Student Mathematical Modelling Workshop

University of Limerick

5 - 8 June 2018

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of Limerick will be hosting a four-day student mathematical modelling workshop from June 5th to 8th. This residential workshop will provide participants with experience in team-based modelling of real-world, industry-driven problems, with mentoring provided by experienced researchers. The modelling week will also act as an introduction to study groups with industry, and will provide excellent preparation for the European Study Group with Industry 141 at University College Dublin, June 25th - 29th.

The workshop is aimed primarily at postgraduate and early career researchers with a background in any area of mathematics, science, engineering, and informatics. Funding is provided by MI-NET, Mathematics for Industry Network, which can support the participation of up to 20 non-local postgraduate students as follows

  1. Reimbursement of the cost of on-campus accommodation for up to four nights. Participants will be provided accommodation on the University campus at a rate of €45 per night, including continental breakfast. Students will be reimbursed by MI-NET after the workshop. A link for booking this accommodation will be provided to all registered participants in the near future.
  2. Reimbursement of €30 towards travel expenses within Ireland, also refunded after the workshop.

Funding is provided on a first come, first served basis. The participation of undergraduate students is also welcomed, however MI-NET funding is unfortunately unavailable. In addition, lunch and refreshments will also be provided for all participants.

Registration for the workshop closed on May 22nd.

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The workshop participants will work in small groups on problems posed by industry partners. The problems we will study include

Calibration of a Moisture Analyser - proposed by Prof. Mark McGuinness and Dr. Vincent Cregan

Modelling an Electrostatic Potential - proposed by Prof. William Lee

Energy demand Forecast - proposed by Dr. Kevin Burke (with Vayu Energy)

Aeration Optimisation for Hydroponics - proposed by Dr. Rosemary Dyson (with Phytoponics Ltd)


Professor Mark McGuinness

Mark is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Victoria University of Wellington. Having previously held research positions at University College Dublin, California Institute of Technology, and DSIR, he has been a Senior Lecturer at VUW since 1991. Mark is interested in a range of mathematics applications, generally where deterministic differential equations and asymptotic methods can be brought to bear, in industry, geophysics and biology, with particular areas of current interest including the modelling of exploding rocks, biofilms, two-phase geothermal flows in pipes, and lead-acid batteries. Mark has been a moderator at study groups with industry since 1996, and has undertaken significant work with organisations such as Rusal Aughinish, Contact Energy, and Energy Development Corporation.

Dr Kevin Burke

Kevin has been a Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Limerick since 2015 and has recently been appointed as the director of the Industrial Mathematics Unit at MACSI. During his undergraduate studies, Kevin was awarded the UL Gold Medal for achieving the overall highest degree result across all faculties of the University of Limerick and the prestigious Royal Irish Academy Hamilton Prize in Mathematics. He completed his PhD at UL in 2014 and was awarded a 2016 Charlemont Award grant. His research interests lie in the area of survival analysis, while he has also instated and fostered several industrial collaborations with companies such as National Vehicle Distribution, DePuy Synthes, Vistakon and Teva.

Dr Rosemary Dyson

Rosemary obtained a DPhil from the Oxford Centre for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2007 under the supervision of Dr Peter Howell and Dr Chris Breward. Her project, “Mathematical modelling of curtain coating”, was sponsored by ArjoWiggins via a Smith Institute industrial CASE award. Following from this she started as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Plant Integrative Biology, University of Nottingham where she was part of a large interdisciplinary team in which she was responsible for developing mechanical models of plant growth. She took up a Lectureship within the School of Mathematics at the University of Birmingham in 2011 as part of the System Science for Health initiative, and is also a member of the Centre for Systems Biology.

Professor William Lee

William Lee took up the role of Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Huddersfield in 2017. His previous positions include academic and research posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Hamburg, Limerick and Portsmouth. His work focusses on developing, analysing and solving mathematical models of industrial processes and systems. He has published research with co-authors from Philips, Analog Devices and Teva Pharmaceuticals, while his research has been featured in articles by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist and the BBC. In addition, his work has won awards for consultancy (Knowledge Transfer Ireland) and bizarre boffinry (The Economist). At the University of Limerick, William cofounded the Industrial Mathematics Unit which carries out consultancy work in mathematical and statistical modelling for industry

Organising committee

Joseph O'Brien, James Fannon, Fatima-Zahra Jaouimaa, Niall McInerney, Peg Hanrahan, Sinead Burke, James Gleeson