Forum ‘Math for Industry’ 2021

On December 13-16, 2021, the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics in collaboration with Kyushu University, Japan and the Asia-Pacific Industrial Math Alliance successfully organized the Forum ‘Math for Industry’ 2021 (FMfI2021).


    Assoc. Prof. Le Minh Ha delivers the opening remarks

The Forum ‘Math for Industry’ 2021 is a meeting point for researchers from different fields in Mathematics to share experiences and knowledge in applications of Mathematics in production, business and other aspects of social life. Initiated in 2010 by Kyushu University, Japan, the Forum was intended for researchers in Mathematics to exchange ideas. The Forum has so far become an annual meeting held in various countries in the Asia-Pacific region with a history of more than a decade. The two most recent Forums took place in Shanghai, China (2018) and Auckland, New Zealand (2019) with different themes in applied Mathematics.

FMfI2021 Opening Ceremony

Themed "Mathematical applications for the digital economy", the FMfI2021 focuses on discussing and solving contemporary issues of the digital economy through the application of Mathematical solutions in the context of the fourth industrial revolution and the rapid digital transformation with a number of industries and fields on point such as:

- Information technology and communication;

- Industries related to digital technology;

- Traditional industries are transitioning to digital technology.

The Invited Speakers Committee of the Forum is led by Prof. Ho Tu Bao, Director of the Data Science Lab, Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, and a number of leading scientists from Japan, Australia, New Zealand, etc. including 3 top Vietnamese scientists Prof. Nguyen Xuan Hung (Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology), Assoc. Prof. Vu Hoang Linh (Vietnam National University, Hanoi) and Prof. Vu Ha Van (Vingroup Big Data Institute).

Prof. Ho Tu Bao (Data Science Lab, Vietnam) chairs a session at the FMfI2021

Brilliant scientists from many countries around the world such as the US, Chile, Israel, Switzerland, Hungary, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam were converging on the FMfI2021. Their talks focus on a number of hot topics such as Machine Learning, Data Science, Optimization, Information Security, Blockchain, Math Modeling, Finance, Big Data and other practical applications.

Assoc. Prof. Ngo Duc Thanh (University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Vietnam) presents his talk 

The FMfI2021 particularly devoted the entire December 15 to the topic Mathematics of Covid-19 for the latest research applying mathematics, statistics and data science in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Tracing, testing, vaccine distribution, transmission rate forecasting, medical equipment logistics, impact assessment, etc. all need the support of Mathematical modeling tools.Prof. Stefan Canzar (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany) presents his report

Discussion after Dr. Emily Harvey’s presentation (M.E. Research & Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand)

Assoc. Prof. Nguyen Ngoc Doanh (UMMISCO & ACROSS, IRD/France and Thuyloi University, Vietnam) and his colleagues present the report

One traditional activity of the Forum is a poster session for college and graduate students, young and early career scientists. Each presenter has a limited time to convey main ideas of ​​their research.

Postdoc. Yoshiki Jikumaru (IMI, Japan) presents his poster

The Forum Math for Industry 2021 is pleased to receive great interest from many young scientists, with a total of 28 accepted posters for presentation from countries in the Asia-Pacific region such as New Zealand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan.

The best poster award went to Christina Yin-Chieh Lin entitled Modeling Housing Feature Impacts on Sale Price in Newly Developed Suburbs from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Four other excellent posters belonged to: Nguyen Thi Van Hang, Vietnam Institute of Mathematics, Augmented Lagrangian Method for Convex Piecewise Linear-Quadratic Optimization Problems; Nguyen Quang Huy, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Optimal control problem in linear elasticity; Trinh Thi Huong, University of Commerce, The impact of extreme weather events on calorie intake – income relationship Semiparametric estimates for Vietnam and Yoshiki Jikumaru, Kyushu University, Japan, Differential Geometry Formulation of Hanging Membranes. The award for these 5 excellent posters is a 2-week study tour at Kyushu University, Japan, sponsored by the Institute of Mathematics for Industry, Kyushu University.

Assoc. Prof. Le Minh Ha and poster prize winners at the VIASM

Within 04 working days, the FMfI2021 included 29 invited talks from prestigious scholars in Vietnam and around the world and attracted hundreds of scientists, managers, faculty members, PhD, graduate students and interested students to attend both in person and online. The Forum was also attended by the journalists from prestigious magazines and newspapers in Vietnam, spreading the coverage and importance of Mathematics in Industry.

The Forum is an opportunity for researchers to share the achievements of Mathematics in the establishment and development of the digital economy. The Forum, in addition,  opens up opportunities for Vietnam to strengthen international cooperation in applied mathematics, promote the development of mathematics for industry and contribute to enhancing the position and prestige of Vietnamese science in the region and in the world.

A lovely note from Dr. Jessada Tanthanuch (Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand), Short Communications

FMfI2021 participants

About Organizers

1. Institute of Mathematics for Industry (IMI), Kyushu University, Japan

The Institute of Mathematics for Industry (IMI) was born in April 2011 as the fifth research institute attached to Kyushu University, by reorganization of the Faculty of Mathematics. In April 2013, it was designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, as a “Joint Research Center for Advanced and Fundamental Mathematics-for-Industry''. It is the third Mathematics institute in Japan to be so designated, following the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Research Organization of Information and Systems, and the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Kyoto University. Furthermore, IMI holds the MEXT-commissioned project “Advanced Innovation powered by Mathematics Platform (AIMaP)” (FY2017-2021) in trust, and is performing various activities aiming at a social system in which Mathematics can contribute much more efficiently in our society with the help of 12 institutes.

Though the IMI has not had a long history, the IMI has reached the top in a number of industrial Mathematics fields. In 2012, its Information Security Group established a world record for decryption in the area of pairing-based cryptography. Its Optimization Group got the first rank in world benchmark contests for graph processing to measure the performance of supercomputers in handling big data, 8 times in total (7 times consecutive since 2015).

2. Asia Pacific Consortium of Mathematics for Industry (APCMfI)

Mathematics for Industry (MfI) aims at the development of mathematics and its applications to enhance the quality of life on the planet by creating new technologies, improving industrial mathematical research and stimulating the two-way interaction between mathematics and industry. In Industrial Mathematics, it is the questions spawned by real world applications that drive the resulting two-way interaction between a particular application and the associated mathematics that is utilized and developed and that sometimes involves, quite unexpectedly, deeper aspects and new areas of mathematics than initially anticipated.

There is general agreement and support in the Asia Pacific region to have regular industrial mathematics exchanges, conferences, internships, etc, which build on the activities already occurring. In fact, over the years since the concept of an Asian Consortium of Mathematics for Industry was first proposed and more recently when planning to formalize possibilities, there has been strong support and encouragement from colleagues in China, Hawaii, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore as well as Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Consequently, a small group, with the encouragement of various colleagues throughout the Asia Pacific region, met in Canberra March 31 to April 2, 2014, to do the initial planning for the formation and launch of APCMfI with the emphasis being fundamentally Mathematics-for-Industry. Those directly involved in the discussions in Canberra were Bob Anderssen (Australia), Zainal Aziz (Malaysia), Frank de Hoog (Australia), Yasuhide Fukumoto (Japan), Alexandra Hogan (Australia), Geoff Mercer (Australia), Masato Wakayama (Japan) and Graeme Wake (New Zealand).

In Vietnam, the Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics and the University of Natural Sciences, Hanoi National University are two members of APCMfI.

The planned activities of the APCMfI will include:

  • Internship for graduate students to work on industrial and governmental research projects. In particular, in this scheme, the student will spend several months at both their home institute and the industrial partner. Within the APCMfI framework, the goal is to make it easier for students to undertake internships with industry in other countries in the Asia Pacific region
  • Regular Mathematics-for-Industry Study Groups (MfISG) which involve a strong Asia Pacific involvement with regard to problems proposed and the participation. The implementation of this activity will take advantage of MfISG already operating in Japan, Malaysia and Australia.
  • Regular Math-for-Industry Forums and Workshops building on the successful annual Forums organized by the Institute of Mathematics for Industry (IMI) at Kyushu University.
  • The exchange of information and publicity material about industrial mathematics activities in the Asia Pacific region, such as electronic newsletter, publications, websites, etc.
  • The organization of joint lectures and programs such as Summer and Winter schools which foster a strong student participation which takes advantage of the similar times in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Fostering a strong two-way interaction with (i) mathematical and statistical colleagues and institutions and (ii) the needs and opportunities of industrial mathematics.

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