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IMA Summer Program
Mathematical Modeling in Industry - A Workshop for Graduate Students
July 19 to July 28, 2000


Partially supported by the National Security Agency

Rachel Kuske and Fernando Reitich, Organizers

The IMA is holding a 10-day workshop on Mathematical Modeling in Industry. The workshop is designed to provide graduate students and qualified advanced undergraduates with first hand experience in industrial research.

Format

Students will work in teams of up to 6 students under the guidance of a tutor from industry. The tutor will help guide the students in the modeling process, analysis and computational work associated with a real-world industrial problem. Each team will be expected to make a public oral presentation and submit a written report at the end of the 10-day period.

Projects and Industry Mentors

There will be 6 teams participating in the workshop. The following industry scientists have agreed to participate as mentors:

Team Mentors Affiliation         Topic
1. Dr. Robert Melville Lucent Technologies RF Communication Circuits
2. Dr. Joan Bachenko Linguistic Technologies Optimizing Language Models and Texts for Automatic Speech Recognition
3. Dr. Thomas Grandine Boeing Computer Aided Design: The Surface Intersection Problem
4. Dr. Sarah Patch General Electric Computed Tomography
5. Dr. Norm Curet National Security Agency Network Analysis
6. Dr. David Ross Eastman Kodak Design of a Microactuator

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

Wednesday 19 July 2000
All events are in EE/CS 3-180 unless otherwise noted
8:30 am Coffee and Registration  
9:00 am Willard Miller Introduction
Problem Introductions (by Team Mentors)
9:05 am RF Communication Circuits Robert Melville
9:25 am Optimizing Language Models and Texts for Automatic Speech Recognition Joan Bachenko
9:45 am Computer Aided Design: The Surface Intersection Problem Thomas Grandine
10:05 am Break EE/CS 3-176
10:30 am Computed Tomography Sarah Patch
10:50 am Network Analysis Norm Cruet
11:10 am Design of a Microactuator David Ross
11:30 am Box Lunch
1:30 pm Separate Team Meetings
Tuesday 20-Sunday 23 July
Teams work on problems
12:00 pm Sunday 23 July Picnic Missippi River Flats
Monday 24 July 2000
Morning Events in EE/CS 3-176 and 3-180
Mid-term reports (By teams)
9:00 am Design of a Microactuator Team 6
9:20 am Network Analysis Team 5
9:40 am Computed Tomography Team 4
10:00 am Break
10:30 am Computer Aided Design: The Surface Intersection Problem Team 3
10:50 am Optimizing Language Models and Texts for Automatic Speech Recognition Team 2
11:10 am RF Communication Circuits Team 1
Monday afternnon 24 July - Thursday 27 July
Teams work on problems
Friday 28 July 2000
Final reports (By teams)
Morning Events in EE/CS 3-176 and 3-180
9:00 am Computer Aided Design: The Surface Intersection Problem Team 3
9:30 am Design of a Microactuator Team 6
10:00 am Network Analysis Team 5
10:30 am Break
11:00 am Optimizing Language Models and Texts for Automatic Speech Recognition Team 2
11:30 am RF Communication Circuits Team 1
12:00 pm

Computed Tomography

Team 4
12:30 pm Pizza Party

Application Procedure (The deadline for applications has now passed.)

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates are invited to apply. An application form must be submitted to the IMA. In addition, two letters of recommendation are required; one must be from the student's advisor, director of graduate studies, or department chair. Prerequisites vary and depend on the project, but computational skills are important.

The IMA will cover local living expenses but not travel (IMA Participating Institution may use their PI funds for this purpose). Selection criteria will be based on background and statement of interest, as well as geographic and institutional diversity. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Applications must be completed by April 15, 2000 for full consideration. Early submissions are encouraged. Successful applicants will be notified by May 10, 2000.

Completed application forms and Letters of Recommendation should be addressed to "Math Modeling Committee" and emailed to
ima-staff@ima.umn.edu

or mailed to:

Institute for Mathematics & its Applications
University of Minnesota
400 Lind Hall
207 Church St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

A similar modeling course was held at the IMA during summer 1998. The industrial problems and student reports are available online.

Further information ima-staff@ima.umn.edu

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