* Course organisation

The course consists of 6 meetings, simulating the well-known Mathematics with Industry

Study Week format.

On the first meeting of the course, real-world industrial problems of a

mathematical nature will be presented by representatives with various industrial

backgrounds, such as software companies, banks, online shops, governmental

research institutes. The participating students will organise themselves

in groups of 8-10 students according to the problem of their interest

and will query the problem presenter in detail about all aspects of the problem,

trying to formulate it in a precise mathematical way.

In the next 4 meetings, each group will work on its problem and try to solve it,

where necessary contacting the problem owner for further input.

In the final meeting, the solution found by the group is presented in an

oral presentation, in the presence of the industrial representatives,

and a concise (10-20 page) report is handed in with a description of the

solution intended for the problem owner, including a 1-page management summary.

* Course coordinators

Prof. dr. Rob Bisseling (Mathematical Institute, Utrecht University,

Scientific Computing) and Dr. Fieke Dekkers (National Institute for

Public Health and the Environment, RIVM, and Mathematical Institute, Utrecht University).

*** Content ***

* Learning goals

After the completion of the course, the student is able to:

- translate a possibly ill-posed industrial problem into a mathematical problem

that captures the essence of the original problem

- solve this problem within a given limited amount of time, possibly

in approximated form or with additional assumptions on the input

- work together in a team with diverse backgrounds, towards a common goal

- present the solution orally in a form understandable to the original problem poser

- present the solution in a written report, which is concise but still contains

the most important insights.

* Contents

The aim of the course is to provide students with industrial experience

and actual problem solving skills in an actual industrial context,

as a preparation for a future career where mathematicians contribute

their part in interdisciplinary teams working on real-life problems.

*** Entry requirements ***

Mathematical maturity in a diversity of subfields of mathematics, at the level

of having finished a bachelor degree in mathematics or equivalent.

*** Required materials ***

Bring your own laptop, for internet access, data analysis,

and possibly for running/developing software.

*** Instructional formats ***

Presentations (by problem posers and students), attendance required.

Full-day working sessions for solving problems, writing the final report, and preparing

the final presentation.

* Language: English

* Examination

Final written team report 50%, final team presentation (by at most 3 team members) 20%,

active individual participation 30% (judged on the basis of attendance, activity,

and an individual log of work done).

*Evaluation matrix: report 50 %presentation 20%personal log 30%is able to translate a possibly ill-posed industrial problem into a mathematical problem

that captures the essence of the original problemx is able to solve this problem within a given limited amount of time, possibly

in approximated form or with additional assumptions on the inputx is able to recognize and describe his/her personal contribution to group work xis able to present the solution orally/in slides in a form understandable to the original problem poser x is able to present the solution in a written report, which is concise but still contains the most important insightsx