Discurso de apertura del 147 ESGI de la Presidenta de math-in y Directora del ITMATI Peregrina Quintela

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Discourse of the President of the Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry, and Director of Technological Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI), Monday, April 8th, 2019.


Dear Mrs. Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics of the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Professor Elena Vázquez; Dear General Director of the Galician Institute for Economic Promotion, Mr. Juan Manuel Cividanes Roger, business representatives, academic coordinators, researchers, students, participants, dear all:


Today, it is my pleasure and my honor, as President of the Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry (math-in) and as Director of Technological Institute for Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI), to give you all a warm welcome to these 147 Study Groups with Industry.


In the digitalization era, with the advance of Big Data, Machine learning, and Digital Twins technologies, the industry is immersed in a deep transformation. The main idea is to combine the monitoring of their processes and procedures, with the use of advanced algorithms, based on the previous history or in Physics laws, to identify trends and behaviors. These technologies allow to take more solid decisions; optimize their processes, products, stocks and services; and to improve the quality of all of them. All this reducing development times and without losing sight of the commitment to reduce costs. The final objective is to promote a more competitive and high added value innovation, and thus guarantee the future value of the company.

Therefore, no matter the size of the company, or the sector of its economic activity. The use of massive data analysis, mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, and optimization, the so called MSO & Big Data technologies, allow them to reproduce in the computer a digital twin of the implied processes. These technologies allow improving their current processes, dispositive or services, and even launching new ones. At this point I would like to draw your attention to a key idea. It's not just about incorporating algorithms into their internal procedures, but also being them so robust, accurate, efficient and fast as possible. For it, the collaboration with researchers involved in the

last research advances is a critical point. Only with the use of the most advanced MSO & Big Data technologies, innovation cycles will be shorter, more ambitious, and above all, make a real difference with respect to the competitors. In this challenge the collaboration between mathematicians and companies is a pressing need.


The national mathematical community has assumed this fact and the Spanish Network for Mathematics & Industry was launched in 2011. It allow us to offer the companies a one-stop shop in Industrial Mathematics in Spain. During the last year, more than 450 Spanish researchers had collaborated in Network objectives.


Even also the international mathematical community is very well organized to facilitate this task the continue collaboration Academia – Industry. The European Service Network of Mathematics for Industry and Innovation (EU-MATHS-IN) was launched in 2013. EU-MATHS-IN is a network of 17 national networks, being math-in one of its founder members.

These two initiatives, math-in and EU-MATHS-IN, born with the aims to leverage the impact of mathematics on innovations with key technologies. Their objectives are coordinate and facilitate enhanced communication and information exchange between and among the involved stakeholders, the required exchanges in the field of application- driven mathematical research, and their exploitation for innovation in industry, science and society.

The Galician mathematical community strongly supported these two initiatives, and even more, it launched the Technological Institute of Industrial Mathematics (ITMATI) in 2013. ITMATI has a strong vocation towards the transfer of the three Galician universities that make it up, A Coruña, Santiago de Compostela and Vigo. It is a pioneering transfer center, exclusively devoted to develop new mathematical technologies, and tuning the existing ones, to become them fully adapted to the specific demands of its customers.

During its first five years of operation, ITMATI has already produced remarkable results. It has executed 66 transfer projects, ten of them at a international level, for more than 45 different customers, and with a turnover of more than five 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 & MSO tools: More than 50% of our former workers are currently working in companies or technology centers. Currently ITMATI is also involved in an ambitious Marie Curie Network, the ROMSOC project, concerning a European Industry Doctorate with 12 European industries involved and as many knowledge centers. Its Objective is to define a new training profile totally matched with their industrial processes. In particular, the attendance to a European study group, like this that we are opening today, constitutes a mandatory course for ROMSOC students.


The European Study Groups Mathematics-Industry is an initiative launched at the end of the decade of the sixties of the last century. They provide a forum for industrial scientists to work alongside academic mathematicians on problems of direct industrial relevance. They constitute an internationally recognized method of technology and knowledge transfer. Today we are going to launch their edition number 147, being this high number a good indicator of their success. With this are already seven editions held in Spain, the fifth in Galicia, all of them co-organized by the Spanish math-in Network, and ITMATI.


In this edition three companies are participating: Estaños Senra, Solute, and TSK. They pose to the mathematical community 3 challenges. The first one is on metallurgy, for improving a continuous casting machine. Another two belong to renewable energies field. One focused in the identification of control parameters of wind turbines, and another one for determining the right time to clean the mirrors of a solar field in order to minimize the loss of the captured energy during the cleaning time. Now my hope is that these 147 ESGI have the same success as its previous editions and its conclusions provide answers to the problems that today pose the participating companies.


I wish to convey our thanks to everybody who made possible this 147 ESGI. Firstly, I would like to convey the gratitude of math-in and ITMATI to the members of the

Scientific and Organizing Committees of this 147 ESGI; their work has been essential for us to be here today.

I would like to especially thank the participation of companies that are coming in the pursuit of improvements for some of their processes and devices; we hope not to disappoint them. Our thanks to all participants of these 147 Study Groups,  and specially for the academic coordinators and guests experts for their willingness to lead each of the working groups. Your participation not only show once again your commitment to the pursuit of university-industry approach, but also it significantly increase the chances of success in facing the challenges posed to us in this event.


Important is also our recognition to the sponsors who have supported us for its organization. Firstly, the Galician Institute for Economic Promotion of the Xunta de Galicia, whose general director accompanies us at this opening table; the Strategic Mathematics Network and the Mathematics Industry Thematic Network, funded by the State Research Agency; the COST Action: Mathematics for Industry Network, and the ROMSOC project, these latter two financed by the European Union, and the Faculty of Mathematics that welcomes us in its facilities and whose dean chairs this opening ceremony. The collaborative support of all is being crucial for the success of this 147 ESGI.

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

To conclude, my best wishes for everyone have a helpful and happy stay in Santiago. Santiago de Compostela, April 8th, 2019.