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Mathematics for the modern economy

Scientific meeting


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


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Industrial mathematics is of significant importance to the UK economy, cutting across many high-value industry sectors, including engineering, finance, defence, life sciences and even sports and entertainment.

To maintain their position and economic benefit, such industries must strive to be advanced, inventive and creative. The same argument also applies to more conventional sectors, such as agriculture, utilities and manufacturing. In all cases, there is a clear need for problems to be defined in a sensible mathematical way and solved to yield the best economic and social outcomes using appropriate, often innovative, mathematical techniques.  

Industrial mathematics is currently responding to the uncertain data-rich world which industry now confronts. It is doing this by developing and applying tools that can take account of the uncertainty that can arise in many different situations and can lead to many statistical patterns.  All the while, industry-driven problem-solving is expanding remorselessly, leading to ever increasing challenges for the whole mathematics community.

Attending this event

This conference will bridge the gap between the UK’s expertise in industrial mathematics and those who apply it, whether in industry, government or other academic disciplines. It is aimed at mathematicians, scientists, engineers and professionals working in industry, academia or government.

For more information, please contact the Industry Team.

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Schedule of talks

28 June




Session 1

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Professor John Ockendon FRS, Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine's College, University of Oxford

09:30-09:35 Welcome remarks

09:35-10:15 Network modelling, social applications and consumers

Professor Mason Porter, UCLA
Chris Brooks, Head of Science, dunnhumby


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10:15-10:50 Industry-driven mathematical problem-solving in Korea

Professor Hyungju Park, President, National Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Korea


While the mathematical culture in Korea heavily leans towards pure side, new initiatives jointly launched by the math community and the government is rapidly introducing industrial mathematics for addressing problems arising in industry. This talk aims to introduce the initiatives and outline several prominent industrial problems that were successfully solved during the process.

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11:20-12:00 Mathematics delivering the advantage: from manufacturing to finance

Dr Helen Haworth
Dr Vicki Saward

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Session 3 - Opportunities for harnessing mathematics

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Dr Robert Leese, Chief Executive, The Smith Institute

Mayesta Ewer, Head of Analytics, NATS

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Professor Andrew Randewich, Chief Scientist, AWE

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Dr Malcolm Skingle CBE, GSK

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14:00-14:35 Modelling in sport

Dr Steve Otto, Director – Research and Testing, The R&A

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14:35-15:10 Mathematics making a difference

Professor Mark Girolami, Imperial College

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15:10-15:50 Innovative industrial maths in large companies and in Europe

Dr Poul Hjorth, Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Technical University of Denmark
Dr Chris Farmer, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

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Session 5

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16:20-17:00 Title TBC

Dr Lincoln Wallen, CEO, DWA NOVA LLC

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Panel discussion

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Professor Julian Hunt FRS, University College London

17:00-18:00 Panelists (confirmed)

Dr Marianna Braza, Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse
Dr Ruth McKernan CBE FMedSci, Chief Executive, Innovate UK
Professor Philip Bond, Council for Science and Technology

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Exhibition and drinks reception

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18:00-20:00 Exhibition


The drinks reception will include an exhibition featuring important representatives from the mathematical community, on hand to answer questions in a relaxed and informal setting and provide literature for delegates to take away. 

The exhibition and drinks reception is sponsored by The Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering. The Smith Institute specialises in solving complex problems for businesses and governments by applying mathematical thinking and techniques. We build trusted relationships with our clients, offering expert insight to support informed decision-making and reduce risk. 

Mathematics for the modern economy The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK