141st European Study Group with Industry, ESGI141, University College Dublin

The 141st European Study Group with Industry, ESGI141, University College Dublin 25th-29th June 2018 ESGI141 is a week-long workshop that provides a forum for industrial scientists to work alongside academics on a project submitted by the industrial participant. ESGI’s started with the first Study Group in Oxford in 1968 and now there are 5-7 meetings […]

Moisture measurement problem

By Prof Mark McGuinness  A chemical processing company brought an interesting challenge to the European Study Group with Industry held last year at the University of Limerick. They want to measure the moisture content of a crushed mineral ore in real time, on the conveyor belt as it is offloaded. The amount of water present […]

Lithium-ion batteries: A case study of mathematics and manufacturing

By Dr Iain Moyles Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere in our society.  They power the things that entertain us (phones, computers), the things that transport us (cars, planes, etc.), and even the things that save our lives (pacemakers and other implantable devices)!  They are so ubiquitous that in 2012, over 660 million cylindrical lithium-ion cells were […]

Modelling a tennis impact

By Matthew Haynes When talking to tennis players and coaches they will readily tell you that increasing the tension of your strings will decrease the power in your strokes. This, at first, seemed counter-intuitive to me. My initial thought process went along the following line. The release of a ball from the racket is similar […]

Exchange Traded Leveraged Funds

Dr Eberhard Mayerhofer Investing directly into an index such as the Nasdaq, S&P 500, or Russel 2000 is impractical for individual investors, as they would have to trade hundreds of stocks and reinvest their dividends each time that one of these companies pays one. For instance, the S&P 500 represents approximately 500 firms listed on […]

PhD: the Research & Distractions!

by Kevin Brosnan As I approach the end of my time as a PhD student I’ve started looking for the next career move and update my extremely outdated CV. As I reflect on what I have done over the past three years, I’ve noticed that they roughly break down into three over-arching categories Professional Development, Research and possibly too […]

Forecasting Energy Demand using Time Series Analysis

Joseph O’Brien and Eoin Mooney A time series is an ordered sequence of values of a variable at equally spaced times. Some business metrics naturally lend themselves to time series analysis, one of which is the consumption of electricity that is measured at half hourly time points. In this blog post, we will describe a […]

Mathematics at the heart of driving innovation in Irish Smart Manufacturing Research Centre

ECMI Special Interest Groups (SIG) exist to promote collaborative research on specific topics in Mathematics for Industry within Europe. The Math for the Digital Factory SIG brings together university mathematicians working in modelling, simulation and optimisation related to manufacturing with practitioners from manufacturing industry The University of Limerick is currently hosting the Math for the […]

Student Modelling Weeks

By Niall McInerney Study groups with industry can be an intimidating environment for early stage researchers. The unstructured nature of solving a real world problem in the company of Professors can be incredibly daunting, and often an MSc or early PhD student is not yet equipped with the skills necessary to contribute to the problems […]