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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK

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Computational PDEs: Giving Industry the Edge

4 - 5 March 2003

A joint workshop of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering

in association with the Newton Institute programme

Computational Challenges in Partial Differential Equations (20 January - 4 July 2003)

Programme Participants

Theme of the Workshop:

The challenges of industry call for new mathematics of the highest scientific quality. The Isaac Newton Institute (the UK's national research institute for mathematics) in Cambridge and the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering are holding this joint workshop in order to bring together world-class researchers and industrialists to work on real problems.
The meeting will present six current Smith Institute projects involving collaboration between industry and University mathematicians in the areas of food, electromagnetism and violent mechanics. The industrial collaborators will describe the background and the problems being addressed. The academic researchers will then present the mathematical modelling used and the resulting PDE problems. Computational Overview sessions will illustrate some current numerical approaches to the areas of interest, and there will be a chaired discussion on which are the critical computational issues in the projects and how current numerical expertise can be harnessed in support of them.
There will also be open forums where industrial representatives can describe related modelling or computational areas in which they wish to initiate new academic collaborations in order to make faster progress, and where the academic participants can respond and suggest appropriate steps forward.


Charles M. Elliott (University of Sussex), Robert Leese (Smith Institute), John Ockendon (Oxford University), Endre Süli (Oxford University)

Structure of the meeting:

The meeting will comprise of two separate one-day programmes. Each day will consist of presentations on some of the industrial Faraday projects run by the Smith Institute, together with seminars on state-of-the-art mathematical and computational techniques and dedicated time for discussions between academic participants and industrial representatives. Particular topics to be addressed on each day include:

Tuesday 4 March: Food - Baking and Crusting, Scraped-surface Heat Exchangers, Microwave Food Processing.

Wednesday 5 March: Electromagnetism and Violent Mechanics - Shaped Charges, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Droplet Impact.

Location and Cost:

The workshop will take place at the Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge. A registration fee will be charged; the amount will be subsidised for academic staff of HEFCE-funded research institutions in the UK or from similar institutions overseas.


Unfortunately the Newton Institute is unable to offer any assistance with accommodation for this period. Participants should make their own arrangements.

Application Form:

Please complete and return the application form to Tracey Andrew.

Closing Date for the receipt of applications is 21 February 2003

Further information

Please e-mail your enquiries to Tracey Andrew

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