Mathematics in Industry Study Group (MISG) 2014
Professor Terry Speed, winner of this year’s Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, will open the Mathematics in Industry Study Group hosted by QUT from 28 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2014
Professor 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 which started the MISG.
Industry projects for 2014
We are excited to announce six new challenging projects for mathematicians and statisticians to work on at MISG 2014 including:
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.
Registration for MISG 2014 workshop is free and places are still available. Register here
Professor Alistair Fitt
Professor 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 next year 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.