An invitation to you and your company

Dr David Panton

Dr David Panton
Director,
MISG 2002

Centre for Industrial and Applicable Mathematics (CIAM)
University of South Australia
Mawson Lakes Campus, 5095

Phone:  (08) 8302 3196      Fax:   (08) 8302 5785    

Email: david.panton@unisa.edu.au

Since 1984, the Mathematics-in-Industry Study Group (MISG) workshop has been taking difficult technical projects from Business and Industry in Australia and finding solutions. Over this period of time MISG has developed a creditable record of achievement in solving industrial problems. Our past projects page shows the vast array of project types and companies which have been dealt with in the past 18 years. Not every problem encountered in Business and Industry is amenable to a mathematical solution, however you may be surprised to know that a very high proportion of them are; whether they be related to design, processes, the use of materials and their properties, or issues of efficiency relating to organisational aspects of your company. Again the cross section of projects and Industry sectors is very revealing.

We would therefore like you and your organisation to strongly consider participating in the forthcoming MISG workshop. MISG is a very cost effective mechanism for the analysis of difficult problems of a technical and/or organisational nature within your organisation. Testimony to this, is the fact that over 30% of the companies who have presented an initial project to MISG have returned to participate. Details of how to participate, the cost, and the deliverables can be found on this web site.

As we prepare for the 2002 workshop we are also in the process of implementing a plan for an Australia wide Mathematics-in-Industry Network (MI*Net) which will provide this type of service on a continual basis. The MISG workshop will be an important part of this network. However, MI*Net will also offer project scoping and evaluation and problem solving services at any time of the year on a fee for service basis. We envisage that these alternative services will be more attractive to some small to medium enterprises who may find it difficult to participate in a week-long workshop. If you believe that you are in this situation we would encourage you to contact us to discuss how we might provide these services as an alternative to the workshop. Please visit our MI*Net website for more details.

In closing I will return to the central issue, namely the MISG workshop. Mathematics provides a precise and logical language to model and solve Industrial problems. The MISG workshop is a unique opportunity to combine the precision of mathematics with some inspired lateral thinking to solve a problem of your choice. I urge you to take that opportunity by participating in MISG 2002.