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Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Open for Business

Communication Architecture for the Future

Low cost and resilience in the face of uncertainty

Supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF4) of the University of Cambridge

Thursday 11 March 2010

Organisers: Richard Gibbens (Cambridge), Stan Zachary (Heriot Watt), Robert Leese (KTN Industrial Maths), Takis Konstantopoulos (Heriot-Watt) and Ben Mestel (Isaac Newton Institute)

Advisers: David Cleevely (Cambridge) and Frank Kelly (Cambridge)


1.30pm Tea, coffee and biscuits available at the Isaac Newton Institute
2.25pm Introduction and welcome (Sir David Wallace, Director, Isaac Newton Institute)
2.30pm Presentations (Chair, David Cleevely)
2.30pm Graham Louth (OfCom): Combinatorial auctions in theory and practice
3.15pm Bruce Hajek (Illinois): Combinatorial auctions and spectrum sale in the US
4.00pm Tea and coffee
4.30pm David Allwright (KTN): Heavy-tailed distribution in queuing systems: a potential approach
5.00pm Panel Discussion: Chair: Frank Kelly (Cambridge), David Cleevely (Cambridge), Graham Louth, Bruce Hajek, David Allwright
6.00pm Reception at the Isaac Newton Institute (with an opportunity to view the Imaginary exhibition on Art and Mathematics)
7.00pm Dinner, Fellows' Dining Room, Churchill College (by invitation only)
9.00pm Close

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Centre for Science and Policy

Additional Sponsors:

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Industrial Mathematics

EuroNF Network of Excellence

(SEA 7.1 Industry Club)

The Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) was founded in 2009 as an independent centre in the University of Cambridge dedicated to bringing together the best scientific thinking across all disciplines in order to inform public policy. The Centre for Science and Policy will focus on long-range global challenges, working with other academic institutions including the Royal Society, think tanks, Government, business and international organisations to provide a new perspective of the policy making dimension of science. The CSaP is developing an array of activities including seminars, workshops and presentations that provide opportunities for informal, high-level discussion between policy practitioners in government and industry and world class experts. The CSaP operates through a Centre Staff supporting a network of Associates, Centre Interest Groups, Visiting Fellows and Centre Fellows. Workshops for senior policy makers are the most important output of the Centre; our objective is to use these workshops to promote multidisciplinary discussion between domain experts and policy makers.

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Industrial Mathematics brings together business, academia and government to boost innovation performance in the UK through the improved use of mathematics. It is managed by the Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering, the UK's leading intermediate organisation in this area. Its vision is for companies to look increasingly towards mathematics as a key component in their innovation planning, and a powerful means for addressing challenges in design, operations, services and strategy. The KTN is a programme of the Government's Technology Strategy Board, and currently networks the activities of over 150 companies and 30 universities, providing them with a vehicle for developing new capability and exchanging knowledge and experience.

This Open for Business meeting will provide opportunity, at senior level, for cross-fertilisation between the business-facing activities of the KTN, the science and policy initiatives of the CSaP, and the research focus of the INI. The day has been structured to enable the formation of new relationships on the business-academic interface and to assist in identifying the common challenges that have greatest potential for research, knowledge transfer, public policy and commercial impact.