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Essential Coronavirus Update for Newton Gateway Activities

The ongoing spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) presents great challenges for organisations such as the Newton Gateway as activity takes place with those  from industry and academia  from across the globe and for whom collaboration is a regular and important part of their working lives. 

Following the announcement from the Vice Chancellor about the University's response to the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Isaac Newton Institute  temporarily closed its doors on Friday 20 March. We are all greatly saddened by this necessary decision, however we are all working remotely. 

A number of the events that were to take place in the near future have been postponed until later in the year. We continue discussions with our partners about the arrangements for these events and continue to plan for additional upcoming activities. 

Please do keep in touch and let us know if you have any questions - either direct to one of the Gateway team or via our main email address

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Newton Gateway Events

The Newton Gateway to Mathematics delivers activity across a broad range of sectors and engages in partnership with the users of mathematics - academics from other disciplines, those from industry and the public sector. 
Activities are bespoke and may originate from the need to address a specific technical issue or look for a better solution. Alternatively, they could be in response to the need to obtain ideas for next generation solutions from mathematicians involved in frontier research.

Activities take a number of forms:

  • Events - workshops and consultations
  • Training programmes
  • Short to medium-term research programmes
  • Projects

The Newton Gateway delivers Open for Business knowledge exchange events on behalf of the Isaac Newton Institute. These are specifically designed to bring together industrial, commercial and government organisations with mathematical scientists and can be run as part of an ongoing research programme, or as an independent event.

 

Past Events

Infectious Disease Dynamics: Mathematical Modelling for Public Health Open for Business Event

Thursday 5th June 2014

Infectious diseases have a major impact on society through ill health
and associated economic and social disruption. Mathematical modelling
however plays an increasingly important role in helping to guide the
most high impact and cost-effective means of achieving public health
goals.

Public health programmes are usually implemented over a long
period of time with broad benefits to many in the community. Clinical
trials are seldom large enough to capture these effects. Observational
data may be used to evaluate a programme after it is underway, but have
limited value in helping to predict the future impact of a proposed
policy. Furthermore, public health decision-makers are often required to
respond to new threats, for which there is little previous data.
Computational and mathematical models can help to assess potential
threats and impacts early in the process, and later aid in interpreting
data from complex and multi-factorial systems. Models can also be used
to guide new policy for old diseases, such as when a new vaccine becomes
available. As such, models can be critical tools in guiding public
health action across a range of areas. However, there are a number of
challenges in achieving a successful interface between modelling and
public health.


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Post-Quantum Research - Identifying Future Challenges and Directions

Thursday 8th May 2014 to Friday 9th May 2014

Quantum information is currently one of the most dynamic and exciting
areas of science and technology. It covers a broad range of areas
including the technological exploitation of quantum physics for
exponentially enhanced computing power and novel possibilities for
communication and information security. There is a realistic possibility
that in the medium term the power of quantum computation will have the
potential to compromise some cyber security systems. Therefore, there is
a current need to develop classical cryptographic security into schemes
that are resistant to quantum computer attack, as many areas could be
affected where secure communications are essential, such as banking,
retail, national infrastructure, knowledge-based industries and defence.
In order to achieve this, there is a need to build UK capacity in the
post-quantum research over the next few years, with an aim to further
develop UK research and teaching in this area.

Mathematicians and computer scientists with an awareness of
classical cryptography and quantum computing algorithms and complexity
will be key contributors to developing the area.


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Metagenomics - Insights from Mathematical, Statistical & Computational Research - Open for Business Event

Monday 14th April 2014

The Turing Gateway to Mathematics held a half day event on
Metagenomics - Insights from Mathematical, Statistical and Computational
Research on Monday 14th April 2014. This Open for Business half day
event was part of an Isaac Newton Institute research programme which
brought together leading expertise in the multiple disciplines involved
in metagenomics. A key aim of this workshop was to highlight the latest
state-of-the art models and methods which have been developed in this
area and to share this information between industry and academic
experts.

Leading researchers from the programme covering areas such as
mathematics (including probability and statistics), the computer
sciences, biomedical sciences and biology were involved. Those taking
part heard about the latest models and techniques being developed and
how these translate to possible end user applications. The event
provided the opportunity for networking and investigating of potential
collaborations.

Examples of areas that were included in the discussion session were:

  • Methods for metagenome sequence assembly
  • New methods for microbial profiling of agricultural and industrial processes
  • The role that metagenomics is able to play in an industrial context.


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2nd UK Workshop on Optimisation in Space Engineering (OSE)

Wednesday 19th March 2014 to Thursday 20th March 2014

OSE aims at providing space companies, universities, research
institutes, and organisations with a forum of excellence in the area of
optimisation in space engineering. Participants were invited to share
their latest engineering problems and proposed solutions so as to
promote the creation and exchange of ideas and the identification of new
trends and required developments.

In addition to the latest theoretical advances in the field of
applied mathematics for space engineering, OSE is also devoted to
mathematical tools and techniques. Demonstrations and short tutorials
are welcome.

Examples of discussion topics included:

  • Space engineering optimisation problems, which are currently difficult to solve or have no current satisfactory solution
  • Future challenges in the field of mathematics applied in space engineering problems
  • Current status of mathematical theories, tools, their pros and cons
  • Visions for the future

The 2nd OSE workshop aimed to take forward outputs such as
identified challenges and issues and address these through a series of
talks, discussion and break-out group type activities. Feedback
indicated the value of engagement between academia and industry,
especially at an early stage of a problem formation.

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Mathematics for the Prediction of Financial Risk

Wednesday 12th March 2014

The Turing Gateway to Mathematics and the University of
Cambridge's Statistical Laboratory held a half day workshop on
Mathematics for the Prediction of Financial Risk on Wednesday 12th March
2014.

With contributions from Deloitte and Barclays, this workshop
presented state of the art mathematical approaches and real-life
examples of the issues and techniques used from insurance and banking
perspectives. Other finance experts from the University included
econometricians, and were on hand to offer contributions which included a
mini-stats surgery and discussion and networking session.

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