2018 Industrial Math/Stat Modeling Workshop for Graduate Students – July 15-25, 2018

** The application deadline has passed for this workshop **

The IMSM workshop starts with a welcome reception at 5pm on Sunday, July 15, 2018 and ends at 8pm on July 25, 2018.

Location: The IMSM workshop will held in SAS Hall on the campus of North Carolina State University.

Objective: expose graduate students in mathematics, statistics, and computational science to challenging and exciting real-world projects arising in industrial and government laboratory research. Students will gain experience in the team approach to problem solving.

Setup: Students will collaborate in teams of 5-7 on projects presented by experienced scientists and engineers from industry and government. The projects are not classroom exercises, but require fresh insight for their formulation, computation and solution. Each student team is mentored by a problem presenter and a faculty adviser.

Benefits to students: Do you think your class work reflects how you will be using mathematics and statistics on the job? Sometimes the biggest challenge is figuring out what the real problem is. In the IMSM workshop you will learn how to tackle such challenges, and as part of a team you will “proto-type” a useful approach on a tight deadline. You will also gain experience working with your teammates on putting together a presentation of your results and a written report, which can lead to a subsequent journal publication.

By providing a unique experience of how mathematics and statistics are applied outside academia, the IMSM workshop has helped many students in choosing a lucrative career in this discipline. Sometimes this help has come in the form of direct hiring by from our partner institutions, participating companies and labs. Not only does the IMSM workshop broaden the students’ horizon beyond classical graduate education, the experience also inspires students interested in academic careers by providing them with a renewed sense of excitement.

Benefits to companies: Often the student teams come up with valuable solutions to a company’s problem. Companies are encouraged to take advantage of the recruitment opportunity provided through direct contact with talented graduate students in the mathematical, statistical and computational sciences. A number of projects initially presented at the IMSM workshop have resulted in long-term collaborations of companies with students and faculty. Companies and labs tend to show continued interest in the IMSM workshop as regular and enthusiastic contributors.

Cost: Students will stay free of charge in a dormitory on NC State campus, and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Registration: Students must be registered graduate students at a U.S. university at the time of the IMSM workshop, and are requested to submit a CV, a transcript, and a statement of interest. A letter of recommendation must be submitted by the advisor. The application deadline will be April 15, 2018 and notifications of acceptance will be sent out in early May.

Participating Organizations:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratories
  • Rho, Inc.
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Saavy Sherpa.com

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** Planning for this workshop is ongoing **
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Talley Student Center Room 3222, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
5:00-7:00pm Welcome Reception Dinner

Monday, July 16, 2018
SAS Hall Room 1102, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm 4104, SAS)
9:00-10:30am Interactive Session (Rm 1102, SAS)
10:30-10:45am BREAK
10:45am-12:00pm Interactive Session (Rm 1102, SAS)
12:00-1:00pm Individual LUNCH
1:00-2:30pm Interactive Session (Rm 1102, SAS)
2:30-3:00pm BREAK
3:15-5:00pm Interactive Session (Rm 1102, SAS)
5:00pm Individual DINNER

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
SAS Hall Room 1102, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
9:00-9:15am Welcome to IMSM Mansoor Haider, SAMSI Assoc. Director
9:15-9:35am Computational Techniques to Enhance Laser-based Characterization of Thin Film Thermomechanical Properties Jordan Massad, Elizabeth M.C. Jones, and Michael L. Busse, Sandia National Laboratories
9:35-9:55am Visualizing and Interpreting Machine Learning Models Agustin Calatroni and Petra LeBeau, Rho, Inc.
9:55-10:15am BREAK
10:15-10:35am Estimation of Coastal Hydrodynamics with Machine Learning Ty Hesser, US Army Corps of Engineers
10:35-10:55am Light Reflections John Peach, MIT Lincoln Laboratories
10:55-11:15am Identifying Precision Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis with Reinforcement Learning Grant Weller, Victoria Mansfield, and Yinglong Guo, Savvy Sherpa
11:15-11:35am Hybrid Splicing of Multi-Scale Downscaler Air Quality Surfaces Elizabeth Mannshardt, Barron Henderson, and Brett Gantt, EPA
11:35am Group Photo
12:00-1:30pm LUNCH
1:30-2:30pm Mini Career Fair (Rms. 4104 and 4201, SAS)
2:30-4:45pm Working Sessions begin in assigned SAS rooms
4:45-4:50pm Group meets in SAS Lobby
5:00-7:00pm Group DINNER

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm. 4104)
9:00am-until Working sessions (Individual LUNCH and DINNER)

Thursday, July 19, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm. 4104)
9:00am-until Working sessions (Individual LUNCH and DINNER)

Friday, July 20, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm. 4104)
9:00am-5:00pm Working sessions (Individual LUNCH and DINNER)
5:00-7:00pm Group DINNER

Saturday, July 21, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
Working sessions as agreed upon by each group

Sunday, July 22, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
Working sessions as agreed upon by each group

Monday, July 23, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm. 4104)
9:00am-until Working sessions (Individual LUNCH and DINNER)

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm. 4104)
9:00am-until Working sessions (Individual LUNCH and DINNER)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
SAS Hall, NC State University

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
8:00-9:00am Group Mini Breakfast (Rm. 4104)
12:00pm Final Reports due (Individual LUNCH)
1:00-4:00pm Final Presentations (200 Parks Shops – across Stinson Dr from SAS Hall; upstairs from Port City)
5:00-7:00pm Group Farewell Dinner

Thursday, July 25, 2018

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:00-8:00am Check out

Questions: email grad@samsi.info.

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