Report: “Study groups with industry: what is the value?”

A report by Martine Barons, Chris Budd OBE, Joanna Jordan and Matt Butcher entitled “Study groups with industry: what is the value?” describes how workshops like MISG work and what industry and academics who attend them are hoping to achieve. It presents three case studies from past study groups and describes their direct outcomes (such as publications and jobs for PhD students). The report makes interesting reading and might help to demystify MISG if you have never attended before.

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Industry projects 2020

This page lists the proposed industry projects for MISG 2020.  They include a range of challenges for mathematical statistics, operational mathematics and applied and computational mathematics researchers.

Further projects will be added as they come to hand.

MISG 2020

The 2020 Mathematics in Industry Study Group workshop will be held at NeW Space, the University of Newcastle’s city campus, from 28th January until 1st February, 2020.

MISG 2019

The 2019 Mathematics in Industry Study Group workshop was held in Adelaide at the City West campus of the University of South Australia, from 21-25 January 2019.

Due to problems securing suitable industry problems this year, we ran a smaller event where we worked on the Explorer Challenge.

Despite the smaller event, we had 31 delegates at MISG. These included delegates from Oxford in the UK and from Japan. About half of the delegates were PhD students, with seven of these from the IDTC.

We had a geologist from UniSA present the problem on the Monday morning and provide technical advice throughout the week.

MISG will move to Newcastle University in 2020, with Natalie Thamwattana as the new director.

MISG 2018

The 2018 Mathematics in Industry Group workshop was held in Adelaide from 29 January – 2 February. There were four projects from three companies:

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics: combining publicly available data to infer information about sub-populations
  • ElectraNet: incorporating the stochastic behaviour of new electricity generation technologies into long-term network optimisation
  • ElectraNet: how do non-sychronous power generators, such as wind turbines and photovoltaic generators, impact the stability of electricity systems?
  • Australian Lamb Company: optimising red meat cuts.

MISG was attended by about 75 delegates. Most were from Adelaide, but delegates also came from Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Newcastle. International delegates were from Oxford (UK), South Korea, Japan, Spain, Turkey and Italy. About half of the delegates were PhD students.

MISG was opened by Professor Emily Hilder, director of the Future Industries Institute at the University of South Australia. The MISG dinner was held at the State Library of South Australia.

The venue for the next 2019 MISG will be announced here once it has been decided.

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MISG 2017

MISG 2017 ran from 13-17 February 2017. It was opened by Emeritus Professor John Ockendon from Oxford University, who was instrumental in setting up study groups around the world.

We had about 65 delegates at MISG 2017, of which about one-third were PhD students. Most delegates were from Australia, but we also had visitors from the UK, Europe, Japan and Korea.

The delegates tackled four industry problems:

  • analysing the lateness of UK passenger trains
  • determining the impact of safety cameras on road crashes
  • estimating the transonic drag of projectiles
  • developing electricity control and pricing mechanisms for micro-grids.

More information:

MISG 2016

MISG 2016 ran from 1-5 February 2016. The problems included:

  • Inference in a knowledgebase (DST Group)
  • Sequencing ore extraction to control blend quality (Schneider Electric)
  • Modelling water pollutant density associated with surface water runoff (SA Water)
  • Optimisation of household PV and storage (Ergon Energy).

Thanks to everyone who contributed to a successful MISG.

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MISG 2015

2015 was the final year of QUT’s three-year hosting of MISG, which has operated in Australia since 1984.

While the MISG will continue with a new host from 2016, QUT will continue its role during the transition to ensure industry reports are distributed, and technical reports for each project are published via ANZIAM J(E).

As the event coordination transitions to the new host, please continue to contact Associate Professor Troy Farrell for information regarding MISG 2013-2015.

QUT is honoured to have again hosted such a long-running and beneficial event for mathematicians, government and industry professionals alike, and looks forward to the continued tradition for years to come.

Mathematics in Industry Study Group

Past projects

Past projects brought to MISG have come from a variety of industries and organisations including Transport and Main Roads (The Queensland Government), Bechtel, CSIRO, Australian Bureau of Statistics, and Australian Institute of Marine Science.

MISG Industry projects 2014

MISG Industry projects 2013

Summary reports

Every MISG industry partner receives a brief summary report immediately following the MISG workshop. These reports capture the essence of what was achieved during the workshop and summarize the (often ongoing) work that will be discussed in full technical detail in the final report.

MISG Summary Reports 2014

MISG Summary Reports 2013