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Mathematicians and Industry Study Group Launched at UL


Mathematicians and Industry Working Group Launched at UL 
Professor Stephen O'Brien, Director of the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), Dr Sandra Collins, Science Foundation, Ireland, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O' Keeffe T.D. and University of Limerick President, Professor Don Barry.

Mathematicians and Industry Study Group Launched at UL

The 75th European Study Group with Industry - a week-long intensive problem-solving challenge involving industry and academic collaboration organised by Mathematics Application Consortium for Science and Industry' (MACSI) and hosted by University of Limerick was formally opened by the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation , Batt O' Keeffe T.D. Over the next five days, mathematicians and other scientists, will be presented with a series of wide-ranging problems from participating industry representatives, and will present their solutions at the end of the week.

Speaking at the opening Minister O'Keeffe said, "Behind almost every business process and every industrial venture is a set of mathematical principles. Whether it is in the area of life sciences, ICT or energy, these principles are the basis for science." Over the next five days, mathematicians and other scientists, will be presented with a series of wide-ranging problems from participating industry representatives, and will present their solutions at the end of the week. Companies that have submitted a particular challenge to the Study Group are Vistakon, Intel, Rusal Aughinish, Boston Scientific, Pfizer, Carton Bros and National Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Science at NUI Galway.

Professor Stephen O'Brien, Director of the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) said; "The European Study Groups with Industry is an innovative and collaborative programme that tackles real problems facing some of Ireland's leading industries. It is vital that we work together to add value and support these industries while also demonstrating the importance of applied mathematical modelling to our knowledge economy."

This event is organised by the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI), a €4.34million research initiative funded by Science Foundation Ireland that funds a large group of mathematicians including PhD students, Post Doctorate researchers, and engages with numerous industry partners.

Minister O'Keeffe said the event highlighted the fact that "the commercial and scientific worlds are increasingly intertwined and essentially two sides of the same coin. The MACSI Study Group is an intensive collaboration with the singular objective of solving dilemmas that are directly relevant to enterprise and the economy" he added.

MACSI Conference
Julien Carreno, Software Engineer, Intel, Justin Carton, Director, Carton Group, Dr Martina O'Sullivan, MACSI and co-organiser of the 75th European Study Group with Industry. The Carton Brothers submitted the problem of 'optimising production' in their business for investigation as part of the industry group event.


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