School Seminars and Colloquia

Mathematical Modelling In Industry: A Case Study and some Observations

15th general colloquium of 2006

by Professor Nigel Bean

Institution: School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide
Date: Wed 22nd November 2006
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Russell Love Theatre, Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: A strong interest throughout my career has been the engagement of the community with mathematics so that they see it as something more
than the subject they hated at school! For 2 and a half years I was the full-time director of TRC Mathematical Modelling, a contract research and consulting group and so had the opportunity to address community engagement through the commercialisation of mathematics. My favourite
project during this period was a material optimisation project with Dunlop Flexible Foams. This project is still ticking over (nearly 5 years later)and I have no idea when it will be finalised.

In this colloquium, I will describe various facets of this project and try to observe some important lessons for mathematicians (and possibly other scientists). Some of the more interesting facets are: the genesis of the
project from first contact, the mathematics involved, implementation on the factory floor and possible future directions.

Biography: Nigel graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1988 and then went to Cambridge to study for his PhD in stochastic modelling of telecommunication networks under the supervision of Prof Frank Kelly FRS. In 1993 he returned to the University of Adelaide where he has variously been a PostDoc, Lecturer, Director of TRC Mathematical Modelling, and now Professor and Head of Applied Mathematics. Nigel's research has been recognised through the awards of the J.H. Mitchell Medal by ANZIAM and the P.A.P. Moran Medal by the Australian Academy of Science

For More Information: Ole Warnaar tel. 8344 5214 or Paul Pearce tel. 8344 4470

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