OVERVIEW
Objectives:
The objective of the FMIPW is to connect industries with faculty, postdocs
and graduate students who have expertise in industrial casestudies. This
interaction is fostered in the specific context of a problemsolving session
over 5 days. The casestudies in question have a significant mathematical
or statistical content.
The interaction between industry and academia has many potential benefits
for both. Academics learn about interesting potential research problems and
find application for their existing tools. Industries get access to some of
the most experienced mathematical modellers and problemsolvers on the continent.
Deliverables:
At the end of the week, the academic experts make a presentation consisting
of the problem restatement and their solution. This is a summary of results;
the teams also prepare reports for the industrial sponsors.
History and mission statement
Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences:
Founded in 1992, the Fields Institute plays a central role in ``promoting
contact and collaboration between professional mathematicians and the increasing
number of users of mathematics". It supports research in pure and applied
mathematics and statistics. Thematic programs of international interest, academic
workshops, and prizes are organized by the Institute.
Of specific interest to the business community is the Commercial and Industrial
Mathematics program. This program seeks to develop synergistic links between
mathematicians and industrial partners. The Fields Industrial ProblemSolving
Workshop (FIPSW) is a new initiative in this direction.
What the workshop is about:
Objectives:
The objective of the FMIPW is to connect industries with faculty, postdocs
and graduate students who have expertise in industrial casestudies. This
interaction is fostered in the specific context of a problemsolving session
over 5 days. The casestudies in question have a significant mathematical
or statistical content.
The interaction between industry and academia has many potential benefits
for both. Academics learn about interesting potential research problems
and find application for their existing tools. Industries get access to
some of the most experienced mathematical modellers and problemsolvers
on the continent.
Format:
The FMIPW will occur over 5 days. Participants will include between 3650
academic experts (including mathematicians and statisticians), and experts
from industry. On the first day, the industrial sponsors will present their
problem statements. The academic experts will divide into teams of 610
people each, with one team assigned to each problem. The teams spend the
next 3 days collaborating on solutions to their problem, and present their
solution on the final day of the workshop.
Deliverables:
At the end of the week, the academic experts make a presentation consisting
of the problem restatement and their solution. This is a summary of results;
the teams also prepare reports for the industrial sponsors.
Draft Schedule* as
of August 9th
Time 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
8:00 
Continental Breakfastin the Fields Atrium 
Continental Breakfastin the Fields Atrium 
Continental Breakfastin the Fields Atrium 
Continental Breakfastin the Fields Atrium 
Continental Breakfast in the Fields Atrium 
8:30 
8:45 
9:00 
Problem 1 Presentation
In Room 230 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Problem 1 Solution
In Room 230 
9:15 
9:30 
Problem 2 Presentation
In Room 230 
Problem 2 Solution
In Room 230 
9:45 
10:00 
Problem 3 Presentation
In Room 230 
Problem 3 Solution
In Room 230 
10:15 
10:30 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments
In the Fields Atrium 
10:45 
11:00 
Problem 4 Presentation
In Room 230 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Problem 4 Solution
In Room 230 
11:15 
11:30 
Problem 5 Presentation
In Room 230 
Problem 5 SolutionIn Room 230 
11:45 
12:00 
Problem 6 Presentation
In Room 230 
Lunch in the Fields Atrium 
Lunch in the Fields Atrium 
Lunch in the Fields Atrium 
Problem 6 Solution
In Room 230 
12:15 
12:30 
Lunch in the Fields Atrium 
NSERC Presentation
In Room 230 
12:45 
1:00 
OCE Presentation
In Room 230 
1:15 
1:30 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Closing Remarks/Lunch in the Fields Atrium 
1:45 
2:00 
2:15 

2:30 

2:45 

3:00 

3:15 

3:30 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 
Refreshments in the Fields Atrium 

3:45 

4:00 
Group DiscussionRoom TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 
Group Discussion
Room TBD 

4:15 

4:30 

4:45 

5:00 
Daily Summary 
Daily Summary 

5:15 

5:30 




5:45 


Pizza and Beer Night in the Fields Atrium 

6:00 




6:15 




6:30 




6:45 




7:00 










Proposed Problems:
Problem 1 
ARFI Refocusing Problem (details)
Charles Mougenot  Philips Healthcare 
Problem 2 
Estimating Longterm Risk Using Short term Data (details)
Chris Giffor & Helen Cheyne  Dominion Bond Rating Service 
Problem 3 
Simulation of Oxygen Release from an Oxygen Delivery Scaffold
(details)
Huaifa Zhang & Jake Barralet  McGill University 
Problem 4 
Mass Filters (details)
Samad Bazargan  Perkin Elmer 
Problem 5 
Modeling of Thermal Dose from Focused Ultrasound Exposures
for Heterogeneous Tissues (details)
Adam Waspe  Hospital for Sick Children 
Problem 6 
Scenario Quantification for Operation Risk Modelling (details)
Pavan Aroda  OSFI 
What's in it for the participating company:
The intellectual dedication of many expert problemsolvers during the workshop
to the phenomenon of interest to the company yields many benefits. These range
from partial or complete solutions to the problem of interest, to longterm
collaboration between the companies and the participating academics. The forum
is an informal but intensive opportunity for companies to take advantage of
the mathematical and scientific computing expertise of participating researchers.
Often the academic reformulation and solution of the problem enables the
company to find inexpensive inhouse strategies. Similar workshops in Europe
and North America have saved participating companies hundreds of thousands
of dollars.
In addition, the academic experts typically use stateoftheart scientific
and technological tools, which may prove useful to the company in other contexts
as well.
The workshop also serves as a mechanism for recruitment of talented graduate
students; the company sponsors can watch this pool of potential employees
in action!
Why do academic experts participate?
The potential benefits of the FMIPW to professional mathematicians involved
are myriad. They range from an exposure to interesting mathematical problems
arising outside the confines of academia to an opportunity to try new scientific
tools in novel application areas. Previous workshops have seen such involvement
turn into longterm collaborations, often leading to journal publications
and new research directions.
Commitment of FMIPW:
The Fields Institute will provide the academic expertise and infrastructure
for this workshop. The recruitment of appropriate faculty and graduate students
to best meet the needs of the problems will be done by the Fields Institute.
Commitment of industrial sponsors:
Each participating company contributes a problem with mathematical or statistical
content for discussion during the workshop. They also commit a representative
to participate in the workshop during the problemsolving phase. The company
may sponsor part of the FIPSW through a onetime or ongoing financial contribution.
Earlier Industrial Problem Solving Workshops:
August 2024, 2012
Industrial
ProblemSolving Workshop on Medical Imaging
June 2226, 2009
OCCAMFieldsMITACS, MathinMedicine
Study Group
Biomedical Problems Solving Workshop
August 1115, 2008
FieldsMITACS Industrial ProblemSolving
Workshop (FMIPW)
August 1418, 2006
FieldsMITACS
Industrial ProblemSolving Workshop (FMIPW)
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