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Complexity Science in Business and Industry 2011

Tuesday December 13 2011


Room D1.07, Centre for Complexity Science, Zeeman Building, University of Warwick


Organisers: Colm Connaughton (Warwick Mathematics Institute and Centre for Complexity Science), Stefan Grosskinsky

(Warwick Mathematics Institute and Centre for Complexity Science), Yasmin Merali (Warwick Business School) and Nick Watkins (British Antarctic Survey)



Aims and Objectives

Following on from last year's event on the same theme, this one-day meeting between Warwick Centre for Complexity staff and students and representatives of non-academic "end-users" of complex systems research aims to facilitate further transfer of Warwick’s expertise in Complex Systems beyond the academic sphere. It will take place on December 12 at the Warwick Centre for Complexity Science. The aims of the workshop are as follows.

  • to explore further opportunities for future collaborations between Warwick Centre for Complexity Science and external agencies.
  • to give Warwick graduate students in Complexity Science a better insight into how their skills are relevant to business and industry.
  • to identify appropriate Complexity MSc projects to be done in collaboration with external agencies.


Participants:

  • Juergen Branke (Warwick Business School)
  • Keith Briggs (BT Research)
  • Pete Ward (IBM)
  • Nick Watkins (British Antarctic Survey)
  • Fred Gates (Campden BRI)
  • Christopher James (Warwick Institute of Digital Healthcare)
  • Pippa Prangley and Raimondo Guerra (Solicitors Regulation Authority)
  • Peter Dillon (Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust)
  • Ian Welch and Jenny Cooper (National Grid)
  • David Calvert (Warwick Ventures Ltd)
  • Jaguar-Landrover (TBC)
  • Unilever (TBC)

Programme

  • 10:00-10:30 Complexity Science at Warwick - Prof. Robert MacKay (Director Warwick Centre for Complexity Science)

  • 10:30-11:00 Entrepreneurship and starting a business - David Calvert (Warwick Ventures Ltd)

  • 11:00-11:30 Industrial mathematics as a career - Keith Briggs (BT Research)

  • 11:30-12:00 Coffee break

  • 12:00-13:00 Complexity science challenges: how are complex systems relevant to industry and business? Discussion groups with PhD and MSc students. These discussion groups will be led by industry representatives and will focus on identifying possible ways in which the students' skills and knowledge of modeling and control of complex systems could possibly be applied to industrial problems of interest. A student representative of each group will report the outcome of the discussion group back to the entire group in the afternoon session.
    • Group 1 : Telecommunications led by Keith Briggs (BT Research)
    • Group 2: Smarter Cities led by Peter Ward (IBM)
    • Group 3: Rare events in natural and socio-economnic sciences led by Nick Watkins (British Antarctic Survey)
    • Group 4: Systemic challenges in the food and drink supply chain led by Fred Gates (Campden BRI)
    • Group 5: Risk modeling in the legal profession led by Pippa Prangley and Raimondo Guerra (Solicitors Regulation Authority)
    • Group 6: Modeling of the NHS led by Peter Dillon (Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust)
    • Group 7: Power transmission and distribution networks led by Ian Welch and Jenny Cooper (National Grid)
    • Group 8: Digital Healthcare led by Christopher James (Warwick Institute of Digital Healthcare)
    • Click here for find out who is in which group
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch and poster showcase of complexity research at Warwick

  • 14:00-15:00 Summary of outcomes of discussion groups and open discussion

  • 15:00-16:00 Round table discussion with Centre for Complexity Science staff: future challenges and opportunities in academic-industry collaborations in complexity science.

  • 16:00 Coffee and informal discussion in the complexity common room