithuania), Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania), Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania).

For more information please visit the organiser’s website.




2018 ECMI Modelling Week


The 32nd ECMI Mathematical Modelling Week will be organized by the Department of Mathematics and Informatics Faculty of Sciences , of Novi Sad Unversity , and will take place on July 15-22, 2018 at University of Novi Sad campus. ECMI has been running annual Modelling Weeks for students since 1988.

For more informations: https://sites.dmi.uns.ac.rs/ecmimw2018/

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Modelling & Experiments in Drug Delivery Systems (MEDDS)

Mathematical modelling is playing an increasingly important role in the field of medicine through the use of models and simulations.  These represent a useful tool to complement theoretical and experimental work and have the potential to inform personalized approaches for treatment.

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Controlled drug delivery systems have become common in the clinic.  These systems combine a platform or carrier with a drug in such a way that the drug is efficiently released to a target tissue or organ, while maintaining the drug concentration within a therapeutic window. Whilst many such systems have achieved successful results clinically, there remains a number of scientific and technological challenges and an opportunity for further fine-tuning and optimization. Addressing these challenges requires a multi-disciplinary approach.

Dr Sean McGinty, at the University of Glasgow, is hosting a 3 day workshop to bring together theoretical and experimental researchers, industrialists and clinicians working broadly in the area of drug delivery, so that the problems that persist may be identified from an ‘end-user’ point of view, new challenges laid down and successfully tackled.

The scope of the workshop includes (but is not limited to):
♣ Design, testing and optimisation of  drug delivery systems and drug delivery strategies
♣ Identification of drug release mechanisms
♣ Controlled release formulations
♣ Biomaterials, smart polymers and hydrogels
♣ Clinical and industrial challenges
♣ Personalisation and patient-specific modelling
♣ Nanoparticles, microspheres, liposomes and quantum dots
♣ Antibody therapeutics
♣ Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics (PK/PD)

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Mathematical, computational and experimental approaches are all within scope.
This event will build on the highly successful first edition of MEDDS (Coimbra, 2016), as well as recent symposia at ECMI2014 (Mathematical Modelling of Drug Delivery) and ECMI2016 (Applied Mathematics in Stent Development), with an added emphasis on industrial and clinical participation.  To this end, the workshop will feature an evening problem solving session where interested delegates can tackle a problem brought by industry.
Keynote speakers:
David Saylor (FDA, USA), Paolo Netti (University of Naples Federico II, Italy), Keith Oldroyd (Golden Jubilee National Hospital, UK)

Who Should Attend?

  • Academics working on drug delivery from any discipline: e.g. mathematicians, chemists, biologists, engineers, …
  • Clinicians
  • Industrialists

Key Dates

  • 15 April 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 1 May 2018: Notification of Acceptance
  • 17 August 2018: Registration closes


For full details please visit the workshop website