Solving real-life complex problems using mathematics

The event will be an interactive workshop, where participants will work with experienced mathematicians and scientists on three specific challenges with a highly mathematical content, from innovative industries such as:

  • Complex energy systems: Use of storage and demand response in balancing electricity networks
  • Cyber-security for connected and automated vehicles: Data poisoning in machine learning algorithms and
  • Agri-tech: Efficient calculation of set partitions for optimal scheduling of crops in agriculture

Full description of problems and additional relevant materials will be provided to registered participants.

Each problem will be addressed by a project team under the guide of an experienced workshop leader. You will be guided to formulate a high-level mathematical description of the problem and a project plan showing the main approach and the pathway to a viable solution.

The workshop leaders will share their valuable experience, each gained from a different perspective:

  • Andrei Bejan (Senior Researcher, Origami Energy) is a mathematician, formerly an academic, now working in industry
  • Stan Zachary (Heriott Watt University) is a mathematician with a long-standing experience of working with the energy industry
  • Darren Handley (Lead Cyber-Security, Connected and automated vehicles, Department for Transport) is a senior scientist, working in the R&D in the UK government, together with mathematicians to solve some highly mathematical problems.

By taking part in this workshop you will gain valuable insight about:

  • Working as a mathematician in industry or academia in collaboration with industry
  • Working in a project team to create and deliver a solution beyond the theory
  • Presenting to a client/funding panel and defending the proposed solution.

In preparation for the workshop, each participant will be provided with detailed information about each problem, followed by a one-to-one session with the organisers to discuss the topics in detail.

Dr Vijay Avinash, Oxford Martin Fellow

The CRITICS Workshop with industry brought together a judicious mix of industry professionals and academics to result in insightful discussions. I enjoyed being exposed to fresh perspectives, particularly to the mathematicians’ views on the problem solving.

Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy, University of Oxford

Dr Darren Handley, Cyber Security Lead – Roads, Transport Security, Resilience & Response

The workshop proved a useful exercise for looking at a problem from a new perspective and also for introducing some of the challenges faced by industry to academia.

Department for Transport, UK


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  Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London, Huxley Building, Kensington, London


Date: 7 December 2018

Next event: TBA.



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