Discurso de apertura del 139 ESGI de la Presidenta de math-in y Directora del ITMATI Peregrina Quintela

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Dear Mrs. Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Professor Elena Vázquez; Scientific and Organization Committees representative of this 139 Study Group, Professor Andrés Prieto; business representatives, academic coordinators, researchers and students participants:

Today, it is my pleasure and my honor, as President of the Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry (math-in) and also as Director of Technological Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI), to give you all a warm welcome to these 139 Study Groups with the Industry.

The so-called industries 4.0 are companies that, aware of the new challenges, are immersed in an unprecedented transformation: combining the digitalization of their processes with the use of advanced algorithms to identify trends and behaviors; make more solid decisions; optimize their processes, products, stocks and services; and improve the quality of their products, without losing sight of the commitment to reduce costs. The final objective of an industry 4.0 is to promote a more competitive and high added value innovation, and thus guarantee the future value of the company.

No matter the size of the company, or the sector of economic activity - biomedicine, finance, logistics, security, energy, automotive, ... - to use technologies such as mass data analysis or Big Data, modeling, numerical simulation, or process optimization, so called MSO, to improve their current services or launch new ones. It's not just about incorporating algorithms into their internal processes, but also being them robust, efficient and fast. With these technological advances, innovation cycles are increasingly shorter, allowing in one year an innovative leap that previously required several decades.

Several reports point to the significant impact of mathematics on employment and added value. One estimates that 2.8 million jobs in the United Kingdom, 9% of the total, use mathematical skills, and their contribution to GDP (Gross domestic product) by 208,000 million (16%). Figures corroborated by another recent study in France, which estimates its impact at 15% of French GDP and 9% of total employment. Some figures that should make the industries that have not yet incorporated mathematics into their entire structure reconsider their strategies. Because using advanced mathematical technologies will be the key to their survival and success against their competitors.

An important aspect in the growing role of mathematics in the business world is the commitment to the transfer of knowledge to industry from universities and research institutions. The collaboration between mathematicians and companies is a pressing need, and this has been understood by the Galician mathematical community, with the creation Technological Institute of Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI), with a strong vocation towards the transfer of the three Galician universities that make it up, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo; also by the national community with the launch in 2011 of the Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry, which during 2017 had the workforce of more than 500 Spanish researchers which has allowed us to offer the companies a one stop shop in Industrial Mathematics in Spain; and even also by the international mathematical community with the launch in 2013 of the EUROPEAN SERVICE NETWORK OF MATHEMATICS FOR INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION (EU-MATHS-IN), a network of 17 networks of as many European countries, being math-in one of its founder members. These last two initiatives, math-in and EU-MATHS-IN, born with the aims to leverage the impact of mathematics on innovations in key technologies by enhanced communication and information exchange between and among the involved stakeholders on a national and European level, respectively. Their objectives are coordinate and facilitate the required exchanges in the field of application-driven mathematical research and its exploitation for innovations in industry, science and society.

Besides these objectives, the Galician universities have opted for the creation of a pioneering transfer center, ITMATI, exclusively devoted to the development of new mathematical technologies and tuning the existing ones to became fully adapted to the specific demands of its clients. During its first five years of operation it has already produced remarkable results, having developed 60 transfer projects, ten of them international, for 40 different clients. With a turnover of more than four and half million euros since its start-up in 2013, it is no less important its work of projection to companies of trained personnel with a specific profile in the application of Big Data and MSO tools: More than 50% of our former workers are currently working in companies or technology centers and currently ITMATI is involved in an ambitious Marie Curie Network, concerning an European Industry Doctorate with 12 European industries involved to define a new training profile totally matched with their industrial processes. The latter, ROMSOC, has been an initiative promoted by EU-MATHS-IN, which coordinates the TU of Berlin, and in Spain, ITMATI participation was promoted by math-in: therefore a new fruit of the close collaboration and broad organization of mathematicians at international level.

In this collaborative European movement in the field of Industrial Mathematics the event that we are starting is framed, an event involving very actively the Technological Institute of Industrial Mathematics, member of the Spanish math-in network, and the Cost Action MI-NET, which co- organize these 139 ESGI,

The Study Groups Mathematics-Industry is an initiative launched at the end of the decade of the sixties of the last century that provides a forum for industrial scientists to work alongside academic mathematicians on problems of direct industrial relevance. They are an internationally recognized method of technology and knowledge transfer between academic mathematicians and industry. The success of this type of forum is demonstrated by the extent to which its unique format has been copied around the world; so today we are going to launch its edition number 139. With this are already six editions held in Spain, the fourth in Galicia.

Among those that will be participating in this edition are 4 companies of very different sizes and sectors: ArcelorMittal, EcoMT, Repsol, and Biomasa Forestal, all of them immersed in the Industry 4.0 movement. They will pose to the mathematical community 5 challenges on energy production, metallurgy, ICT and the forestry sector.

I wish to convey our thanks to everybody who made possible that this 139 ESGI could be held. I would like to especially thank the participation of companies that are coming to the universities and knowledge centers in the pursuit of improvements for some of their procedures, processes or devices and we hope not to disappoint them. I would also like to thank the academic coordinators and guests experts for their willingness to lead each of the working groups and finally, and not less important, all participants of these 139 Study Groups, that not only show once again their commitment to the pursuit of university-industry approach, but also they significantly increase the chances of success in each of the challenges posed to us along these 139 ESGI.

Now my hope is that these 139 ESGI have the same success as its previous editions and its conclusions provide answers to the problems that today pose the participating companies.

Last but not least, I would like to thank the organizers of both institutions, math-in and ITMATI, for their help at all times; it is necessary to remark the excellent job of their staff in the organization of this event.

To conclude, my best wishes for all of you have a helpful and happy stay in Santiago.

Santiago de Compostela, July 9th, 2018.