Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG) 2014

Hosted by QUT from 28 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2014

Are you looking to apply your expert knowledge in the mathematical, physical and engineering sciences to help solve real world, industrially relevant problems?

The MISG provides a structured opportunity for you to make contact and to forge partnerships with Australian and New Zealand industries that are interested in utilising your skills. It is also an opportunity to collaborate with other mathematicians, scientists and engineers to produce outcomes of immediate industrial relevancy.


Industry projects for 2014

We are excited to announce six new challenging projects for mathematicians and statisticians to work on at MISG 2014  including:

Using seaweed to enhance ethanol production   VSSlogo
Optimisation of the thermal and structural performance of an integrated patio door  Centor
The flow of non-Newtonian fluids in open channels  Bechtel
Transport mode and cluster separation in road traffic network travel times   TMR
Determining the porosity of energy materials  CSIRO_Grad_RGB_hr
Determining optimal cheese brining times Fonterra Co-operative
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MISG Special Guests

Professor Terry Speed, winner of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, will open the MISG.

IMG_TerrySpeed_2_222x300pxProfessor Speed is head of bio-informatics at the Walter and Eliza Institute for Medical Research, Melbourne. His research interests lie in the application of statistics to genetics and genomics, and to related fields such as proteomics, metabolomics and epigenomics.

Professor Speed recently received the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science in recognisition of his diverse career, including the  development of statistical models to predict the mortality rates of some cancers and the need for surgery on others.

Professor Speed has also used his knowledge and experience to give evidence at the OJ Simpson trial and predict the location of big pink diamonds in the East Kimberley.

In 1984 as chief of CSIRO’s then Division of Mathematics and Statistics Professor Speed was part of the team that started the MISG.

Professor Speed’s recent publications

Professor Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, will present the MISG 2014 Invited Address.

Professor Ian ChubbProfessor Ian Chubb AC was appointed to the position of Australian Chief Scientist in 2011, after a long history of recognized leadership in science and higher education.

In 1999, Professor Ian Chubb was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for “service to the development of higher education policy and its implementation at state, national and international levels, as an administrator in the tertiary education sector, and to research particularly in the field of neuroscience”.

In 2006, he was made a Companion (AC) in the order for “service to higher education, including research and development policy in the pursuit of advancing the national interest socially, economically, culturally and environmentally, and to the facilitation of a knowledge-based global economy”.

He has held numerous senior executive leadership roles in Australian universities including Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University (1995-2000), and the Australian National University (2001-2011).

At the MISG 2014, Professor Chubb will talk about ensuring Australia’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics enterprise.

Professor Chubb’s biography

International guest – Professor Alistair Fitt

IMG_alistair-fittProfessor Fitt, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes University, travelled from the UK to attend the Mathematics in Industry Study Group workshop at QUT in 2013. He will be returning to Australia to attend MISG 2014.

“MISG2013 was a great meeting of mathematics-in-industry in its purest form. The projects were all real-world problems, with mathematics making a huge contribution to their solutions.”

Specialising in industrial applied mathematics research, he has published close to 100 research papers and has spent many years attending study groups with industry all over the world.

Professor Fitt says that the Australian Mathematics in Industry has been at the forefront of world industrial mathematics for many years. “Industry can benefit from having a diverse group of mathematical experts spend a whole week considering one of their problems in depth. This is usually something difficult to realise in a pure industrial setting” says Professor Fitt.

Professor Fitt’s recent publications

See the full list of MISG 2013 projects, read the non-technical summary reports for these projects and check out the photo-gallery.


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