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The Fourth Uncertainty Quantification & Management Study Group with Industry

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 08:30 - Friday, 22 March 2019 at 16:00 (GMT)

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
University of Warwick Ticket 17 Mar 2019 £15.00 £1.76
Non-Warwick Ticket 17 Mar 2019 £35.00 £3.32
Staff/Emeritus 17 Mar 2019 Free £0.00

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The KTN is delighted to be working with the University of Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling, and the University of Liverpool Institute for Risk and Uncertainty to host the Fourth Uncertainty Quantification & Management Study Group with Industry. This Study Group will be number four in a highly successful series of events tackling some of the hardest problems in UK manufacturing. To date we have worked on problems from Airbus, Zenotech, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, the MTC, the Atomic Weapons Establishment, AstraZeneca and High Speed Two.

Context: Manufacturing contributes over £6.7 tr to the global economy and the UK is a major contributor. Virtual design through modelling and simulation is extremely attractive for manufacturing and design; it can significantly speed up the development cycle, and substitute with simulations some real-life tests necessary in many cases for approval of new materials.


For virtual design to be useful, estimates of uncertainty should be. A particular challenge is in developing decision support tools which are able to realistically incorporate uncertainty estimates from multiple sources. How uncertainties propagate between scales (atomic, macroscopic, component / system level) and ultimately how these feed into a decision-making process in an industrial and commercial context is a difficult, open challenge; what might be termed as models to decisions.

What is needed is input from not only the mathematical sciences but also psychologists, data visualisation experts, and engineers.  


The Study Group: The Study Group to be held at the University of Warwick between the 20th - 22nd March 2019 will bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers and industrialists from across the UK to work on 3 / 4 problems over three intensive days to come up with solutions. These industry problems will focus around a central theme of decision making in virtual design and will be sourced from sectors as diverse as semiconductor fabrication, welding applications, gas turbine blade manufacture, drug discovery etc. Previous workshops of this scale have attracted 70 researchers and 4 problems per workshop [1].

The buzz of conversations that took place to refine the problem statements, propose solutions, and test ideas was exciting – equally so for the industrialist, both as observers and as participants, because we were treated as an integral part of the study group. Through these conversations we jointly developed a better understanding of the problem whereby the researchers could seek appropriate solutions. A stimulating aspect of the self-organised researchers was that they were from different universities and different disciplines; yet by working together perhaps they have created opportunities for new collaboration beyond the study group. - 
Sanjiv Sharma, Expert for Modelling and Simulation, Airbus

This workshop will follow the highly successful study group format which was highlighted in Professor Philip Bond’s Review into Knowledge Exchange in the Mathematical Sciences and an effective mechanism which should be ‘expanded in scope’ [2].

The general format for these workshops is that representatives from industry will present their problems on the morning of the first day. The multidisciplinary research audience question the industrial representatives and decide which challenge they could offer input into. The group breaks into teams (with a nominated academic leader to facilitate the work) and over the next three days code, model, sketch solutions to the problem in an open collaboration. The group meets again at the end of the three days where the teams feedback the progress made.

Get involved: There are two ways to be involved in this group

  1. Researchers: Please complete the following registration form. There is a nominal charge to participate. This will cover your accommodation, lunches and dinners for the three days.
    1. If you are a Warwick University researcher please use the University of Warwick Delegate option
    2. If you are from any other UK research institution, please use the Non-Warwick Delegate option.
    3. If you are a retired researcher / emeritus, please use the Other / Staff option
  2. Companies: if you are a UK business and wish to pose a problem, please contact with a short description of the challenge
Do you have questions about The Fourth Uncertainty Quantification & Management Study Group with Industry? Contact The Knowledge Transfer Network

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Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling
University of Warwick
CV4 7AL Coventry
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at 08:30 - Friday, 22 March 2019 at 16:00 (GMT)

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