Entrance hall of the ICMS Workshop

Modelling Camp 2016

Mar 21, 2016 - Mar 24, 2016

ICMS, 15 South College Street


This Modelling Camp will have 3 main aims

1) To train students and early career mathematical science researchers to engage in study groups and similar activities

2) To offer broader skills training - team-working, coping outside of one's comfort zone, introduction to modelling methodology, report writing, and enhancing communication/presentation skills

3) To learn how different branches of mathematics can be applied in various industrial settings.

The meeting will be structured to maximise time for networking and informal discussions.  


More specifically, this modelling camp will be held in advance of the 116th Study Group with Industry (ESGI), University of Durham, 11-15 April 2016.  Further details on Study Group are available here.


The organisers gratefully acknowledge the financial contribution from MI-NET. MI-NET is funded by COST through the EU Framework Programme Horizon 202






The price for the Modelling Camp are shown in the table below



Modelling Camp Only


Modelling Camp & Discounted Accommodation (max 4 nights)



We have successfully secured MI-NET funding to support the travel and accommodation costs for a limited number of participants.  If you wish to apply for this funding it is essential that you complete the relevant section of the application form.  It is advised that participants wishing to claim for financial assistance register as early as practical, as demand for this funding is expected to be high.  

We aim to be as inclusive as possible, if you are unable to access any funds to support your participation please get in touch with us to discuss (Dawn.Wasley@icms.org.uk)


ICMS is able to arrange for discounted accommodation for participants.  Should you wish this, please select the option on the application form.


The registration process is now closed.  If you wish to be consider for a late registration, please email Dawn.Wasley@icms.org.uk.


The Modelling Camp will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA



In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact Dawn Wasley (Dawn.Wasley@icms.org.uk)



The Modelling Camp will last for 3.5 days (Monday 21st March - Thursday 24th March)

The first day (Monday) will include a half-day of 'scene setting' and presentation of the industrial problems for consideration.  The cohort will then split into the appropriate nu mber of groups (depending on final number of problems covered).   Groups will work on the problems over the next 2.5 days, assisted by the instructors and additional support.  There will be a progress report session late on the 2nd day (Tuesday).  On the final morning (Thursday) there will be a 'wash up' session were results will be presented.

The programme is shown below.

Monday 21 March 2016


Registration & coffee in the Chapterhouse, Level 1


Welcome and Scene Setting


Problem Overviews


Group Forming


Lunch provided in the Chapterhouse


Group Working


Day 1 Wash Up


Evening Reception 

Tuesday 22 March 2016


Group Working




Group Working


Day 2 Wash Up


Tony Mulholland (University of Strathclyde)
New mathematics for a safer world

 17.00 onwards

Free evening, building will remain open until 7pm




Wednesday 23 March 2016


Group Working




Group Working


Evening Meal at Blonde Restaurant



Thursday 24 March 2016


Group Working


Group Presentations


Prizegiving & Final Wrap Up




Industrial Problems for consideration at Modelling Camp 

1. Forecasting periods of maximum electricity consumption - societal/economic impact: reduction of emissions/costs "To try to reduce the maximum power consumption on the National Grid, extra charges can be levied on commercial customers for their energy uses which have occurred in the three half-hours of highest demand in a winter. Is there an optimum strategy for warning such customers that a forthcoming half hour is likely to be one of these periods?"

The Final Presentation for the Electricity Consumption Project  

2. Brewing Filter Coffee - economic/societal impact: reduction of costs/better flavour! "World-wide there is a large and expanding market for filter coffee machines. This project will focus on modelling the extraction of coffee within a coffee machine, with the eventual aim of designing coffee machines that can robustly produce good coffee. Experimental data on coffee extraction will be provided."

The Final Presentation for the Brewing Coffee Project  

3. Bottle testing - economic impact: reduction of costs "A company's quality control of the containers it produces involves testing for leaks. The standard initial test is noisy: about 8% fail, but only about 0.4% are judged to fail a secondary test. How can one bring down the false negatives without introducing too many false positives?" 


4. Optimal Resource Allocation across Advertising Budgets:  for search-driven web-based companies the advertising budget is the next biggest outlay compared to staffing costs. How this allocation should be done optimally given all the different types of uncertainty is the aim of this project. The model framework will touch on optimisation, forecasting, portfolios and revenue management.

 The Final Presentation for the Advertising Budgets


Here are some photos from the event.

Modellling Camp    Bottle Testing    Electricity   Coffee    Advertising Budgets   Winning Group




Name Institution
Bennett, Jamie MIGSAA
Cheek, David MIGSAA
Cheung, Kelvin Ka Wing MIGSAA
Croudace, Andrew University of Strathclyde
de Kergorlay, Henry-Louis University of Edinburgh
Dobson, Paul MIGSAA
Dvoriashyna, Mariia University of Genoa
Estrada, Gissell MIGSAA
Hurst, Timothy MIGSAA
Ibrahim, Hassan Federal University Lafia, Lafia.
Ismaeel, Ahmed University of Glasgow
Kamilis, Dimitrios University of Edinburgh
Luke, Dyer MIGSAA (University of Edinburgh)
Lynott, Georgia University of Manchester
Mallinson, Amy University of Manchester
Martinsson, Anton MIGSAA
McGowan, John University of Strathclyde
Miller, Ainsley University of Strathclyde
Moraki, Eleni MIGSAA (Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh)
Mosincat, Razvan University of Edinburgh
Nethercote, Matthew University of Manchester
Plochocka, Aleksandra MIGSAA
Rodrigues, Jenovah UoE
Savva, Miles MIGSAA
Sharifi Far, Serveh University of St Andrews
Smith, Greig UoE
Tanner, Eleanor MIGSAA/Heriot-Watt
Timovski, Riste Goce Delcev University
Tse, Alvin University of Edinburgh
Ververis, Antonios MIGSAA
wang, hongrui Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde
Weihong, Ni University of Liverpool
Wyatt, Zoe MIGSAA