Seminar | 19 April, 12h00 | Industrial Mathematics: a key technology for driving innovation

Mathematics underpins all of modern science and technology. However, advances in mathematical research are not always applied to maximum advantage in industry. Since 2007, the mathematical community in Portugal has been promoting, on a yearly basis, study groups with industry. The purpose of these one-week meetings is to strengthen the links between academia and industry by using mathematics to tackle the challenges proposed by the industrial partners. Irrespectively or how successful these internationally recognised problem-solving forums are for knowledge transfer between mathematics and industry, it is only coupled with other initiatives that their outcome will have a lasting positive influence on the productive sector.

In this talk, we will give an overview of the study groups held in Portugal to date and report progress towards building efficient interactions between industry and academic mathematicians in Europe. In particular, we will present the activities that are being undertaken by several European institutions like ECMI (European Consortium for Mathematics in Industry) and discuss strategies to facilitate more effective widespread application of mathematics to all industrial sectors.

In the last part of this talk, we will present a project that brings together mathematicians, physicists, engineers and medical doctors, concerned with the characterization of the ageing process of the retina as detected by imaging techniques as the Optical Coherence Tomography  in health and disease.

Adérito Araújo CMUC, Department of Mathematics, University of Coimbra