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Industrial Collaboration



The Faculty of Mathematics is open to engaging in collaborations with industrial partners.  More information is available in the Collaboration Overview web page.

Please contact the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator, Dr Stephanie North: email or phone 01223 760414.



University of Cambridge Centre the Mathematics of Information (CMI) 2020 Call for Short (4-6 week) Projects for First Year PhD Students

This call is open between 30 September 2020 and 13 November 2020.  Projects will be carried out between December 2020 and March 2021.

Overview of the Centre for the Mathematics of Information (CMI)
The CMI is located at the University of Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and is under the joint Directorship of Professors Carola Schönlieb and Richard Nickl. 
The advancement of data science and the solution of big data questions rely heavily on fundamental mathematical techniques and in particular, intra-disciplinary engagement. This is at the heart of the CMI, which has the goal of furthering the understanding of both the theory and applications of information and data science. The CMI is an exciting place for novel mathematics as well as creating impact in data-driven applications such as machine learning and artificial intelligence.

First Year PhD Projects
The CMI is training the next generation of mathematicians who will advance the modern mathematics that provide solutions for future industrial and societal needs in all areas of big data. CMI PhD students embark on a unique structured programme that offers core research training in the first year, including the option to work on a short (ca 4-6 week) external research project provided by a ‘user of mathematics’ (i.e. other University of Cambridge Departments or industry). 

Benefits for Partner Organisations
Organisations can benefit from having talented mathematicians tackling challenging research questions.  This is also an ideal way to become involved and develop relationships with the academics and students in Mathematics at Cambridge. 

Funding not required
No funding is required; however, organisations will be required to cover incidental costs if needed e.g. travel.

Project Guidelines
Full details of requirements, timescales and reporting are in the document below.  All proposals will be subject to approval by the Directors.  Students select a project of their choice. 

PDF iconCall for CMI external project 2020.pdf

Terms and Conditions
Due to the communal nature of the CMI and the sharing of results, we advise that partners strongly consider the nature of the research environment when providing background information for research that may be of a confidential or sensitive nature. Submission of proposals for projects indicates the sponsor’s consent to the standard project terms and conditions.

PDF iconCMI Short Project Agreement 2020.pdf

COVID-19 statement
The CMS is continuing to encourage staff and students to work from home where possible and we expect this will continue into Michaelmas term. Working practices are reviewed regularly and are subject to change to comply with national measures and University policies. During this time, visitors are not permitted to CMS, so meetings between students and external supervisors will be conducted virtually, unless a face-to-face meeting is essential and appropriate measures are in place.

Project Submission
Please send proposals using the template by 5pm on Friday 13 November 2020 to Dr Stephanie North, Knowledge Transfer Facilitator,  and Tessa Blackman, CMI Group Secretary, .

FileUniversity of Cambridge CMI project submission template 2020.docx