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Industrial Collaboration

 

Collaboration Overview

We welcome collaborations with business and industry and would like to hear from from potential new partners. Our world-class mathematical research is exceptionally far-reaching and cross-disciplinary – driving innovation across a diverse range of areas including imaging, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Mathematical research has been shown to impact industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, construction, financial services, healthcare, medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, security, sustainability, telecommunications, water and many more. 

Benefits

Already, many organisations have found partnerships with us a remarkably effective way of resolving tough issues, transforming their research outcomes and accessing new knowledge. A mathematical approach provides the advantage of fresh perspectives that can unlock hidden insights.

  • Companies benefit from developing relationships with world-leading mathematicians to resolve the most difficult research questions, while gaining access to state-of-the-art facilities and some of the world’s brightest students.
  • Academic researchers welcome the opportunity to partner with organisations on tackling highly challenging and interesting investigations that deliver real impact.

Partnership Opportunities

We recognise the importance of effective communication and building rapport with our partners.  Discussing the underlying research objectives is the first step in the process.  This enables us to assess how the challenges align with our expertise and to develop the most effective type of collaboration. There are a number of collaboration options including:

Short Term Research Projects and Placements

An ideal way to resolve a specific problem or gain an insight into a new research area.

  • Mathematics of Information CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) students have the option to carry out a small external project in their first year during the Lent Term.  Projects from industry are welcome.
  • The Cambridge Mathematics Placements (CMP) programme facilitates summer research placements for Masters and undergraduate students in industry, the public sector, and other University departments. Students gain experience of doing innovative mathematical research in an external setting, while hosts engage a talented mathematician to tackle a project. 
  • MPhil Computational Biology. All the students complete a summer research project assessed as part of the MPhil.  We are always looking for interesting projects and proposals from industry are welcome.

Longer Term Research Projects

There are several ways to engage in leading-edge research and support a longer term relationship for example:

  • Industry funded PhD.  Organisations may support PhD research programmes either though the Doctoral Training Centres or directly with academic supervisors.
  • Post Doctoral research projects.  Organisations can benefit from the input of experienced researchers.
  • Collaborative Projects. A company may donate or sponsor university research directly, for example through Institutes, embedded laboratories, or University Technology Centres.

Consultancy with academics

Individual academics can offer consultancy services based on their specialist areas.  This may encompass giving advice as consultants or providing targeted executive development or education.

Contact

If you are interested in finding out more about how your organisation can work together with Cambridge Mathematics, please contact the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator:

Dr Stephanie North, sn468@cam.ac.uk or collaboration@maths.cam.ac.uk