Industrial Mathematics Clinic: Tackling Collaboratively Emerging Problems in Industry


July 24–26, 2017
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

  • Final program
    Please note the tracks dedicated to smart transportation and to sharing economy.
  • Participants
    We are expecting over 100 participants, with more than 30 staying for the three-week clinic.
  • Industry Projects
    Several of these are on topics related to either transportation or sharing economy.

We invite participation in the Industrial Mathematics Clinic: Tackling Collaboratively Emerging Problems in Industry to be held on the campus of the University of Minnesota, starting with the kick off workshop from July 24 to July 26, 2017. The program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation through the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota. This is a unique event that will bring together representatives from industry and academia to collaborate on challenging problems in industry with a focus on analytics. The organizers have identified four application areas of particular interest:

  • Sharing economy
  • Smart transportation and logistics
  • Retail analytics and revenue management
  • Healthcare operations and medical decision making

The event will leverage the experience of several leading academics in fields related to analytics (e.g., operations research, statistics, computer science, and economics) who have been involved in extended collaboration with industry or who have started companies of their own.

The goal of the event is to build a bridge between industry, senior academics, and junior researchers to work together on important and technically challenging problems with potential high impact on practice.

The event will consist of a three-day workshop with plenary presentations from both distinguished academics and industry leaders and breakout sessions along the above four themes. During these breakout sessions, selected representatives from industry will describe important problems (technical, operational, or business model-related) their companies face and will outline opportunities for collaboration with academics.

The three-day workshop will be followed by a three-week clinic (an intensive collaborative residency program) involving faculty and researchers (selected nationally and internationally) who will coalesce around different problems sponsored by industry. During the clinic, participants will work in small groups while maintaining close contact with the corresponding industry sponsor. This work will continue after the clinic and over the course of several months with a follow-up workshop to be held the following summer where clinic participants and their industry counterparts will report on progress they have and share their experience.

We invite organizations to participate in the workshop and clinic and to propose a project for clinic participants to work on. We envision a wide range of projects from the general (with broad relevance to your industry) to the specific (of most relevance to your organization). These projects would be enhanced if they were accompanied with access to data, including big data, and personnel. We envision a wide range of outcomes for these projects, including models, algorithms, data analysis, and recommendations for process design and process improvement, business-model recommendations, and managerial insights, among many others. More importantly, our hope is that these projects lead to long-term collaboration among the involved parties.

The commitment from industry would be primarily in the form of time from key personnel. (A voluntary financial contribution, as a sponsor of the event and to support future events, would be appreciated but is not required—the contribution of sponsors will be acknowledged during the event and on the program website).

For additional information, please contact one of the program organizers: