IndustrialMathematicsInitiatives

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1 Industrial Mathematics Initiatives: An (inter)national need? Graeme Wake Centre for Mathematics in Industry Massey University Auckland, New Zealand http://www.mathsinindustry.co.nz g.c.wake@massey.ac.nz ANZMC 2008 Key Reference: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development : Global Science Forum Report on Mathematics in Industry July 2008
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2 Views of Mathematics Mathematics is the “software” of science, yet has a life of its own. The connections however sustain it. Features of Mathematics are: Longevity - it lasts forever Open ended-ness Developed by abstraction Universality However… “We shall need a new breed of mathematical professionals able to mediate between mathematics and applied science. The cross-fertilization of ideas is crucial for the health of the science and mathematics.” – Michael Gromov, France: AMS Notices 1998.:
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3 OECD Report: The challenge 3.2 The Academic Environment “The academic discipline of mathematics has undergone intense intellectual growth, but its applications to industrial problems have not undergone a similar expansion. “ “The degree of penetration of mathematics in industry is in general unbalanced, with a disproportionate participation from large corporations and relatively little impact in small- and medium-sized enterprises. “
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4 Across the world there are a wide range of activities in existence which are designed to spread the problem-solving power of mathematics to industry and society-at-large, in order to enhance the knowledge and technical base of organisations. There are a range of models practised, and there are a few notable examples where a high level of activity has been obtained. This paper traverses the options, and looks at what is achievable in a given instance, such as in South Korea and the nearby countries. As Director of the Australian and New Zealand Mathematics-in-Industry Study Group 2004-6, I have been privileged to help develop this in our region. Also I have assisted with similar developments in other neighbouring countries around the Pacific, notably in Brunei, Thailand and South Korea .
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5 Industrial Mathematics is a distinctive activity: starts from a client’s problems, which, although not described by mathematics, are possibly solvable using quantitative techniques of analysis and/or computation. Illustrative case-study examples will be described where spectacular results have been obtained in medical and engineering applications.
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6 This activity has positive spins-off for it serves to * establish better links between industry and academic mathematics. * enhance the image of mathematics in the community. * provide improved university education of mathematicians through - expanded employment prospects for mathematics graduates; - fresh research problems for mathematicians; - innovative material for teaching courses.
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7 The lot of an Applied Mathematician Applied Mathematics seems to be about finding answers to
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