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Open for Business Events

Open for Business events form part of the Institute's mission to foster links between academic research and the business world and are organised by the Turing Gateway to Mathematics. The aim is to bring together academic researchers in the mathematical sciences with industrial, commercial and government organisations and individuals to enable formal and informal discussion and networking.

Open for Business events are organised in conjunction with the Knowledge Transfer Network for Industrial Mathematics (KTN) and whenever appropriate with the Centre for Science and Policy. They are supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund of the University of Cambridge.

Open for Business events provide opportunities, at senior level, for cross-fertilisation between the business-facing activities of the KTN and the research focus of the Institute. Events are structured to enable the formation of new relationships on the business-academic interface and to assist in identifying the common challenges that have greatest potential for research, knowledge transfer, public policy and commercial impact.

For more details about Open for Business events please contact info[at][dot]uk


Upcoming Events

Theoretical Foundations for Statistical Network Analysis - Open for Business event

1st November 2016

Networks are ubiquitous in modern science and society - many complex systems can be described in terms of networks capturing the intricate web of connections among the units they are made up of. Whenever we observe entities and relationships between them, we have network data. The behaviour of almost all networks, natural or engineered, physical or information-based, involves a strong component of randomness and is typically not fully or directly observed.

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Probability and Statistics in Forensic Science- Dissemination Workshop

1st December 2016

The legal community faces a number of challenges around the use of probability and statistics in forensic science. For instance, while there have been dramatic advances in the range and scale of forensic techniques used to help solve legal cases, the way that the probative value of forensic evidence is presented in courts is rudimentary and often flawed. In particular, where probative value is presented in probabilistic and statistical terms there have been numerous instances of misunderstanding leading to miscarriages of justice.

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New Approaches to Anonymisation

5th December 2016

Privacy and confidentiality of data is hugely relevant in today’s world where increasing numbers of large databases describing people, their characteristics and their behaviours are being looked to for analysis. Indeed, public policy decisions and much scientific research hinge on accurate and comprehensive data about people and there is increasing reliance by commercial organisations basing their success similarly on data describing how people behave.

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Engaging People in Data Privacy

6th December 2016

People generally recognise that there are many social benefits to be derived from big data analytics, eg, in scientific and medical research, in addition to improved consumer products and services.  In fact, over the last decade, there has been a huge increase in the amount of information people share. Growing realisation of the opportunities afforded by linking different databases for further analysis and insight only fuels the momentum.

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Recent Events

Climate Change Question Time

24th November 2010

Organiser: Kevin Horsburgh, John Huthnance

Can we ever model climate accurately? Can we detect early warning signs of dramatic climate change? How can climate science help create a greener economy?

The event will take place between 2-7pm at the Willis Building, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ.

A poster containing further information and speakers is available to download in .pdf format.

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Future Developments in Genome Resequencing

3rd August 2010

Workshop Theme

The motivation for our workshop is to bring together leading mathematical and biological researchers in an interdisciplinary environment to discuss the mathematical, statistical and computational challenges that lie ahead. We plan to discuss the most pressing open problems and the most promising avenues of future research necessary to deliver the full benefits of genome resequencing.

This event is a followup meeting from the Statistical Challenges Arising from Genome Resequencing (CGR) programme

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Future Energy Systems

26th May 2010

Organiser: Stan Zachary

This event took place within the Energy System Week Workshop

This event is a followup meeting from the Stochastic Processes in Communication Sciences (SCS) programme

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Communication Architecture for the Future

11th March 2010

Organisers: Richard Gibbens (Cambridge), Stan Zachary (Heriot Watt), Robert Leese (KTN Industrial Maths), Takis Konstantopoulos (Heriot-Watt) and Ben Mestel (Isaac Newton Institute)

Supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF4) of the University of Cambridge

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The Future of Quantitative Finance

2nd June 2009

Workshop Theme

On the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 2nd June, the Newton Institute will be hosting an Open for Business meeting, in collaboration with the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance and the Knowledge Transfer Network for Industrial Mathematics.

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